The Real Buddha—An Oppressed and Forgotten Woman

The Real Buddha—
An Oppressed and Forgotten Woman

This post is a revisioning of the answers to How did Buddhism begin? and How did Buddha achieve enlightenment?

My revisioning started with a vision. Then I built on that otherworldly experience using reason–including plain old common sense.

Buddhism is a beautiful religion. However, I know remarkable women who are devoted Buddhist practitioners and suffered from Buddhism as an institution. A few of these women came to me to heal these traumas.

I am afraid to post this. People are quick to attack. Buddhism is supposedly beyond reproach. And as a woman, I am not supposed to speak truths about oppression. But knowing the suffering some Buddhist groups caused the women who came to me, I can’t stay silent. I have to publish this in hopes it will keep others from suffering.

This post started as musings written for my own sake. I never intended to publish them. Here’s more about why I, eventually, felt compelled to post such a personal piece:

The healing I did for the aforementioned women included reading to them the musings that I later expanded into this post. They reported that my ideas were an important healing for them. So here are those ideas, in hopes they help other people.

As you will see, I am criticizing neither Buddhist practitioners nor Buddhism, but rather Buddhism as an institution. All religions offer vital messages. Among Buddhism’s are the importance of compassion, gentleness, and meditation. However, religious institutions often betray the principles they are meant to uphold.

Criticism of a religious institution is not wholesale criticism of the religion itself, nor its practice, texts, beliefs, or practitioners.

Nor is criticism condemnation.

And with that, I share my musings:

A Revisioning of How Buddhism Began

I’m not interested in Buddha’s teachings. I want to learn from the woman who intentionally created an opportunity for his enlightenment by bringing him a bowl of rice. She was the real Buddha.

A False Buddha

Here is a widespread account of how Siddhartha Gautama became Buddha:

A prince renounced his wealth and privilege to seek spirituality. All his efforts were for naught.

Then one day, a happenstance passerby brought him a bowl of rice. Due to all the spiritual work Siddhartha Gautama had already done, he became enlightened at that moment.

The passerby was a mere woman and thus of no significance; anyone could have offered rice, and enlightenment would’ve occurred.

No. I don’t believe that story.

Who Is Buddha—the Real Buddha

Here’s my revisioning of the bowl of rice tale.

Buddha was a woman.

The real Buddha was the rice-giver. Her action was the catalyst for his enlightenment, and she acted intentionally. She was the original Buddhist teacher. She was Buddha. He was a false Buddha—a spoiled, entitled prince who ran from responsibilities instead of using his royal power to make a positive difference. And, as this essay will demonstrate, he wielded his power to oppress the real Buddha. But her?

I imagine she was the enlightened one with the true teachings. I imagine her as the consummate Shamanic guide. I imagine she knew exactly how to shift the cells of the prince in the exact state he was in that moment, including his state of mind, body, and spirit: offer him rice.

The true Buddha, she was immensely skilled and advanced spiritually and mystically. Thus, she could help transform a soul with a simple bowl of rice, coupled with a psychic technique that I’ll address in a moment.

His previous spiritual strivings built a foundation for enlightenment surely. That doesn’t disprove my theory but reinforces it. A good Shamanic teacher recognizes the student’s brilliance, abilities, and readiness to receive specific lessons. That teacher also understands how to create that lesson. She co-created Siddhartha Gautama’s breakthrough. She too was its foundation.

His denial of co-creation caused him to eventually, if not immediately, lose the lesson. More about that in a bit.

Perhaps I should not criticize Siddhartha Gautama. Jesus’s message was wonderful until Paul turned it into a rant that enforced a free-for-all hatred of women. Perhaps those who came after Siddhartha Gautama betrayed his teachings by rewriting his story and messages.

If my criticisms should be aimed at the Pauls of Buddhism, everything I say herein can serve as my feminist evaluation, criticism, and revisioning of their story rather than of the story that perhaps was told by their tradition’s originator but has since been buried.

Too often, religious institutions obstruct spiritual seekers. Achievement of Buddhism’s ethics, beauties, and powers is attainable only if we honor the woman who was quite possibly the source of Buddhism’s ethics, beauties, and powers (except for what was borrowed from other spiritual paths).

An example: A woman who’d been a devoted Buddhist practitioner for decades attended my classes. You don’t have to identify as Pagan to work with me. I intuited I should read her the early version of this essay. She told me the piece lifted years of pain and confusion from her. She said I helped her have significant breakthroughs. Now, she can practice Buddhism with sovereignty and greater power. Feminist Buddhism.

I wrote that initial version in Sept 2019. I didn’t fully know why I’d written it. I didn’t know whether I should do anything with it. (As I said, it’s a personal piece.) Shortly afterwards, I read the essay to the aforementioned student who helped me understand it was useful to someone other than me. Her shock at hearing the truth and being relieved of her pain, as well as her gratitude for that, showed me how different my perspective on Buddhism’s origins is, and how that perspective is needed. But the essay sat idle for a few more years. Then my Fairy Gods told me the time is now. So I expanded the early version to create what you’re reading. Then, long story short, sigh, the new version sat a good while. Maybe a year or two. Anyway, if you know why my Gods told me the time is now, please tell me.

Three important asides:

This sigil heals and brings overall luck. I channeled the sigil and placed it here to bless my work, that I may do it in the spirit of service and love.1) This post might have a few incorrect historical or religious details (religious not being synonymous with spiritual). This is not an academic historical treatise. Applying academic standards would miss the mark. Possible historical and religious errors did not stop my ideas from empowering the aforementioned student.

2) A friend pointed out that this post uses language that frames my revisioning as fact. I disagree. Long ago, I wrote, “I think…” in a class, and the teacher said, “Don’t ever say that in anything you write. Of course we know the ideas you’re writing down are what you think. You’re the one writing the essay.”

Patriarchal versions of history are just as much up for grabs as any other version. They are expressed as fact. A woman explaining that her counters to those assumptions are just her thoughts diminishes her and her contributions. It is also an apology for speaking her mind. This post expresses opinions, not attempts to enforce them.

3) Racism, classism, and other isms are inextricably of a piece and need to be addressed as such. Each is also a distinct problem that must be addressed individually.

As a teacher, I want shamanic lessons I give to help fight isms, in a consistent, embodied manner as opposed to mere occasional rhetoric.

My musings about the original Buddha focus on sexism. However, when I mention patriarchy here, I’m referring to all isms, to a degree. All of them are inherent to patriarchy. And isms always weave together.

Buddhism’s Real Founder Is Denied

In one way, I don’t want to call that woman the founder of Buddhism because she is not responsible for the sexism I have seen inflicted on some Buddhist women.

But the established story is slanted, as if she, a mere woman, could not possibly have been intelligent enough, sophisticated enough, and spiritual enough to know what she was doing with that bowl of rice, right? The student—Siddhartha Gautama—took credit for his teacher’s insights, work, and abilities.

She understood about the rice bowl! She passed that understanding on to Siddhartha Gautama.

Equally important, she added psychic underpinnings to her gesture. As is often the case in traditional teachings, she psychically passed to him, along with the bowl of rice, an experience. The combination facilitated enlightenment.

In other words, she not only understood an offer of rice embodied the experiential lesson he needed, she also elevated that lesson to yet another level through her mystical abilities. The mystical power she applied is called a direct spiritual transmission. If you want to know more about direct spiritual transmissions, click here.

The gift she gave was an enormous act of generosity.

Then he—or his Pauls—used her the way women are constantly used, as if they have no value: He took credit for her work.

How many years did that woman work on her spirituality and otherworldly techniques to reach the point where she could immediately understand what a passerby needed to reach an illumination of their soul? How many years until she could help create illumination with a direct spiritual transmission? How many years until she could help create illumination in so simple and humble a manner?

Recorded History Is Often Erasure
of the Exceptional by the Mediocre

Innovators and great souls often die nameless, defamed, or relegated to a footnote. Mary Magdalene was supposedly a prostitute as opposed to one of Christ’s apostles. Einstein obscured the brilliant work of Mileva Marić Einstein, the woman who developed the theory of relativity with him.

Without her tutelage, there is a good chance he wouldn’t have gotten through school. Like many oppressors, he married a brilliant woman then did everything possible to not only obscure her contributions but to crush her. For example, a single cruel remark of his shows he tried to erase her work and break her: When asked about his wife, he postured as the absent-minded genius and referred to her as “the woman who darns my socks.” Mind-boggling cruelty.

History gives the name Sujata to the woman I believe was Siddhartha Gautama’s teacher. I think of her as erased and forgotten nonetheless. If my revisioning is correct, the world has no knowledge of the actual person. A convenient depiction of her, formulated by her oppressors, is all that remains. I hope this post begins to correct that.

