We crave enchantment. We need to be seduced by myth and magic and fairies and castles and druids. The reason is that some part of us longs to penetrate through that “mythic mist” and break through the barriers of the ordinary, five-sensory world in order to make contact with organic Divinity, manifested in earth magic, stone circles, and fairy rings. Ireland’s St. Bridget came from a Druid background. Legend has it that she was trained in Druid rituals of healing and organic mysticism, and then drawn to the convent where her earthly mystical roots grew into a cosmic mystical connection with the Divine. I’ll do a Druid article at another time.
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The following From “Timeless Myths” (except pictures) : “Fairy” comes from the Old French word faerie. The word has been overused to describe a supernatural being. There is a great deal of difference in classifying a being as a fairy from the medieval literature and those from modern literature, especially those belonging to the Celtic tradition.There are other traditions such as that found in English, German and Slavic folklores.
Today, when we think of fairies, we often visualise them as tiny, supernatural beings with wings and glowing with uncommon light in today’s children fairy tales. And they also possessed some sorts of strange magical powers, like Tinklebell in the story of Peter Pan or the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. The modern fairies, between the 18th and 20th century, comes from oral tradition before they were transmitted into writing.
The fairies are supernatural beings that can be best described by the Greek word - daimon, which means “spirit”. They are not divinity, ie. god or goddess, in the usual sense of the word, and yet they are not mere mortal; often, it is easier to classify them as minor divinity.
However, if we look at the idea of fairies, then you would find that have been around a lot longer than everyone expects. Perhaps the earliest form of faeries can be found loosely in the mythical beings in Greek mythology, such as the nymphs, satyrs and sileni. The nymphs from ancient Greek myths can be considered as fairies and they existed as early as the time of Homer writing the Iliad and the Odyssey. Even the river gods in Greek myths can be classified as fairies. These are spirits or minor deities of nature or of the natural phenomena.
And then, there are household or guardian spirits that can be found in Roman religion and mythology, such as the penates, lares and genii.