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Pathways to Paradise by Sonja Sadovsky


Sonja Sandovsky, author of The Priestess and the Pen, questioned Jo Carson about some lesser-known aspects of Feraferia. The first post from her three-part interview appeared on September 24, 2015:

One of the best aspects of being an author is the opportunity to share my exposure to esoteric and unique philosophies with others. It also gives me great pleasure to offer other writers a forum to discuss their work. Recently, I was introduced to the delicious concept of Feraferia, a tradition of American Paganism that proposes a utopian vision of harmony with Nature. Offering a unified approach of holistic living through honoring ourselves and the universe at large, Feraferia offers an integrated theory of artistic expression, sacred sexuality, and peaceful co-existence that has inspired people around the world since the mid-20th century. The most comprehensive study of this fascinating and beautiful tradition is compiled by Jo Carson, in her book Celebrate Wildness: Magic, Mirth and Love on the Feraferia Path. Combining the artwork and philosophies of Fred Adams, co-creator of the Feraferian tradition, with a simple and readable account of of this amazing system, Jo provides a wonderful introduction for anyone looking to explore this fascinating approach to Nature-centered religion, or to deepen their own spirituality.

After reading the text, and meditating on the vibrant artwork, I knew I needed to find out more about some of the core concepts and practices unique to Feraferia. I had the extreme good fortune to be able to converse with Jo Carson about some of the customs and philosophies that enrich the Feraferian tradition. Our conversation was so inspiring that I decided to experiment with creating a Faerie Ring Henge in my own yard, which I will document and discuss in another article. Additionally, the conversation was so extensive that it will span several blog posts instead of just one. This first installment will discuss some of the basic concepts and mythology of Feraferia, particularly concepts of Deity, Constructing the Henge, and some blessings and rituals that are conducted within that sacred space...

You can read the rest of the interview.


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