The word fairy comes from a mixture of French and Middle English terms. The people of Ancient Rome refer to “Fata” also known as the fates of Roman mythology whereas Greek mythology called them “Moirai”. In both cultures they were thought to control the fates of mortals. Stories and myths centered around fairy culture have been told for centuries. Shakespeare’ s “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” depicts a Fairy Queen and her minions who play tricks on mortals. In Ireland fairies were thought to be of another species altogether-“the people of the gods” as it were.
Some believe that fairies were representative of and were brought forth by the four elements: namely earth, air, water and fire. Thus, they are thought to be essential to the delicate balance of such elements. Fairies are believed to live in harmony with the elements and symbolize their synergistic nature.