Updated: Feb 5
It’s that time of the year where the fairies come out to play, cause mischief and all around, be a nuisance! Why am I talking about the fae folk? It’s Halloween of course! And that means the witches, wizards, fairies, goblins and all things that go bump in the night come out to play, haunt or make life miserable for all of us, but not to worry, I’ve learned a few things about these dark creatures, so keep reading, if you want to keep those evil things at bay.
Ok, in all seriousness, it’s just a superstition, and while I’d like to believe they exist, I know they don’t, but even so, the things you make, and the aesthetics of these superstitions are actually very beautiful. I mean, I sometimes believe I’m a witch, considering I can take care of my house plants, carry out all my different projects and study all at the same time!
Alright, getting off topic here, what does witchcraft and fairies have to do with being in a fandom? If you’ve read Peach Dreams And Ball Rooms, you’ll know that I’m a big Labyrinth fan, and ever since I was reintroduced to it, when I was about 16/17 years old, I’ve always associated Halloween with the Fair Folk, instead of the stuff of nightmares. Why? Well, read on and find out!
One thing before you continue, there will be references to mature content here, and that is mostly in Fan Fiction form, so if you’re not familiar with the Labyrinth Fandom, then I’d highly suggest you click somewhere else, because things will get pretty mature, and if you’re just getting into your teens, look away now (or don’t, that’s up to you, but don’t say that I didn’t warn you!)!
Halloween Was Originally Samhain
Alright, so one thing I know about Halloween, particularly in the UK, was that Halloween was originally Samhain, and is still celebrated as such, in the north of the UK, especially in Scotland. Samhain was literally a celebration that marks the end of the harvest season and the start of the winter. You can read more about it on Wikipedia (I know it’s not a reliable or academic source, but it’s one of the best places to look for information).
Anyway, the reason why I associate it with the fairies is because it is. In the original Irish folktales, Samhain was a time where the “veil between worlds” was at its thinnest, so creatures from other worlds and the souls of the dead would basically visit Earth. Now, what does this have to do with Labyrinth? Well, it’s generally agreed amongst the Labyrinth community that Jareth, the Goblin King, was a fae king. That is to say, fairy. So, whenever Samhain comes around, it means we’re just that little bit closer to saying “hi” to our favourite king.
So, We’re Not Afraid, Just Cautious
Ok, now here comes the tricky part, because a lot of the time, people associate Halloween with nightmares and frightening things. In the case of Labyrinth fans (or most of us, at the very least), we don’t, instead we’re just a little more cautious, because instead of trying to frighten us, or kill us (well for the most part), fairies and the like, tend to want to just cause mischief and walk amongst us, like a normal person. So, instead of fearing for our lives, we tend to just accept them, but we don’t always trust their words.
Again, remember, this is all just superstition, and well, it’s mostly just imagination, but hey, who hasn’t wanted a little magic in their lives? Anyway, the reason why we’re cautious is because the fae are tricky creatures, and yes most of the time they’ll want our misfortune or just make our lives just that little bit more annoying. In my case, I know three different rules that the fae abide by, and they are:
1. Whenever they make a deal with you, there’s always a price to it
2. If you make a deal with them, they’ll always find a loophole that gives them an advantage.
3. They can’t lie, but they can tell you half-truths.
So, what does that mean for us mortals, who are trying to carry on with our lives, when they’re out and about? It means, it’s always best to ward them away from your house, and if you ever come into contact with one, you must always be cautious with your words. Always say what you mean, don’t mince words, and always, ALWAYS, scrape out every bit of detail of a deal, if you ever make one with them.
If You Know How To Deal With Them, They Can Be Fun
Now, those are just a few rules I’ve learned, there are more, but if you can handle them, and you know how to handle them, you’ll find that the fae can be fun. Just, don’t ever cross their lines. What I mean, is don’t dance in a fairy ring, because that gives them the right to kidnap you and send you to their world, without even asking you for your permission. What they do with you is a mystery, you could be made to service their high king Oberon, or they might keep you for themselves and use you as a servant. Whatever it is, don’t ever entertain them in that way, because that’s just gives them a chance to use you.
However, having said that, you could still have fun with them. I mean, you could lie to their faces, and they’ll probably break, like you could tell them that the sky is purple, and they’d be baffled beyond belief. You could tell them a joke, and they’ll find it hilarious, although, it has to be a very witty joke, it can’t be a bad one, otherwise that’ll piss them off. Or, you could play riddle games with them, they love riddles, so if you do start to play, you need to make sure you’re clever enough for that, because they can give you really difficult ones that will probably turn your head around for years.
But How Did The Labyrinth Fandom Come Up With This?
We didn’t. Like I said, it all comes from old Irish and Scottish mythology and folktales. If you’re interested you guys should go and read them, because there are some creepy stuff there, and I’m not gonna lie, it does get scary at some points, but most of them are harmless, and there are always things you could do to ward them away.
Now, here comes the fandom part of this post, and like I said, if you’re not old enough to read these things, then don’t. It’s not safe…per say. Anyway, for those of you who are, there are a few fanfictions that highlight these little traditions very well. I mean, in these stories, they make absolutely perfect sense, because Jareth is fae.
So, I would recommend you read:
Dreams, Wishes & Plain Brown Wrappers
What’s Past Is Prologue
The Thirteenth Rider
The Goblin Market
Most of them are pretty dramatic, so it’s a bit of a sit-down read, but the one that takes the fae rules lightly is Dreams, Wishes & Plain Brown Wrappers, that one is absolutely hilarious and light, although there is a little bit of drama towards the end, but that’s not as bad as the others.
Anyway, if you’re after a good read, and not just citrus (as we fanfic writers and readers call it), then I’d suggest these reads. Also, I’d recommend The End Of Days by dansemacabre, because that one really gets me every time I read it. Trust me, you won’t want to put down your tablet or phone, because it’s just such a good read!
Ward Up Your Homes!
Well, there you have it, my Labyrinth/fairy rant for the month! So, since it’s Samhain is almost upon us, I think I’ll start making those wards now…I may not be a real witch, but hey, there are some things that they make that can help, especially with a lot of ailments, like insomnia and whatnots. So, I’ll go and make them, and if they work, I might just share some of those recipes and crafts with you!
Well, that’s it from me today, I’ll see you guys next time. For now, don’t forget to like, subscribe and follow for more updates and the latest posts here on Feather’s Charm and on my social media accounts. Oh, and share these posts with family and friends, those who you’d think might enjoy these topics and tips! I’ll see you later!