anonymous said:

Fun mythology "fact:" Some myths say that faeries have a life span of a 1000 years and that they don't reach puberty until around age 140. So Maleficent, technically, isn't as old as Aurora. She is actually younger.

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I’m going to respond very in-depth to your submission here, but to those reading please take note: I am in no way discrediting other headcanons for this genre of writing (Fantasy, Fairy, etc.) nor am I discrediting the creative paths taken by many fiction writers who have parleyed into the world of Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent (SB!Verse and Moors!Verse.)

Now, on to you your submission: You posit two very different things, of which I’ll discuss one at a time in reference to Maleficent as a character, and her species because you’ve very clearly included both she and Aurora in your statement.  First, the life span of a Faerie, and subsequent puberty:

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Gardening with the Faeries

  Wherever you find flowers, trees, grass, animals, or water.. faeries are nearby. Nature is the faeries’ domain, home, and temple. They’re especially fond of lush vegetarian, grown without pesticides or much pruning. So it makes sense that the faeries would help our lawns flourish. All we have to do is invite the faeries to help our gardens grow.

Creating a faery garden:
You can attract more faeries into your yard by creating a “faery garden.” This basically means adding what the faeries like to your yard. The faeries will help your garden become a lush, gorgeous sanctuary and a peaceful oasis. Here are some of the elements of a faery garden:

  • Flowers. Faeries adore flowers. They also tend to them, ensuring that you’ll always have a colorful yard. The faeries love bell-shaped flowers such as blue-bells, fritillary, foxglove, and lilly of the valley, as they provide wonderful shelter for them. Legends also say that faeries use primrose and cowslip flowers to cross between the physical and nonphysical dimensions.


  • Chemical-free flora. Faeries are allergic to chemicals, so avoid any pesticides or other sprays that would cause your faeries to scramble to find a new place to live. Most health-food stores sell natural alternatives to pesticides, made from gentle ingredients such as orange peels and herbs. Ask the faeries to help with pest control instead of using chemicals.


  • A natural environment. Faeries also prefer gardens that are as natural as possible, so keep pruning to a minimum. Tightly manicured gardens and lawns have fewer faeries in residence compared to lush gardens and lawns. Be sure to warn the faeries before walking on grass, and give them an ample heads-up before mowing the lawn.


  • Feathered and furry friends. The faeries love to share their garden with birds, butterflies, and squirrels. The faeries will amply reward you for keeping a bird feeder in your yard, especially one for hummingbirds (avoid artificial coloring or other harmful chemicals in the liquid). If burrowing animals (such as groundhogs) become a nuisance, ask the faeries to help. You can attract butterflies by planting asters, buddleia, marigolds, lilacs, lavender, and rosemary.


  • Crystals. Faeries love sparkling crystals, so hand some monofilament (fishing) line) in your trees, and place crystals throughout the yard. Crystals come from the same elemental kingdom as the faeries. Along the same lines, small white lights strung through your trees are a favorite among the faeries.


  • Faery furniture and circles. You might place tiny faery furniture made from wrapped willow wood or borrowed from old dollhouses in the yard. A circle of freshly picked flowers or smooth stones creates a “faery circle,” which is a gathering spot where faeries enter other dimensions together.


  • Music. You can also place outdoor stereo speakers in the yard (some are built to look like small boulders and rocks). Play gentle music for the plants, flowers, birds, butterflies, and faery inhabitants to enjoy. Just don’t play any harsh music in your yard or you may experience a mass exodus of your garden’s residents. Don’t be surprised to hear music playing your yard, especially late at night. The faeries hold parties almost every evening, during which they fiddle, sing, and create fun and dancable music.


  • Statues. Faeries also appreciate you placing statues of them in your yard.
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