feature greatly in Scottish lore and there are many beliefs
and stories that speak of these beings. What follows below is
a brief description of some of the Scottish faeries and how
a witch can contact them and how to use them in rituals. Not
all can be used in rituals since some are dangerous to humans.
All faeries can be contacted in the Otherworld and some are
found on this world but always approach with caution.
Faeries are very sensitive beings and have their feelings hurt
easily. In Scotland the word for faery is sith, and is pronounced
"shee" just as in the Irish Sidhe. Scottish witches
are known for pouring libations of milk on stones to the faery
folk during rituals. Scottish Faeries live in burghs just like
the Irish faeries. As in Ireland one can hear music come these
hillocks at night when one is out. Scottish names for faeries
include the Still Folk, People of Peace, The Silent Moving Folk,
Pixies, The Wee Folk, and Prowlies.
Ashrays: These faeries live in
water. They are both male and female and have the appearance
of a 20 year old human but they are very ancient. They have
whitish, almost translucent skin. They are most active at night
and they cannot live on land. If they are touched by sunlight
they melt into a rainbow pool of water. They are very rarely
seen today and if they are seen at all it is underwater. Their
magical and ritual help is unknown and approach with caution
if in their underwater world because their intent towards humans
In Scotland they are called Cu Sith which means "faery
dog". It is a large black dog with yellow eyes and sharp
fangs who roams the Scottish countryside showing himself to
those who will die in a fortnight. When showing himself to bring
his message of dying he will cross your path, jump in front
of you, then turn and growl. Contact is not advised with this
faery and he can provide no ritual help.
The Boobrie is a waterbird about a foot high that swims in or
out of the water. Their element is water. They live in the waters
off the coast of Scotland. It has black feathers and a 3 foot
long bill that it uses to catch fish when meat is unavailable.
It has large, sharp claws that resemble mangled human hands.
They are most active at night and they like to prey on sheep
and cattle being transported on ships. It can shapechange into
a horse and run along the top of the water and sailors often
call the ghost horse. This faery is water bound and cannot live
on land. If one really wants to contact a boobrie then do so
from the safety of the shore. Call to it and offer it a piece
of meat. It is not know how it can help in a ritual or spell
since it is a selfish scavenger and there are more reliable
faeries to call upon for aid who will be willing to help.
These benevolent faeries are found in Scotland and were brought
to the New World by Scottish immigrants. Their element is earth.
They are also known as House Brownies and are the most kind
and benevolent faerie one could hope to meet. They appear as
very small male dwarves with coal black eyes. They wear suits
of green, blue, or brown with little felt caps. They have pointed
ears and long nimble fingers. They are most active at night
at any time of the year. They look for deserving homes filled
with humble and gracious folk. They do not like cats and will
steer clear of homes that have them. They like the attic, woodshed,
or cellar of a human home best. Their favorite foods are milk,
honey, ale, and cake. They help around the house and farm with
the chores. They do not tolerate lying, cheating, and misers.
You can invite them in by leaving food out for them and be best
contacted on the astral plane in Faeryland.
These are small faeries that appear as small men. They are known
as the Herding Boys. They wear small red hats, which may be
inverted flower caps and are excellent shapeshifters. They are
mischievous and sometimes border on mean, and they like to torment
animals for fun. They are most active in the summer. They play
pranks on shepherds and herds and love to tease the animals.
Contact with them is not advised. Their element is earth.
These faeries are found in all Celtic countries and due to immigrants
from the Old World they are now found all over the world. Their
element is air. They are tree dwelling spirits. They are playful
creatures who seem totally androgynous, though they are always
referred to as female. Dryads seem open to human contact but
are very capricious. They are active all year particularly at
Esbats. They prefer willow trees but are found in all the 13
Celtic sacred trees. Faery willows which lodge dryads are said
to walk about at night seeking new locations to lay down roots.
