Skip to content

Home of the Fairies,
Place of the Faerie,
Forest of the Fae

‘Poster Print’ (c  1886)
by Henry Ford (1860 – 1941 English)

Writings

About the Faery Fae Site…

'A Celebration'
'Art by Ida Outhwaite (1888 - 1960 Australian)

The Faery Fae website is a combination of information, commentary, imagery and interpretation of all things 'fairy' or 'fae'. It is also a resource and archive of information and images for browsing, research and education, and a general consolidation of information and opinion from the overall web. The site is set up to wander through via the menu navigation (writings, galleries and cards), or can be searched by topic, word or name. There is a growing amount of information about fairies throughout this site, ranging from the Etymology, the study of word origins and evolving meanings, folklore and personal stories, collected facts from various sources, and similar such content. Topics include magic, ettiquette around fairies, practices, history and historical references, definitions and explanations, names and naming, music, biographies and so forth.

Read more

About the Faery Fae Cards…

'A Fairy'
'Art by Warwick Goble (1862 - 1943 British)

The cards offered on this site via subscription, are small pieces of hand produced art works. Each card is a giclée print, meaning it is printed on acid free 100% cotton rag paper with archival inks. The colors are superior and long lasting. This images are uncoated and meant for light handling, as with any piece of art.

There are a number of ways to collect or work with these cards, which may be referred to as any of the following - as blessing cards, inspiration cards, attraction cards, wild cards, meditation cards, reflection cards, wisdom cards, and any other similar descriptions.

Read more

Ai Fairies

'AI image, 'Fairy in multicolored dress, watercolor'
Art by Paul Émile Chabas (1869 - 1937 French)

I recently decided to step away from the collection of vintage imagery on this site and explore the more contemporary imagery of AI (artificial intelligence). After sampling a number of the available on line image generators such as Adobe Firefly, Dream Studio, Midjourney and others, I've been working with Dream Studio primarily to generate a variety of AI images shown in the gallery below. These are very elementary images, as I have been exploring the various techniques of generating text based images with filters such as anime, digital art, comic book, fantasy art and so forth.

Read more

The Human Fairy

'Two Young Girls With A Starfish'
Art by Paul Émile Chabas (1869 - 1937 French)

In closing this recent series' of posts about types of fairies based on elements, environment and specialties, I am going to add one final type - 'Human Fairies', also referred to as fairy people and fairy-humans or half-fairies. Each of these names describe a slightly different slant on the question, 'What is a human fairy?. For instance 'fairy-human' or 'half-fairy' implies a being that is part fairy, part human, an offspring, a half-breed. The term 'fairy people' describes humans with fairy characteristics, such as being unusually attractive to animals, possessing an indescribable subtle beauty about them, or a natural talent with helping plants grow. 'Human fairy' is more descriptive of the natural endowments humans already have within the framework of being a human being. This post is primarily concerned with this last definition.

Read more

Night Fairies, Princess Fairies, Craft Fairies, Ice Fairies…

'Bridget the Fairy Beauty'
Art by Ida Outhwaite (1888 - 1960 Australian)

In conclusion of this series of writing about various types of fairies, I am adding a few 'specialty' fairies, sub-classes of the elemental fairies for discussion. There are many more than listed here, but this post highlights a few to indicate the many.

Ice Fairies - These are a type of water fairy, with a strong dose of the air element. They are also referred to as frost fairies, snow fairies, winter fairies and the like. As the name suggests, they prefer colder climates and are not uncomfortable in low or freezing temperatures. Ice fairies usually keep to themselves, and as their name suggests, their magic consists of things to do with snow and ice, all things frozen. However they can also create a warm pocket, melting ice if it suits them, as they control how cold forms and acts in nature. Alternatively they can also use freezing as a defense.

Read more

Ethereal Fairies

'Advertising Sketch for Fairy Soap'
Art by Hilda Miller (1876 - 1939 American)

Ethereal fairies are perhaps the original fairies, the ancestral fairies. Brook Underwood describes them as ancient beings, here from before time, from the beginnings of earth, the Magic Universe. The Winx Saga describes them as living outside of time and space, being of pure energy, giving the 'Gifts of Destiny'. They are further described as protectors of all fairies, and able to bestow magic upon fairies in difficulty to help them. They are also described as holders of fate, able to foresee and create destiny. Greek philosophy referred to 'aether' as the fifth element, and as where the gods lived. And in fact, aether and fairy are related words, interchangeable in certain descriptions.

Read more

Light Fairies

'Woodland Faerie' (1914)'
Art by Warwick Goble (1862 – 1943 British)

The contemporary series 'The Winx Saga' introduces a couple of newer classes, or subclasses of fairies, including mind fairies and light fairies. Light fairies are somewhat of a unique class of fairy, and not strictly belonging to any other element class, although overall they might be considered a subclass of fire fairies, but very special. All fairies are imbued with some qualities of light magic, some more than others but it is a universal trait shared across the spectrum. Light fairies are fairies that are naturally aligned with light and specialize in light magic, and all the benefits and healings that go with it. It might be easy to confuse light fairies with angels, who also have a lot of light magic, but there are distinct differences to be remembered, primarily angels are basically made of light and fairies are basically made of magic.

