The Little People – and big people

This article was from around 2000, when I lived in Nashua, NH, USA.

The Little People

A few times, always outside or just inside our patio door, I’ve seen little people.

This is so preposterous, I’m hesitant to admit to it.

However, they seem to be there, even though I’ve only seen them about four or five times in the past three years.

They’re about three feet tall. They look exactly like those ceramic garden figures.

You know, the Munchkin-looking figures with the tall, usually red, pointy caps…?  Garden gnomes, like in the Travelocity commercials…?

That’s what I’ve seen, except they’re translucent. And we stare at each other for about half a second, the figure nods or moves slightly, and he vanishes.

They’re always male. They always look just like the ceramic figures or sketches in the book, Gnomes.

They always freeze when they see me, just as I freeze when I see them. It’s something that I see out of the corner of my eye, and they’re still there for that split second while I turn my head to see them full-face.

And then they’re gone. And I chuckle a little, feel a little nervous, and continue with whatever I was doing.

I have no idea what they are. I get the idea they’re playing games with the squirrels who frequent our patio, but I’m not certain if the squirrels are thrilled with this.

And, it’s become worse since I added plastic flamingos to our patio display, out of sheer kitsch.

Big people

Okay, it’s just one.

He’s a tall male, with straight, shoulder-length light brown hair. He’s probably in his 30s. He wears a cloak, as some people do at Renaissance Faires. In fact, he looks exactly like he’s at a RenFaire.

When I see him in real life, it’s usually when he’s walking up the corridor (away from me) between our living room and the bedroom areas.

He’s translucent, usually glances back to look directly at me when I see him, smiles and sometimes nods in acknowledgement, and then he fades in less than a second.

The only time I’ve seen him for any length of time in a dream, was in the first dream I had where he showed me another way to the Otherworld. (We were in NYC and we went through a high, round window in a church. Go figure. I mean, really, it was just a dream.)

Other than that, I only catch these fleeting glimpses of him.

He seems nice enough, but fairly businesslike. It’s as if he’s here for a specific purpose, and has no plans to waste time on anything else.

I’ve seen a couple of other figures, always at least as large as a human male, but they fade so quickly, I can’t describe them except they seem more bluish than anything. They aren’t the same as the man in the cloak.

Other figures and anomalies

Other than the little people and the big ones, I see things out of the corner of my eye. A large shadow racing across the floor. A few sparkles that are there just for a second when I look straight at them (no, not head rush) and then they’re gone.

These things happen three or four times in a week, and then nothing for a week or even a month. No pattern to it.


There are many different kinds of manifestations. I consider all of these “faeries,” though some may object to my inclusive use of that word.

They’re not ghosts. Ghosts are totally different, with a completely different style. (I talk about them at  Ghosts generally want attention. These things don’t seem to care if I see them or not. In fact, they don’t expect me to see them.

Are they really faeries? I don’t know.

My “gut feeling” is that they’re fae. And that’s what I’ll call them until someone gives me a better explanation.

Photo credits
Garden gnome (blue) by Caleb Wells, Idaho, USA
Fantasy people by Ophelia Cherry, Milan, Italy

How to See Faeries

Do you want to know how to see faeries (or fairies)?

I can only tell you what faeries look like to me.

Well, I can tell you what I see that I assume are faeries. Nobody knows what they really are.

However, most people who’ve seen these flying shapes seem to independently conclude that they’re faeries. And, I’m not sure why they assume this, but it’s startlingly consistent.

Because they only vaguely resemble media representations of faeries, I believe that my “gut feeling” — and that of others — is probably correct: they’re faeries.

But, the truth is, nobody is sure what these are.

About the photos

The photos on the following pages in this series were created with Adobe Photoshop, they are not real. They’re only to help you learn how to see faeries.

They accurately represent what I see in real life, but haven’t captured on film.

Unlike some ghosts, who seem to like to be photographed, I think it might be a mistake to try to photograph the faeries.

I don’t think it would work.

