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.