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The World Tree Holds Me Safe—Yearwheel Rituals for Dark Months

The World Tree Holds Me Safe—Yearwheel Rituals for Dark Months

Am I a Nomad Shaman?

The Tree of Life, also known as the World Tree, symbolizes the entire cosmos as one organic whole. This is not just a belief for me but an experience I have on the mystical and mundane planes.

The World Tree holds me in safety and love. This too is more than a belief. It is my experience.

This post consists of five separate but related pieces. They are kind of journal entries, kind of personal essays. Not all my musings herein are about the dark time of the year and its Pagan holidays. This time of year, many of us go deep within to contemplate our entire lives. And I hoped some of the thoughts and experiences I had that were important to me might be useful to you.

… Hah, no sooner had I finished writing the above paragraph than I realized that everything in this post is relevant to the autumn and winter. E.g., when I wrote about my ancestors, I was pursuing a traditional Pagan winter activity. In many Witch traditions, more time is spent with ancestors during the winter months.

The entries began early in November 2022 and ended right before the Winter Solstice in December 2022. I edited a bit for continuity.

1) My Home Is Within Me
& Within Loving Care From Fairy Gods

I’ve been growing paperwhites. The above photo shows some of their roots starting to grow in water.

Growing paperwhites during the dark months of the year has become one of my annual yearwheel rituals. I discuss what the rite means to me in this blog: The Year’s Dark Months Are a Magic Cauldron.

The paperwhites ritual unfolds new meanings for me every year. Here’s how one came about this year:

Moving twice last year, and knowing I may move again soon, taught me once again that I need a home other than a physical place. My true home has to be within myself and within care from my Gods. My sense of a home, including the safety, serenity, and hygge thereof, cannot depend on circumstances. (Hygge describes a home that feels cozy and helps people within it feel content, vital, and whole).

This is giving me freedom from worry. It’s also providing hope and the sense that going on adventures is possible even at my late age. In other words, I know that I cannot root in a false sense of safety but that I carry safety with me, so I can go wherever I want, to do what I want.

Paperwhites are generally considered an annual. My paperwhite bulbs are growing inside, their roots going down into water in a vase. This brings me to the new meaning these flowers gave me this year. Nurturing them to live their brief glorious lives, as their roots settle into the water in my probably temporary housing, affirms that my roots can grow into the moment and place I currently reside.

Feeling rooted has always been important to me. Now I root in a new way.

In recent months, I’ve thought that I might be becoming a nomad. If so, it’s more important than ever that my roots be deep within Gaia as a whole, instead of confined to a single location.

2) Do I Have Nomad Ancestors?

The more I dwell on the idea that I might be becoming a nomad, the more I suspect I have always been one but didn’t give my nomadic spirit license.

I spent so many years focused on finding a home to settle down in and never did, for one reason or another.

I finally bought my “forever home.” I describe the tragedy that drove me out of that house—which I’d worked decades to have—in a blog on my other site: Italian Ancestors, Prejudice, Life’s Cycles, & Useful Magic.

Regardless of that trauma and the suffering it caused me, there’s always a reason things happen. I had to come to believe in this synchronicity. Otherwise, my pain, rage, and grief would have destroyed me.

Accepting life as is does not mean I don’t stand up for my rights or that I suppress my emotions. But everything it took to come to acceptance is too large a topic for this post. I achieve acceptance through a series of Shamanic disciplines that I teach to my students. I teach it over time because it is part of the larger whole of Shamanism. If you’re interested, enroll in any of my classes. They’re all relevant. Quite relevant, even if I do not mention acceptance when I describe the class.

I’ve finally come to see that perhaps I’m not meant to settle down.

Perhaps it’s in my blood. Good chance my father was Middle Eastern. … Middle Eastern culture drew me long before I knew about my dad. … Oh, one of the first Shamanic stories I ever channeled to put on paper (as opposed to those I channeled during an oral lesson and never repeated) was set in a Middle Eastern desert. … Oh, and it was a story of a man traveling, searching for God. A wandering pilgrim.

Are my ancestors calling me? Guiding me?

3) A Wee Plant Can Be The Tree of Life

I was thrilled last summer when I opened an avocado and saw its seed had grown roots.

I nurtured that root system tenderly, and now the baby tree is doing very well. Here’s a photo that shows the seed after I had it in water for a while so its roots could grow more before I planted the seed in soil.

I’m thinking about moving to Italy.

Important sidebar: if you are a student of mine, or want to be one, you are a top priority in my life, even if I move to Europe. I will continue to teach long-distance, give spiritual transmissions and psychic readings, and provide my other services. I will remain available if you need to talk by phone—for example about an upcoming class. I commit to my students. I researched to find free and inexpensive technology that will allow a shared Shamanic journey. I feel confident about an in-depth vital experience together no matter where I live. End of sidebar.