And frankly, while I’m fascinated by ghosts, I’m not quite so scientific about the faeries. It’s a very different field, and more spiritual, in a way.

Types of faerie forms

I’ve seen a variety of faeries. The vast majority of them are blurry spheres of light. I also see faerie windows or portals, which are brilliant openings which appear on my walls, and vanish quickly.

The next most-frequently seen forms are translucent, full-sized figures, the same size as humans or slightly larger.

Then there are the forms which are the size of little people, maybe three feet tall.

Finally, there are the odd things I see now and then, out of the corner of my eye, and since I don’t see them directly or for very long, I can only describe them as odd lights and shadows, usually quick-moving. They range from sparkly lights to large shadows.

In these pages, I’ll describe each kind of faerie form:

By learning what faeries really look like, you may understand how to see faeries (or fairies)… or realize that you’ve been seeing faeries all along and didn’t know it.

Photo credits:
Fairy in the Moonlight by alexandra elefteriadou,Thessaloniki, Greece

Faerie windows or portals

Do faerie windows or portals exist?

As of 2018, reports of them have increased.

In an apartment I lived in over 10 years ago, I’d see a window open up, usually high on the wall near the ceiling.

Here’s how I described it at the time:

It opens, the light is brilliant, sometimes I see a blurry sphere of light fly in or out from it, and then it closes. The whole thing takes about half a second.


It looks so much like the door Al uses in that old TV show, “Quantum Leap,” I’d think someone was joking if I hadn’t seen this myself, several times.

I wasn’t the only one who saw these, and yes, we ruled out lights from outside, passing cars (the apartment was on the third floor), and so on.

Even skeptics saw them but couldn’t find a reasonable explanation.

At the time, I received regular reports of similar sightings among faerie enthusiasts. Now, the reports are far more frequent, and often confused with ghostly phenomena… even though nothing else seems “ghostly” at the site.

Are these faeries? I have no idea, but reports are very different from ghosts and ghost orbs.

fairy window
Simulation of what a faerie (fairy) window or portal looks like

The light is generally white, sometimes with a bit of yellow and lime green (X-Files green) added to it. Other colors have been reported.

Some report horizontal bands where the amount of light and color varies.

faerie window
Another simulation of a faerie window

I would guess that the windows are approximately 9″x12″, horizontal.The edges are slightly blurry, but I’m not sure if that’s just how I perceived it because the light was so bright.

If you see one, the edges are usually crisper than the way the spheres of light appear. In other words, it’s not like someone is hiding in the hallway, and shining a flashlight into the room when you’re not watching the door.

These windows rarely open in the same spot on the wall, twice in a row. They can open in different rooms, and on different walls. So, I don’t think these are stationary portals.

I rarely saw anything emerge from the window; something always flew into it, or it opened and closed and I don’t see anything coming or going.

Then again, the whole process was so fast, I rarely had time to point it out to anyone else in the room.

Others saw this phenomenon in our home, too. But, by the time they said, “Did you see that…?” the faerie window had closed.

Their descriptions were consistent, even when they knew nothing about my interest in faerie realms, or even my paranormal research.

And in general, it’s extremely rare to see one of these windows, compared with the frequency with which we see spheres of light.

I’ve never felt fear afraid when I saw this kind of window open. My immediate reaction was (and still is) pure fascination.

Also, I’m still impressed with how much these look like Quantum Leap.

If you’re not familiar with the Quantum Leap door (sometimes a window), here’s part of a video that shows that kind of scene.

If you’ve seen something like this, I hope you’ll leave a comment and describe it. Your experiences might help others understand what they saw, too.

Blurry spheres of light – What faeries really look like

Most of the faeries that we see (and that other people notice in our home) look like blurry spheres of light. Usually–probably 95% of the time–I see them as white or very pale yellow. Sometimes they are pink, or blue, or darkish grey.

