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Abarta: His name
means Performer of Feats. He was a member of the Irish Tuatha dé
Abhean: He was the Harper of the Tuatha dé
Adhene: These are the fairies of the Isle of Man of the
United Kingdom. It means themselves in Manx Gaelic. They were easily offended
when called by the wrong name or by invoking them. They were extremely malicious
when they thought themselves wronged by humans.
Aengus: A fairy
known in Irish lore who is one of the Sidh and a member of the Tuatha dé
Aeval: Among the Celts of Ireland, Aeval was the Fairy
Queen of Munster. She held a midnight court to determine if husbands were
satisfying their wives' sexual needs, or not, as the women
Aillen Mac Midhna: A fairy musician in Ireland's Tuatha
dé Danann. He is described as being dark with flaming breath, and usually
carried with him a poisonous spear. He played such beautiful music with his
magical tambourine or harp that all who heard would fall to sleep. He would play
to all gathered in the Celtic Samhain (Halloween), but annoyed when they fell
asleep, he would take his spear and blast his fiery breath. After more than
twenty years of Aillen's destruction, he was captured and died when forced to
inhale the poison from his own spear.
Aibell: An Irish 'fairy'
Ainé (Aine): She is an Irish fairy queen, a member of the
Tuatha dé Danann, and a woman of the Sidhe. There is much confusion as to who
exactly fathered this royal fairy. One version accounts her as being the
daughter of King Egogabal of the Tuatha dé Danann. Another states her as being
the daughter Owel of Munster, and used her magic to kill the King of Munster,
who had raped her. Legend tells that Gerald, the earl of Desmond, saw her
brushing her hair by the banks of Lough Gur and instantly fell in love with her.
He persuaded her to marry him after stealing her magical cloak, with the
stipulation that Gerald never show surprise. They had a child named Gerald
Fitzgerald, the fourth earl of Desmond, whose antics surprised his father,
therefore breaking the promise. Ainé and her son were reclaimed by the Lough's
waters and returned to their fairy world. Ainé's son is said to have a castle
beneath the waters of the Lough, and emerges to our world on a white horse every
Ainsel: A child fairy in English (Northumberland)
lore. She appeared to a young boy who refused to go to bed when his mother
requested, preferring to stay by the fire. His mother warned that the fairies
would come to him if he stayed up too long, and proceeded to go to bed herself.
Just then, a fairy child flew down the chimney. When the boy asked for her name,
her response was Ainsel, which means Ownself. Upon the fay child requesting his
name, the boy teasingly answers as My Ainsel. Just then, he stoked the dying
fire, inadvertently sending the embers flying at Ainsel. Upon her screams of
pain, a voice, coming down the chimney, inquired as to who had hurt her. Scared,
and remembering his mother's words, the child ran to bed just as the fairy
mother appeared. The mother dragged her child back up the chimney in disgust
after her daughter replied that My Ainsel, or My Ownself, had done
Alfheim: in Scandinavian mythology, a celestial city inhabited
by the elves and fairies.
Alp Luachra: An evil Irish fairy. They
are completely invisible except when a person falls asleep by the side of a
stream. The Alp Luachra takes the form of a newt and crawl down said person's
mouth and feed off the food they eat. Greedy as they are, the person devours
astonishing amounts of food, yet become more and more emaciated. In Beside the
Fire by Douglas Hyde, he accounts of a person who got rid of the Alp Luachra are
eating large amounts of salted meat without drinking anything. He then went back
to the stream and fell asleep with his mouth open, in which the Alp Luachra
jumped into the water in thirsty desperation.
Otteermaaner): This fairy's origin is Netherlands. Besides that, there are
no other known origins for this kind of watery fairy. Their main element is
water, obviously and they do use this element in their daily life. These fairies
trap themselves in little bubbles and use this pocket of air to fly since they
do not have wings. Their bodies are so light that they are almost invisible.
Sometimes these fairies will show themselves wearing the hides of otters. There
malice to mankind is pretty much limited to those who would destroy and
desecrate the sacred land around them, their home, plants, etc. These fairies
are most active at night. According to stories, Alvens are creatures of the
moon. They dance and play under the moonlight and they are water fairies that
live in ponds, lakes and rivers. But the River Elbe is supposedly the most
sacred place to them and so that is their principal home. These fairies cherish
night blooming plants and so they will protect them if a human tries to pick
them or harm them. The only enemies of these fairies are fish and so these
fairies try to avoid them.
Amadán (Stroke Lad, Amadán Mór, Amadán na
bruidne): An Irish fairy that is known as the fool of the Sidhe. He is a
vicious fairy that is said to live in a castle called Bruidean. He chooses his
human pawns randomly, punishing them with his touch. His victims suffer through
a lifetime of ridicule and shun because of their disfigurements of face, limb,
or body. People are more likely to encounter him in the month of June than in
any other month.
Ana: In Gypsy folklore, she is the Queen of the
Fairies. She is utterly beautiful, pure of heart. She lived in an enchanted
mountain castle. Unfortunately, she one day met with the king of the demons, and
from then on, her children were born as demons as well.
(Angus Óc, Ængus Mac Og, Angug Mac Og): In Ireland's Tuatha dé Danann, he
was the son of Dagda and Boanna and he lived in what is know known as the New
Grange mound in County Meath, Ireland. He had a magic cloak that he always wore
about him, and had the power to control time and transform himself into a swan.
One day, a swan maiden visited him in his sleep, and he fell instantly in love,
pining away for her until he found her amongst 149 other swan maidens. Because
she could only assume her human form every other year, he divulged his swan form
to spend the time with her. Anyone who heard their music would fall asleep, only
to awaken when Angus and his bride returned to his castle in New Grange
Anjanas: Las Anjanas are typical faeries of Cantabria,
there are small and nice females who sometimes appear to people like part human
and part animal (usually, it's bird or fish, but it's not always fifty-fifty).
Good willing and peaceful, they can be found in woods, near small streams and
that sort of quiet places.
Ankou: (a.k.a. Death, The Grim Reaper,
Father Time): The ankou of Brittany in France but it also originates in the lore
of Cornwall and Wales and is deeply a part of Irish mythology. This fairy gets
to be part of all the elements including the fifth element spirit. This fairy is
the personification of death and so he is male, dark and has on a black robe
pulled high above his head. According to some lore, this fairy has a black cart
drawn by four black horses in which he comes by to collect the souls of the
dead. Some say the horses appear headless. They appear at dusk, and their
footsteps make no sound on the ground as they pass. Seeing them means that
either he/she or someone they love will soon die. No one ever has seen his face,
and those who have are dead. He really doesn't have in interest in humans; he
pretty much does his job. He is most active throughout the entire year therefore
he's rather busy. In some places he's not an actual fairy, in others that's all
he is. Don't go looking for him and don't try to contact him. He so busy you
can't know where to find him anyway.
Anthropophagi: This fairy
creature originates from England, which is odd because the name Anthropophagi is
Greek. There is no known evidence of this fairy being involved with the Greek
folk beliefs. In Greek, this fairy’s name translates to “Man eating”. This is an
air fairy, meaning its main element is air.
First of all, this is not a fairy
you want to run into since he is a headless cannibal. The tiny brain he has in
the first place is said to be near his reproductive organs. His eyes are placed
on his shoulders, and his mouth is
in the center of his chest. He has no
nose, which is good because it enables him to eat human flesh without gagging.
It is said they only kill when they are hungry but still be weary of them
extremely weary. Do not try to contact them because they are unknown. No one
knows where it is at and what help they could give you if found them. But, it
would be a better idea not to go looking for them anyway. These fairies weren’t
commonly known in England until the famous playwright William Shakespeare. In
his plays Othello and Merry Wives of Windsor he made these horrible creatures
famous. This type of fairy was already a part of the lore in England but his
play made them even better known. Now, some people say these aren’t even real
fairies, but a remnant memory of a cannibalistic race that migrated from Africa
to Britain in the Dark Ages. Here is a fairy that proves not all fairy creatures
that live in fairyland are nice people.
Aoibhinn: The Queen of
the Fairies of North Munster and a woman of the Sidhe.
fairy said to live in the bell of a cowslip flower, and ride on the back of a
Asrai: A water fairy from England (Cheshire and Shropshire).
They may sometimes appear as very small humans. The Asrai are known to be
exceptionally beautiful and gentle. They only rose from their depths once every
hundred years and had to return to their homes before sunrise, else they would
waste away. Legend tells of a fisherman that caught one, and despite its cries,
was determined to bring it to land. By the time the fisherman made it to shore,
the fairies cries had faded and all that was left was a pool of water and a welt
on his hands where he had touched the Asrai to tie it up.
Maori chief who caught a lovely fairy in a net and married
Attracting Faeries to your Garden:
So you want to attract
some faery folk to your garden or home, but how? There are several ways to
attract the wee folk to your home. First you need to decide what type of faery
you hope to attract. If you hope to attract flower and garden faeries you need
to have some of their favorite plants around. Some of these are: Foxgloves Fairy
like to make their clothing from them. Ferns these make nice soft beds for the
little guys. Apple and or Oak trees Fae often inhabit these trees. The oak is
held sacred by many of them. Tulips the faery like to use the tulip bloom to put
their babies to bed. Rosemary, heartsease, forget-me-nots are some others. While
there are many others that fairy like these are some of their favorites. You can
also build a little faery house from twigs, stones, crystals or other items
found in nature. Put a crystal on the house to attract the faery to it. Place it
in your garden and soon a faery may make it home. Faery are attracted to bright
and beautiful things. Oh and very important, if you want to keep the wee folk
around keep the cat out of the garden!
Attracting Faeries to Your
How to attract a house fairy? Fairy love honey cakes, honeyed milk
or plain milk and sweet butter. Put some of the above in a bowl or plate and put
outside on a stoop or in your kitchen. Don't be dismayed should you wake in the
morning and find it still there. Though it may appear untouched, the fairy may
have taken nourishment from the food's essence. They will often leave the food
for their animal friends to enjoy. Most house fairy (elves, pixies, brownies)
are very fussy about the homes they live in. It is important to keep your home
clean and clutter free (sometimes they will lend a helping hand). They won't
stick around long if you are a foul tempered person or unpleasant to animals and
children. Most Fairies are offended by a spoken thank you. Leave them food or
trinkets as thanks. One you've offended one of the wee folk they will leave and
never return. Enjoy your small house guests. Most can be helpful and often
playful. Some are quite fond of playing pranks. A happy home is a home with
Aguane: This is a race of female spirits. They are the
spirits of the mountains and hills, and the streams and rivers. They love to
wear the color red and usually have a magic cap of red to provide invisibility.
Their associated element is Water.
Aynia: A fairy queen of Ulster
in northern Ireland.
Bazaloshtsh: A type of fairy from
eastern Germany. Her name means God's Plaint and is described as a small, long
haired woman. She will only appear to wail beneath the window of someone who is
about to die.
Banshee or Benshee: an Irish fairy attached to a
house. Common name for the Irish Bean Sidhe (see below). In Scotland the banshee
is known as caoineag (wailing woman) and, although seldom seen, she often heard
in the hills and glens, by lakes or running water.
of us are familiar with the Yeti or Abominable snowman. There is another less
well known faery creature the Barbegazi. Barbegazi are usually found in the
Swiss Alps. They hibernate during the
warmer months of the season. They come
out of their burrows once the frigid winter has returned. They are a type of
gnome. They have very large feet that enable them to move easily and quickly
thru snow and ice. They are completely covered in icicles. It was revealed that
they were quite ordinary looking gnomes
under the ice. This occurred when
several barbegazi were captured and taken from the cold mountains. Soon after
the icicles melted revealing their true looks. The captured creatures soon died.