The idea of growing this plant from seed for months but not getting to know it as a big tree because I’d have to leave it behind to move to Italy made me very sad. I’m not surprised at my reaction even though it’s “just” a plant. I have had so much loss in my life that it all combines in my belly and heart.

Plus, it is not “just a plant.” This plant is my friend. And if I move to Europe, I must relinquish plant friends who accompanied me for decades through moves across the country and across town and through life’s up and downs. These plant friends have consoled me, nurtured me, and uplifted me.

I try not to run from my grief but to feel it. It’s hard because I’ve lost so much in this lifetime—far bigger losses than plants, life-shattering losses from childhood on.

When I allow myself to feel my grief, renewal follows shortly thereafter. Soon, my eyes open to a positive view. I see the benefits of my losses. Almost always, even the worst losses have constituted equally wonderful gains. These are not groundless theories. The gains of which I speak are quantitative, tangible benefits, as well as inner shifts such as peace and joy.

I decided I needed to write a prayer to help me live the lesson.

A Pagan Nomad’s Home
Prayer of a Shamanic Pilgrim

Fairy Mother Goddess and Father,
and all my Fairy Gods,
open my wild heart to my grief
that my sadness may ring out fully in its tragedy,
and that my passionate heart
may ring out in all its beauty.
Hold me as I grieve for all I’ve lost.
Always remind me that
home is within me,
and in care from You.
Yours is the loving embrace of the World Tree.
Every flower, stone, and moment
is Your love and protection.
The smallest plant is the Tree of Life
taking care of me.
This is the ultimate root magic—
the World Tree’s roots
taking care of me.

They are my roots too.

Whenever I suffer loss,
remind me that it frees me
to be an explorer,
globetrotter,
adventurer who journeys
wherever the heart road leads.

Always gift me
with your company when I travel.
Thank you!
So mote it be!

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4) Ritual Is an Instinct:
A Yule Tree for a Nomad

There’s no room for even a small Yule tree in my current home, which is tiny.

But there’s room for a vase of greenery.

I was walking along, longing for Yule greenery in my home. The longing didn’t seem like I’d bought into holiday hype. I felt a primal, instinctual need for a ritual of greenery at my hearth. Ritual is innate to humans, or at least some of us.

My longing was physical.

So, there I was with this tremendous ritual hunger, and I saw a Christmas tree lot across the street. Hah! My life runs on synchronicity.

I ran over to the lot and asked to buy some greens. They said I could have as much as I wanted for free.

The only place in my tiny apartment where I could squeeze in a vase was the kitchen counter, right by the bottle of olive oil.

I’ll have to move my vase when I need to plug in a kitchen appliance or wash dishes. Maybe that’s just part of my nomadic life right now. Movement. Movement instead of rigidity.

Recent moves, long story short, necessitated getting rid of 5/6s of what I own. It was rough. But it taught me that I do not want the rigidity of what I supposedly must own and what I am “supposed” to be. I want freedom and movement—being what I truly am and owning solely what I truly want. Movement instead of rigidity is freedom.

Link to newsletter subscription formIt can be scary—if not terrifying—to let go of possessions, because of what they represent. And what if I don’t have the money to replace some things? But I refuse to be tied down by fear any more than I will be tied down by possessions. … Being tied down by possessions is being tied down by fear. And fear makes us rigid.

I want movement instead of rigidity.

I decorated the Yule greens with talismans I made a few years ago. Each talisman is a wish I am making, giving my wish to the care of the World Tree. The Yule tree is the Tree of Life.

The photo that kicked off this post shows one of the talismans, and here are two more:

The World Tree is so huge and loving that I can honor it with some small greens in a vase. The greenery becomes my wee yet endlessly huge Tree of Life.

Life’s glories are not always big noticeable items and events. They can be small but subtly huge and glorious. This truth is part of my path as a Faerie Shaman.

Later: This December 19 picture shows the paperwhites in bloom, gloriously celebrating the Solstice season. They rejoice with me. Together we will enjoy the Winter Solstice day that comes soon:

Also later: My above poem (aka prayer) has the phrase the ultimate root magic. The following photo of my paperwhites somehow affirmed to me that the ultimate root magic is in the smallest plants.

5) Shamanism Is a Winding Path
That Brings Us Home

I decided to move to Italy.

The tragedy of losing a home that I’d worked so hard to have eventually taught me that the house and my many possessions were weighing me down.

I will relieve myself of even more possessions before I make the move to Europe. If something feels like a physical burden, I will probably leave it behind.

I feel freer than I have ever felt.

I’ve never wanted to do anything so badly in my entire life as I want to move to Italy. Thank you, my sweet fairy Goddess and all my fairy Gods.

