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"With Elven Eyes" by Lars Van De Goor
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samwisethewitch · a day ago
Misconceptions About Fairies
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Lately I've been seeing a lot of buzz around the Good People on social media, as well as in my local witchy community. I've also seen a lot of misinformation being passed along and people being encouraged to dive in the deep end without knowing what they're getting into, so I want to address some common misconceptions and spotlight some resources I know are legit.
I've said it before and I've said it again: with the Good People, perhaps more than any other type of spirit, it's very important to know what you're doing before you start reaching out to them. They operate on rules and ethics that are very different from ours, and even the most benevolent of them may be offended or angered by ignorance or bad manners. You cannot skip the reading when it comes to working with these beings. If you're not willing to do the research and make an effort to follow the rules, this is not a crowd you should be messing with. I don't say this to scare people or to discourage people who genuinely feel called to establish a relationship with the Good People. I just want to be clear that with this crowd there are risks, and most of those risks can be addressed by making sure you're prepared.
In this post, you'll see me refer to this class or grouping of magical beings as the Good People, the Other Crowd, the Good Neighbors, or similar euphemisms. This is because the word "fairy" is widely considered offensive, and using it may anger the Good People. My advice is to use your own euphemisms in order to be polite, even in casual conversation -- avoid "the f-word" as much as possible. However, I will be using Fairy (with a capital F) as the name of the realm or plane where the Other Crowd lives.
Now, let's start by addressing those misconceptions, shall we?
1. The Good People are nature spirits.
This is one that I've been guilty of spreading in the past. This one is tricky, because some of the Other Crowd could be considered nature spirits, but not all of them. It's important to remember that "fairy" (and more polite euphemisms) is an umbrella term for many different types of beings. It's about as specific as "animal." And just like some but not all animals are mammals, some but not all of the Good People are nature spirits.
As a whole, the Good People don't seem particularly attached to nature, although some of them tend to avoid humans and end up in wild natural settings as a result. However, true nature spirits are connected to a place or natural feature the same way human spirits are attached to our bodies, and this doesn't seem to be true for the Good People.
2. The Good People are angels and/or spirit guides.
This one usually shows up in the context of New Age spirituality, but the association between angels and the Good People is actually much, much older. When the people of the British Isles converted to Christianity, they tried to reconcile their belief in the Other Crowd with Christian cosmology. Usually, this meant identifying the Good People with devils, but some people identified them as fallen angels. One version of the Christianization of the Good People describes them as angels who refused to pick sides in the war between God and Satan and are exiled from both Heaven and Hell.
I've seen New Age authors like Doreen Virtue describe the Good People as "earth angels" or say that, like angels, they are "high vibrational" beings of pure love and light. This directly contradicts folklore, which describes the Good People as beings with physical bodies with a wide range of attitudes towards humans. The Good People could be helpful allies, mischievous pranksters, or cruel predators. Even the ones who seem to like humans aren't especially pious or virtuous, and they definitely aren't interested in our spiritual development.
The idea of the Good People are spirit guides reduces these beings, who are their own people with their own personalities, goals, and agendas, to servant spirits whose only purpose is to help us grow and learn. That's a pretty self-centered approach to spirituality, and it's honestly one that I don't think many of the Good People would put up with.
3. The Good People are tiny and have wings.
I mean, some of them sort of look like this? There are folkloric accounts of beings that are between 6 and 18 inches tall, but as far as I can tell the wings are a modern development. Descriptions of tiny winged people who are small enough to take a nap inside a flower are a Victorian English invention, as popularized by the Cottingley Fairies hoax, a series of faked photographs that supposedly showed a real Otherwordly encounter:
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Most older descriptions from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Britain describe the Good People as looking similar to humans or animals. They might look like normal people except for being totally green, like the Green Children of Woolpit or the Green Knight that appears in Arthurian legend. They might be dressed in green and/or red. In folklore the Good People typically wear contemporary clothing, so if you saw one today they might very well be in jeans and a T-shirt. Sometimes in folklore, the Good People are indistinguishable from humans.