The Barbegazi live in tunnels and caves within the mountains. Their call can be
heard echoing thru the mountains as they call to one another. They are rarely
seen and usually only before an avalanche or blizzard, which they enjoy very
much. They have been known to warn humans of avalanches. In general though they
prefer to steer clear of humans, disappearing before being
Basadone- Origin Italy: Known as the 'woman-kisser', he
rides the noonday breezes and steals kisses as he passes by. Their associated
element is Air.
Bean Nighe (Ban nighechain, nigheag na hath):
This is the Scottish version of the BeanSidhe whose name means Washer at the
Fords. They wander around deserted streams, washing out the grave clothes of
those that are about to die. They are said to be women who died during
childbirth, and are made to do this until the day when they would've normally
Beansidhe (Banshee, Ban shee, Badhbh, Badhbh Chaointe): A
Celtic Irish fairy whose name literally means Woman of the Hill. Her name
derives from bean, or woman, and Sidhe, or fairy. She looks like an old woman
with deep-set, her eyes are fiery red from the constant weeping, and wears a
cloak over a green dress. Another description places her with wild, long, red
hair and in a long white dress. Another, still, described her as a beautiful
woman, veiled, with a posture conveying great sadness. She attends the old
Celtic families. Her keening wail is heard the night before a family member is
going to die. Sometimes she takes on the form of a crow and beats her wings
against a window as she lets out her mournful cry. Many have seen her as she
goes wailing and clapping her hands. The caoine, or the Irish funeral cry, is
said to be an imitation of her own cry. When more than one beansidhe wail and
cry together, it is said to be for the death of some holy or great one. Unseen,
banshees attend the funerals of the beloved dead, and sometimes she can be heard
wailing along with the mournful cries of others. Each beansidhe attends her own
mortal family. Her wails can be heard in either America or England, wherever the
true Irish have settled. But, out of love or respect, she never forgets her
blood ties. The Scottish version of the Banshee is the Bean Nighe. Aiobhill is
the banshee of the Dalcassians of North Munster, and Cliodna is the banshee of
the MacCarthys and other families of South Munster.
There is an Irish Fae called the BeanTighe (BanTeeg). She is usually described
as a small elderly woman. She always has a smile and full dimpled cheeks. They
are always looking for a warm friendly home to guard over. The BeanTighe like
the Beansidhe or Banshee attaches her self to a home. She is a faery house
keeper. The members of the family would often wake to find unfinished chores
done. She especially worked to help the tired and overworked mother. They love
children and will make sure they are taken care of. They will adjust blankets,
sing lullabies and close drafty windows. If you want to invite one to your home
leave her a bowl of strawberries and cream. They are especially attracted to
homes with children in. Do not keep your home spotless because she must feel
needed. You are indeed blessed if the BeanTighe chooses to take up residence in
Bediadari (Bidadari): These were the fairies in the
beliefs of the Malay people of Western Malaysia. It means Good
Befana: An Italian fairy that is described as looking like
an ugly old peasant. Lore tells that when the three wise king came by their way
to visit the child Christ, she was so busy doing housework that she postponed
any offer of hospitality until they came back. Some say that she was invited to
go with the three king, but was so busy she declined. Other say that she
accepted the offer and followed shortly thereafter, but got lost trying to
follow them. Every Epiphany, having missed taking the Child Christ a gift, she
goes about, filling children's shoes with candy and toys.
A Celtic and French fairy. She is one of the three fairies that were invited to
bestow gifts upon a new child and make predictions of his/her
Ben Socia (Bensocia): This is a French euphemism for
fairy. It means Good Neighbor.
Blue Fairy: Although she is now known as tall
and blonde due to Disney's rendition of her, the Italian people only know her as
the Blue fairy. She was the fairy that helped Pinnochio become a human
The Bendith Y Mamau: ("The Mothers' Blessing") is a Welsh
Faerie. They are short and very ugly. Their limbs are misshapen and withered
looking. They usually have straggly hair that hangs in long hanks. They are ugly
creatures, and sometimes regarded as the result of interbreeding between goblins
and fairies. They dislike being around humans and other faerie folk. They are
usually bad tempered and are best left alone. The Bendith Y Mamau's children are
called Crimbils. The Bendith's like to steal other faerie or human children
because of their beauty. They than leave behind their deformed ugly baby in it's
place. Through the intervention of a witch, the parents can regain the stolen
child, who will remember nothing of its time with the Bendith Y Mamau, except
for a vague recollection of sweet music. The Bendith Y Mamau while not pleasant
to be around are not abusive to the children in fact they are treated fairly
Boanna (Bóann): Mother of Angus Og and Dagda's lover. Wanting to be
with her, Dagda sent her husband, Elcmar, on an errand that took nine months but
seemed to take only one day.
Boggart: While most house faeries
(elves, pixies, brownies, etc.) are helpful and pleasant to have around there
are those that aren't. One in particular is the Boggart. The boggart looks much
like a gnome but very dirty and messy looking. Their clothing is wrinkled and
unkempt and they are often covered in a
layer of dust. They are very
unpleasant to be around. They are malicious and bad tempered Once in your home
they can be extremely difficult to oust. Their favorite tricks to play are
dumping over cups, or jugs with milk or liquid. They love the mess it makes.
They like to torment dogs so that they bark endlessly. Cats will stay as far
away from them as possible. Boggarts are one of the few faerie not afraid of
cats. Boggarts enjoy pulling on a cat's tail or whiskers making him howl. The
boggart also like slamming doors, turning out lights, and making a mess of
electric cords. One of their favorite things to do is torment sleeping babies.
They will pinch them, pull their hair or poke them until they wake screaming. If
you find you have a boggart it will take much effort to get rid of it. Hang
bells on the doors, bang pots, make a lot of noise. Sing at the top of your
lungs in your worse voice. The point is to be even more annoying than he. Put
iron nails on window sills and hang iron horse shoes above doors. While the iron
and horse shoe may not chase out an existing one it may prevent one from showing
up. Sometimes though no matter what you do a boggart is their to stay. Some
folks have actually up and left a home to get away. It is important though to
take precautions when moving or else he may just move with you. So if your home
is plagued with more than it's share of mishaps it just may be a boggart has
taken up residence.
Bonnes Dames (Nos Bonnes Mères): In Brittany,
France, this term was interchangeable with the word fairy. It means Our Good
Brother Mike: A fairy who makes his home in Suffolk,
Brown Men: Short thin male fairies that protect the wildlife in
Cornwall, Scotland. They have copperish colored hair, long arms, and dress in
Brownie: a Scottish domestic fairy; the
servants’ friend if well treated. Brownies are brown or tawny spirits, in
opposition to fairies, which are fair or elegant ones; a legendary good natured
elf that performs helpful services at night.
Bukura e dheut: A
beautiful fairy among the ancient Albanians who is always very helpful. The
supreme god Tomor is her lover. She is sometimes connected with the underworld
and shows some demonical aspects. Her name means "the beauty of the earth". Her
sister is Bukura e detit, and her name means "the beauty of the
Bug, Bugbear or Bugaboo: any imaginary thing that frightens
a person; something that causes fear or distress out of proportion to its
Bugul Noz: In Brittany is a faery named Bugul Noz.
This poor creature is so ugly he is rejected by humans and faery alike. He lives
in the deep woodlands of Brittany, spending most of his time underground. Even
the woodland animals give him a wide berth. Bugul Noz is the last of his kind.
He is an earth based fae. He craves the company of others and is very gentle and
kind. Unfortunately his looks prevent him from finding friends. He is incredibly
deformed and hideous to behold. Some have died from the sheer shock of seeing
him. It is impossible to describe him because he is so awful looking. Not many
have taken a good look and those that have are usually left incoherent due to
shock. Even faery kind have rejected Bugul Noz. They can not bear to look upon
him either. It is hard to say if Bugul Noz is even alive anymore. He has been
hidden so long some speculate he faded away into nothingness, only to be found
in the faery realm. Should you journey to the faeryland in meditation you can
seek him out. He will not harm you and would be happy to aide you, but be
prepared. Try not looking at him directly and his looks should not be so
If you can get past his looks he will make a wonderful faery
Bukura e dheut: In Albanian folklore, she is a very powerful
fairy. Her name means Beauty of the Earth, lives in a wonderful castle, and has
magical creatures as her guards. At time she is very benevolent, but her violent
temper can make her as vindictive and destructive as a
Butterfly Faery: (Sometimes called the moss people.) They
originated in Switzerland and possibly Germany. Some are even known to have come
from the Islands and Africa. These lovely creatures have butterfly wings
attached to their bodies. They come in both female and male forms that are
slender and human like. They are very shy. Human sightings are very rare
especially as more woodland areas disappear to development. They are leery of us
and avoid us when possible. They are often mistaken for butterflies especially
the Monarch. They are experts at hiding and like to hide in mossy, dark areas.
They generally don't aid humans but if they come to trust you are good luck to
have around. Should you happen upon a butterfly faery move slowly and make no
attempt to capture them. Let them know you are a friend and mean them no harm.
Look carefully the next time butterflies visit your garden for it just may be
the shy and timid butterfly faery. To have them around is very good fortune for
Crimbils: The Bendith Y Mamau's children
are called Crimbils.
Candle Magic for Fairies:
is a good candle to burn with other candles when you need
Yellow Good for working with the air elemental fae- bringing
changes, mental creativity and developing your mind.
White- calm and
peace, spirit guidance, direction
Red Use with Fire elementals, courage,
Gold Solar fae, money and prosperity, good luck
good for binding spells.
Blue dark, ending depression, changes in your
spiritual dealings light, use when working with water faerie and elementals,
Green- good luck, good when working with earth faerie such as
leprechauns, gnomes and elves bringing balance, fertility, quick
Orange- renewing confidence, changing your luck for the better
love, healing, emotional matters
There are many other colors but these are a
few to get you started.
Depending on the desired results you can burn more
than one color. It is
important to have your candles in proper holders. When
possible let them
burn all the way down. If need be put them in a sink or
bathtub if you
are leery about leaving them out in the open. You can anoint
candles and carve in the words of what you
Callicantzaroi: These Italian fairies are small, thin,
and always nude. They are almost always completely blind and spend their time
trooping together. Pork is their favorite thing to eat, and if encountered, one
should always identify himself/herself as a friend. Their associated element is
Candelas: The Italian fairies appear as a group of tiny
twinkling lights, almost like fire flies. They can be spotted just after sunset.
Their associated element is Earth.
Cannered Noz: Cannered Noz
means Washer Woman of the Night. Though they are more often than not invisible,
they are a group of French fairies that look like elderly peasant women when
they are visible. By the banks of streams, they can be heard washing the linen
of those who will die without absolution. Local people tend to stay away when
they are heard working.
Cats: Cats have long been associated with
magic, and mystery. they have the amazing ability to see in the dark and their
hunting skills are outstanding. They patiently wait for their prey and than once
caught toy with them before killing them. Cats are associated with different
deities and of course witches. Cats are considered to have mystical and
supernatural powers by many. They often are the Witch's familiar. They may be
our pets but only because the independent feline has allowed it. A lot of
faeries don't like cats for good reasons. First cats often see what we do not.
Faery folk prefer to say out of site. With a cat in the house this is hard to
do. Once the cat knows of their presence the fae can be looked upon as prey. The
cat will stalk the poor fae were ever he goes. They aren't even safe at night
because the cat has such good eye-site. The nocturnal faery find it difficult to
do their thing when being chased by a furry feline:) A lot of faery tales
revolve around the cat. If you look deeper you can see how they relate to faery.
