After writing about the Fairy doors and Fairy Raths, it is the time to speak about the Fairies themselves. In Ireland, fairies are associated with Hawthorn trees, especially the solitary ones or those growing together with the oaks and aspens. In May and early June all the countryside is swathed in the white garlands of blooming hawthorn: fairy season comes to Ireland. The Fairy tree holds strong magic forming a portal to the fairy realms in the Otherworld, and there is nothing I love as much as a good old portal 🙂
Hawthorn tree is respected, and has always been sacred to mankind. Farmers work around them, and no one in their right mind would fell a lonely hawthorn tree or anyhow damage faerie property. In the 1990-s, the upgrading of the National Route from Limerick to Galway was delayed for a nearly ten years, and the Ennis bypass was eventually rerouted to accommodate a lonely hawthorn tree and avoid disturbing the little folk. Fairies can be vindictive. You wouldn’t like a bad luck accompany you for the rest of your life, would you. They say that even in the 1950, rural people would shout warnings before throwing water out the door lest a fairy should be passing.
If you have the Hawthorn in your hedge, you can use the flowers to make a good tea (mix them with some other herbs because of their strong effect), the leaves to add to your salad, and the berries (haws) to make jelly or jam. That would help you reduce your blood pressure, stimulate your heart and act as a mild sedative.
There are some pictures I took of a Hawthorn fairy to illustrate this blog post.
I saw the fairy at the shore of Ballyscanlon lake, Co Waterford.
It is a beautiful lake with clear water an peaceful surroundings.
The Hawthorn tree in question grows very close to the lake. Fairies wouldn’t like to cross a stream, but there are many fairies that live near the water.
If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you will see a flock of tiny mosquitoes sitting on the rock near the flower.
Fairies know everything that is happening in their realms. Nothing goes unnoticed.
This little Robin knows her well: fairies use birds to fly from place to place 🙂
The Sun goes up, and it is the time for the Fairy to use her magic and return to her Otherworld realm.
Hope to see you again some day.
Gateway to the Otherworld opens, and in a blink of an eye the fairy is gone.
Thank you for visiting Ballyscanlon lake with me today. May the fairies bring you all the best luck you need!
Have a fantastic weekend!