Some of the Other Crowd appear as animals, but there's often some sort of tell that indicates an Otherworldly animal, like a kelpie appearing as a horse whose mane is always dripping or the púca appearing as a black horse with glowing golden eyes. Some of them don't look like humans or like animals and are clearly Otherwordly in appearance, like trows, trolls, and goblins.
4. The Good People are All Friendly to Humans
Again, some of them are. Some of the Good People, like brownies, choose to live in humans' homes and communities and actively help out around the house. Then there are others, like the Baobhan Síth, hags, and red caps that prey on humans, sometimes literally. Many of the Good People seem indifferent to humans.
The problem with this is that when you invite the Other Crowd into your home, you're inviting all of them into your home. This is why I personally prefer to work with the Good Neighbors outside my home -- we have an elder tree (a species associated with the Good Neighbors) growing on the edge of our property, and I use this as a place to leave offerings for them. This way I'm showing respect for them and offering gifts in good faith, but I'm not opening up my home.
Another option is to invite specific individuals or types of the Good People in by name. For example, there are things you can do to attract a brownie. I do want to note that even beings that are usually friendly, like brownies, can be dangerous if you piss them off, so you should only invite them into your home if you're willing and able to commit to keeping them happy.
5. You have to be psychic or have the Second Sight to interact with the Good People.
First of all, I firmly believe that all people have the potential for psychic abilities and that anyone can develop these gifts through practice. In folklore there are ways of developing the Second Sight, if that's something that is really important to you. (Just be aware that some of the Good People prefer to be unseen and can take offense to humans trying to look into Fairy.)
But you don't need the Second Sight or experience with psychic practice to interact with the Good People. Most of the people who historically worked with these beings did not have the Sight. You can still leave offerings and see evidence of their presence, and if you really want to communicate with them directly you can use a divination tool.
Further Reading/Viewing:
Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk by Morgan Daimler
Fairy Witchcraft by Morgan Daimler 
Faery: A Guide to the Lore, Magic, & World of the Good Folk by John T. Kruse 
"Faery Magick Misconceptions | Working with the Fae | Witchcraft" by HearthWitch on YouTube
"What Do We Call the Fairies in Ireland?" by Lora O'Brien on YouTube 
"5 Common Misconceptions About Fairies" by Morgan Daimler on YouTube
(I've made a playlist of videos on the Good People I find helpful, which you can watch here!)
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melomancy · 2 days ago
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emsartwork · 13 hours ago
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Originally phoenix but it overlapped too much with the bird aspects of harpix so instead its now COATLNIX!! primarily named after the Xiuhcoatl fire serpent of Culhua-Mexica (Aztec) lore. I ended up kind of combining the phoenix and the xiuhcoatl and weirdly some aspects of Hephaestus for this. I have no idea where my brain originally wanted to go lol. 
lore and design notes and stuff below as usual
So just like Sirenix, Harpix, and Dryadix, Coatlnix is earned through a quest. Elemental quests are traditionally initiated through the corresponding elemental companion, but a “cheat code” exists in the Elementix Compendium to kickstart each of the quests with out a companion (if the fairy already has Harmonix obvi). The Coatlnix quest is. weird. A lot of the fire/energy associated ethereal magic doesn’t have a super concrete element to work with in the magic dimension, so the quest is less about obtaining physical objects and more about using magic to manipulate objects. The Coatlnix quest requires a fairy to take a small piece of metal, wood, stone, or other natural elements (metal is traditional) that can be transformed by fire. They put the chosen item in the middle of a cardinal direction magic circle. The fairy then has to focus their magic and send four tendrils of magical flame through the cardinal directions to the item. The goal is to transform the item into a Coatlnix Ingot. this sometimes takes Fairy several tries, especially if they haven’t studied witch-style spell casting. After the fairy succeeds, they present the Ingot to the Source of Coatlnix on planet Magix. and it takes shape as part of the neckpiece/armbands in the transformation. Unlike like the sirenix pearls and harpix feathers, there are no riddles to solve to get a seed, instead Coatlnix is more like Dryadix. The Elementix Compendium discusses mineral selection, smithing, glass blowing, wood burning, and proper ritual magic techniques. There is still some kind of virtue trial in order to get the ritual to actually be effective but its literally just like. attention, perseverance, dealing with frustration, etc. 
