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What is Faerie Enchantments?
- A magical system for creating personal enchantments, based on ancient Celtic magic and symbolism
- Over 30,000 uniquely created magic spells, using various natural and elemental essences, magical ingredients and symbolism.
- An Oracle deck of 40 large deluxe cards representing all the meanings of the Major Arcana from Tarot tradition, along with elemental cards of earth, water, air, fire and spirit. Each card measures 5 x 3 and a half inches, printed on heavy 350gsm card stock, embellished with gilt rose-gold edges.
A Wiccan codex for the creation and development for your own Book of Shadows, charms, runes and enchantments, incorporating elements of Tarot and astrology.
An illumination of many Faerie Goddessess and Gods, their particular magical energies, and how to harness those energies through enchantment and visualization
An exquisite fine art collection to adorn your living space or altar, featuring Goddessess and Faerie Queens from Celtic mythology
Thank You for taking a look at my project. My name is Ian Daniels, I am a painter and illustrator, with a love of the mythic and the mystical. I'm seeking help to publish a set of Enchantment Cards for use in spell casting, visualization and divination, titled Faerie Enchantments, along with a collection of Signed Fine Art Prints. Over the last year I have create a body of work to bring to life my vision and passion for Celtic mythology and magic, depicting a collection of Celtic Faerie Goddesses, Queens and Enchanters as a source for spell casting and as an oracle. As well as being created as works of aesthetic inspiration to adorn your living spaces, the paintings are also designed to be used in a spiritual aspect by use of enchantments. My hope is to produce an affordable art collection that is beautiful, deeply magical and bewitching.
The Faerie Enchantments art collection and Enchantment Cards would make unique and exquisite gifts for friends and family that have a love of Celtic myth, fantasy art or Wiccan spirituality and spellcraft. You can also select any combination of Signed prints, for example, you may like to purchase two of a particular print, one for you and one for a friend. As you will see from the pledge levels, the pricing of the prints is reduced the more of you purchase. The normal retail price of each Faerie Enchantments Cards set and for each art print from the collection will be £25 ($33), so pledging here means that you can own them at a greatly reduced price.
These large luxurious silk finished Faerie Enchantments cards are an oracle deck and a magical system for the creation of spell and charms. Representing all the meanings of the Major Arcana from Tarot tradition, along with elemental cards of earth, water, air, fire and spirit, and the seasons.
Each measures 5 x 3 and a half inches, printed on heavy 350gsm card stock, embellished with gilt rose-gold edges. The hand painted images featuring Faerie Enchanters from Celtic myth are for use in visualization, as a means to connect with and summon the specific energy of the Faerie God or Goddess depicted.
On the reverse of each card you will find an inventory magical formula that can be employed in the creation of your own enchantments. The information and symbolism listed will make up the elements of your personal magic spell, along with a Celtic Rune specific to each Faerie. Usually the Enchantments use just 3 - 6 magikal ingredients. They can be as simple as designing a Rune and casting your spell at dusk to more detailed Enchantments such as making a wand from a particular tree with certain colours, feathers or gems. A poem. A dream-catcher of certain colours related to the spell. From simple charms to things discovered or made such as a box with a particular animal image, particular gems or items. Or selecting a place, time and item from the Magik ingredients of the desired spell card combinations. Such as holding a silver ring in your hand besides a river at twilight while casting your enchantment.
The deck is presented in a luxurious black box with gilt rose-gold foil design on the lid. Manufactured from 1000gsm card and wrapped in 130gsm smooth black paper with a separate lid. The box is also used in your spell casting.
Each of the Enchantment Cards relates to a position in the yearly cycle and is also connected to the astrological signs of the Zodiac. The foundation of this system lies in the alchemy of the four elements and is based on Druidic symbolism. The deck of 40 cards measure 5 x 3 and a half inches and you will also receive a booklet explaining the complete process of creating and casting your unique enchantments. This includes a step by step guide, use of gemstones, affirmations, animal and plant symbolism along with instruction to use the cards as an oracle for divination and how to create magic amulets.
Each Enchantment Card states the particular three-fold process of the magic energy that relates to it, drawn from its astrological position. These process words are connected in a three card spread in order to create a unique enchantment. A list of magical elements are then revealed, to be blended and employed as the ingredients for casting your enchantment. These magical elements are defined by Celtic symbolism in Faerie tales, the etymology of Celtic root-words, studies in mythology and related meanings in both astrology and the Tarot. These elements include animals, plants, gemstones, birds, objects, sacred places and the most effective times to cast your spell. This magical system is a source for over 30,000 spells, whether enchantments for love, health, inspiration, peace, abundance or protection to name just a few.
