well as many house fairies that live in the hearth or behind the
stove, there are spirit that represent the fire itself. In Northern
European countries, they were called drakes, salamanders and dragons.
They are said to smell like rotten eggs, but this usually only if
betrayed then they presence the stench. They are sometimes glimpsed
as a flaming ball too. They only take on the character of fire when
they fly, then they look like streaks of flame or fiery balls with
long tails. Otherwise they look like small boys with red caps and
coats. They are house fairies who move into a house and keep the
firewood dry and bring gifts of gold and grain to the master of the
house. The bond between the male head of the house hold and the male
drake, is a serious pact, often written in blood. The drake takes
care of the house, barn and stables, making sure that the pantry and
money chest are well stocked. They can travel the world in a split
second and bring their masters a present back from far away places.
In return, the master keeps the drake fed and treated with respect.
the drake be insulted the house will not be there long. If you see a
drake on its travels, take shelter, for they leave behind a poisonous
you quickly shout “half and half” or throw a knife at the
creature, then the drake my drop some of its booty in your lap. If
two people together see a drake, they should cross their legs in
silence, take the fourth wheel off the wagon and take shelter. The
drake will then be compelled to leave them some of his haul.
fire spirit of the hearth fire is often thought to be a female and
was once widely worshipped as a goddess. In Greek myth she was
Hestia. Her name, according to Plato means “the essence of things”
; a formless essence symbolised by the flame, which flows through
everything that has life. As the domestic hearth is the sacred centre
of the home, the hearth of the gods is the centre of the cosmos. She
presided over all hearth and altar fires, and she was worshipped
everyday with prayers offered to her before and after meals. Her
hearth was in the care of the woman of the home and before each meal
something was thrown on the fire as an offering.
Celtic lore, the spirit of the hearth is Brighid. She was invited in
the home by women
of the house, in the form of a doll or corn dolly
dressed in maiden white. Oracles were taken from the ashes of the
hearth fire, which people examined for a sign that Brighid had
visited. A mark looked like a swan's footprint; if found, it was a
lucky omen-the swan was an ancient attribute of the goddess Brighid.
Many Irish homes still have a Brighid's cross hung up. This four
equal-armed cross was originally a solar symbolised.
are many other fire spirits. The Arabian Djinn- are composed of fire
without smoke with fire in their veins instead of blood. Will o' the
wisps are bog fairies that appears as curious lights, usually seen
flickering in the distance over swamps and marshes. They will jump
and dance along with the aim of leading travelers astray. Perhaps the
most common name In Wales the will o' the wisp it is called ellylldan
which means 'fire fairy' . It can be seen dancing about on marshy
grounds into which it may lead a helpless traveller. When the will o'
the wisp appears at sea it is generally is called St Elmo's Fire and
is seen on ship's masts and accompanied by a crackling sound.
Powers of Fire
most common type of Fire Fairy is the salamander , and element spirit
the Renaissance. Also associated with fire is the Djinn who are the
Bad Fairies of
Persian Lore and the Drakes or Drachen, fire fairies
are found across the British Isles and western Europe who resemble
streaking balls of fire and smelled like rotten eggs. Luminous,
will-o'-the-wisp type fire fairies are famous for leading travelers
astray. Including the Ellylldan of Welsh marshland, the Teine Sith of
the Scottish Hebrides, The Spunkies of southwest England, Le Faeu
Boulanger of the Channel Islands, the Candelas of Sardinia and the
Fouchi Fatui of northern Italy. The various fairies who guard hearth
fires are also associated with this element such as the Gabija of
Lithuania and Natrou-Monsieur of France.
Muzayyara are fiery, seductive fairies in old Egyptian tales and the
Akamu is a particularly dangerous fire fairy found in Japan.....