Our Nimue Is Different

The names of the Gods are whatever They are willing to answer to.We have lots of little Feri sayings. One of them is “all Gods are Feri Gods”...by which we mean, among other things, worship whom you please. Unlike some religions, we don't care who you dance with, so long as you also dance with them that brung you. That said, we do have a pantheon, of sorts; they are a feral, implausible bunch. For example, there's Nimue, the Laughing Maiden.Oh, Maiden goddesses! Strewing flowers eve … [Read more...]

Black Hearted Innocence (part 7)

“I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life...” - Walden, Henry David Thoreau"A weasel is wild. Who knows what he thinks? He sleeps in his underground den, his tail draped over his nose." -"Living Like Weasels" by Annie DillardSo, what happens when you get your souls all aligned, you clear out your hangups with the Iron Pentacle, and generally get … [Read more...]

Align Your Souls (Feri part 6)

1 Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that calld Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age. 2 Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy. 3 Energy is Eternal Delight - “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell,” William BlakeIn common with many belief systems around the world, Feri posits that the nature of a human being is not dual, but multiplicitous and multifarious; unified, but un … [Read more...]

Feri Pentacles, Iron and Pearl (part 5)

Therefore on his shining shield was shaped now this knot, royally with red gules upon red gold set, this is the pure pentangle as people of learning have taught. -Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (trans. J.R.R. Tolkien)The points of Iron are these: Sex. Self, Passion, Pride, Power, starting at the top and going clockwise. Consider each of them in turn; if you like, stand up and feel each of them in your body, Sex at your head, Self at your right hand, and so on.Sex the primal creative power … [Read more...]

Pagan Light Bulb Jokes!

I will take a break from my Feritribe because I was totally inspired by Julie Maldonado's post to share these with you. You'll thank me later.I made some of them up, which probably says a lot about me, but some of them I didn't and if you are one of the people who originated these jokes please let me know because I will give you credit and also buy you a beer. Unless you're a Druid, in which case I will get you a light bulb first because I am short.That remark will seem funnier in a … [Read more...]

Homegrown Alchemy (Feri part 4)

Roses are planted where thorns grow, And on the barren heath Sing the honey bees. --”The Marriage of Heaven and Hell,” William BlakeI don't intend to to try to teach the tradition here. There's a limit to how much you can do based on written words, whether on a page or on a screen. However, this version of one of the core practices will serve to demonstrate an underlying principle.Some people call this “making kala;” T. Thorn Coyle calls it “the water rite.” I sometimes call it “the water tr … [Read more...]

Dead, Mad, or a Poet (Feri part 3)

“What would give light must endure burning.” - Victor FranklAs I was saying, there's a historical conflation between witches and fairies. There's also a long-established relationship between the Otherworld and artists. You could make a case that this relationship goes back as far as our species; one of the things that marked the shift to modern humans was a sudden outpouring of art. The cave paintings of Europe are one example of a world-wide phenomenon. That art also was originally sha … [Read more...]

Feri, An Apparent Digression (part 2)

Sometimes, when I start talking about F(a)er(i/y), someone will look confused* and ask, “What does that have to do with fairies?”Nothing. Everything.There is historically a conflation between witches and fairies. One of the offenses which could get you burned at the stake back a few hundred years ago was “consorting with fairies;” quite often the women (and men, but it was more often women who were actually tried and convicted) under questioning would describe encounters with the “Queen of El … [Read more...]

In which Our Heroine attempts to explain Feri (part 1)

I said I was going to.  The trouble is...well, you'll see.A few facts to confuse the issue:  Feri, also known as Faery, (NOT Fairy Wicca, fairy faith, or Radical Faeries, though we are perfectly willing to go to their parties) was founded in its current form by Victor Anderson; he in turn was taught, according to him, by a group of people known as the Harpy Coven, who were a group of economic refugees from Tennessee and Kentucky who moved to Oregon during the Depression.  Feri is mentioned in p … [Read more...]

Southern Feri Poet Witch: By Way of Introduction

Generally it helps to understand where someone is coming from.  At this point in time I am coming to you live from the southern node of the axis of woo that runs south along US 441 from Asheville, NC...that is to say, Athens, GA.  We have a university here with which I am associated in various ways,  and other peculiar customs, including a Tree That Owns Itself in defiance of human-centric notions of property. Patton Oswalt once called Athens a "weird bubble dream city of goodness." I tend to ag … [Read more...]