What Do Fairies Like to Do?
Fairies, Fairies, Fairies
Fairy sightings have been occurring for centuries all over the world. Nowadays they show up in children's books, movies, and television shows, and most people laugh at the thought of believing that fairies might exist. No matter if they can be proven or not, there are too many sightings and encounters with the fae to deny that their existence could be a possibility. If you believe in or have seen fairies, you might be curious about what they're up to. I hope to answer that question for you in this delightful fairy article. Come with me on an adventure to fairyland...
Fairies Love to Dance!
In Janet Bord's beautifully written book Fairies: Real Encounters with Little People, she gives real-world examples and accounts of various peoples' encounters with the fae. It doesn't matter upon which continent the sighting has occurred, a large majority of the sightings show the little people dancing and generally living it up! Throughout folklore and oral traditions, fairies were said to be expert musicians and truly love lively music—usually so they can also partake in dancing a fairy jig!
Many times with fairy encounters in which the person witnesses a group of fairies dancing, they are usually holding hands and dancing around in a circle. This isn't always the case, but it is the case in dozens of dancing fae encounters. In Ireland and Scotland, for hundreds of years many people warned their younger generations to never dance with the little peopl, lest they be enchanted, taken away, and never returned to reality. Some people who have claimed to have danced with the fairies literally go crazy and lose their sanity thereafter. Maybe their sanity is whisked away with to fairyland?
Why are they always dancing? Is this the only thing that fairies like to do? There are theories that they like to dance for a reason—that the dancing actually is a ceremonial form of aiding the earth's plants to grow. I think that perhaps they are just fun, lively, and happy beings.
Fairies Like to Play Tricks
What do fairies like to do other than dancing? Many of them like to play tricks—on humans, of course! In Ireland, there is a story of an older man who was on his way home one night, by himself, and riding in the dark. He had packs of crops with him on his horse, when all of a sudden the packs began flying off of his horse. They weren't just dropping, it was like someone was physically picking them up and throwing them down. This apparently happened for an hour or so, until the man was exhausted from picking them up after unseen hands were lifting them off and throwing them down. He truly believed that it was the fae playing tricks on him. Perhaps he had interrupted their dancing and they were getting back at him!
While there are some pixies who enjoy helping humans, if humans don't show them any respect, the fairies will play wicked tricks on them! Some fairy tricks have actually been mistaken for "poltergeist activity." This makes me wonder if much of the poltergeist activity that is experienced in modern times could actually be the pixies playing tricks on people who have perhaps invaded their space.
It was said in Ireland and elsewhere centuries ago, that if you were to interrupt the fairies' dance, you might get pinched. Another story involves a man who did just this—he interrupted (albeit inadvertently) a fairies' dance and was pinched until he was black and blue. His friend helped him get out of it and he ran all the way home.
The brownie is a type of fairy who likes to play tricks on humans, only if provoked, however. Brownies are known to enjoy helping people. However, in some cases if the brownie is not appreciated or is aggravated he can make one's life a living hell.
Fairies Love to Go Riding!
Fairies have been seen many times throughout history going riding. In some instances, eyewitnesses have seen them on horses—usually smaller horses that fit their size. That's right, fairies have their own horses!
In other stories and legends, the fae were said to ride on the backs of crows, mice, and other smaller animals including birds. They've also been said to ride within or on the backs of bubbles!
If you've ever read much about faery folklore, you'll know the term "fairy ride." This refers specifically to when fairies go a-riding throughout the land. Centuries ago, this was such a normal sight to behold that the people would warn their young not to stay out after dark on certain nights of the year for fear that they'd interrupt or be caught within the ride.
Other bizarre examples include stories of fairies riding miniature cars. They've also been seen in miniature airplanes. Essentially, they like to go riding on some form of vehicle, just as we humans do. If you have horses on your property, they'll probably like your home a little bit more.
Fairies Love to Help Things Grow
These wee folk love nature, especially plants, trees, herbs, fruit, veggies, roots, and flowers. It is believed that for every tree and plant there is a fairy guarding it and helping it to grow. Many people believed in Ireland and Scotland that the fairies danced in order to aid things in growing.
Dozens of stories of faery experiences include problems when people have cut down particular trees or destroyed certain areas in order to erect buildings. The fae don't like destruction of nature, especially some place that is their habitat. You must decide before cutting down a tree whether it is best for the environment, and whether or not a fairy is living and guarding that tree. If there is a pixie present, you might indeed suffer the consequences of their fury!
Fairies Even Like to Help People
Other than dancing, playing, playing tricks, gardening, and going riding, some fairies like helping others, including their human brethren. As mentioned before, one ubiquitous example of a helper-fairy is the brownie.
The brownie is a Scottish fairy that has traveled to the United States, probably because of the Scottish immigrants. Nonetheless, the brownie is a fairy that looks sort of like a gnome, that will move into one's home, and help the lady of the house with the chores. Usually the brownie's help will be done in the middle of the night, while the household is sleeping and the lady of the house is exhausted. The brownie will only move into a home with a hard-working family, and never into a home of someone who is a clergy-men or a hypocrite of any kind. The family must be appreciative of what they have and NEVER be lazy, or the brownie will move out. And in some cases, he might even decide to wreak havoc on the house if the family turns lazy or ungrateful. Keep your brownie happy—leave out libations (offerings) for the little guy/gal and be sure to voice your gratitude often.
There is a lesser-known cousin of the Irish Leprechaun and his name is Moniciello. The moniciello is also known to enjoy helping humans. He is a guardian of wine and vineyards and will take up his residence in an honest family's wine cellar. The moniciello is a faery who was known in Italy to live in one's wine cellar, guarding the wine, and preventing it from spoilage or robbery. Sometimes though, the moniciello would drink a little too much of the wine and be seen drunker than a skunk! If you anger or don't appreciate this helpful pixie, the moniciello will turn your wine cellar sour. He looks just like his cousin the Leprechaun, except he wears all red and probably has tanner skin.
So there are many more fairies who like to help us humans; however, don't expect that to mean that every one you run into will help you. Some are not so benevolent and are even territorial of their land or particular trees and plants. You must be careful to always ask permission before taking anything from nature, as there might be a faery living in or guarding it. You also don't want to go right up to any pixie or call upon just any fairy without knowing their demeanors and attitudes first. This would be like inviting a complete stranger into your home and hoping they were good-hearted and trustworthy. Do your homework and figure out what type of fairy you're dealing with. What do these creatures like to eat? Are they benevolent or potentially malevolent? Are they bitter towards humans or are they helpful?
© 2012 Nicole Canfield