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Summer 2006

Whispering Grey Matters

SPRING 2006 WGM STAFF
Faculty Advisor & Editor-in-Chief: Moonwriter
NEWS DESK:
Editor: Jymi X/0
Team: Lilyth Rose
INTERNATIONAL NEWS:
Editor: Helega Austrinorum Africae
Team: Aguila, Gaia
OPINION DESK:
Editor: Deianaera
Team: Magus, Katalan Moon
ARTS & CULTURE DESK:
Editor: Skye
Team: Majashea, Hikari the Black
COPY EDITOR: Wolf Loresight
Copy Staff: Magus
PUBLISHER: Jymi X/0
SUMMER 2006
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS:
Grey Panther
Tinwe Tercenya
KristalBrooke
Morgan Felidae
Eothyll
Dolphin
Merana
Violet
Cover illustration by Aguila
Nature photography by Jymi X/0
Additional artwork by Jymi X/0:
pp. 14, 21, 23, 27, 32, 34
Darnia Serephina's Faerie Illustrations:
pp. 3, 12, 14, 20, 22, 29, 32, 37
Also includes some re-worked Dover Clip Art, and
a few things Jymi found online.

Over

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Advisor's Column: Learning from the Fairy .................. 3
NEWS
Greyschool News .................................................. 4-9
Pantheacon Report ................................................ 10
Stars and Navigation .............................................. 11
Faerie Gardens ...................................................... 12
Plane Talk about Faeries ......................................... 13
Invocation ............................................................ 14
Maggot Therapy .................................................... 15
OPINION
What is Magick? .................................................... 16
Inspiration ............................................................ 19
Faery World ...........................................................22
Truth Be Told ........................................................ 22
INTERNATIONAL
Faeries of the World ............................................... 19
Fairy Called .......................................................... 24
ARTS & CULTURE
Poem: Light and Dark ............................................ 12
Dragon Spell ........................................................ 13
Interview with Jonathan Fesmire ............................. 17
Litha and Midsummer ............................................. 21
Twilight Zone(s) .................................................... 23
Fairy Words .......................................................... 25
Campfire Tale (part 3) ............................................ 26
The Game Room ................................................... 28
The Fairy Kitchen: Recipes ...................................... 29
Herbal Spotlight .................................................... 31
Food for Thought ................................................... 32
Saravati Spell #1 .................................................. 32
Game Review: Age of Mythology ............................. 33
Book Review: Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide ........... 33
Movie Review: Fairy Tale ........................................ 34
Saravati Spell #2 .................................................. 34
Nature's Apothecary .............................................. 35
Fairy Writing Contest ............................................. 36
All About Tinkerbelle .............................................. 37

hill, over dale,

Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
-- from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Learning from the Fairy
By Professor Moonwriter
Fairies…. Small, mystical folk—the “wee ones.” These diminutive
beings furnish magick and enchantment to those fortunate
enough to become aware of them. The fairies of our folktales are
tiny, friendly creatures who glitter and gleam as they fly through
the air. But fairies aren’t all sweetness and light. Much like the
tricksters of North American Indian traditions, they can be both
chaotic and helpful, friendly and even somewhat dangerous. One
thing is certain—they command and wield great power, and stand
to enrich those mortal lives whose worlds cross with theirs.
What can we learn from the fae folk?
Fairies are of the Earth. They live on and under the ground,
stalwartly guardians of subterranean caves, grottoes, and mines,
as well as groves of trees and other magickal places. Through
them we can study powers of strength, honor, and steadfastness.
Fairies are of the Air. Whether by their gossamer nature or the
presence of wings, they come and go like wisps of wind: largely
unseen, yet with a vigorous presence. Through them, we
contemplate the power of the unseen and the impact of what is
spoken and unspoken.
Fairies are of the Fire. Through their magickal powers and
influence over both goodness and chaos, they tap into the
primordial passions that flow through all creatures, whether
magick or mundane. Through them, we call upon the flames of
creativity and imagination, flights of the mind.
Fairies are of the Water. Guarding wells, sacred pools, and even
the ocean depths, they invoke the nature of water to call upon
powers of transformation. Through them, we can understand
metamorphosis, growth, and change.
As you travel the Wizarding path, let the powers of faery flow
around and through you, enriching your magickal life.

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GreySchool News
By Professor Moonwriter

Best Wishes for Headmistress Morning Glory
As most of you know, our Headmistress, Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart, is battling myeloma, an
aggressive cancer of the bones and bone marrow.
In order that our Headmaster can spend his time with Morning Glory, please avoid emailing him if at all
possible!
If you have questions about registration, contact Professor Dragontree or Professor Felidae. If you have
questions about classes, contact the class instructor or Professor Barrette. For general questions, or
questions about Houses, Lodges, or Prefects, contact a House or Lodge Captain or Professor Moonwriter.
Friends of the Zell-Ravenhearts have set up a Yahoo site so that everyone can access updates about the
Headmistress’s
condition
and
leave
wishes
for
her
improved
health.
It
is
called
“Morninggloryhealingupdate.” To subscribe to the site, send email to:
[email protected].

New Off-site Site
Bookmark this URL:
http://www.dragontreemagick.com/GSW.html.
This is our new off-site message board. Maintained
by Professor Dragontree, it’s designed to provide
both resources and information. Go here to
download copies of the GSW Handbook, Course
Catalog, or the latest version of Whispering Grey
Matters.
This is also the place to go first in case of
emergencies—such as when the school site seems
to not be working. If anything serious has
happened, a message or bulletin will be posted on
this site.
Big thanks to Professor Dragontree for his
generosity!

Change in Department Name!
Effective immediately, the department previously
known as the Department of Metapsychics (Aqua)
will now be known as the “Department of Mind
Magicks.” Hopefully this will lessen confusion
between
the
terms
“metapsychics”
and
“metaphysics” (the latter is part of the Cosmology
department).
For questions, contact
Professor Felidae.

Mind

Magick’s

Dean,

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces,
and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies.”
-- J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

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Kerri Connor (Gold) is the author of The Pocket
Spell Creator: Magickal References at Your
Fingertips, The Pocket Guide to Rituals: Magickal
References at Your Fingertips, and The Pocket
Idiot's Guide to Potions and former editor of The
Circle of Stones Journal. Kerri is the High Priestess
of the Sisterhood of Les Feys D'Avalon, and has
been practicing her craft for 18 years. She has
been published in several magazines and
newsletters including The Blessed Bee, Sage
Woman, PanGaia and New Witch. Currently she
runs
the
website
The
Pagan
Review
(http://www.thepaganreview.com) on behalf of the
Sisterhood. A graduate of the University of
Wisconsin, Kerri holds a B.A. in Communications.
She dances under the moon in rural Illinois and
loves reading, writing, gardening and the Chicago
Bears.
Tinwe Tercenya (Gold) has been involved with
the Pagan community for 7 years. She received
her BA in Economics from York University, Toronto,
Ontario, Canada in 1989 and her BED in Secondary
education with specialties in English and History
from Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario,
Canada in 1999. She has been a professional
online educator, teaching Advanced Placement
Economics and English, for six years and is a
volunteer firefighter. She also holds a 3rd degree
black belt in Wado Kai karate and has studied
numerous other martial arts, including Tai Chi, Pa
Gua, Hsing I and Kung Fu. She has a husband and
two children and lives in Western New York.
Brighid Delphinos (Blue) is currently a Priestess
and Elder in an Eclectic Wiccan Group in
California's central valley, where she lives with her
husband of 21 years and is the mother of two
teenagers, a dog, two cats, and a frog. She is
active in the Pagan Pride Project, an ordained
minister, a Pranic healer, and 2nd Degree Reiki
Practitioner. She is a voracious reader whose
interests include comparative religions, medieval
history, various healing methods and techniques,
and well, just about any other book she can get
her hands on.
She loves to crochet, do
needlework, and write. Mundanely, she is the
General Manager for a small architectural concrete
manufacturer
Anna Fox (Blue) fell into a deep depression when
she was just three years old, which turned out to
be due to lengthy philosophical musings regarding
death and the meaning of life. When she was five,

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it turned out she was able to do some minor
psychic healing. She also appeared to remember
some past lives… As she got older, she read all she
could on world religions and mythologies, psychic
phenomena, and the occult, as well as all the
mainstream sciences. These interests eventually
coalesced into something that subjectively felt like
an understanding of the cosmic hologram and
consciousness, subjects she has felt compelled to
share with others ever since. She’s also a
compulsive healer, and is currently operating a
holistic
clinic
for
animals
(http://www.9livespetclinic.com/) as well as corunning
a
bioresonance
clinic
for
people
(http://www.lifepulseclinic.com.au/).
Jason Miller (Rev. Inominandum; Black) has
devoted the last 18 years to studying Witchcraft
and Magick in its many forms. He has traveled to
New Orleans to study Hoodoo, to Europe to study
Witchcraft, and lived in Nepal to study Tantra.
Miller is a member of the Chthonic Ouranian
Temple, the Ordo Templi Orientis, and the Sangreal
Sodality, as well as an initiated Tantrika in the
Nyingma and Bon lineages of Tibet. He is a regular
contributor to Behutet, a journal of Magick, and
the author of Protection and Reversal Magick, a
Defense Guide for Witches.
Brenda “KristalBrooke” Virden (Green) is fairly
new to Paganism and magick. She has been
married for 14 years to Professor Crow Dragontree
and they have 2 children, ages 10 and 13. She
just finished a Bachelor’s in Psychology and is
contemplating a Master’s Degree. Kristalbrooke
has sold items on eBay for at least six years,
selling everything from silver spoons to quilts,
depending on her whim at the time.
The
Dragontree family has recently been chartered as
a
SpiralScouts
Hearth,
located
at
www.dragontreehearth.com.
Travis “Stormeyes” Watson (Indigo) has been a
neo-pagan and a student of magick since 1988
and has been involved with a number of esoteric
groups, as well as with Wicca and Druidry. He
received his BS in Criminal Justice from Corpus
Christi State University in 1986 and became a
licensed massage therapist in 2001. He was a
Health Educator with the American Heart
Association for five years and spent two years
tutoring Social Studies and English online. He has
a wife, a daughter, and two stepchildren and lives
in Western New York.

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Winds and Gnomes win the
Lodge Cup and the House Hat!
Congratulations to the Gnomes House and Winds
Lodge, who snagged the House Hat and Lodge
Cup for the equinoctial period between spring
and fall.
The Winds came in with solid credit completion
and with a list of merits that blew the robes right
off the other Lodge teams, while the Gnomes
reaped the results of good old hard work in both
credits and merits.
These two groups will hold their awards until the
fall equinox.
Well done!

