There are no secrets from the Knowing Faery. She knows where all things hidden are; she can find all things that we have lost. But most of all, she knows what you have hidden in your heart.
— Good Faeries Bad Faeries, by Brian Froud.




[Artwork: The Knowing Faery, by Brian Froud.]

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Gnomes live in the ground and are famous for their stubbornness and their wisdom. Gnomes are practical, down-to-earth, deeply rooted in reality, and disapprove of anything airy-fairy. Unfortunately, a gnome is also prone to being a stick-in-the-mud and can get bogged down with inertia. The thoughts of the gnome tend to be very precise… but also very slow. A sentence might take a whole year to speak (or in the case of certain gnomes, an entire century). Gnome jokes are not very funny because they never get to the punch line.
— Good Faeries Bad Faeries, by Brian Froud.

Artwork: Gnomes, by Brian Froud.

Primroses are among the first Spring flowers, and so this faery leads us into the year as she leads us into Faeryland. Touching the right rock with a primrose is one method of opening the door to Faery. The Irish say that looking over the flowers in a certain way can make the invisible visible, and faeries can be seen.

This frail, sweet flower faery is a messenger from the Faery Queen herself, summoning you to Faeryland. She crouches poised to spring into your heart, your dreams, and your imagination.
— Good Faeries Bad Faeries, by Brian Froud.




[Artwork: Spring/Primrose Faery, by Brian Froud.]

I have been painting pictures of faeries and their magical realm for many years now — yet even when their forms emerge vibrant of the paper before me, their names (and personalities) will often remain maddeningly elusive. … I’ve learned that names, if I’m not careful, can turn them lifeless and flat, nailing the images down to one rigid meaning, lessening possibilities — and greatly dismaying to the faeries … [They] insist on a multiplicity of names, changing from day to day or from moment to moment. … they themselves change their names according to whim, circumstance, or the person they’re talking to. … I waited for the faeries [in my paintings] to tell me the words by which they’d like to be known.

Despite this multiplicity of names, faeries (like cats) each secretly possess a single real name — usually hidden and guarded, but sometimes given as a powerful gift. The real name of a faery is an integral part of the creature itself. To possess the name is to possess the faery…

—  excerpts from “Naming Faeries”, from Brian Froud’s brilliant book Good Faeries/Bad Faeries

The Morning Faery is fond of appearing to housewives and househusbands in the sudden quiet moment when the rest of the family is out the door to school and work. Then, she whispers in your ear: “Don’t do your chores. Don’t worry about it. Leave the dishes, the dusting, the dog-walking, the dinner planning… Do something just for yourself right now.” She is the faery behind that irresistible desire to read a magazine or a book or maybe to watch a little television… but she is also just as likely to urge you to finally write that novel, pick up that oboe, or sign up for that course.
— Good Faeries Bad Faeries, by Brian Froud.




[Artwork: The Morning Faery, by Brian Froud.]

Flower faeries are what most people think of when the faeries are mentioned — those sweet, butterfly-winged creatures primly populating the pages of nursery books. In reality, flower faeries are specks of light involved with the processes of plant growth at the cellular level. Sometimes, however, they manifest themselves in more substantial forms. Even flower faeries have to grow up.

The Vervain Faery is a particularly vibrant example of the flower faery type. Vervain has always been a plant with mystical connotations. Ruled by Venus, the plant was placed on Roman altars, used at weddings, carried by Roman soldiers for protection and by messengers to signal peace. In Christian legendry, vervain was said to grow at the foot of the cross. The Druids used it in their lustral water for divination purposes. In Medieval times, it was worn around the head to ward off headaches, poisonous bites, the plague, and even witches, “hindering witches of their will.” Vervain has always been associated with the healing arts and has been used to treat migraines, insomnia, nervous exhaustion, among other complaints. This true faery plant also has diuretic and hypnotic properties.

The Vervain Faery can be called upon for healing, protection, and her general soothing ways.
— Good Faeries Bad Faeries, by Brian Froud.




[Artwork: The Vervain Faery, by Brian Froud.]

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