Read more

Mind Fairies

'Psyché'
Art by Jules Joseph Lefebvre (1836 – 1911 French)

The contemporary series 'The Winx Saga' introduces a couple of newer classes, or subclasses of fairies, including mind fairies and light fairies. Mind fairies are a type of sylph, or air fairy, which emphasize the intellect and psychic aspects. Mind fairies can do number of mental magics such as reading thoughts, memories, dreams and emotions. Moreover, they can visit (known as mind walking) one's psyche and change, hide or introduce thoughts and memories in a person's mind or memory, and by doing so may affect one's moods and movements. Other characteristics of a mind fairy is telepathic communication, strong intuition, premonition and clairvoyancy.

Read more

Wood Fairies – The Fifth Element

'Woodland Faerie' (1914)'
Art by M. T. (Penny) Ross (1881 - 1937 American)

Other than the four elements, there are a few more lesser categories of fairies. Woof fairies are more or less a subset of earth fairies, but with the unique qualities of wood, a distinctly different type of fairy and with unique qualities to share. Wood fairies include dryads and hamadryads, forest nymphs, aspara (a word of Sanskrit origin meaning "woodland spirit", fauns, satyrs, oread and similar such magical creatures. Theses types of fairies inhabit old world, old growth forests, grandfather trees and trees in general, and the mountains and glades where trees like to grow.

Read more

Air Fairies – The Elementals

'All Around The Ice Cliffs'
Art by Warwick Goble (1862 - 1943 British)

Air fairies are all about wings, flying and freedom. It is a strong elemental aspect to many fairies, as revealed by the name 'f-air-y. Air fairies, classically known as sylphs, are a class of fairies including any fae with wings. If they can fly, they are air fairies, or at least have a strong presence of this element.

Air fairies, classically known as Sylphs, embody, reflect and express the dominant characteristics of the element air. The word 'sylphs' was first introduced by Paracelsus in the early 1500's as part of his general description of fairies, with 'Sylphs, corresponding to air'. (Read the introduction to 'fire fairies' for a further discussion of Paracelsus and the four (water, earth, fire, air) elements. Also of note, the term 'sylph' is derived from the Greek word 'silphe', which means a ‘butterfly’ or ‘moth’.

Read more

Earth Fairies – The Elementals

'Forest Fairy' (Badenymfe)  (1894)
Art by Karl Mediz (1868 - 1945 Austrian)

Earth fairies, classically known as Gnomes, embody, reflect and express the dominant characteristics of the element earth. The word 'gnomes' was first introduced by Paracelsus in the early 1500's as part of his general description of fairies, with 'Gnomes, corresponding to earth'. (Read the introduction to 'fire fairies' for a further discussion of Paracelsus and the four (water, earth, fire, air) elements. The classification of Gnomes include those who work in human households, such as brownies and pixies, and those who live close to the earth, such as dwarfs, gnomes, elves, trolls, and knockers. It also includes nymphs in many natural environments, hilltops, mountains, forests, meadows and similar. Drayads are also included, being spirits of trees.

Read more

Water Fairies – The Elementals

'A Water Nymph' (Badenymfe)  (1920)
Art by Henrik Schouboe - (1876 - 1949 Danish)

Water fairies, classically known as Undine, embody, reflect and express the dominant characteristics of the element water. The word 'undine' was first introduced by Paracelsus in the early 1500's as part of his general description of fairies, with 'undine - corresponding to water'. (Read the introduction to 'fire fairies' for a further discussion of Paracelsus and the four (water, earth, fire, air) elements.) The word 'undine' has since become the primary category description, or catch-all phrase referring to all fairies primarily related to or aligned with water. This includes mermaids, nymphs, ashray, kelpies, silkies, will-o-wisps, alven, water guardians and similar. Each of these types of water fairies are a class or classification of undine.

Read more

Fire Fairies – The Elementals

'The Autumn Fairy' (1919)
Art by Ida Outhwaite (1888 - 1960 Australian)

For some time now for some obscure reason, I have been compelled to write about 'Fire Fairies'. All fairies are primarily aligned or endowed with characteristics of one of the elementals - earth, air, water, fire - more than the others. It is similar to humans being born under certain horoscope signs. This all hearkens back to the writings of Paracelus (1493 - 1541), who defined fairies are entities of the four elements, described in his own words from his posthumously published book 'A Book on Nymphs, Sylphs, Pygmies, and Salamanders, and on the Other Spirits' - Salamanders, which correspond to fire; Gnomes, corresponding to earth; Undines, corresponding to water; and Sylphs, corresponding to air.

Read more

“The wall is silence, the grass is sleep, Tall trees of peace their vigil keep, And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled. Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world.”

~ Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
– Neil Gaiman, Coraline

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
– Helen Keller

sign up to recieve our newsletter!

'The Fairy Ring' by Walter Jenks Morgan (british 1847 - 1924)
Back To Top