New York Times Celebrates The Fae

Last month, the New York Times’ “T” magazine published an article about the recurrent fascination with the faerie mythos, in particular, as showcased by the quarterly print publication “Faerie Magazine.” And while many ceremonial magicians might look dismissively on those who participate too credulously in this lifestyle as indulging in fantasy…well, we’re all dealing with a lot of unseen forces, evanescent presences and subtle results that most nuclear physicists would look on dismissively and consider fantasy. Anything that encourages  positive individualism and non-conformity and connection Yetziratic forces perhaps should be viewed as harmonizing with a magician’s worldview. And for those who maintain that this is buncombe while cermonial magick is “real” – remind me which ceremonial magician conjurred a winning Powerball ticket? To wit:

“One could argue that their current popularity is correspondingly symptomatic of our time: faeries as an independent, mischievous, earth-friendly and feminine antidote to obsessive consumerism, fears of environmental degradation, technology’s invasive grip on our lives and the ongoing dominance of that old monolith, the patriarchy. Or maybe faeries are just fashionably steampunk, tiny embodiments of Victoriana…

“Stephanie Dosen, founder of a knitting-pattern company called Tiny Owl Knits, says, of the ‘wild grove teeming with fae’ at her new home: ‘Sometimes I get nervous when I’m meeting new elemental neighbors. I want it to go well, and it usually does…’

“Having pored over a stack of past issues, I would argue that Faerie endeavors to cultivate in readers a quality of attention that registers the most diminutive details, that perceives the world as though under a spell. In an article about throwing ‘a magical midsummer night’s dream party,’ the writer suggests inscribing guests’ names on ‘small leaves, bark, or beautiful pieces of fruit like green apples or small Japanese eggplants.’ And in a homage to green tea, editor at large Laren Stover writes, ‘If you have a glass teapot, you can watch the pearls release and open like magical tendrils, mermaid’s hair or seaweed unfurling, deepening the water to emerald green.’ This state of amplified, granular awareness, in which time slows as you watch the ‘undulating ballet in your teapot,’ is one I have otherwise only achieved with psychedelic drugs.”

Read the entire article here:

Meanwhile, Faerie Magazine’s website states:

“Faerie  Magazine is a quarterly print magazine that celebrates all things enchanted—from a scattering of mushrooms in an ancient forest to a sweet, scented gown made only of roses. Every issue features exquisite photography, original fiction and poetry, travel pieces (from bioluminescent bays to Scottish fairy hills and castles), artist profiles, recipes, home décor, otherworldly beauty tips, craft tutorials, and much more—with a dash of faerie (and mermaid, and dragon!) magic sprinkled throughout. Regular contributors include Alice Hoffman, Wendy and Brian Froud, Charles Vess, and many more. Faerie is published four times a year—in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter—and is available in the Lifestyle section of Barnes & Noble (ask for magazine #28145) and through the Faerie Magazinewebsite. We ship all over the world.”

Subscribe here (if you dare!)

And here’s one advertisement from the mag’s website that hints at concerns beyond fancy dress-up and home decoration:

“Working with oracle cards is a powerful way to tap into our inner wisdom and intuition, receive guidance from Spirit, and empower our intentions. My daily oracle card practice forms the joyful foundation of all the personal and professional work I do. That’s what inspired me to create this course ~ to share this amazing tool for self discovery and personal development.”

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