I've noticed an interest in Faerie-lore on this listserver, so I
thought this little summary may strike someone's fancy.
* A Brief Synopsis of Celtic Faeries.
Thanks to The Dalriada Celtic Heritage Trust, Dun na Beatha, 2 Brathwic
Place, Brodick, Isle of Arran, Scotland, KA27 8BN.
* Gruagach: A woman who guarded livestock by night in return for a daily
offering of milk (often poured onto a gruagach , specially in Isle of
* Changeling: Often the faeries would take a new born baby, leaving a
sick and dying infant in its place.
* Ban Sidh: Also known as the Banshee. This myth originates in Ireland.
Her howling could be heard before great misfortune, specially death. In
the Scottish Highlands she was called Glaistig Uaine, the Green Woman.
* Ban Nigh: The Washer of the Ford, seen at night at the Loch, washing
the shroud of someone about to die.
* Uruisg: Originates in Ireland. Forest spirits, half human, half goat,
ragged and hairy. They are savage but it is possible to form friendships
with them. They attach themselves to households and work for little
reward, but are easily offended.
* Second Sight: The Highlanders of Scotland are famed for this gift, but
few will speak openly about it, for they have such a superstitious fear
of it. Visions usually come to the seer uninvited, and often against the
will of the person. Seeing a person's double, or seeing the death shroud
about someone, meant that their death was imminent. Those with Second
Sight can also see events happening to living people who
are great distances away at that particular time.
* The Evil Eye (Droch shuil): This is a very potent belief which also
finds it's origins in the Scottish Highlands, which clearly has its
origins in the Celtic legend of the Fomorian God 'Balor of the Evil Eye'.
It is believed that certain people have the ability to blight things on
which they cast their gaze; this unfortunate gift can also be possessed
by people with no evil intent, and consider themselves cursed by it.
Stale urine is a powerful antidote for the Evil Eye. Another way to
combat this is to drink three mouthfuls of water which has been poured
Toby Arnold Rider
"May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun be warm upon your face and may soft rains fall upon your
9th c. Old Irish Blessing