Garden Faeries?

faerie garden lairs ?
Do faeries (fairies) sometimes live in garden lairs?

I had never heard of a garden fairy (faerie) lair before I saw this article.  And, looking at the photo… well, she might be right.

May Dreams Gardens: Revealing birds, fairies, and letters

www.maydreamsgardens.com11/26/11

It is even harder, though, to be quiet enough to sneak up to this spot and actually see the garden fairies than it is to sneak up on the birds. They are too swift and alert to be caught out in the open by a big awkward gardener

I’m not sure why this make so much sense to me.  I’m not even sure the gardener is serious about this.  However, it seemed to ring true when I read it.

As I’m writing this, here in New Hampshire, snow is on the ground.  However, when spring arrives… well, this might be something to create in the garden, with moss and clover and other faerie-like plants.

It’s something to add to your garden plans.  Let me know what happens, if you try this.

Also, I noticed this variation on my faerie door ideas.  It’s just the door and the window, to attach to a tree in your garden.

Though it’s designed as a cute decoration, it might just work if you’d like faeries to visit you.

Where Do Faeries Live? – mini-podcast

Ireland rainbowWhere do faeries live… and is that important, right now?

In this three-minute mini-podcast, Fiona Broome talks about the classic descriptions of where faeries live. [Listen now]

She also gives examples of traditional ways to reach the faerie realm.

They share a degree of cognitive dissonance.  That is, a deliberate disconnect from what most people consider “reality,” and an attempt to cross apparent boundaries between our world and where the faeries live.

Is that important in crossing the barriers that separate our two realms?

From a research standpoint, is it important (or even safe) to deliberately journey in their world?

For now, Fiona proposes studying faeries and where they enter our world.  Once we better understand how they interact with us and this environment, we may be prepared (and welcomed) in their realm.

Click here to listen to this mini-podcast right now, online

Where do faeries live? Mini-podcast

Believing in Faeries

Faeries podcast - free - Believing in faeriesPutting aside her usual scientific and sociological tone, faerie researcher Fiona Broome explains why believing in faeries is so exciting.

Faerie / fairy podcasts - Believing in faeriesShe starts by explaining that people around the world believed in faeries (or entities like them) through the early 20th century.  Then, the tidal wave of science smashed the dreams of faerie believers by calling their ideals mere “fantasies.”

However, despite the disapproval by many, people continue to believe in faeries and the fae world.

This goes beyond the “Ooh, cool!” exclamations of some science fiction enthusiasts.  It’s more of an affinity for faeries, mermaids, dragons, and the ideals (and personalities) of King Arthur’s court.

Faerie believers aren’t just wishing that faeries were real.  They believe in them. From the first time these people encounter a “fairy tale” or something related to the faerie-fantasy realm, there’s a deep sense of recognition.  It’s an “ah-HA!” moment, and sometimes a sense of finding home.

Science changes its mind

Keep in mind that the rules of 20th century science don’t necessarily apply today.  Look into the discoveries and mysteries of gravity, and how that relates to quantum science and membrane studies.

Also consider Dr. Fred Wolf’s views on dreams and alternate realities, as presented in What the Bleep? and other intriguing studies.  He presents wonderful “what if..?” questions.

Fiona talks about topics like these, and how they may related to the real world of faeries.

Book review

This podcast includes a brief review of The Ultimate Fairies Handbook, by Susannah Marriott.  (Fiona’s more complete review is at FaerieMagick.com.)

Listen to this podcast on your computer (MP3)

Music: The Moods of Man, written and orchestrated by James Underberg.

Ultimate Fairies Handbook – Review

Ultimate Fairies HandbookThe Ultimate Fairies Handbook by Susannah Marriott offers 432 pages of charming illustrations and articles related to the faerie (or fairy) world.

Ms. Marriott is a British writer who recently moved to Cornwall, home of the “piskies” (discussed in my podcast, Flying Faeries – fairies that fly).  She’s been featured in the Weekend Guardian and Daily Record, and broadcasted on BBC Radio 4.

The Ultimate Fairies Handbook is described as ” a modern classic – a must-have addition to every fairy enthusiasts library.”  I agree.  Classic (and lovely) illustrations of faeries alternate with short stories, poetry, facts and folklore, and information about the faerie world.

I especially like this book because it doesn’t try to dazzle you with a lovely cover, and then leave you disappointed when you start reading it.

This is a book you’ll use as a starting point for more in-depth research.  You’re even more likely to keep it next to your bed, to read a little about the faeries each night before drifting off to happy dreams.

For me, this Ultimate Fairies Handbook is more entertaining than a fairy encyclopedia.  It’s certainly not as tedious as academic studies of the fae (or fairy) world, but this wasn’t assembled as a “just the facts” book.

This book provides lots of information, folklore, and delightful thoughts about faeries, and more rich illustrations than most books in this category.

Faerie enthusiasts will want to own a copy of this book.  It is charming and filled with happy images, prose and poetry.  If you love faeries, The Ultimate Fairies Handbook is truly a “something for everyone” kind of book.

[rating:4]

Flying Faeries – fairies that fly!

Faeries podcast - free - Flying faeries and fairies that fly Flying fairies (or flying faeries) are a popular and controversial topic.

This 14-minute podcast divides flying faeries into three categories:

  1. Faeries in the parkWinged faeries and those that fly in their own form (not shapeshifters) and by their own power.  These include flying fairies such as Tinkerbell, but also orbs that represent faeries.
  2. Faeries — such as Trows — that levitate, or fly on twigs, flower stems, and so on.  Many of them use magick (magic) phrases, including “Horse & Hattock.”
  3. Faeries (or part-faeries) that are shapeshifters and take the form of birds or other flying creatures.  These include the Swan Maidens, who may appear as birds or they may fly with the aid of a magical cloak of feathers.

Some creatures are not flying fairies, but may be confused with them.  They include:

  • Angels
  • Vampires
  • Incubus and succubus

Flying fairies include flying pixies — or piskies (also called pigsies) — that appear as white moths around dusk.

Some faeries shapeshift into butterflies, and some may appear as flies.

Other faeries shapeshift from human-like form into birds.   Earl Fitzgerald, the son of Aine (a faerie) and Gerald, Earl of Desmond, can appear as a goldfinch.

Similar stories appear in history and faerie lore from Siberia to the Dakotas.

If you’re interested in flying fairies (also spelled flying faries or flying faeries),  and want more information about faeries, listen to this podcast.

Click here to listen to this podcast on your computer (MP3)

Podcast music:

The Moods of Man, written & orchestrated by James Underberg