In the Irish language the word for faery is "sidhe" (pronounced shee). It is
believed to be derived from the Hindustani word "siddhi" that means, "something
which controls the elements." Rivers often divide the faery realm from the earthly
realm and are referred to as "bridges to the Sidhe."
There are many different types of faeries, both good and evil faeries. Most faeries
are believed to be created from superstition or as an explanation for something
strange that was hard to explain. There are a lot of people who believe faeries are
real, and possibly related to the fallen angel myths.
Alven are wingless, but they can travel through the air
enclosed in a water bubble. They have been known to show
themselves while wearing otter skins. Alvens are most
active at night under moonlight. They live in ponds, lakes
and rivers and they protect night-blooming plants and will
harm any human that attempts to destroy one of these
plants. Their only known enemy is fish and they are friendly
to nature loving humans.
Ankou is found in Brittany, but is also part of Cornwall,
Wales and Irish mythology. Other known names are Death,
the Grim Reaper and Father Time and Ankou is part of all
elements, including the least known element, spirit. Ankou
represents Death and is the soul collector of passed-on
humans. No one alive has ever seen his dark face buried
deep within his black robes, for only those who are about to
die can lay eyes on his face. In Ireland, he is known to drive
a black cart drawn by four black horses. This is a faery that
should not be contacted!
Anthropophagi are found in England even though the name
of this faery is of Greek origin, which means "man-eating."
The Anthropophagi is a headless cannibal. He has no nose,
his eyes rest on his shoulders and his mouth is at the
center of his chest. Air is the element of this repulsive
faery and it is not known how to find them. It is believed
that these are not faeries, but traces of a memory of a
cannibalistic race which migrated from northern Africa to
Britain in the Dark Ages.
Ashrays are water faeries found in Scotland. They are only
seen at night because sunlight will melt them into a rainbow
pool of water. Their white bodies are almost translucent
and they are often mistaken for sea ghosts. Ashrays are
both male and female and though they appear to be young,
they are in fact quite ancient. These faeries cannot live on
land and it is believed that they may have been cursed to
live underwater. These faeries should be approached with
caution as it is not known if they will harm humans.
Attorcroppe are earth faeries found in Saxony. These evil
faeries look like serpents with arms and legs and are
usually active at night. They may have come into the faery
lore of Saxony by the sly ways of poisonous snakes.
Attorcroppe can be found near rivers and woodlands.
Ballybogs are earth faeries found in Ireland. Sometimes
called Peat Faeries, Mudbogs or Boggies, these faeries are
small, mud-covered creatures. Their bodies are round and
they have long skinny arms and legs. They are not very
intelligent and grunt instead of speaking. Ballybogs are
found near peat bogs and are believed to be guardian
spirits of the bogs. A large number of human bodies have
been found in the peat bogs of northern Europe. There is
evidence suggesting they were human sacrifices and it is
possible that thousands of years ago, human sacrifices
were made to keep the bog faeries happy.
Basilisk are fire faeries found in Greece. It looks like a
large golden snake with a red crest on it's head and it also
has two arms. This highly poisonous faery can kill by
looking at, touching, or breathing on a human or animal.
The only animals that can kill it are the crow, rooster, weasel
and mongoose. It is similar to the Greek Medusa in that it
can be killed by viewing it's own hideous reflection. It is
advised to avoid the Basilisk.
Bean-Fionn is a female water faery that lives beneath lakes
and streams. She will reach up and drown children in or
near the water. Her name means "white woman" because
she is known to wear a white gown.
The Beansidhe are female water faeries that foretell death.
Also known as the Washerwoman in Ireland, she can be
found by a stream washing what appears to be bloody
shrouds of a person that is about to die. She has long
stringy hair and ghostly white skin. Her blood-chilling
keening can be heard at night outside the house of
someone about to die.
Bean-Tighe are known as faery housekeepers that watch
over children, hearth and even pets. She even helps with
household chores! These friendly faeries can be attracted
by leaving out their favorite food-strawberries & cream.
They are especially drawn to people of Milesian ancestry.
Black Angus are large black dogs with yellow eyes found in
England and Scotland. The Black Angus roams the
countryside showing himself to those about to die.
Bocan are air faeries found on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
They attack and kill travelers. It is best to avoid these
Boggarts are earth faeries found in Scotland. They are also
known as Hobgoblins or the Boogey Man. They are male
dwarfs and very ill-tempered. They will enter a house and
destroy everything inside. These unpleasant faeries should
Boobrie are water faeries found in Scotland. They are also
known as the Waterhorse and are black birds with large,
sharp claws. The Boobrie seeks out ships transporting
sheep and cattle. It can shapeshift into a horse and run
along the top of the water. The Boobrie cannot exist on
Brownies are earth faeries found in Scotland. They are very
small male dwarf faeries with black eyes. They only like
people that are kind to nature & other people. If kindness is
shown to them, they will help out around the house and
chase away wicked spirits. Brownies will only come to you if
they are sure you are the kind of person they want to help.
Brown Men are fire faeries found in Cornwall and Scotland.