Ruthless erasure of the exceptional by the mediocre is the norm. This makes my story about Sujata more believable to me than the story that enlightenment was Siddhartha’s alone, accidentally helped by her. Maybe there’s no way of ever knowing the truth. So I choose the version most believable and most helpful to me spiritually. Sujata, to my mind, was the original Buddha.

A Feminist Prayer to the Real Buddha

In some ways, I don’t care what names history gives Sujata because they could be part of the lies. I call upon her as Sujata and by what names I imagine:

Sujata, original Buddha,
Bringer of Rice,
Bringer of Truth,
Humble Power-Giver,
I recognize you.
I pray to you.
Please teach me your wisdoms
So that I may study from greatness.
Please help me embody your wisdoms.
Please help me be the teacher I want to be.
Please help me focus on spirit
instead of false ego
in all the classes I teach,
all the lessons I channel,
and all my moments.
Thank you!

Toxic Religion Bolsters Patriarchy

Has there ever been a female Dalai Lama?

Remember that everything I say herein might need to be applied to Buddhism’s “Paul” instead of to Siddhartha Gautama. My revisioning continues:

Siddhartha Gautama poisoned his enlightenment by hiding the rice-giver’s enlightenment and taking credit for her wisdom. He passed this poison down, creating toxic elements in institutionalized Buddhism.

No religion or institution is free of oppressive elements. I am not suggesting that all Buddhist teachings, principles, texts, or structures across all cultures are toxic. I’m positing that parts foster sexism, classism, and other oppressive hierarchies. I’m pointing out how Buddhism’s origin story might feed oppressive aspects of Buddhism.

Lack of attribution is typical in patriarchal society and engenders spiritual illness. Bear with me as I explain:

Anyone can access the ultimate sources of power, beauty, and all other things—Divinity and Nature. (Nature is surely part of the Divine, as much as anything could be.) Patriarchy tries to strip us of this human heritage and insists we instead obey our oppressor to receive power from the Divine.

Patriarchy also teaches that some of life’s crucial necessities can be bestowed upon us solely by the magnanimity of a ruling class.

I developed Shamanic methods to counter this. I won’t list them all here, but they include rites that clear away internalized oppression—inhumane programming—and thus open our innate connections to Divinity and Nature, so we can receive all bounty, beauty, and power. Click here to receive announcements of my events. They support your relationship with the Divine.

Along with inner transformation, society needs to change. This brings us back to the origin of Buddhism:

Connection to Spirit Requires Honoring All Sources

Some individuals devote themselves to spiritual growth, psychic development, and creating spiritual material that assists other people’s connections to Divinity and Nature.

When these intermediaries empower us to access the Divine and Nature as sources, those intermediaries are sources.

Our connection to Nature and the Divine is diminished to whatever degree we disclaim our worldly and spiritual sources. To whatever degree we lose connection to the Divine, we lose the same degree of spiritual health.

In other words, not attributing individual women and Shamans as the source of the material they create and/or convey orally, experientially, or in print feeds the patriarchal agenda of disconnecting us from the ultimate source, even if that is not one’s intent.

Whether it is one’s intention or not to steal, stolen lessons disconnect the thief from the Divine. I’m not chastising anyone who does this unintentionally or learns lessons they did not know were stolen. I am providing information so they have alternatives.

Honoring Shamanic Lessons Taught Experientially

Matriarchal culture is Shamanic culture and has egalitarian organization. In matriarchal teachings, many lessons are not conveyed through abstract, theoretical lectures but by submerging a person in this culture. It embodies the principles being taught. A bowl of rice.

My personal experiences help explain this further:

When I teach, I talk about Shamanism very little compared to the time I spend trying to embody the nuts and bolts of Shamanism and teaching others how to do the same. A bowl of rice.

I analyze everything around me. I’m an excellent theorist. But analysis and theory are not enough. Shamanic practices that help my students and me embody our visions, ethics, and dreams are pivotal to Shamanism as I view it.

It is important to embody Shamanism–embody, body, body. Patriarchy wants us to stay in the head, in theory, in analysis, away from the body, with disdain for our human bodies, disregard for the body that is the living earth, and distance from the body of un-stifled movement that is daily life.

In that vein, my teaching methods set up a cultural matrix in which my classes take place. Best as I’m able, the matrix embodies—and thus conveys—the following practices and cosmology:
* honor for the life, sacredness, and beauty that abides in all things
* power that is not dominance but found in personal wholeness, tribal participation, and the enchantment that flows throughout the universe—connectivity and cooperation instead of trying to control everything and everybody. This includes connecting and cooperating with the various parts of oneself.
* sexual and other pleasures without shame
* abundance on the physical plane, instead of a “spiritual” path that fosters self-neglect

It is said Siddhartha Gautama spent almost no time teaching theory or cosmology because it left little time for practices. He got that right. It is part of the lessons he stole, learned through an experiential lesson—a bowl of rice offered as embodied wisdom.

Stolen Lessons Become Toxic Teachings

I’ve touched on this topic already, but it should be explored more.

Women’s and Pagan cultures are often oral traditions. Repeatedly, Shamans’ and women’s innovations in theories, practices, and sacred art are unattributed, misattributed, or cited as “traditional.”

For a long time, I didn’t care when my work was used without my name on it. I didn’t want my ego to get out of hand. Ultimately, everything comes from the Gods. But I learned that lack of attribution is not healthy for anyone involved.

Lack of attribution is spiritual, emotional, and financial oppression, even if unintended.

Physical, spiritual, and emotional oppressions are of a piece. Inflict one, and you inflict the others. So I’ll discuss them all together.

First, I’ll share personal experiences about how stolen lessons cause spiritual, emotional, and material harm to people who receive those lessons.

Backstory: Throughout the resurgence of Goddess spirituality in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, I created a massive body of material, including rituals, chants, other liturgies, lyrical meditations, poems (often presented as prose lectures or liturgy), Shamanic theories and methods, and a cosmology consistent with all this work. Some material has been conveyed in print, other orally, and some channeled in the middle of a class and never repeated by me. I have been a seminal influence.

A great deal of my poetry anonymously entered the oral and written literature of earth-centered and other alternative spirituality. My innovative liturgy, Shamanic techniques, and theories have become just as ubiquitous and are likely to appear anonymously, misattributed, or as “traditional,” not only in Pagan circles but also in non-Pagan systems of self-help and inner change. A lot of my work is now considered standard material, unattributed worldwide.

A great deal of the work was bastardized—rewritten so it no longer frees people but can instead be used as a tool to uphold systemic oppression. End of backstory.

My heart aches because I have repeatedly seen thieves misapply–or rewrite—my material so that it supports oppression. I watch material I spent decades developing to uplift people being used instead for evil, rewritten to become an asset for oppressors.

I have wept for the people who unwittingly studied the bastardizations and suffered terribly as a result.

I grieve for the lost power those people endure, the years they lost studying with bad teachers, and the tragedies they met.

These tragedies were caused by the bastardizations or were challenging situations that anyone might encounter—for example, a financial crisis—and get stuck in when ill-advised.

I watched thieves of my material misapply it in ways that demoralized their students who otherwise might’ve been able to, for example, get ahead financially. This litany of terrible things I’ve observed just begins the list.

Lack of attribution is stealing. Stolen spiritual material is toxic not only to the thief but also to their students. After all, the means define the end.

What’s more, if someone intentionally steals spiritual credit, they do not understand the teachings they stole. Thus they pass on their ego-driven, selfish misunderstandings—teachings that are not a good lineage, not conducive to honorable living, spiritual growth, or powerful, effective magic.

A Religious Elite Causes
Poverty and a Toxic Economy

I want to further discuss the systemic financial oppression that patriarchy inflicts on creators. Let’s return to the common argument that caring about whether one’s work is used without permission or attribution is succumbing to greed and ego. The argument sometimes includes, “Ultimately, everything comes from the Gods anyway.”

That is all a high-brow, holier-than-thou way of shaming someone for their healthy reactions.

The desires to get credit for your work and own the hard won fruits of your labor are good. If people know the source of material, they can learn it rather than a stolen, bastardized harmful version.

Also, receiving credit for your work can be financially vital. Gautama’s disregard for his teacher followed the economic norm of his social class. Groups in power claim ownership of everything, stealing it all, which leaves a large portion of the population in poverty and the brutal life thereof.

Lack of attribution is financial oppression. Stealing material someone developed is economic brutality.

The accepted norm is to not only steal a woman’s innovations in science, commerce, art, etc., but to also bastardize her gentleness, genius, soul, or other strengths, and profit from them. This norm is applied to other oppressed groups.

Destroy Systemic Oppression:
Accredit Your Sources

Accrediting source material—including what you’ve learned orally and experientially—helps dismantle systemic oppression.

Accreditation is not always possible, not by a long shot. But we do what we can to have each other’s backs.

