Fairy Tricks the Fay Might Play on You!

A Flight of Fairies...planning their next trick!
A Flight of Fairies...planning their next trick! | Source

Do the fairies play tricks on us?

Do you like working and communicating with the fairies? Perhaps you're new to the world of the fay, and you would like to know if there is such a thing as fairy tricks. I have had my share of experiences with capricious fairies, as well as the helpful kind and now I'd like to share my knowledge of the fairies with you. We will discover that while the fairies can be extremely helpful to the people they like, they can also be quite mischievous and prone to playing fairy tricks.

Do the fairies play tricks because they are mean, or are they simply just bored and having a bit of fun? Have you ever had one play a fairy trick on you? Let's learn about some of the fairy tricks that can happen to even the humblest of fairy friends.

Watch that buttercream...the fairies love to eat it and then spoil the rest!
Watch that buttercream...the fairies love to eat it and then spoil the rest!

Fairies Will Spoil Milk and Food...

One particular sort of fairy trick is very common for those who go against a friend of the fairies or those who slander the fairies. That fairy trick is spoilage of milk and food. Sometimes fairies are even known to spoil a batch of ale or beer. In the Dark Ages, if a neighborhood witch was around, sometimes the town would blame her for ale or food spoiling. My theory is that it was actually the fairies spoiling the food or beer of those people who were harassing a friend of theirs!

Take heed. If you invite a Scottish brownie into your home to help with the chores, make sure to never become too lazy and dependent on his aid. He may get irritated with you and spoil the whole new gallon of milk! It is also said in Scottish folklore that if you do not leave offerings for the brownie in exchange for his help or to show your gratefulness for his help, he may become angered...brownies have been said to break dishes, spoil milk, and leave your house a wreck before leaving your home never to return.

Some fairies get caught in their tricks.
Some fairies get caught in their tricks.

Fairies Might Like to Pinch, Push, and Throw

As I've said before, fairies can really be helpful and fascinating beings to develop a working friendship with; however, they can also be quite capricious characters. Fairies have been known to wreak all kinds of havoc on homes in Scotland, Ireland, and England in days of old. They have been said to throw things, break dishes and other household items, pinch, push, bite, and even kick people that they do not like.

There was a man in Scotland who built a house on a piece of land where some believed the fairies lived. He chopped down a tree that many said the fairies found to be a sacred place. The man did not have a moment of peace in this house. Things would fly off the shelves, dishes and glass items. There was always some sort of racket going on in his house, so he could never truly sleep well or eat in peace and quiet. The man was so tormented in this house that he even felt like he was being pushed and pinched at certain times.

In this day and age, we would most likely call this insanity or if the person is inclined to believing in paranormal activity, potentially it might be called a poltergeist. But back in the times when our ancestors knew the fairies were indeed real and were their neighbors, if someone was ignorant to the fairies' warnings and abodes, fairy tricks might indeed be a very active part of that person's life. Eventually, the man left the house...abandoned with all of his belongings still there. The fairy tricks were so intense, they scared him right off! Which was probably their initial intention anyway.


Fairies Will Mess With Your Cooking.

Fairies do enjoy playing light-hearted tricks when they're in the mood. I think it's because they feel like they need to teach us how to lighten up a bit. But sometimes they can play fairy tricks because they are irritated with us. I found that out the hard way recently.

I was in my kitchen, cooking a Sunday breakfast for my family, when I noticed something odd going on...for the second Sunday in a row. The egg yolks kept breaking every time they'd slide into the pan. I was being so extremely careful and gentle, just as I always do, but every time the yolk would break and I'd have to start all over again. After about the fourth egg yolk breaking, I became extremely irritated. Which was literally a re-play of the Sunday before, and so I was even more bewildered how I could repeat the same clumsiness with my eggs. Usually I am the egg PRO. Then it hit me. I haven't left any food for my fairies lately. As soon as I had that thought in my head, I said out loud "alright. I get it. You want a treat. I'll give you some raspberries today, just stop breaking my eggs!"

