I just learned about this one. Is she someone to fear? Certainly, this is a different way to look at something or someone, like a Banshee.

Is she what we mean today by calling someone a cry baby?

Beansidhe (Banshee, Ban shee, Badhbh, Badhbh Chaointe):
A Celtic or Celtic Irish fairy whose name actually means, Woman of the Hill. Her name comes from “bean,” or woman, and Sidhe, or fairy.

Apparently, she looks like an old woman with deep-set eyes, which are bright red from constant weeping. She wears a cloak over a green dress. But I suppose she could wear anything she wants, couldn’t she?

Another description places her with wild long red hair, wearing a white gown or dress. Another, still, describes her as a beautiful veiled woman, with a way of moving or being that conveys great sadness. She seems to be a servant of some kind, and her sorrowful wail is heard the night before a family member is going to die.

Sometimes she takes on the form of a crow and beats her wings against a window as she lets out her mournful cry.

Many claim to have seen her as she goes wailing about. The Irish funeral cry is said to be an imitation of this cry. And when more than one of these creatures wail together, it is said to be for the death of some holy or great one.

Unseen, these crying spirits attend the funerals of the beloved dead, and sometimes can be heard wailing along with the mournful cries of others, each beansidhe attending her own mortal family.

The Scottish version of the Banshee is the Bean Nighe.

What unusual faerie types do you know about? Are there banshees in Harry Potter? Do any have first names?

Fairies seem to want to help us. They offer a look at emotions or circumstances in life. Most are tied to nature in some way, and many are nature’s angels.

Today, many people feel that fairies are here to help us lighten up, have fun, be playful, and look at ourselves and our lives differently. Sometimes, we need to wail like a banshee, but after a time, just like sun appearing after rain, it’s time to come out and sing, dance, and play again.

May you feel the fairies around you and see their little lights and note their fluttering wings in your life often.