DEAN'S LIST
As of June 3, 2006, the following
students are on the
Grey School Dean’s List:

Aaran (Stones)
Artwizard (Stones)
Coldrayne (Flames)
Dark Eagle (Undines)
Grey Panther (Flames)
Greycloak (Stones)
Hikari the Black (Stones)
Kalla (Stones)
LeopardDancer (Flames)
Lilyth Rose (Winds)
Majashia (Winds)
Star Crowsdaughter
(Stones)
Vi (Winds)
Xander (Stones)

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Summer 2006

Salamanders and Stones take the
Earth Day Challenge!
By Professor Moonwriter
Once again, the Earth Day Challenge has occupied the
imaginations of Grey School students everywhere. This year’s
challenge began on April 8 and ended on April 20. During that
time, teams worked together to answer 16 regular tasks—one
from each GSW department—plus 4 extra credit and 2 spirit
tasks.
In the end, the Phoenixes (Salamanders House) won the youth
division with a total of 41 points. Led by team captain Nefabit,
the Phoenixes completed 13 regular tasks, 2 spirit tasks, and 3
extra credit tasks.
“I’m stunned, actually,” said Phoenix team member Hedwig. “I
thought that the Gnomes would win because they had more
people than us. But we worked really hard to outrun them and
there we are!”
The Phoenixes prepared an answer document full of graphics,
and showed not only excellence in their work, but a great sense
of humor as well. In the end, they accomplished their win with
only two team members.
As for the adult division, that honor goes to the Stone Avalanche (Stones Lodge), who earned 59 points to
successfully defend their 2005 title. Led by captain Luna Silverstone, the 8-member Stone Avalanche
completed 14 regular tasks, 2 spirit tasks, and 4 extra credit tasks.
“This challenge is wonderful,” said Luna Silverstone. “I do believe it to be the most prestigious award
within the school, because it is what we are about.”
The Stone Avalanche created a stunning answer document in the form of a pdf file, featuring images of
their work and photographs of team members in action.
The four other participating teams also made wonderful showings in the Challenge. Hats off to the Root
Children (Gnomes), De Salvateras (Flames), Crescent Waves (Waters), and Team Cyclone (Winds).
All six teams deserve special commendation for surmounting the challenges imposed by our school site
issues. The fact that all six teams pushed on and finished the challenge, overcoming many communication
problems, is another testimony to the excellence of our student body.
The team responses will be used in a new GSW Earth Day class. Merits will also be awarded to each House
and Lodge that fielded a team.

Congratulations to all for a job very well done!
And keep your eyes out for the third annual Earth Day Challenge, coming in March 2007!

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Dragontree Assumes Finance Position
Professor Crow Dragontree, Dean of Lore and Head
of the Winds Lodge, has taken on the newly created
position of Financial Officer.
Dragontree’s
new
responsibilities
include
overseeing fund-raising and student financial aid.
An umbrella of student grants and scholarships will
eventually take shape under his wizardly eye.
Dragontree will also assist the Headmaster with
processing admission and advancement fees.
If you have questions about any of the above, or if
you would like to contribute to our scholarship
funds, contact Professor Dragontree at
[email protected].

New Classes!
Thanks to the recent site problems, we haven’t
uploaded as many new classes as usual since the
last newspaper was published in March 2006. But
there have been a few:
Year 1:
Green Magick 101 (Nature Studies)
Year 2:
Introduction to Hermetics (Ceremonial Magick)
Year 3:
Stress Management (Healing)
Technomagick 301: Explorations
(Alchemy)
Bodywork 301 (Healing)

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Year 4:
Identifying Psychic Attack (Dark Arts)

Current Prefects and Captains
Captains:
Lodge Captain: Aaran, a Second Year majoring in Alchemy
([email protected])
Lodge Vice-Captain: Kalla, a Fifth Year majoring in Lore
([email protected])
House Captain: Dark Eagle, a Third Year majoring in Dark Arts
([email protected])
House Prefects:
Gnomes: Violet Frost Wolf
Salamanders: Roen
Sylphs: Aurora Vampira
Undines: Morgan Starwater
Lodge Prefects:
Flames: Firesnake
Stones: Cashew
Waters: Darkman
Winds: Niveus Dragonheart
Are you interested in becoming a Prefect? The first thing you need to do
is let your House or Lodge head know. The second thing is to complete
all four required First Year classes—this is becoming a prerequisite for
Prefect-dom.
If you have questions about being a Prefect, contact one of the
Captains (see above for emails).

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Summer 2006

Attention, All Who Have a “Wizardschl” Email Address
By Professor Morgan Felidae

We wish to cancel our account with the oh-so-less-than-pleasurable ReadyHosting—this cancellation
includes the Wizardschl mailboxes.
If you wish to retain your Wizardschl mailbox, please let me know ([email protected]) by June
30th, otherwise I will assume you are no longer actively checking this box and delete it.
If you wish to change to the newer greyschool.com address, also let me know.
If you need to do a transition of letting people know over time, I can change your box to greyschool.com
at a later date.
If you wish to change your username, let me know. Be sure to let met me know what password you wish
to use.
You have the option of either having an actual mailbox (Webmail) that can be accessed via any internet
connection, or I can set it as just a forward, so that all mail sent to you@wizardschl/greyschool.com
redirects automatically to another mailbox you may have.
If you have any messages stored in your current Wizardschl.com mailbox at ReadyHosting, you must clear
them all out. I will be cancelling the account at the end of June, at which point anything left will be
deleted.

Fundraising in the Grey School

By KristalBrooke

Grey School fundraising has been working feverishly to get the
eBay venue up and running. We are proud to say that we have
raised over $100 on auction donations during the month of May!
Many thanks to all that contributed. We are also excited to be
able to offer a GSW CD complete with all those hard-to-download
files and many extras! Please contact [email protected]
for more information on the CD's or how to donate items for
auction!

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Grey School of Wizardry at

PantheaCon

By Majashia
On Friday, February 17th, at 7pm, our esteemed Headmaster, Headmistress, and faculty
members Estara, Morgan, and Onyx gave a presentation about GSW at PantheaCon. The
mp3 files (3 parts) are available at:
http://www.dragontreemagick.com/GSW0206_sec1.mp3
http://www.dragontreemagick.com/GSW0206_sec2.mp3
http://www.dragontreemagick.com/GSW0206_sec3.mp3
The faculty introduced themselves and the Headmaster described GSW as an outgrowth of
the Grimoire of the Apprentice Wizard, which has sold over 60,000 copies. The publisher,
New Page Books, is anticipating the release of a hard-bound leather copy, an unprecedented
move, and publication of a series of GSW textbooks.
The Companion book is presented as a practicum workbook, based on the Grimoire, written
by many of the GSW faculty, with over 30 contributors. A study group from Hawaii talked
about making a spiral-bound version of the Grimoire, and gathering more than 100 Grimoire
students in a local fellowship.
The Headmaster explained that although online schools of witchcraft exist, there was a void
in opportunity to study Wizardry online. The study of Wizardry is rooted in story and history
that goes back thousands of years and spans many cultures. Wizardry is not a religion: it
is open to all religions and belief systems, and to both sexes. Wizardry is related to the
transformation of human culture and society into its potential, in which the branches have
their reach within and across human boundaries.
While GSW was originally geared for children and teens, it has received great interest from
adults, and has become a place to bridge generations and nations. GSW faculty members
have been interviewed for newspapers in many countries such as Serbia, Turkey, South
Africa, and Australia.
The sorting staff “Occulus”, with eyes on both sides, was passed around the audience.
Morning Glory Ravenheart found the staff, decorated it with beadwork, and wrote the sorting
poetry.
GSW currently offers over 160 classes over 7 year levels; majors and minors are coming
together in many departments. Standard criteria for passing grades have been established,
and essays are graded in accordance with the California Academic Standards. After the
completion of the 7-year program, an apprentice is awarded a certificate as a Journeyman in
Wizardry, and can continue in the [soon to be developed] Journeyman, Master’s, and Adept
programs. For adults that do not want to go through a formal program, GSW will soon open
its doors to those interested in taking particular classes.
Professor Felidae is working toward obtaining WAASC accreditation for GSW as a
supplementary educational institution. GSW has an application pending to become a
510(c3) non-profit institution. The GSW website will undergo a facelift with the “Phoenix”
upgrade later this year. GSW is continually expanding its materials, its courses, and its
faculty.

Nothing can be truer than fairy wisdom. It is as true as sunbeams.
-- Douglas William Jerrold

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The Stars and Navigation
by Grey Panther
A constellation is an imaginary picture that is
constructed out of a grouping or configuration of
stars. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary,
they are “any of 88 arbitrary configurations of stars
or an area of the celestial sphere covering one of
these configurations [of stars]”.
The entire night sky and the movements of stars
and constellations were mapped by our ancient
astrologers. They broke the sky into segments,
created pictures in these segments, put order on
the night sky, and thus could easily locate any star.
(For example, if I can find the Big Dipper, then I
know where the North Star is, and I know the time
of night, because the Big Dipper changes locations
as the night progresses.) Each of the constellations
has a recognizable number of named stars that
consistently show up in the same positions to form
the constellations. The pictures that are attributed
to the constellations (such as the figure of Orion)
are pure creations of the imagination, because the
stars that occur in certain points of the picture only
"suggest" a picture or provide an outline of the
picture.
Once you locate one or two of the stars in a
constellation, the other stars suddenly "pop" into
place and the sky looks more "familiar" or
recognizable. Constellations are generally the
picture of an animal or a human hero, and many
are related to mythical history. Orion and
Andromeda come to mind as mythical figures.
Other constellations are part of our zodiac figures,
including Pisces (the fishes) or Gemini (the twins).
Most constellations have a mythical story attached
to them.
Some believe that farmers first noticed the
constellations in the sky as a way to know when to
plant. By watching where certain constellations
appeared in the sky, the farmers could tell what
time of year it was and whether it was the
appropriate season for planting their crops. Some
believe that our mythology was created at the
same time, or in unison with, the recognition and
naming of these constellations. The mythical stories
made it easier to remember the constellations in
the sky. Others claim that the myths did not exist

before the 4th century BC or the time of Homer,
and therefore, they were later creations of our
cultures. Famous astrologers such as Ptolemy spent
great amounts of time cataloging and writing about
the constellations, and it would seem that their
importance grew as the field of astrology and
astronomy grew.
I would suggest that since we are looking at the
"world of the gods" when we look at the night sky,
at least from the ancient frame of mind (if I can be
so bold as to conjecture about their frame of mind),
the constellations and myths probably fed each
other, meaning that mythological stories were
created and told to explain as well as remember
the constellations, and the myths of the
constellations helped to spawn further myths. For
one thing, one never needed to have a written
record of the night sky in order to keep the
information handy, because each night when the
sky was clear, the "blackboard of the sky"
reappears and is always available to the student or
the storyteller! Thus, as we sit around the
campfire, we can look up at the blackboard sky, see
the constellations, and retell the stories that are so
dear to our hearts.
My resources (listed below) mention that the
constellations have changed over time. At one time,
certain stars might have appeared in more than
one constellation, but in 1929, the International
Astronomical Union created official constellation
boundaries that provide us with our 88 official
constellations today, and each star is now only
represented in one specific constellation. These
official constellations are a compilation that has
been drawn from many different cultures.
Finally, constellations are critically important for
navigation, because they repeatedly appear in the
sky in very regular positions. By using the
constellations as reference points, navigators could
move across large bodies of water where they had
no land reference points. This was the way that the
early explorers were able to navigate across the
oceans, know where they are, and stay on course.
Navigators "steer by the stars," so to speak. They
were also important to astronomers and astrologers
because they gave us a way to create calendars
and keep track of time.

Bell, C. (n.d.). The Mythology of the Constellations. Retrieved March 22, 2006 from
http://www.comfychair.org/~cmbell/myth/myth.html.
Dolan, C. (n.d.) The Constellations and their Stars. Retrieved March 15, 2006 from
http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/extra/constellations.html.
Dibon-Smith, R. (2001). The Constellations. Retrieved March 22, 2006 from
http://www.dibonsmith.com/constel.htm.