Design! I’ve described Coatlnix/Phoenix before when talking about Daphne and the elementix here and largely I did stick to the original aesthetic. I didn’t cross the fabric and the metallic bodice as much as I wanted but that’s just how it happens sometimes  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . So Coatlnix features! Hair turns into fire in the fairy’s magic colors and mimics the fairy’s natural hair texture, the eyes are also completely color filled. A metal neck piece matches the wrist/hand bands in shape and color.  A metallic, segmented, bodice with dark edging. The skirt is pale loose fabric, it can be multiple pieces, looped, tied, bunched and occasionally attached to the bodice. All feature safety shorts underneath because that’s important to me lol. Shoes are metallic strappy sandals. A sheer piece of fabric streaked with metal flecks is attached at either the wrists or the fingers and usually goes up the back to attach to the bottom of the bodice or the neck piece (in between the wings). The wings are very glowy, and resemble feathers in flame. So for biological reactions, Tecna has a little, Stella is about average, and Bloom is.... unique. because she’s Bloom. The bio changes mimic the Coatlni. Fairies gain a feather crest, feathered collar bones, flat scales on the breast bone, regular scales on the hands and lower legs. The hands/feet also gain talons and the feet extend to become more digitigrade. While the least human looking of the elementix inspirations, Coatlni still have a human-esc consciousness and create their own impressive communities on the shelves of volcanos. They look like snakes with feathers and two small arms. The feathers are actually more like extended, flexible, scales, they’re very shiny and gem or metal like. 
 (Sketchy coatlni below, im iffy on the wings) 
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BLOOM. So bloom is real wild in this one because she has the dragon flame attached to her core. With out the dragon flame she would look a lot more like stella (gonna do a Daphne set eventually or you can go to my patreon to see a sketch version of nodragonflame!bloom) So bloom gains more dragon like features than Coatlni ones. horns, fangs, dragon ears, larger taloned hands and feet, feathered flame on her forearms and calves, more powerful dragon-y legs (as opposed to the smaller dexterous coatlni style ones), and more protective scale patches.
idk what im gonna work on next, maybe cosmix? maybe elementix witch forms? feel free to let me know what you’d wanna see lol 
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samwisethewitch · a day ago
So You Want to Work with Fairies
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Before reading this, I recommend checking out my most recent post, where I cover some common misconceptions about these beings. As in that post, here I will be using euphemisms like the Good People or the Other Crowd, since the word "fairy" is considered rude or offensive by many of the Good People.
Now that we've talked about what the Good People aren't, let's talk a little bit about what they are.
Most of the lore surrounding the Good People comes from Western Europe. I would say that our current understanding of them in American culture is most informed by British, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh beliefs, but different European immigrant groups brought stories of other, similar beings. (For example, I include elements of Scandinavian beliefs about alfar, dverger, and the huldufólk in my Heathen practice.) At least some of these beings seem to have followed the people who believe in them across the Atlantic.
It's worth noting that legends of "hidden people" who live alongside us appear in some form in almost every culture, including indigenous North American folklore. However, I think it's an oversimplification and culturally insensitive to say that these beings are the same as the Good People. While I encourage my fellow American and Canadian witches to learn about indigenous cultures and their beliefs, we should also be respectful of closed spiritual practices. For that reason, this post is going to focus on Western European Hidden Folk lore, especially Irish and British lore.
“Fairy” is an umbrella term for the beings who live in the Otherworld, which is sometimes called Fairy with a capital “F.” While they can cross over into our world and may have ties to certain places here, they do not live here.
As I've mentioned, "the f-word" is offensive to many of the Good People, so euphemisms are typically used instead to avoid angering them. English euphemisms include the Good People, the Other Crowd, the Good Neighbors, and the Shining Ones. In Irish they are called the Aos Sí ("people of the mounds") or Daoine Maithe ("good people"). In Scotland they are the Daoine Sìth, and in Welsh they are called the Tylwyth Teg ("fair family").
