🧚 Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Fairies & Fae

I have the feeling that Magic would be the same way. He may be 9 but he thinks he’s a kitten

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As many of you may know, my practice has evolved more than several times as I went through & decided to work on different things. I made changes in my personal life & with all that came an evolution of my practice to a more Irish Pagan/Witchcraft & beliefs. In my return to practicing, I can remember when Brighid & I first connected, then a while later with the Morrigan. Now I work with both, but I couldn’t effectively work with them without understanding & knowing them properly. Both of them are part of the Tuatha de Danaan.

My entry is a bit different but also of Irish beliefs, stories, lore, history… whatever you would like to label it as specific to Ireland.

As far as fairies… they are the Sidhe (pronounced Shee) not fairies, fae, or faeries. In Irish tradition, there can be a few things when referring to them as fairies: disrespectful, dangerous, or bad luck. So, Irish tradition is that they are not named directly, even as Sidhe or a type of Sidhe, so they don’t feel disrespected or attract their attention. Many different descriptive terms are used when referring to them instead of a direct name or title. Many different types can move freely from the Otherworld to our world, usually through the use of the forts or mounds.

They have many forms, from the hauntingly beautiful creatures, mermaids, to more ghost-like figures of a woman or a woman that had lost herself to suicide (Bean Sidhe or Banshee) or in some other way hadn’t completely crossed over to the Otherworld, Leprechauns, Changelings, “Fairy” Cats, “Fairy” Hounds & others. They are not ‘evil spirits’ but also not the types represented with twinkles, sparkles, fairy houses, or friendly residents of the forests. When humans meet them, they could be friendly and helpful but, equally, be of a more malicious type or mindset. When coming across them, a human can’t decipher their true intentions when meeting or the mood they are in at the time.

They include the immortal race of the ‘Tuatha De Danaan’. Specifically, they were the Tribe (People) of Danu, and their King is the Dagda. As an entire tribe, the possibility of just ordinary people without all having God, Goddess, King, or Queen status with a full range of supernatural powers is highly likely. They arrived and lived in Ireland by creating a mist that people couldn’t see through, so it wasn’t known exactly where they had come from.

The Sidhe are very varied in provinces. Not only are they immortal, but they can also change forms and have other magical powers. They have their own territories, forts, and mounds. The Dagda divided the mounds between the Tuatha de Danaan which became their homes and palaces filled with many wonders. The mounds appear to be natural formations throughout the land but are sites with ancient tombs, forts, or archaeological monuments. Each of these connects to the Otherworld.

Humans have wound up there when they encounter one or more of the Fair Folk. The human is there for what seems to be a short time, only to find out when they return that it has been many years. Once they have returned, they age rapidly, catching up to their time away.

It is well known in Ireland and their native tradition that whether intentionally or accidentally being around one of their forts, it is in your best interest to be extremely careful & aware. The possibility of being in the wrong place at the wrong time is very likely. Should this happen, it is a possibility that you may be injured or stolen. The most dangerous of those times is the liminal time of the day, season, or year. The mounds are very protected from intruders by the fairies & can be largely found close to water sources. The fairies will severely punish those disrespecting their mounds, territories, or themselves.

I haven’t learned enough to decide whether I want to work with them in my practice. I also don’t live in Ireland, but I would respect their traditions if I ever came across them or decided to interact with them. If they can freely cross from one world to the next, it is possible that they can travel to other lands away from Ireland. So, I have to learn more about them and those possibilities. Is there a likelihood of having any around me, and they may have some connection with those of Ireland or Irish practices?

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@Jeannie1, I’m known for walking in my neighborhood picking up fallen branches and litter that is left in the road, on the edges of people’s yards and driveways, and I have a couple of neighbors that we are friends with that I will go clean up fallen branches from their yards too. One time I walked up my street onto the main boulevard and removed branches from a tree removal that the homeowners had left on the edge of the sidewalk on trash pickup day. I still don’t know why they thought that the company would pick them up or even the town when they came to check the roads, lines, or hydrants :laughing: Someone walking on the sidewalk saw me walking with the branches and told me that I was a good neighbor removing them from the sidewalk. :blush:

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CHALLENGE ENTRY
All I knew about fairies/fae was what I saw on TV/movies and read in books…Fairytales
I wasn’t sure what I would do with this challenge, so I decided to just do research. I looked at the links above.