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Fairy Gardens
by Lilyth Rose
Fairy gardens are wonderful things to make, and there are many different ways
to do them. You can create an outdoor garden which has plants that attract the
fae, indoor or outdoor miniature garden planters, or artificial faerie gardens
that would attract the fae by their colors and arrangement. I'm a big believer
in sympathetic magic, so doing a lot of artificial fairy gardens around the house
appeals to me. I've even thought of making a needlework garden to hang on
the wall.
According to Connie Krochmal in her article "Herbal Landscaping"
(Suite101.com:
http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/landscaping_herbs/109234),
plants
essential to a fairy garden include thyme, foxglove, saffron, rosemary and
roses. One should also have St. John's Wort somewhere close by to break fairy
spells. According to Connie, fairies both sleep in the bell-shaped flowers of
foxgloves and wear them as gloves. The fae also like to use saffron for dyeing
cloth and flavoring cakes. Potions used to enable a person to see fairies were
once made of such ingredients as wild thyme, calendula flowers, and buds of
the hazelnut.
Beverly Turner from M&M Nursery in Orange, California has become renowned
for her fairy garden designs. She uses tiny fences, rock paths, and miniature
plants to bring them to life. People come from all over California to buy her
fairy garden creations. Theresa Mieseler from Herb Companion.com adds the
following plants that are favored in fae gardens:
chives, dwarf curry,
germander, Lady's mantle, lavender, marjoram, Mexican oregano, rosemary,
sage, creeping savory, scented geranium, society garlic, and thyme.
For the gardening-challenged, miniature fairy gardens made from artificial
plants are an excellent choice. Use the right colors and plant mixtures, and the
wee folk should still be attracted to them. First find an attractive container, or
paint a terracotta pot. Use moss and ivy in your planter, along with tiny colorful
flowers. Mix in sparkly items like gemstones, painted rocks, crystals, and
perhaps figurines of animals or fairy folk. The idea for a fairy garden is to make
it look playful, enchanted, and fun; a place where the wee folk would love to
visit and hang out.

Light and Dark
by Katalan
Light and Dark
It's the way of Kings
Forming bonds
Between the Rings

Following through
It comes to pass
For Light and Dark
Can never last

For through these years
And bringing peace
For those wise few
Light and Dark
They see the way
Will finally cease
For Light and Dark
Is very grey

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Plane Talk about Fairies
by Jymi X/0
Fairies are often said to be natives of the Astral Plane.
What, exactly, is the Astral Plane? As magically-oriented
folks, we're always talking about it – but what do we
mean by the term? How do the fairies get to our Earthly
plane to visit us, especially since some of us have so
much trouble with traveling (at least consciously) from
our realm to theirs to return the visit?
Let's think about the word “plane” first. In Geometry, we
know, a plane defines a two dimensional area: it has
length and width (which may be infinite), but no depth.
But when we talk about reality, a “plane” is defined by a
certain frequency of energy. Everything is made of
energy, and as the electromagnetic spectrum shows us,
all energy is vibrating at a certain frequency. That which
falls within a specific range of frequencies comprises one
plane. Since all individuals have their own unique
frequencies, every spirit could be said to be its very own
plane of reality – but spirits with energy of similar
frequencies can co-exist together and interact with each
other in what's called consensual reality on one “planeette”.
This consensual reality is known as the “Prime Material
Plane”:
the particular frequency that serves as the
physical ground-state for our energy during this lifetime
(though any plane would be considered the “Prime
Material Plane” to a native thereof).
The Astral Plane is a very different concept. It's usually
thought of as either a ghostly projection of this plane or a
version of super-reality based on this one. Actually, the
Astral Plane exists between all planes of reality as a kind
of a non-dimensional buffer zone. It's a reflection of the
traveler's current Prime, shimmering in the space
between that plane and the next. (Contrast this with the
Ethereal Plane, which is comprised of the potential energy
of that-which-might-be: it's where possibilities, however
impossible, are already realities. Most dreams and
creative ideas are ethereal in nature.)
But let's get back to fairies. There are a lot of
differing beliefs about fairies, which makes objective
research difficult. Generally speaking, fairies are assumed
to be members of one or many races of non-human
sentient beings...and right after that is where the
dissimilarities of beliefs begin. The word “fairy”, in fact,
seems to be a catch-all term to define any number of
magical non-human people. As I understand it, most
fairies don't even like to be called 'fairies' -- a fact that
could be explained by each Fey/Sylvan species' wish to
not be lumped in with every other non-human group.
Fairies (if they'll kindly pardon my rudeness in
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convenience) are probably visitors from
many different planes of existence. They
must travel through the Astral buffer to
get
here.
Perhaps
part
of
our
consciousness must travel through it in
order to observe them. Maybe we meet in
the middle. Then again, they could be
projections of the spirits of our earthly
plants and/or animals, taking on forms to
which we humans can more easily
relate...or else...
or maybe...or...or...hmm.
What are those little flashing lights
behind my computer? They're so pretty...

Dragon Inspiration Spell
By Aguila
Dragons of the Earth and Sea,
Bring me inspiration, please.
Dragons of the Wind and Flame,
Listen, as I call your name!
From hidden coves and woodland
groves,
Gather insights ages old!
From burning sands and wind swept
peaks,
Alight my heart with what I seek!
Untold stories, legends, myths,
Whisper to me without risks
From thrones of Kings and halls of
mice,
From childhood dreams and caves of
ice.
With pen and parchment I declare,
My goals fulfilled with greatest care!

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All About Invocation
By Tinwe Tercenya
Invocation is a very complex type of magic, not so
much because it is any more difficult than other
types, but rather because there are a wide variety
of ways that it is used in the various magickal
traditions.
An invocation, according to the Merriam-Webster
Online Dictionary, is "the act or process of
petitioning for help or support", often in the form
of a "prayer of entreaty". This dictionary also offers
a second pertinent definition:
a "formula for
conjuring: incantation". Zell-Ravenheart, in his
"Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard", concurs with
the first definition and furthers the
second when he writes that an
invocation is "to speak from within"
(152), or, in other words, to draw the
Spirit into the invokers own body.
Invocation is differentiated from
evocation in the "Grimoire", in that
evocation is defined as "to speak from
without" (152), or to draw the Spirit
to a location other than the invokers
body.
According to the Wikipedia article on invocation,
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invocation)
the
“speaking from without” and “speaking from
within” distinction can be found in many
Shamanistic religions. In other magickal traditions,
invocation is distinguished from evocation in that
the former is a polite request for a spirit's
presence, while the latter is compelling the spirit
to appear. However, depending on the tradition,
invocation can be anything from a request to a
bargain to a command to a threat.

An invocation that fits the first definition, that of a
supplication or prayer, usually calls on a god or
goddess, either for the purpose of worship or for
the purpose of a specific request, such as healing
or protection. This is frequently done in the form of
a standard prayer, such as the “Hail Mary” in
Roman Catholicism, but a supplication can also be
done in the words of the petitioner. In some
traditions, it is believed that the god(s) or
goddess(es) will provide aid because they are
loving guardians, or even loving fathers/mothers.
In other traditions, it is more of a bargaining with
the Spirits invoked. For instance, in an Ár
nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship (ADF) ritual,
the participants offer sacrifices to the god(s) and
goddess(es) invoked during the ritual
in return for favors. The sacrifice and
resulting favor are seen as an
exchange of gifts. Others see this as
something of a business deal -- they
are trading an offering or promise in
exchange for a favor from the god or
goddess.
Invocations of the second variety, as
an act of conjuring, can call on any
spirit being, such as gods, goddesses,
faerie etc. Again, some traditions will
politely request the being to be present. Other
traditions will command the invoked Spirit to
appear and then will threaten it with some sort of
consequence if the favor is not granted. This is
often the case with the invoking of demons.
Personally, I tend to prefer the polite request
variety of invocation, since I feel it is more ethical.
It is one of those “golden rule” things for me. I
would not want to be compelled to be present and,
therefore, I do not wish to compel spirit beings to
be present.

About this spring of ancient fame say true,
The dapper elves their moonlight sports renew;
Their pigmy king and little fairy queen
In circling dances gamboll'd on the green,
With tuneful sprites a merry concert made,
And airy music warbled through the shade.

-- Alexander Pope

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Try Explaining This to the HMO Agent

treatment for certain disorders of the bowels and
intestines.

(or “My Doctor Gave Me Worms!”)
by Jymi X/0
Ok, Blue Wizards – your home healing techniques
range from ancient to new-age cutting-edge, and
your remedy kit is well-stocked with chamomile
(for colds and allergies), spearmint (for tummyaches), and a quartz crystal for...well, just about
everything. But what do you do when a patient
comes to you with a festering open wound?
Quick! Grab the maggots!
WHAT? EWWWWWW! MAGGOTS?
You may well recoil from the thought – funny
thing: most people do – but it turns out that blowfly maggots are an efficient and cost-effective way
to clean dead cells out of a wound and hasten the
healing process. This “maggot debridement
therapy” even leaves the wound clean:
the
maggots act as disinfectant agents, too, eating the
bacteria as well as the dead cells.
This all seems so counterintuitive. Maggots are
baby flies, and everyone knows that flies carry all
kinds of germs. But despite their high grossness
factor, maggots are efficient healers. They eat only
the dead cells, leaving the live tissues alone.
Though you certainly don't want the filthy, grownup blowflies crawling on you, maggots (the flies'
larval form) are relatively clean.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration agrees.
Maggots – and their equally archaic medical
cousins, leeches – have enjoyed official approval
as “medical devices” in the States since 2004. In
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We've all heard stories about the horrors of the
widespread
medieval
medical
practice
of
“bloodletting”. Illnesses were often thought to be
caused by excessive blood or old blood that had
become stagnant. One method of dealing with this
was to place leeches on the patient and allow them
to suck out several pints of blood. A patient had to
go to a specialist to have this done – usually the
town barber. Understandably, this only served to
make a lot of people even sicker.
Sometimes, though, a loss of blood is a good
thing, such as when a patient develops severe
swelling or a blood clot. Simple solution? Stick a
leech on 'em. The benefit of leeching is twofold –
the leeches remove the excess blood, while
excreting several helpful solutions in their saliva,
including proteins and a mild numbing agent.
Healers had the idea of enlisting maggots when
they noticed that injured soldiers found on the
battlefields with maggots crawling in their wounds
tended to heal better and faster than those who
hadn't been infested.
Luckily, patients don't have to lie outside with their
injuries exposed, waiting for flies to come along
and lay eggs. Doctors and hospitals can order
maggots and leeches from special suppliers. The
animals are bred specifically for medical use, and
are sterilized before they touch anyone. (That's
right, kids -- that means that you should not try
this at home!) The patients' reactions range
anywhere from curious enthusiasm to repugnance
and a total refusal to have anything to do with it.
SOURCES:

Rubin, Rita. “Maggots and Leeches: Good Medicine.”
USA Today. 7 July 2004. May 12 2006.
<http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2004-07-07-leeches-maggots_x.htm>
Ther, Kan. “Maggots and Leeches: Old Medicine is New.”
Live Science.com. 19 April 2005. 12 May 2006.
<http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/050419_maggots.html>
Maggot Therapy Project. Ed. Sherman, Ronald A., M.D. 2005.
University of California, Irvine. 12 May, 2006.
<http://www.ucihs.uci.edu/com/pathology/sherman/home_pg.htm>

