Thursday, 12 January 2012

How To Avoid (Or To Invite) Enchantment by Faeries, Elves & Elementals

How To Avoid (Or To Invite) Enchantment by Faeries, Elves & Elementals; by celestialelff

To begin with, as holds for all enchanted realms and beings in view,
you should realize these represent the spirits of nature,
diversities of natural phenomenue,
which are divided and multiplied through
energies, frequencies and vibrations known as -
Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

But these ancient associates and size-less makers of space,
are mere shadows of their actual selves and their Otherkin race,
which are beyond our more usual capabilities of cognition
with even sharp wide eyes,
bright and subtle they are,
more true than even legend or sighs.

Should you have recently been,
Or expect to imminently be
Abducted or Enchanted by
Elves, Faeries and Magickal Otherkin,
And if you are quite certain and completely decided
that you would really rather not go,
And you absolutely won't think on it again,
Here is a small collection of useful tips to protect you.



Protection from Elven or Fae Enchantment;

A rather strange protection from abduction by Faeries and Otherkin was traditionally to wear your clothes inside out, which both confused and startled these creatures to such an extent that they would rather turn away than spend any time with you at all...

Additional methods include,
to find and keep on your person a four leafed clover,
to wear old cold iron, or carry salt (and a piece of bread)
in your pocket all over.

Amongst the laws of enchantment however some advice is contrary,
such as the carrying of a rowan wand or living beneath tree,
as rowan trees in some tales are shown to be sacred to the Fae,
whilst in others it is itself cited a protection to keep them away...

Ringing of Bells (particularly Church Bells) also have an ambiguous role,
whilst sometimes stated as protection against enchantment and abduction,
conversely
Faeries riding on horseback, such as the Faerie Queene,
often have bells on their harnesses
(both heard by the ear and by the eye also seen)

from The Druids Dream

This example may be a distinguishing trait between the Seelie Court from the Unseelie Court, Fairies may use to protect themselves from the more wicked members of their race, or may simply be an example of the inscrutable and undefinable nature of their hidden face.
That their ways cannot be identified with any degree of certainty,
this is an immutable fact beyond all controversy.
(source' Anon.)


Emergency Procedure
In Case Of Elven or Faery Abduction;
x x x x x x x x

In certain circumstances you may wish for rescue
or release from such an enchantment,
and the first point of note is that they exist in a time outside of time,
which means that your call for help and ensuing response
could be delayed,by as much as a hundred years,
or more if the witting wood has strayed.

It may however still be a comfort to know that there exists
such an option.


Come under full moon on a wrathful stormy night,
Wearing only old clothes, before the Guardian bring your light,
Follow the first raven's instructions and his path upon height,
Run faster than fox up the rainfall and jump
through the sky bright.

from The Lammas Wickerman

Once you have completed this simple symmetry,
you must yield in a rhyme,
very important at such a plaintiff time,
as the rhyme generates a rhythm undulating in space
which they can more easily apprehend in their supernal grace,
now you must tell the reason why you must leave,
(you may use the voice which your throat cannot make)
(if that helps you to breathe)
and beware shedding of tear
these will simply be accepted as an offering-the sacred waters of life,
the assumption your petition misunderstood-they will leave you
like a fishwife.

Then you should find yourself revolved to the place of your leaving,
although you may still appear to be ethereal and ghostlike without feeling,
until you have been formally released
under bright-star with moon-beaming.

Alas as all things Fae in regard of time,
the duration is at best unknown,
at worst uneven.

If this is not the case and you find yourself to be still wretched and lurking,
you must repeat the process until you hear the last raven laughing,
this is the sign that the Elves and Fae do not consider you
a significant loss,
their magick world will continue well enough,
with or without you and your gloss.

Having succeeded in your escape, if ever you do....
you may now have to contend with a very changed world
that you are returned to.
Years, maybe hundreds, have passed since you left,
and indeed your own-self may seem very changed
too.
People to whom you speak may hear only backwards sounds talking,
and when you write it will be in symbols that none understands.
The Fae and others do not practice the Arts of written language
as we know of them.

