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Brian Froud Art Book Collection

One thing that I tend not to go into depth about on Tumblr is my huge love of the works of Jim Henson and in particular his collaborations with the insanely talented Brian Froud.

I have a small but respectable collection of Froud`s work and have poured through the pages on numerous occasions. Studying every image and always managing to find something I had never noticed before. 

It`s a shame that Jim Henson died so young and never again had the opportunity to collaborate again with Brian Froud. The two times they did work together the results were magical. 

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Faery Books -  Reviews pt.1

I love, love collecting pretty much any books that mention faeries. Here’s some different titles I’ve checked out before if you’re looking for any ideas of what you might like to read yourself!

  1. The Fairy Bible by Teresa Moorey: My absolute favourite book for faerie information. Advice for interacting with different faeries, folklore and traditional tales, multiple faerie spells, lots of relevant info. Writing is thorough without getting too lengthy.
  2. The Faerie Book by Samantha Gray: General information about faeries. If you’ve read a lot about fae before, this won’t be as useful, but if you’re just getting started it’s a nice overview about different types of faeries and some lore.
  3. A Complete Guide to Faeries and Magical Beings by Cassandra Eason: Lots of detailed folklore and history. If you want an in-depth guide, this is a good place to start. Each chapter also ends with an activity/meditation you can use for drawing closer to the fae. 
  4. The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Baker: Even though CMB states she never saw faeries and the images are imagined, the art and poems are still pretty, and if you want to draw close to flower faeries this book could help you appreciate them and their flowers.
  5. Fairies 101 by Doreen Virtue: Not much info, but many personal stories of different people’s interactions/sightings with faeries, which are positive to read.
  6. Fairies: A Spotter’s Handbook by Alison Maloney: This I picked up in the children’s section but it surprisingly has correct info about different faeries and the things they like. Plus cute little faerie spells you can do!
  7. Good Faeries / Bad Faeries by Brian Froud: Not your Cicely Mary Baker faeries, a book of art that’s more in the traditional view of fae. Contains stories from the author’s personal experience with faeries.
  8. 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison: A YA book based on traditional faery lore. The faeries in it are of the dangerous, tricky kind, and you can feel the atmosphere of them lurking in a dusty mansion, surrounded by overgrown gardens. Story uses/mentions various ways of dealing with faeries.
  9. Faery Dance by Amy Brown: Any Amy Brown art book is good, IMO! Lovely paintings and cute poem about a girl recalling meeting faeries in her childhood.
  10. Faery Magick by Sirona Knight + Faery Folk by Edain McCoy: I was only able to read a few chapters of these (online), but they seemed to be good sources of information on attracting and warding against faeries, plus general lore.

Have any book recommendations? Please let me know! 😃💕

I have been painting pictures of faeries and their magical realm for many years now – yet even when their forms emerge vibrant of the paper before me, their names (and personalities) will often remain maddeningly elusive. … I’ve learned that names, if I’m not careful, can turn them lifeless and flat, nailing the images down to one rigid meaning, lessening possibilities – and greatly dismaying to the faeries … [They] insist on a multiplicity of names, changing from day to day or from moment to moment. … they themselves change their names according to whim, circumstance, or the person they’re talking to. … I waited for the faeries [in my paintings] to tell me the words by which they’d like to be known.

Despite this multiplicity of names, faeries (like cats) each secretly possess a single real name – usually hidden and guarded, but sometimes given as a powerful gift. The real name of a faery is an integral part of the creature itself. To possess the name is to possess the faery…

—  excerpts from “Naming Faeries”, from Brian Froud’s brilliant book Good Faeries/Bad Faeries

All Faeries Are Neither Good, Or Bad- They Are Both Extremes

Faery as a race, as a whole is a broad term for beings that the world is loosing touch with how to understand. I’m going to try and break it down for you here.

Being that they are beings connected to the elements and light energy, faeries resemble a personality spectrum that has very little balance. Meaning they are usually either of the very highest good, or the very darkest bad, and then also can resemble both sides at the same time. Just like for passionate people, for faeries there is often no middle ground. They feel, hear, see, and embody everything from the environment around them. Just as the Earth has its warm seasons with long hours of sunlight, it also has its time of bitter cold and darkness. This plays a key role in the hearts and energy of the faeries as they change from day to night.

What is lesser known, is that faeries exist in our world today, not just in spirit by many other ways too. The age of faery light workers on our Earth is growing, and I do believe over the next few years you will start to see and hear of more spiritual healers who work with the Fay. Here are some other ways that faeries live amongst us today:

Faery Healers/ light workers- Someone who connects with the faery realm and is aided by the faeries with their healing practices such as reiki, crystal healing, etc.

Faery Witches- These beautiful people are often pagans and modern witches who have a special connection to communicating with the faeries, and work with that in all aspects or their spell casting, affirmations, charms, etc.

Faery Changelings- Yes they are real! But not exactly in the way they’re portrayed in books and movies. Changelings are people here in the physical world, who’s soul came from the Faery realm. They have been given a physical body here, often that still takes on physical traits of their Faery body, and are here to do certain work on this Earth. They can be either Born into this body onto Earth, or come after a child is born- hence the folklore of the faeries coming to switch your children on the 1st of May. Often times real changelings not only look and act different from other people, but they find their way to Faery magick as well. Many of them are also Faery witches and healers.

Faery Believers- They make the Faery world go round! They invite the Fay into their homes, gardens, etc. They talk to the faeries, give offerings, and respect the faeries. A true respectful Faery believer almost certainly earns the trust and protection of the faeries, and helps keep them connected to the physical world.

Sneezing Rhymes

A touch of folklore related to sneezing in England:

Sneezing Days
“Monday for danger, Tuesday to kiss a stranger,
Wednesday for a letter, Thursday for something better,
Friday for sorrow, Saturday see your lover tomorrow.”

Number of Sneezes (successive)
“One for a kiss, two for a wish,
Three for a letter, four for a better,
Five for a silver, six for a gold,
Seven for a secret never told.”

Also, sneezing before breakfast predicted a gift to come, and anyone who did so regularly was said to have good long life. It was lucky to sneeze once but not twice in Cornwall, while in North Yorkshire it was always lucky to sneeze before a meal particularly after dinner.
In Scotland, however, a baby’s first sneeze was greatly anticipated as it marked the end of the period in which the child was in the power of the fairies.

– All of this information comes from Superstitions and Folk Remedies by Charles Dillon

Faery women were once called “fateful women” (femmes fatales): desirable, seductive, empowered with supernatural gifts and with an intimate knowledge of the hidden powers of stones, plants, and all things natural. These women were the guardians of special groves, streams, wells, and other sacred places of beauty and power. In the role of muse, they inspired human poets, musicians, and artists.
—  Good faeries/Bad faeries - Brian Froud