Epcot’s “Green Man”

In faerie lore, the “Green Man” protects the forests, including the plants & animals in it. He’s rarely seen, and – though I’ve noticed his figure represented at Epcot’s “Living with the Land” attraction – I wasn’t sure I wanted to reveal him.

At times, he’s easy to see. After you pass the first half of the stormy, wooded display, he’s just past a fallen tree. He’s on the far side of a standing tree, sometimes concealed by lighting effects.

Unless someone at Disney reads this and changes the display, the easiest way to spot him is to look for a large, leafy shrub with a yellow-ish “glove” on the figure’s left hand. (That’s on his right side as you’re looking at him from the boat.)

Sometimes, I describe it as his “Michael Jackson glove.” When you see it, it really does look like a glove. That’s what first got my attention.

I’m not sure if he was planted (no pun intended) there, deliberately. He’s been part of Epcot’s “Living with the Land” for at least seven years.

I’ve searched YouTube videos, hoping to find just one that clearly shows him, but most are far too dark.

In the following video from 2011, you can almost see him, though I don’t see the yellow glove. (That may be a later addition to him.)

Here’s a screenshot to show you what to look for at the 2:33 point in the YouTube video.

Epcot's Green Man

Here’s the actual video (fast-forward to around 2:30 if you’re in a hurry to see him):


Though that’s not a clear view of Epcot’s “Green Man,” it should be enough for you to find him if you’re at Disney World and go on the “Living with the Land” attraction.

I’ve looked for him in other parts of that attraction, but haven’t seen anything else that’s clearly a faerie of any kind, including a Green Man.

In the jungle section (look for vines and monkeys on the left, and a waterfall on the right), I’ve seen what looked like a figure, moving around near the top of the rocks on the right.

But, in over 50 visits, I’ve only seen that figure twice and it was in the shadows. So, it may have been a Disney cast member or maintenance worker, making an urgent repair or tweak.

The main Green Man – illustrated above – is the only one I’m pretty sure you’ll see, if you’re at Epcot and look for him.

I’m not claiming he’s an actual Green Man. Also, it may be just a configuration of leaves that look a lot like a Green Man.

My most likely explanation is: Someone who built or maintains Epcot’s “Living with the Land” attraction wanted to hint at a classic figure from faerie lore.

I think that’s a wonderful tribute to the Green Man and other “green faeries.”

The Return of the Faeries ?

Are faeries returning to our world?

Are faeries returning to our world?

It’s been nearly 100 years since people in the Western world generally accepted the reality of faeries.

Starting with the Industrial Revolution, a belief in faeries stopped being so accepted.

Then, with an increasing intrusion by the world of science, and influences by philosophers such as Karl Marx — claiming that, to be real, something must be able to be weighed or measured — by the middle of the 20th century, most people dismissed faeries as “make believe.”

Some cultures — including those in Celtic countries — quietly maintained a belief in faeries.  However, most “advanced” thinkers didn’t talk about faeries in real terms.

Suddenly, people are becoming more aware of faeries in our world.  Whether the faeries ever left… that’s a discussion for another day.  Maybe they were always here, but people refused to see them or explained them in other ways.

All I know is this:  More and more people are describing faerie-like encounters.  Often, when people tell me their stories, they’re baffled.

They aren’t telling me about “imaginary friends.”  They’re talking about unexplained lights that they see in their homes or gardens.

A few days ago, a friend said that his apartment might be haunted.  He talked about hearing his name called, just as he was drifting off to sleep.  Then, he noticed a small ball of light.  It blinked on and off, three times, and then it was gone.

Right away, I recognized a typical appearance of faeries.  In addition, the number three is significant in Celtic cultures.

I didn’t say much about it at the time.  He already knows I work with paranormal subjects, such as ghosts.  He’s okay with that.  However, I’m not sure he’s ready to believe in faeries.

I thought about this for a couple of days, and realized how often I’m hearing similar stories.  People usually think they’re telling me about a ghost.  I know they’re describing something else: Faeries.

This is happening more and more often, now.

Did the faeries leave our world for awhile, when people stopped believing in them?  I’m not sure.

However, it looks like the faeries have returned to our world and to our consciousness.