It’s been a circuitous route to making this transition to the other side of the pond. For example, needing to relinquish so many possessions that I worked years to be able to acquire was painful and puzzling. But I’m a spiritual wanderer sometimes. That’s one of the way I learn things and find my destination. I needed to let go of a lot of items because shipping to Italy is expensive. And all my emotional meanderings, some of which were devastating, were my route to realizing I really want to go to Italy.

I suspect all magically inclined humans—even if they live in one place physically—are sometimes spiritual wanders who perambulate tangled roads toward realizations, abundance, and other life goals.

Shamanic Witches like me do not travel a straight path but explore a glorious meandering of highways and byways. The winding road is perhaps one of the truest routes home.

Home might mean someone’s ideal physical home. Or it might mean escape from abuse into the arms of people who help you. Or home might mean a sense of safety in the world. Or a sense of purpose. Or home could be a mystical experience of a home in the cosmos. Home has a million meanings.

I worked hard to find my right place in the world. I found that it is, among other things, my work in the community as a Shaman. I continue to find new ways to come home, such as the move to Italy.

All the work on my personal homecoming equipped me to teach my students how to do the same. I am good at helping you find your home, with all the meanings that home might have.

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Passionate, Quiet Magic and Joy

Passionate, Quiet Magic and Joy

Good Luck Amulets, Cottage Mysteries,
and Human Friends

I’ve been thinking about the pleasantness and fullness of a quiet life.

I talk with fairies, cast spells, teach shamanism classes, and paint pictures that are good luck amulets.

I read science-fiction fantasy and cottage mysteries. I perform spiritual transmissions for Faerie Witches and my other spiritual travelers.

I brew herbs into teas that some people think taste like swamp water but that I find delicious. About every two weeks, I visit one of my human friends face-to-face and often talk with beloved humans on the phone. I go for long walks and do whatever else I want with my time.

I painted an original magical design on the lid of this huge storage box. Now it enchants everything stored in it.

My days are quiet, simple, dynamic, and passionate. Someone might be surprised at how passionate a life like mine can be.

Living simply and mostly between the worlds, I can live in my beloved world anywhere I want. It’s a good life.

What world do you want to live in? You get to choose the life you want.

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Wild Magic from Fairy Gods Gave Me Freedom and Wholeness

Wild Magic from Fairy Gods Gave Me Freedom and Wholeness

Healing My Spirit, Solving Awful Problems, and Making a Good Life

One focus of my 70+ years on this planet has been health of spirit and body. It is a core of both my personal strivings and my teachings.

Spiritual health eluded me for the first thirty years of my life.

The terrible things that happened to me in my childhood and early adulthood crushed my spirit, to quite a degree.

Then I found my place in wild magic from Fairy Gods. Their magic freed me and made me whole.

Before that spiritual empowerment, all my efforts to improve my life fell short. Sufficient money, safety, physical health, joy, and other human heritages eluded me.

I don’t blame myself for tragedies inflicted by other people and circumstances. I never blame the victim. Bad things happen to good people.

What I’m saying instead is this. Magic filled with love from my Gods empowered me to overcome awful problems and make a good life.

This Faerie Witch magic continues to free me and keep me whole, despite the major problems and emotional upheaval that life can bring.

Nothing Happens in a Vacuum. Not Tragedy, Joy, or Anything Else

The spiritual devastation of my childhood was at least partially due to rough circumstances.

In the same vein, spiritual health doesn’t grow in a void.

That lesson was brought home to me today. While finishing this post, I noticed flower bulbs I put in a vase four days ago.

The photo shows that they’re above the waterline. That is a standard method for blooming bulbs in water. Roots appeared almost immediately and are now a third of an inch long.

A glass vase of flower bulbs. The bulbs are starting to root.

It only took four days for the bulbs’ roots to start growing down toward the water that would feed it. These bulbs arrived dormant but are already on their way to blooming. We bloom even more quickly when near love, safety, and magic! And even more quickly if, instead of being near “the water” like the bulbs, we are enveloped by love, safety, and magic!

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I’m devoted to helping you access the gifts the Gods have given me.

I learned to create a healing, empowering, magical, safe, love-filled space.

If you want that, I’ll perform a shamanic ceremony for you. It builds a magical environment all around you as you go about your daily life. This is the magic with which the Fairy Gods changed everything for me. It transforms you and your life, giving you greater power and good luck.

You can also think of that environment as a flow of blessings and good luck that embraces you. Or think of it as Divine love healing your spirit, body, and life.

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How to Name Your Magic Familiar

How to Name Your Magic Familiar

Nothing in this post is meant as a rule about how to name a familiar. Magic has endlessly diverse expressions. That includes how to name a familiar. My experiences naming familiars helped lead me to a magical relationship with my pets. That, in turn, helped lead to doing powerful magic with them. So perhaps my experiences might be useful to witches other than myself.

Before we get to that, let’s look at a few basics about familiars in case anyone needs them to understand the main topic.