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What is Magick?
By Dolphin
Written as part of the “Staff and Scroll” class
To me, magick means that there’s more to the way the universe
works than science can observe. It means that personal power isn’t
just a metaphor for feeling good, but a phrase that means that an
individual can change his life through his intentions.
I also believe that there are people who use magick but are unaware
of it. People who are very successful in business, such as Donald
Trump and Bill Gates, have surely tapped into some tremendous
prosperity magick. People who recover from life threatening illnesses
because they so want to live are surely tapping into their powers of
magickal healing.
I really like “probability enhancement” as a definition for magick. I
wonder if anyone working in “quality control” ever considered what
they do a sort of magick? In any case, I do have my idea about how
magick works. It’s probably close to how many people think of it, but
still, it’s what I’ve come to understand over the years. Magick is
programming energy and sending it into the universe, to tweak the
connections between all things in a way that brings about your will. The energy can be personal, Gaian,
universal, or even spiritual. The words and correspondences the Wizard uses when programming this
energy program the power to go out into the universe and start making subtle—or large—changes to tip
probability into the Wizard’s favor. (When I cast a spell, I always specify that it is to do no harm, giving
the magick ethical restraints.)
I absolutely believe that magick is real. When I first started learning about Wicca around seventeen years
ago, I had my doubts. Spiritually I came to realize that Wicca was the right path for me, but it took some
time, and a few successful spells and magickal meditations, to realize that magick does indeed work. It
took longer for me to understand that magick doesn’t break the laws of science. Fitting the two together
was a bit of a mental challenge, but now I have a deeper understanding of both.
If magick is real, then it’s real, period! Not believing in it won’t cause it to be false. That kind of doubt
may certainly affect the success of a spell, but it doesn’t mean the magickal process isn’t happening. If I
cast a spell to bring me one hundred dollars so I can get a loved one a birthday present when I’m almost
broke, and I get the money from an unexpected source, then the magick worked. Someone else would call
it coincidence or think I’m a fool, but the fact is, it still happened. The “problem” with magick is that it
can’t be measured and proven in a laboratory. It falls out of the bounds of what science can test for. That
doesn’t make it false.
As stated, it is like the tree in the forest question. Is a sound what is perceived by an ear, or is it sound
waves? A tree falling in the forest with no one—not even an animal—to hear it still makes the same sound
waves as if a person were nearby. A spell still sends out a Wizard’s intention whether someone else
believes it or not. This also brings me back to people who are very successful in various aspects of their
lives. I do believe that, though surely he doesn’t believe in magick, Donald Trump is using magick as he
continues to make lots of money.
There’s a book called “Think and Grow Rich” which describes visualization techniques for making a fortune.
Already being a magickal person when I read this book, I was only surprised that a Mundane had figured
out these principles and put them so elegantly. In short, magick works for everyone.

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Interview with Grey School Staff Artist

Jonathan Fesmire
By Eothyll

Q.

Hello Jonathan Fesmire. First off, thank
you for taking time out of your busy schedule
for this interview. For those of you that don't
know, Jonathan (aka Dolphin) is the Grey
School's new staff artist. So first off Jonathan,
how did this come to be? How did you first get
involved with the Grey School of Wizardry and
then come to be staff artist?

A.

I saw "Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard" in a
book store and bought it. Then, I mentioned to my
friend Elizabeth Barrette that I had found this great
new book. I found out that she was the new Dean of
Studies at a school based on the book, and she
thought I should see about being on faculty as well!
I was accepted as a Divination teacher (because of
my experience with the Tarot), but I realized that I
was too busy to teach classes. Later, I was asked to
be staff artist, and accepted. Although I'm not
teaching at the school just yet, I love just being a
part of it.

Q.

That's great, thank you! What kind of work
do you do as staff artist? Are there any
specific projects you're working on right now?

A. My first GSW artwork was

designing CG versions
of the house and lodge shields. Then, I published
journal books with those shields. One of my current
projects is creating a new image for each
department page. I've done a new one for Nature
Studies so far. Oh, and I'm working with MoonWriter
on a patch for the upcoming Oregon Conclave.

CG art, the better I get. As far as what keeps me
there... it's fun! I enjoy it so much. There's never a
lack of subject matter, either. I've always had a
drive to create, and now I have two outlets for it:
writing, and art.

Q.

Speaking of writing, I also hear that you're
a published writer. I'm currently reading your
novel "Tamshi's Imp" and, so far, it's great!
What got you into tha,t and what have been
your experiences with writing so far?

A.

I've been writing for most of my life! I
remember making up stories when I was a kid,
illustrating them, and then having a teacher or one
of my parents write in the story. I started writing in
earnest in middle school. My stories weren't very
good, but I had to start somewhere! By my senior
year of high school, I was writing quite a lot. I took
a creative writing class, for which I wrote a number
of short stories, a novelette, and a novella. I also
co-edited the school's literary magazine that year. I
wrote one novel in college, which saw online
publication later. It was all right, but not something
I'd even want to see published in book form. Still, it
was great practice. After college, mostly during my
years of working in the dot coms, I wrote a bunch of
short stories, plus my novels, "Children of Rhatlan,"
and "Tamshi's Imp." I had some success with
getting my short stories published. I even sold one
story to "Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy
Magazine."
I had some difficulties with small
publishers and agents between 1999 and 2004. I
won't go into details here, but I decided to go the
way of John Grisham and other great writers who
have taken their careers into their own hands, and
self published my books.

Q.

I'm glad to see your work published, and
I'm sure you'll do great. Self publishing is
becoming a wonderful way for writers to reach
a broader range of readers. Now, can you
explain more about one of your projects in
A. I've always loved fantasy art, but my drawing particular-I'm sure that staff and student alike
isn't as good as I'd like it to be. I downloaded the would love to hear more about your tarot
demo version of Poser 4 in 2002, and quickly project.
realized that I could create fantasy images that A. Absolutely! I don't want to give too much away,
were up to my standards. I could illustrate my though!
characters and explore new ideas. So, I got the full Q. How about a teaser then?
version, started building up my library of models,
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and have been doing it every sense. The more I do

Q.

I've seen some of your work and it's
amazing! What got you into art and what
keeps you there? What inspires you to keep
creating?

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couldn't buy that. The second was the belief that so
many harmless things were "evil." Divination,
intimacy between consenting (but not married)
partners, even other religions. I became Agnostic
for years, believing in a higher power, but having no
real idea what that power might be like. Then,
while I was working in a book store, I came across
Scott Cunningham's "The Truth about Witchcraft
Today." I read that and thought, "This sounds right!"
I didn't stick with it at the time, but now I knew
about Wicca, and my mind started contemplating it.
I even cast a couple of small spells that worked. A
few years later, I re-read the book and knew that it
was the right path for me. After studying for much
more than a year and a day, I did a self initiation, as
outlined by Raymond Buckland. So, now I'm Wiccan.
Initiation is magickal, to say the least. I've felt like a
different person, like the Gods have been watching
over me, since that ritual. I tend to do a lot of minispells: visualizing a free parking space in a busy
Q. I can't wait to see the finished product! I lot, for instance. My bigger spells have worked well,
wish you the best of luck in getting them too.
Q. And lastly, do you have anything you'd like
published.
A. Oh, for anyone who would like to check out the to add for any aspiring apprentices, artists,
first Tarot deck I designed, you can see thumbnails and writers out there?
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A.

The deck reflects the way I see the world, as a
fantasy author, artist, and Wiccan. The religious
angle isn't over the top at all, but since its part of
me, it's present. It's more of a spiritual feel, and
nothing dogmatic, of course. Actually, I think it's a
deck that would go over well with Grey School
students and faculty! I'm getting a proposal
together to send to publishers now. So far, I have
eight cards done: one pip and one court card from
each suit. I'm going to do two or three major arcana
cards, then send off the proposal. I'm hoping that
the unique vision, the quality of the art, my Tarot
experience, and perhaps the fact that I'm the Grey
School staff artist will all help to get it published!
For writers with an entrepreneurial spirit, self
publishing works great for books these days, but
self publishing a deck of cards is expensive. Besides,
there are several fine Tarot deck publishers out
there.

on my Web site. Also, if you have a registered copy A. I think just the normal stuff! Study hard. For
of the "Orphalese Tarot" program, you can download writing, read a lot, read eclectically, and write every
the deck to use within it. It's called the "Taibril day. For art, see what other artists are doing,
observe the world around you, and practice in
Tarot," and ties in with my novels.
Q. Now, finally, what got you into magick? whatever medium you want to get good in. Take joy
What types of magick do you practice? What in your creativity! Writing and doing art for a living
has your experience been thus far in the world is fantastic, but they should also be their own
of magick? And lastly, do you have anything reward.
you'd like to add for any aspiring apprentices, Q. Well, thank you again, Jonathan. It's been
great talking to you and thanks again for
artists and writers out there?
A. I don't want to offend any of our non-Pagan taking time out of your busy schedule to
students, so remember that this is about my answer these questions. I wish you the best in
personal thoughts and convictions. I came to Wicca all of your endeavors and look forward to
before magick (though they are closely related). reading your books, seeing your artwork, and
Basically, I became disillusioned with Christianity for hopefully getting a copy of your tarot cards
two major reasons. The first was the idea that when they're out.
anyone who is a non-Christian is doomed to "Hell." I

A.

You're welcome!

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Inspiration
By Aguila
How difficult it is for us sometimes, to fulfill our dreams. How very painful, too.
Yet, this is all part of growth in everything we do.
Have you ever noticed how the Goddess guides us? Like nature, sometimes it’s
a gentle nudge; a soft, quiet, breeze. Those are often overlooked because, if we
are not really paying attention, we might miss them altogether. Those are the
ones our fears find most easy to squelch…That faint impulse to take a chance on
a dream we’ve long kept hidden from our own view.
There is also the type of inspiration that rushes forward, like that seventh wave
in the ocean…huge, full, and overturning us with its force. I find the Goddess
generally sends me this type, when I refuse to listen to the whispers of my
muse.
Inspiration is a many sided die, perhaps more like one of those gaming counters
with words inscribed instead of numbers.
Each word represents an impulse,
like faith, hope, trust, continue, explore, play, give in, listen, or believe, and it’s
up to us whether we act on these subtle insights or not. True, there is no
guarantee of success, not really; and yet we discover that once we begin to take
that leap of faith and try our best, the Universe answers our call.
Sometimes the results are better than we hoped for, while other times we
discover, much to our dismay, that we still have much growth and fine tuning to
do before we reach our desired outcome. But the most important aspect I have
discovered is that it is in the doing that we truly learn. It is in the surrender of
our own notions and expectations that we come into our One-ness with
Creation. It is in this faith, trust, and surrender to the energy in the spell, in the
words, in the art, in the musical notes, in the movement of the dance, in the
dream’s dream, that true inspiration is finally set free, and illumination is
birthed.
Expectation is just another word for limitation; perhaps that’s why I hate titles
so. It seems just another way to control, another way to rob our spirits of the
liberation needed in order to explore. It is only when we let go of everything
but the moment that Divine Connection is made. Divine Connection is our true
teacher and muse. And one more thing….The more we heed and respect our
tools, the more they inspire and share their Knowing-ness and Divine
Connection with us.