I think that’s a very good thing.

How Many ‘Ghosts’ are Faeries?

Ghost… or faerie?

In my recent podcast, Faeries, Angels, Ghosts and Aliens, I explained some of the similarities — and differences — among these different entities.

In my opinion, some “ghost” reports are actually faeries.

Here’s an example:

Seeking Spirits is a recent book by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, from TAPS and the “Ghost Hunters” TV series.  At the beginning of that book, Grant talks about a small, dark entity that he and a friend encountered in childhood.

When I read the description, I knew right away that he was describing what we’d usually call a faerie… not a ghost.  But, whatever it was, it sparked his interest in ghosts.

Ghosts generally aren’t small and dark.  Several faeries could be described that way.  In an upcoming podcast, I’ll talk about one that fits his description, perfectly.  (I think I encountered one at The Spalding Inn, the hotel that Jason & Grant own.)

Here are some other ways to tell ghosts and faeries apart:

1. Faeries like things tidy.  If your room or home is messy, faeries will hide things.

When someone tells me about their ghost being a prankster, and hiding things that later turn up in unlikely places… I usually suspect that it’s a faerie, not a ghost.

Ghosts usually like the house to be left as it was when they lived there.  Other than that, they don’t seem to care if someone it excessively neat or incredibly slovenly.

2. Some faeries tease or torment some pets. Some faeries are notorious for hopping on the back of the family dog, and riding it around the house like a horse, all night.

I have no idea why faeries think that’s funny, or even okay.  And, it’s not all faeries or all family pets.

However, when a family pet — especially a dog or cat — encounters a ghost, the animal usually backs away, hides, or otherwise avoids any contact with the ghost.  There are no stories about ghosts steadily tormenting family pets.

If it’s a regular event and the pet is exhausted every morning… that’s more likely a faerie problem, not a haunting.

3. Faeries may have wings.  Ghosts never do. (This isn’t the time for me to discuss “dark angels” or vampires or anything else in that realm. )

However, if someone thinks that his or her “ghost” is a visiting angel — but doesn’t have the benevolent qualities of an angel — I usually guess that the entity is actually a faerie.

4. Ghosts walk through walls.  Faeries rarely do. I’m not sure if faeries are more limited by the physical laws of our world, but there aren’t many stories (if any) of a faerie walking through a wall.  Plenty of ghost stories include that feature.

Are “ghost hunters” sometimes encountering faeries?

When you’re watching paranormal-themed TV shows, pay close attention to the descriptions of the entities.

Though the homeowners and the investigators may call some entities “ghosts” or even “demons,” I think they’re often describing faeries.

And, when someone tells me they see “orbs” in real life — not just in photos and video images — I wonder if they’re actually talking about faeries.

I’m not sure how many people (or TV shows) confuse ghosts and faeries, but I am certain that some of them do.

So, if you watch those shows, pay attention to how the entity is described.

They might be talking about a faerie, not a ghost.

Faeries and ‘Imaginary’ Friends

fairyland255Parents often contact me because they’re afraid that a child’s ‘imaginary’ friend is actually a ghost.

In most cases, they don’t need to worry.  I believe that the vast majority of invisible friends (or friends that only the child can see) are faeries.

Shy faeries may choose to remain invisible.  Other faeries have their own reasons for appearing translucent or as a simple ball of light.   Some might be scary to a small child… and even more scary to a skeptical adult!

However, the loss of a childhood ‘imaginary’ friend is one of the great tragedies of growing up.  It’s so traumatic for some people that, when they become parents, they want to banish the entity — as a ghost — before the child can become emotionally attached to it.

If you had an imaginary friend when you were little, think about this:  What if that friend had been real, after all?

When children are very small, they’re too young to know that ‘faeries aren’t real’.  So, they encounter them… sometimes every day.

It’s a happy friendship.

I think that we’re doing children and faeries a huge disservice by insisting that those friends are merely imaginary.  It’s even worse when parents decide that they’re ghosts, and try to drive them away.

crocus-75Do you think that ‘imaginary’ friends might be faeries?

I’d like to hear your opinions.  Leave a comment to share your thoughts.