By pledgeing for two or more Faerie Enchantment art prints you will also receive a free exclusive 8 x 6 inch signed print of 'Awen'. This image represents the spirit of Awen, and is to help focus and enhance spiritual energy in preparation for casting enchantments.
At the centre of the Faerie Enchantment cards system is the concept of the Spirit of Awen. This card represents the essence of spiritual inspiration, and the pure life energy that balances all the elements. The fundamental belief of Celtic spirituality is the understanding that nature is not merely inert matter, but is a luminous interwoven dimension of spirits, soul-memory and magical inspiration. This magical inspiration is refered to as 'Awen' in Druidic belief and practices. The feminine noun, Awen, has been variously translated as 'inspiration', 'muse', 'genius', or 'poetic rapture'. According to a 19th century Welsh dictionary, the word itself is formed by combining the two words, aw, meaning 'a fluid, a flowing', and en, meaning 'a living principle, a being, a spirit, essential'. So Awen may be described as 'a fluid essence', or 'flowing spirit'. This flowing spirit is divine in nature, it is an essence both within us and outside of us. Awen is an enchantment from the 'Otherworld', taking many forms, from the beautiful, bewitching music of the Faerie harp to the of magical essence of enchantments and spells.
Among the Brythonic Celts were certain soothsayers named 'Awenyddion', they were oracles and spellbinders, who were entraced by the Spirit of Awen. When consulted with a problem or question they would go into a trance as if possessed. They did not answer the question in any logical way - words would stream from their mouths incoherently and apparently without any sense at all, but with such poetic beauty that a deep understanding was captured. Through this seeming random flowing of poetic spirit great knowledge was received. I have mirrored this unique aspect of Celtic spirituality within the Enchantment Cards, where words and symbols are connected and flow together as a poetic alchemy, speaking directly to our subconcious and blending our will into Awen, which is contained within all life around us.
Magic is the science and art of causing effect to occur in conformity with our will. This will has to be focused and expressed creatively, through images, symbols, ritual, art or music - anything that connects us to the flow of Awen. The Faerie Enchantment cards are designed with these ideas in mind.
Using The Faerie Enchantment Cards as an Oracle
Much in the way that Celtic people would consult the 'Awenyddion' the cards can be used as an oracle. The instructions include a card spread that will reveal answers to specific questions, similar to tarot cards. The spread will also reveal an enchantment that can be created to help answer the question or solve the issue, such as to 'Banish negative energy' or 'Find emotional peace'.
The Celtic deities live in the domain that is generally called Faerie, or the "Otherworld". These domains were hidden from mortal eyes, and yet there is no great divide between our physical world and the "other" world of divine and spiritual beings.
This Otherworld is just below the surface of all living things and the world around us. It is the subtle spiritual web that lies at the center of everything, and the foundation of physical manifestation. In personal terms it is the spirit of Awen within us. Connecting to this 'Otherworld', especially through creativity and imagination, allows us to guide its flow to some extent and alter our external reality. In many ways it is the poetic, imaginative or creative act that ignites the enchantments, so the cards are designed in such a way that your creative spirit is central to the magic system.
In Welsh myths, the Otherworld was named Annwyn, and the Otherworld fortress of the Faerie Court was named Caer Sidi. While in other Celtic myths, the Otherworld is known as The Summerland. It is also often described as enchanted islands, Faerie castles or duns (hill-forts).Within the Irish tradition the Otherworld is called Sidhe.
The Celts belived that the spiritual realms and the realm of the living intersected, and that the veil between them is thin and permeable. They recognised the interconnectedness of the people and the land, believing in the spirituality of place and of nature. This is evident in their rites and their stories of shape-shifting, other-world journeying, healing, and divination. They knew the power of words, and revered the spiritual aspects of animals, trees, the cycle of the year and of places. The Celts believed in the migration of the soul to the realm of Faerie after death, and did not believe in punishment after death.
These 14 exclusive signed fine art prints measure 16 x 12 inches, and are to be professionally printed by a London based printer on heavy stock 350gsm satin finish art card. Each print is presented in a protective sleeve with backing board and an 16 x 12 inch authentication insert with descriptive text relating to the Goddess or Faerie Queen featured.
