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Apple Cake and a Pretty Rock

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A few days after our Ostara ritual, I finally looked for my stevia-sweetened apple cake to have for breakfast. It was nowhere to be found. I looked in the fridge, multiple times. In the freezer. In the pantry. More puzzling, the pan it was baked it was also missing. Had I eaten it and didn't remember? I looked to see if the pan was put away where my glass pans go. And where they don't go.

I posted about it, messaged people. Looked again. No square glass pan full of my first try at a sugarless version of mom's apple cake, which had turned out quite well. I pouted, and looked again. Checked my messages. My brother suggested making a sacrifice to the faeries.

Suddenly I realized, when I had taken the garnet ore rock from the faerie garden for the snake gravestone, I had asked the faeries' permission first, but I had not asked their permission to include the faery garden in the easter-egg hunt. During the Ostara festivities there had been a colored egg placed in the faery garden, which a 3 year old had found and collected. Maybe I should give the faeries something.

I had some pretty rocks on my desk. One in particular glittered with the sheen of a slim layer of what was probably quartz crystal. It was not huge but not too small to put in the fairy garden. I went out and placed it. It seemed to help. I noticed a garden task that needed to be done around the faery garden and got it done, and then went back inside.

I had a message: a friend had my pan, had cleaned it, and was bringing it right over.

Coincidence? :) Or maybe it was faeries.

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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