Faery-Faith Tradition

Faery-Faith Tradition

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Tradition founded by Kisma K. Stepanich in 1990. Members of the tradition are also members of the Fellowship of Isis, headquartered in Clonegal Castle, Enniscorthy, Ireland. Kisma Stepanich was born on July 4, 1958, and became a Solitary Witch in 1976. In the 1980s, she received Wiccan training from Cauldron of Cerridwen coven, from senachi Tom mac, and others.

According to Stepanich, in Ireland is found an old manuscript called Lebor Gabála Erenn (R. A. Stewart Macalister, ed. and trans.): "The Book of the Taking of Ireland." Educational Company of Ireland, 1912-1956), which might be considered the first mention of the oral Faery tradition. It contains references to the ancient deities of pre-Celtic and Celtic Ireland, along with myths and folk tales. It also gives the pedigrees of the Shining Ones and the Tuatha De Danann.

Today's Faery-Faith tradition is divided into five primary groves, known as the Biaalhd Grove (physicians, philosophers, Druids, wizards), Oamgn Grove (religious leaders, rulers, experts, masters, judges, teachers), Qeuung Grove (servants of the Goddess, artists, guards, gardeners, botanists, herbalists, therapists), Scuesstr Grove (servants of the God, soothsayers, diviners, astrologers, smiths, metalworkers, tradespeople, psychics, bodyworkers), and Roiitf Grove (science and arts, arts and crafts, animal husbandry). Each of these groves is also associated with a direction, season, date, and high holiday. Certain trees are found in each Grove, and they, in turn, are associated to an ogham, color, and specific date. The "Community Festivals" (equivalent to sabbats) are Samhain on October 31, Nollaig on December 21, Imbolc on February 1, Lá Fhéile Earach on March 21, Lá Bealtaine on May 1, Là Fhéile Eoin on June 21, Lúnasa on August 1, and Lá Fhéile Fómhar on September 21.

Stepanich says that Faery practitioners strive to incorporate their spiritual beliefs and teachings into who they are every day of the week. Their professions represent their groves or their trees.

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