I recommend rereading your old brothers Grimm tales of childhood. If you must
have a cat in the home it is still possible to have faery around. It's harder to
lure them to your home but it can be done. Place a belled collar around his
neck. The faery can hear him sneaking around and can hide. When possible keep
the cat out of rooms such as the kitchen were a lot of faery like to hang out.
If you have outside/inside cats perhaps you should keep them out at night to
give the faery free roam of the house. You may even want to limit your furry
friends to barn cats (I highly recommend spaying or neutering outside or barn
cats.) If the faery don't want to come in your home due to cats than perhaps you
can lure garden faery to your home. Once again limit your cat’s access if
possible and don't forget that jeweled collar. One good thing about the cats and
faery. If you are being plagued by nasty home sprites or hobgoblin types the cat
can be instrumental in chasing them away.
Chin Chin Kobakama:
These Japanese fairies appear to be elderly but are surpassingly spry and can be
either male of female. They move into human homes and bless them as long as they
keep their abode clean and tidy.
Churnmilk Peg: A nature fairy
that hails from Yorkshire, England. She protected the hazelnuts growing from
people that might be tempted to take them before they were fully ripe. If anyone
ate the nuts before they were ready, she would give them severe stomach
Coltpixy: A mischievous fairy. A pixy, puck, or fairy.
To coltpixy is to take what belongs to the pixies, and is specially applied to
the gleaning of apples after the crop has been gathered in; these apples were
the privilege of the pixies, and to coltpixy is to deprive the pixies of their
Changeling: In fairy lore there are stories told
of changelings. These were often sick fairy children left in place when a human
infant was taken. As time goes on the baby becomes ill and becomes thinner and
thinner before dying. The grief stricken parents are left believing their child
died. Most likely the story came about to explain why some infants did not do
well and died with no reason that could be seen. Now that medicine has advanced
most of these babies have a good chance of survival. It probably made it easier
for a parent to believe that their beloved baby was taken by a fairy and a
changeling left behind. Sometimes the human child was returned if it could be
proven the child was indeed a changeling. The methods used were often more
harmful than anything. Fire was the most effective method known. It was said to
lay the child on the fire. If of Satan it would burn, if of God's pureness than
the child would be safe and not be burned. As you can imagine this was not a
very safe method for the child's sake. What of the poor child taken. Well those
that were not returned lived their life with the fairy. The fairy often used
human children to strengthen the fairy stock. While most lived happily some were
taken by evil fae and forced to live their life as a slave. So if you don't want
your baby carried off put an iron nail under the child's mattress to ward off
Cloan ny Moyrn: This term is used in the Isle of Man as a
euphemism for fairy. It means Children of Pride.
Cloud Fairies: Cloud
Fairies live and have their beings in masses in clouds; they appear as huge
beings with little substance and long human forms. The cloud fairy is the
creator of imagination and sculptor of imaginary images. It is said they create
the wonderful images out of the substance of air and water. Magical Properties
When calling to Cloud fairies it must be noted they love sunsets and sunrises in
order to create beauty. To call to them is to ask for symbols in the the form of
art and the ephemeral, and you must be very open to receive
Cliodna (Cleena, Cliona): An Irish fairy queen and goddess
of beauty. She later became a fairy queen in the area of Carraig Cliodhna in
County Cork of the Tuatha dé Danann, and a woman of the Sidhe. She lived in
Mananan's country, the Land of Youth beyond the sea. Escaping with a mortal
lover, she landed on the southern coast of Ireland, and her lover went off to
hunt in the woods. Cliodna, who remained on the beach, was lulled to sleep by
fairy music, when a great wave swept up and carried her back to Mananan, leaving
her lover desolate.
Clurichaun: (Klooreekahn) is a wine loving
House Faery. He looks very similar to the leprechaun and is solitary like him.
He sports a red cap often made of a plant. He is a cheerful fellow and almost
always drunk. He chooses a home with a wine cellar or a basement with a
reasonable amount of spirits in it. He loves wine and will guard it from
thieves. He keeps the wine from spoiling and can help it achieve a better palate
to it. As long as he is made to feel welcome and not ignored he will stay on
indefinitely. You should feel lucky to have this delightful fellow take up
residence. allow him to occasionally partake of your spirits and never yell at
him or mistreat him in anyway. Once he feels slighted the Clurichaun will cause
your wine to spoil d he will make a mess of your wine cellar or basement. If
thru your mistreatment or lack of respect your faery guest leaves he will never
return and no other will be lured to your home. So treat your wine loving friend
with lots of respect and make sure he gets plenty of attention. If you do he
will take good care of your stock and his Irish tunes will be
Corrigan: A female fairy in Brittany's lore. She is said to
have been one of the ancient druids and was especially malicious towards
Christian priests. She had a fondness for beautiful children, and was blamed for
all the changelings in the area.
Cottingley Fairy Hoax: In July
of 1917 in Cottingley, England two young girls set out with a new 'Midg' Camera
and took the most famous pictures of fairies known. Frances Griffiths and her
cousin Elise Wright caught on film what seemed to be dancing, leaping fairies
and even a gnome. Interest in the pictures was minimal until two years later.
Suddenly people were struck with fairy fever. Many people tried to debunk the
pictures but soon they were deemed the real thing. Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
believed in the girls and their pictures. He even set the girls out to take more
pictures that he used in articles based on the girl’s story. The girls continued
to claim they had in fact seen and photographed fairies. Meanwhile people were
out their trying to prove their validity or that the pictures were faked.
Finally March 18, 1983 at the age of 76, Francis admitted that the pictures were
a hoax. Soon after Elise at 83 confirmed the hoax. The fairies were actually
cutouts that Elise had drawn. Hatpins were used to hold the cutouts in place.
The girls claimed there were indeed fairies but they had to resort to the
deception to prove they were telling the truth.
Couril are fairies that can be seen darting through the ancient stone's in
Brittany and Cornwall. The appeared as little people with webbed
Credné: In Irish myth, he helped forge the weapons for the
Tuatha dé Danann. He was a worker in bronze.
Cyhyraeth: This is
the Welsh form of the Beansidhe. She will start her keening wail to foretell a
death or multiple deaths which will be caused by an epidemic or an
Dagda: One of the most powerful Fairie
of the Irish Tuatha dé Danann in Irish mythology. He was known throughout the
land for his cruelty and greed. He is celebrated for his skill in battle with
and had a magic harp that he used to bring about the four seasons. This club is
known to bring back the dead. Dagda is best known for his magic cauldron The
Undry. It was always full of exactly what ever food someone needed to satisfy
Daoine Maite: This term was used in Ireland to avoid direct
reference which can cause anger in certain fairies. It means Good People. They
are the fairies of contemporary Irish folklore.
Legend recounts that when the Milesians defeated the Tuatha dé Danann, they
followed one of their leaders, Dagda, down under these earth mounds and became
the Daoine Sidhe. They are the Trooping fairies and have their own regional
kings and queens and owe allegiance to Finvarra and Onagh.
These Persian fairies are tiny that appear as small spheres of light. They are
nature fairies, living in lakes, plants, or trees.
Dian Cecht: He
was Nuadha's brother, who fashioned him a hand made out of silver when Nuadha
lost his own. He was also the healing physician of the Tuatha dé Dannan. With
his magic, he made the water of the well Slane into healing water. The Tuatha's
warriors would bathe in the water and their wounds would be healed
Dinnshenchas (DinsheenK'has): is of Irish origin. The
dinnshenchas are faeries in service to the Goddess Aine. AIne is the goddess
that protects women wronged by men and also of cattle. These faery are dwarf
like. They appear to look male. They can shapeshift into any form necessary to
avenge and protect women. Should a women be raped or in some other manner harmed
by a man the dinnshenchas can be called to avenge her. They make great
protectors. Should a woman be afraid of an upcoming situation she can invoke
them as protectors. They also can be invoked to watch over cattle. They will
protect the livestock from animals and dangerous
Divination by Faeries: The faery are very in tune to
the otherworld and most are quite roficient at divination. In the right
instances they will aide humans with this skill. Gnomes, elves, and Drayads are
the most well known for aiding in divination. The Banshees wail heard soon
before a death could be seen as divination. While the death can't be prevented
it gives the family a chance to go to their loved one. Most use the scrying
method. Scrying is the art of looking into a pool of water, crystal ball, mirror
or other object to focus your mind and allow images or messages to come through.
If you ask a faery to aid your divination weather through, scrying, trance,
tarot etc. don't expect the answer to be clear and easy to come. The faery
usually send images or symbols that the recipient must than interpret for
himself. Be sure that if you ask aid in this matter that you not waste the gift
they gave you. You may want an answer to one thing but they will provide you
with images that they feel you need most at that time. To not be angry or
disgruntled at them for not giving you what you want. They won't be inclined to
help you again should you dismiss what they offered. The future is not set in
stone so make of it what you will. They may be offering you a chance to change a
future you may not be happy with.
Dormette (La Dormette de
Poitou): A sleep fairy in France. She assures that children will have
Dones d'aigua: Dones d'aigua (Maids of the Water)
are typical beings of Cataluña, and they appear in many myths. They live in any
place where they can find clean water (wells, springs, fountains, lakes), but
they can also be found in woods and caves. They appear as women of incredible
beauty, although half of their body can be fish or birdlike (as for many other
faeries of Spanish folklore and IndoEuropean myths). Dones d'aigua often guard
wonderful treasures. They are always good and kind to humans.
(a.k.a. Tree spirits, Tree Ladies, Druidesses, Hamadryads, Sidhe Draoi):
These fairies come from Celtic countries but are still a worldwide phenomenon.
Their element is air, contrary to what may be believed. These particular fairies
are active all year but are most active at full moons. They are tree dwelling
spirits from whom the female druids took their name. These creatures are only
referred to as female. They are playful creatures but only seen as enchanting
wisps of pure light. When a dryad does make contact you can’t be sure whether
they are there to help, play, or tease. If they help they are supposed to help
you contact divine forces or even work on your magical abilities. They play
wonderful music, as well as sing it. No one yet is known to have been harmed by
following the music but it may cause you to stay too long in the astral world.
If you want to find them go to a grove of trees, preferably with sacred trees of
the druids such as willow. Maybe oak, ash, thorn, rowan, birch, and elder trees
could find them near. The might be found in the physical plain but also, and
mostly in the astral.
Duende: A Spanish house spirit, these are
fairies from the Iberian Peninsula, Mexico, Central and South America. They
appear as middle-aged women dressed in green robes and with long icicle like
fingers. They are extremely jealous of humans and are known to take over human
houses, throwing things and moving furniture about.
diminutive being human or superhuman.
Dwerger, Dwergugh or
Duergar: GothoGerman dwarfs, dwelling in rocks and hills.
Earth Fairies: Description: Earth
fairies are universally small, standing about a foot to eighteen inches high of
a golden Brown or dark green color. They often appear as bearish beings. Earth
Fairies live in communities and sociable. These spirits are often very busy with
their private affairs, and these affairs deal with the living forces of all
beings. Earth fairies are often impatient and dart about around when dealing
with humans. Earth Fairies often love colorful stones in natural state and also
cut to show inner beauty. When they are summoned into the circle they offer the
protection of grounding and helps us find hidden beauty and they say even
Earthmen: The gnomes and fairies of the mines. They are
a solemn race, but they can laugh and dance most merrily.
fairies of diminutive size, found mainly in Teutonic and Norse folklore, the
elves were originally the spirits of the dead who brought fertility. Later they
became supernatural beings, shaped as humans, who are either very beautiful
(elves of light) or extremely ugly (dark / black elves). They were worshipped in
trees, mountains and waterfalls. The Danish elves are beautiful creatures, but
they have hollow backs. The Celtic elves are the size of humans. They were
supposed to be fond of practical jokes.