They make beautiful music with their voices, sounds which are
very compelling to humans. These faeries can be found in the
physical as well as the astral realm. They can be found in willow
groves or the Faery Triad of oak, ash, and thorn or in rowan,
birch, or elder trees. Invite them to your circle and ask them
to join in whatever ritual you have planned. Even if they do
not show up they may send you helpful energy. They often show
up in circles when the guardians of the East are called. They
can be persuaded to help teach you the secrets of divination,
astral travel, or tree magic.
This Highland faery appears very comical but has a very nasty
disposition. His body contains only one of everything; one head,
one eye, one ear, one arm, one leg, one foot, one toe, etc.
All centered down the center of his body which is hairy and
feathered. He carries a spiked club which he swings to chase
away visitors from atop his home on the highest Highland mountains.
He is active all year. He is very jealous of the gift of flight
and hates all other living things and chases them away with
his vicious looking club. Contact or ritual help is not advised
from this faery.
Also known as Sea Gardeners and the Lady's Own. They are anthropomorphic
beings who shun human contact though they seem not to wish us
any harm. They live beneath the lochs of Scotland. No one has
ever met them but there are myths and stories of those who have
been taken to their underwater world which is said to be utopian
in nature and enclosed in glass . Their favorite pastime is
gardening and their underwater world is a paradise of flowers
and lush foliage. If you desire contact with them they can found
on the physical plane as well as the astral. Approach them with
caution since little is known about them. If they show you their
world be careful not to offend them or overstay your visit.
They may be helpful in lending energy to spells for the protection
and preservation of plants and marine life.
Gnomes are found throughout the world. They are dwarf faeries
who appear to be quite old because they mature very young though
they live about a thousand years. They stand about 12 inches
tall. They wear old fashioned costumes such as small pointed
red hats and blue or green clothing. They are also kind hearted
and always take care of sick or frightened animals. They are
active all year round. They live deep in ancient forests under
old oak trees and make their dwellings in their intricate root
systems. Their main job is the protection and healing of wildlife,
though they occasionally help humans along their spiritual quest.
Their only known enemies are martens, owls, and humans that
destroy their homes. They can be found on the physical plane
and in the astral. Their element is earth. To contact them simply
invite them to you. This works especially well in astral travel.
Gnomes can lend their help in spells and rituals, especially
that of protection, healing animals and people. Since they are
expert healers, they may be willing to teach one the secrets
of magical herbalism. They love to dance and lend their energies
to rituals celebrating the forest gods and goddesses.
Not to be confused with the Pictish God of the Sun with the
same name. She is a solitary female faery, extremely grotesque
in appearance but with a heart of gold. She is also know as
the Herdswoman and the Firesitter. She carries a shepherd's
staff and her gown is usually green in color but it has been
said to be cornsilk gold. She enjoys any brief human contact
she can get and will offer whatever help she can in your spiritual
quests if you show no fear or revulsion. She is most active
in the Summer during the day.
She is primarily a protector of livestock, mainly cattle. She
protects herds from the Buachailleen and leads the herds to
water. She is always cold loves a warm fire, but being a faery
she cannot start her own. To keep warm she makes her home in
the Summer of Faeryland. Scottish lore says that when she travels
the physical plane she will appear at the doorstep of Highlanders
and ask to sit beside the fire. If allowed she will look after
the home and herds, if not she will cause trouble and steal
animals. Highlanders still pour offerings of milk into hollow
stones as offerings to her. She can be contacted on the physical
and the astral plane in Faeryland in the Summer. Be aware that
she has a very limited attention span. As far as magical assistance
she can help in spiritual quests and in guarding herds. She
can also lend much energy to spells involving human, animal,
or plant fertility.
Ghillie Dhu are guardian tree spirits who are disguised as foliage
and dislike human beings. They are most active at night and
prefer birch trees to all others and guard them jealously from
humans. People traveling in enchanted woods must be careful
not to be grabbed by the long, green arms of the Ghillie Dhu
because they will be enslaved by this faery forever. Scottish
forests were once heavily populated by these faeries but now
they becoming rare. Contact is not advised.
Like other pixies, the Heather Pixies have clear or golden auras
and delicate translucent wings. But these faeries are attracted
to the moors and the heather that covers them. They are not
adverse to human contact but do not seek us out. They have a
pranksterish nature about them. They are active all year. They
live in fields of heather or on the moors of the Scottish Lowlands.