What Is a Familiar?

A familiar is a witch’s magical companion, helper, and even guide. A familiar can be any animal. Witches tend to be attuned to nature and its sacredness. So animal companions often suit witches. Animals have a wildness and innate magic that they are happy to lend to the spells their witches cast.

Usually, a witch doesn’t have to ask a familiar for their help. A familiar will, for example, enter the room when a witch starts a spell, then lend its magic to the spell without the witch doing anything to cause that. There are more ways familiars help magically, and I hope to write a blog about that. And with that, here’s the topic at hand:

Discovering Your Familiar’s Name

You can apply my methods to any animal, by and large. Most of my familiars have been cats, so I’ll focus on them here, but the way I’ve found their names is not specific to the feline species.

Note I’ve written “found their names,” not “decided on their names.” I believe animals I meet already have names, in the same way each one already has a distinct personality.

Or, if the animal is very young, so might not have chosen a name yet, I want to find it with them.

No one taught me that a pet telling me their name is often better than my choosing one for them. But it makes sense. Cats are independent, making choices about everything they do. So they sure would want to choose their names. Other animals make their own choices, too.

Our Pets Have Magic Power

Animals are not stupid. Far from it. They are magicians. And that’s another reason it makes sense to let them choose their names. Let me explain.

One of my favorite bits of cat lore is an Italian story about a fairy who disguised herself as a cat. The British Isles also has stories about fairies disguised as cats.

There’s real power to the idea that cats and other animals can be fairies. I want to honor that by discovering their names instead of forcing one on them.

(As a fairy who is often disguised, I get along well with fairies disguised as animals. Are you secretly magical, too, and hang out with other secret fairies?)

How to Help Your Magic Familiar Tell You Their Name

My magical kitties let me know their names.

Here are the two easy steps I take so a cat can tell me their true name.

1) I choose a tentative name. Here are a few ways I might do that. I select a name based on the cat’s personality. Or, if their personality reminds me of any magical lore, I might take a word from that lore as the name. Or perhaps a name will pop into my head. Or a friend will suggest one. Or the cat was named by a previous owner, so I use that name as my starting out point.

2) Then I say the name to the cat and watch their response. Perhaps they ignore it, or they pay attention. If they ignore the name, I look for another one.

Or perhaps they respond by walking away. That’s a pretty clear sign that they don’t like the name.

Or I say a name to them, then have a feeling that they like or dislike it.

Mind you, I did have one familiar for seven years who didn’t care what I called her. That was interesting. No reason a familiar must have a name if they don’t want one … or perhaps don’t want to let you know it.

Again, I share my above steps for naming a familiar as possibilities, not rules. I post my theories about familiars’ names as my beliefs, and I encourage you to cleave to your own if they differ from mine. If you prefer another method for naming a familiar, you should use it. If you have found it’s better to name a familiar than to let them name themselves, trust yourself. The Fairy Gods support you to do what you think is best.

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You Can Have Power, Help, and Miraculous Magic Now

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Definitions if you’re new to my work:
*Witchcraft and Shamanism are synonymous in my tradition. Ask me why if you want.
* Ditto spells, rituals, meditations, etc.
* All the magic I teach is Fey, whether described as such or not. I use different spellings of fairy, basically using them as synonymous. Ditto related words—fae, fey, fay, etc.

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Perhaps you can’t fit them in—or fit them in enough—because you are busy pursuing a wonderful opportunity, are overwhelmed by emotional turmoil, are buried in a crisis, or have other obstacles.

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Whether they are love, money, health, serenity, strength, self-love, or something else, I will help. Where and who you are now in your life, that’s where we begin. Examples:

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Another example: It’s okay to miss some sessions.

In a moment, I’ll address enrolling despite a full schedule. In the meantime:

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Patriarchal “spiritual” teachers insist we must be worthy before receiving Divine help. They say we must prepare this way or that before approaching a God.

My Gods stand by me exactly as I am in any given moment. They stand by me when I’m desolate or don’t trust Them. They stand by me in hard times. They stand by me when I cannot or will not stand by myself. This event is a way you can allow Them to stand by you.

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I’m fiercely passionate in my belief that my teachings create miracles because decades of lessons have proven it.

Trained from birth in a European Shamanic family tradition, I have lived this obscure tradition of Faerie Witchcraft for 72 years. A long life of training and experience inform this three-month Shamanic ritual to get what you want and need.

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So Busy that There’s No Time for Self-Care?

Don’t know where you’ll find time for magic? Save time by participating in this Shamanic ritual:

You can avoid going down rabbit holes. The event includes rituals in which you cut through inner and outer blocks. This streamlines your life, helps you focus on your needs and wants, and creates effective actions on the magical and mundane planes. 

Classes are only one hour per week.