But you are a clever soul and will know what is best.
x x x x x x x x

Because many contest that mortals are not made for Fairy bliss,
Caution I Have Advised and Caution Have Given.
I cannot say fairer than this.


* * *

Alternately, should you welcome the super - natural ways of beyond
and actively seek enchantment with the same to make bond,
we move on now to present the other side of the case,
as in Elven tradition - both sides of the story we fairly embrace.

so dear reader, please settle yourself well,
and when you are ready,
read on for a spell....


Invocation of Elven or Fae Enchantment;

To walk the paths of enchantment will mean a significant shift in your life,
you may have to leave friends and family far behind,
to give up your home and this life,
to follow the mysterious byways beyond knowing
and live with the people beyond strife,
be ready for change, an eternity resplendent and rife.

Of-course everyone has heard of the enchanted life mystery,
in olden days magickal bells would ring
for the man or woman of particular virtue or beauty,
as taken they were to the Otherlands home of the Fae.
However, listen a moment and take heed afore you go on your way,
for in these worlds of beyond,
the people may seem strange and unknown manners be donned
so some say....

Firstly, you need to get there,
a journey which starts wherever you are now,
although in some circumstances such as that of Brigadoon,
a walk in the gloaming before you find the path how,
or perhaps take a dragonfly if you have one to hand,
or any other conveyance that will bring you to the land.

Such traveling is best undertaken at full moon and alone,
and because we travel O best beloved to the outsides past birthstone,
the 'times' of most power on the earth,
when the veils between worlds no-longer postpone,
such as Beltane and Samhain, the most inward foreknown.
Certain places are also preferred for the same reasons as above,
such as the boundaries between realms as scent of foxglove,
or a high mountain range
or a lake or seashore
(bogs and marshes lead to darker realms which we therefore abhor),
these areas harbor many portals beyond..
choose the directionless inflection and let the journey respond.

Birds are an ideal mode of transport to the other realms,
as Susanna Clarke has portrayed;
'There is nothing else in magic but the wild thought of the bird as it casts itself into the void. There is no creature upon the earth with such potential for magic. Even the least of them may fly straight out of this world and come by chance to the Other Lands...'
(Susanna Clarke; Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell)
Wrens, Ravens and Owls are therefore most readily purveyed.


Song (and music) is another wonderful vessel
by which to cross the spaces between,
as in the tale of the Brigadoon Piper and The Highland Boobrie
we've seen.
Indeed and again many thanks to Susanna,
we have a perfect description of the power of music's
magickal manner
'when the fairy sang the whole world listened...(the) clouds pause(d) in their passing...(the) hills shift(ed) and murmur(ed)(and the) cold mists dance(d)...the world is not dumb at all, but merely waiting for someone to speak to it in a language it understands...'
Music can thereby open the gates to the inner worlds
and the immanence of beyond,
for those so called, this path may be
the most accessible of choices
with which to abscond.


Once embarked on this mission
you shall naturally wish to invite an otherworldly guide,
to assist you on your way lest unwary denied,
and here the usual caution against being led astray
by the Elves and Fae need not apply,
although
if any who appear are of particularly grim countenance
or are already known as mischievous -
you may graciously decline their ghastly talking touchstone.

from The Beltane Blessing

The simplest agreement as follows will serve,
yet make no pact of quantity or duration, be wakeful, observe;
'Aid me and I will Aid You'.

For some people, especially those born with the gift of Second Sight,
such as Artists, Poets, Musicians and Healers of Light,
contacting the Fae is as easy as walking into wild forest,
or tumbling
upon heath and calling out for the solace.

For others, an incantation of your own devising may be employed,
(be aware that the Fae have infinitely long memories and will easily spot a copy, and whilst you may invoke the Mephistophelean decree, nevertheless a counterfeit incantation is no guarantee) even so,
here is an old folklore spell I found long ago
and whilst unsure if
work it still will,
you may model your own upon it and that the purpose surely shall fill.

