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    fairy-1225819_960_720 Fairies have been spoken of in whispers in Ireland for centuries. The fabled creatures are sometimes malevolent but are often portrayed as friendly if properly appeased. Fairies are mythological creatures said to have magical powers. They like to live in stone piles or cairns, in holes in trees, and underground. Legend tells us that if you make friends with the fairies near you, they will us their powers to protect you, bless you, and might even bring you gifts of food, or tend your garden. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, "while the term fairy goes back only to the Middle Ages in Europe, analogues to these beings in varying forms appear in both written and oral literature, from the SanskritFrom A E Williams fine pewter, UK A little fairy, moon and star is a perfect place for the tooth fairy to find a tooth, or to collect other teeny treasures.   gandharva (semidivine celestial musicians) to the nymphs of Greek mythology and Homer, the jinni of Arabic mythology, and similar folk characters of the Samoans, of the Arctic peoples, and of other indigenous Americans. The common modern depiction of fairies in children’s stories represents a bowdlerization of what was once a serious and even sinister folkloric tradition. The fairies of the past were feared as dangerous and powerful beings who were sometimes friendly to humans but could also be cruel or mischievous.

    Fairy myths are mainly associated with the Celtic cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, and Wales. To this day, fairy dwellings are protected in parts of Ireland.

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    There are dozens of explanations for the origins of fairies. Some believe that they are fallen

    The Irish Fairy Door available at The Celtic Ranch The Irish Fairy Door available at The Celtic Ranch

    angels who were left stuck between heaven and hell. Some believe they are spirits of the dead. According to Wikipedia "At one time it was a common belief was that fairy folklore evolved from folk memories of a prehistoric race. It was suggested that newcomers drove out the original inhabitants, and the memories of this defeated, hidden people developed into the fairy beliefs we have today. Proponents of this theory claimed to find support in the tradition that of cold iron as a charm against the fairies, which was viewed as a cultural memory of invaders with iron weapons displacing inhabitants had only flint and were therefore easily defeated."

    Kneeling Fairy With Bird, Fairy Charm Kneeling Fairy With Bird, Fairy Charm[/caption] Fairy Gardens became popular during the Victorian era and today, miniature, fairy-sized gardens and fairy doors can be found in homes and gardens across the globe. Many people also like to accessorize their gardens with fairy charms to lure fairies who, being the obsessive creatures that they are, might be inclined to pull weeds, water, and chase off unsavory characters. 

     

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    Create a Fairy Garden Sure to Invite

    IMG_8718Would you like to find a dainty fairy and her friends in your own backyard garden? It’s not easy to spot them but if they feel specially invited to their very own fairy garden then they may just settle in for a visit. Fairy gardens first debuted in the United States in 1893 as a twist on the Japanese bonsai dish gardens at the Chicago World’s Fair. The New York Times ran a feature on the fascinating miniature creations and it began a fad in gardening that is still going strong. Tiny gardens are popular because they are easy to maintain and rather adorable. But the best reason to love them is because of their wee residents – the fairies themselves. Create a garden inviting enough and you may get lucky to play host. Just remember that you have to watch closely for any hope of a fairy sighting. No one in Ireland has likely ever had to create a special fairy garden as the “little people” are known to populate the island woods in great numbers. But this Easter brings a special grand opening of the Kilmokea Gardens – a unique attraction for both children and fairies that will be worth a look the next time you visit Ireland. Just remember back on your own little patch of earth...decorate sweetly, tend carefully, share bountifully (fairies especially love tiny cups of alcohol and sugary sweets), and watch diligently. If you still haven’t had a sighting, perhaps it would help to sing the fairy song: Come one, come all Good Fairies hear my call I believe in you and your kind too Dance on my garden's flowers Stay and play for hours Good fairies, you are welcome here We hold your magic and lives dear Good fairies, you are welcome here

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