Faerie Stones excerpt

Mar 6th, 2018 | By | Category: Book News, Books

Faerie Stones is the new book from Ceri Norman, out this month. Here’s an excerpt.

“Healing with crystals and minerals, or working with them in ritual, is so ancient a concept that it is likely that modern humans, or homo sapiens to give us our scientific name, were not even the first human species to do it. There’s evidence that Neanderthals were using Red Ochre in funerary rites from about 250,000 years ago, perhaps to help prepare the deceased for their rebirth into the Otherworld after death. Mineral pigments were also used for thousands of years to create imaginative and ritual rock art from the Lascaux caves of France to Kakadu National Park in Australia. Rock art made with minerals shows us that our ancestors considered themselves a part of nature and the natural world rather than above it, and this is something the Faeries and the stones of the world are keen to remind us of.

By working with stones we can get back to nature and commune with the Rock People and the Faeries who are our kin for we are all born of this universe and of this planet. Just as the Faerie Path, Paganism and other nature-based paths are enjoying a resurgence in the New Age so too is the modality of Crystal Healing.

Faeries are well known for hoarding precious metals, gemstones and anything else that takes their fancy. Faeries and stones are intrinsically linked in folklore and legend from the Gold-loving Leprechaun to the Icelandic Elves who inhabit boulders and exert their revenge on any human foolish enough to mess with their home stone. Many rock formations are rumoured to be Trolls or Faeries who danced on the Sabbath or who stayed out too late and were petrified by the Sun. Many natural rock formations as well as stone circles, cairns and other megalithic sites were allegedly created by Faeries and their kin, such as Elva Plain Stone Circle in Cumbria, which local legends say was built by Elves and Imps, the Giant’s Causeway was allegedly created by the Faerie hero Fionn mac Cumhaill and the passage grave of Barclodiad Y Gawres on Anglesey was created from rocks that fell from the apron of the Giantess and Faerie Goddess of Winter, The Cailleach. Countless other rocky places and ancient stone monuments are reputed to be Faerie homes or haunts, like the souterrain in Cornwall known as the Fairy’s Fogou or Piskey’s Hall, Puck Church Parlour cave in a cliff in
East Sussex or the Mermaid’s Chair rock feature in Mill Bay on
Stronsay.

Stone circles, like Faerie Rings, have long been viewed as gateways or portals into Faerieland and places we can go to in order to speak with the Faeries. Isobel Gowdie, the seventeenth century witch of Auldearn, in Scotland, mentioned meeting with the Queen of Faerie at the nearby Auldearn Stone Circle and of being entertained by the Faerie Queen in her home beneath the hollow hills as part of her confessions.”

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