As much as I enjoy getting books from the large publishing houses, I am
often more impressed by the offerings I get from lesser-known sources.
There is never any way of telling what will turn up. This is one of those
You won't find lots of cute little fairy illustrations in this book
(although the cover is one of the most striking I have seen in quite a
while). You won't find "fairy tales," although you will find tales dealing
with the faery folk. You won't find a bunch of incantations, although you
will find a few invocations.
What you will find are sections dealing with both the medicinal and magical
uses of herbs and stones; background on some of the Celtic deities; and
instructions for working in the faery realms, empowering yourself to heal,
"yesterday's healing," and how to heal in today's world.
This is a book to be taken seriously. As such it requires a small
investment of money (to purchase it) and a larger investment of time and
energy to make use of the information contained within the covers. I would
not recommend borrowing this book. To make full use of it, it should be
accessible when and where needed.
Almost the entire first half of this book (158 pages out of 356) is devoted
to an overview of the history of Faery Healing - the herbs, trees and
stones; their magical as well as their medicinal properties; and an
explanation of the origins of Faery Healing. The second half moves us out
of theoretical and into the practical field.
Margie suggests exercises to reacquaint ourselves with other levels of
existence; exercises which our ancestors never used because they didn't need
them. They lived in a world with far fewer distractions, and much less
information coming at them. They didn't have movies and videos, the
internet or television. The "news" consisted of whatever stories were
shared by visitors. You couldn't see the events, but you could visualize
them as they were related. Stories were passed by word of mouth - you
couldn't wait for the movie to come out. You used your mind constantly.
Because of that use, you saw far more than we do today.
Once you get yourself in tune with the world and begin to use your mind you
will be able to begin to heal yourself and others. Margie concentrates on
the magical side of healing, since herbal healing is a much more specialized
Her exercises and training techniques should be familiar to any of the more
experienced readers out there, since they are based on methods which have
been successfully used by various groups for many years. For the
inexperienced readers, they are simply and clearly written and easy to
understand. They will help you to reach the appropriate places for you to
access the healing power.
Reviewed by Mike Gleason