They are short, thin male faeries with red hair who protect
animals. Not much is known about them because they shun
Buachailleen are earth faeries found in the pastures Ireland
and Scotland. They wear pointed red hats and are
shapeshifters. Being mischievous, they torment animals for
Buggars are air faeries known in England. They are
shapeshifters so it is hard to know what they really look
like. Buggars are dangerous to humans, but they never
leave the astral plane. Do not contact these faeries.
Bugul Noz is an earth faery found in Brittany. He is very ugly
& the last of his race. He lives underground deep in the
woodlands. It is believed he is friendly, but many are
scared off by his appearance. He may be able to assist with
spells of fertility & prosperity.
Bunyip are water faeries found in swamps of Australia. They
are short and covered in mud. These faeries are friendly to
humans and bark like a dog to warn of impending danger.
Call to them & announce your friendly intentions. They can
help catch fish & also warn against any intruders while you
are traveling in marshy areas.
Buttery Sprites are earth faeries found in England. No one
has seen one of these faeries, but they are known to seek
vengeance against humans who cheat others. They are
active at night and live in old abbeys & inns.
Bwaganod are water faeries found in Wales. They are
goblins that shapeshift into other animals. They do not like
humans so it is advised not to contact them.
Bwbachs are earth faeries found in Wales. These house
faeries always appear as males with large red hats and
loincloths. They are very mischievous house faeries and
are not very helpful. It is best to leave them alone.
Bwciod is a fire faery found in Wales. He is slender with a
long pointy nose and purple eyes. He is a goblin that loves
the warmth of a hearth fire and once he has entered a
home, it is almost impossible to get rid of him. The Bwciod
is a nuisance and should be avoided.
Cailleac Bhuer is a water faery found in Scotland. Also
known as The Blue Hag, she is an old woman who walks
around at night with a walking stick & a carrion crow that
sits on her left shoulder. Associated with the Crone
Goddess, she is believed to dwell in a land that is always
winter and her power is greatest from Samhain to Ostara.
Do not fear her, but do be careful. Call on her as you would
the Goddess & this faery may be able to help with any type
of magic & ritual.
Cait Sith is a large black faery cat with green eyes that
wanders the Scottish Highlands.
Callicantzaroi are earth faeries found in Greece, Albania &
Italy. They are trooping faeries that are small, skinny &
always nude. They ride chickens & celebrate at Yule, the
rebirth of the Sun Gods.
Chi Spirits are air faeries from China. They are pure energy
& the Chinese believe that the free movement of these
faeries improves health & protection of the home.
Furniture can be moved to improve the Chi flow & mirrors
are placed over walls to act as portals allowing energy to
Chin-Chin Kobakama are earth faeries found in Japan that
resemble elves. They are friendly toward humans, but can
be a nuisance. If the home is kept clean, they will bless &
protect the inhabitants.
Churn Milk Peg & Melch Dick are a female & male dwarf
faeries that wear the peasant clothes of 15th century
England. They are found in the English countryside
guarding fruit & nut orchards.
Clurichauns are earth faeries found in the wine cellars of
Ireland. Resembling the Leprechaun, he will protect the
wine cellar & chase away thieves. To contact a Clurichaun,
leave out some wine.
Corrigans are water faeries found in Brittany & Cornwall.
They are blonde women by night & ugly hags by day. One
legend is that if a man loves her in both forms, she will
become human & remain beautiful night & day.
Cucui are earth faeries found in Northern Mexico that are
large, drooling monsters. They will try to harm anyone they
meet so it is best to avoid them.
Devas are elemental nature spirits found in Greece, Persia,
Isle of Man & England. They are small & appear as bright
spheres of light. Devas are found anywhere in nature &
could be contacted by going directly into nature & inviting
them to be part of an outdoor ritual.
Dinnshenchas are fire dwarf faeries found in Ireland that
can shapeshift into any form to help avenge women harmed
by men. They are in the service of the Irish Goddess Aine &
could be called on to protect & give strength to women.
Domoviyr are earth faeries found in Russia. They are male
elves that live in human homes & offer protection, but
beware of their jealous nature before setting out food &
inviting them in.
Dracs are water faeries found in the waters of France. They
appear as floating purple blobs, a golden chalice or in a
female human form. They are dangerous because they look
for human males to mate with & will draw them to the water
as a golden chalice or as a beautiful woman, then pull them
under the water.
Drakes are fire faeries found in England that will bless your
hearth & keep the firewood dry in exchange for living in
your home. The downside is these beings smell bad.
Dryads are tree spirits found in Celtic countries that appear
as wisps of light. Referred to as female, these beings are
friendly, but like to tease humans. They prefer willow trees,
though they live in all sacred trees. The Dryads taught the
druids tree magic & divination. If approached properly, they
may assist others with the secrets of tree magic, but be
patient with their games.
Duendes are earth faeries found in the Iberian Peninsula
that appear as middle-aged women. They are small and
their fingers look like long icicles. They are jealous of
humans & try to harm them. Keep away from these faeries.
Duergarrs are earth faeries found in England. They are
malicious dwarf faeries & like to prey on unwary travelers.
