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
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
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
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
Bocan are air faeries found on the Isle of Skye in
Scotland. They attack and kill travelers. It is best to
avoid these faeries.
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 be avoided.
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 land.
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 humans.
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 fun.
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
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
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 flow.
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
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
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 away.
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 Goddess.
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
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
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 spiked club.
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 humans.
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
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
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
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
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
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 herds.
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 by humans.
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 faeries be.
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 not advised!
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
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 cross.
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
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 Knockers.
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
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
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 inspiration.
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 with that!
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
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
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
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 to you.
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
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 spiritual guidance.
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
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 them.
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
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 humans.
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 with caution.
Orculli are giants that live on clouds over the Alps. They
are cannibals with bad body odor and should be
The Paian is a dwarf faery gathering of Scandinavia.
They meet in secret to worship, play and discuss
Painajainen are small white horses who ride through the
European Alps. They like to torment children by
bringing them nightmares.
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
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
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
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 Faeryland.
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 megaliths.
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
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
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
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 spells.
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
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
Servan have never been seen, but originate from
Switzerland. They are mischievous and like to hide
things in odd places.
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
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 contact them.
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
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 them.
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 windowpanes.
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 the Goddess.
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 four directions.
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
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
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
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
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 water.
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
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
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
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
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
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 numerous.
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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