Those few hours on the eve of May-day, or on May-day itself, can offer a charming, idyllic sort of connection tween us and the Good Folk, but this is no time for complacency.
They are just as likely to steal you away as give you a precious gift!
Their behaviour at this time is, to put it politely, unpredictable.
Some might even say… fickle.
In this episode we look at accounts from Lady Wilde’s book ‘Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms and Superstitions of Ireland’ and find that the changing of the season and the shift in the natural world which occurs at Beltane and in the month of May, is immensely important to the Good People.
To celebrate 2 years of our Podcast, I am delighted to launch ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Patreon. If you enjoy my podcast and videos, please consider becoming a Patron, and supporting me on Patreon.
There are 4 levels or tiers within our Patreon, the first begins at only $3 per month and each level offers additional benefits and content. These range from:
- having your name included in our YouTube videos,
- having access to exclusive Patreon-only videos,
- to receiving handpicked gifts from our online store or e-books, all Faerie related of course.
Did you know that many of the most famous and popular tales began as dark, cautionary tales? Our Patreon exclusive videos will lean toward the darker side of Folk and Faerie tales, this allows us to explore some of the original tales which have been watered-down over time to be kid-friendly.
I am very excited to announce our second Patreon exclusive video is available now for Patrons. It is the dark and cautionary tale of ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin‘ by Robert Browning, written in 1842.
The mysterious Piper possessed of mystical skill and wisdom, was hired by Hamelin to rid the town of its plague of rats. This he did, but when the townsfolk refused to pay him for his work, he took the most terrible revenge upon the people of Hamelin. Depending on your perspective, (if you relate to the adults or the children of Hamelin), the ending of this tale is either heartbreakingly tragic or fabulously jolly!!! It’s a fantastic video, I really think you’ll enjoy it and its live today for Patreon subscribers. Please visit my Patreon page and take a look around.
A Special thank you to our Patrons for this episode;
April Proctor, Brett Manning, Tsu, Janice Silva, Beth Bloomer, and Abby Richmond.
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This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work. Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.
All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.
My Online Store.
Now you can take the Faerie folk with you everywhere you go! Mermaids, Banshee, Elves, Goblins and beautiful Celtic designs will enchant your everyday with a touch of whimsy.
My store offers Faerie inspiration to every member of the family. Including clothes for men, women, kids, toddlers, babies and expecting Mums too. There are other great items too, a variety of bags, from a tote to a backpack or lunchbag, as well as drink bottles, caps, wee pins, mousepads and more.
It’s super easy, simply look for ‘My Store’ on the menu bar of my website, click the link and begin browsing. I hope you love it as much as I do. Happy browsing! Cheers, Kitty.
My YouTube Channel
Encounters with the Good People has launched two new series of YouTube videos: ‘Folk Tales & Faerie Tales’ and ‘YouTube Shorts’.
Relax and put your feet up (or lay your head down…) as I read well-known and lesser-known Folk Tales & Faerie Tales in a soft, gentle voice accompanied by soothing and delightful images. Sure to bring a sense of pleasant calm to the mind and spirit, these videos are suitable for everyone in the family to enjoy with a cuppa or as a bedtime story. To request a Folk Tale or Faerie Tale you would like Kitty to read, simply send an email with all the details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fancy a little whimsy on the run? If you give me one minute, I will give you some philosophical, conversation starters, ghost tales or Faerie tales in my new series of ‘YouTube Shorts’.
If you haven’t already, please pop into my channel on YouTube, hit that Subscribe button and also the ‘notifications’ bell icon. Please ‘Like’ my videos and leave a Comment too, as this helps make YouTube ‘notice’ my channel and support me to find an audience. Nice! And if you know anyone who might enjoy my videos, please Share with them too. Cheers, Kitty.
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Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?
Perhaps you have your own story to share?
Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website or upcoming book. After receiving suggestions and requests from listeners of this podcast all over the world, I’ve decided to put together a book of ‘Encounters with the Good People’. In this book I’ll include tales of encounters both historical and modern. So, if you, someone in your family, or a trusted friend, have had your experience with the Good People and are happy to share that experience, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at email@example.com
Don’t forget… our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far on https://www.encounterswiththegoodpeople.com
Edited by Magic Dan
Tales from ‘Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms and Superstitions from Ireland’ by Lady Wilde. 1887.
‘Sometimes’ by Rose Fyleman.
‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.
‘Fireflies’ and ‘Someday’ by Jonny Easton.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Kevin MacLeod
All art on this page: Pascal Moguerou.