dirtchild24 asked: Hello sweet one, I was referred to you because what I described to them sounds like a fae... What are they exactly? Do you need to know my situation to better explain??
“A fairy (also fay, fae; from faery, faerie, “realm of the fays”) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural….” -Wiki
The word Faerie (fairy as spelt in America) is a word that originates from the 16th century. They are referred to by many names within various folklores such as “Wee Folk”, “Fair Folk”, “Little People”, and so on. “Faeries” are found within almost every European mythology ranging from Scandinavian to French folklore. Within a lot of European folklore, the term “faerie” is used as an umbrella term for various non-human entities and spirits. This includes, but not limited to, brownies, trolls, elves, banshees, cait sith, goblins, gnomes, and so on (a list of faeries). There are even some folklore, fairy tales, and stories that include entities like griffins, dragons, and unicorns as “faeries”." Faeries, also known as Fairies or Fey, is a term used by both themselves and Humans to describe any magical creature that lives in the Invisible World. “Faerie” could also be another name for the Invisible World itself,” -Spiderwick ChroniclesThe meaning of the word has changed over the years. There are in fact various different meanings for the one word Faerie (as well as many different ways of spelling it).
- "(in folklore) one of a class of supernatural beings, generally conceived as having a diminutivehuman form and possessing magical powers with which they intervene in human affairs, ” -Dictionary.com
- "animaginarysupernaturalbeing,usuallyrepresentedindiminutivehumanformandcharacterizedasclever,playful,andhavingmagicalpowers,” -Dictionary.com
- "a small imaginary being of human form that has magical powers, esp. a female one,"Google Dictionary
- "They are nature sprits/beings found on Earth and beings from another realm, known as Faerie. With a myriad of appearances and personalities like anyone else, fae are the universes’ beloved contradictions rolled up into a ball of different life,"faeriepedie
- ”…the fae are anthropomorphic personifications of nature. Nature, when looked at realistically, is hardly fluffy. When it is, it can still usually sting, claw, bite, burn, prick, or at very least tickle you in sometimes-uncomfortable places,” -anderen-faqMany definitions consider faeries as “invisible beings” or “Spirits of nature”, but it changes depending on the certain tradition, lore, cultural, or personal background.
Now, I’m sure quite a few of you picture fairy as the pictures above. A small humanoid being (usually female) with butterfly wings or various other insect like wings.This “definition” of fairy became very popular during the Victorian era (mid to late 19th century). The genre of faeries and fairy tales was quite popular during this era .
What really are Faeries? The most consistent definition is “Non-human” and “Supernatural”.
They are non-human beings from folkore, fairy tales, myths, and legends; however, many agree that things like gods, angels, demons, and ect are not faeries…or are they?
“From post-Christian ideology to faery lore, it was believed that fae are magical creatures without souls and because people believed that they had no doubt in their right minds that fae must be in the pay of the Devil. One belief to this cause was that the children that Eve hid from Yahweh…”
“One popular story held that when the angels revolted, God ordered the gates shut; those still in heaven remained angels, those in hell became devils, and those caught in between became fairies…”
“A fourth belief was the faeries were demons entirely. This belief became much more popular with the growth of Puritanism. The hobgoblin, once a friendly household spirit, became a wicked goblin…”
It is also noted that some believe the Faerie to be the gods of old. The gods that have been forgotten.
What do I think faeries are?
Now, we are venturing into the area ofmy ownpersonal belief (UPG).
Faeries are the beings from the realm next door. They are entities born from the dreams of the gods (and some even the collective dreams of mankind). The word “Faerie” is used to describe these creatures that originated from that land, the Faelands (Feylands, Faylands, Farielands).
They possess “supernatural” abilities and have an ability towards magic.
Various UPG names that I call them
- The Dreaming People
- The Fair
The word “Faerie” or “Fae”, as I use it, is an umbrella term for many different beings from the Faelands. If it originates from the faelands, then I typically consider it a faerie.
They are, and should be considered individually, beings of various backgrounds, personalities, “morals”, appearance, and so on. Faeries are both beautiful and grotesque. They are both powerful and feeble. They are both wise and foolish. They are beings that should be considered as individuals, even though they do have a “group” mentality at times.
- Local Fae
- Wondering/Traveling Fae
- Arcadian Fae
These fae exist and live on our side of the fence, within our own realm. They willingly (but not always) came to our realm to physically live. As such, they tend to be less connected and affiliated with the Faelands, though some do have connections. Local Fae can travel to the Faelands, but typically they tend to stray away from any of the political business of the Faelands. As such, they tend to not belong to a Court, Clan, Tribe, or any other form of group within the Faelands. However, the Local Fae do sometimes form their own groups within our lands. More likely though, Local Fae tend to live independently.
These are the brownies, the various house elves, hobgoblins, goblins, gremlins, boggarts, and so on.
As these fae live on our side of the fence, they tend to be more tolerant and understanding towards mortals; however, they are fae and should be treated as such. Local Fae are some of the easiest fae to start working with.
Traveling Fae are wanderers. They constantly travel from realm to realm in a nomadic like lifestyle. There are many that have connections to either Faeland Groups or Local Fae groups. These are the adventurers, the explorers, the tricksters. The pooka, cait sith, knockers, pixies, flower fae, foxes, and so on. They enjoy a free life style.
These are the fae that tend to appear more phantom like because they’re not always one hundred percent in one realm all at once. Quite a few of these fae do enjoy dream traveling as well.
These are the fae that exist physically within the Faelands. The Court Fae, the Clan Fae, the Tribe Fae, the fae that exist within many various political groups. The Unseelie Fae, the Seelie Fae, the Autumn Fae, the Lake Fae, the Mirror Fae, the Marsh Fae, and so on.
These are the Sidhe, the maidens, the various high elves, and the more humanoid looking faeries. These faeries are more likely to work within a various group, but there are some that are independent from any group.
Arcadian Fae can travel to our side of the fence, though they tend to keep it strictly to business (unlike Traveling Fae that tend to go for fun).
These faeries have the most potential for being dangerous. They have less tolerance towards mortals, though some like the Summer Court can be more understanding.
It is important to be very cautions when visiting a group within the Faelands.
side note: It is important to make a note that all the various subcategories of fae (brownies, sidhe, goblins, elves, etc) are not trapped within one category. There are various brownies that are Arcadian Fae, and there can be many sidhe that have become Local Fae.
Herbs for Calm and Relaxation
These herbs can be placed in a sachet or charm bag to calm and relax the carrier. If you lack any of the following herbs, you can always use sweet-smelling flowers or spices instead; whatever scents calm you will work. Remember to always research each herb before you work with it and use them safely.
- St. John’s Wort