When you attribute your source, you claim your worth because it won’t be based on false ego but on truths. One of those truths is that you are an ally to creators, and as such, you help destroy systemic oppression. So mote it be!

Take Credit for Your Work:
Destroy Systemic Oppression

Taking credit for your work helps dismantle systemic oppression.

To anyone whose work has been stolen … or not: Claim your worth. It is not false ego to want credit for your work. Taking credit helps everyone because it helps destroy systemic thieving norms.

Taking steps to earn a reasonable living from your creations is a way to stand up for all oppressed individuals. If that doesn’t make sense, think of someone who stood up for their own rights and how their actions inspired other people to do the same.

Healing from Religious Trauma

Though some women experienced major healing from the earlier version of this essay, they nonetheless needed more support. I gave it to them. If you’d like that for yourself, click here to schedule a spiritual transmission.

It will address what you need to heal from oppression.

My transmissions don’t focus on facilitating enlightenment, not in the way usual transmissions do. My Gods are Pagan. They want to help you be happy on the spiritual and mundane planes. My transmissions focus on soul-healing, money, good luck, health, enlightenment, or whatever else is important to you. I do not consider enlightenment separate from the rest of life. So mote it be!

More about Healing through Spiritual Transmissions

If an individual needs healing from trauma, my transmission focuses on whatever that person needs in order to heal. For example:

A transmission can give you insights into how to earn a good living from your creations. Then, abundance can contribute to healing trauma. Healing is not separate from life. Life’s goodness heals us. Life’s goodness—for example, abundance—can be pivotal to healing.

This is not to say that healing from trauma never requires a focus on inner transformation in itself. I work a lot on that with my clients. But often, there’s another step: life’s sweet goodness is a healing agent.

We can create the lives we choose for ourselves and enjoy life’s sweetness. We can help others do the same. We can have power over our lives—together!

Click here for a spiritual transmission

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Receive Fairy Blessings

Receive Fairy Blessings: Abundance, Peace, Fulfillment

Fairy (Faerie, Faery) Blessings:
Abundance, Peace, Fulfillment

No need to attend an event, meditate, or do anything else. I do the work for you.

I’ll do a Fey blessing ceremony for you every week for six months. You receive the benefits of all that magic.

Begins April 22, 2024.

Enroll by April 17.

Recipients usually experience substantial results immediately, with more and more occurring. After the six months, benefits tend to remain and increase.

You receive the abundance you truly desire. An abundance of love, satisfaction, achievements, for example. The ceremonies help create whatever bountifulness you want.

In the same vein, fulfillment can be sexual, creative, professional, mystical, spiritual, and more.

Profound spiritual healing occurs if needed for you to have abundance, peace, and fulfillment.

My magic meets you exactly where you are. These rites help you with whatever you are going through.

Total cost: $169 a month, for six months of ceremony.

Pay securely with PayPal: click the Subscribe button.

You don’t have to delay receiving support until you “measure up” to some inhumane standard that has nothing to do with real life.

Magic loves you. You. Magic won’t exclude you. Ignore so-called spiritual teachers who insist that magical spells can’t help you yet because you’re “fat,” “too upset,” “too emotional,” “new to Paganism,” or whatever other condescending description they give. It’s an excuse to exclude or debase you.

Ignore Pagans who say that Fairy magic is only for northern Europeans. Fairy Folk appear in most cultures’ lore from Polynesian to African to Chinese to Italian.

The old Faery Gods love you.
Magic loves you.
My ceremonies help you.

The Great Mother Goddess, Creator of All, is known as the Fairy Queen in language after language. You are Her beloved child. She holds you sacred and wants you to enjoy a bountiful, peaceful, fulfilled life. She’ll add Her immense enchantments to the work I do for you.

Another term for my blessing ceremonies is spiritual transmissions. However, I don’t know anyone except me who defines a spiritual transmission the way I do:

I’m a good-luck charm: I was born generating a beneficial Fey energy that adapts to your needs, e.g., financial well-being, physical health, safety, mystical insights, removal of self-defeating beliefs, or the strength to get back up after life’s knocked you down. These examples are types of abundance, peace, or fulfillment, so the upcoming ceremonies can deliver them.

I don’t have to know what you need because the transmission’s energy automatically adapts to help create the specific changes you need in you and your life.

My spiritual transmissions (or call them direct spiritual transmissions) bless you as a whole being and add luck to your day.

From birth, I was raised to hone my gift.

From my earliest memory, my mother wrapped the ancient Faery Faith around me, not as an abstract idea but as a living, loving magic. My Fey-touched mom’s extraordinary, all-encompassing maternal love provided a role model for direct spiritual transmissions.

Most recipients experience very personal energy from me, including a sense that I care about them as individuals. I think they sense intimacy and kindness because I love each client. My mother embodied loving magic. You don’t even have to tell me anything about yourself to receive a transmission.

Francesca emanates healing energy. She can’t even help it, it’s her. There’s an awesomely deep love within her that heals people.—William Michaels The transmission was so good it was seriously ridiculous! Within a few days, I got a job, a new truck for the exact amount I’d wanted to pay, and sold our old truck without even trying.—Julia It was an eye opener, I’ve grown in ways I didn’t know were possible and I was so grateful.—Catherine Mills

My explanation of transmissions isn’t as good as I would like. They are impossible to convey in words, even when I write at length. They have to be experienced. The important thing here is that you receive immense benefits.

Every week for six months is a lot of Fairy magic—a bounty of blessings for the now and the future.

Enrolling for these ceremonies is a way to grab hope, pull it close, and affirm you deserve lots of good things.

Enrolling lets Divine love embrace you and open doors to miracles. Choose the “impossible”—a Fairy-blessed life of magic in which wild-hearted dreams come true.

Click the Subscribe button.

If you don’t receive an email confirming payment within a few days, check your spam. If the email isn’t there, or you want to discuss a scholarship, semi-scholarship, trade, or payment plan other than the subscription, or you need additional information, please call me at the number below. You can cancel your subscription at any time but no refunds.

Francesca De Grandis is the best-selling author of “Be a Goddess!” Her work couples Goddess mysticism with practical magic and a down-to-earth philosophy. She was raised in an ancient European witchcraft tradition that is a multicultural Faerie shamanism. Biased scholars argue that there are no centuries-old European shamanic traditions. Or that they could not have been multicultural in the distant past. Or that shamanism and witchcraft are never synonymous. Trained from birth in a Strega (Italian witchcraft) family tradition that also has Celtic and other shamanisms in its heritage, she also trained in non-European magic, including an African-based tradition.

Magic is not a substitute for psychiatric counseling, medical care, or other therapeutic treatments. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their participation.

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Free Ritual: Freedom from Complex Traps

Perpetrators of oppression do everything possible to keep us ineffective so that we cannot live in freedom, focusing on our dearest goals.

Shamanism can help us escape complex snares. The upcoming one-hour ritual fosters freedom through simplicity. We will do magic to bypass the complex weave of traps that keep us from power. Then we will be more able to have a simple life of freedom and power.

I am not suggesting that magic works 100%. No human effort does. Magic is a tool, like a hammer. It’s important to pick up all the tools that the Gods give us.

I am saying the goals we will work toward during the rite.

I am saying this ritual is effective and can make a vital difference.

Historically, fairy witches have used magic to successfully overcome oppression. Even the best magic does not always work, but it has repeatedly succeeded, creating miraculous results.

A one-hour ritual can make all the difference. Or can be an important start.

One of my favorite quotes is “The last thing we learn is simplicity.”

Simplicity. The ritual will streamline our days, letting all dross fall away. This will free us to work more on our most important goals and succeed at them.

To streamline one’s day includes focusing one’s energy. We will do simple, effective fairy magic for focus.

Crisis can make one mentally, emotionally, and psychically scattered.

For example, hours spent snared in medical or governmental red tape tailored to keep one from getting necessary services can be traumatic. Trauma can make one lose the power to keep fighting the good fight.

Then there are mental rabbit holes, like endlessly scrolling through social media. They distract us day after day from transforming our lives and psyches and doing our best to take care of the people love.

The ritual will help us bypass all these complexities that trap us—the rage, despair, red tape, mental and emotional distractions, and other societal obstacles created to waylay and imprison us. Instead, we will have an abundance of peace, love, hope, power, and sincerity.

No experience needed.

The event will be via teleseminar—aka group phone call. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you have the information about how to attend.

If you haven’t subscribed yet and want to attend future free rituals, click here or the banner at the bottom of this post.

PS Sources contradict who authored “The last thing we learn is simplicity.”


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New Course: Your Talents and Goals—A Fairy Witch Class

Your Talents and Goals—
A Fairy Witch Class 2024

Use Magic
to Lift Your Abilities and Your Life Sky High


Your Talents and Goals meets in group phone calls. No app needed. Use your phone to call into the classes.