Elaby Gathan: A fairy
familiar often evoked in magical spells in England throughout the
Ellyllons: This is the name of Welsh fairies. They are very
tiny, smaller than the Tylwyth Teg, with light skin and hair. Their garments are
silken and usually white in color. They love to eat fairy butter, fungus growing
on the roots of certain plants, and toadstools. They love cleanliness and have
been known to reward those who keep their houses especially
ErrekaMari: A chieftain among the faeries, this is a
Mari siren (Erreka means creek) that lives near small streams. Her name changes
according to toponymia, and she's also known as MariArroka or
Esprit: Follet the house spirit of France. A bogle
which delights in misleading and tormenting mortals.
Fair Family/Fair Folk: Welsh
Fairy or Faerie: the word is derived from the ancient
"faunoe o fatuoe" which, in the pagan mythology, indicated the faun's (deer)
companions, creatures endowed with power of foretelling the future and ruling
the human events. The word Fairy also comes from "fatigue", which in Middle Ages
was synonymous with "wild woman", that is woman of woods, waters and, in
general, of the natural world. The belief in fairies was an almost universal
attribute of early folk culture. In ancient Greek literature the sirens in
Homer’s Odyssey are fairies, and a number of the heroes in his Iliad have fairy
lovers in the form of nymphs. The Gandharvas (celestial singers and musicians),
who figure in Sanskrit poetry, were fairies, as were the Hathors, or female
genii, of ancient Egypt, who appeared at the birth of a child and predicted the
Fairies are supernatural creatures endowed with magic
power, thanks to which they can change their appearance and make it change to
the others. They frequent caves, rocks, hills, woods and sources; they are ready
to help innocents and victims of persecution; they make up for a wrong, they
avenge an offense, but they also can be malicious and revengeful. The good ones
are called fairies, elves, ellefolks, and fays; the evil ones are urchins,
ouphes, ellmaids, and ellwomen. Alternate spellings include: Faerie, Fai,
Faierie, Faiery, Fair, Fairye, Farie, Fary, Fay, Fayerie, Fayery, Fayry, Fee,
Feiri, Fery, Fey, Feyrie, Feyrye, Phairie, Pharie, Pherie (from the Latin: Fata
"Fates"). Fairies could bestow good fortune on people, but if they felt offended
they could cast spells and cause mischievous trouble. Therefore be kind to a
vagabond, for he may be a fairy prince in disguise, who has come to test the
depth of your charity, and of the generous nature that can give liberally out of
pure love and kindliness to those who are in need, and not in hope of a
Fairy Food: When it comes to fairy food, we read stories
to discover that mallow fruits are fairy cheeses, and dogwood fruits are pixie
pears. Little cakes are another favorite fairy food, and if they are made with
saffron, they are especially cherished since saffron is highly valued by
Fairy Pastimes: The most popular pastimes of fairies are
music and dancing. At night the fairies would rise from their homes and come out
to dance away the hours of darkness. They especially love to dance in the
evening of the full moon. When the morning sun begins to rise, the fairies
Many mortals were enticed by the beauty of dancing fairies and sought
to watch them dance at night. But this was very dangerous, because if the
fairies lured and trapped a mortal, the mortal could be forced to dance all
night until they collapsed from exhaustion.
Fairy music is more melodious
than human music and there are many songs and tunes which are said to have
originated from the fairies. Many pipers and fiddlers of Europe learned their
songs from the fairies.
Bluebells: Fairies are
summoned to their midnight revels and dances by the ringing of these tiny
Primroses: Primroses are one key into fairyland. There is a German
legend about a little girl who found a doorway covered in flowers, and when she
touched it with a primrose, the door opened up, leading into an enchanted fairy
Fern: Pixie fairies are especially fond of ferns. One story tells of
a young woman who accidentally sat on a fern, and instantly a fairy man appeared
and forced her to promise to watch over his fairy son and remain in fairyland
for a year and a day.
Foxglove: The name "foxglove" came from the words
"folk's glove." Folks referred to little people, or fairies. One legend says
that fairies gave the blossoms to foxes to wear as gloves so they would not get
caught raiding the chicken coop. According to another legend, if you picked
foxglove, you would offend the fairies. And if the fairies stole your baby, the
juice of the foxglove would help to get it back. In some stories, foxglove
appears as a fairy's hat. Foxglove can sometimes heal and sometimes hurt. It is
a poisonous plant, but it is also used as medicine to treat heart
Mushrooms: Used by fairies as tables and stools.
Amanita is the red and white mushrooms very poisonous....
stalks, grass and straw: all of these were used by fairies for transportation in
the same manner as a witch uses a broom.
Saffron Crocus: The stamens from
this fall flowering crocus constitute the herb saffron. Any food prepared with
saffron is a favorite fairy food. Saffron used as a dye will turn cloth a royal
gold. Such cloth is very valuable to fairies.
Some of these are: Foxgloves
Fairy like to make their clothing from them. Ferns these make nice soft beds for
the little guys. Apple and or Oak trees Fae often inhabit these trees. The oak
is held sacred by many of them. Tulips the faery like to use the tulip bloom to
put their babies to bed. Rosemary, heartsease, forgetmenots are some others.
While their are many others that fairy like these are some of their
Faery Homes: Spring is upon us and the flowers are
blooming. Below you will find an easy faery home to make. Place it in your
garden to give your faery friends a place to reside. I like to replace the faery
home each Spring.
Making a faery house: When at all possible us all parts
from nature. You can make the house from wood or stone and as big or small as
you like. If you have access to shale, flat river stones or other flat stones,
find some in the proper scale to the house you want. Look for pebbles, acorns,
pinecones, dried grasses, leaves, sticks, twigs, etc.; anything that would look
nice in building and decorating your faery abode. You may also want a crystal; I
like to use amethyst, however, use what you like.
If you make your faery
house with wood, gather twigs, sticks, moss, etc. for floor, sides and roofing.
Wrap your sticks and twigs together with green stems or long leaves. Be sure to
leave a door opening for the faery to enter. When you have the sides of your
house done, put on your roof. I like to use twigs than place moss on top of
that. (If you used glue, give the house a day or two to set and loose its
smell, for glue can be offensive to faeries.) Do not use paint on the house!
Ideal faery houses should look so natural that they are almost hidden and a
location close to the ground is best.
After you get this done start
decorating the house with the acorns, pinecones, pebbles etc in a pleasing
manner. You can place some items inside the house if you like. I attach the
crystal above the door. You can use use floral wire wrapped around a section
and than attach it to one of the roof twigs. Sometimes I will even place a
trinket (faery love bright and shining things) in the house. Do not use Iron or
nickel as this repels faery.
When ready place the little faery home
somewhere in your garden or flowerbeds. Be sure and plant around some of the
faery favorite flowers and plants. Call out and let the faery know that this is
a place for them. I like to place some milk or honey cakes near the home, but
don't place food if your concerned about attracting animals.
Now you have a
special place for your faery friends to visit. You can put as many of these
around as you like. I usually keep two or three around.
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The Faery are known for their love of
music and dance. Their music is said to bewitch humans. To sleep above a faery
raithe (their home in the ground) it is said to leave you haunted for life by
the beautiful sound. Men are known to have gone mad fore they could not rid
their minds of the fairy tune.
It is also known that should you come upon a
fairy raid or party and you hear the music you will start dancing. You will
dance until you finally die from sheer exhaustion. On the other hand Fairy are
often lured by the sound of beautiful music. If you come upon a Leprechaun, play
music. He will dance his way to his gold. If you stop the music he will stop
dancing and disappear. While there are some fae that dislike music, the majority
love it. Many are quite good musicians. So if you hear a haunting, lilting
melody deep in the woods and your feet are urged to dance you may have been
bewitched by fairy music.
Faeries for Spells: Learn what faery are
good for different spell workings.
Protection of your home: Fu dog,
BeanTighe, elves, brownies, pixies, Kolbalds, Geancanach
Protection and healing of animals: elves, gnomes,
Leprechauns (they especially love horses), zips, brown men, brownies, Twlwwyth
Protection and healing of people: Beantighe, gnomes, elves,
heaven dogs, chili, fu dog, Dinnshenchas, brownies
Lost Objects: Knockers,
merfolk, gnomes, elves
Protection of enviornment: gnomes, elves, Merfolk,
undines, Water guardians, dryads, sylphs
Love spells: Nymphs,
Fertlity: Moerare, Beantighe, gnomes
There are countless
number of spells that fae could be useful. Make sure that when you petion them
that you honor and respect them. Stay within a sacred circle. Be sure to know
all you can about any faery you try to work with. Understand that most faery are
wary of humans and they may choose not to help if they don't feel you are
sincere. Should they choose not to help honor their decision. The faery can be
powerful allies and delightful friends.
Fairyland: the imaginary
land where fairies are supposed to dwell; a charming, enchanting place;
dreamland; a place of great delight and happiness.
evil spirit attendant on witches, etc; a spirit often embodied in an animal and
held to attend and serve or guard a person.
Fand: In Celtic myth
Fand is a faery queen, who was once married to the sea god Manannan. After he
left her she was preyed upon by three Fomorian warriors in a battle for control
of the Irish Sea. Her only hope in winning the battle was to send for the hero
Cuchulainn who would only agree to come, if she would marry him. She reluctantly
acquiesced to his wishes, though when she met him, she fell as deeply in love
with him as he was with her. Manannan knew that the relationship between the
human world and the world of the faery could not continue without in eventually
destroying the faeries. He erased the memory of one from the other by drawing
his magical mantle between the two lovers. Fand was also a minor sea goddess who
made her home both in the Otherworld and on the Islands of Man. With her sister,
Liban, she was one of the twin goddesses of health and earthly pleasures. She
was also known as "Pearl of Beauty". Some scholars believe she was a native Manx
deity who was absorbed in the Irish mythology.
Fata: an Italian
fay, or white lady.
Fates: the three spirits (Clotho, Lachsis, and
Atrpos) which preside over the destiny of every individual.
are faerie creatures of fertility, agriculture and wine. They are often mistaken
for satyrs or the god Pan. Like the satyr or Pan The Faun is part animal in
appearance. His lower body is that of a deer. He often sports short horns and
goat like ears. He has two legs and walks upright. Unlike the saty who is rather
ugly the faun is very handsome. He gas thick curly hair often golden. They play
a flute like instrument known as a shawn. This is a very beautiful sounding
instrument. Nymphs love to come and dance as the faun plays his music. Quite
often though the satyr will also be attracted by the music and attack the
nymphs. The faun are very gentle and pleasant of nature but they are afraid of
the more aggressive Satyr. They will run and hide when the satyrs come about.
Leaving the poor nymphs alone and at the mercy of them. A winegrower or farmer
is lucky to have a faun on his property. His presence will ensure a good harvest
and very sweet grapes.
Fauni: These are the guardians of forests
and fields. They are a wood spirit. When the Fauni mated with the Faunae, the
Incubi were born. Their associated element is Earth.
Fay: same as
a Fairy. Early form of the word. The word could be derived from fae, faie, fata
(plural), the Fates.
