Fairies exist within all countries of our planet and are referred to by many names depending on their country of origin.
These tiny creatures of magic exist in all locals. Most countries agree that fairies are mystical, magical, and mischievous creatures of legend and folklore.
In the west we often refer to a fairy as a changeling, sylph, gobblin, gnome, hobgobblin, brownie, elf, or elfin creature.
In Scotland a fairy woman is called Bean Nighe yet in Ireland she is known as Banshee. A sprite is just as apt to bless you with mischief as they would be to bestow you with luck so do be careful if you suspect that one is nearby.
If one should settle near your local be forewarned that you may be in for a strange visit from this creature. A fairy can enchant those she chooses to but can also be a being of harmful intent as well.
Fortunately there are ways that a human can find protection should it be necessary to acquire this respite.
Forms of protection from a fairy's magic are cold iron, running water, the sound of ringing bells, four leaf clovers, St.Johns Wart, and wearing your clothing inside out.
Carrying bread on your person is also something which will keep a fairy away from you. It is believed that this very traditional symbol of the home also symbolizes the taming of nature and this is something which a fairy absolutely cannot tolerate.
The thought that a fairy may be warded off by the sound of ringing bells is somewhat ironic though because the fairy queen is often depicted as adorning her horses in bells.
They like to make themselves at home when they find a spot they like so watch for the signs that one may be living in your home or garden.
They like to think that they are helping out but often times they wind up making a few mistakes while they are at it. Fairies are well known for their mischievous nature but many simply do not understand our human ways.