Faerytale Mashups

For today’s post, I have decided to discuss one of my favorite modern media trends.   There has been a trend for the last decade-plus of having media (that is films, books, and movies) where the plot is based around fairytale figures.    But this particular trend is a mash-up of several fairytale figures into…

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Elen of the Ways

For this week’s Femme Fatale Friday, I have decided to discuss the Celtic Goddess Elen of the Ways.    There is some belief that Elen could have been a real-life woman who married the Roman Emperor Magnus Maximus, who is also known in Welsh legend as Macsen Wledig.   There is a tale in The…

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Literary Faery Queens

For today’s post, I have decided to take a look at three literary Faery Queens.   I will briefly discuss each Faery Queen in her own short section.    Gloriana ~Gloriana is the titular character of Edmund Spenser’s poem The Faerie Queene.   While she is more of an overarching driving force than a character…

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The Monstrous Feminine

For today’s post, I have decided to take a look at the concept of the Monstrous Feminine.   In particular, I will cover this through a look at Dark Faeries, Dark Mermaids, Vampires, Gorgons, and Succubi.   Each of these types of beings can be seen through the lens of being monstrous.    I will…

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The Morrighan and Valkyrie Connection

For today’s post, I have decided to take a look at the connection between the Irish War Goddess the Morrighan and Norse Valkyries.   The Morrighan is a Goddess of war, death, rebirth, prophecy, and even a Faery Queen.   Valkyries were handmaidens of Odin, and responsible for helping collect the souls of warriors who…

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Aphrodite and Hermes

For today’s post, I have decided to take a look at a lesser-known affair in Greek myth.   Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, and Hermes, the messenger of the Gods, had an affair.    This is largely overshadowed by Aphrodite’s more famous love matches with God of war Ares and human Adonis.    I have…

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Morgana’s Mermaid Archetypes

For today’s post, I would like to look at the watery mermaid archetypes found in Celtic lore!    That is why this post is titled Morgana’s Mermaid Archetypes.   Water was sacred to the ancient Celts, and they viewed the world as divided based on elements.   The land of the air, land of the…

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The Faery Melusina Poem

For today’s blog, I have decided to share a poem I have composed about Melusine.   She was a Mermaid Faery Queen from whom many medieval royals claimed descent! The Faery Melusina by Maranda Wabik On a Saturday, A Faery Queen Enters a tub. Her legs become scales. As her mermaid tail appears. She floats …

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Liminality in Celtic Lore

For today’s post, I will be looking at the concept of liminality in Celtic lore.   Firstly, I will begin with a definition of what liminal means.   According to lexico.com liminal is defined as 1. Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. 2. Relating to a transitional or…

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A Trip to Faeryland Poem

For today’s post, I have decided to share a poem inspired by Faery. A Trip to Faeryland by Maranda Wabik Dive into the depths Swim into the psyche Plunge into the water. Arrive in the Otherworld, A place of Enchantment, A place of Faery. Mystical beings abound, I am happy to be around! Drink of…

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