Do You Believe in Fairies?
Jun 01, 2016 11:28AM
By Harald Anderson
“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
––Peter Pan by J. M Barrie
Images of fairies have appeared in every culture as illustrations, in books, art and sculpture for thousands of years. J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan wrote, “When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces, and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies.” This lovely description created the fairy Tinkerbell who has become a pop culture icon.
Perhaps you think of Pinocchio’s Blue Fairy, the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella or even Puck from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However, in reality, fairies don't like to be seen by people at all. These tiny creatures will appear and disappear in the blink of an eye. You might never know whether or not you've ever seen one, but you can be sure there is a wealth of fascinating lore about these mysterious and mischievous creatures.
Fairies have made themselves known throughout literature as leprechauns, goblins, genies, dwarfs, elves, pixies, trolls and brownies. They are always presented as a class of supernatural beings with a human form who intervene in human affairs.
Have you ever seen a flash of light or sudden quick movement out of the corner of your eye that could not be explained? Have you ever been strongly impacted by the fragrance of a tree or flower? According to folklore, you might have encountered a fairy or elf.
Fairies protect the flowers, trees and water of our world. Fairies and their kin have traditionally been known as agents, creating phenomena when other explanations fail. To quote Tinkerbell, who is quite possibly the world’s most famous fairy, “laughter is timeless…imagination has no age….and dreams are forever.” More laughter? More imagination? More dreams? As the embodiment of all these characteristics, fairies make our world a more enchanting place. So, do you believe in fairies?
On June 25, experience the magical power of fairies at The Spirit University’s Fairy Faire. This event will take place at 373 Braden Ave., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. So, join this celebration of the wonders in our natural world and all beings who inhabit it.