SurLaLune Header Logo

This is an archived string from the
SurLaLune Fairy Tales Discussion Board.

Back to October 2006 Archives Table of Contents

Return to Board Archives Main Page

Visit the Current Discussions on EZBoard

Visit the SurLaLune Fairy Tales Main Page

Author
Comment
calisia girl
Registered User
(10/25/06 2:28 pm)


The birth of a child and fairies
I'm currently doing research for a story I'm going to try and write during nanowrimo and I was wondering is there a time or a date a child is born in that is often (in any form) linked to fairies? I was just wondering if there was any folklore or superstition that makes a child more linked to the 'wee folk' than other times?

Visit my reading website http://www.freewebs.com/calisia_girl

Rosemary Lake
Registered User
(10/26/06 12:38 am)


Re: The birth of a child and fairies
Hm. There's a rhyme about 'Sunday's child ... Monday's child,' but I don't remember whether it mentions fairies.

I'm sure there must be something. Born with a caul? At moonrise on some special night? Or perhaps you could have a troupe of fairies passing by at the time. Or the father blunders upon a fairy gathering, and they curse/bless his coming child. Might take a look at "The Feathered Ogre" / "The Three Golden Hairs of the Devil."


princessterribel
Registered User
(10/26/06 4:43 pm)


Monday's child is fair of face
Mondays child is fair of face,
Tuesdays child is full of grace,
Wednesdays child is full of woe,
Thursdays child has far to go,
Fridays child is loving and giving,
Saturdays child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

This poem has little to do with fairies I'm afraid. I cannot think of any specific dates, all I can think of is Barry's Peter Pan. When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, that was the beginning of fairies. Or words to that effect...hmmmn, not very useful in the end but a lovely poem all the same!

Writerpatrick
Registered User
(10/27/06 6:59 am)

Re: The birth of a child and fairies
Fairies are typically assiciated with trasition or half-way points, such as the equinox, the half-moon and twilight. So a child born during this time might have more of a connection with the fairies.

calisia girl
Registered User
(10/28/06 3:41 am)

Re: The birth of a child and fairies
Ooooooo, twilight, I like that idea - I'll go research it some more. Thanks for the ideas

Visit my reading website http://www.freewebs.com/calisia_girl

Scathmandra
Registered User
(10/31/06 6:19 pm)

Re: The birth of a child and fairies
How about Friday, in the wee hours of the morning(closest to midnight the better)? I think it was a belief that a child born on a Friday night would be able to see ghosts and spirits.

From Charles Dickens' David Copperfield:
"I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o'clock at night. [...]

In consideration of the day and hour of my birth, it was declared by the nurse first, that I was destined to be unlucky in life; and secondly, that I was privileged to see ghosts and spirits; both these gifts inevitably attaching, as they believed, to all unlucky infants of either gender, born towards the small hours on a Friday night."


Not sure though...

Edited by: Scathmandra at: 10/31/06 6:19 pm

SurLaLune Logo

amazon logo with link

This is an archived string from the
SurLaLune Fairy Tales Discussion Board.

©2008 SurLaLune Fairy Tale Pages

Back to October 2006 Archives Table of Contents

Return to Board Archives Main Page

Visit the Current Discussions on EZBoard

Visit the SurLaLune Fairy Tales Main Page