Dybbuk are dangerous astral entities found in Israel. They
are more like demons because of their power to possess a
human body. Music is effective in driving these beings
Ellyllons are water faeries found in Cornwall & Wales & are
guardians of the domain of the Lady of the Lake from the
Arthurian myths. They may be able to help contact the
Elves are found all over the world. They are small &
chubby. Trooping elves are considered friendly while
solitary elves can be dangerous. Their only enemy is the
cat. They can aid in home protection & raising energy for all
types of spells & rituals. Leave out food & milk to attract
them, but remember to lock up the cat!
The Erlkonig is an air faerie from Germany that is only seen
by those about to die. The name means "Elf King" & he
appears wearing a golden crown & tailored clothing. His
home is Valhallah, the Nordic Land of the Dead.
Erdluitle are dwarf faeries found in Switzerland. They have
webbed feet, but can't swim. At one time they were helpful
to farmers, but now they seem to dislike humans.
The Fachan is a nasty air faery found in the Scottish
Highlands. He has one head, one eye, one ear, one arm,
one leg, one toe-all centered down the middle of his hairy &
feathered body. He chases all living things away with a
Fays are nature faeries found in Albania. They are tiny with
wings & are helpful to the Goddess in Turning the Wheel of
the Year, aiding the changes of nature. They can be
temperamental so it is unknown if they would be any help to
Fin Folk are water faeries found in the lochs of Scotland.
They avoid humans, but don't seem to wish us any harm.
According to legend, they live in a miniature kingdom
encased in glass on loch bottoms. They may be found on
the astral plane, but approach with caution! They may be
helpful with spells for protection & preservation of plants &
all marine life.
Fir Darrigs are water faeries found in Ireland. They live
along polluted coastlines & swamps. They are unpleasant
rat-like faeries that are dangerous & should be avoided.
Fireesin are found on the Isle of Man & are known to help
farmers. They are nude & covered with brown, course hair.
Fireesin aren't very intelligent & they are most active in
spring, summer & autumn.
Folletti are weather faeries found in Italy. Their favorite
element is air & they love to whip up wind storms that they
can ride on. They are so small they can barely be seen, but
they have toes that point backward. Folletti pay no
attention to humans.
Formorians are the survivors of a banished faery race
driven out of Ireland by the Tuatha De Danann. They were
driven into the sea & condemned to live forever as sea
monsters. They are ill-tempered & grotesque-looking
creatures that should be avoided.
Fossegrim are guardians of waterfalls in Norway. They are
expert harpers & have beautiful singing voices. They
appear as attractive men & women. While they do not
intend to harm anyone, their playfulness can get out of hand
so it is best to approach them with caution.
Fylgiar can only be seen by its human familiar before the
person dies. It is believed an Icelandic child born with a
caul over its head will go through life with a faery
companion known as a Fylgiar. The Fylgiar will warn its
human of their own death, at which time the Fylgiar will
Gancanagh is a male faery found in Ireland that will
materialize in lonely places to seduce human females, who
will die of love for him. He holds an Irish clay pipe, which he
does not smoke.
The Gandharvas are very small faeries that live inside
caves in India. They possess musical talent & try to avoid
Gans are vaporous spirits that can be found in the rugged
moutains of the American Southwest & are the faery folk of
the Apaches. The Apaches have special dances &
ceremonies to honor these spirits & believe the Gans
represent the spirit of the mountains & the good and evil to
be found there.
Geancanach are fire faeries found in Ireland. They are very
small with large eyes, pointed ears & wings. They are
sometimes mistaken for lightning bugs. Geancanach are
guardians of home hearths & can be contacted with a simple
evocation at your fireside & an offering of milk.
Ghillie Dhu are fire faeries found in Scotland. They are tree
spirits disguised as foliage & they dislike humans. They
favor birch trees & will grab the unwary traveler, enslaving
them forever. Contact not advised.
Gianes are wood Elves found in the forests of northern
Italy. They are master cloth weavers & some say they can
weave potent spells. Divination is one of their talents. Call
to them in the woods if you seek the answers to the future,
but don't ask them to do spells for you. The price they
command is too great.
Giants and Ogres are found all over the world. Giants look
like large humans. Ogres are the same size as humans, but
have deformed faces & excessive body hair. Giants can be
friendly or nasty & Ogres are usually unfriendly. They
should be approached with caution & it is not known how
they can be helpful.
Gitto are air faeries found in fields in Wales after sundown
between Samhain & Beltane. They have horse heads & goat
bodies, but they have human speech. They are wingless,
but can fly short distances. They do not like people so it is
advised not to contact them.
Glashtin can be found in the sky during a severe storm on
the Isle of Man. They are goblins that are half cow & half
horse. Cow head = stupid, horse head = shrewd & cunning.
Contact is unknown & unadvised.
The Glaistig is a water faery found in Scotland. She appears
as a beautiful woman, but she has animal parts. She preys
on human males, sucking their blood or drowning them.
Contact not advised!
Gnomes are earth dwarf faeries found in Europe. They
appear quite old, but their life span is around a thousand
years. They are male & female adults and children that are
kind-hearted & will always aid a sick or frightened animal.
Gnomes live deep in ancient forests under old oak trees &
their main occupation is the protection & healing of wildlife,
though they will occasionally help a human. A simple
invitation my bring them to you. They can help protect pets
& they excel in healing spells.
