Monday, March 03, 2008


It has been quiet here in the hollow and I forgot how fast time moves in the earthly realm. So much time has passed!

I have a visitor today. She is not what I would call a friend because she tried to change bodies with me and steal my love, but we have been allies before so I guess we are acquaintances. Morrigan is a goddess with a varied past and has had many names in different lands. I think she is misunderstood because most people think she is only a war goddess when the truth is, she is also a love goddess. With her capricious nature, any mortal tempted to contact her should use caution. She favors warriors and is attracted to battles, but long ago she was a love goddess associated with rebirth and fertility. This was in Cyprus near what is now called Turkey. Her peaceful existence came to an end when northern invaders who worshiped Sky Gods came and destroyed her temples. Her many names have been Aphrodite, Ishtar, Innana, Astarte and then she was reborn in Alba and Eriu as Morrigan. Most people are taught about the Olympic Greek gods, but there were gods before referred as the Titans. Aphrodite was a Titan, a pre-Hellenic goddess who was made out to be a silly love goddess by the classical Greek writers. As Ishtar, Innana and Astarte, she had aspects of a war and love goddess, but it was not until she became Morrigan that she really embraced the side of a war goddess. She is a shapeshifter and favors the shape of a raven or hooded crow. Morrigan is also a goddess associated with prophecies and has been known to appear before a warrior (washing his bloody clothes in a stream) who is doomed to fall in battle. She is neither good nor evil, but she should not be crossed for she does not let these slights go easily as I have learned. So, heed the appearance of a raven or crow before a battle, but if a maiden with fiery red and black hair appears to you minus the bloody clothes, it may be your lucky day in love. With Morrigan, nothing is ever predictable.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Losing touch with nature

Everywhere I look I see people that have lost touch with nature. In this modern world, people spend too much time indoors watching t.v. or playing on the internet. This has caused more stress in people's lives. Nature has a calming effect on the mind and shouldn't be forsaken.

This doesn't mean you have to live in the wilderness and give up your modern conveniences.

It only takes a few minutes to gaze at a sunrise or sunset and it will have a calming effect on the mind. Or gaze at the stars or the moon. Clear your mind of clutter for the few minutes you take to enjoy nature's beauty. You will be surprised how great you will feel.

If you enjoy gardening, that is another way to get in touch with nature. Or take walks on a regular basis.

And when you are outside remember to respect the land and its creatures.

Monday, November 13, 2006

What are Faeries?

There seems to be a misconception about faeries and where they came from. First of all, not all faeries are as tiny as butterflies. There are many different types of faeries and some are as tall as humans. I am in the latter group. Some faeries can shapeshift and some are good while others behave badly. One rule to follow is that trooping faeries are usually friendly and solitary faeries can be mean. Though I am alone I am not mean unless provoked.

Where did we come from? I know where I came from, but I cannot vouch for the other faeries. We have been called fallen angels and devils by some. We are neither good nor evil. Perhaps we are nature spirits, at least some of us are. We are everywhere--in the water, woods, earth and air. We live all over the world. Perhaps we are just part of the universe, unseen, but there to remind mortals of the elements and nature.

Faeries love music (I love to sing), nature, hunting, dancing, animals, and teasing and spying on humans whose odd ways puzzle and intrigue them. Some faeries just like to play practical jokes on humans because they have nothing better to do.

Are faeries immortal? We can be killed, but I will not reveal how. That would be really stupid of me.

Faeries come in different sexes, can be small or large, beautiful or ugly. Just like mortals, we are all different. And just like mortals we have feelings. So the next time you meet a faerie be kind to him or her, and maybe you will not have any tricks played on you.

Remember, faeries are the voice of those things such as rocks, trees, springs, everything in nature that cannot speak out. Be kind to nature and the fae folk will probably be kind to you.


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Truth About Witches

In honor of Samhain, I thought I would post this article written by my human friend. Perhaps it will clear up some of the misunderstandings surrounding witches. Happy Samhaim! I am off to visit the earthly realm while the barriers are thin. If you see me I might bring you back with me where you will have to stay at least until Beltaine when the barriers are thin again. By then you might be an old man or woman. Approach me if you dare. Just kidding. A faery joke (really).

By Kelley Heckart

As the shadows deepen and the days grow shorter, thoughts of the darker half of the year come to my mind. Halloween, as we know it today, is my favorite time of the year. There is something magical about it—the wood smoke-scented air chilled with the hint of winter, and the full harvest moon bathing the earth in a luminous light.

I still enjoy going to Halloween parties—dressing up in a costume and assuming the role of a character on Halloween. It is the only time of the year when you can be someone or something else for the night—a truly enchanting time.

While looking at all the Halloween decorations out in the stores, my eyes were drawn to the witch decorations that are usually of old, ugly women wearing a pointed hat and riding on a broomstick. I realized how misunderstood this Halloween icon was so I decided to do some investigating to shed some light on the mystery surrounding the witch.