Faeries of the World
Helega De Grey – International Editor
Those wonderful, mysterious creatures living hidden amongst us.
Dwelling with Mother Earth since who-can-truly-say when. All cultures
and religions have their own stories of them. What are they and where
do they really come from? Do they still exist? Is it possible to make
contact with them?
Faeries are mostly known as tiny creatures with wings. They love to
dance and enjoy music and sweet things. They are also known for being
mischievous at times, and are believed to have magickal powers. There
are all kinds of faeries, and every single one has their own personality.
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In some traditions of France, the British Isles, and Germany, it was believed that the Pagan
gods/goddesses, and even tribal ancestors, became Faeries. It’s said that they lived in the Pagan burial
mounds and barrow graves which were believed to be the entrances to the Pagan paradise. When we go
back to the 17th Century, we’ll find some history about shrines kept by ‘a thousand old women’. It’s said
they taught the rites of Venus to young maidens, instructing them in faery feats like shape-shifting and
raising storms. Fatuae pr fatidicae “seeresses” and bonnen filles “Good girls” were names they were
known by.
Most faeries travel in groups rather than alone, and these faeries are called Trouping Faeries. They are
the most commonly known of all faeries. Faeries that travel alone seem to be a bit mean-spirited, though
not all of them are. These faeries are called the Solitary Faeries. Some travel in large bands and are
called The Raid. They travel playing music and riding their horses. It’s said that all holidays are a great
time to make contact with them.
In today’s day and age, it’s not as easy to make contact with them as it was in the past. It’s believed that
Faeries – also known as ‘the little people’- have a vast distrust of the human race. They dislike urban
settings. They are more likely to be found in untouched natural environment. They are also seasonal
beings and dislike noise. The one thing that most religions and cultures agree upon is that Faeries like
offerings, especially offerings of milk and honey. Reading a book to them is a good way of making
contact.
Some signs of Faerie approach and presence may be a sudden
unexplained trembling/whispering of leaves, or unexplained chills and
goose flesh. Ever felt as if an insect was walking through your hair just
to find there was none? …well, that, too, may have been a faerie.
They are magickal creatures full of enjoyment for life. Isn’t that, itself,
something we humans can learn from them?
Source:
http://www.angelfire.com/realm2/amethystbt/faeries.html
The Lost Books of Merlyn – Douglas Monroe
Enchantment of the Faerie Realm – Ted Andrews

I believe in everything
until it's disproved. So
I believe in fairies, the
myths, dragons. It all
exists, even if it's in
your mind. Who's to
say that dreams and
nightmares aren't as
real as the here and
now?
~John Lennon

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Litha and Midsummer
by Hikari

The

festival of Midsummer, or Litha,
occurs on the day of the Summer
Solstice (on June 21st, this year), the

day when the sun reaches its highest
apex, at the Tropic of Cancer. Though it
is considered, in modern times, to be
the beginning of summer, it was actually
considered to be the exact middle of the
Celtic summer, falling between Beltane
and Lugnasadh. The meaning of this
day is found in its symbolism. Since
this is the longest day of the year and
the sun will be in the sky for its longest
time, it is considered a day where light
triumphs over darkness.
Midsummer was known to the ancient
Germanic peoples and to modern
Wiccans as Litha.
During Litha,
according to Wiccans, the goddess is
said to be pregnant, the child
representing the bounty of a coming
harvest, and the god, symbolized as the
sun, is said to be at the height of his
powers.
The meaning of the word,
“Litha,” is debated to be of many
different origins, none of which can be
substantially proven. It is one of the
“quarter days,” or Lesser Sabbats.
As Christianity expanded, adopted, and
synthesized pagan holidays as its own,
Litha became St. John the Baptist’s day,
the ascetic prophet of, and cousin to,
Jesus Christ. Due to the slippage of

calendar days in relation to the actual
movement and timing of the heavens,
however, St. John the Baptist’s day is
celebrated on the 24th, and Litha,
defined
by
solstice
rather
than
convention, occurs on the same day as
Midsummer’s.
Even though Midsummer’s Day is
celebrated in different ways by a wide
variety of peoples, some of the
traditions have barely survived into
modern times.
Additionally, various
neo-pagan groups tend to celebrate in
diverse ways.
Take, for example, the traditional food
of Litha. According to Gordon Ireland,
in his article “Litha, the Summer
Solstice,”:
“Litha's
foods
vary,
depending upon the author and tradition
you adhere to. Cunningham suggests
fruits, Buckland, cakes and ale, and
Starhawk, bread and drink. However,
given that this is a day to celebrate the
sun, foods should be of yellow (gold),
orange, or reds.”
(http://realmagick.com/articles/45/214
5.html)
The celebration of this holiday, as with
any restructured pagan holiday, is left in
the hands of the celebrant to read the
correspondences and adapt his or her
own path to them.

Sources:
http://realmagick.com/articles/45/2145.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Litha#Litha
http://www.homestead.com/englishheathenism/heathencalendar.html
http://www.hallsofavalon.com/Litha.htm

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The
Faerie
World

Truth Be Told
By Katalan Moon
The very word, fairy, truly sparks a million different
ideas and feelings in one single moment when
mentioned. I doubt any other word, other than
perhaps Jesus, could have the same bragging rights
as fairy.

Fairies are everywhere. You find their influences in
movies, cartoons, and old tales about magical
creatures, especially those with a dragon being slain
I found my study of the by some sort of knight.
faerie world exciting. It's one of the multiverses that
we, as Wizards, live in. One of the most fascinating I always thought of fairies as being a source of
things I found is that, even though our world is truth. To see or feel a fairy was to find your own
parallel to theirs, they also live in and depend on personal truth. For what are we, really, without a
our world for part of their existence. I become awed sense of who we are and what we stand for?
when I see the wonders of nature and know that the
“wee folk,” as they are called, are responsible for Magical creatures are like the story books they come
maintaining its shapes, colors, aromas, and rate of from. They contain knowledge from long, long ago.
growth. I feel that the faerie world is worth getting They sit and they wait for someone with the skill to
to know because it is responsible for so many things find them and learn from them.
that bring us pleasure.
By Magus

It's true that we think of faeries as being tiny, but
they can be smaller than an ant or as big as you or
I. Another reason I think the faerie world is exciting:
sometimes they make our homes their homes. Yes,
there are house faeries and they share our daily
lives. So why can't you see them? You can if you're
not an adult and you don't have iron in the
immediate area. Iron can cause them to perish.
There are different ways of entering the faerie
world, so pay close attention to your studies. Just
keep in mind that there are rules that must be
followed when entering this world. Obey them and
you will have as much fun learning as I did.
I think the faerie world is wondrous because it truly
is a mystical, magickal wonderland and its
inhabitants are as varied as our own. Imagine a
world, like our own, without the modern
technologies such as cars and planes, and with
beautiful plains, meadows, forests, seas, rivers,
mountains, and valleys, and you will be thinking of
the faerie world. This world is like the astral: it is
not without its dangers, but once you learn the laws
and rules it's really quite safe and fun. If my opinion
of this world has sparked your curiosity, then pursue
it, and you will find the journey worth your pursuit.
And you can form an opinion of your own.

There was a movie made in the 90’s about two little
girls who told people they saw fairies because they
knew it made people happy to believe. They even
took pictures that they set up. And in the end, when
they had been found out to have lied about seeing
them, they still had hope that they were real.
Fairies inspire hope just as much as they inspire
truth, innocence, beauty, and a slue of other
feelings. You see and feel what you want to see and
feel. Nothing could ever change your perceptions of
your own personal reality.
So I end you with this
witch’s thought. Think
about where you are
right now. Yes, there is
fairy there, too. And
something
beautiful
awaits you.

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The Twilight Zone(s)
by Jymi X/0
In April, I found myself on the Flames' Lodge Earth
Day Challenge team. Since I'll be majoring in Black
magic, the “Dark Arts” task fell to me:
(a) “...determine the time of each of the three
twilights” (Astronomical, Nautical and Civil) “in your
home area...observe the change between [them]...”
(b) “Find an example of a plant or animal that
becomes activated by each stage of twilight.”
Sunset is a busy time for me, so I waited until the
last possible day, then stayed up to observe the
sunrise instead. Here's a sample from my
observation log:
4:30 am:

Dark.

Factory across the street making noise.

A few crickets and frogs; one early-bird
calling.

Insane commuters.

All the stars I see at night are still visible.
5:01 am:

The wind direction changed within just a few
minutes – coming more from the north now.
(And in through my window! Brrr.)

Feels more like “morning” than half an hour
ago did.

A few more bird sounds. I love birds! They
make mornings so cheerful.
5:12 am: ASTRONOMICAL TWILIGHT BEGINS
5:15 am:

The factory is making a different noise!

Seems a little lighter.

Must stay awake. Reading Timothy Leary's The
Game of Life by flashlight. It's not helping.
5:22 am:

Buses running now. Observation: the Transit
System is clearly one of the creatures activated
by the Astronomical Twilight period.
5:30 am:

Now I can see my breath. In my own room.

More birds calling. Frogs and crickets probably
all frozen to death.

Sky is lighter – definitely blue around the
edges.

Dr. Leary's “Twelve Futant Castes of PostTerrestrial Evolution” makes even less sense
than it did yesterday afternoon!
5:39 am:
• Sleep deprivation has never been much of a
problem for me. I can make it another hour.
• My neighbor's porch light is really the Eye of
Sauron.

5:51 am: NAUTICAL TWILIGHT BEGINS
5:52 am:

Cars have legs!

An exceptionally enthusiastic bird just woke up.

Eastern sky a much lighter blue. Matches my
fingers.
6:05 am:

There is enough light to make out the shapes
of the kids' beachballs lying in the neighbor's
yard.

I think hypothermia is setting in.
6:14 am:

The world looks kind of cyan-grey. Like the
aliens.

Someone shut that bird up.
6:17 am:

What was that noise? The factory?...or the
mother-ship! Maybe it's Dr. Leary coming back.
Well, he's got some explaining to do.
6:22 am:

Polaris very faint; Cassiopeia gone.

Eastern horizon a bright periwinkle.

If I can find that bird, I bet I can hit it with my
crossbow.

I will not fall asleep. I will not fall asleep. I will
not fall asleep...
6:23 am:

I am falling asleep.
6:27 am: CIVIL TWILIGHT BEGINS
6:31 am:

Polaris gone.

I can make out three different shades of green
in the trees around my house, and seven
different shades of blue in my lips, if I hold this
mirror just right. Cryogenics never felt so good!

Light seems to be coming faster.

Dr. Leary's “Twelve Futant Castes of PostTerrestrial Evolution” makes perfect sense.
6:35 am:

I am the eggman, I am the walrus, coo-coocoo-joo, I can't feel my legs.
6:57 am: SUNRISE!
7:01 am:

Can't sleep. Too bright.

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Summer 2006

Fairy Called

By Vivian Hadding © (AKA Aguila)

I remember the alluring pull most hidden places have had on my soul.
From deserted beaches in Cuba to deep haunting woods in Ohio, they have
all whispered my name. In New Orleans I heard ancient Oaks rustled their
dark leaves, like tiny percussion instruments tapping out songs of inward
journeys. I’d catch a glimpse of fairies swinging from gnarled limbs.
Dressed in silvery nets of Spanish Moss, they’d smile with bits of bright
cardinal feathers tucked about their hair.
When I walked the wind swept beaches in Puerto Rico, tall mysterious
Pines embraced me with their grace and love. I’ll never forget my fey encounters, the haunting voice of
the sea, or thought piercing whistle of the wind. I’ll always welcome the slow, slumbering speech of
stones steeped in oracular wisdom, the joyful gifts of streams, and the magnetic clarity and focus of fire.
I will ever recall the enchantment of realms as near to us as our own homes, with animals who’s wisdom
and grace far exceed our own. Nature spirits illuminate our awareness, like Divine inward breaths that
radiate and heal our lives, our loved ones, and our planet. They remind us to coexist and embrace the
impulse to venture forth with open hearts and minds. They are the true guardians of our world, our first
and last teachers. They are masters of persistence, hope, and change.
Wild, lonely, places are ever calling us, like fine silvery threads spun on spider silk. It’s a song so faintly
whispered only few ever hear, and fewer still answer the call to explore places filled with the presence of
otherworldly beings. Fairy called is a deep, abiding inclination to accept and respect the wild creative
places in your soul. It’s the sound of waves crashing and humming with eternal knowing. It’s dolphins
dancing and reminding you how to play. It’s dragons watching over you, guarding and guiding your way.
It’s the stillness of mornings, afternoons, and evenings when you stop and give thanks for all nature has
held out for you to embrace. Fairy called is as much your response as your responsibility. It’s about faith
in things hoped for, yet not quite seen…
Shape shifters and dreams merge in and out of our mundane vision. Fairy called is about seeing the
beauty and worth in all beings. It’s an answer to an ancient brother and sisterhood with all life.

