The Tiniest Fairy
~A Yule Story for Children~
a time before time had been named, when life danced as a dazzling
rainbow upon the mystical Earth, magick lived inside each earthen
creature. Some, the big ones, were having a harder time seeing the
magick now, than in the past. They were starting to forget that magick
is all around you, if only you believed.
was a small and tiny earthen spirit with sparkling blue eyes and a
pinched up nose; even in the fairy world, where all things are small,
she was the smallest of them all.
home was deep inside the strong and twisting roots of a big Oak. It was
safe and none of the winter cold snows could find their way a in.
loved playing around her cozy and warm home with her mom and dad. They
would play hide and seek and she could easily hide in the corners or
under the furniture. They would read books by the fire light and sing
songs that only the fairies knew.
was frightened of the other earthen creatures, as well as of what might
be outside her cozy home under the big Oak. She had never been out
before and saw no reason to go into the “outside.”
company came over Alicia would not come out of her tiny seed pod bed.
When the Bunny family who lived next door came to visit, she was
frightened that being so small, one of the many bunny babies might
accidentally hop on her. She would only peek over the beds edge with
her tiny pinched nose when the Gloends, a family of glowworms; came to
visit, because she wanted to see where the warm yellow glow was coming
dinner one evening, Alicia’s mom and dad told her that soon winters
hold would be ending. That frightened Alicia since she only new the
winter and could not imagine what might happen if it was to end.
explained to her that in all the magickal world, it was her magick that
would call in the changing of seasons and the turning of the great
wheel. On the eve of the next night Alicia, her mom and her dad would
go on a journey into the forest. Here, there would be a great gathering
and all the mystical creatures of Earth would see her gift of magick.
Alicia shivered with fear; what was this wheel and how can she stop
this magick and changing? She liked things just as they were and didn’t
want anything to change at all.
didn’t want to go to a gathering where so many would be. She didn’t
know what this gift was that she was to give. What if she got lost and
no one could find her? Or maybe the others would see her. Maybe they
would not like her or make fun of her or laugh at her being so small.
greatest fear was that maybe she had no magick. She had not seen it.
She couldn’t fly like her mom and dad, she kept falling on her elbows.
She couldn’t make things like flowers or snowflakes like her mom and
dad; all she ended up with some ice that melted. She couldn’t even make
light with her wand. How would her parents feel when they found out,
what would she do?
as frighten as Alicia was of going into the “outside,” she was more
frighten of what others might think of her. She didn’t want to
disappoint her mom and dad, so she decided it would be best if she hid.
She would go into the “outside;” no one would look for her there. She
would not go very far. Just far enough away where she could hide until
the gathering was over, and then the change would not happen.
mom was roasting acorns for the great gathering’s feast and her dad was
busy polishing up his ice wand. Alicia knew no one would see her leave,
or think she would go into the “outside” alone, since she never had
her wand in a small bag tied to her waist, Alicia carefully opened the
door of her house and stepped into the “outside.” She closed the door
quickly and quietly so her mom and dad would not hear it creak. Then,
she turned to see what was here in this “outdoors.” It was white
everywhere. She walked along for a little while when all of a sudden
“crunch” she sunk into the snow up to her wing tips. It took a bit of
work but she wriggled her way up and out of the snow. Now she was
really cold and she could see it was getting darker. The bright bluish
color of the sky was now turning a purple hue with streaks of red and
wasn’t sure, but if night was coming she had to hide quickly. If she
could fly just to the edge of the forest she would find a place to stay
until the gathering was over and then she could go home again. Then it
would be safe because nothing would change. That is what she wanted.
was frighten and getting colder, but she had made up her mind. She had
to do this, or everything she knew was going to change forever. She
shook herself off and looked toward the forest edge. With all her will
and might she jumped up and began flying forward. Then back a little,
then up, then down, then around in some circles and then slower and
then faster and then it happened. Bang! She flew right into a tree
branch hanging low weighted heavy by the snow.
did not know what exactly had happen as she rubbed her head, but when
she raised up again out of the snow it had gotten very dark. She could
see tiny lights twinkling above her now. She looked around trying to
figure out what direction to go. By now the gathering must be over and
she could go home. Everything would stay the same. But which way was
couldn’t see where to go, so she didn’t want to try to fly. What if she
hit another tree, it was dark now and she couldn’t make anything out,
plus her head still hurt from before. She had to be very careful
deciding what way to go now.
of a sudden, she heard someone calling her. “Alicia, Alicia.” She felt
her body begin to shake so hard that the tiny ice cycles that had
formed on the tips of her wings, tinkled like little bells. As she
turned around to look behind her, she saw a woman lying on a big pile
of fur blankets. She was not a fairy, but she was beautiful, dressed in
a green. Red and white gown. Hundreds of earthen creatures stood all
around her, many Alicia had never seen before, but none were scared of
frightened at all. Although Alicia didn’t understand it, she wasn’t
seemed to peace about this woman, it was something calming. “Alicia, I
have been waiting for you. I need your help.” the Lady said.
“Waiting for me?” Alicia asked.
“Yes, Alicia,” she said. “Its dark now and we need your light to light the way, so that we can see what lies before us.”
“My light?” Alicia asked, remembering she had not been able to make her wand light before.
“It’s your magick Alicia, your magick that will call the light from within me.” the Lady said.
slowly began to walk toward the woman. That’s when she saw that this
quiet lady was going to have a baby, and she was going to have it any
the fears and worries Alicia carried with her were beginning to melt
away, just like the ice on her wing tips. As she looked into the meadow
green eyes of this lady she wanted more than anything else in her small
life to make a light for her.
still trembling took her wand from it’s little bag, and raised it up.
With every magickal hope she had ever had, she put her energy into
lighting her wand.
lady smiled gently at her and in that instance there was a great flash
of light which came from the tip of that tiny wand. It was a brilliant
luminous light which filled every corner of the night.
Alicia held her wand high she looked over to see that now the lady was
holding in her arms a baby; a wonderful little baby boy. Suddenly, she
understood it all, everything her mom and dad had been telling her.
was the magick, this was her special gift. Alicia, the tiniest of all
fairies, she was the one who carried the spark, the spark which
released the light of the world and the turning of the wheel of life.
her tiny being she had carried that magick, the magick to unlock the
power of love and understanding for the world to share. Standing in
that brilliant light, Alicia understood who the Lady was and the
importance of this baby. She was a part of the rebirth of the Light.
This baby was the Light again reborn of the Goddess. The beautiful Lady
was the Goddess of life, and Alicia was that spark of magick which
survives all time and through which we find boundless possibilities.
the edge of the forest was filled with earthen creatures and spirits
from all over the mystical world. Alicia’s mom and dad watched their
fairy child as she beamed with joy. The Lady holding her baby boy,
blessed all those who shared in this time of magick as the feast was
served and great happiness was shared by all.
Alicia didn’t even notice that she was floating on the air. She was no longer weighted down by all her silly worries or fears.
now knew that even though she was tiny she had the power to light the
world. Now she understood, magick is all around you if you only
believe, and trust in yourself.
each year as you light a candle to call the light, remember the tiniest
fairy, for it only takes one tiny spark to give light unto the whole
Blessed be our Lady the Mother of Light.