Fear Dearc (Red Man, Far Darrig, Fir Darrig, Fir
Dhearga): The Fear Dearc looks very much like a furry rat, with a short,
stocky body. As is apt for his nickname, he dresses all in red. He is known to
delight in mischief and mockery, and can be a vicious practical joker, and has
been know to give evil dreams. Human terror amuses the him. It is advisable to
say 'Na dean maggadh fum' or 'do not mock me' when you encounter a Fear Dearc,
that way you cannot be used in his mischief. Despite all his pranks, the Fear
Dearc desires only to show favor. He will actually bring luck to those whom he
approves of, but cannot resist a his
Feeorin: type of diminutive fairy in the folklore of
England. It is also the collective word for fairies who are usually friendly
towards mankind, or at least neutral. They are depicted as small creatures with
a green skin and wearing red hats. They enjoy singing and
Finvarra (Finavara, Finn Bheara, Finbeara, Fionnbharr):
He is known as the king of the Irish Connaught Fairies. The other nobel
Sidhe owe him and his consort, Onagh, allegiance. He is renowned for his
benevolence and help towards the humans in Cnoc Meadha in Galway. For those
humans that serve him, he repays them with fine horses, harvest, and other
riches. He become the guardian of Lord Kirwan's family and possessions after
stealing away his bride and returning her unharmed. He was eventually famed for
his benevolence toward humans.
Flower Fairies: These are the
gentle spirits of the earth. These spirit folk are a passionate people in love
with natural beauty and luxury, with a disdain for the thrift and hard hearted
natures of those who will not leave them anything to spare. They are capricious,
willful, beautiful, and dangerous to those who have greed and poverty in their
souls. Magical Properties Leave them wine and sweets at places where wild
flowers grow. From these acts of gentle kindness will allow the fairies to bless
the land itself. What better blessing can one ask.
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Folk Fairies: also called “people,” “neighbours,” “wights.”
The Germans have their kleine volk (little folk), the Swiss, their hill people
and earth people.
Folletti ,Farfarelli: The Folletti travel in the
wind and can be seen at play, causing swirls in the dust. They are female. One
of their favorite appearances is in the form of butterflies. They are usually
friendly towards humans, but can be mischievous. Their associated element is
Folletto: The Folletto travel in the wind and can be seen at
play, causing swirls in the dust. They are male; small and light and practically
invisible, but their distinguishing feature is that their toes point backwards.
They seem to pay no attention to humans, but can be mischievous and annoying.
They change the weather merely for their own sport and not for any baneful
purpose. Their associated element is Air.
Frau Welt: In European
folk believe, the name that was given to the female fairy mistress by medieval
church people; and according to them, the Devil.
Fylgiar is an Icelandic faery form. They attach them selves to one human. The
only time they can be seen is before that person's dying moments. It's
appearance lets the dying know what kind of death they
will have; whether
painful or calm and peaceful. One that appears in a mangled state means that
person will die a truly horrible and painful death.
Gan Ceanach (Gancanagh, Ganconer, GanCeann,
The Love Talker): This Irish fairy's name literally translates to "Love
Talker". He a debonair little man who appeared in lonely glens, smoking his clay
pipe. He had no shadow, birds stopped their singing in his presence, and there
was an aura of mist surrounding him. Men who lost all their money by buying
baubles for their ladies were said to have met the Gan Ceanach.
Ceanach: He would also seduce young maidens with his enchanting voice and
whispered nonsense then would promptly disappear, leaving the maiden to pine
away for him.
Ghillie Dhu: These are Scottish fairies that dress
in foliage and double as tree guardians. They dislike humans and jealously guard
birch trees from them. These fairies once heavily populated Scotland but are
rarely seen anymore.
Gianes: They are female, solitary wood elves
who will occasionally aid humans. They are master cloth weavers, but weave for
fun rather than for anyone's benefit. Divination is another one of their
talents. Their usual method of divining to to scry into their moving spinning
wheels. Their associated element is Earth.
Giants: and ogres are
a staple of children's fairy tales and mythology. They have been heard of in one
form or another all over the world. Giants and ogres are human form but very
large. Ogres are uglier and deformed. They are also more bad tempered. The most
famous of giants are of course Goliath who battled David and lost. The giant
from Jack and the Beanstalk and Gogmagog, and Paul Bunyan. Giants have been
known to be gentle and helpful to humans. Others are very nasty and destructive.
They use to be more prevalent. They would destroy crops, eat livestock and make
a mess of the lands. Some Giants could be very greedy and had wondrous treasure
they kept hidden. Some liked men and would help by guarding villages. Ogres were
always very nasty and dangerous. They liked human flesh and would taste of it
when ever possible. Giants and Ogres are almost never seen on the physical plane
any more. You can still find them in fairyland but take great caution when
approaching them. Should you run into and ogre or Cyclops (one eyed giant) it is
best to run the other way. Giants you must discern if they are good or bad. In
general it's just best to leave these faery alone because at the least there is
not much they can do for you, at worst they are very dangerous.
Guairle: The name of an Irish fairy. Girle Guairle offered her help to a
busy Irish wife who was worried about finishing her spinning, with the
stipulation that the wife remember her name. As soon as the fairy left with
flax, the wife forgot her name. The wife, panicking because she had no flax and
worried about what her husband would say, walked to a fairy ring where Girle
Guairle sang about herself and how proud she was of her new flax. The next
morning, when the fairy came back, the wife greeted her by name. Girle was
obligated to hand over the spun work as per their agreement and left in a
Glaistig: A female fairy member of the fuaths, which were a
group of malevolent water dwellers. She had the ability to change her shape from
woman, to half goat and half woman, to full goat. She would wait by the banks of
a stream and beg any passerby to carry her across the water, who she would then
devour. She had another side to her though, that of helpful domestic fairy. She
might clean and order house while the patrons slept, or herd their cattle at
night. Much like the Beansidhe, would wail before the death of a family member,
and seem to care for the sick, elderly, and infants.
guardian of mines, quarries, etc.
Godda: The fairy in Shropshire,
England lore who became wife of Wild Edric.
Gofannon: In Welsh
lore, he is the blacksmith of the Tylwyth Teg.
Good People: Irish
reference to the Sidhe
Good Neighbors: Scottish and Irish
Good Folk: the Brownies or house spirits.
Green Children: Faerie reference used in medieval literature
Knight: A fairy knight in the legendary tales of King Arthur and the Knights
of the Round Table. He's aptly named the Green Knight because his skin, clothes,
armor, and weapons were all green.
Green Ladies: They are usually
found in elm, oak, willow, and yew trees. These tree fairies are easily offended
if their trees were not treated with proper respect, so people used to ask
permission from them before cutting a branch from it. In Derbyshire, farmers
still plant primroses at the feet of such trees in order to be rewarded with
wealth and longevity. In Scotland, the same name was given to a fairy who would
haunt a family just before a death was imminent in the shape of trailing
Grim: A fairy whose wails foretell the death of the sick. At
night, it would assume the form of a large black dog or owl and would settle
itself to howling below the window of the dying.
These compromise Bib, Bub, Snugglepot, Cuddlepie, Ragged Blossom, Narnywo,
Nittersing, and Chucklebud. They look like small, chubby elves or a flower
fairy, each dressed with the flower they represent. They inhabit Gumnut Town in
Australia Bush with the insects being their attendants. They love music,
dancing, and any kind of revelry.
Gwyn ap Knudd (Gwin ap Nuth): He
was the fairy king of the Plant Annwn, the Welsh subterranean
Gwragedd Annwn: lake fairies of Ladies of the Lake from
the folklore of Wales. Described as being beautiful maidens with long golden
hair. They are said to be gentle and live harmoniously in families under the
lakes and sometimes marry mortals.
GyreCarlin: queen of the
fairies in Fyfe area of Scotland.
Habundia: queen of the White
Habetrot (Habitrot, Habtrot): A kindly fairy who is the
patron of spinsters and spinning. Though she appears to be very old and ugly,
with deformed lips, she has been known to help women who have little skill
weaving or spinning. She lives under a huge stone in a grassy knoll with her
sisters, amongst who is Scantile Mab, who is even uglier. A garment woven by her
was said to keep ailments from the wearer.
Habonde (Abundia, Wandering
Dame Abonde): A fairy of English origin. She appears to be a beautiful woman
with dark braided hair. She wears a golden diadem or circlet with a star on her
head, This signifies that she is queen of the fairies, possibly the French
Hag: The hag is a fairy from the British Isles. She is
said to be the traces of the most ancient goddesses. The hag is regarded as the
personification of winter. In the winter months she is usually old and very ugly
looking. As the season changes though she becomes more and more beautiful, and
younger. Tangles in the manes of horses and ponies are called hagknots, supposed
to be used witches as stirrups.
Hamadryad: a wood nymph. Each tree
has its own wood nymph, who dies when the tree dies.
(Robgoblin, Hobgoblinet): A kind of nature fairy that is described as being
like a very ugly little elf. It can be helpful and tolerant of humans, but, like
all fairies, are capable of playing mischievous and spiteful
Holle (Frau Holle, Hollen, Hoide, Holda, Hulda, Huldra, Huldu,
Hulla, Mistress Venus): A beautiful German fairy she live in the Thuringian
Mountains with her attendants. She would try to lure men into her
Incubi: The Incubi were originally herd
sprites. Their associated element is Earth.
Jili Ferwtan: She is the Welsh version
of Girle Guairle. She came upon a woman who didn't have time to finish her
spinning. She promised to do the work, and return it to the woman only if the
woman could remember her name upon three days time. As soon as Jili Ferwtan
left, the woman had forgotten her name. In a panic, she set about searching for
the fairy and finally found her singing as she worked. The fairy revealed her
name in the song, and the woman was able to state her name when the time
Jinnee (s) or Jinn (p): fairies in Arabian mythology, the
offspring of fire. They reproduce like human beings, and are lead by a race of
kings named Suleyman, one of whom “built the pyramids.” Their chief abode is the
mountain Kâf, and they appear to men under the forms of serpents, dogs, cats,
monsters, or even human beings, and become invisible at pleasure. The evil jinn
are hideously ugly, but the good are exquisitely beautiful. According to fable,
they were created from fire two thousand years before Adam was made of
Kelpie: in Scotland, an imaginary spirit
of the waters in the form of a horse.
Kepler’s Fairy: the fairy
which guides the planets. Kepler said that each planet was guided in its
elliptical orbit by a resident angel.
Keshalyi: These are the
benevolent fairies of the Romany Gypsies of Transylvania. The live in the remote
yet beautiful forests and mountains. Their queen was Ana and they resembles
beautiful, small, fragile humans.
Klippie: A brown faced elf or
fairy in Scottish lore.
Kobold: according to German folklore,
kobolds are spirits who dwell in mines and who like to torment humans. They are
tricksters and not inherently evil. In the 16th and the 17th century, they were
usually depicted on paintings as little devils with a conical hat, pointy shoes,
a hairy tail, and bald feet instead of hands. They are considered to be the most
dangerous and most ugly of all the fairylike beings. Some sources suggest that
kobolds are related to the Brownies.
Lady of the Lake: A mysterious fairy
queen who inhabits the lake around the Isle of Avalon in the tales of King
Arthur. Apart from the description of a graceful hand and arm extending from the
water, little is known of her physical appearance. She is one of the four fairy
queens to take Arthur to Avalon after his death. There are several other tales
of the Lady of the Lake. One of them lives in Somerset, England.
