“Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent, Where Faerie folk may rest and sleep until their night is spent. The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light, The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Good Night.”
Dried thyme sprinkled on doorsteps and windowsills will invite in faeries
Wearing thyme may enable you to see faeries
Seven grains of wheat laid on a four leaf clover may enable you to see faeries
Where oak, ash and thorn grow, faeries can be easily seen
Lilac flowers will draw sprites, and repel those that are ill-willed
Eating a primrose flower is said to give you faerie sight
Collecting 5 primroses and tapping them on a faerie rock may open a portal to fairyland
Place primroses on your door to receive a faerie blessing
Carrying a sprig of lavender may help you see faeries
Fresh flowers bring faeries. Keep house plants in your living space to invite in the faeries of those flowers.
Faeries are attracted to those with childlike hearts and minds
Carry with you a sprig of any flower or herb who’s faerie you wish to be close to
Place the sprig under your pillow to receive a dream from that faery
Bringing an acorn into your house will strengthen your connection to the faerie realm
Meditating on the appearance of the marigold flower may enhance your faerie sight
Grow a garden with flowers associated with the fae
Add faerie or gnome statutes to your garden; they find this amusing
Have a specific space in your home (a shelf, windowsill, table, etc) for the faeries to “live in”, and a spot to leave gifts for them (mine is in the garden)
Let a portion of your garden grow wild
Wind chimes hung in a window attract sprites
Faeries love music and dancing. Dance in nature with them, or sing / play a song for them
Create art for them, and draw the faeries you meet.
An often used method of seeing faeries is letting your eyes go out of focus and pay attention to the corners of your vision.
Crushed clover rubbed on eyelids may give one faerie sight
Give back to the earth, for what you take. Pick up trash you find in nature, try to use less plastics, don’t waste food, compost your fruits/vegatables/herbs for rich soil.
The best times to see faeries are dawn, dusk and midnight (the in-between times)
Hang glass, crystals, and beads in your window for the sun to shine through; faeries like glittery & sparkly things.
Wearing a crown of elder twigs on may eve will enable you to see faeries
Go out and just sit in nature, simply enjoying it. You can also practice sensing sprites
While it is dangerous to enter a faerie ring, running around it exactly nine times clockwise under a full moon will allow you to see and hear the faeries dancing inside it (note though, the faeries may take offense if this done on Beltane or Samhain)
Heather is said to open portals to fairyland
Looking through a stone with a natural hole, a hagstone, is said to allow one faerie sight
Add a sigil on your door or window meaning “good faeries welcome”
Leave out a small saucer of milk for any household faeries
Try sitting in your garden in the early morning, late afternoon, evening, night
Look up artists who specialise in faeries and observe their different interpretations of the fae (Brian Froud, Amy Brown, Sulamith Wülfing, Cicely Mary Baker, Howard David Johnson, Nadia Strelkina, etc)
Read real life accounts of people’s encounters with faeries
Read traditional fairie lore
Believe. Faeries most likely won’t interact or make themselves known to closed minds
Now firstly, faeries is a very general term. If you take a look at Faeries by Brian Froud or An Encyclopedia of Fairies by Katharine Brigg you will see there are hundreds of kinds of fairies.
But for simplicity’s sake lets divide them up into major types. I am using a mix of terminologies here that I believe explain things in the most simple manner.
Shining ones/Aos Sidhe: These are a divine race and/or semi-divine race of people that once ruled the British Isles, but later went underground and in the hills in a pact with the ancestors of the current residents to share the land. These fairies are usually huge and have bodies of light. Lugh, Angus, and Brigid are good examples. These are not particularly dangerous if you keep the pact with them.
Seelie fairies/Trooping fairies: These are the figures of lore seen dancing, holding feasts, and marching at the quarters as the seasons change. These creatures seem to have laws and rules in their courts. They have queens and kings and such. They sometimes kidnap beautiful and/or especially talented young people. These creatures are usually made of a kind of oily airy substance and they feed off of the spirit of foods and crops causing them to be no good for people to eat. They are usually similar to humans in build, but a little bit smaller or thinner—though most can shape change to be smaller or bigger, prettier or uglier as the case may be. They are somewhat dangerous, but sometimes can be tricked due to a moral and honor system of their own.