You Can Have Power, Help, and Miraculous Magic Now is not a course of study. Actual classes can require endless assignments and other work. This three-month ritual consists of weekly Shamanic circles that provide ongoing spiritual and Shamanic support.

When I commit to something, the universe responds by supporting my effort, often with miracles. This includes giving me the time and energy to fulfill my commitment.

Enroll now for the time and energy to have power, help, and miraculous magic in your life now:





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New Event: Use Fairy Magic to Reach Your Goals

Use Fairy Magic to Reach Your Goals

Achieve goals you long for,
in a six-month Shamanic circle
with Francesca De Grandis,
Fairy Witch elder and best-selling author of Be a Goddess!

We begin our shamanic journey Wednesday October 12, 2022.
Enroll by Weds Oct 5.

Table of Contents

Magical Overview of the Event

Why You Might Need This Event If You Have Goals

Reaching Heartfelt Goals Is an Enchanted Spiritual Journey

If You Think You Have No Time for Use Fairy Magic To Reach Your Goals, Read This

Attend Circle by Phone. It’s Easy!

Schedule

Enrollment

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

Magical Overview of
Use Fairy Magic To Reach Your Goals

Definitions if you’re new to my work:
*Witchcraft and Shamanism are synonymous in my tradition. Ask me why if you want.
* Ditto spells, rituals, ceremonies, etc.
* All the magic I teach is Fey, whether described as such or not.

Use Fairy Magic To Reach Your Goals is a six-month shamanic process to fulfill longings. Love, money, health, serenity, self-love, or other goals.

Success in life!

Every week, I lead participants in success magic—rituals that draw good luck, healing energy, and other blessings. Imagine success in finances, family matters, creativity, or other heart desires.

Imagine a flow of good luck, healing energy, and other blessings for six months. Drawing on ancient Faerie Faith secrets, we’ll use that flow for spells that work.

I’ll show you how to use them as money magic, love magic, healing magic, success magic, and/or other spells that give you what you need and want.

I lead our circles with easy-to-understand, step-by-step magical instructions.

I also, if you need, help you figure out what your goals are.

Why You Might Need This Event If You Have Goals

The weekly circles help you maintain progress because they provide ongoing support, are a chance to consistently apply magic to fulfill your goals, and empower you to keep taking mundane-plane steps toward your ideal life.

Use Fairy Magic To Reach Your Goals also centers you in your power. You are a Goddess or, if you prefer, a God. To be a Goddess means everything. You have everything inside you. This event includes rites in which you access your Divine power to cast successful spells.

Additionally, accomplishing important goals can require good luck in the mix. This shamanic circle helps you be lucky … and lucky … and lucky even more.

Here’s one last reason:

Reaching Heartfelt Goals
Is an Enchanted Spiritual Journey

Use Fairy Magic To Reach Your Goals will be magical and spiritual.

Combining spirit and Fay magic creates miracles. They’ve happened in my life repeatedly, for decades.

Here’s one of the reasons a spiritual journey moves a person toward their heart’s goals. The healthier one’s spirit, the greater one’s magical powers, and the more one’s subconscious allows blessings into one’s life.

Use Fairy Magic To Reach Your Goals includes rituals in which you can address your pressing spiritual challenges.

In those rituals, Fairy Gods add their enchantments so that our very cells shift, making our fullest potential on both the mundane and magical planes emerge. This is power to get things done.

Your major spiritual concerns may seem irrelevant to your goals. We’ll address those challenges because you are of a piece. So any of your spiritual blocks affect all parts of you and your progress toward goals.

I look forward to growing spiritually alongside you. I want to be as happy as possible so always look for opportunities to grow.

Every bit I grow spiritually moves me toward maximum prosperity, serenity, ability to be of service, and my other ideals.

If You Think You Have No Time for Use Fairy Magic To Reach Your Goals, Read This

Whether consumed with holding your head above water or happily swamped with efforts toward fabulous goals, enroll.

Here’s why:

The shamanism I teach saves you time in five(!) ways.

A) You move through inner and outer blocks, so you don’t lose time going down rabbit holes.

B) You experience remarkable mental clarity. Instead of finding neither solutions to your problems nor steps to success, you see practical actions to get what you want.

C) Your life and mind become streamlined, focused on what you need and want.

D) Celtic and Strega magic have traditionally been used to overcome hardship and oppression. Both these magics are in the ancient European witchcraft tradition in which I was raised. This heritage informs my rites.

E) The sophisticated magics to which we’ll have access are exactly what works to hit big goals. You could waste a lot of time, otherwise.

Only you know what’s right for you. But bear in mind that the shamanic methods I offer have conquered challenges that should’ve killed me, and have freed me from inner and outer limits. They can do the same for you.

These tools give you spiritual and material power to have a happy life, no matter how large, complex, or sophisticated your challenges and goals are.

I’ve never met anyone too successful materially, spiritually, or magically to not profit in major ways from my work.

