Faery Folk

Travelers — particularly those who venture out after sunset on unfamiliar pathways — beware of the will o’ the wisps. It is said — though by whom is a bit of a mystery — that on certain days for certain travelers in certain parts of the world, little lights dance on the horizon, whispering tempting invitations… pledging the answers to lifelong questions, the realisation of dreams, a key to secret treasures — a change of fate.

Charmed and curious, unsuspecting travelers follow the floating lights, mesmerized by their whispers, their promises. Yet no matter how long or how fervently they follow, they never quite touch the beautiful beacons whose flickering lights eventually fade and disappear… leaving the inquisitors, the dreamers and the treasure seekers lost… and alone.




[Artwork: Will o’ The Wisps, by Emerald-Depths.]

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Nephilim Week [TMI] Day 7: Favourite Species

Faeries, also known as the Fair Folk or fey, are an extremely cunning immortal race of Downworlders. They have both angelic and demonic blood, attributing to both their beauty and their malevolence. 

Fae Offerings

Food:

Milk, Tea, Cream, Cheese, Butter, Bread Crumbs, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Fruit Variations, Honey, Juices, Baked Goods, Cakes, Spring Water, Sugar

Herbs:

Rosemary, Rose, Spice Variations, Lavender, Vanilla, Barely, Ginger, Jasmine, Almond, Thyme, Bluebell, Pansy, Clover, Heather, Lilac, Mistletoe, Peony, Milkweed, Poppy

Crystals:

Amethyst, Quartz, Citrine, Rose Quartz, Peacock Ore, Rainbow Moonstone, Garnet, Opal

Trees:

Apple, Oak, Hawthorn, Elder, Ash, Willow, Rowan, Alder

Other:

Gems, Gold, Silver, jewelry, shiny objects, flute music, floral, garden, oils, candles, incense, bubbles.

Listen to the tales the Dark Forest tells. The wind blows through the boughs. Is that a sigh… or a shriek… or just a snicker?

Dangerous places, woods: here spirits roam untamed, ready to snare the unwary. Here ancient gods walk. Here eerie elves live, and wizened witches, giants both clever and clumsy, and magical creatures beyond our imagining. Here in these woods, the Brothers Grimm gathered their tales. Opening their pages, we are given names: Little Red Riding Hood, Hans, Rapunzel, or Gretel. By facing the unthinkable — in the guise of predatory wolves or cruel stepmothers or cannibal witches or creatures made of the darkest shadow — lessons are learned.

As we wander these woods, by foot or in story, beings strange and beautiful talk to us from amongst the leaves. Faerytales, faerie places, and faerie paintings provide us with thresholds, past which we can explore transformational landscapes.
— World of Faerie, by Brian Froud.




[Artwork: Into The Woods, by Brian Froud.]

Pixies (also Piskies and Pigsies as they are sometimes known in Cornwall) are mythical creatures of folklore, considered to be particularly concentrated in the areas around Devon and Cornwall, suggesting some Celtic origin for the belief and name. In regional dialect, these mischievous little folk are sometimes referred to as piskies/piskeys or the little people. They are usually depicted with pointed ears, and often wearing a green outfit and pointed hat. Sometimes their eyes are described as being pointed upwards at the temple ends.

Pixies are winged human-like creatures often associated with England and Scotland. Pixies are variously described in folklore and fiction. In the legends associated with Dartmoor, Pixies are said to disguise themselves as a bundle of rags to lure children into their play. The pixies of Dartmoor are fond of music and dancing. These Pixies are said to be helpful to normal humans, sometimes helping needy widows and others with housework. They are often ill clothed. Lack of fashion sense has been taken by Rachael de Vienne, a fantasy writer, to mean that Pixies generally go unclothed, though they are sensitive to human need for covering.

In Devonshire Pixies are said to be “invisibly small, and harmless or friendly to man.” Yet in some of the legends and historical accounts they are presented as having near human stature. For instance, a member of the Elford family in Tavistock, England, successfully hid from Cromwell’s troops in a Pixie house. A location in Devonshire associated with Pixies was the inspiration for Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem Song of the Pixies.

Some Pixies are said to steal children or to lead travelers astray. This seems to be a cross over from Fairy mythology and not originally attached to Pixies. Thomas Keightley observed that much of Fairy myth is attached to Pixies by Devonshire mythology. Pixies are said to reward consideration and punish neglect on the part of larger humans. Keightley gives examples. By their presence they bring blessings to those who are fond of them.
Pixies are drawn to horses, riding them for pleasure and making tangled ringlets in the manes of those horses they ride. They are “great explorers familiar with the caves of the ocean, the hidden sources of the streams and the recesses of the land.”

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“For all the hillside was haunted

By the faery folk come again

And down in the heart-light enchanted

Were opal-coloured men”

A couple of ivy and flower headpieces I made. Makeup from Kat von D’s “Star Studded” palette.

“Magic is a fire that destroys the fetters that bind the spirit. It is a gift to life and humanity that allows us to consciously shape our lives through direct engagement with the spirit inside life and inside ourselves.”

- Orion Foxwood
The Candle and the Crossroads: A Book of Appalachian Conjure and Southern Root-Work
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Image Credit: Dennis Calvert @ Flickr