Unseelie fairies/The Host: These are restless undead. Perhaps fallen angels that didn’t take sides in the battle between heaven and hell. Suicides or other people who aren’t bad enough to go to hell and not good enough to get to heaven who haunt the land for whatever reason and are usually fairly solitary and are not particularly good-natured. These creatures tend to also be made of the thin oily airy substances and are also usually similar in size to regular creatures, but usually are grayer, more gaunt, and strange. They live in odd wild places like bogs and graveyards. They are very dangerous.
Primordials: This term is one that isn’t particularly celtic, but I find it describes a group of Titan like figures that are absolutely giant, the shaped the landscape itself. The Callieach is such a figure. As is Mananaan MacLear. Puck is also like this, he predates the elves and fairies and is the land of the British Isles itself. Also included in this classification (for simplicity’s sake) are the Fomorians, a race of monstrous creatures that live in the sea. They are known for being inhospitable and are often combative. These are no more dangerous than the tooth and claw of nature itself. They foretell deaths, they are the fates of nature, but don’t play a particular role in the lives of mortals unless there is a special relationship made.
Of these various types the Seelie and Unseelie fairies are the ones that are most likely to be susceptible to iron. As they are often very airy and oily the heavy dark metal of iron is too much for them to lift or cross. I have read dozens of reasons by thinkers about why fairies can’t abide iron, and I have yet to see any such reason match the fairy tales and folklore itself. Often mythologists and historians see legends as being proto-science as having to explain something—therefore to them fairies aren’t real but they explain some sort of natural physics or biology or historical migration. I figure, certain kinds of fairies actually just can’t abide iron. I can’t handle radium, plutonium, nor nickel, and copper makes my skin turn green. So I think, they just can’t—no special reason, its just how they are it likely reacts with what their bodies are made of poorly. Whereas some of the creatures called fairies are known to be fine with iron, like the primordials and shining ones.
yesterday i met a fae spirit who goes by the name adri (not her real name!). she specializes in studies and helping others understand a concept while learning, especially academic subjects. she was apparently attracted by my “i will study consistently and retain my newfound knowledge” sigil that i placed on my window! she was also drawn in by the many books i have and wanted to read some of them
i asked her what she specializes in, which is a very broad selection including but not limited to languages, philosophy, history, sociology, etc. though her words were, i quote, “a jack of all trades and a master of some!” numbers don’t seem to be her forte because i asked her about it and she referred me to her friend instead. (”i can do it, though i’d rather not because it’s not quite as interesting to me and i’ve never spent a lot of time with number-based subjects. but i have a friend who can help you with that!”)
her friend, also a fae, suddenly appeared! apparently they can summon each other bahaha cause rei (which is the nickname i gave him with his consent) complained to adri, “i told you to not summon me out of the blue!”
rei is a mathematical/number specialist when it comes to learning. engineering, physics, etc, he’s apparently the guy to go to. they make a great duo! (after rei left yesterday, adri who was still around said, “he’s not usually that cool. he only tries to look cool when meeting someone new, but when you get to know him he’s very cute and easily flustered!”)
i asked them what they’d like me to give in exchange for their help, and they seem to really like sweet desserts + milk. adri was pretty thrilled when i gave her sweet soy milk that day. and rei likes mild mints!
i guess from now on i’ll be in their care when i study….. cause whenever they’re around i feel more motivated ;_;
I love, love collecting pretty much any books that mention faeries. Here’s some different titles I’ve checked out before if you’re looking for any ideas of what you might like to read yourself!
The Fairy Bible by Teresa Moorey: My absolute favourite book for faerie information. Advice for interacting with different faeries, folklore and traditional tales, multiple faerie spells, lots of relevant info. Writing is thorough without getting too lengthy.
The Faerie Book by Samantha Gray: General information about faeries. If you’ve read a lot about fae before, this won’t be as useful, but if you’re just getting started it’s a nice overview about different types of faeries and some lore.