This event can be applied as one of the two qualifying electives required for advanced shamanic training.

Attend Circle by Phone. It’s Easy!

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

Schedule

We meet Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm pacific time, October 12 through April 5, except we skip the following Wednesdays:
* November 23
* December 21
* December 28
* January 4
* February 22

Reserve Wednesdays April 12 and April 19, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, for makeup sessions in case I’m unavailable for any of the planned dates.

Enroll by Oct 5.

Enrollment

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

If you must drop out, simply cancel your subscription, and further payments aren’t required. No refunds.

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If you don’t receive an email confirming payment within a few days, check your spam filter and spam mailbox. 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 event, 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.

I do a lot for you, to help you achieve a lot. The price you pay is a deal because so much Fairy magic will enchant your days. Here’s how:

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

Trained from birth in a European shamanic family tradition, I have lived this obscure tradition of Faerie shamanism for 72 years. Decades of training and experience prepared me for Use Fairy Magic To Reach Your Goals.

I combine Goddess mysticism with practical magic and a down-to-earth philosophy. When you work with me, we won’t spin our wheels, pie in the sky. You’ll get stuff accomplished.

I’ll bring my entire magical tool kit to this event. This includes four of my Master-of-the Arts magics. Here they are:

1) Oral Tradition Faerie Rituals

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

Enrollment is limited so we can work in oral tradition, in which immense headway can happen quickly. Fairy oral tradition magic works only in small groups. A small group also allows participants to receive individualized attention.

With the ancient Fairy Gods by us, we’re unstoppable.

2) Every Week, I Do Spells For Your Success

The whole six months, I’m casting spells for you to achieve goals. Here’s how:

You receive direct spiritual transmissions in each meeting. Spiritual transmissions are a method I use to give you good luck, add power to your efforts to improve your life, and strengthen the magic of our meetings.

My transmissions also adapt to your needs, e.g., personal growth, peace, physical health, strength to rise after life’s knocked you down. The transmissions don’t focus on one benefit but bless you as a whole being and enrich your entire life.

3) Psychic Readings about Your Goals

You receive psychic readings about your goals and process regarding them.

My readings include practical advice, no matter how serious, complex, sophisticated, or unusual your situation is.

Your readings occur during rituals that empower you to apply the material I channel for you. In other words, we’ll do magic for you to have the confidence or other strength needed to follow through on the reading.

I trained full-time to become a worthy shaman for community. A spiritual counselor for over 40 years, I still strive to improve my skills. I bring decades of experience and training to every counseling session.

4) One-on-One Shamanic Support by Phone

I’m available if you have concerns that you prefer to discuss privately. Or, if you have a question that’d take too long to answer during a group ceremony, you can call.

I address your concerns with common sense, channeled information, and a spiritual transmission.

Each of the four above magics constitutes a major power that changes lives big time. The powers weave together into a whole that is even greater than its parts. Reviews:

My experience studying with you has been life-changing. I don’t have words adequate to thank you. … One of the most deeply meaningful experiences of my life .”—Melissa

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

Cost for six-months of rituals and transmissions, a psychic reading, and one-on-one support: $200 a month. Your carrier might charge you for the calls.

Plus you receive more magics than are listed above. For example, ten PDF Book of Shadow pages with magical instructions and my original talismanic art illuminations. The illuminations are amulets that can increase success when you apply the page’s text.

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The world is kind of crazy now. Recently, a great big man jumped out of his car and started yelling at me. It was frightening. A 72-year-old, I’m physically fragile. The guy was scary. Once I was well out of his sight, I almost broke into tears.

When I got home, I called a friend, talked the incident through with her, and went back to work. I don’t let anything stop me.

Don’t let anything stop you. Enroll in Use Fairy Magic to Reach Your Goals.





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Oberon Zell and Francesca De Grandis Interview

Oberon Zell and Francesca De Grandis Interview

Who is Oberon Zell?

A founding father of modern Paganism, Oberon Zell is one of its most respected Elders. In 1967 he was first to claim the identity of “Pagan,” incorporating Church of All Worlds and publishing Green Egg. His seminal work on the Gaea Thesis in the early ‘70s helped foster a global awareness of Earth as living Mother. He is Headmaster of the Grey School of Wizardry. More about him is at www.OberonZell.com

Oberon Zell

Who is Francesca De Grandis?

Francesca De Grandis, best-selling author of Be a Goddess! is a full-time community shaman—classes, psychic readings, and healings. Trained from birth in a European shamanic family tradition of Celtic and Italian witchcraft, she has lived this lesser known Faerie shamanism for 72 years. Her Goddess mysticism is combined with practical magic and a down-to-earth philosophy. Nickname: Outlaw Bunny.