Lady of Little Van Lake: a Welsh fairy known for her magical herb
cures. In Austria, the Lady is described as a beautiful woman riding a horse
that seems to have been lashed. She can be seen in the reflections of the
Traunsee at noon or by the waterfall at night. To see her causes great
misfortune and many fishermen have disappeared without a
Laminak: Basque fairies, related to the Celtic little
people. The Laminak live underground in beautiful
Lamiñas: Lamiñas are evil faeries of the País Vasco. They
live in the woods and in the shores of streams and rivers. They usually appear
as women (they can also appear as men, but that is rare). The only means to
distinguish them from normal people is to see that part of their body which is
fish or bird. Of course, usually it is easy because it is fifty-fifty, but the
animal detail can sometimes be as small as a goat leg or a chicken
Land of Origin of Fairies: When I write about a particular
fairy I use the land of origin. That does not mean you won't find these fairy
anywhere else they are just most commonly found in their homeland. Fairy will
often travel with humans without their knowledge. An Irish family coming here
would likely bring with them, Irish elves, banshees and leprechauns. Look at the
population in your area. If you live in an area were there are a lot of a
certain nationality or race group that are not originally from that area you can
expect to find that some of their fairy have followed them.
This is a race of sprites. They are less than two feet tall, have black eyes and
black curly hair. The Lauru are rarely seen during the day. Their associated
element is Air.
Leanansidhe (Lhiannanshee): The Lhiannan Shee of
the Isle of Man is said to be a vampirish fairy who attached herself to one man,
to whom she appeared irresistibly beautiful, but invisible to everyone else. If
he yielded to her, he was ruined body and soul. The Irish Leanan Sidhe is known
as the inspiration of poets and minstrels. She would roam the night, searching
for romantic men to inspire with eloquence of word and beautiful music while in
her embrace, and would draw from their life force until he would die. Both names
mean "fairy Sweetheart". In Scotland, the Leannan Sith was a term used to denote
a fairy lover of either sex. In fact, the translators of the Bible into Scots
Gaelic used this term, and the Scots took this as Biblical proof of the
existence of fairies. The Lhiannan Shee of Ballfletcher was the tutrelary fairy
of the Fletchers, and gave them the fairy cup, which was drank from every
Christmas in her honor. She is said to haunt wells and
Leprechaun: Very small sprites who sometimes live in
farmhouses or wine cellars. They are known to aid humans and perform small
labors for them. Sometimes they ask humans for supplies and furniture, for which
in return they give objects which bring luck and fortune. Leprechauns are called
fairy cobblers, for they make shoes for elves (Irish leithbhrogan, from
leithbrog, oneshoe maker, so called because he is always seen working at a
single shoe). They are seen quite often by humans and are described as merry
little fellows gaily dressed in old-fashioned clothes; green, with a red cap,
leather apron, and buckled shoes. When they finish their daily tasks,
leprechauns like to organize wild feast, during which time they are referred to
as cluricauns. These (often drunk) cluricauns can then be seen riding in
moonlight on the back of a dog or a sheep. According to popular belief, a
leprechaun possesses a treasure (usually a pot of gold) which a human may obtain
if he succeeds in capturing one, which is extremely difficult. Even after
capture, a person may not take his eyes off of him for an instant, for then he
will vanish. Leprechauns are mainly found in Irish
Licke: She is an English fairy whose duties are that of
a cook. She appeared in The Life of Robin Goodfellow.
Buffardello, Caccavecchia, Mazapegolo: They belong to the elven race,
specifically night elves. They hate disorder and will not dwell where there is
disorder. These elves are said to cause nightmares and odd noises in the night.
Their associated element is Air.
LliannanShe: In the Isle of Man,
a spirit friend, a female fairy who waited to encounter men. If one spoke to her
she followed him always, but remained invisible to everyone
Lorelei: In German legend a fairy similar to the Greek
Sirens who lived on the rock high on the bank of the Rhine River and by her
singing lured the sailors to their death.
Loireag (Lorreag): In
the Scottish myth of the Hebridean Islands, she is much similar to Hebetrot with
the exception of the deformed lip. She dresses in white, and is an expert at
spinning, more than willing to punish whoever is lax or careless at it. She also
love music, therefore, will cause mischief upon anyone singing off
Lugh: He came to their aid when the Tuatha dé Danaan were
oppressed by the Fomorians. He was refused entrance to the hall of their king,
Nuadha, but eventually was allowed in because of his many skills. He became the
substitute king in place of Nuadha when he had lost his hand in battle. After
Nuadha's death Lugh himself became the Tuatha's rightful
Lull: A female fairy nurse who cared for the fae babies and
(Lunantishee The Lunantishee, or Lunantishess): are a
tribe of fairies who guard blackthorn bushes (one of the Fairy Trees). They will
not allow that a blackthorn stick is cut on May 11th (originally May Day) or
November 11 (originally All Hallows Eve). Should on person manage to cut a
stick, some misfortune will surely befall him or her.
Mab, Queen: She
is describes as being tiny, about the size of an agate stone, and travels in a
coach led by insects. She has also been described as a tiny flower fairy or as a
trickster pixie like figure, robbing dairies and stealing babies. Mab first
appeared in post sixteenth century English literature, in the poems Nimphidia,
and Entertainment at Althorpe by Ben Jonson. The origin of Queen Mab is most
likely Celtic, either from Mabb of Welsh Mythology or Maeve (Maebhe) of the
Macha: An evil female fairy who represents
death and battle. She is a member of the Tuatha dé Danann and would take the
shape of a large crow to fly over the bodies of men who had died in
Malekin (Malkin, Mawkin): The name of a fairy that
inhabited a castle in Suffolk, England. She seemed to be very friendly and
intelligent, able to converse with the lord of the castle in English, the
servants in dialect, and the priest in Latin. She revealed herself to the
servant girl that would leave her a plate of food nightly. The servant relays
her as looking like a very small human child, dressed in a white
Mallebron: In France, he was a fairy servant of Oberon, the
king of the fairies. He would travel with the knights to the Holy Land and would
often save them from death.
Manannan Mac Lir (Manawydan ap Llyr,
Barinthus): He has been known as the sea god of Ireland, the father of
Niamh, and the King of Tir Nan Og (Land of the Young).
Magut, Mazapegul: They are always male, dress in red and have a booming
laugh. He is plump but always impeccably dressed and groomed. They have been
known to help out on farms as long as they don't have to get themselves dirty.
In some legends they give a lot of gold to people (essentially woman) that like
them. Their associated element is Earth.
Mebd (Meadhbh): In Irish
myth, she is queen of the Tuatha dé Danann and of the Sidhe. She had several
husbands, never allowing one man to rule by her side. Queen Mab probably derived
from her character.
Meeting a Fairy: To meet fairy you can start
with meditation. Do this within a sacred of magik circle. Take a gift with you
as an offering. If a fairy seems unfriendly or makes you uncomfortable leave
them. You can also invite fairy to your circle when performing magik. If you
want to invite a house fairy in leave milk, sweetcakes w/ honey out. They will
often leave the food but take of the essence. Make sure you don't have a cat
Finally it takes practice and patience to see or meet a fae. They are
usually shy and mistrusting. They will not show themselves readily to you.
Children can often see them better than adults because they are more open and
sensitive. Don't be suprised if your child's imaginary friend is really a faery.
Some may never see the faery but trust they are all around. Let them know that
you are a friend. Just be safe, some faery are mischevious and capricous while
others are down right dangerous.
Melusina (Melusine): She was the
daughter of the fairy Pressina and a mortal king. Her mother cursed her to
become a serpent from feet to waist once a week. She would never fall in love
until she found a man who agreed never to see her on that day. She met and
married Count Raymond of Poitiers and all their children were born horribly
deformed but for the last two. One day, the Count saw her as half snake, and as
the curse goes, she turned into a winged serpent mermaid and leapt out the
window and flew away, never to be seen again.
Mermaid: a sea
spirit, the upper part a woman and the lower half a fish.
both male and female, are spirits of the sea, of human shape from the waist
upwards, but from the waist downwards are like a fish. The females are
attractive, but the males have green teeth, green hair, pig’s eyes, and red
noses. Fishermen dread to meet them.
Micol: The fairy evoked by
medieval sorcerers in Europe, who claimed her to be the fairy Queen of the
Midar (Midhir, Midir): One of the kings of the
Irish Tuatha dé Danann. There are two different accounts as to how he won the
love of the mortal queen called Etain. One version is the he won her in a game
of chess against her mortal husband, Eochaid of Munster. The other version
states that Midar took Etain as a second wife, and his first wife, in a fit of
jealousy turned her into a fly. She then went back to the human world, and
united with Eochaid. When Midar found her, he challenged Eochaid to a game of
chess, and won her back. Midar then changed them both to swans and flew back to
his home, only to encounter Eochaid and his armies. After many long battles,
Midar released Etain to go back to Eochaid.
Monachetto: These a
gnome-like spirits associated with caves or tunnels. Their associated element is
Monaciello, Mamucca, Pundacciu: They are always male,
dress in red and are always drunk, but not unfriendly. Their name, Monaciello,
means 'little monk' which is how their hooded cloak-dress makes them appear.
They inhabit and guard wine cellars. They have merry personalities and like to
steal human clothing for sport. Their associated element is
Morgan le Fée (Fata Morgana, Morgaine, Morgana, Morgane,
Morgan le Fay, Morganetta, and Morgue la Faye): In the legends of Arthur,
she was the Lady of the Lake. Her magic is said to be responsible for the
mirages in the Straights of Messina, which are aptly named Fata Morgana.
Introduced in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Vita Merlini, her name (there spelled
"Morgen") implies ties to the realm of Fairy. She is also a magical figure as
well as a priestess presiding over a sisterhood of nine inhabiting an enchanted
isle. She receives the wounded king after the last battle and offers to cure him
if he remains long enough.
There are many Celtic traditions evident here,
not just of fairy queens ruling magic lands, but of actual sisterhoods of
healers and miracle workers recorded in classical literature. Such a group might
have been led by a priestess that served as the earthly manifestation of a
goddess. Giraldus Cambrensis and other medieval authors were well aware of
Morgan's divinity. Comparison of Welsh and nonWelsh Arthurian matter show her to
be somewhat identified with Modron and ultimately with the river goddess
Matrona, similar to and possibly derived from the Irish goddess
Christianity humanizes and eventually vilifies her. Early on she
is a type of benevolent fairy that aids Arthur throughout his life, not just at
the end. The Welsh claim her father to be the obscure Avallach, king of the
magical island with it's Welsh name, but he fades from legend. Morgan is
essentially the sole personage of Avalon, the Isle of Apples. She is further
humanized with the progress of Arthurian storytelling. The former goddess
becomes a daughter of Ygerna and her first husband Gorlois, the Duke of
Cornwall, making Morgan Arthur's half sister. Glastonbury's identification with
Avalon leads to beliefs that she ruled in that area but romances place her in
various locations. She becomes the owner of the Castle of Maidens, possibly near
Edinburgh while a few continental romancers move her to the Mediterranean
entirely. Sicliy is one such place. She is named Fata Morgana by the Italians
and that name is given to a mirage that appears in the Straits of Messina
attributed to her magic in the past.
Medieval Christianity had a difficult
time assimilating a benevolent enchantress; she becomes more and more sinister.
She is now a witch taught the black arts by Merlin and is bedevilment to Arthur
and his knights with a special hatred towards Queen Guinevere. Oft times she is
involved in a plan to ensnare a knight for her own pleasure by sending them into
a "valley of no return," or against a mighty adversary. Other times she is
married to Urien and bears a son, Owain or Yvain. Yet she never becomes purely
evil. Many attractive qualities remain and Morgan is associated with art and
culture. Despite the scheming and plotting at court, she is still the one who
bears the wounded King to his place of healing on Avalon.