These beings are mostly understood to be ambivalent or indifferent to humans, and when they interact with us it’s usually in the form of pranks and mischief. Some of them are more friendly to humans, while some of them are predatory. In Where the Hawthorn Grows, Morgan Daimler says that: “They can be cruel and vicious, or generous and kind. Some of them are helpful. Some are indifferent. And some of them think we make a very tasty meal indeed.”
The Good People are “betwixt and between” beings, and they seem to exist in a permanent liminal state. They’re most active at twilight, dawn, and other in-between times, and the information we have about them is incomplete and sometimes contradictory. I see these contradictions are an inherent part of the Good People and their "in-between" nature.
Despite their reputation as tricksters, the Good People are very big on rules. Fairy operates on very consistent internal logic, even if it sometimes seems like dream logic. If you understand these rules and are willing to follow them, it is possible to safely interact with Fairy. I've also included a list of some of the common signs of their activity.
Rules for Engaging with the Good People
The word “fairy” is not said aloud, as this may attract negative attention. Instead, use euphemisms like The Good People, The Good Neighbors, The Other Crowd, or any of the Celtic language equivalents. (The word "elf" is sometimes said to be similarly offensive.)
Entering a fairy ring is dangerous and is likely to warp your perception of time.
Be respectful of their places, should you choose to visit. Be careful not to break or damage anything, leave behind no trash, and do not verbally provoke them.
Visits to Fairy in dreams or trance are just as real as physical travels, and must be treated just as seriously.
When in Fairy, do not eat or drink anything that is offered to you.
When in Fairy, keep at least one thing from our world on your person at all times and do not let it be taken from you.
Do not speak too openly about your experiences with the Good Neighbors. 
Never steal from one of the Good People. 
Never lie to them or break your word to them. 
Do not make oaths or promises to the Good People lightly, and always uphold any promise you do make. 
Never say “thank you” to one of the Good People. Instead, acknowledge them by saying something like, “I appreciate this.” 
Do not tell the Good People your real name. Instead, use a nickname. If they ask for your name, avoid lying outright by saying, “You may call me…”
It’s a good idea to have protections in place in case you get in over your head. Iron repels most, but not all of the Good People, so I recommend pairing it with other protections like mugwort, sulfur, and/or salt.
Signs That the Good People Are Around:
Unexplained laughter, music, etc., especially music that does not sound like Earthly music
Disappearing items, especially keys and jewelry
Movement in your peripheral vision, “out of the corner of your eye”
Elf-locks (hair that becomes matted and tangled overnight with no other apparent cause)
Fairy rings (rings of mushrooms or darker grass in a circle shape)
Chores getting completed mysteriously
Cats acting strange or freaked out
Further Reading/Viewing:
Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk by Morgan Daimler
Fairy Witchcraft by Morgan Daimler
Faery: A Guide to the Lore, Magic, & World of the Good Folk by John T. Kruse
"The Magick of Faerie: My First Fairy Encounter and a Fair Warning." by Mintaery on YouTube
"Fairy Morality" by Morgan Daimler on YouTube
"Irish Fairy and Folk Tales - Penalties for Messing with the Fairies" by Lora O'Brien on YouTube
"Faery Offerings A Quick Guide on Leaving Offering for Nature Spirits" by Mintfaery on YouTube
"Fairies and Offerings" by Morgan Daimler on YouTube
"How to Protect Yourself And Set Boundaries With The Fae" by Mintfaery on YouTube
"Protections Against Fairies" by Morgan Daimler on YouTube
"Telling A Good Fairy Book From a Bad One" by Morgan Daimler on YouTube
(I've made a playlist of videos on the Good People I find helpful, which you can watch here!)
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Crysta Poll Choice
I pushed through cuz I really wanted to finish this up. I didn't grow up with this movie, I watched it as a young teen! But I found Crysta so sweet that I've always wanted to make nice fanart of her. I'm making another poll at some point because this was fun to do!
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Magical path on our walk
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Glimmering sea, where mermaids sing and swim, with nacre in their hair
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Magical Fairy Layered Necklace by ActualAngel
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Mer-Tony telling Fairy-Steve just how much he loves him 💙
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