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Francesca De Grandis 2021

Francesca De Grandis: I wanted to interview Oberon because we confront many of the same challenges, share a similar genius, and are remarkably alike in other ways—so many that the list would get boring to read. But, over the decades, I’ve seen a similar unflinching commitment to high standards. Our common traits are ones that help us serve the Pagan community so I want to support anyone who has them.

Fun story about that: Oberon, like me, spends much of his day serving community, Gaia, and Gods. After our interview ended, Oberon wrote me, “It just occurred to me that I needed to have said something about Service, which is really what my life and work is all about. I’m on Her Majesty’s Sacred Service! Can you add in something along those lines?” I cracked up since his unending service is obvious in the interview. The amount of work he has done, his insistence on taking responsibility, and his joy are clear earmarks.

With that:

The Ecstatic Path and Pagan Spiritual Practices

Francesca asks Oberon: Mainstream religions tend to suppress joy and self-expression. As someone who walks an ecstatic path, I reject that and admire your commitment to spreading joy and providing venues for folks to express themselves. What spiritual or mundane practices help you maintain those commitments?

Oberon Zell: Well, I’m still researching the question: “Is it possible to have too much fun?” I continue to be very active in the Pagan community—as I have been for more than half a century. I attend several large festivals a year as a guest presenter; I create and participate in many rituals, both small and large; and I do many Zoom talks, conferences and meetings. I am Primate of the Church of All Worlds, Headmaster of the Grey School of Wizardry, and Publisher Emeritus of Green Egg—all of which entail extensive involvement: communications, teaching classes, doing workshops, etc. I read a lot of sci-fi, fantasy, history and science, and I’m constantly writing books—about a dozen published so far—and doing illustrations, etc. I post regularly on Facebook. I recently did a two-year Walkabout, personally visiting hundreds of people around the country. And I maintain an active sex life, with several cherished lovers. We have dinner and movie/TV dates, as well as adventures and travel (I’ve been all over the world with my longtime consort, Dona).

Magic, Pagan Books and Other Writing,
and Visual Art

Francesca De Grandis: Like me, you’re a magician, writer, and visual artist. The three pursuits weave together for me magically, enriching my spiritual experiences and adding to the depth of lessons I give. For one thing, the Fairy Queen—Great Mother Goddess—becomes a more tangible presence in all Her love, kindness, and beauty.

To help create experiential Fairy witch lessons in my books and classes, I add my paintings to book pages or classes’ handouts, much the way medieval manuscripts had illuminations in the borders. Of course, mine are my style because I’m not a repressed monk in the Middle Ages but a feisty Fey Pagan. The art supplements the enchantments of the text.

Is there a way being a magician, writer, and visual artist weave together for you?

Oberon Zell: “Magician, writer, and visual artist” sorta sums up my work as a Wizard. Everything I am and do is suffused with those three pursuits. My visual art generally supplements my writing, illustrating my books and articles—as well as my Zoom talks. And my writings and art are all expressions of my magick and wizardry. I’m never bored, and I’ve never had “writer’s block,” as I always have more ideas clamoring to be expressed than I have time to express them! I have to tell ‘em to take a number and get in line…

Plagiarism Versus Attribution of Pagan Innovations

Francesca De Grandis: Your artwork is featured in the television series, The Handmaid’s Tale. Would you like to tell my readers how that came about? 

Oberon Zell: The art director for the show came upon my representation of “Astra, the Star Goddess,” which I’d drawn for Morning Glory as a personal logo—and a logo for our family business, “Mythic Images”—back in 1990. Erroneously thinking (as many others have) that it was an ancient design and in the public domain, they appropriated it as a logo for the “Red Center” facility where fertile women are beaten into submission to become enslaved breeders for the elite rulers of the “Republic of Gilead.”

When MG’s daughter saw her late mom’s symbol on the show in that context, she contacted me, and I got hold of an attorney to pursue a case of copyright violation. This went nowhere until one of our students reached the author of the book, Margaret Atwood. Margaret went straight to the CEO of MGM, and insisted that they treat me right. Shortly we were able to work out a mutually satisfactory licensing contract. And the 2nd season featured flashbacks to a time before the coup, where my design is shown on a poster in a women’s support center (which is true in reality—as it is a representation of women’s empowerment).

We’ll see where this goes in future seasons. I’d love to see it become a symbol of the resistance!

Francesca De Grandis: What a story, and I relate to it! For one thing, pieces of my writing have often been called “traditional lore” or a “traditional expression” and made their way into the cultures of earth traditions uncredited. Ditto my innovative magical techniques and shamanic theories.

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.

It is spiritual, emotional, and financial oppression, even if unintended.

Divinity and Nature—our ultimate sources of power, beauty, and all other things—are accessible to everyone. (And Nature is surely as divine as anything else, if not more so.) When intermediaries—painters, ritualists, teachers, poets, parents, etc.—empower us to access the Divine and Nature directly, those individuals are sources too.

