March 15, 2014

Get Lucky This St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day, My Lovelies!

St Patrick's Day Comments 

In the spirit of our delightful Celtic friends, the fae folk, we'll be participating in the Breathless Press "Lucky in Love Blog Hop!

And what better way to celebrate all things Celtic, fae, and--of course--erotic, than to take a look at some famous naughty faeries and elves!

1. Leanan Sidhe 
One of my personal favorites! The Leanan Sidhe is known as a gorgeous fairy muse, with a passion for inspiring mortals to great heights of creativity. She makes lovers of her pet artists, both blessing and cursing them. For while she famously bestows great genius and enthusiasm to her beloved artists, the downside is that each of them eventually goes mad. Shortly thereafter, some terrible fate befalls the poor mortal, ending their short but passionate life. Love can sure be a bitch sometimes. 
2. Gancanagh

The Irish fairy called the Gancanagh is not very well-known, which is a real shame, because get this: he is a male fairy known for seducing women!

Rumored to appear to lonesome shepherdesses and young maids, his name means "Love-Talker". He's supposedly a fan of the Irish 'dudeen' pipe, and it's apparently very bad luck to meet him.  

Well, damn.  

3. Selkies

Here's a familiar legend: a fae creature, half aquatic creature, known for seducing men out to sea.  The selkies, though, a very Celtic version of the myth, are said to be beautiful male and female spirits, famous for wearing the skins of seals.
Male selkies seem to be the more seductive characters in this legend: luring beautiful women from the seaside to be their lovers. A woman can summon a male selkie by shedding seven tears into the ocean. Female selkies appear to be slightly shyer creatures, a little more submissive: human men steal their sealskins to bind them and make them into wives. Sometimes the lady selkies remain with their human husbands for years, even having children with them, but if they ever find their sealskin, they will be compelled to return to the sea. They may never make contact with their husband again... but they'll return to their children and play with them in the waves.

While we're on the subject of the fae, I'm happy to tell all my lovelies that Goblin Fires is on its way!  I'll soon be sharing my own tale of the sexy, sultry fae with all of you.  Look for more info soon!

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  1. Loved this Brantwijn!...damn indeed about the luck of the male elf...LOL

  2. Great post - love celtic mythology and nice to see some of the less well-known ones :)

  3. I've never heard of a Gancanagh before. Is he in Goblin Fires? A very fun post!

    1. Unfortunately, Gancanagh will not be making an appearance in Goblin Fires. He will very, very likely be making an appearance in one of the later books, though...

  4. I'm a big fan of Irish folklore. It's got a magical mythical touch that I just don't see in other popular mythos.

  5. Ooh. Love the stories of the fairies!

  6. Wow, thanks for the fascinating info, I loved it!



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