We had the wonderful pleasure of getting to meet Storm Faerywolf during the Witches Sabbat 2020 Event last fall. After that event, we knew we wanted to sit down for an interview with him and introduce him to our wonderful audience.
Storm is the author of Betwixt & Between: Exploring the Faery Tradition of Witchcraft, Forbidden Mysteries of Faery Witchcraft, and The Stars Within the Earth. He is the co-owner of The Mystic Dream, an online spiritual supply store. He also the founder of his own linage of the Faery tradition called BlueRose.
We are so thrilled to introduce you to Storm Faerywolf!
P: Your book Forbidden Mysteries of Faery Witchcraft has become a pivotal work within my own craft. Could you tell our audience about how working within faery witchcraft could benefit them during this time of transition?
Storm: First, thank you very much! I am happy to hear that this work has proven to be useful for you.
I should preface this by saying that Faery witchcraft is certainly not for everyone. I love sharing information about it to those who are interested, but it is definitely not a practice for the casual practitioner. It is a particular form of traditional witchcraft which is initiatory at its core, though much of its exercises and lore can be utilized by the uninitiated. That said, a large part of this work centers on working with our shadow self, and that is of utmost importance to any spiritual practitioner, and I would say especially in these troublesome times. We are witnessing our "collective shadow" play out in the political and social spheres and this can be a trigger (and an opportunity) for our own deeper work on the subject. The Faery tradition is often cited as being a path that focuses on our discomfort. Not for discomfort's sake, but to force us to forgo the often knee-jerk reaction of denial that most often keeps us from any actual growth. It also has a reputation for being "dark". Whether this reputation is deserved depends on your point of view, but we do tend to teach the importance of facing one's fears as a means of claiming our power back from them. It is not an easy path, but it is most certainly a rewarding one.
K & P: At the Witches Sabbat Gathering in 2020, we had the privilege of participating in your guided trance. Can you tell our readers more about trance work and its importance within witchcraft and working with the faery?
Storm: For me, trance is paramount to magic and witchcraft in that it is a shifting of our consciousness which allows us to see things beyond the realm of the everyday. It is so much more than what we might see in movies: the witch or medium suddenly being taken over by a spiritual presence or power, though it can be that. Much more often trance is a subtle shift akin to what we may experience while driving or watching TV. While those mundane activities seem the antithesis of the magical, they too are a doorway into this practice which, when consciously engaged, can allow us to perceive things beyond our normal set of senses and even allow us a greater access to the threads of connection between all things. When we meditate, we are entering a trance. When we sing in the shower, we are entering a trance. When we chant, or dance, or drum, or cast a spell, we are entering into different states that help to facilitate an expanded awareness which is vital to the effective working of magic.
"Working with the Faery" can mean different things to different people, so let me just say that if our goal is to enter into a type of conscious communion with the unseen denizens of the earth, then trance is our best bet to allow that to happen. Trance, coupled with real-world actions forms a strong foundation for those spiritual relationships and allows us to take what we might experience on the spiritual and translate that into physical reality.
K & P: If you could recommend one book (from your collection or others) that others should read to enhance their craft, which would you pick and why?
Storm: If one's Craft tends toward the Faery, then I would definitely recommend my book, Betwixt & Between as that amounts to being a robust textbook of history, practices, and lore of our particular tradition. However, for those who are just starting out with the magical, I would highly recommend Mat Auryn's book, Psychic Witch, as that provides practical exercises suitable for anyone on the magical path of development.
K: For those unacquainted, could you introduce us to BlueRose?
Storm: "BlueRose" is the lineage of the Faery witchcraft which I founded back in 2002 after my initiation into this path of traditional witchcraft. Like all of the lineages of our tradition, it stems from the work of the late Victor & Cora Anderson and also includes lore and ideas from many other of our sister lines of Faery. We tend to focus on the poetic as a pathway to the divine, and artistic expression as a sacred devotion. BlueRose, like the rest of our tradition, is a "closed tradition" in the sense that it is initiatory and is only offered to those who have formed deep relationships with the tools, the spirits, and the individual communities that comprise our lineages. Though it is closed, there is much that both Faery in general, and BlueRose specifically, can offer the uninitiated practitioner, which is why many of us offer some work to the public.
K & P: If you have any upcoming works or projects please feel free to share all you can about them.
Storm: I am currently working on two books for Llewellyn right now. "The Witch's Name" (working title) is an exploration of the practice of taking on a magical name and how that stems from the creation of one's "magical persona", an aspect of ourselves that we conjure and/or create in order to strengthen our magical presence. The other project is currently titled, "Brothers of the Art" and is effectively a grimoire of witchcraft specifically for gay men, as often our own unique desires and identities are marginalized or even denied in larger Pagan circles. This work will speak more directly to the needs of gay and queer men while not shying away from topics such as sex magic between men, whether that is solo, couples, or even groups.
K & P: Do you have a message for our readers regarding the recent violent uprising?
Storm: Currently we are standing at a type of crossroads. In the United States, the last four years have seen the rise of violence, misogyny, xenophobia, transphobia, racism, political propaganda, and most recently, an actual coup attempt. One thing that is certain is that even though we have voted to reject much of that, the road toward healing will be a long and arduous one. We did not get here suddenly with the election of a now-disgraced President. This has been a long time in the making, stemming back to the very origins of our country. What we have experienced in the last four years has been akin to turning over a rock to reveal the sludge, insects, and rot underneath. While this is a painful experience, and many would prefer to replace the proverbial rock and pretend that all will be well as we move to operate "under new management" the truth is that this is an opportunity for all of us to really look deep within ourselves and to try and own how we may be unconsciously feeding into that division and hatred. We all have a role to play in this. And we all have the responsibility to help heal this festering wound. Healing, however, is not painless nor is it easy. It requires the taking of responsibility. Only through accountability and restorative justice can we collectively begin to heal those psychic wounds that have crippled us for far too long. Here too is a place where magic and spirit may take center stage in that they can guide us toward the best of ourselves, not to deny the dark, but to embrace it, and to shine the light where it needs to be, so that we can see what work needs to be done. That light has been shining and what we have seen has been horrifying. But we must face our fear, and yes, gather our power back from it. Only then can we begin to heal, together.
And in all of this, we must also remember to care for ourselves and each other. No one of us can do it all alone. While it is vital that we each make the commitment to stand up to hatred and intolerance, we must also remember to care for ourselves in the process. We must find the light in the darkness and even the humor in the horrifying. We must recharge our batteries lest we become too burned out to make a difference. We must find small ways to make the world a better place, and that starts within and within our own homes and lives. The most political act we can ever make is to simply live our lives authentically, without shame. And to refuse to be silenced when the powers-that-be invariably will try to make us feel small because of it. Here too, the Craft can be a vital tool that allows us to be empowered in our truth. May we always have the courage to live it.
If you would like to know more about Storm, his works, or his classes please visit his website https://faerywolf.com/.
We would like to thank Storm for being able to join us for this interview. It was an absolute pleasure. We will see you all next time!