Fairy Tricks the Fay Might Play on You!
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.
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.
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 back...trust me.
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!
Just 'cuz they're pretty, doesn't mean they won't play fairy tricks!Click thumbnail to view full-size
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