To be incanted at midnight, on a full moon,
under an adjacent hawthorn tree,
if it is a rowan then you must adjust the chant thus accordingly.
Repeat thrice whilst walking widershins around the very same tree,
in right hand a lit candle, in left blossom or green branch of the tree,
but you must be very sure 'twas one given and not taken by thee;

'Here I be, neath bless'd Hawthorn tree,
I call upon You , the unformed, unseen,
In peace
and goodwill convene from your dream,
Open to my words and Let My Sight See'

from Taliesin's Battle Of The Trees

Be careful and courteous and kindly though thou,
as they may object to being rudely invoked anyhow,
although if they do not come at your fist attempt don't you see,
the beings beyond time have a different sense of urgency.

* * *
For any who may have strayed over time from these natural proclivities,
you may regain your Second Sight or Psychic Vision ethereally,
become restored - a Walker Between Worlds,
by apprenticeship to a Druid, Shaman or Witch,
One in whom the Cosmos unfurls.

from The Beltane Blessing

Whether they be of this world or another or other,
now living, or not yet, or no longer,
no matter.
As long a you follow the guidance with open heart sincerely.

Under tuition you will perceive
the diverse dimensions between physical and spirit,
you will open The Veil Between Worlds
and draw back The Mists with merit,
as this world falls away and away, further now, and far gone...
it is here that beings from either side are aplomb.
Here to communicate and to crossover with each-other,
the Gateway to the Land(s) of the Fae
the very fundamental fulcrum.


A few pointers about the manners
you shall be expected to show;

Once
you meet the Fae and the Eleven and such,
whilst they will rejoice you and shew delight much,
it is advised you never to look straight in their eye
or their hand seek to touch,
this is considered the height of ill breeding,
and of their patience, nonesuch.

Also
avoid thanking them as this they will take,
to form a contract of debt you might rather not make,
- they shall expect to call for your service
until such a time as they choose,
the debt discharged or the mystery bemused -
(which in a land outside time may be very long time indeed)

Finally -
avoid talking about them to others of earth or beyond,
which is rude by anyone's standards and they will of-course despond.
This last point may explain
the lack of evidence in the earthly historians accounts,
such as we have relying largely on conjecture they pronounce.

from A Christmas Carol

As you have arrived here by design and intent,
you may forgo the usual prescriptions
to avoid eating their food- drinking wine, even being wed.
Indeed you should join in their celebrations and feasts
of which there are many,
With great delight then and joy do make merry.
Any refusal may offend and other than this,
the worst that can occur - it will merely bind you to bliss,
from inadvertently slipping away in a dream of mind wakefulness,
or being 'rescued' by any meddler from the earth
who does not know of us.
Similarly the more usual caution over accepting gifts or payment
from fairies no-longer apply,
As you make your home among them,
To their ways you may fly.

In general the people of the beyond are very genteel in their ways,
and they will expect as much courtesy and grace from you
for the infinite stay of your days.
To win their goodwill,
be generous and fair in all your dealings above and below,
keep all your promises bright so that everyone will know.
Perform any act of kindness, any sacrifice for love,
share of your best and your charmed life will sing like a dove.

Despite the often mysterious confusing ways which they speak,
they prefer you to be straightforward, be forthright, polite and neat.
They expect appreciation
(not thanks, see the caution above)
for the magickal gifts they bestow
upon you, the open hearted whom they cherish just so.
They welcome human companions that are thoughtful and true,
fond of solitude and contemplation and gentle reader,
this does mean you.

from A Christmas Carol

Free spirit of merriment and good fellowship above all,
they await your intention and invocations call.

* * *

To the enchanted folk both high and low,
Blessed Be and Come and Go.
I make a reverence of deepness grow,
I yield the heart that your spirit may flow.
You who are Awake
beyond all kinds of Knowing,
Sacred Seeds
of Light are sowing.


