Mythical Monday: Don’t Want to Offend Faeries? Read This!

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Artwork by Amy Brown

Faeries can be wonderful beings to have in your home, and although they can be pranksters at times, but they can also be helpful! They can help out with housework, farming or giving to the needy.

On the other hand, you might want to be careful, because faeries can also be offended quite easily, and an offended faery just might retaliate and bring some bad luck. They can spoil milk, pinch or push. You might find some unexpected bruises, too.

While Faeries enjoy playing tricks on people, they are not open to having tricks played on them. They do not take tricks in good humour!

And while they have been known to help themselves to shiny objects, food or tools, never steal from a Faery!

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Artwork by Amy Brown

Faeries can have unexpected reactions to minor things, such as bestowing a lavish reward for a small kindness or an exaggerated punishment for something minor.

The morals of faeries sometimes conflict with those of humans, but for the most part, they are in agreement with most human virtues and vices.

Faeries don’t like boasters and braggarts, nor do they like mean or rude people. Selfishness and laziness are also looked down upon.

They don’t like to be around gloomy people. They would much rather be around light-hearted and happy sorts.

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Artwork by Amy Brown

Never thank a Faery! This is a major taboo in the world of Faery. Why? There are several ideas on this. One is that it may be perceived by them as they are lesser than you and serving you. They don’t like that. Another reason is that the word ‘thanks’ seems like such a small reward for all the trouble they went to. Saying ‘thank you’ can also be seen as acknowledging a debt owed, and it is never a good idea to be in debt to the Good People.

Katherine Briggs suggests instead of saying thank you, ‘there is no fault with a bow or curtsy’. A gift in exchange works as well. Or you could say how glad you are to have things work out this way.

Never infringe on their privacy. Do not look at them directly and never spy on them or

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Artwork by Amy Brown

risk being blinded.

Trespassers into their habitats, faerie mounds or thorn trees, are punished, even if it was done accidentally.

Faerie gifts are given in secret. Never talk about your gifts from the faeries to others or you will find you will lose them.

 

If you wish to keep faeries away, whether its because you are uncomfortable with their presence or they are causing you mischief, there are ways to keep them at bay.

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Artwork by Amy Brown

Christian symbols such as the cross shield against evil faeries. This can also be by saying prayers, or singing hymns, holy water.

Bread and salt have been regarded as sacred since primitive times and are also effective at deterring faeries.

Ringing bells, whistling and snapping clappers are also protective.

You can also turn your coat inside out if you are travelling or are out and about.

If you are being chased by faeries you can leap across fresh, running water.

Self-bored stones have holes in them created by running water. To look through a self bored stone will allow a person to see through faerie glamour by looking through the faerie hole and can also protect animals and people from being kidnapped.

In my last post, I listed some plants and herbs that can attract faeries, but there are also

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Artwork by Amy Brown

plants that can be used as counter-charms to faeries.

The four-leaf clover is the most powerful, because it breaks faerie glamour. St. John’s Wort and Red Verbena protect against magic in general. Daisies can prevent children from being kidnapped.

The wood or red berries from Rowan or Ash trees will also protect adults.

Iron is probably the most effective protection against faeries, especially cold-wrought iron. Cold-wrought iron is created by beating raw iron instead of melting and casting it. Steel is also effective. People have used horseshoes, knives and scissors to keep faeries at bay, even hanging a pair of scissors over a baby’s crib to prevent kidnapping by faeries.

All artwork displayed is by Amy Brown. Please have a look at her gorgeous website and visit her Etsy shop!

 

I hope you enjoyed reading about Faeries and how not to offend them!

Jo-Ann

 

 

 

 

 

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