Types of Faeries




Fairies? Let me tell you about fairies. They are a lot like Tinkerbell and friends, and they are not. There are many types of fairies depending on who you ask and which culture you are talking about.

The wee folk in English literature are called Pixies or spirits. They are mischievous, enjoy messing with young females and they love leading travelers down the wrong path. The folklore also involves babies being stolen and replacing them with changelings. To avoid this, they believe using cold iron, charms made from Rowan and herbs, or they say to just avoid the areas where it is said the fae dwell or are seen.

The Irish fairies come in 7 types but I will only touch on a few of the more known:

a) The Dullahan – They are headless. Although the dullahan has no head upon its shoulders, he carries it with him, either on the saddle-brow of his horse or upraised in his right hand. Around midnight on certain Irish festivals or feast days, this wild and black-robed horseman may be observed riding a dark and snorting steed across the countryside. ¹

b) The Pooka – The Pooka is feared more than any other fairy in Ireland. It lurks about at night causing havoc. It can take on many forms as well. It mostly shows itself in the form of a sleek, dark horse with sulfurous yellow eyes and a long wild mane. It tears down fences & gates, scares livestock so that they take off, tramples crops, and just does a lot of damage around remote farms. ²

c) Changelings – Changelings are baby fairies that are born with deformities or stunted and the parents will reject them. These children will be switched out with perfect human children and the fairy left behind will work evil into the household. Humans can tell if its a changeling or their child by the temperament. The majority of human children are happy and cheerful, the changeling is not unless something bad happens to the household. ³

d) The Banshee – The bean-sidhe(woman of the fairy may be an ancestral spirit appointed to forewarn members of certain ancient Irish families of their time of death. According to tradition, the banshee can only cry for five major Irish families: the O’Neills, the O’Briens, the O’Connors, the O’Gradys and the Kavanaghs. Intermarriage has since extended this select list. The banshee appears mostly in one of three ways: a young woman, a stately matron or an old hag. They represent the triple aspects of the Celtic goddess of war and death, namely Badhbh, Macha and the Morrigan.) She usually wears either a gray, hooded cloak or the winding sheet or grave robe of the dead. She may also appear as a washer-woman, and is seen apparently washing the blood stained clothes of those who are about to die. In this form she is known as the bean-nighe (washing woman). The banshee may also appear in a variety of other forms, such as that of a hooded crow, stoat, hare and weasel – animals associated in Ireland with witchcraft.

e) The Leprechauns – The name leprechaun may have derived from the Irish leath bhrogan (shoemaker), although its origins may lie in luac harma’n (Irish for pygmy). They appear as old, small men dressed in green outfits who are usually drunk. They never get drunk enough to drop their hammer though as that would affect their shoe making. There are two groups : the leprechaun and the cluricaun. The cluricaun might steal, cause mayhem at night, and will raid wine cellars and food storage areas. They will also ride various livestock at night.

Doing some research, I found some interesting theories as to how fairies came to be. Some say they are souls that were never baptized, others say they are fallen angels, and the most popular and most believed is that they are nature spirits.

I am one of those that believes they are nature spirits, especially as I am one of the lucky ones that has seen them and know they are around. I have fairy figures all over my house, I own fairy oracle cards, I have pictures of them, and have flowers *not real as I can’t keep them alive most days! Lol * of varying colors around the house as well and shiny things in multiple places. I am currently working on a bird bath/feeder that will be added to the garden I am slowly building so that the fairies continue to know that they are welcome around and in our home.

To attract fairies, plant flowers and be a lover of music as these are the things they love most. They love singing and dancing, and any type of flower. They love sunrise and sunset or even later in the night. Also keep chemicals out of your garden and home. Make sure the flowers and plant life are native to the area. Little houses, crystals, bowls of water are also a good way as it will show that you care for them and their well-being. And most importantly, you MUST BELIEVE.

I hope you enjoyed my blog about fairies! There is a lot more information but I figured this was a good start. Just type in Fairy in your search engine and it will open you to a whole world of information about them!


Redbird the Urban Fairy

¹info from: http://www.irelandseye.com/paddy3/preview.htm

²info from: http://www.irelandseye.com/paddy3/preview2.htm

³ info from: http://www.irelandseye.com/paddy3/preview3.htm

⁴info from: http://www.irelandseye.com/animation/explorer/banshee.html

info from: http://www.irelandseye.com/animation/explorer/leprechaun.html

¹info from: http://www.irelandseye.com/paddy3/preview.htm

²info from: http://www.irelandseye.com/paddy3/preview2.htm

³ info from: http://www.irelandseye.com/paddy3/preview3.htm

⁴info from: http://www.irelandseye.com/animation/explorer/banshee.html

info from: http://www.irelandseye.com/animation/explorer/leprechaun.html 

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