Princess Edane... heard a voice singing on a May Eve like this,
and followed half awake and half asleep, until she came into the
Land of Faery, where nobody gets old and godly and grave,
where nobody gets old and crafty and wise,
where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue.
~William Butler Yeats, "The Land of Heart's Desire," 1894

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y Words

Compiled by Professor Moonwriter

From the Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition.
A. NOUNS
1. The land or home of the fays; fairy-land.
2. A collective term for the fays or inhabitants of fairyland;
fairy-folk.
3. Enchantment, magic; a magic contrivance; an illusion, a
dream.
4a. One of a class of supernatural beings of diminutive size, in
popular belief supposed to possess magical powers and to
have great influence for good or evil over the affairs of man.
4b. Fairy of the mine: a goblin supposed to inhabit mines.
(The designation is used by Milton; later writers use it as the
equivalent of the German kobold or gnome.)
4c. Fairy of the sea: a Nereid.
5. One possessing more than human power; an enchantress.
B. ADJECTIVES
1. Of or pertaining to fairies; of the nature of fairies; enchanted, illusory, fictitious.
2. Resembling a fairy, fairy-like; delicate, finely formed or woven.
C. ATTRIBUTES and COMBINED FORMS
1. General relations:
a. simple attributes, as fairy-arrow, -book, etc.; also various local names for the Foxglove (Digitalis
purpurea), fairy-bell, -cap, -fingers, -glove, -thimble, -weed;
b. appositive, as fairy-folk, -godmother;
c. instrumental and originative, as fairy-born, -haunted, -penciled adjs.;
d. parasynthetic and similative, as fairy-featured, -fine, -formed, -like adjs.
2. Special Combinations:
Fairies-arrow (elf shot), fairies' (fairy) bath, fairy-beads, fairy-bell or fairy bells (a kind of musical
instrument), fairy-bird, fairy (fairies') butter, fairy cake (a small individual sponge cake, usu. iced and
decorated), fairy-cheeses, , fairy-circle (fairy ring), fairy-dance (a circle of fairies dancing; hence fairycircled), fairy-court (the court of some fairy king or queen) fairy-cucumber, fairy-cups, fairy-cycle (a smallwheeled low bicycle for children), fairy-dance, fairy-eggs, fairy-fingermarks, fairy-flax, fairy-fly (a minute insect which
deposits its eggs in the eggs of other insects), fairy godmother (a fairy who acts as godmother or protector to a
mortal child; a benefactress, fairy-godmother v. trans., -godmotherly; also fairy godfather); fairy-grass, , fairy-green,,
fairy-groat, fairies'-hair, fairy-hammer, fairy-hillock, fairies-horse, fairy lamp (a lamp containing a candle), fairy light
(a small colored light used in illuminations and often hung among trees; a kind of nightlight; v. of ‘Very light’; hence
fairy-lighted), fairy-loaf, fairy-martin (Australian name for Hirundo ariel), fairy-money (money given by fairies, said to
crumble away rapidly), fairy moss (tiny, free-floating, aquatic ferns of the genus Azolla), fairy-mushroom (a
toadstool), fairy-nips, fairy-pavements (cubes used in Roman pavements), fairy penguin (the little or little blue
penguin, Eudyptula minor, found on the southern coasts of Australasia), fairy-pipe (an old kind of tobacco-pipe, frequently dug up
in Great Britain), fairy prince (a prince of the fairies; an idealized person, the ideal husband-to-be), fairy prion (Pachyptila turtur, of
Australasian and subantarctic coasts, with bluish bill and feet), fairy-purse, fairy queen (queen of the fairies; the player who takes
the part of the fairy queen in a pantomime), fairy-rade (the expedition of the fairies to the place where they hold their annual
banquet), fairy rose (Rosa chinensis), fairy-shrimp (a British fresh-water crustacean), fairy-sparks, fairy-stone (a fossil sea-urchin or echinite; a flint
arrow-head), fairies'-table (various fungi), fairy treasure, -wealth, fairy-money, fairy tern (Austral. and N.Z., a small black-crowned tern, Sterna nereis;
a tropical white tern, Anous (Gygis) albus), fairy-walk, and fairy dust (a magical dust imagined to be used by fairies; (hence) a (hypothetical) thing
considered special or extremely effective, or to have special powers; magic).

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A Campfire Tale
By Merana

(This is part III, the last part of a continuing tale;
parts I and II can be found in the Yule 2005 and
Spring 2006 newspapers.)
The Druidess is perched on a comfortable low
branch of an old oak, her favorite tree, and the
children are sitting around her and waiting with
bated breath. The stories of a druid were always
the most popular of all, and even a few adults with
tasks in their hands gathered nearby. One woman
shucked wool while a man sat sharpening his
sword.
“Tell us another tale, Grandmother!”
“Please?”
“It’s another hour before dinner, honored one,”
Gavin dutifully points out.
“Very well. In honor of the feast, I will tell you the
tale of the Fenians. This band of patriots did so
much for our lands that it is said that if their tales
are ever forgotten, if a bard should pass even one
day with telling their story, then these brave
warriors will come back from the grave.”
“That’d be cool.”
“Can we see that, grandmother?”
“Rrrreeeaaaallllly, Gavin? You want to see a putrid,
grey, and rotting corpse coming to steal your
breath and take your eyes for its own? I think that
might be a bit much for the trouble you usually get
into, but I could make sure I administer your next
punishment. I’ll speak to your mother. Though she
might be upset with having a blind child…” The old
woman’s eyes look off into the distance. Her
forehead crinkles as if deep in thought.
“No, no… that’s okay, grandmother… I didn’t mean
it. I don’t want it coming after ME. I just thought
it’d be neat to see it come after someone else.”
His friends glare at him and push him over. A small
tussle ensues.
“Enough.” The children right themselves, and the
adults grin.
“The Fenians were a band of warriors who formed a
standing force. They were paid by the High King of
Tara, but they were sworn of old to the defense of
the land.
This independence was both their
strength and their downfall.”
“For decades, this courageous troupe of soldiers

roamed the countryside at the command of the
High King. They defended the countryside against
bandits and invaders.
Like many heroes, they
gained big heads and started expecting special
treatment.
Eventually their pride and crimes
against the people were their doom.
“This disgrace started when Finn’s father Cumhal
banished Goll. Goll, also called Cad, was the head
of a powerful clan – the Morns. Goll went into exile
for a time, but upon his return he killed Cumhal in
revenge. He scattered Cumhal’s tribe, the
Baoisgne, to the four corners of the world, and took
over the Fenians.
“However, as the fates will do, Goll’s wheel turned.
Cumhal’s son, Finn, was rescued and brought up in
secret.
Finn had ‘wonderful adventures…upon
perilous seas and in faery lands forlorn with wild
best, giants, witches, and wizards, and Tuatha De
Danaan themselves.’ [Sorry, I couldn’t say it better;
I love that line] Finn even won the granddaughter
of Dagda himself for his wife.
“This great warrior eventually faced a challenge and
won a boon from the High King. This boon was, of
course, the leadership of the Fenians, his lawful
inheritance.
After that, the Tuatha and Fenians
became fast friends.
Fenians had complete
freedom to come and go in Sidhe, and the Tuatha
sent many warriors, including Dagda’s grandson, to
fight alongside the Fenians. In the Battle of Ventry,
the Tuatha and Fenians together repelled the
invasion of Daire Donn, the High King of the World,
and saved Ireland.
“The decree of the High King did not sit well with
Goll. It created schism that eventually split the
Fenians. Once the Fenians took issue with the High
King, the Morn sided with the High King rather than
their own group.
This became the ruin of the
Fenians, for in the battle of Gavra the Fenians were
almost decimated soon after killing Cairbre, the
High King of Ireland himself.
“However, Ossian, son of Finn, escaped into the Tir
Na Nog, the land of the faery. In this paradise he
enjoyed eternal youth for three hundred years.
Eventually, Ossian grew homesick and longed to
see his homeland again. He was placed on a
special horse and warned not to let his feet touch
the earth. In a wry twist of fate, his saddle broke,
and Ossian fell down, becoming a blind old man.
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many of the tales of the Fenians through Ossian, as
St. Patrick and Ossian tried to convert each other to
their way of life.”
……..
“Children, I have told much about our myths and
legends, but what if I told you that you already
knew these tales by another name?

“So the cauldron is the grail?” inquires Gavin, with
his head tilted awry.

“King Arthur and his tales have traveled ‘round the
globe, and are credited as being solely British in
origin. While the creator of the modern myth is
certainly a Brit, the seeds of these stories are our
own. I have already mentioned how Arthur himself
resembles Gwydion. Arthur’s sister Gwyar is none
other than Arianrhod; her children Dylan and Lleu
closely mimic Gwalchmai (Sir Gwaine) and Medrawt
(Mordred). The famous ruler and magician Math or,
some say, Myrrdinn becomes Merlin.

“Teacher, earlier you said that every hero in the
tales of Arthur had a local origin.
Who was
Lancelot?”

“Arthur’s wife Guinevere can be seen in
Gmenhwyvar.
Guinevere is kidnapped by Sir
Meliagraunce; Gmenhwyvar is kidnapped by a man
called Melwas. King Brandegore is Ban of Gower;
Sir Brandiles is Bran of Gwales. March is King
Mark; Gwalchave is Sir Galahad; Kai is Sir Kay. So
you see, children, there is nothing new under this
sun. Nature recycles everything for her use, as you
must learn to do.
“I am sure you know of the tales of the Holy Grail.
This sacred vessel of Christ is believed to have
magickal healing properties of both wounds and
sickness. It can only be seen by the pure of heart,
those without sin. What other vessels do you know
of that can cure sickness?”
“The cauldron of the Diancecht?” pipes up a darkeyed youngling.
“Good, Maeve. Who can use this cauldron?”
“Only the brave.”
“Very good… What other cauldrons have I spoke
of?”
“Doesn’t Brigit have a cauldron?” a small boy asks,
biting his lip.
“Yes, Timothy, it is called the Cauldron of
Inspiration and Science. In Cerridwen’s cauldron,
she brewed an elixir of prophecy. The Dagda had a
cauldron of plenty. Even Arawn, the king of Annwn,
had a cauldron.
Taliesin describes it as being
encrusted around the rim with pearls, and further
states that nine mystical maidens warmed this
cauldron with only their breath. These cauldrons
would not function for the weak, or the cowardly, or
the dishonest. Sound familiar?”

“Well, it certainly inspired the new legend, don’t
you think?” The crowd pauses to consider her
words. After awhile the silence becomes palpable.
No one is sure what to do or say next. The druid
simply waits and smiles.

