Fairies are magickal creatures endowed with the powers of shapeshifting and invisibility. They dwell in an invisible kingdom known as middle or lower earth. Often depicted as small humanoid beings with diaphanous wings, they look like tiny angels. However, they are not angels, they are unpredictable, and they can be as puckish as they are benevolent.
Sometimes referred to as “little people,” fairies are an important part of most cultures, religious traditions, and folk beliefs throughout the world. In European culture, they are believed to be nature spirits who dwell in the trees, plants, and waterways. Christianity seems to think they are Lucifer’s fallen angels and therefore evil. Other folk beliefs, especially those of African origin, view them as souls of the dead or ancestors.
Celtic culture has probably done the most to promote the idea of fairies, who are believed to be the descendants of the small, dark, Neolithic people who invaded early Europe. Being small and dark and living close to the land allowed them to quickly hide from their enemies. This ability, along with their elusive mannerisms, led people to believe they were capable of magick, shapeshifting, and invisibility.
When the old Pagan religions died out, the fairies were relegated to the realm of myth and fantasy. We find the Great Goddess transformed into the Good Fairy Godmother or Queen of Fairies. The Horned God became the Fairy King, Puck, and the trickster. Those with less appealing traits were relegated to the realms of devils and demons.