Not only are these works of art created to enrich your living space but as a source of spirtual inspiration, generating a sense of wonder and poetic narrative. They are also intended for use in your own spiritual system, as a medative concentration of thought, in order to align your subconcious to the spiritual powers of the particular Celtic Goddess or God. Each of the paintings contains spiritual symbolism relating to the Faeri Enchanter depicted.
Each Signed Art Print is surrounded by a narrow white border to allow for mounting and framing to suit your living space design, style and colour.
Selecting your Prints
Towards the bottom of this page you will see the section 'The Art Collection' where all 14 available prints are featured, along with the titles and explainations. Just decide how many you would like and select the matching 'Pledge Level' on the list to the right. You do not need to decide which actual prints you would like until the end of the campaign, as I will email you an 'Order Details Form' at that time. You only need to order the quantity of prints via your Pledge amount at this stage. You will be able to order any combination of prints, and can add prints by changing your Pledge Level at anytime until the end of the campaign.
ADD ON ITEMS
After selecting your chosen Pledge Level you can add further items to your order.
For each additional Faerie Enchantments Card Set just add £14 ($19) to your pledge amount by selecting 'Manage Pledge' includes shipping.
For each additional Fine Art Print (16 x 12 inches) just add £14 ($19) to your pledge amount by selecting 'Manage Pledge' includes shipping.
For each additional 'Awen' Art Print (8 x 6 inches) just add £7 ($9) to your pledge amount by selecting 'Manage Pledge' includes shipping.
The Celtic Pantheon held many female deities of primary importance from fertility Goddesses to mother Goddesses to Goddesses of war. I depicted a selection of these different aspects in this art collection, each with her own powers of enchantment. 'Faerie Enchantments' is an exploration of the secret universe we all hold within us, the connections we forge with our loved ones and the magic within the natural world around us. Come on a journey with me to rediscover and connect with the Ladies of Faerie. Evoke their powers of prophecy, healing, love and magic through use of their spells of enchantment.
The 14 exclusive fine art prints from the 'Faerie Enchantment' art collection measure 16 x 12 inches on heavy stock 350gsm satin finish art card. Each print is presented in a protective sleeve with backing board and full size descriptive insert relating to the Faerie Queen featured.
I have had a passion for painting and drawing from an early age, for me my art has always been a means to communicate ideas and emotion, as well as a strong desire to inspire others. After leaving school I studied Fine Art and Illustration at The Kent Institute of Art and Design in Rochester, England. Having achieved my qualifications I soon began working freelance, illustrating book covers for numerous publishers and authors.
My passion for art developed alongside a growing interest in esoteric literature, symbolism, magical consciousness and all things mysterious. I am particularly intrigued by Myths and Faerie tales, and the underlining secret knowledge that is contained within them, and how our ancestors expressed their earthly and spiritual understanding though these enchanting tales.
Im a very traditional artist in technique, painting by hand rather than using computer graphics. The caress of brushes and scent of oil pigments for me creates a deeper connection. My passion is expressing (or perhaps, unfolding) human feelings, half-forgotten mysteries, hopes and fears.
I feel very much that my painting is a calling, a way to translate the wonders and trials of the human heart and soul. Also, to enchant and enkindle an adoration and delight for the hidden thoughts and sensations beneath the surface of things. My work is also inspired by my love of nature and my studies in Philosophy and Psychology helped bind my artistic expression with my thoughts and feelings concerning both spirituality and human emotion.
I have illustrated many books, including two collections of Celtic Fairy tales, Lost Realms, Norse myths and a series of Gothic themed books. I have also written a 'How to Paint & Draw' publication and produced a book and Tarot deck themed around the myths, esoteric symbolism and imagery of the Vampire
Risks and challenges
As with any new project there may always be unexpected obstacles or delays. I have undertaken a great deal of research for the project, and have had extensive talks with the printer and various shipping and fulfilment companies. The fulfilment company I am working with have given me detailed information regarding shipping rates and costs for worldwide shipping of the Faerie Enchantments cards and art prints, they work extensively with Kickstarter project distribution. Having worked in publishing for some time I am used to meeting deadlines, and will do my upmost to deliver your copies Faerie Enchantments and fine art prints on time. I will also be sure to keep you updated should any delays arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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