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A witch's guide to fairy folk
on 14 March 2014
Fairy lore has always interested me, but it's hard to find good books with accurate information. Modern authors have relegated fairies to the astral realm because they don't really believe they can be real physical beings, and, if they haven't experienced a sighting themselves but are self appointed experts, then the astral realm is quite useful to explain the phenomena that other people have experienced. My own experience was very real and physical, likewise there are many others who have seen creatures as solid flesh and blood. I find this whole new agey thing a bit patronizing.
Like most pagan authors, the author is writing for a pagan audience, so christianity is portrayed as being the only religion that doesn't accept fairies. Nevermind Robert Kirk then! Also, annoyingly she has decided that every mythological creature in every non christian religion is a fairy - from the Greek Pantheon to the horned god. Even chi energy from feng shui is somehow integrated. Then there's the obligatory mention of the burning times and how we were once a matriarchal society...don't these authors ever really study history?
What topped it off was her claim that the north of England, right up to Scotland is called Yorkshire! If she can't even look at a map and get her geography right, then I doubt anything else she has to say is very accurate. I have a feeling that when these authors write these books they just read other books by similar authors and never do proper research.