Fairy Rings in Folklore

#FairyFriday

Fairy rings are also called elf or pixie rings that can be quite large. Most fairy rings are outlined with mushrooms Folklore tells of fairy feet that create these rings in order to gather outdours and frolic amongst the circle. If a person enters a pixie  ring the fae will punish them making them dance till they die! Some tales speak of fairy portals, a person that wanders into the middle of the ring will vanish to the fairy world never to be found again. Spirits tend to bury their treasure in them. In the fairy world what seems like an hour is years in earth time. The dew that forms on the fairy ring is said to have healing powers.
Below two nature fairies that shapeshift into mushrooms, trees or flowers. Be careful where you step.

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Fairy in Folklore ~ Pixies

Hey! it’s #FairyFriday  Fairies are also known as faeries or the fae.

There are several types of fairies, today is about Pixies.

Pixies are nature spirits that live in the green forests,  fairy mounds and stone circles in Britain, Scotland and Ireland.

Pixies are tiny nature spirits that enjoy riding small enchanted horses.

Pixies are benevolent and known to be helpful little sprites that assist with the household chores for people.

Pixies are linked to the race of Picts , who mystical, shadowy people who lived in North Britain  and Ireland in ancient time.

Pixies have been the name of girl troups in the US and Canada just like Brownies.

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*Sources: Wikipedia

 

Freyja’s Cats Bygul & Trjegul

The Norse goddess Freyja has two cats named Bygul and Trjegul who pull her chariot around Asgard home of the Aesir gods and godesses. She enjoys travelling to the other worlds when she isn’t too busy ruling over Folkvangr.
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Some Norse farmers still leave food offerings for Bygul and Trjegul, Freyja’s large Norwegian Forest cats in order to attain a bountiful harvest.

Korean Imoogi Dragon

I love shows like Game of Thrones which are fantasy and mythical driven.
The princess in it is the mother of dragons. This reminds me of the mythical Korean Imoogi dragon.

It is similar to a sea serpent because it doesn’t sport horns like other dragons.
Imoogi means Great Lizard.
The Imoogi was gifted its powers from the sun gods through a special girl. On her 17th birthday her birthmark will appear as a dragon on her shoulder and she will shapeshift into an Imoogi.
That would be fun to do.

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Sources: Wikipedia

The Huldufólk of Iceland

Iceland, the land of fire and ice has it’s own enchanting folklore.

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The Huldufólk or hidden folk, reside in the hills, under rocks and trees.
They are tiny elves that are magical and dance an elvish jig encircling toad stools and with the fairy folk or (Faroese) creating fairy rings.

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Icelandic people say there are two types of Faroese,
dark and light ones. The dark type of Huldufólk are known to wear grey clothes, sport a stocky build and black hair.
The other type of Faroese has light hair with green or blue eyes and are slim and attractive.

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In Norse mythology, Faroese are paired, light and dark elves. Norse god Odin the allfather highly favored Light elves. Folklore says that elves change their looks with the changing of the seasons in nature similar to how hares change their fur color with the seasons. Elves are mainly immortal,unless their most hallowed Oak tree is chopped down. Ljosalfar or light elves, inhabit the enchanting world of Alfheim.
Dark elves or Dokkalfar are known as ugly they dwell in the mystical land of Niflheim.

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According to folklore both types, abhor electricity, churches, crosses and construction if it interferes with their environment.

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Huldufólk are known to curse and foil construction vehicles and cause all kinds of delays to heavy duty machinery when it effects their dwelling places amongst the hills and rocks.

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Iceland’s pagan folklore has been unfortunately, Christianized by 1000 CE. This enforced, Christian worldview makes up most Icelandic, modern folklore.
Here is one of the Christianized version of the huldufólk.
The folk tale, goes like this, Adam and Eve hid their gritty, unwashed children from the Biblical god’s sight. They also fibbed about their unwashed children’s existence. The Christian god becomes angry and decrees that their hidden children must stay concealed forever. All because Eve and Adam tried to hide them from him.
The huldufólk in another mystical, Talmudic version originates from the sorceress, Lilith who existed before Eve. This origin definitely explains the Dokkalfar. Lillith marries the fallen Arch- angel Lucifer and their offspring are a Nephilim-demonic hybrid burdoned to live between heaven and hell forever.