This new eight-month course helps you

* Find and express your gifts, both mundane and magical.

* Use all your Goddess-given abilities to manifest life goals.

And the lessons give you much more. This post will discuss that a bit further down.

Ceremonies are safe for beginners and substantive enough for adepts.

Loving Gods Bless Us
with Abilities That Can Make Us Happy

Everyone has gifts—talents given them by the Gods. This includes parenting, writing, painting, marketing, teaching, playing music, counseling, or many other activities.

These gifts help us achieve goals, big and small. Examples:
* starting a business
* throwing yourself into your art
* creating an abundance of money, health, romance, serenity, strength, self-love, or whatever else you want.

A person’s talents fulfill them.

A person’s talents serve family, tribe, Gaia, all Her children, and the Gods.

Don’t know your goals? The classes will include rituals for clarity and Divine guidance. You can use one or more of them to figure out your goals. If that’s not enough, I’ll give you a psychic reading.

Along with helping you find your gifts, express your gifts, and use them to the max, Your Talents and Goals does even more. Here it is.

The Goddess Created All Things

The lessons reveal how your creativity holds all the Goddess’ creative power. She will lend us Her endless and exuberant fecundity to make the lives we want.

As the Goddess’ beloved child, we co-create our day with Her. Drawing on Her immense creative force, these classes bless you as a whole being. So every aspect of you thrives. In the same manner, the rites enrich your entire life.

The Goddess is the creative force of the entire universe. I created weekly ceremonies that immerse you in that magical opulence. So you receive good luck in finances, family matters, or your other heart’s desires.

A Life You Truly Desire

I have thought I wanted some things that I do not really want. Then I learned my heart’s true desires. Sometimes, I still get confused and think I want something that I don’t. Figuring out one’s true desires is an ongoing part of the human spiritual journey. And I have tools that help me become clear, tools that I will teach you.

If you experience any type of confusion about what you want, this class will help you know your heart’s desires. So you use your gifts to create the life you truly want—the one that will make you the happiest possible.

Creativity Takes Many Forms

Life is the ultimate art. Everyone has their own type of creativity. They can be used to artfully create a life. Examples of creativity are (and note how diverse these are): being the matriarch of a family, bringing joy to friends, listening to someone’s problems compassionately, building community, grooming dogs, being the matriarch of a corporation, painting, writing poetry, researching physics, giving psychic readings, and applying mathematics.

Lessons in Your Talents and Goals foster your particular creativity. And you learn how to use it as transformative shamanism that changes you and your life.

I Have a Gift for Helping People Use Their Gifts

One of my talents is the ability to help you with yours. There are a lot of different parts to my ability, and I apply the ones you need. Here are three examples. I know how to uncover someone’s powers. I can help someone become confident about their powers. I facilitate an individual using their powers effectively toward goals.

I don’t need a skill to help you excel in it. My experience with Margaret, a master astrologer, provides an example. She traveled the world to take astrology lessons from top people in the field. After working on her astrology for a mere half hour with me, she said it was the best astrology lesson she’d ever had. I am not an astrologer! Why would she need me? I know how to facilitate someone’s personal power. I also know how to do it in ever-deeper ways for individuals with highly-developed skills.

Do You Wonder
“How Do I Find Classes That Are Right for Me?”

Shamanic lessons need to be appropriate for you.

Enrollment is limited for Your Talents and Goals. This allows time for me to give participants individualized attention, including psychic readings. I tailor the curriculum to attendees. Here’s why that’s important.

Each person has different talents to explore. They also each have their own path, for example, they might face different blocks to self-expression.

Different people need different help with their gifts. Some people need to recognize them. Some people need confidence. Some want to figure out how to use their gifts professionally. Some individuals need other support so they can earn a living using their gifts. Some people need to learn how to schedule time to develop or use their gifts. Some people need to validate their skills that seemingly have no purpose. Some people need other help.

Whatever you need, this Fairy Witch course makes your gifts emerge and shine so bright that they will dazzle the stars in the sky.

Can Magic Be Practical?

Yes, these are practical Shamanic lessons.

If you’ve thought, “I can’t find magic lessons that actually change anything for me,” you’re in the right place now.

These lessons are not the abstract theory of an ivory tower. You’ll learn magic that makes a difference. You will be gently guided in rites to empower yourself and create the life you want. If you don’t know what you want or what in you needs to change, the rituals help you find that wisdom inside yourself. If you need more, I give you a psychic reading.

Another way that the classes are down to earth: We each choose large or small goals that we work toward together. If you cannot choose a project or projects, I’ll help.

Systemic Oppression and Pagan Rituals

I never say that all blocks can be overcome. I say that enough can be conquered to allow a wonderful life, and that magic helps us achieve a lot of what we truly want.

My belief that magic has the power to achieve anything is not naïve. I recognize the extremities caused by systemic oppression. I know how hard they can be to overcome.

My experience is that magic has the power to achieve anything. Ritual for myself and individuals like me—people that systemic oppression is tailored to crush—has consistently been successful. I am not going to recount nightmares that magic helped me survive and triumph over. The important thing is that magic worked. My life is a daily miracle. The magic I teach has helped my clients live in the same way. This includes individuals who are BIPOC, trans, gay, or another target of oppressors.

The weekly sacred circles help you
* Conquer what life throws at you.
* Land through Divine grace into the life you want—the life you deserve as your right.

Inclusive Spirituality
“I Want to Feel Like I Belong.”

Some “spiritual” teachers have the oppressive idea that not everyone is “worthy” of receiving help. They reject BIPOC, trans, older women, … If you have been subjected to homophobia, classism, racism, sexism, etc., you might hesitate before approaching a new group.

If you have internalized oppression, you might feel unworthy of any help.

My Gods stand by me in hard times. They stand by me when I cannot or will not stand by myself. They stand by me when I’m desolate or don’t trust Them. They stand by me exactly as I am at any given moment. This event is a way you can allow Them to stand by you. My Gods are inclusive and celebrate diversity. Their magic is abundant in the upcoming course.

They do not hold back Their aid, waiting until we are supposedly “worthy.” They offer miracle-making magic in all circumstances. We are always worthy.

Trauma and Hope

Have you had any of the following thoughts?

I don’t have time to finish my projects.

Problems fill my mind. So I can’t focus enough to get ahead.

I’m too upset, tired, and frustrated to move forward in my life.

I’m always stressed. I need rituals for serenity and clarity. But I never feel centered enough to do ritual.

I need to find inner strength. But I’m too busy keeping my head above water.

If you could have made any of those statements, show up at our circles exactly as you are and do exactly as you do. Magic will welcome you, accept you as you are, and help you. So will I. We’ll make important progress toward your goals.

Expect help, power, and miracle-causing magic. For fifty years, I’ve successfully helped people manifest greater personal fulfillment. I start with where they actually are in their lives. They don’t have to forgo improving their lives until they are in the “right” state of mind or “right” situation.

The Creative Force during Hard Times

When I feel there’s no time for anything but survival, work, or other responsibilities, it’s doubly important to make time for spirituality and creativity and to bring the two together. Creativity helps overcome crisis, even when it is ongoing. Creativity brings me to the ground of my being—the Divine. Creativity and spirituality combined lifts me out of fear and the mundane, into connectivity and wholeness. I suddenly see creative ways to deal with major problems. I find the power to do so. This class helps you with everything I’ve described in this paragraph. You’ll learn time-honored shamanic methods, as well as modalities I created that, for decades, have helped people claim their inner fire, their agency, and their ideal lives.

Attend by Phone. It’s Easy!

The group meets by teleconference: Simply call the event phone number to attend.
The group meets by teleconference: Simply call the event phone number to attend.


We meet in 2024 for eight months. Our classes will be on Wednesdays 6 to 7 pm pacific time, from February 7 through September 25, except for the following Wednesdays:
* March 27
* May 22
* July 17
* Sept 4

Reserve Wednesdays October 2, 9, and 16, the usual time, for makeup sessions in the unlikely chance I’m unavailable for any of the planned dates.


Enrollment ends Midnight Wednesday Jan 31.

Cost is $200 a month. Your carrier might charge you for the calls.

If you must drop out, cancel your subscription, and no further payments are required. No refunds.

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If you don’t receive an email confirming payment within a few days, check your spam. If the email isn’t there, or you want to discuss a scholarship, semi-scholarship, trade, or payment plan other than the subscription, or you need additional information about the classes, please call me at the number below. Upon payment, your seat is reserved. A few days before our first meeting, you receive an email with the event phone number and other details.

These classes can serve as the two qualifying electives needed before the advanced Fairy Witch (Faerie shaman) training.

If you took the course The Spirituality of Art and the Art of Spirituality, these classes are a greatly adapted and expanded version of it.

Life is Art!

