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The Medieval faerie of England is a romantic race of magick (Pagan magic), witchcraft, and wizardry. The faerie size was now varying, from tiny, to hideous monsters. Monks of Christianity wrote most records of this time, so the faerie legend of Celtic times was adapted to the more modern "fairy", said to enjoy revelling in Medieval occupations of chivalry.
Fast forward to Elizabethan England. This was the first time faeries were seen as mischievous, bothersome little flower faeries and goblins. And just as witches were burned at the stake, in Elizabethan England, faerie believers were taken seriously too, and in 1576, Bessie Dunlop was burned for receiving herbal cures from the Queen of Faeries.
By the 17th century, the Jacobean faerie had begun to evolve even more into the modern day faerie. They were depicted as invisible to the human eye and although the image of flower faeries and hobgoblins continued, puritans regarded all as demons. They were seen as having the power to control the weather, replace mortal babies with changelings and fly.
Each branch of faerie was given a different name and they were blamed for drought, disease and kidnappings. All these beliefs still exist today and are all part of the faerie stereotype. The 18th century faerie is more of a gentle, child of the earth spiritual character. They punish the bad, reward the good, and dwell in flowers. Cottages in Ireland were built with front and back doors directly opposite, so they could be left open in case the house was built on a faerie pathway, so faeries could pass through. People still believed in bad faeries, but there were now many superstitions believed to ward them off (i.e. always keep at least one foot outside of a faerie ring to avoid being kidnapped by faeries).
It was around the 18th century that fairy tales were born, when moralists started to include witches, faeries and goblins, like Rumpelstiltskin, into children's stories. And fairy godmothers, like that in the tale of Cinderella, became a popular moralist symbol. It's interesting how, even today, children are taught right from wrong with tales based on the ancient legend of faerie good and evil. They are threatened with bad goblins if they are bad and told that if they good, they will see a flower faerie in the garden.
History may have changed our perception of faeries, but who's to say which version is correct and which isn't? Nobody can prove whether small flower faeries or huge Tuatha de Danann knights are closer to the real faeries. As for my own experience of elemental beings, I spotted my first faerie ring a year ago and knew instantly what it was, due to my vast thirst for all faerie knowledge. Until this point, for me, seeing wasn't necessarily believing, as I had believed in faeries without tangible proof of them at all for many years until stumbling across the ring.
It wasn't for another few months that I saw an actual faerie. Like a leaf, it darted through the air, close to the ground. It had a subtle light, a visible aura that convinced me it had to be a faerie, and nothing else. It was these sightings that sent my heart a fluttering and I felt like a child again. I had a renewed belief in the existence of magic and the land of make believe. I hope you too will some day be touched by faerie and uncover its secret. Only those who believe know the secret.
As for now, I still watch out for signs of faerie life when near woodland or flowers. They are subtle things, but those who also belief will agree with me that the signs are obvious if you simply allow them to call out to you.
It's a privilege to be shown a snippet of faerie life, but if you haven't as yet, it really doesn't matter, because as long as you allow the faeries to tug at your imagination and your heart strings and keep believing, you'll be forever closer to uncovering the truth behind what lives at the bottom of the garden.
And they all lived happily ever after.
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