This is so very lovely! See how one artist created her “Welcome, Fairies” pages…
This is so very lovely! See how one artist created her “Welcome, Fairies” pages…
I had never heard of a garden fairy (faerie) lair before I saw this article. And, looking at the photo… well, she might be right.
It is even harder, though, to be quiet enough to sneak up to this spot and actually see the garden fairies than it is to sneak up on the birds. They are too swift and alert to be caught out in the open by a big awkward gardener …
I’m not sure why this make so much sense to me. I’m not even sure the gardener is serious about this. However, it seemed to ring true when I read it.
As I’m writing this, here in New Hampshire, snow is on the ground. However, when spring arrives… well, this might be something to create in the garden, with moss and clover and other faerie-like plants.
It’s something to add to your garden plans. Let me know what happens, if you try this.
Also, I noticed this variation on my faerie door ideas. It’s just the door and the window, to attach to a tree in your garden.
Though it’s designed as a cute decoration, it might just work if you’d like faeries to visit you.
Do you see faeries?
Faeries can look like anyone else you see daily, and they don’t always have wings. In fact, most of them don’t.
Many faeries — and people of faerie descent — are the same size as everyone else. You might pass by them on the street, at work or at school, and not realize it.
They can be young, old, happy, sad, quiet, boisterous, and nice… or really not nice.
Some things can look different. Of course, some faeries are tiny and have wings, like Tinkerbell.
Others are two or three feet tall, and they can look like miniature humans, or their skin color can be very different from human skin. Or, they may look almost exactly like garden gnomes.
Even faeries the same size as humans (or larger) can have skin that’s blue (similar to the Blue Man Group) or dark green if their realm is in the forest, such as the Green Man of fact and folklore.
Another is the clothing they wear… or choose to wear. I personally think that people drawn to Renaissance faires may be closer to their own fae ancestry.
I talk about fae ancestry at FaerieMagick.com.
How much a person acts like a faerie probably depends on genetics as well as an inner sense of their connection to the fae world.
The best way I can describe it is in terms of ethnic festivals: You’ll see people at Greek festivals, Irish festivals, and so on, and they look really Greek or Irish or whatever. Genetically, they’re still very dominated by that part of their wonderful heritage, even though they may be a third (or fourth or fifth) generation away from the people who lived in that country.
Weirdly, in my family, many of us can’t drink alcohol without getting utterly drunk within a few sips. All of us — even some really distant cousins I’ve met — share one Native American ancestor from the 1600s. She and her husband are sometimes our only genetic connection.
If one, quirky genetic trait can remain strong for 400 years, I’m sure that faerie qualities can appear in families for that long… or longer.
So, in my opinion, it’s possible for fae traits, qualities and abilities to carry forward even with just a tiny amount of faerie ancestry.
In my opinion, Brian Froud really understands faeries. Sure, he’s flippant about them, but faeries usually have a great sense of humor, themselves.
His books are lovely to look at and amusing to read. However, tucked amid the humor, you’ll find many very accurate details about real faeries.
Faeries can be encountered in your dreams. Sometimes it’s just a make-believe story — a typical dream* — in which you’re remembering a tale heard long ago… except that you’re in it.
The following article is from an answer to a reader’s question about some recurring dreams featuring frightening underwater creatures that seemed dangerous.
In my reply, I explain that the rules of the faerie world are different from ours. Your belief in that realm — and what you believe — can affect your experiences there. They may even affect the faerie realm that you’re in, in general.
Though it’s a reply to a specific reader’s question, the following is what I recommend for anyone who is dealing with nightmares involving the fae world.
Dreams can be based on a forgotten story or even a genetic memory. So, even if they seem vivid, you do not need to be afraid of them.
Underwater creatures with the teeth are part of several cultures’ faerie folklore. The creature you described was probably a Nix, Nixe or a Nixie. They’re the names of water spirits in Scandinavian, German and Swiss lore.
Each culture’s “Nixies” are a little different. Many are beautiful, but a few are only disguised as beautiful women to lure humans to the water.
Most of them inhabit fresh water, but many have tails like mermaids in some reports. So this kind of faerie may explain some mermaid encounters… but not all of them, of course.
As you can see, it’s possible that your dreams are triggered by some distant memories, or stories heard long ago.
However, even if it’s an experience in your past, in another realm or in a parallel reality, there is something that you can do about it.
First, read any book about King Arthur, and pay close attention to the Lady of the Lake in the stories. She’s another version of a Nixie.
Then, remember that most faerie researchers — including me — are confident that what you believe about a faerie (and how much you believe it) has a definite effect on the faerie world.
