fairies

Last night I had an incredible reading. The faeries had some amazing things to tell me. The Ekstasis card stood out to me the most. This is a paragraph to a very in depth card. Let’s just say Brian Froud and his fairies are incredibly wise. 

~At the level of this world’s reality (at the Faery’s as well) we have the sensory illusion that you and I are separate, that we are not directly connected that what happens when a finger is listed on a small planet circling the farthest star in the most distant galaxy does not affect us. We need this illusion because at this stage of our evolution we are not ready to be aware of the full song in more than very short bursts, if even that. The singers are capable of this, but we are not. At least we are not yet able to do this. It may take a while for us to get there, but that is where we are headed, knowingly or unknowingly.

Our ears are too small to hear this song, only our souls are big enough. The song rings through everything, the wind is in the trees, the distance of distant stars the beat of a mouse’s heart, the rumble of a digestive system, the quiet gurgle of a plant’s capillaries, the deep, unheard hum of the Earth. Scientist have recently discovered a hitherto unheard art of the Earth’s song, which is very deep and very slow. Some of them think it may be caused by changing atmospheric pressure, like a gentle, slow patting on a drum. Of course changes in the atmosphere come primarily from changes in the solar wind and radiation, so, in essence, we see that EArthmother is being gently patted, caressed by Father Sun, and she purrs and hums in response, as we do, her children. Everything is linked, everything is part of the one song, the Ekstasis.~

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Ok so here is my finished drawing interpretation of the dress from http://suzie-guru.tumblr.com fanfic “"Between the Shadow and the Soul” http://archiveofourown.org/works/4248054/chapters/9920537 that Marianne wears to the Fairy Festivle. I know other people have already drawn their versions but I really wanted to take a wack at it even if theirs are WAAAY better.

(Ps hey I was with my grandma cat-sitting my aunts cats and she asked about the drawing and I told her it was from your story and how the scene and the dress you described inspired it and she really liked it. And my grandma is a Stranger she loves Marianne)
The Signs as Fairies

Aries: Quick, sharp fairies who use fire as a defense, whether it be conjuring small embers to set small things, then villages on fire when angered, or leaving a trail of flames when they fly away. Although one of the most commonly spotted fairies which leave people in awe of their pyro like powers, they are surprisingly hard to catch. Normally leads the rescue teams when saving other fairies from humans. Colors come in all shades of red and orange, and are shaped like open flames.

Taurus: Friendly fairies who will sometime establish close bonds with a certain human family, and then serve as a protector or sorts. They have the ability to bless the family with good fortune in the future. Fiercely loyal to the families who have them as their patron, they will not hesitate to send curses of slight erosion to the homes of fairies who harm their humans. Taurus fairies that are not bonded with a human family spend their days with the wildlife, playing. Wings are in earthy, warm colors that feel like home which resemble a butterfly’s.

Gemini: Trickster fairies who like teaming up with Libra to mess with other fairies and human’s lives, especially when it involves love. They are quick, and have the ability to manipulate chance by a small amount. They have the ability to use the wind to aid them when flying, making them quick as darts. They prefer to have one or two very close fairy friends who they trust with their secrets. They have very narrow and slender, but long wings that can change colors to fit whatever situation they are in.

Cancer: Shy fairies who hate getting involved with humans when they are by themselves, but will hesitantly venture out when they know they will not be caught. They often are the ones who take care of abandoned baby animals and fairies, which often ends up with them being seen as a guardian to many beings in the forest. They have the ability to calm living things downs, making them relaxed. They can also purify water in small amounts, however, this takes a lot of energy from them. Wings are shaped for relaxing, slow, effortless travel, and come in pastel or homey colors.

Leo: The guardians of the grove. They are the fierce protectors of the other fairies when needed, but the majority of the time, spend their days living life to the fullest. They have the ability to create large amounts of sparks in their hands, which can be used for both beauty and entertainment as well as a deadly weapon. Their eyes seem to gleam and shine no matter what the situation. They are fast, beautiful fliers, and with golden wings with tips that glow, at night, when flying, it almost looks like as if they are drawing glowing images in the night sky.