I don’t think that the darker ones are “bad”. They’re just a different color, or perhaps I just perceive them that way.

faeries over my sewing table
what faeries would look like
over my sewing table
Because they’re not usually distinct, it’s difficult to describe the exact size of them. On average, I’d guess that they range between the size of a ping pong ball, and the size of a tennis ball. (Remember: These are not real photos – I created them to show you what I see.)
faeries on mona
what faeries would look like,
visiting Mona at the Louvre
These spheres appear in daytime and night, with no apparently “favorite” time to appear.Sometimes they blink in and out like a light switch was turned on and off. This is rare. Usually, they seem to fly into another dimension, and fade from sight gradually.

They are not brighter at night.They move at varying speeds. They do not move when my eye does, as a “floater” would.

Sometimes they hover for a split-second. Usually, they’re moving.

Sometimes you’ll see them out of the corner of your eye. Usually you’ll see them directly.

They are clearly part of the environment. They don’t appear to fly through furniture, but fly around it. I never confuse them with a reflection on my reading glasses.

They only vaguely resemble reflections off passing cars. However, they aren’t usually such distinct shapes as reflections are.

Sometimes, faeries fly between two of us, when we’re talking. This is what causes skeptical visitors to ask, “What’s that?”


If you see lights like this out of the corner of your eye, and they seem to move when your eye does, or, if you see “fireworks” out of the corner of one eye, see your doctor immediately. Some medical conditions can cause this type of visual impression; many of them are easiest to treat if discovered early.

Faeries likes and dislikes

You do not have to believe in faeries. You must be willing to objectively see what’s going on around you, but you don’t have to believe.

The faeries are real, whether you believe in them or not. They won’t stay where they’re ignored or ridiculed, but they are very, very real.

I fully realize how odd it sounds, to say that I see faeries and interact with them. I mean, I would never mention this in conversation at a corporate cocktail party, and expect to be taken seriously!

However, I really do see them, and others do too, regardless of how they explain them. Even complete skeptics notice the flitting lights and shadows in our home, and often ask what they are. Sometimes I say, “I don’t know,” which is true. At other times, I’ll admit, “We think they’re faeries.”

Regardless of the explanation, the visitor will usually comment that he/she is still seeing these odd little things, later.

So, if you raise an eyebrow as you read this, it’s okay. I know that, whether or not you believe in them, you will see them if they’re nearby.

It will take an open mind to accept their reality.

How to attract faeries

How do you attract faeries? Like other beings, faeries have their own likes and dislikes. It’s difficult to say, “Oh, this will definitely work,” because they’re just like you and me in that respect.

We have our own reasons for going places.

For example, I love libraries but if the librarians are snooty, I won’t go back a second time.

So, if you don’t let the faeries know that you are aware of them and appreciate them, they may not return.

Here are common likes (and dislikes) of faeries:


  • Tidiness, order, and cleanliness, especially in the kitchen
  • Bread and cake – little bits set out in the evening
  • Something that clearly invites them. The faerie door is a good example.
  • Milk or water, set out in the evening, perhaps in a nice thimble (but not one made of iron or steel)
  • Glittery and shiny things – small bells, marbles, jewelry (no iron or steel)
  • Music – light, happy music, even singing in the shower can help
  • Low lighting – they are most often seen at dusk and dawn, but a small candle (electric is okay) can guide them to your home


  • Iron things. Especially scissors left out in plain view. Pins, knives, anything made of iron will frighten them, sometimes.
  • Clutter, disorder, stacks of things that haven’t been sorted, and so on
  • Bells. I know that some faeries like bells, but they are their own bells. If your cat wears a bell, or you have a very rude alarm clock, or something like that, the noise may drive away the faeries.
  • Water. Many “psychic” experiences are attributed to a deep, hidden stream under a building. Some faeries are the opposite: They don’t like to cross a stream, hidden or visible. (Then again, we have plenty of faeries who live in or near the water, so this isn’t a firm rule.)
  • Looking them in the eye. It is said that you can gain control over a faerie, especially a Leprechaun, if you look him/her straight in the eye and hold that gaze.

Forest illustration by Timo Balk
Used with permission.