Hello and welcome to a teaching on what you normally hear called Fairy or Fae. I want to start today’s teaching off by citing the main book I am basing this Sidhe Series on. I am re-educating myself because like many of us, I was taught wrong. I was taught culturally appropriated, watered down and even fake information. This book is called “The Fairy Faith in Ireland” and it was written by Rev. Lora O’Brien who is a native Dráoi, or native Priest. She is highly knowledgeable on many subjects, especially the Sidhe (pronounced Shee). This book has been teaching me so much that I had not known before, things that I have been personally doing wrong that would have made my Irish ancestors shake their heads. The very first thing I learned from this book (and I’m still reading it hence why I’m teaching a Sidhe Series) is that in Ireland the term Fairy is derogatory and is rarely if not never used to describe the Sidhe. Because of this I will no longer be using the term Fae either. The important thing to remember here is that while other countries have similar beings to the Sidhe, the Sidhe are Irish and so if we work with them we must honor the Irish ways. Don’t be a colonizer and take what you want and shit on the rest, make sense? If you have no Irish ancestry or desire to honor the Irish ways then discover where your ancestry and heart lie then research Sidhe like beings from that culture and honor that culture instead. So what terms can we use? Well, I’ve already mentioned one several times, Sidhe (again, pronounced Shee), the Other Crowd, The Good Neighbors, Na Daoine Uaisle (which means The Noble People), Aos Sidhe (which means People of the Mounds) and sometimes Fair Folk is used. I know this is a huge change for most of us, being brought up with the F words I mentioned before. Please, make an effort to refer to them properly and respectfully.
This brings me to the second aspect of the Sidhe that I wanted to discuss. The Sidhe, while not inherently bad or evil will fuck your shit up if you upset them, hell they might even do it just because they feel like it. It is of utmost importance to be respectful, clear and concise but also assertive when working with the Sidhe. It’s also very important to protect yourself. The Sidhe have been known across Ireland to do horrible things to humans from torturing them to kidnapping them, trust me…you don’t want to piss them off. Sidhe have been notoriously depicted as these frail, tiny, beautiful and kind beings but that just isn’t how they work.
I love that in this book Lora details a deal she made with the Sidhe: that she can say the f words freely so long as she is doing it to help students using the f terms to learn about the Sidhe find her so she could properly educate them. I personally have made a deal with the Sidhe and I can tell you, it’s so special and amazing but also a lot of hard work. And don’t even think of making a deal with them if you aren’t going to make good on it. They will make your life a living hell.
Another point that Lora brought up that I felt was important to discuss is that Sidhe are not nature or elemental spirits, those are entirely different entities. Nature spirits are more like the spirits of trees, plants, flowers, gemstones, to name a few. Elemental spirits tie into the 5 elements, Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit. I will have to do a whole series on these types of spirits because I have a lot to say lol. All of this taps heavily into Animism, the belief that everything inanimate or not is alive and has a spirit and soul. I believe in animism so this is another topic area that I am super passionate about. That’s for another lesson though.
One last thing I wanted to leave you with for Sidhe Series Part 1 is a super neat fact that some of us may already know. The Sidhe are shapeshifters and notorious for leading humans astray under the guise of a beautiful woman, an animal, etc. Perhaps you’ve spoken to the Sidhe and never knew it ;)
~Liam-Cillian Caróg Beamish, High Priest.