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« Topic Start: October 04, 2007, 01:28:23 pm »

 I guess I should learn more about them, bc they really seem to hang out with me whether I am interested in them or not. They are back in my garden, I dont know why, except that a few days ago I was out there and just mentioned (to no one...to the dog...to the rosebushes...) that I should probably put out an offering. I havent even done it yet, but they are back there having fun, I guess they are waiting for their punkin cornbread.

Anyway, suggestions anyone? I know pretty much nothing.
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« Reply #1: October 04, 2007, 03:10:28 pm »


Anyway, suggestions anyone? I know pretty much nothing.
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There are book recommendations in this thread:
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=1333.0

And here:
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=2553.0

I posted my recs in both those threads, but I'll repeat them here:  the two best resources if you want to learn about fairies are Briggs's Encyclopedia of Faeries and Silver's Strange and Secret Peoples.  The Encyclopedia is the most thorough and thoughtful roundup of the lore, in an easy-to-read format; Briggs often reproduces material from older collections (Keightley, Crofton Croker, Yeats, etc.).  And Silver is *necessary* for putting those older collections into context:  the bulk of fairy folklore was collected in the 19th century, and those older collections are shot through with Victorian theorizing that simply doesn't fly today -- if you want to make sense of those older collections, Silver is absolutely crucial.  Silver isn't *quite* as easy to read as Briggs, but is still very clear and interesting, as far as academic books go.

Also, Brian Froud is great for pictures, but the text of Fairies was near-plagiarized from Briggs.

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« Reply #2: October 04, 2007, 05:22:41 pm »

There are book recommendations in this thread:
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=1333.0

And here:
http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=2553.0

I posted my recs in both those threads, but I'll repeat them here:  the two best resources if you want to learn about fairies are Briggs's Encyclopedia of Faeries and Silver's Strange and Secret Peoples.  The Encyclopedia is the most thorough and thoughtful roundup of the lore, in an easy-to-read format; Briggs often reproduces material from older collections (Keightley, Crofton Croker, Yeats, etc.).  And Silver is *necessary* for putting those older collections into context:  the bulk of fairy folklore was collected in the 19th century, and those older collections are shot through with Victorian theorizing that simply doesn't fly today -- if you want to make sense of those older collections, Silver is absolutely crucial.  Silver isn't *quite* as easy to read as Briggs, but is still very clear and interesting, as far as academic books go.

Also, Brian Froud is great for pictures, but the text of Fairies was near-plagiarized from Briggs.

thanks very much catja that is extremely helpful...i see those threads are not that old, and I even posted on one. I didn't think of just doing a search on the topic...duh....next time I'll remember to do that first.
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  The power of Fire,
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« Reply #3: October 11, 2007, 06:21:46 pm »

Anyway, suggestions anyone? I know pretty much nothing.
tia

I ran across this book today in my web travels and it reminded me of this thread. I haven't read it so I don't how reliable it is, it has some positive reviews though.

The Faery Teachings

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0979140226/ref=wl_it_dp/104-2870483-9212737?ie=UTF8&coliid=ITI90BZF1M011&colid

You may want to check RJ Stewart's work too and see if it resonates.

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« Reply #4: October 11, 2007, 10:13:20 pm »

I ran across this book today in my web travels and it reminded me of this thread. I haven't read it so I don't how reliable it is, it has some positive reviews though.

The Faery Teachings

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0979140226/ref=wl_it_dp/104-2870483-9212737?ie=UTF8&coliid=ITI90BZF1M011&colid

You may want to check RJ Stewart's work too and see if it resonates.



thanks:)
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Goddess grant me:
  The power of Water,
  to accept with ease & grace what I cannot change.

  The power of Fire,
  for the energy & courage to change the things I can.

  The power of Air,
  for the ability and wisdom to know the difference.

  And the power of Earth,
  for the strength to continue my path.

http://rosejayadal.blogspot.com/

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