Where Do Faeries Live? – mini-podcast

Ireland rainbowWhere do faeries live… and is that important, right now?

In this three-minute mini-podcast, Fiona Broome talks about the classic descriptions of where faeries live. [Listen now]

She also gives examples of traditional ways to reach the faerie realm.

They share a degree of cognitive dissonance.  That is, a deliberate disconnect from what most people consider “reality,” and an attempt to cross apparent boundaries between our world and where the faeries live.

Is that important in crossing the barriers that separate our two realms?

From a research standpoint, is it important (or even safe) to deliberately journey in their world?

For now, Fiona proposes studying faeries and where they enter our world.  Once we better understand how they interact with us and this environment, we may be prepared (and welcomed) in their realm.

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Where do faeries live? Mini-podcast

Believing in Faeries

Faeries podcast - free - Believing in faeriesPutting aside her usual scientific and sociological tone, faerie researcher Fiona Broome explains why believing in faeries is so exciting.

Faerie / fairy podcasts - Believing in faeriesShe starts by explaining that people around the world believed in faeries (or entities like them) through the early 20th century.  Then, the tidal wave of science smashed the dreams of faerie believers by calling their ideals mere “fantasies.”

However, despite the disapproval by many, people continue to believe in faeries and the fae world.

This goes beyond the “Ooh, cool!” exclamations of some science fiction enthusiasts.  It’s more of an affinity for faeries, mermaids, dragons, and the ideals (and personalities) of King Arthur’s court.

Faerie believers aren’t just wishing that faeries were real.  They believe in them. From the first time these people encounter a “fairy tale” or something related to the faerie-fantasy realm, there’s a deep sense of recognition.  It’s an “ah-HA!” moment, and sometimes a sense of finding home.

Science changes its mind

Keep in mind that the rules of 20th century science don’t necessarily apply today.  Look into the discoveries and mysteries of gravity, and how that relates to quantum science and membrane studies.

Also consider Dr. Fred Wolf’s views on dreams and alternate realities, as presented in What the Bleep? and other intriguing studies.  He presents wonderful “what if..?” questions.

Fiona talks about topics like these, and how they may related to the real world of faeries.

Book review

This podcast includes a brief review of The Ultimate Fairies Handbook, by Susannah Marriott.  (Fiona’s more complete review is at FaerieMagick.com.)

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Music: The Moods of Man, written and orchestrated by James Underberg.

Flying Faeries – fairies that fly!

Faeries podcast - free - Flying faeries and fairies that fly Flying fairies (or flying faeries) are a popular and controversial topic.

This 14-minute podcast divides flying faeries into three categories:

  1. Faeries in the parkWinged faeries and those that fly in their own form (not shapeshifters) and by their own power.  These include flying fairies such as Tinkerbell, but also orbs that represent faeries.
  2. Faeries — such as Trows — that levitate, or fly on twigs, flower stems, and so on.  Many of them use magick (magic) phrases, including “Horse & Hattock.”
  3. Faeries (or part-faeries) that are shapeshifters and take the form of birds or other flying creatures.  These include the Swan Maidens, who may appear as birds or they may fly with the aid of a magical cloak of feathers.

Some creatures are not flying fairies, but may be confused with them.  They include:

  • Angels
  • Vampires
  • Incubus and succubus

Flying fairies include flying pixies — or piskies (also called pigsies) — that appear as white moths around dusk.

Some faeries shapeshift into butterflies, and some may appear as flies.

Other faeries shapeshift from human-like form into birds.   Earl Fitzgerald, the son of Aine (a faerie) and Gerald, Earl of Desmond, can appear as a goldfinch.

Similar stories appear in history and faerie lore from Siberia to the Dakotas.

If you’re interested in flying fairies (also spelled flying faries or flying faeries),  and want more information about faeries, listen to this podcast.

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Podcast music:

The Moods of Man, written & orchestrated by James Underberg

Attracting and Contacting Faeries

Faeries podcast - free - Attracting and Contacting FaeriesHave you tried to contact faeries, and were you disappointed?  In this podcast, faerie researcher Fiona Broome answers readers’ questions.

She explains what works — and what doesn’t — when you’d like to make contact with the faerie world.

From the basic steps of observation, to the extremes of highly dangerous faeries, Fiona describes what to do and what to watch for.

