Tuesday, October 26, 2010
The Milesians were the people who populated modern Ireland. Their surnames are the ones that start with O' and Mac. As times changed, the Irish emigrated to other countries, and dropped these letters from their name. For example, O'Baoighill became O'Boyle and then simply Boyle. Murphy was O'Murchadha and Sullivan was O'Suileabhain, and the list goes on.
If you have Irish ancestry, and your Irish ancestors lived in Ireland for at least three generations then you may have Milesian blood in your veins. This means you probably have Fae ancestry. If you could trace your heritage back far enough, you'd get to the Milesian ancestor who married one of the Tuatha de Danann, and you'd actually have the name of your faerie ancestor.
If you're a FitzGerald from the Limerick area, the process may be a lot easier. Lord Desmond, the third Earl of Desmond, married the Tuatha De Danann goddess, Aine. Their son, Gerald, fourth Earl of Desmond, is still seen riding from Lough Gur every seven years when the lake is dry.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Whatever her origins, the banshee chiefly appears in one of three guises: a young woman, a stately matron or a raddled old hag. These represent the triple aspects of the Celtic goddess of war and death, namely Badhbh, Macha and Mor-Rioghain.)The Banshee She usually wears either a grey, hooded cloak or the winding sheet or grave robe of the unshriven dead. She may also appear as a washer-woman, and is seen apparently washing the blood stained clothes of those who are about to die. In this guise she is known as the bean-nighe (washing woman).
Although not always seen, her mourning call is heard, usually at night when someone is about to die. In 1437, King James I of Scotland was approached by an Irish seeress or banshee who foretold his murder at the instigation of the Earl of Atholl. This is an example of the banshee in human form. There are records of several human banshees or prophetesses attending the great houses of Ireland and the courts of local Irish kings. In some parts of Leinster, she is referred to as the bean chaointe (keening woman) whose wail can be so piercing that it shatters glass. In Kerry, the keen is experienced as a "low, pleasant singing"; in Tyrone as "the sound of two boards being struck together"; and on Rathlin Island as "a thin, screeching sound somewhere between the wail of a woman and the moan of an owl".
The banshee may also appear in a variety of other forms, such as that of a hooded crow, stoat, hare and weasel - animals associated in Ireland with witchcraft.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
For reasons known only to them they have stolen children and left changelings in their place. On occasion, the Fae have taken the very old, maybe for their wisdom and experience needed by the young faeries. You may need protection from the Fae if you give offense by traipsing through their lands, crushing fawn and fauna.Cold iron is poison to fairies, charms of rowan and herbs work if worn outside your clothes and a protection talisman may let you pass freely.
Wings, were added in Victorian art, but are rare in folklore. Most believed faeries flew with magick, and on the backs of insects and birds. Many artists today show faeries with insect wings or butterfly wings.