A Complete Guide to Faeries and Magical Beings by Cassandra Eason: Lots of detailed folklore and history. If you want an in-depth guide, this is a good place to start. Each chapter also ends with an activity/meditation you can use for drawing closer to the fae.
The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Baker: Even though CMB states she never saw faeries and the images are imagined, the art and poems are still pretty, and if you want to draw close to flower faeries this book could help you appreciate them and their flowers.
Fairies 101 by Doreen Virtue: Not much info, but many personal stories of different people’s interactions/sightings with faeries, which are positive to read.
Fairies: A Spotter’s Handbook by Alison Maloney: This I picked up in the children’s section but it surprisingly has correct info about different faeries and the things they like. Plus cute little faerie spells you can do!
Good Faeries / Bad Faeries by Brian Froud: Not your Cicely Mary Baker faeries, a book of art that’s more in the traditional view of fae. Contains stories from the author’s personal experience with faeries.
13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison: A YA book based on traditional faery lore. The faeries in it are of the dangerous, tricky kind, and you can feel the atmosphere of them lurking in a dusty mansion, surrounded by overgrown gardens. Story uses/mentions various ways of dealing with faeries.
Faery Dance by Amy Brown: Any Amy Brown art book is good, IMO! Lovely paintings and cute poem about a girl recalling meeting faeries in her childhood.
Faery Magick by Sirona Knight + Faery Folk by Edain McCoy: I was only able to read a few chapters of these (online), but they seemed to be good sources of information on attracting and warding against faeries, plus general lore.
Have any book recommendations? Please let me know! 😃💕
One thing that I tend not to go into depth about on Tumblr is my huge love of the works of Jim Henson and in particular his collaborations with the insanely talented Brian Froud.
I have a small but respectable collection of Froud`s work and have poured through the pages on numerous occasions. Studying every image and always managing to find something I had never noticed before.
It`s a shame that Jim Henson died so young and never again had the opportunity to collaborate again with Brian Froud. The two times they did work together the results were magical.
I like to explore ethics and the nature of good and evil. I love “origin of evil” stories, and retellings from the villain’s perspective. When I watch movies/read books, I generally empathize with the villain.
I watch horror movies and cheer for the monster. Which, makes sense because I’m one of the creatures humans like to cast as the monster. I’m a proper faerie tale villain.
So, I’m gonna go down a list of well known Disney villains, and justify their actions.
So we start out of the gate with a tough one. Not because her actions are difficult to justify, but because we know nothing about Queen Grimhilde. The story starts in the middle.
Where did she come from? How did she come to be Snow White’s step mother? Is vanity really the only reason she hates Snow White? I doubt it.
She’s a two dimensional character who must have a story, and we have no right to judge her until we know what it is.
Besides, Snow was kind of insufferable. This is a movie with eleven characters. Only two are women. One is a perennial victim with no agency over her own situation, and the other is painted as the villain. There’s something fishy here.
Okay so Lady Tremaine was awful (and she dies in the original faerie tale) but the step sisters are just as much victims as Cinderella herself. Their mother was abusive to all three of them. She was just worse to Cinderella. That’s often the case with abusive parents. They are emotionally abusive and neglectful to all their children, but they pick one to be their preferred target.
The step sisters became awful out of self defense. In some other versions of the tale, one or both of them actually apologize to Cinderella, and mean it. It doesn’t get them out of well deserved punishment for being terrible to her, but it redeems them a little.
Alice in Wonderland:
The Queen of Hearts has some kind of undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. It’s illuminated in the book that the King quietly pardons people behind her back, they show back up at court the next day, and she doesn’t even notice, because she’s delusional and they’re doing their best to cope with it. As the Cheshire Cat said, everyone’s mad here. There are no therapists to take her to.
This one has some deep symbolism, and it’s kinda cool. Captain Hook represents old age and inevitable mortality. That’s what everyone’s afraid of, but it’s not something to be feared, it’s just part of the process. Peter’s refusal to grow up, and influencing others to follow in his footsteps, was holding them back from their potential. The protagonists went home because they realized it was actually a pretty toxic environment.
