A Faerie Haven: Living in Myth, Being Magic

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Francesca De Grandis

Francesca De Grandis

Francesca De Grandis aka Outlaw Bunny is the bestselling author of "Be a Goddess!" Founder of The Third Road, a Faerie Shamanism tradition that she teaches through both text and oral tradition, De Grandis says, "I'm a trickster working for benevolent chaos Gods, so I don't play mean tricks." Bard, painter, mystical innovator, and busy elf who works part-time for Santa Claus, she blogs here and on her own sites, www.stardrenched.com and www.outlawbunny.com

I see dappled light and go to rest in it. I am fierce, when needed. I live a warrior's life, so know to seek peace when at all possible. There’s glory in war, but I do not seek war, only the glory that is mine for fighting well. I ignore petty jibes of a would-be warrior who long for fights to distract himself from his own poor stature of spirit. Or who antagonize others in hopes of stealing their position or their goods.

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    A lovely expression, as always. I keep telling myself that I am not a warrior but a pacifist; since the 60's I have hated everyth
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, thank you for both your supportive feedback and the sharing of your own personal experience. Your experience embodies the spi
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    "I see dappled light and find peace in it." That's such a lovely statement. I love this piece. I think that I am not a warrior in
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, thank you. Yes, like you, my battles are not physical, and I get harder and harder to bait. Have a peaceful day, my dear. T
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, thank you. Yes, like you, my battles are not physical, and I get harder and harder to bait. Have a peaceful day, my dear. T

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Diana Lucifera
Love, Beauty, Blessings, and Occult Danger
 

Diana, the Light Bearer. 
Magna Mater.
Goddess of Stregas.
You are all power, love, and beauty.
You are bliss.
You are eternity in which I reside each moment.
You are every moment.
 
This blog is not about the wonderful Diana that many American Pagans know—virgin huntress and patron of Dianic Wicca, a women-only witchcraft tradition.
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    Arwen Lynch says #
    This moved me. Praying the prayer rather than simply reading it was an experience I can't quite put into words. So I'll just say t
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Oh, my goodness, Arwen, thank you so much, I've known you a long time so and know you to be a person of depth, so I'm really grate
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Francesca, your pieces always brighten my day. Thank you for the introduction to this Diana, for the powerful Prayer for Solace,
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, you are so nice to regularly read my blog. Thank you. I am glad you like the prayer. Using it has given me great solace ove
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    May the love of the Goddess be ever in your heart.

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Try the Doors
Long term trauma, shamanism, bodhisattvas. Alice down the rabbit hole sees a tiny door. Hear me when I say, "You will triumph."

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_TryTDoors.jpgIf trauma is the door to shamanism, can long-term trauma make you a bodhisattva?

Yes, I made a joke. But not entirely.

What doors do you neglect?

What door is in front of you right this second?

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    Amoret BriarRose says #
    This reminds me of the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I'm not afraid of falling into my in
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ah, you are in the fellowship of survivors whose joy also survives. Whew, it is a ride! Thanks for the supportive comment and the
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    So good to hear from you again, Francesca. I was a mite worried about what I perceived to be an extended silence, and am happy to
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, thank you, my dear, I am so glad you like the piece. And you are utterly sweet, thank you for your concern. But not an extend

 There are many ways to approach magic—when I look with my Faerie sight, I see that the very fiber of our universe is possibilities and power. 

One style of spell-casting is to choose a certain possibility or flow—for example, abundance or love—then leave oneself open to it. This is often how I do my magic. I believe it's a very sophisticated, advanced working.
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  • Amoret BriarRose
    Amoret BriarRose says #
    Wow, that's close! Hello hello!
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Hello hello!
  • Amoret BriarRose
    Amoret BriarRose says #
    All of this post: YES, YES, YES.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    I am so glad you relate. I really appreciate you letting me know. I see from your bio that you live 1 & 3/4 hours from me. Hi!

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My wyrd New Year's resolution: Ecstasy and ease.  

Sometimes, it is vital to do things the easy way. I work hard on my spirituality. That's important. But we can get stuck in the idea that growth has to be all work, no play. The resulting experience sucks—I do not want to feel like God's drone!—and does not always make for the most inner growth or power. So I constantly create fun modalities for inner change, for my students and myself.
 
Life and growth will not always be easy. When I'm counseling a trauma survivor, we may be in painful tears together. That is a good thing. Hard work, balanced by fun and ease, has been my ongoing approach.
 
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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    I love your fantasy portrait, Francesca. A Happy and Easy New Year to all of us.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, thank you! Yes, blessings on all our new year. Best to Ravyn-Morgayne.

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Faerie Tea Party with Star Tea

A Story for the Whole Family

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  • Jeanine Byers
    Jeanine Byers says #
    Wonderful post! I've made moon tea before. Maybe now I'll try star tea! I'm glad to get to read your posts here, too. ~Jeanine
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Jeanine, I am so glad u like it, bc u r the first person to give me feedback, whew (I only just finished the story and art), so th

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I posted a piece about Olivia on my own site in April. Anne NN invited me to repost it here, which I think will help me with my grief.

I am stunned. Not in the sense of not expecting it, but in the sense of the shock of grief. I loved Olivia and respected her more than I can explain right this minute, bc I am too overwhelmed at this loss to find the right words.

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Francesca - I am so sorry for your loss, and I understand. We know intellectually that our teachers and gurus - like our mothers a
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Ted, thank u for yr comforting and beautiful words of consolation, they mean a lot to me. And to not cause confusion, Olivia and L
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    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Just wrote the following on the FOI FB page, and feel moved to add it here: Olivia and Lawrence touched me deeply, in ways no one
  • Kalyca Schultz
    Kalyca Schultz says #
    Beautifully and perfectly put. I have been feeling compelled to write my own tribute to Lady Olivia, even though I only met her on
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Thank you, honey. Your mention of Olivia's drawing is striking bc of what happened yesterday. When I originally posted the above p

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