Fairies were real once…
Even two hundred years ago, people took fairies really seriously. The word Fairy comes from the Old French form faerie, which means “enchantress.” They resemble small humans, but they have magical powers. From Persian mythology, we learn that fairies are magical creatures, descended from angels.
“Fairy” is one of the most beautiful mythological concepts. The actual belief in fairies has been with us on Earth for thousands of years. Fairies were celebrated in folklore, songs, stories, drama and poems. They are mischievous and whimsical like children.
The fairies were aristocratic and had monarchs: knights, ladies, and royal courts, which threw feasts and balls, as well as a King and Queen. Shakespeare calls them Oberon and Titania – the Queen’s name Titania is derived from the Roman Diana. People believe that fairy aristocrats are elves descended from ancient, vanquished gods. Shakespeare describes Titania’s chariot as an empty hazelnut shell, in which she gallops night and day through lovers’ brains and then they dream of love, over the fingers of lawyers, who dream of fees, over the lips of ladies who dream of kisses
Aristocratic fairy folk lives in a parallel world, in palaces and they are the most powerful and most beautiful of fairies. They are gregarious, they love making music and dancing. They are seen dancing on moonlit nights on the velvety grass, wearing robes of blue, white, green and scarlet and they are called “the shining ones.” These beings are compassionate and kind and have the highest regard for life and nature. Though they are ancient, they have the innocence of a child. As long as they live, they celebrate the magic and beauty of the Earth. Their keen senses see each nuance of life and delight in the miracle of creation every second of every day.
On Midsummer’s Eve the fairies are at their merriest.
Fairies are spirits of Mother Nature, their religion is pagan and they worship and live near to all kinds of deities. In union with Nature, they possess keen intuition and psychic senses. They became identified with witches in the 16th century. King James I of England in his book about witches, called Diana the goddess of witches and the “Queen of Fairies.”
What then is a fairy?
A fairy is a supernatural being in possession of unbounded magical powers. It can render itself invisible to human beings and possesses knowledge of natural forces. Fairies have been called the “good folk” and the “fair folk.” We know of their occupations and ways of amusement, they have offspring and they fight each other, they have the ability to shape-shift. Also, we are envious for they have got magic caps, cloaks and use certain herbs for concoctions and they are immortal. The fairy folk is also described as “dangerously amorous” and has got an inclination for practical jokes. All of them are described as being intensely enamored with dancing, singing, music, feasting and revelry, and they were arrant thieves, patronized by Greek Hermes.
What do Fairies do?
Fairies ride, dance, play games, hold markets, make their crafts and grow their food of which they most love butter and saffron. They have their own animals: small horses, cattle and dogs. Among their crafts are weaving, spinning, leatherworking, tailoring, shoe-making and boat building. Their special powers? Fairies levitate and they fly and have some control over the weather and seasons. One of their abilities is to change time in a mystical way. Patrons of fertility, they are really sexy creatures. Their amorousness is legendary. They also love kindness, chastity, virtue and cleanliness and often help humans.
Fairies in Mythologies
In Scandinavian Mythology the fairy folk were called “elves.” They are often compared to the nymphs in Greek Mythology. In Ireland, there is a fairy tribe of the Tuathe De Danann – which translates to “Tribe of the Goddess (D)Ana.” The Irish name for Friday is Aione, which is equivalent to Roman Dies Veneris (Day of Venus) providing a conceptual link between Aione and Venus. The English “Friday” is linked to the Germanic Goddess Freya, who is also an aspect of Venus-Aphrodite.
Flower Fairies look like beautiful human children, but with pointy elfin ears, dreamy eyes and wings like that of a butterfly. They are amongst the smallest of fairies. They are spirits of nature who care for flowers, plants, and trees. Flowers are their homes, their cities, their society. A four-leafed clover may be used to break the spell of a faerie. Pansy is the flower used as a love potion by Oberon, the fairy king. There is a fairy to every flower, which has got different virtues: aesthetic, mood and character. The lily fairy brings great spirituality and purity. She communicates with the angels, who are the Messengers of God. In particular, she is associated with the Archangel Gabriel, who is often depicted holding a lily.
Fairies can bring a feeling of magic, playfulness, and romance in our lives. They are constantly attracted by any form of creativity. Lovers, artists, poets, writers, sculptors, weavers, musicians, their world is full of charming beauty, with spirit, joy, and inspiration, of laughter and love.
“To dream that you see a fairy” – says an ancient astrologer, “is a very favorable dream. Beggars have had this dream and after that became very rich. Swains and maidens have related this dream, and I have said: “Happy man! A noble wife for thee and a rich dowry too! Happy woman! Thou shalt find a husband, indeed! The laboring man who dreams this dream shall rapidly rise into independence. And the bearing woman shall be safely delivered.”
Just like the Knights have chivalric virtues, the Fairies have their own Code:
Fairies are psychedelic. Absinthe is also known as La Fee Verte (The Green Fairy) It became highly popular in the Bohemian Paris and was embraced by poets, writers, and artists. It could induce insanity.