We diminish our connection to Nature and the Divine unless we try to honor all the sources we draw on, because the cosmos is a connect-the-dots picture in which all the dots connect to all the other dots.

So you’re an important role model—a healthy example of someone who insists on taking credit for their work.

Note to reader:

I sent this interview’s questions to Oberon in 2021, possibly in August, which would be a year ago. He quickly gave his answers, but then I moved and then suffered a bad injury (I’m fine now and expect to fully recover).

Had we done the interview later, I would’ve asked Oberon to discuss Roe versus Wade in relation to his symbol and the tv show. But I didn’t want to further delay publishing an important interview.

Equally important, though we do not directly address the Roe versus Wade ruling, Oberon owning his work instead of letting it be used unacknowledged and without payment inspires me in the ongoing necessity to fight for sovereignty over my life and my work.

Someone might respond, “It’s easy for a white man to stand up for his rights.” It might be easier compared to what someone else might go through, but any innovative genius focusing more on service than on using their skills to climb up into an oppressive hierarchy has known the heartache and struggle that occurs when their work is ripped off. We creative geniuses committed to service are in this fight together. End of note.

Pagan Gossip Is Often Untrue

Francesca De Grandis: My experiences as a public figure taught me that widely-spread tales of well-known individuals are often incorrect. Is there a story or “fact” about you that you’d like to set straight? 

Oberon Zell: Hard to think of any. I’d hate to squash any scandalous rumors if they enhance my reputation. “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story!” However, if any claim that I hold prejudice against any category of people other than assholes, I would like to set that straight—I am as socially inclusive as you can get, embracing and cherishing good people across all spectra—race, gender, nationality, culture, sexual orientation and proclivities, education, status, skills and talents…even beliefs. But malicious jerks who hurt people, (i.e. bullies, abusers, victimizers, pedophiles, white supremacists, misogynists, rapists, thieves, con artists, mass murderers, tweakers, Fundamentalist Xians & Muslims, Nazis, Trump Republicans, etc.) not so much.

Pagan Practices during Challenging Times

Francesca De Grandis: How does your particular Pagan path help you through these crazy times?

Oberon Zell: Well, my Gaean vision keeps me focused on the larger picture. I view all events and goings-on in the context of Gaea—our living planet, in whose vast body we are all cells. For example, I see viral pandemics as Gaea’s immune system, marshaling antibodies to attack cancer… Also, I rather welcome the degree of isolation brought on by COVID as an extended “writer’s retreat,” during which I’ve been able to devote time to my writing and art. I’ve gotten six books out in just the past year!

(Note to reader: This interview took place 2021. That information gives you a time frame for the “past year” Oberon mentions.)

A Lifelong Mission

Francesca De Grandis:I admire you for striving toward a high moral standard. What helps you keep working toward your ideals?

Oberon Zell: Well, I just keep on keeping on. I have a lifelong Mission: “to be a catalyst for the coalescence of consciousness.” Everything I’ve done in my life over the past 60-odd years has been in furtherance of that Mission. Moreover, Morning Glory’s dying words were: “Don’t let it die!” My code is simply “Do as you would be done by.” I also believe in the 3 Rules of Wizardry: 1. Always take credit/responsibility; 2. Reputation is Power; 3. With great power comes great responsibility. True wisdom (i.e. wizardry) is all about considering the consequences. And, of course, being a hero means doing the right thing no matter how difficult.

Genius, Multifaceted Individuals, Productivity, and Service

Francesca De Grandis: You summed up a lot in very few words.

Can you name one of your role models, Pagan or not, who inspires you to keep at your goals?

Oberon Zell: Leonardo da Vinci—the greatest Wizard of all history.

Francesca De Grandis: Why is that individual inspirational for you? 

Oberon Zell: He was the quintessential “Renaissance Man” I can only aspire to emulate. Brilliant, creative, artistic, multi-talented, multi-skilled, learnéd, curious, wise, competent, productive, and all the other virtues I hold dear and strive to actualize. However, Leo wasn’t much of a ladies’ man, so that’s a whole dimension of my own life that doesn’t reflect his…

Francesca De Grandis: One of the reasons I interviewed you is my investment in supporting individuals who express their many aspects in service to community. I was once called One of Those Multi-Hyphenated Types. Trained from birth as a shaman, my many abilities were drawn forth, and I came to shamanism in my adult years as a mystic, healer, poet, humorist, trained dancer, etc., etc. More important, I believe multifaceted individuals would be the norm, but most people aren’t given the chance to recognize let alone develop their many abilities. One of my life missions is to help a person express themselves in many forms. My shamanism wakes up the cells, drawing forth the innate talents of my students, clients, and readers.

Is there anything else on your mind you want to share?

Oberon Zell: If you don’t like it, you can’t have any!

Francesca De Grandis: I like it!

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