“You ARE a clever girl, aren’t you, Maeve?”
Maeve's dark curls bounce as she squirms with
pleasure at this compliment.
“Lancelot is
apparently the exception to the rule. The Irish and
Welsh versions of the tale make no mention of a
lover, or betrayal on the part of Gmenhwyvar.
Whether this is the Brit’s way of including their
flawed version of women as Guinevere, or simply a
lost portion of the legend, we don’t know.” Merana
takes another deep breath and sighs. She adjusts
her position and grimaces with pain.
“Now off to your mothers – help them set up for
dinner – do not get in their way. Remember your
promise. These old bones need to rest; I will be
most upset if I have to get up to chastise you.”
The boys run off to the fields. “The old bat, she’ll
never know.”
“She does tell a good story though.” Just as they
pass over the edge of the encampment a loud
“CRACK!” is heard. Gavin, Michael and Timothy
freeze. A tree falls and blocks their path. The boys
look at each other in fright. “D-D-Do you think?”
“I dunno -- I think we’d better go help our mums,
just in case.” They turn around and proudly walk to
the central fire, as if it was all their idea, and
proceed to help set the tables and distribute drink.
A soft voice
background.

can

be

heard

cackling

in

the

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Head games

See if you can figure it out! Answers will be on the last page of the paper. Good Luck!
1. The housekeeper was distraught after she found Fred and Ginger lying dead on the floor. There
was some broken glass near their bodies, and the carpet was damp. Who killed Fred and Ginger?
2. A man charged through the crowd, ripped open a lady’s blouse, punched her in the chest and
carried her away with him. No one in the crowd, however, including two police officers, tried to
stop him. Why? The man was unarmed and wasn’t a particularly imposing figure physically.
3. A woman recently engaged the services of a private detective. She was being blackmailed by
someone who lived in her apartment building or on her block. She had received a number of
scrawled notes; the most recent was pushed under her door that morning. The detective looked at
the note for awhile, then asked the woman for a pencil. Five minutes later he went to apprehend
the blackmailer. How did he know who did it?
4. Two detectives were injured in a shootout in New York. One was the others son, but the other was
not the other ones father. Can you explain this?
5. A police woman stood and watched as a man tried to pick the lock and enter her house. When he
could not pick the lock, he then broke the window and gained access that way. The police woman
did not report the incident. Why not?
6. Arthur and Barry were born on the same day, same month, same year, and in the same room. They
have the same mom and dad and their appearance is identical, but they are not twins. What is the
simplest explanation for this?
7. Bobby either always lies or always tells the truth.
Bobby can never make. What is it?

Regardless of which, there is one statement

8. How many times does the letter F appear in the following sentence?
“The Fantasy Factory is the result of scientific investigation
combined with the fruits of long experience.”
Answers on page 36

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Kitchen Hearth
by Skye

Here are some recipes you
can do to get you in the
midsummer’s mood -be sure to leave some for 2 Tbsp butter
the fairies!
2 Tbsp diced green peppers

Stuffed Mushrooms

¼ Cup chopped mushrooms stems
2 Tbsp chopped onions
¾ Cup bread crumbs
2 Tbsp cooked bacon –crumbled
1 Cup dried or fresh mushrooms
¼ Tsp thyme
1 ½ Cups peeled and diced tomato (use 1 can Salt and pepper
peeled and diced tomato, unless you have fresh 1/2 lb large mushrooms-stems removed
tomato)
12 slices of small cheese
½ Tsp Lavender
¼ Cup chopped Italian parsley
Preheat oven to 350. Melt 1 Tbsp butter on low
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
heat; sauté mushrooms, green peppers and onions
1 Tbsp butter
until tender. Mix bread crumbs, bacon, thyme, and
¼ Tsp hot sauce (optional)
salt and pepper. Spoon mix into mushroom caps;
Salt and pepper to taste….
put on cookie sheet. Melt the rest of the butter and

Fairy Ring Mushroom Pasta Sauce

drizzle on caps. Top with cheese and cook for 15
Heat butter and olive oil in sauté pan. Add minutes.
mushrooms and lavender; cook slowly for 15
minutes, then add tomato and parsley; cook 15-20
minutes on medium heat. Cook pasta, boil and add
sauce over spaghetti.

Fried Faery Honeycakes

Noodles in Fairy Butter
4 Hardboiled egg yolks
½ Cup sweet butter, softened
½ Cup sugar
1 Tsp thyme (dry or fresh)
1 Tsp sweet basil
2 Tbsp orange flower water
1lb noodles, cooked
1 orange, sliced
Beat the egg yolks, sugar, butter, thyme, basil and
orange water in a small bowl until smooth. Mix
enough of the butter with hot noodles to coat them
with golden yellow color; garnish with orange slices.
* When it is possible, use fresh herbs rather than
dried herbs.

½ Cup sweet white wine
2 Tbsp sugar
1 egg
1 Cup honey
2/3 Cup flour
1/8 Tsp nutmeg
1/8 Tsp cinnamon
Oil for frying
1/8 Tsp salt
Beat the wine and egg in a
medium
bowl.
Combine
flour, cinnamon, salt and
sugar in a small bowl. Stir in
the egg mixture. Let stand
30 minutes. Combine the honey and nutmeg in a
small bowl. Heat ½ inch of the oil in a frying pan
until hot, but not smoking. Drop the batter into the
oil 1 tablespoon at a time; fry until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels. Dip into the honey.

** This recipe is from England- 1700’s. The notes Yield: 1 ½ Dozen
indicate ‘this is a sweet side dish which, with its
bright color and scent, inspires thought of spring
frolic, abundant buttercups and pranks by the fey.
People of the middle ages loved sweetened or spice
butter, especially honey or sage butter.

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Wildflower Pound Cake
1
1
1
5
1
1
1

Cup butter
½ Cups flour
Tsp vanilla
eggs, separated
½ Cups powdered sugar
Tsp baking powder
Cup edible flowers

Fairy Drink
2
2
2
1

Cups fresh strawberries
Cups vanilla ice cream
Cups sparkling water
Cup diced pineapple

Blend until smooth in blender. Serve in chilled
glasses.

Cream butter, sift flour, and gradually add to butter.
Beat egg yolks until thick and yellow in a separate Serves 4
bowl. Gradually add sugar to egg yolks, then
combine mixes. Beat egg whites until stiff, then add
to mix. Sift baking powder over mix, gently fold in
flowers. Bake for 1 hour on 350, garnish with 1 ½ Cups milk
1/8 Tsp vanilla extract
flowers that are leftover.
1 Tsp honey
A sprinkle of cinnamon
A slice of lemon

Fairy Nectar

Rose Petal Sorbet

2 Cups milk
3 Cups water
20 rose petals, washed
12 oz sugar
1 Cup lemon juice
2 Tbsp rose petal water
Grenadine (optional)
Crystallized rose petals (optional)
In a saucepot bring the milk and water to a boil;
add rose petals. Let infuse for about 10 minutes;
strain the liquid and add the sugar. Allow a few
minutes to dissolve; add the lemon juice and rose
petal water. Chill and put in the ice machine. To
serve, place 2 scoops of sorbet in martini glass;
drizzle over the top a little grenadine and garnish
with crystallized rose petals (if desired).

Fairy Tale Punch
1
1
1
1
3

Banana, diced
Cup diced apples
Cup peaches
Cup strawberries
Cups fruit juice (your choice)

Warm milk, don’t boil. Pour in mug, stir in honey
and vanilla. Squeeze a few drops of lemon into the
mix, sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Summer Solstice Spritzer
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup water
2 Cups tea infusion (or herbal tea of choice)
2 Cups raspberry juice
3 Cups orange juice
2 Cups pineapple juice
1 Cup maraschino cherries
Ice water
1 Qt pale ginger ale
lime juice ice cubes (1 cup of fresh lime juice + 3
cups of water frozen as ice cubes)
Cook sugar and water together for 5 minutes. Cool.
Add tea infusion, raspberry, orange, and pineapple
juices together in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Add
water to equal 6 quarts. Chill. When serving, add
ginger ale and cherries. Pour over lime ice cubes.

Place ingredients in blender, mix. Serve or chill.
1 hour to make slush.

“Fairies are not a fantasy but a connection to reality.”
--Brian Froud

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Summer 2006

Herbal Spotlight

By Skye

I would like to introduce you to the Fennel Plant. Fennel is native to southern Europe and the
Mediterranean area and has been used by cooks for centuries. The ancient Chinese, Indians,
and Egyptians used fennel as a condiment, while the Italians and Romans cooked it as a
vegetable. Even the ancient Assyrian doctors used fennel in drugs.
The strong flavor derived from either fennel seed or ground fennel is similar to many flavors,
such as anise, licorice and dill. It is best used in a combination with strong-flavored fish, as it
helps to disguise the “fishy” flavor. Fennel is also excellent in breads, sweets, pastry, stews,
and pickles. In parallel to the theme of this paper, fennel is a favorite among the fairies.
The Latin name for fennel is Foeniculum Vulgare, and there are several species of fennel. It
was first introduced in folk medicine by Pastor Sebastian Kneipp, who was known as the
“water doctor”. He introduced a hot infusion of crushed fennel seeds to cure stubborn cases of
coughing, whooping cough, asthma, and lung problems. Today, fennel is used to relieve cases
of gastrointestinal complaints, digestive problems, flatulence, and even to treat bad appetites
and bad breath. After a meal, try chewing on a few seeds to help digestion and sweeten your
breath. It also has a mild diuretic and cleansing action on the kidneys and even promotes the
flow of breast milk.
Magickal uses for fennel include protection, healing, and purification. One belief is that if you
place fennel in your left shoe, it prevents wood ticks from biting your legs. Another belief is if
you hang fennel on windows and from doorways it will ward off the evil spirits, and this also is
the case if you carry it on your person. To grow fennel in your home helps you have protection
from evil or harmful things.
Physically, fennel looks a lot like dill, but fennel is a lot more course and taller than dill. The
seeds are what are used in remedies, although the roots and leaves have value also. I think
the most common place you would find fennel is in sweet sausage. It is commonly used in the
mixture. I have found a great recipe that can be cooked inside or on the grill. You may be able
to tailor the recipe to you cooking needs, but it is a great recipe for the upcoming summer
months.

FENNEL GRILLED FISH
8 ounces of fresh fennel (heads, stems, and leaves)
1 ½ to 2 pounds of whole red snapper, or any other fish of your choice
½ teaspoon of finely shredded lemon peel
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
1 clove of garlic, minced
cooking oil
Snip heads off fennel, measure 2 tablespoons. Save the stem portions to use on the grill.
Pat the fish dry with a paper towel. Score both sides of the fish, then sprinkle fish cavity
with salt and pepper.
Combine the 2 tablespoons of fennel with lemon peel, lemon juice, and garlic, spreading
onto both sides of fish cavity. Brush outside of fish with oil. Place in a wire basket. Lay
about half of the remaining fennel on a cooking grill over the coals. Place grill basket on
top, grill fish for about 10 minutes. Remove charred fennel, then place the remaining fennel
over grill top. Turn fish. Grill 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily. Remove charred fennel
from fish. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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Food For Thought

By Skye

I found this on the internet when someone emailed it to me. It is
just something that is good to always keep in mind.
A woman repeated a bit of gossip about a neighbor. Within a few
days, the whole community knew the story. The person it concerned
was deeply hurt and offended. Later, the woman responsible for
spreading the rumor learned it was completely untrue. She was very
sorry and went to a wise old sage to find out what she could do to
repair the damage. “Go to the marketplace,” he said, “and purchase
a chicken. Have it killed, then, on your way home, pluck its feathers
and drop them one by one on the road.” Although the woman was
surprised at this advice, she did what she was told. The next day,
the wise man said, “Now go and collect all those feathers you
dropped and bring them back to me.”
The woman followed the same road, but to her dismay, the wind
had blown the feathers far away. She searched for hours and finally
returned to the sage with just three feathers in her hand. “You see,”
said the sage, “It is easy to drop them but it is impossible to get
them back. So is the way with gossip. It doesn’t take much to
spread a rumor, but once you do, you can never completely undo the
wrong.”-unknown.
If you have some food for thought you would like to share, or even
some
riddles
or
brain
teasers,
send
it
to
me
at
[email protected]. Make sure you type WGM in the subject
line so I know it is important.

Saravati Inspiration Spell
Aguila

By Amethyst and Tiger’s Eye,
Oh Saravati, hear my cry!
By Rudilate and Amber glow,
Oh ancient dragons, I do call.
By flame and wind and oceans deep,
By moss and oak roots under feet,
I ask your aid with this request,
My senses sharp, my skills attest,
My talents fine, they quickly grow,
And bring me peace,
much mirth, and gold!