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Francesca De Grandis 2021

Francesca De Grandis is a Fairy Witch elder and the best-selling author of Be a Goddess! She believes that everyone is multi-talented, and that the right support can help them live as such. After teaching herself to play guitar at age fourteen, she immediately started performing in major metropolitan clubs. She indie-produced a best-selling Pagan music album. She does the bookkeeping and marketing for her business. She created the basic layout for Be a Goddess! and has done all the layout for her recent books. She’s not terrible under the hood of a website. Her primary art form, aside from living well, is being a Shamanic guide. For decades, Francesca has taught shamanic tools to foster mundane and magical powers of all kinds and at all levels.

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Psychic Reading Gift Certificate

Give the gift of love and magic: a psychic reading with Francesca De Grandis

Give the gift of love and magic:
a psychic reading

A one-hour psychic reading by phone
with Francesca De Grandis

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Online Shamanic Journey

The Fairy Witch Shamanic Adventure

An Online Event

with Magical Spells for What You Need and Want

The Fairy Witch Shamanic Adventure. An Online Event. With Magical Spells for What You Need and Want

I’m delighted to announce this audio recordings series.
Every recording leads you through a Faerie ritual.
The series is a magical adventure
to reach your life goals.

Receive audio, magical art, and more
for a eight-month-long multidimensional shamanic journey

Spells for prosperity, protection, peace, confidence, soul-healing, justice, and nearly anything else you want.

* Receive your weekly ritual by email *

* Witchcraft, straight up *

* Experiential learning—doing a ritual is the lesson *

* Every week, learn a new spell *

* Spells to manifest worldly goals *

* Personal growth *

* Increased intuition *

* Power from Ancestors *

* Power to serve your tribe *

* Simple, easy to follow instructions *

* Accessible to beginners *

* Substantive enough for adepts *

I’ll explain multidimensional shamanism and experiential Witchcraft lessons, while expanding on the above list. But first, some basics:

If you’re new to my work:
*I use Witch and Shaman synonymously because they are synonymous in my tradition. Ask me why if you want.
* Ditto spells, rituals, meditations, contemplations, etc.
* I usually use different spellings of Fairy (Faerie, Faery, etc.,) as synonymous. I love all the spellings. Ditto related words—fae, fey, fay, etc.


We begin our magical journey on December 10, 2023.

Our adventure lasts eight months.

If an unexpected event keeps me from sending a week’s planned material, I’ll extend the event an extra week.

If you can’t do the ritual some weeks, no problem. Start again with that lesson when you’re able.


Enroll by Midnight Weds December 6.

Cost is $169 a month.

Use the Subscribe button below for eight monthly payments of $169. Enroll securely through PayPal.

Pls give me yr phone #

If you don’t see an email confirming payment within a few days, check your spam. If the email isn’t there, or you want to discuss a scholarship, semi-scholarship, or trade, or you need more information about the event, please call me at the number below. No refunds.

You can cancel the subscription any time after you’ve paid for the month you’ve already started.

If you felt something different from typical Witchcraft when you came to this site, here’s a possible reason:

I can promise extraordinarily effective magic. You will make significant headway, even for goals that seem impossible. You might be shocked to discover how free you can be from the limits society puts on you.

After decades of leading shamanic rituals, I know how good my work is!

The event’s price is a super deal. Here’s why:

As an elder trained from birth as a Shaman, I use Master-of-the Arts magics for this event:

1) Multidimensional Shamanism

An abundance of Fairy magic will enchant your days. My approach is so unusual that I’ve met almost no one doing anything near similar. For one thing, Mom raised me this way, training me as a shaman from birth. Her multidimensional approach influences my teachings.

Multidimensional Shamanism is a combination of methods arranged in a specific manner. Below are some of the methods and arrangements.

Please note, the different approaches overlap. Shamanism is not meant to be divided into parts to make its pieces fit into rigid categories. Instead, everything weaves together.

To put it another way: Everything is connected. And each part of something is connected to each part of every other thing.

If the following isn’t crystal clear, don’t worry. Words can’t completely explain this multidimensionality. But The Fairy Witch Shamanic Adventure conveys it experientially.

Here are some of its aspects.

2) A weekly ritual,
usually a ten to fifteen-minute audio recording

I call them audio rituals. Every audio recording consists of a easy, quick spell. I lead you through it step-by-step. After the 10-15 minutes is over, you’ve done a spell! .

No unnecessary information. We get right to the point: This is live magic. Here are examples of goals for the spells we’ll do: prosperity, confidence, serenity, health, money, soul-healing, creative fulfillment, business success, and self-love.

Each spell has many goals so at least one will be relevant to you. Despite having many goals, the instructions are simple and easy to follow.

The rituals are also experiential learning, which is the traditional method for witchcraft. The teacher led students in rituals. You will learn by doing. These are not lessons in the usual sense.

Learning witchcraft experientially is so effective that I can accurately call this an online course. Online lessons.

My audio recordings allow you to kick back for two reasons.

A) The audio leads you step-by-step through the rite.

B) You won’t need to listen the way mainstream education often demands. In other words, you aren’t expected to concentrate with a ridiculously sharp focus that requires so much effort that you end up exhausted. Or with a headache or brain fog. No need to analyze every detail of the lesson.

Instead, for example, sometimes hearing an audio-ritual is like listening to a fairytale. Think of the way a storyteller spins an enchantment. During an audio ritual, you can just listen and coast along on the enchantment I weave verbally. Simply by listening, you are doing the ritual.

The spoken word can add more dimensions than the written word sometimes. A voice’s subtleties can carry us into other realms. Hearing a spell’s words can be enchanting.

Some weeks, audios include my original music, which adds another dimension of magic.

When the event ends, you have all its enchanted recordings to rely on again and again.

3) I perform a ceremony for your success

The entire eight months, Fey magic simmers in my cauldron for you. It is a spell that blesses your efforts to improve your life—not only your efforts during our rituals, but later.

The cauldron spell also adds good luck to your daily life.

Usually, there are immediate important results, and they increase throughout the shamanic journey.

Another term for the spell I cast for you is a direct spiritual transmission.

4) I’m available by phone

A Shamanic journey is personal. If you want individual attention in one-on-one phone calls, we can talk as many as three times. If you have questions about the journey, need support because your commitment to the lessons falters, want to explore a particularly tantalizing part of the course, or have other concerns, feel free to phone.

Conversations must occur during the span of the course.

5) You are immersed in Shamanic culture

This immersion lets magical spells come alive for you experientially, making magic work in your life as opposed to remaining theory. The fairytale-like aspect of lessons is an example of Shamanic culture.

In Shamanic culture, receiving a spiritual transmission is often part of someone’s spiritual journey.

Caution: Many people have copied my descriptions of multidimensional Shamanism. They promise that their books or classes, whether Shamanic or not, deliver results. Sometimes they may erroneously think this because they don’t know the difference. Use your instinct about whether they’re providing the real thing. So mote it be.

6) My original shamanic art blesses our work
and layers on more enchantments

Some weeks include visual art. I create as much magic as I can for your magical experiences.

Each art piece is a quality digital file (much better than what’s on this page. I have to moosh files for the page, or it takes forever to appear.) I’ll send you instructions on how to use some of the art as talismans.

7) You receive videos
from my Fey hearth to your Fey heart

Occasionally, you’ll receive a video, instead of, or in addition to, the audio recording. At any point in the journey that a video would provide more magic than audio, so be it!

8) A few rituals will be written instead of spoken

The written word has its own magic, guiding you into yet another experiential layer.

9) Rituals address your needs as a multidimensional person

And not only your needs but also your wants. Shamanic culture embraces you as a whole—all parts of you. And not just theoretically, but in a living Shamanic process.

Caution: I have seen shamanic paths that seem multidimensional until you notice they do not respect the various aspects of you and your life.

In contrast, for example, a few of our rituals will focus on relaxing and nourishing you. During almost the full length of those audios, you get to relax and be cared for as the ritual’s magic nurtures, revives, and replenishes you.

If we don’t pause for spiritual and magical nourishment, working toward goals becomes counterproductive. Times focused on nourishment prevent burn out and restore us if we do burn out.

Also, you will learn that the nurturing rituals spin special magic that moves you toward your cherished goals faster than if you did not stop to rest.

Over the eight months, we approach improving our lives from many different angles. The combination makes each of our spells more powerful. Here’s why.

Let’s say we do a spell for prosperity. It will have extra power from work done in our previous lessons. For example, we’ll have performed rituals in which we travel inward to heal ourselves of self-defeating beliefs. Clearing away negative beliefs boosts a prosperity spell—even when those beliefs have nothing to do with prosperity! Why? Because the less blocked we are, the more easily and powerfully our magic flows.

The course will show you other reasons why improving our lives from numerous angles adds power to all spells.

