|The Fairy Faith in The Well of Light
||[Feb. 2nd, 2005|01:53 pm]
Fairy Folklore and Research
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How do Folks,
R.J. Stewart's most recent book called the Well of Light draws attention to the concept of the Fairy Faith in his chapter about the Mystery of the Double Rose. Stewart encourages us to remember that the Fairy Faith (as it has been called since the publication of the book The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by Evan-Wentz) itself is not a philosophy or religion, that it is a practical tradition about the relationships between humanity, other orders of life and the planets.
He reiterates that there is no actual worship or faith embodied in the Fairy Faith, that there are indeed interactions, well-defined customs and practices but no rigid dogma, no Priests or Priestesses. The actual Faery tradition is an amalgam of several strands of ancient magigal traditions that has as practitioners, seers, healers, storytellers etc.. There is no absolute hierarchy, no authority, no edifices, no temples, rulebooks or liturgies of which he is quite thankful *g. (pages 115 - 116).
While I agree on the surface with what Stewart says I still tend to refer to what I practice myself personally as being part and parcel of the Fairy Faith (or Faery Faith, I tend to use the term Fairy when referring to the Disneyized sprites and such and the word Faery for more esoteric references) despite Stewart's claim that the term itself is really a misnomer, do you term what you do and your relationship with the denizens of the Faerie world as belonging to the Fairy Faith?
*With us is the Grace of the Shining Ones in the Mystery of Earth Light. Peace to all Signs and Shadows, Radiant Light to all Ways of Darkness, and the Living One of Light, Secret Unknown, Forever...*
--R.J. Stewart from the Well of Light