Icelandic city of Hafnarfjörður, is known as the Elfish capitol city.

Reykjavika has a population of approximately 320,000 Icelanders and it is proud  to have an Elf school where tourists and/or the curious can take a crash course on elves if they so choose.

Former president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson mentioned the existence of huldufólk tales by saying: “Icelanders are few in number, so in the old times we doubled our population with tales of elves and fairies.”

So now you know of the little people who hide in hills and under the rocks.
Hear the Light elves, singing amongst rustling leaves?
While, daring dark elves steal one good sock from the dryer with ease.

sources: *Wikipedia
*Ancient Origins

Walpurgis & Beltane Festivals

The German festival of Walpurgisnacht, is April 30th similar to the UK Walpurgis or Beltane which runs from April 30th to May 3rd. It is also known as  Lady Day or May Day in Christianised Germany.
In the UK pagans celebrate the Green Man festival which is mainly a foilage fertility celebration honoring our ancestors, the close of winter embracing the blossom of Spring.

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The powers of elves and the  fae grow and reach their peak at the Summer Solstice.

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Folklore tells us It is a time of enchantment and magical renewal. Beltane is a great time for planting gardens especially herbs and casting spells.

In Scandinavia, heathens play out mock battles between Winter and Summer.

Beltane is a time for Community Bon Fires.
Tradition teaches us that sacred woods are kindled by spark from flint.  The Irish Gaelic, Beltane Fire is called ‘teine eigin’ or fire from rubbing sticks together.

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Pagans may jump over the Beltane Fire, swoosh through it, or do a clockwise dance around the bon fire.
There is drumming that compliments the dancers.
If you live in the country gather your kin and have a bon fire that you can contain in areas like a beach on sand.
Keep children out of the way so no injuries happen. Remember Safety first and enjoy Beltane. Welcome Spring! Welcome Lady May! Welcome Green Man!

Wassail.

Yggdrasil, The Tree of Life

Today is earth day. The earth is known to many cultures as the goddess Gaia, hence the term ‘mother earth.’ She is the giver of life according to many legends.
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In modern times,Earth day has evolved into an environmental day.
People just need to care of our earth, water, air and all living creatures on it.

The Norse Folklore tells the tale of the awesome tree named

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Yggdrasil, which is the Norse tree of life. It is a gigantic ash tree. The nine worlds are wrapped within this tree and Yggdrasil connects them all. This tree is so ginormous it towers above the sky!
The three wells feed the roots that are entwined within the three worlds.
Root number one is buried into Niflheim, it is the shadowy underworld and Hvergelmir the boisterous spring is located smack in the middle of Hvergelmir.
Nidhogg the mammoth dragon nibbles from below at this root.
Root number two houses the frost giants and their well Mimir.
A chatty, gossipy, squirrel named Ratatosk resides in Yggdrasil and relays messages to the dragon Nidhogg. There is an eagle sporting a hawk between his eyes they watch from the top branches the worlds below them.

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The Norse gods and goddesses reside in Asgard.
The light elves live just below in Alfheim.
The dwarfs live in Nidavellir.
People reside in Midgard where we live.
The mountain and frost giants dwell in Jotunheim.
Vanaheim is the place where the Vanir and Aesir exist.
Muspell the fiery world is where Surtr dwells.
Hel is the place for dead cowards that would not bravely battle in war.
There you have Yggdrasil the tree of life.

Our earth is the heartbeat for every organic creature on it. So let’s take care of her.
We can start with simple things such as recycling
plastic bottles instead of throwing them everywhere. Bottles need to be made from Industrial hemp which is biodegradable. Plant an organic garden or perrenial/annual garden. A bit of both is great to entice bees and other pollinators. Try a tower garden if you are an urban dweller. It’s a fun project you can do with your children. Your children will eat the veggies they grow!
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Gaia and Yggdrasil birthed  our beautiful worlds let’s show our appreciation and respect by caring for our earth and all living creatures that dwell here.