Golem are unthinking creatures made of clay into a human
being. Originating in Israel, they are like zombies-staring &
unthinking. Contact not advised.
The Grant looks like a small, oddly-formed horse that walks
erect. They can be seen at sunset & warn of approaching
danger. They are attached to a particular English village &
are friendly. It is not known how to contact them.
Gremlins are also known as Sky Boogies and originated in
Germany though they are also found in England. They are
hairy all over and are dark brown in color. Their wide grins
are anything but mirthful & they have stubby little ears.
They dislike humans & will try to destroy them whenever
possible. During World War II, pilots from both sides
reported seeing hairy creatures on their wings. They
reportedly did damage to the planes.
Gruagach is a solitary female earth faery that is extremely
grotesque in appearance, but has a heart of gold. She can
be found in the pastures of Scotland guarding the
livestock. Legend tells us that if she appears at a doorway
& is turned away, she will create trouble & steal animals.
She may be able to assist with spiritual quests & in guarding
Guriuz are weather faeries found in Italy, but they haven't
been spotted for a long time. They used to help bring the
weather needed by farmers.
Gwragedd Annwn can be found in or near the lakes of the
Black Mountains of Wales. These water faeries are helpful
to women & children. They will occasionally take human
males as mates. The offspring of these unions are gifted in
music. They can aid in protection spells for women &
children, but approach with caution.
Gwyllions are fire faeries found in the welsh mountains and
in Faeryland's mountains. They care for wild goats and
dislike humans. They will not allow themselves to be found
Hamadryadniks are tree spirits of Yugoslavia &
Czechoslovakia. They look like foliage and are hard to see.
If they touch the earth at night, they vanish forever. They
hate humans & should be left alone.
Heather Pixies can be found in heather fields or the moors
of the Scottish Lowlands. They have clear or golden auras
& delicate, almost translucent wings. The word Pixie may be
related to the early inhabitants of Scotland, the Picts.
Hobgoblins are evil faeries from England that like to live in
homes & cause trouble. They are usually attracted to a
home by the warmth of the hearth fire. Like all faeries, they
cannot build a fire on their own. It is best to leaves these
Huldrafolk are Elves found deep in the caves of the
mountains in Scandinavia. With a lick of their dark brown
tongue, they can blight humans with deformities. Contact
Hyldermoder is a Scandinavian tree faery, the Elder Tree
Mother who guards the sacred Elder trees. She is always
dressed in a flowing green gown & appears to be an elderly,
protective mother. Contact her as you would a Goddess &
she may offer help with spells related to tree magic, fertility,
wisdom, prosperity or inspiration.
Hyters are from England and are shapeshifters who appear
as birds. They are active in the early evening and it is not
known what they think of humans.
Ieles are large bipedal cats found in Romania & Eastern
Europe. They prey on humans by luring them off the main
road by singing or dancing and then suck their blood. If you
come upon one, stay in the center of the crossroads, which
is a place of protection as it is seen as an equilateral
Illes are trolls found in Iceland. They are hairy, dark and
naked. Illes are dangerous to humans because they will
change into beautiful humans long enough to lure their
human prey into their underground world. They kill by
suffocation & through making humans pine away for the
beautiful temporary forms these Trolls can takes.
Irish Elves can be found at the base of sacred trees in the
dense woodlands of Germany. They are dwarf-like and wear
green or blue clothes and red caps. They care for wild
animals & seem to be friendly toward humans. They may be
helpful in finding healing herbs for a sick or injured pet.
Irish Sea Water Guardians are the guardians of the Irish
Seas off the Isle of Man. They are very small surrounded by
a green-blue aura of light & serve the Sea God Manann.
They will help all living creatures in need on the sea if they
are specifically asked to do so.
Jimaninos are winged trooping faeries found in Mexico that
look like pudgy children & they may be souls of children that
don't know they are dead. They aid the Goddess in the
turning of the Wheel of the Year.
Jinn are air faeries from Saudi Arabia that live in special oil
lamps & when summoned by their masters, they must grant
their master's wishes.
Kelpies are web-footed water spirits with manes and tails
like horses & the lower bodies of women that once
populated the North Sea & the lochs of Scotland. They
would eat anything from deer to humans. Contact is not
Klaboutermannikins are invisible faeries found in the
figureheads of German ships. They guarded the ship from
sickness, rocks, storms and dangerous winds. If they can
be contacted, they may be able to help bless a boat or ship.
Knockers are dwarf faeries who live in the mines & caves of
Cornwall. They like to play games & aid respectful miners.
Miners follow their knocking sound to find a rich vein.
Frantic knocking in any mine is a warning of imminent
danger. Food & drink is left out to show respect for the
Kolbalds are dwarf faeries found in homes or hollow trees
in Germany. They wear brown knee pants & caps. They are
too untrustworthy to be of much help to humans.
Korreds are elven-like guardians of the standing stones of
Brittany. They have huge heads with wild spiky hair, hairy
bodies and long pointed noses. According to Breton
legends, they will aid any sincere seeker who comes to
learn the lessons & share the power of the stones.
The Lady of the Lake lives in Dosmary Pool in Cornwall. She
is the one who gave Arthur his famous sword Excalibur. It
might be possible to contact her as one would a Goddess.