Christianity's failure to understand the character of Morgan was their
misapplied versions of morality. They imposed a JudeoChristian ethical structure
over a Celtic one and tried to eradicate the conflicts. The monks basically
misunderstood the beliefs of Celtic rule. Women had equal if not greater power
than men and were expected to take lovers. This is evident in the transcription
of the Tain, the national epic of Ireland (except here scribal ignorance of
Celtic ways actually preserved many of them). This is also the reason why
Guinevere is seen as unfaithful rather than a free woman free to make her own
choices in who she beds. Morgan necessarily becomes a witch to explain her
Muma Padura: A wood fairy in the Rumanian and Slav
folklore. She is kindly and benevolent towards humans, helping children who
become lost in the forest back home and to their parents.
Bedonebyasyoudid and Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby: Both are fairies in Charles
Kingsley's Water Babies, and are portrayed as elderly and strict tutors.
the farles’ midwife. Queen Mab refers to as the queen of the fairies (see
NannyButtonCap: A nursery fairy in Yorkshire, England. She
ensures that all children are safely and warmly tucked into bed for the
Niamh: There are two different accounts of the life of this
fairy. One is that she was a member of of the Ireland's Tuatha dé Danann who
went to live in the land of Tir Nan Og (Land of the Young) when she married
Oisin. The other accounts her as being the daughter of Manannan, the king of the
Land of the Young. She fell in love with Oisin and convinced him to move with
her to her father’s land, where they lived happily together for 300
Nis or Nisse: a Kobold or Brownie. A Scandinavian fairy
friendly to farmhouses.
Nix or Nixie: a water spirit. The nix has
green teeth, and wears a green hat: the nicie is very
Nuadha: He is the King of the Tuatha dé Danann who had
to give up his reign when he lost his hand in battle. His successor to the
thrown was Lugh.
Nuala: Although in most Irish tales Onagh is
Finvarra's consort, some tales tell of Nuala being his High Queen and consort
Nucklelavee (Nuchlavis): They are Scottish sea fairies.
They are ill-tempered, hideous in appearance, and extremely malevolent toward
humans. They can take on any appearance they wish, but their natural appearance
is that of half man and half horse, with fins for feet. People can tell when one
is coming for them by the smell they emit that of rotten eggs and spoiled
Oaf: a foolish child thought to be a
changeling, left by the fairies in the place of the stolen one.
(Oseron): He is known as the fairy King, , husband of Titania, queen of the
fairies, in medieval folklore. He was introduced to English literature by
William Shakespeare. He appears as a dwarf with a beautiful face and kingly
behavior. He enjoys playing pranks on his fellow fairy subjects and on
unsuspecting humans. He spends his days in the forest with Puck and other
sprites. Humans are warned to not speak to him, for whoever does, will remain
forever in his power.
Ogre: an inhabitant of fairyland said to
feed on infant children.
Ogma: The son of Dagda, the great
warrior. He, himself, was a fairy warrior who fought beside Nuadha. He
also known for his inspiration and learning.
Oisin (Little Fawn):
Son of Sabdh and loved by Niamh. He spent 300 yrs in The Land of the Young or
Nan Og, in which time he became homesick. Niamh presented him with a
horse and the warning not to step off from the horse, lest he wouldn't be able
to find his way back. When he got to Ireland, he helped the mortals move a rock,
upon which he changed before their eyes into an aged man.
Ole Luk Øj
(Ole Luk Öie): A tiny Danish fairy dressed in a silk jacket which changes
color according to the light and carries two magic umbrellas. His name means Ole
Close Your Eyes. He tiptoes into the children's room and blows fairy dust into
their eyes and necks, which makes them fall asleep. He will then open one of his
umbrella over the good children, which have beautiful pictures painted on the
underneath, and they'll have beautiful dreams. To the bad children, though, he
will open the other umbrella, which has nothing on it, and they will have
Onagh: She is Queen of the Irish Sidhe and
Finvarra's consort. She received alliance from tributary queens Aine, Aoibhinn,
and Cliodna. She has long golden hair that reaches the ground and wears a silver
spun dress. Despite her great beauty, her consort is unfaithful with the mortal
women he seduces with his music.
Oosood: A female birth fairy in
the belief of the Serbian people. She becomes visible only to the mother
the child on the seventh day after his/her birth. She then proceeds to
predict the child's fate.
Orchi: They are giants with a mean
disposition. When they are seen, they appear as bearded males. They live on
clouds and only descend to earth for food. Contact is not advised. Their
associated element is Air.
Orcuili: They are dwarves with a mean
disposition. They are master shape-changers and smell horrible. When they are
seen, they appear as bearded males. They dwell in caves. Contact is not advised.
Their associated element is Air.
Oreande la Fée: A benevolent
fairy that made many appearances in romantic legends throughout the
Orends: mountain nymphs.
Ouphe: A mountain
nymph, elf, or fairy in European folklore. They appeared to be slightly
dimwitted compared to the Trooping Fairies, and hence were left as changelings.
The term "Oaf" came from these beings.
Painajainen: These fairies roam around
the Alps in the shape of small, white horses. They are known to tease and harm
children because of their own difficulties in reproducing. Their main course of
torment is to bring people nightmares.
Palos: They are the
elemental spirits of the North. They are very etheric and have influence over
mental processes, creativity, thought and concept.
The name of one of the flower fairies, she also made an appearance as an
attendant to Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
blonde male fairy who agrees to spin for a princess who was captured by an ogre.
Because she does not know how to spin, she agrees, knowing that she will only
get the completed work back if she remembers his name. As with all similar
stories, she forgets his name almost immediately and becomes frantic. An old
beggar happened by Peerifool as he was saying that there was no way she would
ever guess his name, and she quickly went to the princess with his name, for
which she was later rewarded.
Peri: a Persian fairy. Evil peris
are called “Deevs”
Perit: In Albanian folklore, they are female
mountain deities of great beauty. They are dressed entirely in white and are
regarded as good fairies. They can become very angry towards those who spill
bread, and will give these sinners a hump.
The fairy knight in Drayton's Nymphadia which fell in love with Queen Mab. Also
a fairy of very diminutive size or dwarf; anything very
Pilliwiggin: An extremely small nature fairy in English
lore. It lives in the bell of small flowers such as the bluebell, cowslip, and
wild thyme growing beneath the oak tree.
Pixy or Pixie: a
Devonshire fairy, same as Puck.
Plant Rhys Dwfen: The Plant Rhys
Dwfen ("children of Deep Rhys") are a tribe of fairies who inhabit a small land
which is invisible because of a special herb that grows there. They are
handsome, less than average in height, and grateful to those who treat them
fairly. They often visit markets in Cardigan where they pay such high prices for
goods that ordinary buyers can not compete with them. When visiting the main
land, they assume human form.
Plants to Break Fairy
Fourleaf clover: It has the power to break fairy spells and, if
carried in one's hat, allows one to see invisible fairies.
Thyme: Drinking a
potion of thyme is supposed to enable a person to see fairies, while at the same
time protecting them from fairy mischief.
Calendula: This is another plant
that, when eaten, was supposed to enable a person to see fairies.
Wort: This healing herb can be used to break fairy spells and cure illness
caused by fairy darts. In some stories, however, the plant is sacred to fairies
and should never be stepped on.
English Daisy: A chain made of English
daisies and worn around the neck will protect children from fairy
Portunes: Portunes are tiny medieval fairies, described
by Gervase of Tilbury as being the size of a finger. They are very old men with
wrinkled faces who work on human farms. Friendly and helpful they may be, at
night they cannot resist grabbing the bridle of a horse and leading the horse
and its rider into ponds.
Pressina: A French fairy, guardian of a
fountain. She married to King Elinus of Albany, with the warning that he never
see her during childbirth. The vow was broken as he walked in on the last of her
Pressina and three daughters were compelled to return to the
fairy court. When the daughters came upon their full power, the went back and
took revenge on their father, forever entrapping him in a cave.
Pressina found out about it, she cursed all three of her
Puck (Pisca, Poake, Pouk, Pouke, Pucke, Puckle, Pug, Púka,
Pukis, Pukje, Pwca): An extremely mischievous nature or household fairy in
English lore. He is mostly known for his spiteful tricks on unsuspecting humans,
which leads them to often embarrassing situations, but he has, in some cases,
been known to champion the poor and oppressed. Such tricks include: changing
shapes, misleading travelers at night, spoiling milk, frightening young girls,
and tripping venerable old dames. Descriptions of him range from a hobgoblin to
a fairy, brownie, goblin, or an elf. Some say that this is a confirmation of his
tricky personality and his shape shifting abilities. Most people, though, think
of him as having a hairy body, with goat feet, like a satyr or faun. He was
written about in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and in Kipling's Puck
of Pooks Hill. The Irish pooka, or púca, and the Welsh pwcca are similar
Querciola: They are spirits who are
especially good friends to lovers. Their associated element is Fire.
Raja Jinn Peri: The King of Fairies in
Rod: In Slavic mythology, the Rod are the spirits
of deceased female ancestors and are considered to be goddesses of fate and
fairies. As three women they appear at the cradle of a newborn child and decide
the child's fate. In invisible letters they write on the child's forehead the
life span and the way he or she will die. They also decide whether the child
will live a poor or rich life, and the measure of poverty or wealth. They can be
compared with the Norns, the Norse goddesses of fate, and the Greek
Ryme: the Frost giant, the enemy of the elves and fairies.
At the end of the world this giant is to be the pilot of the ship
Raviyoyla Djins: A female Serbian fairy that could take
on the appearance of a beautiful woman. She knew all things of healing and
medicine with herbs. A legend attached to this fairy was that she caused the
accidental death of a friend of the king's, but quickly brought him back to life
with the use of her herbs.
Sabdh: An Irish fairy who is a woman of
the Sidhe and the fairy mother of Oisin, the greatest poet of Gaul. She is the
daughter of Queen Mebd. She was turned into a deer when she refused the love of
another fairy and was made to leave her son, Oisin, to the elements. He was
found seven years later and told the story of his deer
Salamander: a spirit which lives in fire.
Court: The Court of the kind and benign fairy host, usually seen around
twilight in long solemn processions. These fairies help the poor with gifts of
corn and bread. The opposite of the Seelie Court ("Blessed Court") is the evil
Settiano: They have influence over inner
motivation, the subconscious, and life fluids. Their associated element is
Sidhe (pronounced 'shee') (Aes Sidhe, Shee, Sheehogue, Si,
Sidh, Sídhe, Sith): This is the most common name for the Irish and Scottish
Highlands fairies. Sidh is the Gaelic word for earth mounds, which is where they
are said to live under. These faeries are described as being aristocrats,
beautiful, great size, great age, great power, beautiful musicians, domestic,
malevolent if harmed / disturbed, thin , up to six feet in height, handsome,
youthful, shadowy, soft skinned, long flowing hair, and if clothed blindingly
white, and live under faerie hills or on floating islands. Usually these fairies
are attracted to those who are beautiful as well as wealthy.
Salvani: They appear as winged wood nymphs who have a very filmy appearnce,
almost ghost-like. They are of no use to humans, but do not seek to harm us.
Clothed in red, they wear animal furs. Their name, Silvani, means 'wooded' or
'woodland'. They love the color red and are attracted to anything of this color.
The Silvani are the protectors of all animal wildlife. Their associated element
Skilly Widden: This is the name of a fairy boy that was
found and adopted by a farmer in Cornwall, England.
Snow Queen: In Danish
folklore, she is a beautiful fairy who rides on the blizzards blown in from the
Arctic. She lures men to join her, which means instant death for the
Slaugh: The name of the Unseelie Court or the evil fairies in
the folklore of Scotland. The name means the Host, which is a euphemism to avoid
invoking them with the mention of their name and deter them from inflicting
harm. They are believed to be the Fallen Angels that roam the midnight skies of
the earth searching for lost souls. The Slaugh are also believed to be
responsible for causing sickness and death among domestic animals and to lead
Sluag: Pronounced 'slooah'. Sluag was the
Pictish/Scottish fairy of the Highlands and Host of the Unforgiven Dead. Related
to the Irish/Celtic Sluagh.