So, if you realize — and believe — that you are able to transform into a benevolent Lady of the Lake, as in King Arthur’s stories, you can do so in your dreams.
The beautiful Lady of the Lake has inspired many writers, including Sir Walter Scott. In his poem, he describes her:
With head upraised, and look intent,
And eye and ear attentive bent,
And locks flung back, and lips apart,
Like monument of Grecian art,
In listening mood, she seemed to stand,
The guardian Naiad of the strand.
(A Naiad is yet another name for an underwater faerie or pixie. Those stories come from Roman and Greek mythology. As I often explain, this is why I think faeries are real: We see the same kinds of entities described across a wide range of cultures and distant lands.)
The Arthurian “Lady of the Lake” stories aren’t unique. There is a Welsh faerie, the Lady of Little Van Lake. She is not only beautiful and loving, but she’s also gifted with an understanding of herbs. Her magickal cures are legendary.
Similar faeries have appeared in Somersetshire, in England. Those stories are well-founded in history, and go back centuries. They are real.
So, to help you shift the energy towards something beautiful — which might be beneficial to you in your waking life, as well — you might bring some houseplants into your bedroom. Even artificial plants will be visual reminders of your potential powers to heal others, on many levels.
Create more beauty around your bed, so the last thing you notice before you fall asleep is something lovely.
The energy shift is important. It may not happen overnight, and the darker imagery may seem frightening and more intense as you consciously shift towards a more beautiful essence. (That conscious work is called lucid dreaming.)
However, it might also be very easy for you to accomplish. This varies from person to person. The more you’re able to look at this as a quest in the faerie realm — a quest with important rewards — the easier it will be.
Also think of it like dealing with a toddler who’s having a temper tantrum. The child may not want to stop fussing and being awful, but once you’re able to help him (or her)… well, the child is much happier as a nice person, enjoying the world around him (or her).
Just remember that you’re describing something that’s has real-world connections, and it can be affected by what you decide to do with the energy in the dreams.
This may take some practice. It can be a trial-and-error experience, at first. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to make a positive difference.
However, by sending beautiful energy to yourself, your experiences and your world in those dreams, you can permanently change what’s going on in them. Faerie research shows this beyond a shadow of a doubt.
*Dreams: I do not believe that all dreams are just fantasy or make-believe.
Like many people studying quantum effects, I think dreams may be real-life experiences in a parallel reality or alternate realm. They’re opportunities to learn useful things.
So, in this article, I initially talk about the dream being make-believe, my advice also applies if the dream is a real encounter in a very real faerie realm.
Photo credit: Nick Yee, Mountain View, CA
Lady of the Lake illustration by N. C. Wyeth
Someone asked me if the faeries are basically all the same.
The resounding answer is, “No.”
They are very different kinds of beings, and different kinds may have starkly different ancestry.
Here’s what I explained to the person who asked the question…
Especially in the British Isles, there are many words for beings who are able to readily move between the worlds: fae folk, faeries, fairies, the good folk, Daoine Sidhe (said “DEE-neh shee” or “DAY-nah shee”), and more.
(In parts of Ireland, some of those words also specifically refer to one kind of “faerie.”)
People can call them all “fae” or “faeries,” and it’s sort of like saying “humans.”
If someone takes it a step further and insists that the fae folk are interchangeable, they’re mistaken.
Leprechauns and banshees and so on, are each very distinct and different kinds of beings. They may all be members/descendants of the Tuatha de Danann, according to some legends, but they’re all very different beings.
(Personally, I’m not convinced that they’re all members of the TDD [Tuatha de Danann].)
There is one exception: Leprechauns may be the same beings as cluricauns. They’re among the “little people,” and they are the only ones known to actually look industrious.
Leprechauns make the shoes for the fae folk, and sometimes make clothing.
(The Bean Tighe, the “little woman of the hearth” or “our housekeeper” is also known to be industrious, but she’s rarely seen doing any work. The leprechaun is actually heard–and sometimes seen–tapping nails into little shoes.)
The cluricauns may be what leprechauns are called in the evening hours… and they only live where there’s a good wine cellar, or at least some good wine.
For amusement, they tend to ride small animals (including cats & dogs) around the house/apartment, as if they’re horses. Pets don’t like this much, after awhile.
In some parts of Ireland, the traditions clearly state that cluricauns and leprechauns are the same beings. And there certainly seem to be plenty of them, although disbelief and a fear of humans makes them harder to find in recent years.
Both leprechauns and cluricauns are small (aka “little people”), usually wear clothing of fine materials & tailoring (if old and shabby now), and they often have a pipe clenched in their teeth. The pipe is never lit; fae folk generally hate smoke.
Continued in Elves, gnomes and faeries