History of Fairy Courts: Meet The Seelie and Unseelie
by Arielle Wolfe-Fritz, July 17th, 2020
How can we better understand beings that reside beyond the veil?
How many different types of Fae are there? The list goes on and on! Their recorded social attributes, as well as physical and cosmetic traits, are greatly varied, and the distinction between the many different types of Fae is vast. As humans, it is in our nature to indulge in compartmentalization. Breaking things down into categories and classifications helps us to better understand why people, animals, and even the Fae do what they do.
In this second installment of the series 'Fairy Folklore,' we will be taking a look at the two primary Fairy Courts known as the Seelie and Unseelie. We will also be learning about just a couple of the many different types of fairies that are spoken of in Irish, English, and Scottish folklore, and the classifications of fairies as presented by writer and poet William Butler Yeats.
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Seelie and Unseelie
The Seelie and Unseelie Courts in Scottish folklore, are the groupings of fairies based on the overall attitude of individual fairies. The Seelie are also known, in some folklore as the Summer Court and the Unseelie is known as the Winter Court. Those Fairies that are thought to be light of heart and in general regarded as helpful, although mischievous, as all fairies typically are thought to be, are said to belong to the Seelie Court.
Those belonging to the Unseelie Court are, by nature, just the opposite. Though the fairies were grouped according to their general behavior, those fairies that belong to the Seelie court, are not always thought to display a helpful spirit. The same is believed to be true for the Unseelie. The Fae that are typically known to be of a darker nature, are also said to show unexplained mercy from time to time. They act according to their fancy and their general nature.
Have you ever awoken in the morning to find that your socks are not where you placed them last? Perhaps your dishes have been rearranged? You may have a Brownie in your home! These little Fairies are typically known to be 'house fairies' and if you find that your doors are opening and closing, seemingly of their own accord, or occasionally you hear the pitter-patter of tiny steps that do not belong to any household pets, fear not. The Brownie is generally a helpful little Fae and in this episode of the series, we will be talking a little bit about this mischievous and elusive little creature that is spoken of in Scottish and English folklore.
"The path that lay before us is one we all must take. The journey, we make together. As one, the truth awaits us."
About the Author
Arielle Wolfe-Fritz, a creative writing enthusiast, researches anthropology and folklore. Through her captivating mini-docuseries, collaborations, and multi-media projects, she inspires people across the world to open their minds to the sociological, anthropological, and spiritual aspects of legends and folklore. Arielle is a proud affiliate of Divine Frequency, a network of content creators unified by a common mission to deliver empowering perspectives about online media through multi-media projects. Follow Arielle's main project, Labyrinth Perspective on YouTube and Instagram.