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Celtic Faerie Tradition

Irish LeprechaunPerhaps more than anywhere on Earth, faeries have influenced tradition, spirituality, art, literature, and everyday life in the lands now considered part of the Celtic world, particularly in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England. The faeries of Avalon are woven into Arthurian legends, including Morgan le Fay, the Lady Guenevere, and the mysterious Lady of the Lake, often equated with Nimue. Scottish and Welsh myths, such as the Mabinogion, feature frequent faerie interactions. British, Germanic, and Scandinavian, faeries are often called elves, as found in Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Faeries of Ireland

Ireland seems to have more than its fair share of faeries, but the truth may be that the Irish have simply been more open and intuitive when interacting with the fae. Indeed, many Irish people today are believed to carry the faery bloodlines of their Tuatha de Danaan ancestors. You might be one of them!

The Faery QueenIn Ireland faeries are called the Sidhe, and they are said to live under earthen mounds (also called sidhe), such as Newgrange. Irish creation myths are populated with faeries called the Tuatha de Danaan (tribe of the goddess Danu). This faery tribe of Danu chose to move underground when humans took over the land and they are said to remain there still.

Faeries remain a vital part of daily life in many parts of Ireland even today, though the forces of modernization are rapidly erasing their traces. Brigid, one of the Tuatha de Danaan, has remained so popular that the Catholic church made her a saint to keep church members from remembering her as the faery goddess she really is. “Faerie Forts” are still respected by many Irish farmers who dare not disturb these natural habitations of the fae on their lands, even if they claim not to believe in faeries. And of course we have all heard of  the Irish Leprechauns!

World renowned writers and poets such as William Butler Yeats, Lady Charlotte Guest, William Sharp, Ella Young, and many others often wrote about faeries, and these tales were not intended for children!

Faeries Are Everywhere

No matter where you happen to live, there are faeries and nature spirits are working to help the trees grow, to push up the flowers in the spring, break down the rotting leaves into compost (faery gold), orchestrate weather patterns and the flowing of streams and rivers, enliven the animals, and heal the oceans. They are called by many different names in different parts of the world, but they are all part of what we call the faery realm, which can be experienced through our inner journeys to the Otherworlds and sometimes in our ordinary lives.

Are fairies real? Faery testimonialsFaeries are powerful beings who care more for the welfare of nature than for that of individual humans. Yet we can form working friendships with them for our mutual benefit. This sort of co-creation may be the saving grace of humanity.

Humans have created a serious imbalance in the world, and our technologies threaten the harmony of life on Earth. It is time that people the world over take a lesson from the ancient Celts:

  • Leave offerings for the fae – food, drink, pretty natural things (but not chocolate if animals could get it)
  • Respect natural habitats and leave some places wild for the fae
  • Honor the living beings active in all aspects of nature
  • Ask plants for permission before picking them
  • Respect the welfare of animals
  • Learn to listen to the voices of nature
  • Share live acoustic music and dance
  • Believe in magic!

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