And wait, there’s more, LOL. After a spell to reach a cherished goal, you’ll be more able to follow through on it with mundane actions. I help you find relevant action on the mundane plane and the power to act. Head in the clouds, and feet on the ground.

You’re not limited to the examples I’ve given. You’ll have a chance to do spells for almost anything—inner peace, happiness, worldly power, the ability to be of maximum service. There will be spells you can apply to whatever goal you choose.

Here’s more about goals that we’ll hit:

This adventure helps you claim your magical and worldly power. If you’ve already claimed them, they will increase.

Life’s stumbling blocks, traumas, and oppressive societal messages can create self-defeating beliefs. For example, “I never manage to get ready to move forward in my life.” But you don’t need clarity, certainty, or trust before you receive the help you need to move forward. The rituals help you have clarity, certainty, and trust!

The idea that you must improve yourself before receiving the help to do so can be a coping mechanism for trauma. Or an idea that oppressors shove down our throats so that we don’t take steps to power. Or taught by a well-intended person who doesn’t know better yet.

An oppressive society doesn’t want you to claim your power. Wanting you isolated, oppressors will insist that you need to change before you can be part of something that would support you.

No matter who you are or what anyone says, Fairy Witch magic belongs to you. Do the lessons exactly as you are, and their magic will work for you.

If anyone—including yourself, if you’ve internalized oppression—says you cannot make headway because you’re “too fat,” “too tall,” “too short,” Native, Druid, gay, …, jump into this course.

These spells are powerful and manageable for anyone. Power is everyone’s right. It does not belong to just some people.

Let’s look more at inner—and outer—blocks.

10) Faerie magic can free us
from inner and outer limits

For example, if the sort of terrible messages I described above have gotten into your head, the journey helps heal that.

More examples: self-defeating beliefs like “The life I want is unrealistic.” Or “My challenges are too big to overcome.” No one is ever completely free from inner blocks. But we can remove enough of them that they no longer keep us from our dearest goals.

You will make important progress with other inner blocks too, like despair, simmering resentment, and immobilizing fear.

To overcome outer blocks, expect magic for success, worldly power, guidance, and more.

For example, traditional witchcraft makes efforts to fight oppression and find justice more powerful.

Don’t let anyone stop you. Have power and happiness. Create the life you want. Take this Fairy Witch adventure with me.

11) We call on the power of your ancestors

This is yet another blessing on your adventure.

Our ancestors will travel with us. We will ask for their guidance and empowerment.

If you don’t know who they are, or how to call them, you will learn.

We will also call on your Faerie ancestors. You don’t have to be of northern European descent for that. Fairy is part of most cultures’ lore—African, Italian, Hawaiian, etc.

Though I’ve listed many ways that our journey will be blessed and empowered, they fit into the brief, 10 to 15 minute, weekly ritual. (There are exceptions. For example, I teach a short preparation to do before each lesson and a quick ritual for afterwards. Once you learn those, they usually only take a minute.)

12) During the adventure, magic lovingly holds you

The universe is magical. It is always trying to empower you and carry you toward your goals. And our rituals will help that happen. I’ll explain all this more during the course.

One of the joys of being embraced by magic is experiencing greater connectivity to Gaia and the Cosmos. Again, you’ll see how and why during the course.

That connectivity gives us enormous power and healing. It can also lessen feelings of isolation and loneliness.

13) Teaching Shamanism is an art. That’s another layer of power

I paint and explore other art forms. But my primary art form is Shamanism. Good art, for me, requires a strong left-brain right-brain connection. For example, I rely on inspiration and logic equally when creating a course. I work hard.

I said that multidimensional Shamanism is a combination of methods arranged in a specific manner. The approaches I’ve outlined are not put together willy-nilly for my classes. Combining everything to create a cohesive, effective whole took years. I am dedicated to my art.

This complex, carefully-constructed arrangement makes things simpler and easier for you. Why? For one thing, life is multifaceted, and you are multifaceted. I artfully made that one of the curriculum’s underpinnings. So lessons and magic unfold in an organic natural manner.

Everything is connected. A shamanic process, as I teach it, embodies connectivity. All parts of our shamanic journey support the other parts. Here’s an example: my cauldron spell strengthens your magical and mundane powers. It also deepens the magic of each week’s ritual. That deepening, coupled with the strengthening of your powers, augments the experiential nature of lessons.

With all the approaches I’ve listed, there can be major successes no matter what.

(If you’ve ever realized that my Shamanism is deceptively simple, thank you! Your noticing my genius makes me feel appreciated, ha. The learning process in my classes is so organic. Hence, not everyone sees that it must’ve been constructed by a master who combines elements and details with precision to create miracle-making magic for you. Heh, untamed is not unintelligent.)

For decades, my students requested an event consisting of audio rituals. They want it because “Your voice is magical.” That makes me feel good.

Creating a powerful, safe, and beautiful magical adventure online has been a growing experience. But I don’t mind that it took decades to figure out an audio course that would accomplish everything I’ve outlined here. I wanted an event worthy of you. I am happy because this will serve people. I feel fulfilled. So mote it be.

$169 a month covers everything I’ve outlined.

That is a super-special price. The spiritual transmission alone would usually cost that. And when I artfully combine major powers, they make a whole even greater than its parts. So I want you in this course to receive big benefits.

Use the Subscribe button below for eight monthly payments of $169 each. Enroll securely with PayPal:

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It was an eye opener, I’ve grown in ways I didn’t know were possible and I was so grateful!—Catherine Mills

Your warm, calming voice and your wisdom have helped me through some very difficult times.—Thomas Byrnes

Now I have an artist’s website, and I’ve started to make jewelry. I’m doing all kinds of creative work and it joyously surprises the heck out of me. Thank you, thank you, Francesca!—Meghan

Loving, powerful, and most importantly, a SAFE spiritual teacher.—Shea

The essence and heart of magic.—Rebecca Brown

She helped me through the loss of my first child. … I continued to work with Francesca [which] finally led me to be able to conceive again and give birth to a healthy beautiful daughter.—Jenn Campus

There’s an awesomely deep love within her that heals people.—William Michaels

Huge positive repercussions. You are making things happen on a multileveled reality.—Holly Soutar

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Power, Ancestors, and Victory

Power, Ancestors, and Victory: A Special One-Hour Fairy Ritual to Get What You Want and Need

Power, Ancestors, and Victory:
A Special One-Hour Fairy Ritual

to Get What You Want and Need

with Francesca De Grandis, Fairy Witch elder
and best-selling author of Be a Goddess!

Tuesday November 14, 2023
From 3:00 to 4:00 pm Pacific time

Enrollment ends Midnight Weds November 8.

If you’re new to my work:
*I use Witch and Shaman synonymously because they are synonymous in my tradition. Ask me why if you want.
* Ditto spells, rituals, meditations, etc.
* I use different spellings of Fairy (Faerie, Faery, etc.,) as synonymous usually, and I love all the spellings. Ditto related words—fae, fey, fay, etc.

During our hour together, we’ll do Faerie magic for you to:

1) Reach a cherished goal. Each participant chooses their own.

2) Break through limits, inside and out.

3) Claim your magical and worldly powers.

4) Call on the power of your Fairy ancestors.

Here’s more about each part of this one-hour Faery ceremony.

1) It’s a spell to reach a cherished goal.

You choose your goal for the spell. For example, physical health, money, soul-healing, creative fulfillment, business success, love, serenity, self-love.

If you’re unsure of your goal, I’ll help you choose one during the ritual.

Important: Has someone told you that Fey magic is not for you because you’re “not of European descent. You’re black. Your ancestors are from Africa.”?

Or that there’s no way you could be Fey-touched because you honor a Germanic Deity? Or because you’re “too fat,” “too tall,” “too short,” Native, Druid, gay, … ?

Whoever said that to you is a bigoted Pagan fundamentalist and ignorant about Fairies. Our rite will be free of that energy.

And, if you were told the sort of terrible things I described, and it’s gotten into your head, the ritual will heal that.

2) It’s a spell to break through limits,
inside and out.

I wouldn’t promise that a one-hour ritual can remove every block. That claim would not be ethical.

But I can promise an extraordinarily effective ceremony. You will make significant headway. You might be shocked to discover how much you will be free from limits the world puts on you.

You will also make important progress with inner blocks. Such as despair and immobilizing fear. Or self-defeating beliefs like “The life I want is unrealistic.” Or “My challenges are too big to overcome.” We can become free enough from inner blocks that they no longer keep us from our goals.

A personal story about this:

Terrible childhood events crushed my spirit. Money, opportunities, safety, joy, and other human rights eluded me in my adult years.

Then wild magic from Faerie Gods freed me and made me whole and confident. Magic—filled with love from my Gods—helps me overcome problems and make a good life. They offer me miracle-making magic in all circumstances.