If you wish to approach them do so slowly and let them know
that you want to befriend them. Their magical and ritual help
Kelpies are faeries who live in water, especially the lochs
of Scotland. They are rarely seen anymore. They are small bulbous
shaped faeries with huge teeth and pointed ears. They are sly,
stupid, and very foul tempered. They are cannibalistic were
once densely populated the North Sea and the lochs of Scotland.
They fed on deer, other faeries and humans who ventured too
close to their abodes. They would appear as seahorses and entice
humans to ride them so that they could drown them. They could
also shapeshift into very handsome young men in order to lure
women but they were unable to change their hair which would
appear as seaweed. Their principal home is in Loch Ness which
is sacred to them. Contact is not advised !
This is a singular faery whose element is water. Their is only
one of him and he can be easily distinguished since he dresses
like a soldier. He is easy to spot from other soldiers due to
his small size and his red right hand. He is a portent of death
if you see him except with him you have a second chance. If
seen he will stop on a road or path and challenge you with a
raising of his red right hand. The best thing to do is to retreat
since if you fight him you will die within a fortnight. His
red hand is result of those who he has killed in combat. He
has not been seen in years. He can be found on lonely roadsides
They are more commonly called Mermen or Mermaids depending upon
their gender. They have the lower bodies of fish and the upper
bodies and heads of humans. They appear as adult males of great
beauty and no children have been sighted. They are usually friendly
and are slow to anger. But they detest people who desecrate
their homes. They are active all year round. There is one race
of malevolent Merpeople called the Blue Men of the Muir from
Scotland. They have often been accused of causing storms in
the North Sea and throwing boulders at ships. They can be sent
away by reciting rhymes which confuses them. They can of course
can be found at sea or at the seashore and this is naturally
the best place to contact them. Use your mind to call out to
them. Helping to take care of the oceans is a good way to win
their trust. They can be also be found in the astral in Faeryland.
They can be called upon in rituals to help save the oceans or
finding persons and things lost at sea.
These are Scottish sea faeries native to the Hebrides Islands.
They are extremely ill tempered and hideous with large bodies
and can take on any form they wish but always appear ugly to
humans. When not shapeshifting they appear as half human and
half horse with fins as feet. They are active all year round.
They enjoy coming out of the sea and chasing humans just to
frighten them. They are easy to escape by crossing over running
water such as a creek or river. They also prey on other faeries.
They are extremely foul smelling and are sensed long before
they approach. The odor has been described as a cross between
rotting eggs and fish covered with mildew. Can be found at seashores
but contact and ritual help is not advised.
These are small, winged creatures with heads too large for their
bodies. They have small pointed ears and noses and arched eyebrows.
Their wings are shiny and translucent, and are seen wearing
seasonal colors and flora. They are friendly but capricious
and are given to non-malicious mischief. They wear caps of foxglove
and toadstools, plants they hold sacred. There is no gender
differentiation. They are most active in the spring and are
found in flower gardens, in wildflower preserves, and in the
spring of Faeryland. They are often seen around Beltaine. Their
queen is said to be a tiny woman of sublime beauty who has created
a spring world in Faeryland. They hate human laziness and also
detest iron which will kill them on contact. They are trooping
faeries who love dancing, playing, and music. They have gatherings
known as Pixie Fairs in Northern England. Pixie dust is a sparkling
material seen wherever these faeries have walked. It is a silvery
gold material left by their footprints. If you wish to contact
them approach with caution and let them know you wish to befriend
them. They may respond with mischief. They will not accept invitations
to your circle.
This is a solitary faery and we should be thankful for this
since he is dangerous and hateful in nature. He appears as an
emaciated man with a leathery body with little or no hair. He
carries a sharp wooden scythe with which he strikes down all
who invades the area he has chosen to guard. He is active all
year and his element is fire. He moves amongst the ruined castles
and cairns of lowland Scotland along the English border. He
guards these places with his life. The Red Cap he wears has
been dipped in the blood of his victims. There have been documented
sightings of him.
