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Bardic Alchemy:
Enchanted Tales about the Quest for God/dess and Self
—Francesca De Grandis.

The ancient Faerie Faith is alive. This story collection is from an extant tradition of European-based shamanism. Most bardic tales are from ancient culture. But Francesca De Grandis is spinning wisdom stories right now, transforming modern lives. This recording is derived from material pivotal to students the first ten years Francesca worked professionally as a shamanic teacher and counselor.

Simply hearing her tales constitutes working in other realms. Every tale is a mystical journey taken by the listener. Yet De Grandis’s realistic understanding of gender issues, political oppression, and practical empowerment makes mysticism applicable to our actual lives.

Each tale stands on its own, worthy magic unto itself, offering personal change that’s both spiritual and practical. Francesca’s lyric is experiential, picking up the slack left by academic texts. Seekers demand actual real magic, an alchemy found in the living ritual of story. Bardic healing narratives, without any accompanying rites or theoretical explanations, are deep shamanic experiences: an actual direct meeting with God/dess and Her fey realms. You truly touch magic.

Rather than expound theory, Francesca guides listeners to their own truths. Goddess Spirituality (shamanism, Wicca, the Old Religion, witchcraft, Faerie Faith, paganism—identical terms for our purposes here) maintains that we need no priest to tell us how to act, and that anyone can talk directly to Deity. Hierarchical dogma is replaced with connectivity and personal revelation, through which one finds God/dess, self, and wholeness.

The search for God/dess and self—a pursuit of one’s own personal beliefs and goals—can feel like a solitary struggle. The quests portrayed herein support and inspire. They also provide theological signposts and a richly mythic matrix—real and palpable—in which one can thrive, celebrate life, overcome challenges, and center into one’s truths.

The term “bardic alchemy” is from a poem Francesca wrote: “Stories are power. Not a jumping off place / for analysis, / but the thing itself, raw power. / Stories are primitive so you can use them as is / immediately / without a driver’s manual. / In fact, you don’t use them so much as they use you; it is bardic alchemy.”

This indie album is a field recording of De Grandis in her home, and is an intimate visit with a mystic and pivotal spiritual influence. She invites you into her home and heart.

About the Author: Just as Whitman gave spiritual voice to his times, Francesca De Grandis’s oral and published teachings seminally influenced Goddess culture. Her lyrical writing—poems, rituals, prayers, chants, contemplations, and lectures—anonymously entered the oral and written literature of Nature Spirituality. E.g., lines from her “Laws of Nature” are mistaken for traditional. She so precisely portrays the crux of both mysticism and mundane life that her phrases seem ancient lore. Her lyric is a ubiquitous part of Goddess liturgy. She continues to produce pivotal material. She lives in Pennsylvania where—by phone—she teaches, spiritually counsels, and gives shamanic treatments. www.outlawbunny.com or 814-337-2490

Text in this shop copyright FDG
Francesca De Grandis AKA Outlaw Bunny

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