Well, whether you are a fan of Teresa Moorey and her book titled "The Fairy Bible"; or perhaps you prefer Brian Froud and his book of "Good Faeries/Bad Faeries"; or how about Kelley Heckart and her website "Faery Lore".... I don't think that it really matters whose version or variation you follow, just as long as you know that there are faeries out there. There have been many books, stories, rumours, folktales both in written form and told from one generation to another about the names and definitions of Fae inhabitants that I'm sure one or two of them must have gotten it right or at least lose enough to the truth.
Here is a bit of a history lesson of my adventures on discovering faeries....
I was first introduced to faeries through my girlfriend Patricia, who has unfortunately passed away many many many moons ago now. Setting scene... vanilla scented candles burning, glass of red wine, a warm summer's eve and a purple velvet pouch which inside was Brian Froud's "The Faeries Oracle" book and card set. Patricia asked me to take my time and just shuffle through the cards (face down) until one stood out from the others. So I did as she said, I took my time until one just seemed to speak me. My card, which is as true today as it was back in 2001 was card #36 - Spirit Dance -- Self expression. Freedom. Exploration.
Flash forward to 2010, just newly married and my husband tells me his own stories of what he felt, seen and heard during his experiences with the Fae while he was overseas exploring Scotland, Ireland, England and surrounding areas. This is where I learnt that there are other faeries than what I grew up with.... thank you Walt Disney and Tinkerbell, but that there are the worldly faeries that aren't made of sparkly faerie dust but are more of the trickster, mischievous and not-so-nice type of ones.
Flash forward to 2011 when my husband buys me a book kit by Rachel Haab "Fairies, Petal People You Make Yourself". This was my re-introduction to faeries but now I was making them myself. It was like I had a whole different me, a sparkly me, just waiting to get out.
Flash backwards to 1990 when I had taught myself counted cross-stitch and I discovered the beautiful artwork of tiag (Butternut Road Designs) and Mirabilia. Here, I figured out the the faeries have been with me since my kids were just little. Way back then, they were already speaking to me as I carefully chose the designs that I thought represented each one of my children and then I did more for my family and friends. Now, each room of my house has hanging a picture that I poured my heart & soul into, each one, a faerie spoke to me and told me her story as I was creating her.
|for my son Matthew - Earthdancer
|for my daughter - Spiritdancer
|for my girlfriend Andes - Adia
|made for my girlfriend Patricia but will be given to my girlfriend Linda - Fairy Idyll
So my lesson from the faeries is that they have been with me for years and it took a fellow believer for me to see them with. I dedicate this day to my friend Patricia, who is lucky enough to have been a faerie herself.
Do you have a specific faerie that you feel represents you? When did you remember to believe? Tell me about your experiences with the Fae and I'll share them here on my blog.
These are the 3 faeries that represent me... meet Faerie Amma
Style 1 - Clay Potter
Style 2 - Stylized Banner design by Alyssa
Style 3 - Blossom
Happy International Faerie Day everyone!!