"Paladin of Faerie"

Whilst living in the Shire of Ashland, Lord Oberon (Jordan Mackay) invites me to a gathering for what he calls a ‘reality tv show’ featuring the crew from Oberon’s Tavern.  Wishing to honour his request, I take the faerie paths above the tavern, walking the Faerie realms to arrive in full splendor as a champion of Avalon.

"The Brightwood Path"

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"Faeries and Fools"

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I take the wood paths, above the nook of commerce that is the Shire’s main square, walking the trail I have walked with the beast many, many times. All around me, I feel the voices of the deva, of the trees and the wind. As I happen to have some sacred mushrooms with me, I do a quick invocation, asking for their assistance in dropping deeper into the real World that lay beneath the surface.

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 Here I encounter a number of the nobles and the Ferals of the realms figuring their way through the wards and contracts of the Hollywood media, and hold space for the spellwork throughout the place.

Having spent so much time in the feral magics, the “contracts” and “agreements” of the Hollywood are deeply alien things to me. As I look at them, I feel lines of binding all throughout, a sense of structure and ordinance that tastes tight on my tongue. It feels as though we are being asked to give up our authenticity in favor of a contrivance, far afield from the intrinsic naturalness that makes Oberon’s Tavern and her patrons what it is.

This is not the fault of the director nor of his crew, whom I witness to simply be artists making their way through a strange and ill-tempered system. In general, I like him, feeling that radiance of auteurship moving through the field, a sense of light and time, of Story and Song that is the modern form of the bardic forever.

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Musicians at the Ball

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"Paladin of Faerie"

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It is a beautiful moment, in which I feel very deeply in the embodiment of the wizened adventurer, witnessing the play of the people from the sanctuary of Heaven and Earth, and honoured to play my part in the Great Story …

It is honestly quite odd to me. While I have felt the vibrations of the ‘Hollywood’ in the field, they are so deeply distant from my natural state of being. So contrived. So strategized. So stage-managed.