Leanansidhe is a beautiful vampire faery that lives under
the Irish Sea off the eastern coast of Ireland. It is believed
that she can give inspiration to poets, but the reward for
her services is death so it is best to look elsewhere for
Leprechauns are guardians of the pot of gold & originated
from Ireland. If one can gain control of these wily creatures,
one would win the pot of gold plus three wishes. Good luck
Lesidhe is a guardian of the forests disguised as foliage.
They like to mimic mockingbirds to confuse hikers and
travelers & they are not very fond of humans so it is best to
stay clear of them.
Limniades are found in the Greek countryside and appear as
small blobs of pure light. Some think they are discarnate
humans condemned to walk the earth at night to repent for
some misdeed. They may have once been sun deities.
Lob originate from Wales & are small dark blobs that can be
found near human discord or violence. If you have been
part of a quarrel or violent scene, it is a good idea to banish
the negative vibrations. Focus on dispersing any Lobs and
then mentally cleanse the area with pink light.
The Lorelei is a lovely young woman faery who sits on the
cliffs above the Rhine River in Germany, luring sailors to
their deaths in the rocks below with her haunting songs.
Lunantisidhe are guardians of the blackthorn trees of
Ireland. They look like small, bald, old men & they hate
Lutins are air faeries found in France. They are
shapeshifters that change shape so often that no one knows
what they really look like. They are very unpredictable
toward humans & should be avoided.
Ly Erg can be found on lonely roadsides near water in
Scotland. He is seen before one dies & he wears a soldier's
uniform and has a red right hand. By raising his right hand,
he makes a challenge to combat, but it is best to retreat.
Engaging him in battle will cause your death in a fortnight.
Some say his red hand is the result of bloodstains from
those he has killed in battle.
Mal-de-Mer are active at night and during storms at sea, and
they prey on ships.
Masseriol are earth faeries found in rural Italy and on farms
in Faeryland. They are always male, dress in red and have
an elderly face. They can be helpful on farms, but females
should be cautious around Them. He may be helpful with
rituals dealing with livestock, pets or gardens.
Mazikeen are found in the Middle East and are winged
faeries that cannot fly. All they like to do is steal food and
drink for their endless parties.
Menehunas can be found in the jungles of the islands of the
South Pacific, especially near waterfalls. They look like
Elves and can be tricksters, but they will also help humans.
They guard treasure and can grant wishes if they are
caught. Menehunas will not come if called, they must appear
Merpeople can be found at sea or near the sea all over the
world. They appear as adult males or females of great
beauty and have the lower bodies of a fish. They are usually
friendly toward humans & there have been tales of
Merpeople saving people drowning in the sea or steering
ships away from rock.
The Moerae are earth faeries found in Greece that dwell
inside dark caves and determine the fate of children. They
usually appear in groups of three-a young girl, a middle-aged
woman and an old woman. They may be called on as a
Goddess to help with love spells or divination.
Monaciello are earth faeries that can be found in wine
cellars in Italy. Monaciello are guardians of wine cellars &
treasure. They always wear a hooded cloak & legends say if
you steal the hood, they will offer you treasure in exchange
for the hood. They will die if they don't wear the hood. If
wine is set out, they may appear & may be able to assist in
home protection spells.
The Moss People may be found in dense woodlands in the
Summer in Germanic lands and Switzerland. They are
beautiful creatures with butterfly wings & lithe bodies.
Other names for them are Butterfly Faeries & Flying Leaves.
They are shy of people and it is not known how to contact
them, but they are good luck to have around so try calling to
them in a friendly voice and offer them fresh milk.
Mother Holle originated from Germany and can be found in
Faeryland, meadows and at the bottom of wells. She is an
older woman with long black hair and she wears a green
robe. She sits spinning at her wheel, which symbolizes her
relationship to the Goddess who, in certain cultures, was
thought to have created the world from her wheel. She
gives advice when asked and can divine the future. Mother
Holle favors aiding young women & she may be contacted at
wishing wells. Evoke her with the respect you would give to
any Goddess & she may be able to assist with divination and
Muireartach is a water faery found in the seas near the
Scottish Highlands during winter, night and storms. She is
an old woman who is bald, has horrible teeth, a bluish-gray
complexion and one large eye. It is unclear what her
disposition is or how to contact her.
Murdhuachas are similar to Merpeople except that their
upper bodies & heads are of other mammals. They can be
found at seasides near rocky shores off the west coast in
the Atlantic Ocean. They have been known to be helpful as
well as malicious so it is best to stay clear of them.
Neck can be found in lakes or streams in Scandinavia. They
are shapeshifting water faeries who are expert harpers and
singers. They are very alluring to human males & have been
known to drown people so stay clear of these faeries.
Nereides are found in the sea near Greece or Sweden. They
are water faeries that are dangerous to humans, especially
children. They will inflict insanity on anyone that sees them
during a full moon and they will steal children. They can
shapeshift into swans and they always wear white shawls
while on land. If a human man can capture their shawl, he
will have power over the faery. Some people on the Greek
Islands believe there are humans that are descended from
the unions of men and Nereides.