Virgo: Works along with Cancer to raise abandoned animals, but also spends a deal of time making sure that magic surrounding the grove is still working. Enjoys collecting small, abandoned jewels from humans. Naturally blessed with the ability of sharp eyesight and able to see a second or two of a couple days in the future, they are quite powerful. In their free time, they stay hidden in human villages, analyzing them. They seem to walk on air; hummingbird-like wings allow them to maneuver quite well. They are normally monotone with streaks of various colors.

Libra: These fairies are very social, speaking to most other fairies and some human children as well. They enjoy practicing air maneuvers, attempting to be as graceful as possible. These fairies are blessed with the ability to control the air around them, helping them fly beautifully. Besides that, they can also sense the relationship between two people, and with Gemini, often attempt to play matchmaker. Their wings are made out of hundreds of small transparent shards, which catch the light and are bound to Libra fairies using magic. Wings can change shape with enough practice.

Scorpio: As water fairies, they have the ability to absorb water from living objects, instantly killing it; however they can’t do it in the amount enough to kill another fairy or human. It normally works on patches of grass, or flowers. Their flying is very smooth, involving twists to avoid obstacles. Scorpio fairies tend to stick with their friends in their free time, spending it talking or playing. Wings are normally in an array of colors, with black accents. The tips of the wings are surprisingly sharp, and can be used to leave deep etchings on trees, and even humans, when flying fast enough,.

Sagittarius: Wandering fairies who enjoy flying to nearby colonies, often making day’s journey to reach certain places while flying nonstop. This is to gain new knowledge. To prevent themselves from being caught, Sagittarius fairies can summon and release smoke bomb like things in an instant, allowing them to escape easily. Also, they also have the ability to absorb all knowledge they receive from a short duration of time every week or so. They are goof at flying long distances at any speed, as long as no sharp turns or jolts are involved. Wings are quite large and can be used for gliding. Wings help them blend into the environment.

Capricorn: Reserved fairies who read a lot on different kinds of magic with no intention to ever do any of them. They normally spend their days alone, or with someone they deeply trust. They don’t enjoy flying for sport, instead, use it when necessary. They, however, have shockingly high stamina and endurance. All fairies of this sign can harden mud and clay  in an instant, which makes them very helpful when building shelters. Although unpredictable, they make wonderful allies. Wings are similar to a bat’s, and come in neutral, respect-demanding colors, such as dark blue.

Aquarius: These fairies are strong, and often stand out in a crowd. They enjoy interacting with other fairies. With the ability to turn water into hot steam,they aren’t someone you would want an an enemy. Each fairy has the gift of being able to use the wind to dry anything rather quickly, but not to the extend of being able to control it in flying. This is useful when their wings are wet, as wet wings are too heavy to fly with. They are outgoing flyers, making large loops and outgoing movements. Wings are long and white, and are tinted certain colors depending on the fairy’s mood.

Pisces: Very soft spoken, but steadfast fairies. Nothing pleases them more than being able to relax by a pond and sip on a leaf full of nectar. They have a rather strange ability to turn maple sap into maple syrup instantly, and can also form rain clouds the size of chipmunks. They are quite delicate looking fliers, but should not be underestimated, as they are the only fairy type that can go from sitting down to flying at unimaginable speeds. They just don’t enjoy the whiplash of doing it. Wings are splayed and often finely misted, giving them a rainbow sheen.

“Birth Processional”  watercolor, gouache, collage, colored pencil. ©Phoebe Wahl 2015. 

“Escorted by many support creatures, a fairy queen carries a hummingbird egg, cushioned by cottonwood fluff inside of a walnut shell, as a symbolic offering to her midwife during the Birth Processional Ceremony. The midwife is dressed in traditional garb to identify her as a high ranking elder with wisdom in wildcrafted medicine. The queen only gives birth every two hundred years, and it is an occasion widely celebrated throughout her reigning woodland region. The identity of her child’s other parent is unknown to all but the queen herself. The baby, always female, will one day inherit the mossy throne.” -PW