She also reminds people what faeries like and don’t like, and why you must be very careful when you first encounter a faerie of any size or form.

Additional topics in this podcast include:

  • Where to look for faeries.
  • What kinds of faeries you can contact, and whether Asian people can meet Native American faeries, etc.
  • Dangerous and “bad” faeries.
  • Tidy rooms to attract faeries.
  • How and why to avoid iron when you’re on a faerie vigil.

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Music: The Moods of Man, written & orchestrated by James Underberg

Brownies in Faerie Lore

Faeries podcast - free - Brownies in faerie (fairy) loreFaerie / fairy podcasts - Brownies in faerie loreBrownies are a kind of faerie.  They’re in the category of Hob, a “house spirit” in the U.K. (Possible connection with Hobbits?)

A Hob may be a word that evolved from the English given name of Robin, related to Robin Goodfellow, another name for a Brownie in southern England.

Hobs appear to be related to the Swedish Tomte or Tomtars, with a history similar to Ireland’s Tuatha De Danann.  In both cases, these faeries retired to the “hollow hills” or Brughs: Hollow faerie mounds in which several families live (or lived).

A Hobgoblin is a cousin of the Brownie, and — perhaps because he’s more of a practical joker — the Hobgoblin is sometimes considered a poltergeist rather than a faerie.

Dobby in the Harry Potter stories seemed to be related to hobgoblins; a Dobie is another term for a brownie, in some areas, or it can mean a ghostly entity in other areas.

Brownies are usually:

  • Solitary faeries, seen alone or in very small groups.
  • Male (but some are married, and that’s usually the only time a female Brownie is seen).
  • 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall, but some are described as being six or seven inches tall.
  • Naked and very hairy, or dressed in brown clothing, with shaggy brown hair.
  • Associated with a pond, pool or stream. (Brownies may have webbed fingers, making swimming easier.

Brownies may become attached to a family or one member of the family.  Brownies usually prefer rural homes and farms, where they may work at night, farming or cleaning.

Brownies are most prevalent in northern England and in Scotland.

Favorite Brownie foods include a bowl of cream or rich, whole milk; cakes with honey; and corn muffins, possibly served with honey.

However, you must be very clear when you set out the treats for the Brownie:  This is not a payment for his (or her) work.  In most cases, if you try to pay a Brownie, he’ll leave.  He doesn’t work for payment.

In contrast, areas such as Lincolnshire have Brownies that like to be paid, and specifically with clothing.  On New Year’s Eve, Brownies in Lincolnshire have each been paid with a traditional white linen smock.

Other Brownies will leave if you try to give them any kind of clothing.  This raises the question: Do they resent the payment, or does the gift of clothing set them free, as with Harry Potter’s Dobby?

Similar names and words

“Brownie” may be spelled Browney, Brouny, or Browny.  However, the Brownie should not be confused with the Cornish Browney, a spirit or faerie that protects (or perhaps is) the bees.

Brownies may be related to the Brown Man of the Muirs, a spirit or faerie that protects and guards the wild beasts along Scotland’s Border Country.

Brownies and devils

In his book, Daemonologie, King James I said that brownies are devils, but they do no harm.

Devil’s Bridges

Devil’s Bridges are a category of bridge from Medieval (not Roman) times.  They exist in England and in Europe.

The name may come from one of three sources:

1. The bridge was built by the Devil.

2. The bridge was built with the Devil’s help.

3. The bridge proves the might of the bridge builders, and makes less of the Devil.

This kind of folklore relates to fairy (faerie) tales.  In the typical story, the bridge builder makes a deal with the Devil:  If the Devil will build the bridge himself, in one night, the Devil can then take the soul of the first person to cross the bridge.

After the bridge is built, the Devil tricks the bridge builder into crossing the bridge, so the bridge builder loses his own soul as payment.

This relates to stories such as Rumplestiltskin, in which flax is spun into gold overnight, and the young woman must guess the name of Rumplestiltskin, or later give up her first child to the dwarf or goblin. (Of course, she outwits Rumplestiltskin and declares his name, so she forfeits nothing.)

One bridge called “the Devil’s Bridge” is in Carnforth, in Lancashire, England.

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Music: Moods of Man, written and orchestrated by James Underberg.