Clothed in leaves and moss, the shy Ghillie Dhu haunt birch groves protecting the woods around them. There are conflicting reports whether these Scottish faeries are hostile or friendly to humans (contact has been reported not advised) but it is interesting to note they are supposedly friendly with children and have been known to carry on the duties of the tooth faery.
This makes an intriguing correlation between birch trees that they guard and any duties associated with teeth as chewed birch twigs make the perfect wilderness toothbrush.
In any case, according to reports, the Ghillie Dhu find it perplexing when human parents leave money instead of casting protective spells by using the teeth.
Ghillie Dhu have black hair and light green skin. They are traditionally thin with long limbs and fingers and are just under two hands high.
Beware the Maquina the Gossipmonger for he is an evil faerie.
He’ll dig thin fingers within your ears and insist the numbed tearing is only sweet music which you hear.
Nimble fingering he’ll play upon your misconceptions.
And he’ll gladly pit a cherished friend against the other all for his merry game of chance and snare.
Be warned when you hear his delighted cackle as he causes yet another crimeless mark to writhe upon a witch’s pyre for he is close and may yet drop his fleecy pelt to turn the whispering and waggling tongues against you.
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The little Plumpuppets are fairies of beds;
They have nothing to do but watch sleepyheads;
They turn down the sheets and they tuck you in tight,
And dance on your pillow to wish you good night!
[I’m still debating if this is a good thing or not… probably depends if they like you or not]
The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve; lovers to bed; ’tis almost fairy time. ~William Shakespeare
From Celtic Mythology on Facebook – tidbits on faery autumn:
With the autumn mists come mushroom fairies…
With MID-AUTUMN come the mushrooms, mould and toadstools. Folklore frequently links fairies with forms of fungi. Gwydion exchanges the swine of Pryderi for a cavalcade of multicoloured mushrooms in order to lead them from the south to the north; and the subsequent images of swine, mushrooms, stags and wolves conjure up a very autumnal air. Mushrooms, toadstools, mould and moss begin to increase in the mulch as Samhain approaches and the coincidence of this phenomenon with the spirituality of the festival in the Celtic mindset must have reinforced any belief that fungi were linked to the fairy realm. In addition to this, the hallucinogenic effects and sometimes nightmarish visions invoked by ingestion of some members of the kingdom is likely to have added to their faerie aura almost as much as their growth on that which is rotting, dead and dying. The lethal toxicity of certain fungi will also have marked them up as an unequivocal gateway to the next world of the spirits.
She casts weird dreams.
She lives near bubbling brooks where Lords and Ladies and cuckoo’s pint grow.
She can only be seen on midsummer’s eve.
She wears a dress made of deep blue petals and has delicate green coloured wings like a cicada.
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