Guardians of the planet
When most people think about faeries, the think about little people with wings at the bottom of their garden. However, the faery world is actually made up of an array of beings of all shapes and sizes such as gnomes elves and pixies. There are faery guardians who preside over the four elements of earth, air fire and water. These faeries are called elementals and ensure that each of these elements work in harmony with each other and are literally the power behind them.
The earth element is taken care of by the gnomes. Often depicted as statues in gardens and the butt of humour, gnomes are infact hard workers in the faery world making sure that the soil is in good condition and fertile enough to make plants grow. It is said that gnomes can move through solid earth like humans move through air.
The sylphs are guardians of the air and are there to purify it so that we can breathe and stay alive . They are the ones you can hear whispering in the wind.
Salamanders guard the element of fire. They are lizard like in appearance and if you look hard enough their red, orange and yellow shapes can be seen dancing in the flames.
The word undine comes from the latin word unda meaning wave. The lakes, rivers, sea and all other areas covered with water and the creatures living therin are under the protection of the undines.
“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”
W B Yeats
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
The Fairy Faith
Watch this amazing documentary to find out all about the fairy folk.