Nibelungen are dwarf faeries that live in a hidden
underground crystal palace possibly located in Vahallah, the
Nordic Land of the Dead. They are goldsmiths who make
golden rings with magical properties. They like to play tricks
on humans so use caution if you try to make contact with
Nixen are water sprites found near and under the Rhine
River. They have been known to lure swimmers and sailors
to their death on rocks. Nixen are master fiddlers who have
composed many catchy tunes. Humans are warned not to
play these tunes on human fiddles for fear of not being able
to stop playing until the strings are cut.
Noggles look like small gray horses and are found near the
edge of inland streams in Western Europe. They are
guardians of these streams and do not like humans building
on his waterways.
Nokke are musical river sprites found in Sweden at dusk.
They avoid human contact.
Nucklelavees are Scottish sea faeries found on the Hebrides
Islands. They are ugly; half-human and half-horse with fins
for feet. They are mean to humans and other faeries and
some believe they were wicked pirates who died at sea &
are now stuck between the world of the living and the world
of the dead.
Nymphs are seductive female faeries originating in Greece.
There are wood nymphs, water nymphs, sea nymphs and tree
nymphs. Most nymphs are too playful to be of any help to
The Oak King originates from Europe and is the king of the
waxing year and the other half of the Holly King, the king of
the waning year. He usually wears a small breech cloth and
a crown of oak leaves and acorns. He carries a staff of oak
wood in his right hand. The robin, a spring bird, is the
symbol of the Oak King. The wren represents the Holly
King. Call to him at the Yule and Midsummer Sabbats and he
may be able to aid you in your spiritual quests.
The Oakmen can be found in guarding the oak groves of
Germany and Scandinavia, especially the Black Forest. They
are dwarf faeries with large heads who may have once been
humans who worshipped in sacred groves. Approach them
Orculli are giants that live on clouds over the Alps. They are
cannibals with bad body odor and should be avoided.
The Paian is a dwarf faery gathering of Scandinavia. They
meet in secret to worship, play and discuss business.
Painajainen are small white horses who ride through the
European Alps. They like to torment children by bringing
Pamarindo is an Italian dwarf faery who is very mean wears
clothes that are stained with animal fat. He kills animals by
causing them to fall over cliffs or to impale themselves on a
tree branch. He is disliked by other faeries.
Penates are from ancient Rome and are male dwarf faeries
who wear peasant clothes. They will adopt a home and do
good deeds for the occupants. Invite them into your home
and leave out bread and wine. They are useful in home
protection. A Lare is a solitary Penate that cannot be
exposed to daylight.
Phi-Suk originate from Thailand and wear the native dress of
southeast Asia. Their job is to teach humans the lessons
they need so they can get out of the cycle of reincarnation.
Phookas are known as the Hobgoblins of Ireland with heads
like human male and the bodies of horses. Phookas run in
packs and like to harm crops and steal newborn human
babies. They are most active from Samhain to Beltane and
any crop not harvested by Samhain eve may be destroyed by
these nasty faeries.
Phynnodderees are water faeries cursed to the shallow
coastal waters near the Isle of Man for offending a Faery
King. They are always naked and are not friendly to humans.
Pillywiggins are found in wildflower fields in England &
Wales and are most active in Spring and early Summer
tending the spring flowers. They are small winged creatures
and are very playful. They can be found in the spring of
Pixies are found in flower gardens in Scotland. They are
small, winged creatures with large heads, pointed ears and
they wear the tops of foxglove or toadstool plants. They are
friendly, but like to play pranks on humans. Pixies may relate
to Picts, the early inhabitants of Scotland. Picts would not
touch iron even though they were outstanding metalsmiths.
Pixies can die from too much contact with iron. Legends
about Pixie dust may date back to the first contact between
Picts & Celts. Pictish people worked with gold, silver and
bronze and the residual dust would collect on their feet and
be tracked about. Pixie Dust may actually have been called
Poleviks are found in Poland and look like bipedal goats.
They aid with growing and harvesting of crops, but they
expect excessive payment for their work so it is best not to
deal with them. Hanging a sickle over the front door will
keep them away.
Portunes are found in burghs and woodlands in England and
will grant a wish if captured. They look like old men and are
only an inch tall. Try calling to them, but they will only come
if they want to.
Pyrenees can be found in the megaliths by Cornwall, but no
one has actually seen one. One legend about the megaliths
is that the stones can rise up and walk, dance and sing. It is
believed the energy of the Pyrenees inhabiting the stones
brings them to life. Call to them at the stones and ask for
their help & they might share the secrets of the ancient
The Red Cap is a fire faery, a skinny man with a leathery body
and no hair that carries a sharp wooden scythe to strike
down all who invade the area he has decided to guard. The
red cap he wears is believed to made of dried human blood.
There have been documented sightings of him in old castle
and cairn ruins in Scotland and he is said to be a cannibal
who will eat humans and faeries.
Robin Goodfellow can be found at the spring Sabbats near
woodlands in England, Greece and Celtic Lands. He has the
head of a male, the body of a goat and small horns on his
head. He has a playful nature and carries a pan pipe, which
he loves to play while he dances. He is associated with the
Great Horned God and he is usually seen in the company of
animals. Call to him as you would a God & request his help.
