Trooping and Solitary Fairies

The 19th century poet, Williams Butler Yeats, wrote two works about Irish fairies The Celtic Twilight (1893, 1902) Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry (1888) In Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry, is not only description of fairies; it is a collection of works, poems and prose, from other authors, such … Read more

Seelie and Unseelie Court

Some versions of Irish mythology have the Daoine Sidhe eventually divide into two groups: the Seelie Court and the Unseelie Court. Though this separation is more commonly seen in Scottish mythology, Ireland also adopted this division. The Seelie Court were considered the true aristocrats of the Daoine Sidhe. They were judges, dispensing justice to the … Read more

Tuatha De Danann

The Great Tuatha De Danann of Ireland, which is often translated to mean ‘tribe of Danu,’ were the people of the Goddess Danu. The ancient Celts called them the Sidhe, the spirit-race of ancient Ireland. They are the source of the Faery Lineage. According to the traditional history of Ireland, specifically the Mythological Cycle, the … Read more

Y Tylwyth Teg

Y Tylwyth Teg is the most usual Welsh name for fairies, which are also known by the euphemism bendith y mamau [Welsh: mother’s blessings]. Although most stories about y tylwyth teg are recorded from oral tradition, references to them appear in writing as early as Giraldus Cambrensis (c.1146–1223). In distinction from other Celtic fairies, they … Read more


The basic concept of an elemental refers to the ancient idea of elements as fundamental building blocks of nature. In the system prevailing in the Classical world, there were four elements: fire, earth, air, and water. This paradigm was highly influential in Medieval natural philosophy and alchemy. In the 16th century, Paracelsus, in his alchemical … Read more