It was as if they were in my house, on my kitchen counter, leaning over the hot pan. And every time the yolk would go in, they'd stick their little hands into the yolk and break them! So, in short, fairies will mess with your cooking if you don't treat them well. Once you begin a relationship with the fay, there's no going me.

Fairies can be capricious little things...they love playing tricks for fun!
Fairies can be capricious little things...they love playing tricks for fun! | Source

Fairies Will Sometimes Steal or Borrow...

Fairies particularly love shiny, pretty things such as silver or sparkly jewelry, trinkets, and stones. You might notice after inviting the fay into your home or garden that small, shiny things tend to disappear and then reappear. Or if the fairies don't particularly like you or you're invading their space, you may notice things disappear and then never reappear. You may say to yourself, "I know I sat that ________ right here. Where could it have gone?"

These fairy tricks are particularly frustrating to us when we are in a hurry! A friend of mine told a story about how she "lost" her keys one day, although she sets her keys in the same place every single day for the past ten years. She got so frustrated that she couldn't find them, but then she realized..."hey, maybe I need to lighten up a bit?" As soon as that thought crossed her mind, she found her keys in the exact same spot that she always left them. Then she realized that the fairies were playing their fairy tricks on her in order to get her to lighten up...not to take herself so seriously.

Recently, I was talking to a co-worker and sitting at my desk at work. I was frustrated about something, when I dropped my pen on the floor. She and I both heard it hit the floor and saw it hit the floor...and then when I bent over to pick it up. It was gone! She and I looked all over the floor, picked up the rugs, furniture, etc. and could not find that dang pen anywhere. Finally, when my mind was completely over my frustration from the subject beforehand, I found my pen in an unlikely spot...not on the floor!

So maybe if your fairies like you, they might play harmless little tricks such as borrowing a set of earrings...or breaking your egg yolks four times in a row...or even upsetting a glass of milk. But you'll know if the fairies are upset if they start spoiling your milk, stealing things and not returning them, or literally pushing you around!

Want to know a way to protect yourself from fairies that have taken their tricks too far? That's coming soon in another installment on fairies by the fairy expert...

Written and copyright © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Just 'cuz they're pretty, doesn't mean they won't play fairy tricks!

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kittythedreamer 4 months ago from the Ether Author

sxrxhc - Have you offered them anything and asked for it back?

sxrxhc 4 months ago

Great article.

I am convinced that the faeries have borrowed a ring from me – i leave two of my rings in the same spot when i do household chores sometimes like washing the dishes. the one that's made of silver has gone missing, but the one with a bit of steel in it was where i left it. I recently started inviting them into my home... hopefully they haven't forgotten about it and it shows up soon :(

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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

Fantastic hub:) So amusing to read, and such beautiful images!

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kittythedreamer 2 years ago from the Ether Author

Olivia - Perhaps maybe you weren't fully grounded and that is why you fell?

Olivia S 2 years ago

A little while ago I astral projected and asked for the fairies help in doing so and everything was fine, but that same day when I was going down the stairs I stumbled and fell down them. Could this be related to the fairies? Did I do something wrong or offended them?

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Mom Kat - What a magickal household you have. Thank you for encouraging your children to believe in something other than a cold-calculated and technological world. Blessings.

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Mom Kat 4 years ago from USA

The fairies around my home got upset with us last year. They were playing all sorts of naughty tricks, hiding things all the time... I had a good talk with the kids and the hubby about being nicer to the fairies. Well, hubby thought I was nuts (as usual) but the kids listened. We left out nuts and berries, the kids made cute little fairy furniture to set out in the back yard... the lost items started returning one by one... except for my hubby's things of course.

To this day his stuff keeps going missing, even when I know where he put it. I do a little something nice & have a talk with the fairies myself. They must like me enough because most of the time the missing items are found soon after.

It's pretty much a house rule ~ you must believe in fairies! (and if you don't you are not allowed to say so or act like it when you're here)

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

precy - Yes, they like to play with anything shiny!