Rubezahl are male dwarf faeries found in the mountains and
dense woodlands of Germany & Eastern Europe. They wear
short black cloaks and carry a thin walking stick. They are
mean to human travelers and should be avoided.
Rusalki are lovely female water faeries found in shallow
pools of Russia. They have long green hair and like to play
tricks on people. Approach them with caution because
sometimes their tricks can be frightening.
Salamanders are fire elementals originating from the Middle
East. They look like the lizard-like amphibians & are
regarded as powerful beings. Because of their ability to
withstand hot desert climates, they were associated with
fire. Many pagans see them in and around the candle flames
when doing spells involving fire.
Saleerandees can be found near fireplaces in Wales and
resemble bipedal lizards. They are nude and do not harm
humans. They may be persuaded to lend their energy to fire
Santa Claus originates from Europe, Turkey and Western
Asia and is also called St. Nicholas, Kris Kringle and The
Holly King. He is always portrayed as portly, wearing a green
or red suit and a spring of holly in his hat. He is always
smiling and happy. He was the pagan Holly King who
reigned over the waning year from Midsummer to Yule. He
Is symbolized by the wren and deer are sacred to him. Elves
are said to serve him. This may be why deer and Elves are
included in the Santa Claus myth. The modern Santa came
from a combination of Turkish folklore & from a real bishop
in Asia Minor who gave gifts to children in the 16th century.
The Seelie Court originated in Scotland and are trooping
faeries of the winds who are heard but never seen. They
ride the winds looking down on earth for any good they can
do. They also act as arbiters & judges in faery disputes. The
Seelie Court only approach humans whom they choose.
Selkies are seaside faeries found in the oceans and lochs of
northern and western Scotland, and on the coast of the
Hebrides Islands. They appear as seals, but can shed their
skins to become human. Legends say that if their seal skin
is captured they belong to that human. They have
knowledge of the secrets of the world's oceans & may be
persuaded to share these secrets.
Servan have never been seen, but originate from
Switzerland. They are mischievous and like to hide things in
Shellycoats are small faeries that can be found in shallow
freshwater pools in the Scottish Highlands. They are
fish-like in appearance with huge mouths and eyes, and are
dark red or purple in color. They like to play harmless
pranks on humans.
Shopiltees originate from the Shetland & Orkney Islands.
They are playful small water horses and haven't been seen
in a hundred years. Seek them in Faeryland.
Silvani can be found in the Italian Alps and are ghostly
winged wood nymphs who wear red clothes & goat skins.
They are not harmful to humans, but it is not known how to
Skogrsa can be found in the woods of Sweden. They are
short, hairy wood elves and are very dangerous. Skogrsa
can shapeshift into owls. These faeries should be avoided.
Sleigh Beggy are stocky Manx faeries from the Isle of Man
who live in underground burghs. They like to go nude and
have crow's feet. They hate the taste of salt & they don't like
ashes. These faeries get angry easily so it is best to avoid
Snow Faeries can be found in night winter woods or near
winter rivers and lakes in Europe & Asia. They bring on
winter, encourage snow and delight in painting frost on
Spriggans originate from England and are believed to be
bodyguards to the Unseelie Court, a flying host of evil
faeries. Spriggans are small and round, but can inflate to
large proportions by sucking in air. They live in mountains
and in the sky & are alleged to have left changelings, ruined
crops, stolen property and commanded destructive winds.
Spunkies originated from Scotland and are thieves of
unprotected children, leaving an ugly faery changeling in
place of the child. Unprotected may mean in Christian times,
unbaptized, and in pagan times, without formal dedication to
Succubi and Incubi originate from the Middle East and have
never been seen by human eyes. The Succubi are female
faeries that sexually attack human men and Incubi are male
faeries that sexually attack human females. Persons
attacked by these malevolent spirits are left with bruises
and bite marks. Two folk remedies may keep them away: a
peony flower or a cauldron in the room wards off Incubi &
bluebells or phallic-shaped magical tools wards off Succubi.
Sylphs are representatives of the element of air and
originate form Greece and Egypt. They are very tiny, winged
creatures whose features are slightly human. They can be
very helpful to humans who seek them out. Sylphs are
automatically called to your circle when you call upon the
Sylvans originated in Greece and are beautiful wood faeries
who lure humans to their deaths in the woods.
Tengu can be found in the woodlands of Japan. They are
winged faeries or nature spirits which are part of the old
Shinto religion of Japan. They avoid human contact and can
shapeshift, usually into animal forms.
Thussers are a community of small faeries of both genders
and children who live in earthen mounds near the fjords of
Norway. They love to dance & are expert fiddlers playing the
folk songs of Norway. Humans have seen their revels & try
to join in, but the Thussers flee from humans. Some claim
they are metalsmiths, which is unusual for faeries. They love
to celebrate their Moon Goddess & their presence may be
felt when you Draw Down the Moon.
Tighe Faeries originated form the Isle of Man and can be
found near the hearthside at night. They are thought to be
relatives of the Scottish house Brownie and will attach
themselves to the service of one home. They don't like cats
and cannot be asked to do a household tasks. Tighe Faeries
work out of the joy of doing a kind act.
Tomtra are earth faeries found in the homes of Finland.