I had no idea there were different types of fairies and that they are different in different cultures and regions.
I learned that you don’t say thank you or I’m sorry.
Don’t take gifts because there are strings attached.
Don’t tell them your name or they will be able to control them.
Give them offerings, food, drinks, honey, alcohol, shiny things.
Above all else treat them with deep respect.
Some of the things I learned were a little “scary” so to speak. Like you have to tip toe around them. I’m sure it can be very rewarding though!

Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge, thoughts, experiences and pictures!

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Susurrus,

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Same here my neighbor is a really great gardener and she said she helps me with some plants that I should prepare for.
It’s good to help neighbors, once I got a bunch of dirt and put them in the planter boxes and thought it would be okay for just putting the soil in the ground. Lesson learned it’s really important to have good soil but when someone really wants there needs meet they will do just about anything to get what they want. Know I need to move all the dirt out of the planter box. I was trying to do a good deed and shot myself in the foot doing it!
We got a bunch of twigs and filled the planters and that worked very well. See my planter boxes are like 5 feet high going around the house so I’m not sure what’s next to get the garden going again . My plants died cause it was bad soil.

I did the same thing too!:fairy:t3:

I know you’re a busy bee :honeybee: like me! That’s good you are able to bless others! It’s nice that we have each other! My neighbor gave me some sage and has really great food for the plants :potted_plant: I am not that ambitious!
Jeannie

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These are two of my favorite books :books: :heart_eyes:

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I have loved the fae since i was a small child and as a teenager i wished I was a fairy. I decided ro dig out my book on Fairy Charms from Ted Andrews. It is a part of a magic / pagan set of booos for young people. Faerie Charms by Ted Andrews | Goodreads
It was fun to read about unicorns. How ro encounter the fae.
My favorite was talking about working with pine cones, and connecting to the pine spirit. There is giant pine behind my apartment. That I love. Thank you for reigniting my love and connection to the Fae! And I finally posted for a challenge!,
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@marsha I think that sounds like a marvelous idea! Please let us know when you discover their names :woman_fairy: I bet they’re beautiful names. I only have two that like to come in from outside. I think they’re what we might consider to be ambassadors for the group that I’ve seen outside. They come in and go out :blush:

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To all those enchanted, enamored, and enthusiastic about fairies- thank you so much for joining in to explore the world of the Other alongside your Coven this week! It’s been a fantastic journey through the entries around fairies, Fae, and other fair folk. For all of the wisdom, magick, lore, and more shared- well done and thank you! :heart::woman_fairy:


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@Jeannie1 the other day I went into my neighbors backyard, they are summer residents. I picked up as many of the branches that had fallen as I could & put them in their fire pit then covered it with the screen they have. The large ones I dragged into my yard & tossed them in our fire pit. It’s much larger than their’s & built into our yard. It is large enough to contain a full size pallet :rofl:

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I didn’t have the time or energy to post an entry this week – I got sick…lol – but I have enjoyed reading everyone’s entries! :heart: This will be one I revisit when the next catch-up challenge comes around!

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Oh my goodness! I love that you watched her videos and found them informative. And that’s so neat about your mushroom excursion. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Hope you’re feeling better soon!

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Thank you, Missa :hugs: I’m doing alright - getting there!

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Welcome! :hugs: So glad you’ve joined us :heart::blush: This is a great place for discovery and growth :pray::heart::sparkles: Everyone is so supportive and will offer guidance :pray: :blush: Make yourself at home :house_with_garden: I look forward to getting to know you and learning alongside you :heart: :blush: :people_hugging:

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welcome to our company! :heart_eyes: :heart_eyes: :heart_eyes:

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