Monday, January 9, 2012

The Nature of the Sidhe

The Riders of the Sidhe
~John Duncan~

Who are the Sidhe (pronounced shee) and what do they look like? Where do they come from? Are they ghosts or another race of being all together? These are the answers I am searching for as I read The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans -Wentz. I hope to come to my own conclusions by the time I am finished reading this book. Of course, the study of the Fae could take more than a life-time.

In this book, Evans-Wentz interviews many people on the belief in the Sidhe. From peasant folk to the well read scholars, he leaves no stone unturned. I find it fascinating that all levels of humanity in the time this book was written had a belief in the unseen. Whether Fae or ghost, they believed in something. Below are some snippets of stories I found of interest in this book so far.

On page 58 a schoolmaster is asked for his opinion on the gentry (another name for the Fae Folk).
"...They consider them the spirits of their departed relations and friends, who visit them in joy and sorrow."

On page 59 we have the opinion of an unknown Irish Mystic
"...They are described as a race of majestic appearance and marvellous beauty, in form human, yet in nature divine. the highest order of them seems to be a race of beings evolved to a superhuman plane of existence, such as the ancients called gods...."

So we have two different theories of who or what the Fae could be. I am leaning toward the fact that both could be right. Maybe after death some of us go to Faery Land and others go to Heaven or any other world that may exist. I will have to study this farther to truly understand , if it can be understood at this time.

My favorite part of this book so far is the section where Evans-Wentz has a question and answer session with an Irish Mystic.  For now I will share the answer to the question of where the Sidhe come from.

Q.- "By the inner world do you mean the Celtic Otherworld?"
A.- "Yes; though there are many Otherworlds. The Tir-na-nog of the Irish, in which the races of the Sidhe exist, may be described as a radiant archetype of this world, .... In Tir-na-nog one sees nothing save harmony and beautiful forms. There are other worlds in which we can see horrible shapes."

There is much more to this question and answer session that I will share at a later date. It is refreshing to see that I am not the only one who believes in many Otherworlds. I have been to some of these worlds in dreams. Some are beautiful, pleasant place and some are worlds of pure horror. I think many of us have been to a few of these places in our dream-state. Trance journeys are a wonderful time to visit the Otherworlds. But just like in our world, there are beings you need to be cautious of, even in the worlds that are filled with beauty and wonder.

As I reads this wonderful book on the Fae I will continue to highlight the parts I find of interest and share them here. The adventure of finding out who the Fae are is turning out to be  a trill ride. I am sure I will encounter some unsavoury beings, but I have met some of those in the human world.


  1. Don't you just love the fairy folk? The fairy tradition is fascinating. I've a few great books at home I can recommend on the fae. I also have the one you're reading. It's a great book.

  2. Hi Mary

    I love the AFe folk and wish to learn as much as I can about them. Please do recommend some books. I love to read and can never have too many books around the house.

    Blessings, V.

  3. Hi V...thanks for sharing the magic always..most intriguing and super-enchanting!I have that beautiful calender of the image is one i found years ago..and totally fell in love with all the art!
    Shine on
    have a magical day of fae! see you in the mists!

  4. I love the Sidhe. I was introduced to them through a Celtic lit course in college, which was amazing. I'm not sure if it was Over Nine Waves or one of the other books we read that had stories about them, but it was absolutely marvelous.

  5. Greetings to you, Lady Moss...
    I would like to know more on these "horrible shapes".... and "Worlds of pure Horror"....
    These sound intriguing ...
    your Friend ...the Doctor

  6. I found this so very interesting.
    I read about the Sidhe years ago and found them facinating (although somewhat scary!). A truly great write Vivienne Y

  7. My Friend ;o) I am really finding this interesting! Please continue sharing ;o) (I will e-mail later) Blessings, Stacy

  8. I find this so interesting, Vivienne! I'm really looking forward to you sharing more of what you discover with us!

  9. That was really interesting! I look forward to reading more as you get further into the book. Thank you for posting this, and thank you for the correct pronunciation of 'Sidhe.' I had always wondered how to say it!

    Blessings, Victoria from Brushstrokes

  10. Hi V~

    You are very welcome. I love the artwork as well and hope I can find a print someday. May we meet in the mists one magical day!!

    Blessings, V.

  11. Hi Nichole

    I love the Sidhe as well and love learning about them. I'll have to check out that book. If you can think of any other ones about the Fae please let me know. I am enjoying the research.

    Blessings, V.

  12. Hi Dr. Theda

    Greetings to you too. Hope all is well in your world! I'll be sharing a world I visited in a dream last night soon. It was a dark but liberating dream.

    Many Blessings my friend, Lady Moss

  13. Hi Ygraine

    Thank you! The Fae make a very interesting subject. I am loving the research. You are right in that they can be very scary. They are not all sunshine and lolipops but they are very fascinating.

    Blessings, V.

  14. Hi Stacy(MLC)

    I will continue to share this intriguing subject.

    Much Love to you my friend, V. (Thank You!!)

  15. Hi Little Gothic Horrors

    Thank you! I will be surre to share more topic.

    Blessings, V.

  16. Hi Victoria

    I am happy that you are and others are enjoying this.

    I hate it when I am not sure how to pronounce soomething. I have many books on celtic lore so if you need the proper prounciation on something let me know, I'll see if I have it.

    Blessings, V.

  17. Wow!!! Wonderful Faery post!!!! Thank you so much for sharing all these !!! I love celtic mythology!!! I love to learn more about Sidhe race!!!! I know very little things about them!!! I wish someday i will manage to go a trip to a celtic place!!! That would be awesome!!!! I can't wait to read more from you my magical friend!!!!
    Thanks again!!!
    Hugs :o)