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The Lovers' World, Eleanor Fortescue-Bricksdale, 1905Much of the information and Celtic wisdom to be found here originates from a Celtic people who live today as they have lived for thousands of years, in a land known as Tir na nÓg, the original Garden of Eden.

They are known by many names: Brownies, Elves, Fae, Faeries, Fair Family, Fair Folk, Fairies, Fay, Gentry, Gnomes, Good Folk, Good People, Hidden Folk, Leprechauns, Little People, People of the Mound, People of Peace, Pixies, Pookas, Shining Ones, Sidhe, Sprites, Tsalagi, Tylwyth Teg, Tuatha Dé Danann, Wee Folk, or Yunwi Tsundi.

We want to tell you how we first came to meet the people of the Celtic Faerie.

We are a husband and wife (David and Carol) who have been married since 1987. Our experiences with the faerie folk began in 1997 in the town of Cary, located near Raleigh, North Carolina. David was watching TV when two gnomes stepped in front of the television set and introduced themselves. At first he thought it was just his imagination, but after repeated visits from these gnomes, followed by other gnomes, elves, sprites, and many more members of the faerie tribes, he finally began to accept that they were more than his imagination. David has second sight, so he often sees and hears with his spirit senses, and he eventually told Carol about his experiences. She wanted to learn more, so David began to act as a faerie translator, repeating to Carol what was being told to him by the fair folk.

A few years later, we determined it was time to leave the lowlands and move to the North Carolina mountains near Asheville, where we continue to interact on a daily basis with those we now call our faerie family. They refer to us as Merlin and Lili (short for Ealilithea), the names by which they knew us long ago.

Gnomes in the Garden: Celtic Faerie Teachings by David and Carol SwingBased on the faeries’ teachings on Celtic spirituality, we formed a Celtic Christian home church called Avalon Grove, which meets eight times a year to honor the Celtic holidays.  We also authored two books on the fair folk, Gnomes in the Garden and The Celtic Owl.The Celtic Owl: A Year with the Celtic Faerie by David Swing

As David’s intuitive and psychic abilities grew, he began to offer intuitive counseling sessions and faerie workshops. Around that same time, Carol began to paint faeries.

So there you have it – a brief synopsis of how we came to know and love faeries in this modern world. It has been a long and interesting journey, and it’s not over yet. We invite you to continue reading to find out more about faeries and how you might even meet some yourself.  And then step outside, away from the computer, to greet Mother Earth and her faerie children.