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Fae vs. Fairy

Alright guys, let’s talk fae (the Celtic version).

There’s a terribly common misconception of what fae/fairy (and pixies) really means. On screen and sometimes even in books fairies are mistakenly shown to be those little winged creatures described as mischievous if not evil. That’s false. Those are actually pixies. The actual Fae (faerie, later fairy) are the mysterious nature spirits possessing magical powers, who look human-like but can also temporarily take up various smaller sizes upon choice.

But where do the Fae start? From the myths and folklore of the ancient Celts. The gods and goddesses of the Celts were many in number, and many unknown, but they were regarded with reverence, as having power and purpose, with various functions in the natural world. These gods were the Tuatha de Dannan, the people of Danu.

But with the arrival of Christianity, this changed, like most Celtic (and other non-Celtic) concepts. They were altered in meaning. Gods and deities of the old pagan ways were demoted to “fairy folk”, to heroes and remorseful warriors that change their faith, to lessen their power. Their pedestal of godhood and aura of mystery was strategically erased. They became enchanters, sorcerers, which obviously had evil connotations in Christian perception. In Daemonologie, King James associated fairies with demonic entities. Eventually even this imagery of the magical enchanters was further demoted to what is now most commonly known as that of the pixies: in other words, something small, harmless, powerless, a troublesome spirit that nobody cares to bother with anymore.

So in this sense, fae/faerie/faery refers to the ancient idea of what they stood for, the original one (gods, Tuatha de Dannan, powerful magical spirits); whereas fairy is the more modern one mistaken for pixies (small, harmless, mischievous).

1. Freddy swoops in at the monster with his hang glider.

Freddy pulls out a massive net from behind his back, which was presumably held there via pixie magic and the wishes of unicorns.

Monster, unsurprisingly, just engulfs it in flames.

Freddy stares at this for several seconds, in silence, with absolutely no reaction.

2. Monster spits fireball at Freddy.

Monster hits hang glider, hang glider is now on fire mere feet from Freddy.

Freddy stares at this for several seconds, in silence, with absolutely no reaction.

3. Daphne sees hang glider on fire.

Daphne puts out said fire by kicking up water.

Freddy is no longer in extreme imminent danger.

Freddy stares at this for several seconds, in silence, with absolutely no reaction.

🍃🌿 Small Acts to Acknowledge Earth Faeries 🌱🌿

Originally posted by croccola

Ideas for experiencing the magic of gnomes in your life

  • pick up rubbish you find in nature
  • practice grounding techniques 
  • support your local beekeepers
  • visit a farmer’s market
  • make small rings of stones outside for the earth faeries
  • spend time getting to know different plants’ personalities
  • commit to building strong friendships
  • treat your houseplants to a little extra fertiliser
  • take care of your health first before attempting to heal others
  • try walking barefoot outdoors
  • learn to identify your local fauna and flora 
  • leave out seeds for the birds and squirrels
  • go herb foraging seasonally
  • start a collection of interesting leaves/rocks/pinecones/eggshells you find
  • try growing your own vegetables
  • make your own natural cleaners
  • wear stones and crystals as jewellery
  • learn up about ways you can help the environment 
  • drink black tea or coffee
  • press leaves and flowers in a book
  • learn how to make simple herbal remedies
  • try to keep your goals realistic
  • make sure to stay hydrated and take time to eat
  • take a break from trying to solve a problem that’s stressing you
  • read a book under a tree
  • set time to exercise (hiking, dancing, running)
  • straighten your back, stop and stretch 
  • make your own ink from pokeberries
  • wash out and reuse any food jars you buy
  • any health and self care magic
  • make herb sachets or bundles to hang in your home for protection
  • visit a favourite spot in nature at different times of the day 
  • give your plants a boost with solar or lunar infused water
  • write growth sigils on paper and mix them into the soil of your plants
  • dance round a tree together with a friend
  • draw protection sigils on pebbles and place them in your garden
  • let a portion of your garden/yard grow wild
  • keep a small flower pot of earth near your bed (you can add sigils or crystals)

@heatherwitch thanks again for letting me use your idea!!

Faeries in Films

Fairytale: A True Story (1997)

Set in Yorkshire, Fairytale retells the story of the famous Cottingly Fairies, and of the two cousins who discovered them. Elsie and Frances were a big deal back in 1920: their photographs of fairies sparked the interest of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who had them published in The Strand Magazine, making them kinda famous. A very heartfelt and magical movie. Chance of seeing real fairies 10/10.

Strange Magic (2015)

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Originally posted by pegaslick

Love sword-fighting fairy princesses? Look no further because Marianne’s your girl. Seriously, the coolest character I know. Anyway, she’s a badass who fights the Goblin King (see above, his name’s Bog) to save her sister Dawn, and there’s a lot of singing and love potions and beating up douchebags and just generally Marianne having to deal with all the shit that goes down in her kingdom…. It’s so awesome. Based off Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Magical Legend of The Leprechauns (1999)

It’s a Romeo-and-Juliet inspired film between a fairy princess and a leprechaun. If you can excuse the poor quality and the weird side-plot about their human neighbours, you’ll find that Mickey’s gang is hilarious, the love story kind of cute, and the soundtrack very faerie-esque. There’s one scene where they just make a bunch of Irish dancers and just… dance? And the Leprechaun boys go to the fairy ball disguised as Leprechauns? This fucking film, man.

Peter Pan (2003)

Originally posted by your-biggest-pretend

This boy is so fae it’s unreal. As well as having a beautiful scene in which Peter and Wendy watch the Faerie Prince and Princess dance, it’s also one of my favourite Peter Pan adaptations. Amazing visuals, soundtrack, cast, and its Tinkerbell is hilariously wonderful.

Part 2 (x)

And as the season come and go,
Here’s something you might like to know…
There are fairies everywhere under bushes,
In the air, playing games just like you play,
Singing through their busy day.
So listen, touch, and look around –
In the air and on the ground.
And if you watch all nature’s things,
You might just see a fairy’s wing.