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.