They adopt a home as their own, bringing good luck to the
household. They don't like sloppy people & will move on if
they don't mend their ways. Leave food out for him and
invite him in for he can lend energy to home protection
Trolls are found in Germany, Scandinavia, northern Scotland
and northern Italy. They are large faeries, hairy and bipedal.
Trolls hate humans, animals and other faeries. If you should
run into one, it is best not to show him fear. Rather than
running away, try to outsmart him. They are very stupid and
this would not be difficult to do.
Trows are native to the Shetland and Orkney Islands and are
round faeries with no legs. They move around by rolling or
bouncing like a ball. Trows are not wicked, but love to prowl
the night hiding things in odd places.
The Tuatha de Danaan were among the earliest conquerors
of Ireland. Their goddess Dana was one of the earliest Great
Mother Goddesses and was later named Brigid. They are
trooping faeries, warriors, and are male, female and children
who look like humans only smaller in size. They possessed
the Lia Fail, or Stone of Destiny, which would roar with pride
when the rightful king stepped up. They also had in their
possession the invincible sword of the Sun God Lugh and
the cauldron of life of the God Dagda. When the Milesians
arrived in Ireland around 3000 BCE, the Tuatha were driven
underground into the faery mounds known as the "sidhe"
where they still reside to this day.
Twlwwyth Tegs can be found at the Welsh seashore and are
small faeries of all ages and genders. They are trooping
faeries and seem to be friendly toward humans. They live off
the Welsh coast on faery islands and protect their islands
with fog and storms. There chief ruler is believed to be
Gwyn ap Naud, an ancient British God of the Dead. Evoke
them to a circle on the beach. If they decide to help, they
may be useful in weather spells and protection rituals.
Uilebheist are water faeries who appear as multiheaded sea
monsters. They fiercely guard the inlets and waters around
the rocky coasts of the Shetland and Orkney Islands.
Undines are the archetypal elementals of water and the west
in ceremonial magic. They originated from Greece and look
like small sea-horses with human faces and are automatically
called to your circle when you do an invocation to the
direction of west. Undines have the power to enhance the
energy of any spell or ritual, especially those associated with
The Unseelie Court are Scottish air spirits and have never
actually been seen, but some humans have described them
as a massive dark cloud riding on the wind. They are evil
and should be avoided. If you hear cackles and howls at
night from Samhain to Ostara, run! Some legends say they
were once members of the Seelie Court who fell from grace.
Urisks can be found in the woodlands of Scotland and are
known to be intelligent and psychic. They are very ugly with
wrinkled skin and huge misshapen heads, but they are quite
friendly and crave human companionship. Call them into
your circle & they may offer their energy for spells or rituals.
Vasily originate from Russia and are dwarf faeries who love
and care for horses.
Vilas are found in the Alps and are female faeries of such
great beauty that once they are seen by human males, they
are longed after forever. They are mountain nymphs who
can heal and foretell natural disasters, and they love
animals, especially dogs.
Vodianoy live in the cold waters of Russia and are bloated
small male faeries with green hair. They are very dangerous
and cause sickness, and may be a fear-form caused by
frequent illness that ancient people couldn't understand.
Wag-by-the-Way are found in homes near ancient roads in
the Scottish Lowlands. He is a dwarf-like faery with a long,
cat-like tail and he is usually covered in cinders. He is
friendly & likes to adopt a home, which he will protect. Keep
a warm fire going to contact him & he may help with home
protection against intruders.
Water Leapers are found in the sea off Wales and look like
small bats bouncing along the top of the water. They have
been known to kill humans, mostly fishermen, whom they
lure into rocks or overboard to drown.
Well Spirits are water sprites and guardians of sacred wells
in Ireland. They will aid humans, but they may ask a high
price in return. Luring humans into their underwater world
is often the price for their aid. These faeries should be
approached with caution.
Wichtln are tiny elves dressed in brown fur coasts & are
found in Germany. They like to play pranks that can be
mean. Their favorite pranks are pinching, tripping, letting
livestock loose, causing spills and moving things all about.
Wilde Frauen are the female wood sprites of the Germanic &
Scandinavian forests. They live among the roots of the most
ancient trees in the densest part of the forests. They dress
in the flora, foliage and colors of the current season. Invite
them into your circle, but use caution. Maybe they will assist
in raising the energy of ecological rituals.
Will-o'-the-Wisp originated in England , but are found all over
the world. They are the flickering, glowing lights seen low to
the ground near marshes and meadows just after sunset.
They are also known as Faery Lights, Fire Faeries and Elf
Fire. Some believe they are the lights of trooping faeries on
their Rades or the wandering souls of discarnate humans.
Yann-An-Od is a faery king who guards sheep & is found in
Brittany. He looks like an old man with a white beard,
wearing a long robe and carrying a shepherd's staff.
The Yeti is found in Asia, but he is also known as Sasquatch,
Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman. He is huge and
gorilla-like in appearance. The Yeti is not a true faery, but
more of an entity of nature and sightings of him have been
Zips originated from Mexico and Central America and are
thin male faeries who are small and wear tiny helmets and
carry tiny spears. They are most active at night and their
sole function is to protect & care for deer.
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