Sunday, 13 June 2010

Litha/Midsummer fairies! 10 fairy facts

I have had SO little time to work on my Litha plans and spells - really hoping to get as much on the blog before I head off to Cornwall for the midsummer celebrations though! I shall try and get some pictures of my 'essential kit' before I go too :)

Seeing as one of the sweetest elements of Litha, or midsummer, is fairies (and I adore fairies!) I wanted to get down some fairy facts. There are few symbols of magick that I find to encapsulate the fun and light energies that I want to be able to draw into my life. And everyone likes a bit of mischief every now and then too ;)

  1. Different spellings of fairy are: faerie, faery. Different names are: fae, sprite, fair folk. 
  2. Midsummer is the time when fairy magick is at its strongest and they come in great numbers to frolic, dance and create a bit of cheeky chaos wherever they go.
  3. Fairies love the summer flowers in full bloom but ferns are particularly sacred to them.
  4. Fairies apparently won't go near iron according to folklore!
  5. Not all fairy meddling was considered harmless and they were associated with changelings - substituting human babies with fairy children.
  6. Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream plays with the notion of fairies and spirits having extra powers to influence the lives of the humans - in this case, those who inadvertently fall into their path.
  7. Fairies prefer woodland. 
  8. One of the most famous fairy stories sadly isn't true - the Cottingley Fairies. Two cousins faked photos of fairies in the bottom of the garden and their photographs were written about by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle no less. 
  9. Fairies reputedly play tricks with gold. If one gives you a piece of gold, make sure it doesn't turn to bark or moss afterwards ;)
  10. Ever wondered what your fairy name is? Try the fairy name generator! Mine is below!
Your fairy is called Water Reedweb
She is a panpipe player and enchantment singer.
She lives near bubbling brooks where Lords and Ladies and Cuckoo's Pint grow.
She is only seen in the mist of an early morning.
She wears deep blue dresses. She has gentle green butterfly wings.

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