Moon Books sent me this book in return for an honest review. They’re probably going to wish they hadn’t.
Published by: Moon Books
Publication Date: 30th Marc 2018
Faerie Stones explores the Faerielore and Folklore associated with different stones and various crystal formations, from the ancient Neolithic arrows known as Elfshot to magical Faerie dusted geodes known as Fairy Cavern Quartz. It deals with the metaphysical aspects of the stones, their traditional uses and healing qualities, and discusses which types of Faerie and which Deities/Faerie Monarchs are associated with each stone. It also offers practical tips and two meditations for working with Faeries and stones for spiritual development. Aimed at all those who love Faeries and Crystals, it is ideal for the beginner or the more experienced practitioner.
This is an interesting catalogue of beliefs about stones and crystals sold in New Age shops, associated supernatural beings and folklore. How valid some of those beliefs are is up to interpretation. If you want a quick reference for a ritual or spell, or as a jumping off point for further research, it could be a useful addition to your library, but it’s not for me. The writing style is relaxed and friendly, and the information provided is referenced with a reasonable bibliography.
I tried, honestly I did, but the continued references to deities as ‘Faerie Monarchs’ and messing up mythology and folklore to fit into her belief scheme upset me. Not everything supernatural is a fae. ‘Fae’ refers to a specific set of beings, most commonly those associated with the Tuatha De Dannan. Land Wights, mermaids, dryads, brownies and Elves are not fae/fairies, and the pixies are positively at war with them. There’s some massive stretching going on with Ing/Frey. Apparently in Norman’s world he was the original tooth fairy, and her interpretations of the rune poems is questionable. There’s such a miss-mash of different belief systems in this book, from across the world, amalgamated into a rather ungainly whole, that it doesn’t really work for me.