Fairycraft Following the Path of Fairy Witchcraft

Author: Morgan Daimler

Publisher: Moon Books

Published: 2016

ISBN: 978-1-78535-051-1

Pages: 257, including appendices, bibliography and endnotes.

Synopsis: An in-depth manual for practicing Fairy Witchcraft, including theology, fairy-lore, rituals, holidays and magical practices. This book aims to pick up where Pagan Portals – Fairy Witchcraft leaves off and teach interested people the comprehensive practices of this system of honoring the Fairy Folk and liminal Gods by blending the old Fairy Faith with modern Paganism.

Review: *DISCLAIMER* I’m not a follower of the Fairy Faith but I am very curious to see whether the practices are the same as the ones I use here when dealing with what I call the Land Spirits here in Kuwait. (The closest translation of the Arabic name)

I think this book is the usual Morgan Daimler book. Meaning that it is the perfect blend of research and practice. Anyone interested in Fairy Witchcraft can pick up this book, read through it and immediately get the basics of the practice then go on and make it their own. Daimler talks about all aspects of the practice from theology, to practical things like divination and feast celebrations. And as usual the chapters on prayers, rituals, and dreaming and meditation all have Morgan’s personal touch. 

I really appreciate the personal touches in all of Morgan’s books. This one is no different.

Gods and Goddesses of Ireland

Full Title: Gods and Goddesses of Ireland – A Guide to Irish Deities (Pagan Portal Series)

Author: Morgan Daimler

Publisher: Moon Books

Published: 2016

ISBN: 978-1-78279-315-1

Pages: 84 including Bibliography

Synopsis: A concise guide to the Gods and Goddesses of pagan Ireland, their history, mythology, and symbols. Rooted in the past but still active in the world today, the Gods and Goddesses of Ireland have always been powerful forces that can bless or challenge, but often the most difficult thing is to simply find information about them. This short introductory text looks at a variety of different Irish deities, common and more obscure, from their ancient roots to the modern practices associated with honoring them in, an encyclopedia-style book with entries in easy-to-use sections.

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Review: Morgan Daimler has written another great book for Pagan Portals, this time about the Irish Gods and Goddesses.

The book has an Introduction, four chapters and a Conclusion. In the Introduction the author talks about who the Irish Gods are, and in chapters 1, 2, and 3 she gives a summary about them. Chapter 4 is very short but also very necessary as it helps the reader learn about how to honor the Irish Gods. In the Conclusion she tells us why she wrote this book.

Now let me talk about what I liked about this book. Morgan divided the chapters into one on the Gods, one on the Goddesses and one on the Gods that are not part of the Tuatha Dé Danaan exactly but are still Irish Gods. I love that she included Gods and Goddesses that are not the usual suspects, along side the usual suspects. I love that she differentiated between the Gods and Goddesses that are part of the TDD and the ones that are not and might actually be older. I also love that she includes a list of books that she recommends people read along side her book, and she acknowledges that her book is a jumping point from which you can start your own research into the Gods of Ireland.

So what did I hate about this book? Nothing but my usual gripe about the Pagan Portal books I WANT MORE!!!!

Fairy Witchcraft: A Neopagan’s Guide to the Celtic Fairy Faith

Author: Morgan Daimler

Series: Pagan Portals

Publisher: Moon Books

Published: 2014

ISBN: 978-1-78279-343-4

 

Synopsis:Many neopagans today are drawn to honor the fairies but find that the modern-day path to Fairy is hidden in mist and shadow. Yet the path is still there, waiting for those who are ready to seek it out. This is a guidebook for those seeking a path that combines modern neopagan witchcraft with the older Celtic Fairy Faith. Topics include basic beliefs and practices, holidays, tools, altar set up, and theology, with the intent of giving the seeker a solid grounding in the basics of modern Fairy Witchcraft.

 

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Review: If you know me well, you’d know that the moment I see the word Fairy in any book title I tend to run away and hide. The only reason I actually read this book is because I knew the author was a great researcher and an honest writer who tells it like it is. Plus it was a fairly short read and I was curious about the subject matter.

The Introduction to the book presents the author’s thoughts on her practice and what she is going to present in the book. The Frequently Asked Questions that she provided also answered a lot of the simple questions that came to my mind about the subject matter. The rest of the book gets down to the basics of what she is offering. She begins by giving us some pointers on how to interact with the Fairies and then she moves on to the aspects of beliefs, ritual, tools, and space. I absolutely loved the “Through the Veil” stories that she adds at the end of most of the chapters. A very human look at what can happen when interacting with Fairies.

She ends the book with two appendices and an impressive bibliography. The first appendix has an example of a self dedication ritual and the second appendix has some interesting resources.

I think this book presents a very traditional yet modern way of looking at Fairies and our interactions with them, it provides the reader with the very basics of what they need to start on that path to follow and expand on it. A very much needed 101 book on Fairy Witchcraft.