May Eve & the Fairies in Irish Folklore


This is about the good and the bad of the fairy world on May Eve. I prefer to focus on the good. So as for my blog sharing of a real life topic, this day every year is special to me. I usually watch the original 1972 version of The Wicker Man… but alas its hard to find to watch online. Now that I live in England now I will have to buy it again…. Happy May Day to all my readers!!

–AmandaMagick

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oberon-titania-and-puck-with-fairies-dancing(1) William Blake – Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing c. 1786

The boundaries between the Otherworld and our own are said to be slighter on May Eve, and it is then that protection against the fairies is believed to be more crucial than at any other time of the year. May Eve is a great night for the fairies, who are believed to shift location, and hold meetings on hilltops that would continue from dusk till dawn. As with their celebrations at Hallowe’en and during the Full Moon the activities of the fairies on May Eve encouraged many to remain indoors after dusk, but other precautions needed to be taken to protect the household from the fairies.

May-flowers, often marigolds or primroses, are strewn across the window-ledges and the threshold of the dwelling, while branches of rowan or willow are placed above the doors of the home, as well…

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