Their loving magic is abundant in the upcoming event.

3) It’s a spell to claim
your magical and worldly power.

If you’ve already claimed them, they will increase.

You are innately magical. That is your heritage as a descendant of fey ancestors and a child of Mother Earth. But our society tries to crush your magic so that you can be controlled. The ritual will help you recognize and use your material and mystical powers.

Your strengths are unique. The Fey Gods adore diversity. In this ritual, They help you find and use your powers. Drawing on your individuality helps you hit your cherished goals. (I’ll explain this more in the ritual.) This will add yet more power to our spell, which is going to be so powerful to begin with.

After the ceremony affirms your worldly strengths, you become more able to use them to achieve your life goals. I always teach, “Head in the clouds, and feet on the ground.” We do magic and then follow through with relevant action on the mundane plane.

4) It’s a spell that draws on ancestral Faery power.

Your Faerie ancestors will welcome you, adore you exactly as you are, and lend their power to our ceremony.

You’ll learn how to draw on Fairy ancestors to create miracle-causing magic in our spell. So it’ll be yet even more powerful.

Are you are drawn to the Fey but someone told you there’s no way you could have Fairy ancestors? Whatever that naysayer’s reasoning, the ritual will show you how they were wrong wrong wrong.

For example, Fairy is part of most cultures’ lore—Hawaiian, Italian, Caribbean, on and on. The fey Gods love us all.

No matter who you are or what anyone tell you, Fairy Witch magic belongs to you. Our ritual will help you claim it.

Don’t let anyone stop you from happiness. Create the life you want. Do this Faerie Witch ritual with me.

Attend the Ritual by Phone. It’s Easy!

The group meets by teleconference: Simply call the event phone number to attend.
The group meets by teleconference: Simply call the event phone number to attend.


We meet Tuesday November 14, 2023
From 3:00 to 4:00 pm Pacific time.


Enrollment ends Midnight Weds November 8.

Cost is $60. Your carrier might charge you for the calls.

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I’m fierce in my belief that my shamanic rituals create miracles because decades have proven it. The old Gods are powerful.

Show up, and the results can be huge. The event’s price is a deal because so much Fairy magic will enchant your days. Here’s why. On top of all the power I’ve already described in the spell, there’s more:

Two Master-of-the Arts Magics
Will Fuel Your Success

Here are two Master-of-the Arts magics I bring to this event:

1) Faerie Oral Tradition Magic

We will work in my oral tradition. In it, immense headway can happen quickly.

Fairy oral tradition requires a small group. Enrollment is limited to twenty people.

I use master-level Witchcraft techniques to create empowerment ceremonies safe for beginners and substantive enough for adepts.

2) I Do a Spell For Your Success

While I lead you in the ritual, I’ll also have additional magic simmering in my cauldron. It is a spell that blesses your efforts to improve your life—not only your efforts during the ritual, but later.

The cauldron spell also adds good luck to your daily life and strengthens our meeting’s magic.

Both Faerie oral tradition and the cauldron spell are major powers. Together they make a whole even greater than its parts. Reviews:

I am truly blown away at how much I was able to resolve and heal.”—Chad Woodward

My life just seems to go better when I’m taking one of your classes!”—Shauna Farabaugh

Life-changing. I don’t have words adequate to thank you. … One of the most deeply meaningful experiences of my life .”—Melissa Hillman

$60 covers the Shamanic circle as well as the cauldron spell. Your carrier might charge you for the calls.

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Upcoming Event


Enjoy Many Blessings
From a Five-Day Yule Ceremony
Performed for You

You do not have to attend an event or do any work. I do the work for you. Receiving this blessing is easy.

I’ll draw on the magic of Solstice week and on the Winter Queen’s generosity for five days of ritual. That’s a lot of power, so you can expect the ritual will:

* foster abundance
* spiritual rejuvenate
* heal inner blocks that sabotage happiness
* increase your ability to move toward your dearest goals
* center your energy on what’s important to you.

Those benefits help many areas of life, such as:
* Healing trauma symptoms
* Creativity
* Making boundaries
* Earning a good living doing what you love
* Standing up for yourself and others
* Avoiding holiday dysfunction
* Self-love
* Confidence
* Ending isolation
* Overcoming SADD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

The energy of the ceremony shapes itself to your specific needs. Another term for the ritual I’ll do is spiritual transmission. My spiritual transmissions adapt to your many needs. Here are examples: soul healing, peace, the strength to get back up after life’s knocked you down, physical health, and safety on the mundane and etheric planes. The transmissions don’t focus on one benefit alone but bless you as a whole being. They also add luck to your day.

The Yule spell helps your life and your enjoyment of it advance to the max. Whether you celebrate holidays this season or not, whether you’re with loved ones on the holidays or not, I want to help you enjoy yourself now and long after.

Benefits last long after the Solstice—for months, if not years. This helps your New Year be one in which you can find joy and create the life you want.

The ceremony starts December 17, 2023. The five ritual days will occur over a week’s time. Yule is a major Pagan holiday, and the week surrounding it is powerful magically. It is a perfect time to do this work for you.

Most modern Pagans used to focus on just the day of Yule. But I recognized that the time around Yule is powerful shamanically. A lot of the community eventually adopted my insight, and I’m delighted to have led the way.

And, having worked with that seasonal energy before many Pagans had even heard of it, I have decades of experience with it. So I am able to perform a life-changing ritual for you.

Total Cost: $150. Scroll down to enroll: enter your phone number and pay securely with PayPal.

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Reap the rewards of magic spun for you for five days.

Magic is not a substitute for psychiatric counseling or medical care by a physician. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation. This ceremony is extraordinarily effective but may not work for all individuals.

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How to More Accurately Interpret Your Psychic Readings

How to More Accurately Interpret Your Psychic Readings. It’s Easy To Overlook Subtleties in a Divine Message

How to More Accurately Interpret Your Psychic Readings

It’s Easy To Overlook Subtleties in a Divine Message

When I say, “Never,” the Universe laughs at me. But I said it anyway because I misunderstood a psychic reading I gave myself. Here’s the story, as an example of overlooking subtleties in a divinatory message. (Perhaps you’ll find the story valuable for other reasons, too.)

Recently, I announced I would no longer make talismanic necklaces to sell. Wrong!

Everyone who has my talismans vouches for them as miraculous. In this post are photos of some talismanic necklaces I have made. Maybe you will sense their energy.

But I wrongly thought that my services selling hand-crafted charms had ended because a lack of sales seemed like Divine guidance in the form of synchronicity. Sales had slowed from these one-of-a-kind talismans being purchased within minutes of my posting them to talismans sitting idle.

I asked my Gods what to do. Psychic readings are among the means through which I receive Divine guidance, so I gave myself a psychic reading. During a reading, I might use Tarot, Oghams, or other divination tools to supplement my intuition, visions, etc.

I thought the Gods responded to my request for guidance by telling me to focus all the energy I had put into crafting talismans into a service I had recently started providing again. The revived service is energy clearings of a home or other space. (I do the rituals long-distance.)

But I had interpreted the guidance to an extreme, instead of picking up on its subtleties. I wasn’t to drop the talismans completely. After considering this guidance for a while, I realized I can do a better job at both services—making talismans and cleansing the energy of spaces—if I shift some of my hours from the former to the latter.

Though one way that I receive Divine guidance is through my psychic abilities, they aren’t perfect, hence I do not always correctly understand what my Gods say. Mind you, my accuracy as a psychic reader is extraordinary. But psychic abilities are a human mode of perception, thus are not perfect.

Why It’s Easy To Overlook an Otherworldly Message’s Subtleties

When I teach divination classes, some new students cannot recognize an oracular message’s subtleties often enough. I notice this challenge, whether the focus of a class is Tarot, Oghams, straight-ahead psychic readings, or another divinatory method. I think this inability is widespread. Our society is black and white, which makes it easy to misinterpret Divine guidance as black or white, either/or statements. I fell prey to this myself regarding talismans.

How to Recognize
a Psychic Reading’s Subtler Messages

Do you want to more accurately interpret your psychic readings? Do you misunderstand your psychic readings sometimes? I’ve already given one reason that might happen but let’s look at another.

Most people don’t know how to find the subtler messages that provide alternatives to erroneous black-and-white oracular interpretations. However, simply learning that more sophisticated, alternative interpretations exist opens the door. That could be all you need; you walk through the door, aka start watching for subtler messages. And when that’s not enough, here’s a technique to walk through that divinatory door:

Step 1) Be humble by admitting that, maybe, you misunderstood the information you received. Being psychic, intuitive, or whatever you call it shouldn’t make any of us feel like a know-it-all.

Step 2) Be open-minded about receiving further information and about the means through which it might come.

