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Green Fairy Meditation Plus News

An artist friend of my housemate was at the house and said he wanted to paint the Green Fairy but he'd never seen her. So of course I immediately got the necessary things from the wet bar: the absinthe, the sugar cubes, and so on.

I had not originally intended to lead a meditation, just supply drinks. But after we all had some, his speech sped up and he started telling stories about his past nonstop, so rapidly that I thought the fairy would never get a word in edgewise. He might not notice her if she arrived. So I improvised a guided meditation. Those few who have heard what my voice sounds like when I'm guiding a meditation or ritual experience, that's how I sounded. I made my voice slow and calm.

"Ssslllooowwww dddoowwwnnn your thoughts. Be still. Still like you're waiting for bird to land near you. Quiet, still. Slow your breathing. The fairy is coming on silent wings. They are moving in the air, slow, slow, like waves. The only sound is the soft purring of her green cat with white eyes. The fairy moves closer, her green energy throwing green sparks. She will sit down next to you."

At that point he said he thought she was glowing. So, he was seeing something, maybe the Green Fairy, maybe only her glow. It was a successful meditation. 

It is good that I happened to have this experience at this point in time, because that is the last alcohol I'm having for a while. I had a couple of bad results on blood tests so I'm abstaining for a while for my health. I don't know how long a while will be, but hopefully not forever. However long this abstaining phase lasts, I'm glad I ended my previous phase on a good note.

I've been considering how to do ritual without consuming alcohol. Of course when there are other people in the sumbel ritual I can simply serve them either alcohol or a non-alcoholic beverage, as they choose, as I have already been doing for years, and choose the non-alcohol option for myself. But I also do many solo rituals. Normally I would pour a drink, say "hail so and so" and drink, with or without also leaving some of it on the main house altar. For solo rituals without drinking, for most of them I can substitute pouring a drink for the gods or powers and leaving it on the main house altar for them, saying "for so and so" rather than saying "hail so and so" and taking a drink. There is at least one that doesn't want it done that way but I'll figure out what to do for her. The rest of them seem OK with this plan so far.

Perhaps this is the reason the wheat stopped growing in my garden. Because the gods see all time periods at once so they knew in my near future I would not be able to drink the Northern Lights Goddesses Brew. I already stopped making it a couple of years ago, so that works out. 


News roundup:

Travel Plans

Last month (May 2022) I had Covid so now I have natural immunity, for however long it lasts. Time to do all the things! Go all the places! See all the people! I calculate that it would be safe for me to travel this summer and probably this fall, and I'm finally looking into a belated book tour at long last. I was excited about the idea of going to heathen festivals, pagan conventions, and of course also science fiction conventions since I write and edit that too. But every single one I've looked up either has a written policy against people like me (people with medical reasons not to finish stamping a vax card-- no exceptions, not even if I supply an antibody test, which should be the standard) or in the case of one sf con, just says the policies can change and all policies must be followed and they don't give refunds, without promising someone like me could go. So, I'm feeling great, I'm safe to travel, and I still can't go to any cons or festivals. Some friends suggested some comiccons but that's off target for me since I don't work in the comics industry; I never got into comics because until it became possible to read them on a computer screen I really couldn't see them well enough, and when I'm at my desk on the screen I'm working, so I just haven't gotten into any of them. I'm still looking for events I could attend, perhaps a smaller outdoor Pagan Pride Day somewhere where I could combine a trip with seeing family or friends. Of course I could just keep waiting until all the pandemic policies go away but the immunity to Covid fades, both natural and vaxed immunity, plus I may not be immune to future variants, so the safest time for me to travel is right now, this summer. I'm still looking, but if I don't find any events to attend elsewhere I can at least have some travel type experiences in my home valley-- time to see Vegas! 
Audio CD 
Just noticed there's now an audio CD of my book to go with the audiobook download, ebook, and print editions! So excited! So this is a great time to ask my readers to review my book. It doesn't matter which format you read it in, listening to a book is also reading. Here's the link to the audio CD of Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path:

 Image: Green Fairy, digital art in a watercolor style by Erin Lale

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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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