Thursday, November 17, 2011
44 Days of Witchery: Day 32
Faery of my Choice, eh?
I don't do much with the Fey, except bribe them when they steal my stuff.
There's so much misinformation about them. People seem to either want to make the Good Folk all gentle and sweet or they try to make them into the incarnation of evil. The truth is a bit of all of the above. Traditionally you don't talk about them directly out of concern for attracting their attention. Thus the euphemisms...
The Good Folk, Fair Folk, The People Under the Hill.
There are a lot of Kings and Queens of these fine peoples, and the landscape of Scotland and Ireland is dotted with their names.
From Cnoc Aine in Limerick (that would be it in the photo) to Dunany in Louth in Ireland, Aine has left her stamp throughout the land. As the Queen of the Good Folk, Aine continues to influence the world.
Her name means 'Brightness' or 'Delight,' and before she was understood as a Queen, she was a Goddess. The daughter of Mannannan Mac Lir and fostered by a King of the Good Folk. She gives the body its vital spark of life.
Yet for the family of the Corrs of Derry, she is the Bean Sidhe who fortells their death.
Like I said, the folk are a bit more complex than a lot of things like to make them out to be. Much like the rest of life.
Shee-eire.com has a lot of great information on the figures of Irish Mythology.
There's also this bit on The Folk.