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Summer 2006

GAMES:
Age of Mythology: The Titans Expansion
By Gaia

drawn, on scale pictures, many side notes on the
creatures, some small sketches, and intriguing facts
referring to research and myths. This book contains
journal entries, newspaper articles, and much, much
For those of you who have encountered Microsoft’s more.
previous efforts in the “Ages” series, I hear that this
game may be somewhat of a disappointment to you. This book includes so much information for so many
For me, who has had no contact with the others, I magickal creatures. This beautifully put together
found it to be FANTASTIC!
work of art is a great read for anyone and everyone
of all ages.
It is a game of civilizations, of history, and of myths
and legends; a game to consume many hours of As you read the Field Guide, you learn a little more
your life as you work through the campaigns. Build about Arthur Spiderwick and his life before the
mighty cities, ravage the entire area or be events told in the Spiderwick Series. The Field Guide
environmentally conscious and just take the turned out to be very helpful for the Earth Day
resources you need.
Fight with and against Challenge. Did you know that a well-known elven
Soldiers, Mythological creatures, and legendary king was named Oberon? Or that the queen elf has
heroes; build the Trojan Horse and infiltrate Troy, more power and authority than the king elf?
and summon Titans to defeat your opponent.
This book doesn’t help you with learning by bookEither play the campaign levels, or create your own work alone. This book gives you tips on protection
mix of Goddess or God and terrain types to battle it and equipment which you might want to use in case
out for supremacy.
you decide to go hunting for faeries yourself. For
example, I would go looking in more natural areas
Read the Help Screens to learn about Greek, where there is no iron. This is because iron is like
Egyptian and Norse war-craft, history, and myths; poison to a faerie. Don’t go looking for a faerie while
as well as animals, plants, and structures.
you are wearing a bunch of metal accessories.
An excellent epic game that offers four difficulty It’s a pretty big book, so there is no way I can cram
levels, ranging from “easy” (and it is) to “titan” much more than a small fraction of the information
(which is almost impossible!).
Single or multi- held within into this review. As I read through the
player, the age recommendation is 13 yrs +.
book, I made a sincere and solemn vow to use this

BOOKS:
Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide
Fantastical World Around You
by Violet

to

information wisely. Even though I have not talked to
most of you, I trust you all. As wizards-in-training,
and for the staff, who are wizards themselves, I
the must share with you this vow which is found at the
beginning of the book:

“This book provides insight and information about
the life, habits, and habitats of the denizens
[residents] of the Invisible World. The authors wish
to confirm that in opening this book, you agree that
you will be responsible for the knowledge contained
within and will use is wisely.” –T.D. & H.B

Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide To The Fantastical
World Around You is an amazing field guide to the
world of faeries. It was “accurately restored and
described by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.” The
book has a lovely strip of red material which can be
used as a bookmark.
We don’t want anyone accidentally skipping over
Whether you believe in the existence of the fey or this page, do we?
not, this book is a great read. It includes amazingly

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MOVIES: Fairy Tale
by Violet
Fairy Tale: A True Story is an inspiring movie
featuring two young cousins: Elsie Wright, 12, and
Frances Grifiths, 8. Joseph Wright is Elsie's brother
who died of pneumonia. Joseph was the first to
encounter the faeries and a master of building
masterpieces of anything, from a house of leaves
and twigs to a crown purely of keys.
Frances's father is a soldier out fighting World War I
in France. He promised to send Elsie a perfume from
France. Because of his job as a soldier, Frances
temporarily lived in Africa and then went to live with
her cousin, Elsie, while her father was at war.
Elsie's mother is depressed by the death of her son
and is desperate to find proof of angels and faeries.
At first, she does not believe because she can not
see them. She is hurt when Frances tells her that
she has seen fairies because she does not believe
her.

Summer 2006

Frances, to help her aunt, took her uncle's camera
and took picture of the fairies. After the mother
found them, tears of joy in her eyes, she passed
them on. The pictures where tested and found to be
genuine. As they passed from a theologist to Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle to Harry Houdini, every
photograph passed every test. These two girls
began an uproar of belief in fairies.
In this movie, hearts of the characters and the
viewers are touched as faith is renewed and
created. Fairy Tale: A True Story is a great
experience and a great movie for any believer,
skeptic and/ or movie-goer. Not only does this
movie teach lessons of the heart and life, but those
of fairies themselves, too. It briefly speaks of
Glamour, or fairy magick, for example. This tearwrenching and heart warming experience is a highly
recommended, must see for everyone and anyone.
You won’t be disappointed.

Saravati Inspiration Spell Two
-- Aguila
By moon’s first glance and stars so bright,
By morning’s early, pink sunlight,
Strengthen my work, my stories, art.
Success is mine; these gifts impart.
I ask it once, I ask it twice,
By Saravati I ask it thrice!
The spell is sealed by love and rhyme,
And, as I will, these gifts be mine!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, or even touched.
They must be felt.
--Anonymous

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Nature’s Apothecary
By Skye

It is very rarely, if at all, that we are able to
take time out of our busy schedule to indulge
ourselves and got to a spa, or even get a
manicure/pedicure. The recipes in this section
will give even five minutes of pampering to that
well-deserved person. These recipes and this
section cater to those who cannot afford the
spa or who just don’t have 2 hours to spare to
pamper themselves.
These recipes help
recreate that “Spa” setting and help you feel
like a million bucks. They also are the latest,
hottest trends to come out of Hollywood, with a
cheaper, at home version!
WHITE RUSSIAN DEEP CONDITIONER
makes hair silky, smooth, and shiny.
¼ cup of cooled coffee
1 tsp sugar
½ cup milk
plastic cling wrap and a towel.
Combine ingredients and apply to freshly washed hair, then wrap hair with plastic
wrap and cover with towel to retain heat. Wait 15-20 minutes, rinse well.
LEMON DROP MARTINI FACIAL SCRUB
(gives skin radiant glow)
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
Mix sugar with lemon juice to make paste then use fingers to massage over skin.
HOT BUTTERED MANICURE
(makes hands super soft)
1 tbs brown sugar
1 cup milk or cream
sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon
bowl and hand towel
Fill small bowl with milk and cinnamon, soak hands 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse well.
Mix in brown sugar and nutmeg, with just enough water to make paste; scrub, and
pat dry.

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Writing Contest!

*****

By Professor Moonwriter

In honor of this newspaper’s theme, “Fairies,” I am
pleased to announce a Grey School creative writing
contest!
The contest is open to all Grey School students.
Your task? Read the beginning of the story (below),
then write a piece that picks up where I left off and
finishes the story. Your writing should be no more than
1000 words, and done in MS Word.
Submit your entry as a Word attachment to Professor
Moonwriter
([email protected])
by
September 1, 2006. Include your magickal name and
House or Lodge name.

Answers to Head Games
1. The cat killed Fred and Ginger. The cat
knocked over the goldfish bowl, causing their
death.
2. The lady suffered a heart attack and her
heart stopped. The man was a doctor, the
punch to the chest restarted her heart, and he
was carrying her to his car to bring her to the
hospital, where she made a full recovery.
3. The detective noticed an impression on the
latest note. He slightly, lightly rubbed pencil
over the note to reveal an impression of a
written letter with the culprit’s signature.
4. She was his mother.

There will be a first, second, and third place winner for
House entries and a first, second, and third place
winner for Lodge entries. Results will be announced in
the fall edition of Whispering Grey Matters. Those who
place will earn merits for their House or Lodge.
(Note: all entries become the property of the Grey
School and may be used in future classes, publications,
etc.)

5. The ‘housebreaker’ was her husband, and
they had locked their keys inside.
6. They are part of triplets, and the third
brother is Charlie.
7. “I always lie.”
8. “F” appears 6 times. “Of” appears 2 times,
and most people look for the “PH” sound.

Happy writing!

A Surprise!
Later, when Kate thought about it, she couldn't remember exactly what had awakened her. She only
knew that her mother radar had gone off, and feeling a need to check on Hannah, she bumped down
the dark hallway, pulling her robe on as she walked. Standing outside her daughter’s room, she paused
for a moment, hearing… voices. Hannah's voice, and . . . another one. An unfamiliar voice, soft and
high-pitched. The radio perhaps? Or one of Hannah's CDs? As she turned the doorknob, she heard the
little girl’s excited giggle.
Opening the door into the darkened room, Kate saw Hannah kneeling in the center of her bed, looking
toward the window, and talking with some animation to . . . who?
Kate looked toward the window—a second floor window—and couldn't see anything except the curtains
blowing in the lazy summer night's breeze, and maybe a glint of moonlight or starlight or maybe
streetlight flashing on the windowsill. These thoughts flashed through in the second or two that it took
her hand to reach for and flip on the overhead light.
Then there was a soft squealing sound, and Hannah looked toward her, blinking against the bright light,
and saying, "Mommy! Look! Look!" Hannah beamed toward the windowsill and Kate looked there, and
saw . . . Well, she hated to admit what she saw, because it instantly defied reality as she knew it. For
there, on the sill, stood a wee being, a feminine-looking human-like creature about half the height of a
Barbie doll, clad in a wisp of blue and with long silver-white hair flowing about her shoulders. The being
was still, gossamer wings unfolded behind her and pulsing with a luminous glow as they shed bits of
sparkling, glittery dust.
"Mommy, look! It's a fairy! " The little girl bounced up and down on her knees as she spoke.

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Tinkerbelle's Article

By Skye

I felt this Midsummer’s edition wouldn’t be complete without an article about one of
the world’s most popular and loved pixies in the world -- Miss Tinkerbelle.
It is said in Sir J.M Barrie’s well-known book Peter Pan that fairies were created
“When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand
pieces and they all went skipping about and that was the beginning of fairies.”
Sir Barrie, in fact, created Tinkerbelle in his book. For all those who have read the
novel, you’ll know Tinkerbelle as the fairy who was jealous of Wendy or any other
female Peter Pan paid attention to (mermaids, Tiger Lily, etc.) She glows the
brightest for Peter Pan, has a singing voice like a tinker bell, and just a sprinkle of
her fairy dust can make you fly.
So the big question is, where did the famous Tinkerbelle we know come from? The
Disney version was brought to life by Disney animator Marc Davis, who created a
curvaceous little pixie who was actually Margaret Kelly, a young actress who won the
audition for the live-action reference. There were rumors that Tinkerbelle was
modeled after Marilyn Monroe, but that is all they were, seeing that Miss Monroe was
only playing bit parts as she wasn’t a big celebrity when the movie was being worked
on. When the movie came out, it was around the time Marilyn was becoming famous,
so it was automatically assumed she was Disney’s inspiration.
Miss Bell has been in several movies and shows since her first movie, Peter Pan in
1953. There are several different versions of Tinkerbelle, from a beam of light on
stage productions, to a live-action version in the movie Hook, played by Julia
Roberts. You can also see her in the video game Kingdom Hearts, where she has a
small role, and in the movie Mickey’s Magical Christmas, where she has a major role.
And who can forget her opening the firework show in the summer nights?
Who can say they didn’t clap their hands when Peter told us to do so, so Tink
wouldn’t die? You might never admit it, but we (and the fairies) know the truth. I,
however, am proud to clap my hands and say loudly, Yes, I do believe in fairies!

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.

~William Butler Yeats,
"The Land of Heart's Desire," 1894

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It may be Midsummer, but some of us
are always ready for Samhain!

“Jack-O-Melon” by Jymi X/0

The Samhain issue of Whispering Grey Matters
is lurking in the approaching Autumn breeze!
Whispering Grey Matters is published by and for
the students and staff of the

Grey School of Wizardry.
If you'd like to submit your art or writing,
or are interested in joining the newspaper staff,
please contact Professor Moonwriter for more information.

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