To the enchanted folk both high and low,
Blessed Be and Come and Go.



heigh ho!

c.Celestial.Elf 2012

9 comments:

  1. Oh yes! I sent out a 'help me I am stuck in this very strange place' cy about 52 years ago. Am just getting signs through now of an imminent rescue!
    I ran into problems as once here (wherever that may be), I did everything I shouldn't - looked them in the eye, thanked them, and was generally my good, entertaining self. They seem to have kept me as some kind of mascot!
    Eeeeek - one comes now.... better go before I get caught.... xxxxxx h......e l pmeeee

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    1. WendyElf many thanks for your response, unfortunately the ethereal help-desk is offline for the moment due to obfuscation by the Unseelie Court, but if you follow the simple guidelines above I am sure someone will get in touch relatively soon. nb please be sure and jump 'through' and not just 'into' the sky, as it seems that this has been the flaw with many attempted escapes. Bright Blessings ~

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  2. Very good and original. Such advice should be taught in schools as children are often the focus of the Fae Realm. I feel well and truly well armed for my next adventure with these folks and do hope to come across them in the future. Should I run a-foul of any mis-deed, I will surely send out an S.O.S to the Celestial Elf!

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  3. Gretchen, thank you for you kind and gracious words. As regards the advice for children, the best advice we have for them is 'don't'.
    However this may not be of much use if they have suffered an exchangeling of identity, in which case we would suggest that whilst sojourning in the resplendent environs of Lost-Hope they reflect that this enchantment has a sort of moral usefulness, in making one feel uncomfortable and encouraging sober reflections upon one's imperfections - almost supernaturally so- like images in a delirium, but what does it signify?
    Perhaps this explains the extraordinary sympathy for madness which fairies exhibit. Blessed Be ~

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  4. I shall take your advice Oh Celestial One and warn any child I come across to be wary of seeking out the Fae! Do you think they have broadband now and may invade our techno world? There are times when my appliances, computer and electrics become temperamental! XX

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    1. Dear Gretchen you are absolutely right, now that we have 'broad-band' the secret pathways to the realms of enchantment are more viable than ever before, indeed invisible doorways fairly fling themselves open all around, although in the swamping tide of background interference this may not always seem to be so. Nevertheless, 'Fairies do not make a strong distinction between the animate and the inanimate. They believe that stones, doors, trees, fire, clouds and so forth all have souls and desires, and are either masculine or feminine'....from this you may adduce that whence and while your appliances become temperamental, it is indeed most likely because they are enchanted themselves.
      For this reason and whilst it is invariably futile to meddle, you may perhaps and with caution aforethought try the 'Chauntlucet: a mysterious and ancient spell which encourages the moon to sing. The song the moon knows is apparently very beautiful and can cure leprosy or madness in any who hear it'...in such cases as you describe this remedy may like an apothecary's tincture of homeopathic harmony, contain more efficacy than any that dull technician can contrive.
      nb for the spell, please apply to the sky.
      By Stone and Star ~

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  5. As always a feast for the eyes and a a delight to the ears. You bring the magic to machinima. What a wonderful body of work.

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    1. Thank you Lady Larkworthy.
      I had better say promptly before I vanish like the mists in the depth of a sigh, or a leaf traversing purposefully cross the winds of the sky, it is the magick itself which propels these poems to their reception and I can in no way be liable for their incessant inception. They lay siege in the temple and spring lurching with glee, in an enchanted procession they come dancing to see.
      'I was told once by some country people that a magician should never tell his dreams because the telling will make them come true'...and in essence this is exactly what I think they want me to do.
      To weave spells with my pen and with pixel to putter, although not everyone can see them, but be sure that beside you they flutter.
      Ho Hum!

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  6. Celestial Elf, I love your work, this is another exciting page full of shiny brilliance. May the Fey Folk bless your path always. /i\ Robyne of the Green Hood

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