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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

Enjoyed the hub, and interesting :) Reading this makes me wonder if there's fairy in our home as there's some occasions when I would keep looking for something all around, would repeatedly looked on the same spot and eventually give up as it irritates me. After few days I would see the item on the very same spot where I keep looking repeatedly. Happens to mom too :) Does fairies enjoys messing with or playing with utensils too?

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Klara - It sounds like it! The Elegua? LOL. They are tricky little suckers aren't they? I'm not making eggs today because I don't feel like dealing with it. Haha.

klarawieck 4 years ago

Kitty, something funny happened to me right after I finished leaving this comment. I went to the towel closet and pulled out a new kitchen towel, folded it neatly and placed it by the sink. I turned around to go to the fridge and when I came back the towel was on the floor. So I placed it again, making sure it was balanced in such a way that it wouldn't fall, and the minute I turned and looked again it was on the floor again. It made me smile. Maybe someone was trying to trick me. Lol

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

Klara - I have never heard of Elegua...but HOW interesting that they do the same things as fairies...perhaps they are one in the same but with a different name. I'll have to look into the Elegua...very intriguing! I sense the fairies all of the time...much luv!

klarawieck 4 years ago


Fairy expert, I truly enjoyed this hub. It's funny how from one culture to another, the actions remain while the agent who carries the action is perceived differently. In the Yoruba religion, the one that plays such tricks is Elegua which is described as a naughty child who is in charge of opening and closing the doors of opportunity in your life. He often plays with the people who live in the house by hiding and moving things, tripping you, spilling things he'd like to have himself. And the way to keep him calm is by offering candy, coffee, and honey. So, it's basically the same thing as the fairies.

I do love fairies although I can't say I've ever sensed them myself.

Beautifully written!

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

flashmakeit - You got that right, dear! :)

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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

You write the most interesting thing about fairies! Those tricky little fairies like to soil food and borrow stuff.

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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England

Thank you for your quick response and kind words, Kitty. I like the idea of just leaving the treats out in the open for the birds if the fairies don't eat them up in a night. :0)

Very fascinated by the idea of fairies drinking in the essence of the treats instead of literally eating or drinking them. :0)

Voted this hub up on everything! :0)

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

It really depends on what you believe, I've had a fairy eat an entire plate of brownies and drink a glass of milk in one night. But I've also left treats that don't look like they've barely been touched. I think it depends on the type of fairy too. Some fairies just drink in the essence of the treat, while others literally consume it. As for refreshing, I only leave my treats out overnight...if it hasn't been literally eaten, I leave it out in the yard for the birds. You don't want to leave it out too long...then it's like leaving treats for an animal...we wouldn't leave food out for ourselves for days right?

As for liking you, I think you have all the makings to be a friend of the fay. Especially if you have good, imaginative children in your home! :)

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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England

What a delightfully fun hub.

I do have a question. I heard that fairies eat very little, so how often should I "refresh" the treat supply? Would they consider my veggie garden 1 big treat to pick from, or does it have to be sweet? Time to go check the level of the milk and honey I left last night....:0)

I do hope they like us...does it help to have children in the house?

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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Cool to know that I am not a klutz. The fairies are just messing with me.

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

cryptid - I know! I agree...messing with the alcohol is just too far, my friend! LOL. Thanks for reading.

phoenix - You're the best. Another on fairies to come soon...

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phoenix2327 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Fun to read and wonderful to look at. This hub has it all. Can't wait for the next one.

Voted up, interesting and funny. Socially shared.

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cryptid 4 years ago from Earth

If the fairies spoil milk or mess with my cooking I can go along with the joke, but when they start fooling around with my beer that's taking things a step too far!

This is was a fun Hub. I enjoyed it, even if now maybe I'm a bit paranoid that the fairies are out to get me.

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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether Author

rcrumple - You are TOO funny! LOL. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a wonderful day!

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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

You have just answered the questions I've had for decades about my wife's cooking! There can't be any other reason!

Seriously, another tremendous hub! Entertaining, informative and well presented. Great Job!

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