A Faerie Haven: Living in Myth, Being Magic

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Francesca De Grandis

Francesca De Grandis

Francesca De Grandis, AKA Outlaw Bunny, authored the classic text "Be a Goddess!" Founder of Third Road, a Faerie Shamanism tradition that she teaches through both text and oral tradition, De Grandis explains, "I'm a non-theist, pantheist pagan serving Goddess. Mother and all my Gods, thank you." Ecstatic paradox. Bard, painter, spiritual innovator, Whedon fan, middle management for Chaos Gods, and busy elf, she also blogs, including on her own sites, www.stardrenched.com and www.outlawbunny.com

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b2ap3_thumbnail_image_20141209-185713_1.jpgGluten and sugar free.
 
Pagans do not have to worry about lumps of coal in our Yule stockings. But you can have chocolate lumps instead, yum!
 
My approach to the ecstatic path is down to earth and often quite simple. For example, last year I made a list of things to 1) keep my spirits up during the Yule season and 2) help create a happy season for other people.
 
Inventing a new chocolate recipe was on the list. … Well, the list didn’t just include inventing new chocolate yumminess. The real point was I would consume said yumminess. :-)
 
I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will use the recipe again this year. Here it is:
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 b2ap3_thumbnail_image_20141118-225341_1.jpgYou are invited to The 2014 Annual Hassle-Free Thanksgiving Event.

I started it in the early 80s. It’s no longer annual or face-to-face, but I do it as many years as I can, because it makes me happy. Hey, the silly title alone always lifts my spirit.

Please join in the event, online.  To start, let me explain the event by sharing a bit of its history. 
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  • Erika
    Erika says #
    I'm grateful to have discovered my life's purpose, and to be walking the path of healer. By far the most challenging thing I've e
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Erika, happy Thanksgiving to you. I know what you mean about about the blessing of finding your life's work. Every time I provide
  • Marylou Johnson
    Marylou Johnson says #
    I am grateful for friends who take the hassle out of Thanksgiving by inviting us over to their house each holiday. They are adop
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Marylou, thank you for sharing about the beautiful gifts in your life, that touches my heart.
  • Rommy Driks
    Rommy Driks says #
    I am grateful for frozen blueberries, my kids getting better at navigating the tasks involved in growing up, my husband and a week
b2ap3_thumbnail_SamhainMini.jpgFree event!
 
Fellow Star-dusted Traveler,
 
Let us be together in this sacred time.
 
Join me in a Faerie Samhain ritual, Tuesday Oct 28, 2014, from 3 to 4:00 PM EST.
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Outer space is a Fey playground. Mine. Yours.
 
Emptiness is a jungle gym.
 
We can sow our magic in the rich loam
 
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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Stellar. I left a comment on your webpage. Such a timely reminder; thank you again.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, thank you for checking it out. I am so glad you liked it!
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    May we learn more and more to go within to find the truth of limitlessness. May we be less and less willing to buy into the opinio
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Yes, yes, yes! Thank you and amen. Re yr last line about not listening to those in control: I wrote a blog about not letting them
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, I found it. Check it out if you want and have the time. It is called "Do Not Get Trapped in the Uni-Dimension" and is at http

Whether you want a teacher of magic, marketing, or anything else, here are seven helpful hints:

1) When a teacher has a site, consider the following. If the site’s graphics speak to your heart, the offerings sound perfect, the sales pitch is passionate, and the testimonials rock, that is great. I hope it describes my site! But it is not enough. The truth is in the pudding: Is there content on the site, such as a blog that helps you achieve your goals? If not, the classes may be just as empty. 
 
2) “$3000 worth of services for only $200!” might represent a great buy. Or it can mislead. What’s the point in spending even $10 on a lot of stuff, if all of it is garbage? 
 
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  • Bee Smith
    Bee Smith says #
    This is just so sound on so many levels! Have shared.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Bee, thank you so much for both your kind words and the share. Blessings on your day.
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Meant to also say that this is an excellent post.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Thanks, hon, glad you think so.
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    And ask to actually speak/email/communicate with some of their glowing references. I could put on my page "Arwen is the bomb diggi

Can you help me? Do you know another term for Southern Spiritualism? Since the 80s, I've been a practitioner of Southern Spiritualism, an American tradition of African-based practices. I never hear the term used anymore, and no one knows what I'm referring to when I use it, so I'm hoping there's a term more people are familiar with. 

I do not know what else to call what I practice, because I did not learn it from a book but from a community. The only other term we had for it back in the 80s was "American voodoo."
 
Here is a bit of cultural context that might help you identify the tradition: 
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Old fashioned Witchcraft and Pagan Monoculture
Various musings on: tribal support for individualized worship and magic; Pagan fundamentalism; why arguing makes magic wimpy; and the power of forgoing labels.
 
I'm a witch but, oddly enough, many of my students do not call themselves "Wiccan," "witch," or "Pagan." They're more likely to say, "I'm just myself" or "I do my own thing."
 
They do tend to be eclectic. A lot of us, for example, are involved in African-based traditions.
 
But I don't define myself as an eclectic Pagan, because it would be a pleonasm in my case. 
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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Dear Francesca, this is so spot-on. It's a shame that the people who really need to hear it will be the last ones to ever listen!
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    It is sad that stifling codification happens in every tradition, within a couple generations of its founder. (Codification need no
  • JudithAnn
    JudithAnn says #
    Wise insights. Thank you for shedding light. Native Americans value their oral traditions and believe that a living language cha
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    JudithAnn, Oops, I accidentally posted before finished. Thank you very much for reading my post and your supportive comments. Glad
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    JudithAnn, I could not agree with you more about oral tradition. Most people do not understand when I say oral tradition dies if w

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