Step 3) Ask for further guidance that refines the message you’ve already received. Continue divination until you pick up subtleties that sufficiently refine the message. Accept that refinement may be a complex step-by-step process, over time; this is relevant to the means I mention in step 2. Here’s more about that:

Patiently allow the complexity of a divination process to unfold over time, instead of expecting a straight shot. It might be a quick, straight shot, but don’t close your mind to a complex, slow route. That route might include contradictory messages and your own mixed feelings. They will resolve if you just let them be. They are often part of the process.

I don’t think we’re always meant to understand everything all at once. When a message unfolds over time, the process of finding the full message is empowering and otherwise beneficial.

But society teaches us to expect instant fixes. Try not to succumb to a frantic unrelenting attempt to acquire this additional information right away. That’s counterproductive and exhausting. It’ll come in time.

Step 4) You receive that additional information. It might come from a psychic reading(s) that you do for yourself, a reading you receive from someone else, synchronicity, or another divinatory method such as tarot cards, crystal ball, or your intuition.

Step 5) You may not need this final step if the additional information you want comes immediately. But often, a combination of methods, occurring over time, whether a long or short period, is needed. So once again, accept that refinement may be a complex, step-by-step process that doesn’t finish right away. Here’s an example of how that happened for me, regarding the talismans:

Life Itself is Divination

After my initial psychic readings on the topic, I thought my talisman-selling days were over. I announced my last talisman set was available (sometimes I sell amulets in sets) and explained there would be no more amulets after that.

Then three different people were interested in the set. This was Divine guidance, in the form of synchronicity, helping me become clearer as to my Gods’ message. I wasn’t to stop making amulets to sell. But the whole Divine message was yet to come. More refinement of it was needed.

I couldn’t sell the talisman set to all of them, so one of them requested a custom piece. Then someone else asked for a custom piece.

It was synchronicity as Divine guidance, refining my Gods’ instructions to me. My Gods had meant, “Only make commissioned talismans for now.” I consulted Tarot cards for further information. The cards said that only doing commissions will stop me from overworking—which I had been doing lately—and allow me enough time to do an excellent job with both the space-cleanings and the talisman-making.

The real issue was my overworking, not whether to sell talismans!

Where I Am Going from Here

I’ve never made a lot of talismans to sell. My magical focus as a community servant is shamanic services. E.g., teaching, healing, and counseling. Now that I’m also performing space cleansing rituals again, I need to make even fewer talismans, to avoid overworking.

Accepting commissions will allow amulet-making to remain a happy magical experience, instead of being part of my recent too-busy schedule that would’ve led to burn-out.

If you want a custom talisman: comment below. No obligation.

Your comment gives me your email address (no one else will see it).

I will email you the current cost and ask what sort of magic you want your necklace to have. For example, maybe you want good luck, prosperity, physical healing, peace, and confidence. I might intuit more to weave in. I will email you photos of the finished piece for your approval.

Please note, I only ship to U.S. non-military addresses. I don’t know if I will sell talismans once I’ve moved to Italy because shipping from Italy to the States is expensive.

Whenever I say “Never,” the universe laughs at me. But the Gods guide me past my errors, step by step, when I watch for life itself to be divination. So mote it be!

My Gods guide me, step by step when I watch for  life itself to be divination.—Francesca De Grandis

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Help, Hope, Power, Miracle, Solutions—A New Event

Help, Hope, Power, Miracle, Solutions—A New Event

This Three-Month Ritual Begins April 24, 2023

Enroll by April 19.

The event is simple:
I constantly cast magical spells for you.

You don’t have to attend a meeting, meditate, or do anything else. I do the work for you.

For three months, five days a week, I perform a ceremony for you.

The event is pure power:
I do constant spells for you.

The spells automatically turn into whatever spells will help you the most. They could become spells for money, health, love (that includes self-love), fertility, personal transformation, joy, safety, peace, and/or anything else.

In other words, the rituals transform as a matter of course to manifest everything you most desire. Magic for a lot of different benefits occurs. This multifaceted approach doesn’t dilute magic. It strengthens magic because of the particular way I’ll cast the spells. This energy can cause a miracle.

The spells also draw ongoing good luck to you.

Receive major support for three months. Pay securely with PayPal. Click the subscribe button to make a monthly payment of $200 for three months.

If you don’t receive an email confirming your payment within a few days, check your spam filter and spam mailbox. If the email is not there, please call me. Also feel free to phone me to discuss a payment plan other than the subscription described above, scholarship, partial scholarship, or trade, or if you want more info. No refunds, but you may cancel your subscription at any time.

I offer support for newbies and advanced practitioners even when they don’t need lessons from me or have no time for them. This new Shamanic event is not a class so doesn’t demand study or other work. I simply have your back: I provide ongoing support by generating miracle-making magic for you. I will be a constant ally silently in the background of your life.

This event helps folks even if they lack focus, energy, time, or direction. People shouldn’t have to wait until something shifts—in or around them—before they can receive help. They should be helped exactly as they are. My new event is the easiest way to have more help and power in your life.

Whether you can’t figure out the direction you want to take, feel stuck in an endless cycle of devastation, are a hot mess, enjoy enormous success in every part of your life, or are experiencing whatever else, this event is for you. You be whoever you are and still experience significant improvements in and around you.

Five days a week for three months is a lot of magic done on your behalf.

More about the spells I’ll do:

You can also call them blessing ceremonies, direct spiritual transmissions, or spiritual transmissions. If I’ve done a spiritual transmission for you, you know how beneficial one is.

These ceremonies don’t focus on only one benefit but bless you as a whole being.

They also bless your whole life, adding luck to your day.

I was trained from birth to perform effective blessing ceremonies.

Most people feel immediate and substantial results. They increase over the three months, continue to build afterwards, and are long-lasting.

Enrollment ends April 19. Enroll now by clicking the subscribe button below.

The rituals in this event are congruent with the ancient Faery Faith and its loving Faerie secrets.

For one thing, you don’t have to figure out what you want my spells to accomplish for you. I don’t need to know, either. The Fairy Gods know and will lovingly, generously shape the rites I perform.

When I do spells for you, the Great Mother Goddess is the wind at my back. And my kindly, protective Father God stands by Her side, adding His power, upholding me and the rites.

These Old Fey Gods believe material happiness is holy. The Magna Mater, Great Mother Goddess, is known worldwide in various traditions as the Fairy Queen. Always, the Fairy King stands by Her, loving Her and us. They hold you sacred and want you to enjoy life immensely. They will bless my work for you.

Check out these reviews:

Your (spells) saved me! The angiogram showed my heart had not gotten worse. And there is peace back in my house, and your help also kept me in a positive mindset. You’ve done so much for me!—Linda

I won a major writing award recently, and your shimmering energy helped immensely, I am sure. Thank you for your magical work.—Grateful Poet

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The following information isn’t needed to decide whether to enroll. I simply want to share some thoughts, if you have the time and inclination.

Unlike the typical absent father, my Beloved Father God is reliable and steady. Unlike the oppressive patriarchal deity who selfishly must be the center of attention and control everyone, my Beloved Father God sometimes remains quietly in the background, supporting you.

When more noticeable, He can be loud and striking in his ferocity, a flame blazing across the sky. When he steps back instead of remaining in the foreground, He doesn’t become namby-pamby. His ferocity manifests in His quiet support. I am fierce in my support of you.

My Father is a role model for how I want to be—in the background, passionately supporting you during the upcoming event.

He’s so invisible sometimes that, when channeling artwork for this post, the art overall was more overtly about Her. That doesn’t mean He is absent.

About painting Her:

Children are wise. I strive toward a child’s wisdom.

Children wisely carry hope in their hearts. When time and trouble diminish my hope, magic renews it.

Trusting the goodness of wild, untamed magic is childlike wisdom.

Children wisely believe in miracles.

When we have hope, accept help, accept power, and trust in miracle, solutions come to us.

This event’s title evokes childlike wisdom: Help, Hope, Power, Miracle, Solutions.

If I am to do effective rituals to help you with hope, power, miracle, and solutions, I must do what I can to maintain my hope, power, miracles, and solutions.

In that spirit, I used painting as a meditation and made the above fairy. A friend said it looks like a cake doll. That’s perfect because the painting is like the fairytale-like girly figures I’d draw as a little girl. They sprang from my belief in magic and miracles. May I remain childlike all my years. So mote it be!

Francesca De Grandis is the bestselling author of Be a Goddess! Her work couples Goddess mysticism with practical magic and a down-to-earth philosophy. Raised in a traditional family tradition that has Celtic Shamanism and Strega practices in its heritage, she practices an ancient European Witchcraft that is a form of Fairy Shamanism.

Magic is not a substitute for psychiatric counseling, medical care, or other treatment. Participants are responsible for the consequences of their participation. This Shamanic ceremony is effective but may not work for everyone.

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