Also called the Blessed Ones or The Sluagh. Their element is
Air. They are trooping faeries of the winds who have been heard
but never seen. Scottish folklore presents them as a huge host
of light and benevolence riding on the night air. They are active
year round especially on the Sabbaths. They and their counterparts,
the Unseelie Court, are a rare example of duality in paganism.
The Seelie Court is good and benevolent consisting of the most
heroic and beautiful faeries of Scotland. They ride the winds
looking down at the earth for any good which they can do. According
to Scottish legend they once interacted much with humans. When
not trooping they are purported to live underground. This abode
is reported to be on the Isle of Skye. Their ritual help is
unknown. They seem only to approach humans whom they choose.
These seaside faeries are found on the shores of and lochs of
Scotland, the Orkney Islands, and the Hebrides. They appear
as seals with human characteristics. But they can shed their
sealskin and appears as perfect human males and females. Their
attitudes toward humans is unknown. They are not as capricious
as other faeries but they have very jealous natures. They sometimes
take human mates but they sometimes tire of them and leave them
to die of broken hearts. Approach them cautiously and mentally
call out to them if you feel well protected. Their ritual or
magic help is unknown but they may lend their energies to help
protect Scotland in times of natural crisis. They are believed
to know the secrets of all the world's oceans and may share
this knowledge one day.
They are small faeries who dwell in pools of shallow fresh water
and in woodland lakes. They are fishlike in appearance but have
huge mouths and eyes which permits them to see well at night.
They round bodies and are usually dark red or purple in color.
They bob near the surface with their big eyes showing. They
like to play harmless pranks. They are active all year round.
Contact is probably not a good idea and would serve no useful
purpose. But if one is determined, with a little effort, a witch
could befriend these creatures. Their magical or ritual help
These playful little water horses are found in the Shetland
and Orkney Islands. They have been seen for over a hundred years
now and is now believed they have died out on the physical plane.
They were once plentiful in the North Sea and were friendly
with both sailors and people along the seashore.
These squat, round, misshapen faeries with no legs are found
in the Shetland and Orkney Islands. They are not wicked but
love to prowl about in the night and move and hide things in
odd places. They are most active at night. They move about by
rolling on their bulbous forms or bouncing like rubber balls.
It is doubtful if they will ever aid humans in rituals.
These faeries are found in the sea around the Orkney and Shetland
Islands and they guard the inlets and waters around their rocky
coasts. They were brought to Scotland by the Norse. They appear
as multiheaded sea monsters. Their purpose seems to be the protection
of the islands and not the destruction of sailors and ships.
To contact them try calling out to them in a ritual or going
to them in the seas of Faeryland. They may lend their help to
rituals and spells involving the physical and environmental
protection of the northern lands of Scotland.
Like the Seelie Court, the Unseelie Court has never been seen.
People have described them as a massive dark cloud which rides
upon the wind. They are thoroughly evil. As stated with the
Seelie Court, this is a rare form of dualism in paganism. They
are most active at night from Samhain to Ostara. Unseelie means
"damned" or "unblessed" and some Scottish
legends say they were once members of the Seelie Court who fell
from grace. They travel on the night winds from where their
unnerving cackling and howling can be heard. They have no method
of reproduction, so they enslave mortals whom they think would
never be missed and take them along to become one of them. Contact
is not advised !
These Faeries are extremely ugly, so much so that they have
been blamed for frightening people to death. They are wrinkled,
hairy in patches, and emaciated; have duck feathers on their
backs and necks; and are topped by huge, misshapen heads. They
are active all year. Their element is earth. They will be glad
to be helpful in almost any endeavor in exchange for brief company.
They are known to be very intelligent and extremely psychic.
To find them, seek them out in isolated woodlands or call them
to your circle. When doing the latter, call them as you invoke
the four directions. If you are psychically aware enough to
see faeries at your circle, just make sure you are prepared
for their appearance. In ritual help they may offer their aid
and energy for any positive purpose or in divination.
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