An alternate fan interpretation (which was not the intention of the original author) is that the Lost Boys are dead, and Peter is a spirit keeping them from moving on, and Hook is Death itself. Wendy and her brothers had a near death experience and went to Neverland.
Ah, here’s my favorite Disney villain. This one requires some knowledge of politics. It wasn’t just a party. This was 14th century Europe. I think the tale is French, specifically. The Christening of a royal child was a major political event. It Mattered who was and was not invited.
If you had two neighbors, and they weren’t on the best of terms, and you invited one but not the other, you were picking sides in a potential war.
Which is what King Stephan did. He sided with the Seelie court over the Unseelie. The “good faeries” weren’t actually good. They were Seelie. Which means they look pretty, but they’re just as dangerous and just as unpredictable.
This was a slight that would have risked war if he’d done it to a human. Faeries take those things far more seriously, and he knew that. He should have known that failing to invite her was going to lead to trouble.
Maleficent even gave him an opportunity to apologize. She was prepared to pretend she thought it was a mistake and allow him to save face. He threw it back at her and insulted her. And she cursed the kid when she could have cursed them all and destroyed the entire kingdom, and by fae standards would have been totally justified.
Stephan was a moron. If he’d invited her, or even just apologized and moved on, the faeries would have given the most awesome gifts they could in an attempt to one up each other, as opposed to the party favors Aurora wound up with.
I find Maleficent very relatable. Fae witch with a corvid companion who has fun with curses, references infernal contacts, and is secretly a dragon. I like.
The Sword In The Stone:
Madam Mim was just playing a little game. Merlin was an insufferable pompous jerk to her. Clearly they have a history of him being that way. It’s no wonder she wanted to break his toys. The Little Mermaid:
This one’s actually really really easy.
So, the bit about how Ursula has her little garden… She casts spells for people. Magic has a price, which someone has to pay. She has to give something up to work her magic for people, and they sign a contract about payment. It’s not her fault if they fail to fulfill their end and complete the contract. They are responsible for the consequences of their decisions, and blaming her is a cop out.
As for her specific arrangement with Ariel, which required Ariel to find something (true love’s kiss) to seal the spell and bind her to the human world, Ursula was totally justified. Her plan from the first moment was for Ariel to fail, and then trade her for her father.
She had good reason. She’s Triton’s sister. That’s canon, it’s in a scene they cut for time. She’s the rightful queen and he stole the throne. Of course she’s bitter.
Jafar spent his entire life serving an incompetent boob who’s running the state into the ground. He went a little nuts, and went a little over the top, but if you think about it, he never actually hurt anyone but the abusive royal family and an apparent kidnapper turned imposter prince.
The Lion King:
There’s canon somewhere that Scar got the scar when he saved Mufasa from a wildebeest stampede when they were kids. He could have let Mufasa die then and he would have been king, but he was maimed in a selfless act, and they named him after the mark he got for his troubles. Mufasa was an arrogant jerk. Having saved the king’s life, Scar was relegated to a little alcove off by himself on the edge of the pride. No wonder he wound up bitter.
Also, The Lion King is Hamlet with animals and he can’t help that Shakespeare wrote him as a villain.
Ugh. They butchered my pantheon, and Hades is the only one who isn’t totally absurd.
STOP MAKING HAIDES THE BAD GUY!
Within the narrative of the story, the background is Zeus tricked and/or forced Hades into the Underworld while the other gods got to party it up on Olympus.
The fact that there’s no actual mythology for this and Haides isn’t unhappy with his kingdom not withstanding, the movie character has every right to be pissed.
There are a lot more of these I could do, but these are some of my favorite highlights, so I’ll leave it at that. Hope you enjoy, and I’d love to hear additions or counter arguments anyone wants to make.
My piece for @caffeinewitchcraft‘s Caffeine Challenge #21! It’s been awhile since I’ve done any writing, so this is a bit rusty, but I thought it would at least be a fun exercise for a Sunday morning. I used prompt #4. Hope you enjoy!
🌿🐚💫 sacred area ~ can’t wait to leave my Crystal babies to soak up this Strawberry full moon 💖✨ it’s turning into summer, the nights get warmer and the suns out longer ~ it’s finally my favourite time of year 🌿🌸