Snow Queen: fairy queen in the
folklore of Denmark. She is described as dazzling in her loveliness and as
beautiful as the ice crystals themselves. She is the Spirit queen of the ice
realm, who travels in the blizzards blown from the Arctic wastes. The Snow Queen
will entice mortal men to follow her, but to be loved by her means instant
Special Dates for Fairies: Midsummer's Eve (June 24). On
Midsummer's Eve the fairies are at their merriest.
sprite is a kind of fairy or elf. Sprite comes from the Latin word spiritus or
spirit and once meant “soul” or “ghost.” Sprites are used in many folktales.
Sprites are creatures of the element water. They are found only in places where
it is serene and cool. They like to play with nymphs or torment butterflies, but
the butterflies don’t really mind. Sprites have one very important job, which is
going around and changing the colors of a tree’s leaves in Autumn. They have
many cans of bright paint in every shade between red and yellow. This makes sure
they don’t run out. Sprites are very creative. They are muses, artists, and
poets. They are some of the most creative fairies. Some even decide to bond or
marry a human or elf and stay with them their whole
Stromkarl: a Norwegian musical spirit, like
Sylph: A fairy of the air or wind. They are described as
being taller and stronger than humans with a volatile temperament. These wings
are almost two times it’s body length, but they fold up behind the sylph. They
have large, hawk like eyes and sharp, angular faces. A sylph can live to be
hundreds of years old, often reaching one thousand, but never seeming to grow
old. The smaller sylph are sometimes called cherubs or fairies. Sylphs are
loners, and are content to fly with the birds. They are similar to invisible
angels whose voice could be heard in the wind. Sylphs defend the high mountain
peaks and wilderness mountains that are home to them. They have also been
described as the transformed souls of those who died chaste. “Sylph” comes from
the Greek word silphe meaning a butterfly or moth. They were first named by the
Rosicrucians and Cabalists in their folklore.
Tangotango: She is a fairy of the Maori
lore. She heard of the handsome young god called Tawhaki, and searched for him
so she could have a child with him. She found him while he was sleeping in the
woods, and lay with him night after night until she became pregnant. She then
left her handsome lover and had a daughter called Arahuta.
To the Japanese Buddhist, she is a beautiful fairy who appeared on mountains. To
encounter one, the person must climb to the highest summit.
Cap: This particular fairy is credited with the high quality of wool in the
northern counties of England. They wore caps made of thrums, which is excess
wool clipped off when weaving is done. Some accounts state that they live in the
cellars of old, abandoned houses and others state that they live in
Thrummy Hills of North Yorkshire.
Titania: This fairy
Queen has made appearances in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and
earlier than that in Ovid's work as the goddess Diana. With her flower fairies
as attendants, she appeared to be more regal and refined than Mab. In Scotland,
she was said to have given the Clan MacLeod of Dunvegan Castle in the Isle of
Skye a fairy Flag. This flag was to be waved in times of danger, in which her
magic would resolve the problem. They were warned, though, that it would be
taken back at the third use.
Titania the queen of the fairies, wife of
Oberon, king of the fairies, in medieval folklore. Shakespeare introduces both
Oberon and Titania, in his play "Midsummer Night’s
Tokolosh: He is South African fairy. He is a sullen and
grouchy, living beside streams and small rivers. He is well known for
terrorizing lone travelers, usually by leaping on a small animal or bird and
choking it so that the animal's cries alarm the traveler. He looks something
like a small baboon, covered with black hair and tail less.
Cockle: The name of a fairy or brownie that moved across the ocean from
Ireland when the family he was attached to moved to America.
Thumb: When an old English couple longed for a child, they went to Merlin to
help them, asking for a child, even if it was the size of a thumb. So was born
Tom Thumb, with all the powers of a fay child living amongst humans. He escaped
many dangerous situations using said magic. In France, the female version was
named Thumbelina, and the Danish tell of the tiny Tommelise.
Fairy: This is the fairy in charge of making sure children lost their milk
teeth and another grew in its place. Somewhere along the way, it became an
integral part of tradition to place the tooth under the child's pillow, where
the fairy would leave some sort of monetary compensation.
hillspirit, which is why Trolls are called Hillpeople or Hillfolk, supposed to
be immensely rich, and especially dislike noise.
Tuatha Dé Danaan
(Tribe of Dana): These are the fairy people of Ireland. They are known as
the People of the Goddess Danu (Dana). They are renowned for their power,
beauty, intellect, and grace. They could become visible or invisible and shape
shift at will. They were mostly immortal, but could be killed in battle. They
were the pre-Christian gods of Ireland, sometimes represented as heroes or
fairies. They interacted often with humans, granting them fortune or disaster as
they saw fit. They are the holders of what many now know as the four treasures:
Dagda's cauldron, Lugh's spear, Nuadha's sword, and a the scared stone called
Stone of Fal. When they were defeated by the Milesians they took refuge under
boroughs called sidh, which is what they are now mostly known as (sidhe). From
there, they still practice their magic, and split up their underground world by
taking into account the areas of their previous kingdom, appointing kings and
queens as they had done before. Many mortals are lead into their world, where
time, the sights, food, and revelry are very different that
Tündér: This is the Hungarian word for fairy. These fairies
were both good and bad, and had the ability to enchant humans with things such
as milk, tears, herbs, gems, etc. The love music and dancing in forest glades
under the moonlight. They are given names according to the area they are said to
reside. Some of these are: Dame Hirip, Dame Rampson (a fairy queen), Fairy
Helen, Mika (a warrior fairy), and Tartód (queen of the malevolent
Turehu: A race of fair haired fairies.
Teg ("the fair people"): In Wales, these are the larger version of the
Ellyllon. They live in mountains, glades, islands in lakes, in flowers, in lakes
or streams or in hollows of the hills. They live in a society of sorts and their
king is Gwyn Ap Knudd. Their heights may vary from a foot to taller than men,
but they are always beautiful and light skinned and light haired. They dress in
long silken garments, usually in the color green. The females are called y mamau
(the mothers), a title which links them to the pagan Celtic deities, the Matres.
Associated with them are the usual traditions of moonlight dance, the
supernatural passage of time, the stealing of children, and the substitution of
changelings. They are especially interested in children with golden
Some have been known to marry mortals, but vanish if some promise if
broken. The Tylwyth
Teg are benevolent in general, often bringing mortals
good luck. They love music and dancing and once gave a generous mortal named
Cader Idris a magic harp that would play for him when the strings were touched.
Another name they were known by is Bendith y Mamau.
Un'Dine: a water
Unseelie Court: The evil counterpart of the Seelie Court is
always unfavorable towards mankind. The part which flies through the sky at
night is called the 'Horde'. Mortals unfortunate enough to cross the Horde's
path are taken along for a hell ride. These poor victims are beaten and pinched
and forced to participate in the bizarre nocturnal activities of these
creatures. The Unseelie Court ("Unholy Court") solely consists of those of the
fairylike beings which are the most ugly and evil.
Urisk: He is a
solitary Scottish fairy who haunts pools of water. He is extremely lonely and
tries to find friendship among humans, but because of his horrifying appearance
people run from.
Urgan: born and christened a mortal, but stolen
by the king of the fairies and brought up in elf land (English
Visiting the Faery Realm: In a world
separate from our own physical realm is the astral realm. Herein lies the land
of the faery. The faery realm is accessible to those that wish to visit.
best way to visit the faery realm is through meditation. Follow your normal
method into a meditative state. Allow your self to follow the path to the faery
world. Be patient this can take time. There are some
good guided meditations
you can use to aid you. One good one is in the book The Witches Guide To Faery
Folk by Edain McCoy. Remember once there to follow some rules. Never eat or
drink anything offered by the faery and do not join in their revelries and
dances. It would be easy to lose oneself in them. It is a good idea to astrally
take an offering should a faery offer you a gift. You can than exchange gifts.
Do not over thank a faery they find this annoying and offensive. They may also
find you insincere. Remember that the faery hold a double standard for humans.
Many of the things they do, they find offensive in humans.
encounter a faery that makes you feel uncomfortable or seems angry leave it
quickly. Do not attempt to engage it in conversation. You do not want these
faeries to follow you home. Be respectful of the fae and their home. When you
end your journey it is a good idea to remind yourself that you are back in the
physical. Sometimes after a visit in the faery world you may feel a bit out of
it. It is a good idea to journal your experiences for further contemplation.
Visiting the faery world can be a rewarding experience but as always when
working with these capricious creatures caution should always be
Virginal: The name of the German Ice Queen. She was
captured by a magician who kept her imprisoned in one of her ice castles. As
each new moon rose, she would have to give one of her ice maidens to be
consumed. She was rescued by the man she soon married, but unable to survive in
his castle, returned to her own home in the ice.
Wee Folk: Scottish and Irish nickname
White Lady of the royal family of Prussia: A “spirit”
said to appear before the death of one of the family.
White Lady of
Ireland: the banshee or domestic spirit of a family.
of the old Basques: A white fairy bird, which, by its singing, restored
sight to the blind.
Wight: any human creature, as a “Highland
wight.” Dwarfs and all other fairy creatures.
Wilkie: Little is
known about this fairy except that it inhabits the Wilkie Mounds, which is a
burial ground on the Orkney Islands. People would leave it offerings of milk at
WillO'TheWisp: a spirit of the bogs, whose delight is
to mislead belated travelers.
Wraith: the ghost of a person
shortly about to die or just dead, which appears to survivors, sometimes at a
great distance off.
Xanas: A kind of nymphs or faeries of
Asturias, they are derived from Celtic mythology. They live near streams, and
spend their day singing beautiful tunes and combing their wonderful
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fairies. They are most often seen as birds, cranes or
Yumboes: fairies of African mythology. They stand about two
feet high and are white in color. Their favourite haunt is the range of hills
called The Paps.
Yallery Brown: The name of a malicious fairy in
England. His appearance is that of the size of a year old child, extremely ugly
and wrinkled, with long hair and a beard. According to legend, a farm worker
named Tom Tiver heard a baby's cry from beneath a large rock. Upon lifting it,
he discovered Yallery Brown caught and tangled by his long hair. As payment for
helping him, Yallery Brown agreed to help Tom with his farm work, but warned
never to thank him or the help would cease. Every day, when Tom would go to the
farm, he would discover his work already done. Discovering that the work of all
the other farmers had been destroyed at the same time, he went to Yallery Brown
and kindly thanked him for his help, but preferred to do his own work from now
on. Because he was an evil fairy, instead of being dismissed, he stayed on,
causing Tom Tiver bad fortune for the rest of his years.
These male fairies are from Brittany. They appear as kindly, old shepherds
with a long robe, shepherd's staff, and white beard.
Zips: These tiny male fairies from
Mexican lore wear helmets and carry spears. They are very shy, try to avoid
people, and their sole purpose is to guard deer.
eFairies would like to give special thanks to all of our
A Witches Guide to Faery Folk by, Edain
A Field Guide to the Little People by, Nancy
Fairy Spells by, Claire Nahmad
of Italian Fairy Facts: www.faerielands.com/fairylinks/folklore.html
InGold’s Fairy Info:
Lady Dounu’s Glossary of Fairy Lore:
Glossary of Fairy Terms:
Starrfire’s Kowledge of Fairy Facts:
Webster's Revised Unabridged
Dictionary (1913): www.wkonline.com/d/Fairies.html