Faeries have a long history and really, none of it is consistent. Even so, when I was challenged on whether or not faeries wore bells on their feet, I knew I needed to do some research.
The word faery comes from the Latin word-fata- which means fate and from the French word- faerie which means enchantment.
Faeries are said to be of two types.
· Trapping faeries or Social faeries are those that live in large groups such as a clan similar to the Tuatha De Danann who lived in the sidh, ruled by a King and sometimes a Queen and sometimes, both. They are known to be both benevolent or hostile to humans, depending on the situation.
· The Solitary Faerie avoids large gatherings and is represented by faeries such as the ones known as the Banshees, a faery who keens prior to a person’s passing, or Aobhan Sith known to be a female vampire or succubus.
Most faeries live in a parallel universe called the ‘realm of the ‘fey’ and are regarded as protectors of the land, capable of granting wishes or curing the sick. Belief systems changed though when Christianity started to spread in Ireland and churches denounced the ‘old ways’ as evil and proclaimed that they were created by the ‘devil’. Some, however still retained their worship of the plants, deities and nature, but secretly, as death was a sure outcome if they were discovered.
So, my friends, the question of faeries and if they wear bells is an interesting one. For me they do. For me, they’re magical beings who live among the plants and trees with all the forest animals and maintain balance in the structure of the universe. So, of course my faeries do wear bells and do have wings. What do your faeries look like?
The Tuatha De Denann evoked most of the Gods and Goddesses of the earth that were worshiped at that time. They were known to have fascinating ,incomparable
skills in magic and the arts, including music, poetry and architecture. Throughout Celtic legend, the Tuatha De Denann were revered for as the spiritual race of Ireland.
One other thing the Tuatha De Denann were revered for was their horses. It was said that horses such as these couldn't be found anywhere else on earth.
These horses had large eyes, broad chests, and were as speed as the wind. They exerted flame and fire and they resided in a place called "The Great Caves of the Hills, owning to their name as the Cave Faeries.
The Four Treasures of Eirean were brought by the Tuatha de Danann when they came to Ireland. Throughout history, people have delved into the macick behind these artifacts and hundreds and hundreds of stories have been written about them.
My story the book I'm currently working on, is about the 'cauldron'. The cauldron is re[resemted in four different aspects.
Known as Cerridwen's magical cauldron, this vessel was known to hold a potion that granted knowledge and inspiration. One such story is about how she left a small boy in charge of the brew and told him not to touch it because it was for her own son. When she was gone, a drop of the simmering mixture fell on the boy and he inherited all the knowledge and inspiration that Cerridwen had intended for her own child. Needless to say, she chased him throughout the universe, but since he'd inherited brilliance, he outsmarted her. Cerridwen is known as the Crone and is associated with the darker aspects of the Triple Goddess. She is known as both the 'mother' and the 'Crone' and is associated with he full moon.
In this aspect, the vessel appears as wisdom and rebirth. Bran, the mighty warrior god, is said to have obtained the bowl from Cerridwen who had been expelled to the 'Otherworld' for various reasons. In this aspect, the cauldron has the power to resurrect dead warriors and bring them back to life.
The 'Dagda' is also known as 'The Good God'. In this aspect, the cauldron was said to be bottomless and that no one ever went away hungry or unsatisfied.
In this aspect, the bowl is said to be able to discriminate between cowards and brave men. It would boil for a brave man, but not for a coward. There are many tales of wars and bloodshed due to the cauldron, but one of the most famous is that of Arthur requesting Caledfwich to accompany him in battle and when he refuses, all of Caledfwich's men are killed off and he loses all powers to King Arthur.
In my newest book, I've been exploring magic, magical faeries, sorcerers, lions and so many other things. As I was talking to my husband, he asked me-Where Does The Magic Come From? I was like-Huh? And he said-It has to come from somewhere.He's right. I asked him where he thought my magic came from and he was quick to say that it came from inside me.
He's right of course, but why? Does everyone have magic in them? I think they do. It's all a matter of asking for it. Magic can cover many areas such as manifestation, destruction, attraction. Wouldn't this all be in the area of Quantum Physics?
One thing is another thing? In my story, the King has a sorceress and she has used a curse to destroy the forest. Where does her magic come from? It comes from the King's hatred and anger
which she is channeling as the curse.
Where does your magic come from? I think my magic comes from my heart and my love and I feed it as it feeds me.
I'll definately have to thank my husband for giving me something to think about. He's magical too.