The word ‘witch’ has evolved over the centuries and has different meanings in different cultures. In old Anglo-Saxon, ‘wicca’ and ‘wicce’ (masculine and feminine) refer to a seer or one who can divine information by way of magic. The word Wicca is a term many witches use to refer to their beliefs and practices. ‘Wych’ in Saxon and ‘wicce’ in Old English mean to ‘turn, bend, shape.’ An earlier Indo-European word ‘wic’ or ‘weik’ also means to ‘bend or shape.’ Witches bend the energies of nature and humanity to promote healing, growth and life. The word ‘witch’ can also be traced back to the old German root ‘wit’—to know. A witch is a person of knowledge, a person knowledgeable in both scientific and spiritual truths.

Their beliefs evolved from the Old Religion, the religion of the Goddess and the cycles of nature, cycles that were very important to the ancient people. Halloween or Samhain (Sow-in) is an important time of the year for witches because it is a celebration of the eternal cycle of reincarnation. It is a time to remember the dead, it is a powerful time when the veil is thinnest between the world of the living and that of the dead, and it is a time of endings and hope for new beginnings. In European traditions, Halloween is the time when the old God dies and the Crone Goddess mourns him for six weeks (winter).

Here are some interesting facts about witches:

A witch’s pointed hat is a spiritual point to channel magic—to help them center and focus.

The broom was used to sweep away evil—they sweep east to west, the path of the sun, to sweep evil away.

Witches wear black because it is a color that draws in energy and light. This allows a witch to tap into the universal wisdom.

There are male and female witches and both are called ‘witches.’

There are laws in witchcraft. I cannot go into all of them here, but one important law is the three-fold law, which means that whatever you send out into the universe (spell) will come back to you three times. For every cause there is an effect.

Witches do not worship the Devil. In fact, they do not even believe in the Devil.

So, why were they persecuted from about 1050 until the 17th century in Europe? Fear. A witch’s life is a walk of wisdom. Wisdom equals power and this was frightening to those who did not understand their ways.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Copyright 2006 by Kelley Heckart

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Samhain (Halloween)

It is quiet today here in the hollow. Did everyone notice the beautiful harvest moon on Saturday? I was compelled to strip and bathe in the brilliant moon glow. It is so relaxing to float in the water under the full moon. There is something so serene about the moon glow as it washes over you like a protective light.

This is my favorite time of the year and Samhain (Halloween) draws near—the time when the veil is thin between the world of the dead and that of the living. To the ancient Celts, it was the most important time of the year when the harvest was behind them and they prepared for the coming winter. It was also a time of feasting and important meetings between tribal chieftains. To the ancients it was a time when the Crone Goddess mourned the death of her consort (the sun god) until winter ended and he would be reborn again. Samhain (pronounced Sow-in) is a celebration of the eternal cycle of reincarnation—something the Celtic Druids believed in.

Humans will be in contact with more of the Fae folk on Samhain and I want to warn you that not all of the Fae are good-natured. Some can be hurtful to humans.

To protect yourself from these evil natured faeries, carry a piece of iron with you. It can be something as simple as a pin. Iron weakens faeries because it represents the coming of the Iron Age and the end of the time (Bronze Age) when faeries were free to roam the earthly realm.

You may even see me roaming about on Samhain.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Who is Nemu?

I will tell all of you mortals a little about myself. I am what you would call a water faery or an Ashray. Ashrays are found under water around Scotland. Ashrays are both male and female, and look to be about twenty years old when in fact they are rather ancient. They have white wings sort of like a swan's wings. I prefer the dark lochs to the sea, but the rest of my kind reside under the northern sea and cannot remain on land. Since I am half-human, I am able to stay on land, but sunlight is my enemy. A full-blooded Ashray will melt into a pool of rainbow colored water if touched by the sun's rays. I am fortunate that I will not melt, but I will get a nasty sunburn. Our skin is very white, almost translucent. Some mortals refer to us as sea ghosts. We are not evil beings, but anger me and see what will happen. I jest with you. Really. :)

My father was human and he caught my mother in his fishing net. She had to return to the sea, but I stayed with my father. Though I chose to stay on land, I still love water and cannot resist swimming naked in the moonlight in a dark loch.

Ashrays are not like other faeries. They were once human and cursed for a misdeed to live under the sea. For many centuries I did not know what this misdeed what or who cursed my kind.

What really happened is still too painful for me to talk about.

I have allowed one mortal to speak for me and tell my stories. Of Water and Dragons is the first book about me and my mortal lover, Ambiorix. Ravenwolf is the second book, which goes deeper into my past. From time to time, I will talk about these books and my experiences living among the Celts as a druid and my time before that when I was a goddess of vengeance.

I have knowledge of magic and herbs, which I will share with you from time to time. And I will also share with you my experiences throughout history and the fascinating people ( and creatures) that I have met on my journey through life.

Below is a link to a web page with a list of different faeries.

Vive Ut Vivas
'live that you may live forever'

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Welcome to my hollow

I want to welcome everyone to my hollow where magic is an everyday occurance. Once inside, you must be careful not to eat or drink anything here or you will not be able to leave. Also, keep in mind that time moves more slowly here than on the earthly realm. If you stay too long, you may find that you have aged into an old man or woman when you do leave. So use caution, but enjoy! There are many fascinating creatures here and magic is all around the hollow.