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About this site…

About this 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 Topics include magic, ettiquette around fairies, practices, history and historical references, definitions and explanations, names and naming, music, biographies and so forth.

The Elementals – Earth, Air, Water, Fire

The Elementals – Earth, Air, Water, Fire

The Elementals – Earth, Air, Water, Fire…

One of the ways fairies have been described is as aligned with the elementals, earth, air, water and fire… and wood if one wants to include Chinese or Eastern thought. This description originated with one Paracelsus in the 16th century in his book ‘A Book on Nymphs, Sylphs, Pygmies, and Salamanders, and on the Other Spirits’. In his time, he described the elements as related to fairies as Gnome (Pygmy) – being of earth, Undine (Nymph) – being of water, Sylph (Sylph) – being of air, Salamander (Salamander) – being of fire…

About the Faery Fae Cards

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.

Queen Maev & Queen Mab

Queen Maev & Queen Mab

‘Queen Maev’
‘Art by Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874 – 1951 American)
Published ‘Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race’ (1911)

Recently I have created a couple of cards based on artist images of Queen Maev and Queen Mab. In doing so I realized there is some overlap in these two figures and thought I would clarify their respective histories. In short, there has been some speculation that the spelling of ‘Mab’ is a derivative of Maev, and that they are basically one and the same. The truth however is distinctly different, and they, Meav and Mab could not be more different.

About the Seelie and UnSeelie Fairy Courts

About the Seelie and UnSeelie Fairy Courts

‘The Court of Fairyland’
‘Art by Thomas Maybank (1869 – 1929 British)

If one is reading much about fairies, eventually one runs across the terms ‘Seelie and Unseelie’ referring to ‘Courts’ of fairies, courts meaning formal gatherings or just groups or meetings of fairies.  The terms ‘Seelie’ and ‘Unseelie’ are a distinction made in Scottish folklore about two different courts of fairies. In the simplest of terms, ‘Seelie’ means happy, and ‘Unseelie’ means not (un)happy. Two other basic ways of thinking about the two courts are good and bad, or the summer court and the winter court, or courts of the light and dark. In any case, the general advice about the two courts is the Seelie court fairies are better tempered while the fairies or fae of the Unseelie courts are more malevolent in their atttitudes and actions and best not engaged.

Fun Facts About Fairies

Fun Facts About Fairies

‘Poising Herself Daintily On The Tip Of The Princess’s Thumb And Spreading Her Wings A Little’
‘Art by Hope Dunlap (1881 – ? American)

Some fairies have a talent for hearing wishes, unspoken or not, and sometimes will sprinkle fairy dust to help dreams come true. Some fairies can also watch your dreams, like a movie, and experience all the emotions and wishes and everything else. Fairies can be very empathetic and feel everything you do. They can also know much about you from your dreams and wishes.

Fairie’s wings are made of taffaria, a strong, silky, semi-transparent material that has all seven colors of the rainbow in it, red, purple, yellow, pink, blue, green and orange. The colors of their wings changes depending on how they are feeling or to match their personality.

Why I Believe in Fairies

Why I Believe in Fairies

‘Fairy in Tree’

Art by Arthur Rackam (1867 – 1939 English)

My father used to say, ‘every discussion about belief ends with I believe…’ It seems to be true, as how can anyone challenge such fundamental orientation of anyone else? Belief is a funny thing, basically the suspension of fact and fiction and an assertion of an orientation based on simply ‘belief’, usually from a measured amount of reference, such as ‘I read a book about this, and now I believe in this’. And one can believe in anything for any reason, gods or goddesses, past or afterlifes, magic, ghosts, heavens, hells, the moon, the soul, angels, mermaids and so on – anything really. Or one can believe in nothing, or science. Or, as Tertullian (an early Christian writer 155ad – 220ad) originated in the expression ‘Credo quia absurdum (est) (I believe because it is absurd)’, which just means he couldn’t figure it out.

Fairies – Catalysts of Change

Fairies – Catalysts of Change

‘The Fairy Appears at Midnight’
Art by William H. Lister (b 1866 American)

Of late, I have been contemplating the observation that fairies, or perhaps better said, the fae, are elements of change, or catalysts. This is a subtle underlying theme throughout writings and stories and descriptions of the fae that one runs across after some time of study, that the appearance of a fairy heralds change. As example, some fae are gifted with foretelling, others are associated with future events, both good and bad, others seek to guide one’s way. In general, the appearance of a fae, or fairy messages change, change of events, change of direction, evolutionary change.

Elves and Fairies Explained – History & Folklore

Elves and Fairies Explained – History & Folklore

This video explores the origins of Elves and Fairies. Alma talks about three different origins, Scandanavian, Anglo-Saxon and Celtic of the faerie myth. She also talks at length about the relationship of Elves and Fairies..

The video is by Folktales by Alma

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