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by Lisa Herron
The foxglove flowers and oxalis are from *shimmerstock on Deviantart. The ears are from *JLStock on deviantart. I cut the flowers apart in Photoshop to create her clothing. The wings eyes, skin and expression are created by me in Photoshop using various tools and then saved into poser 7 and rendered. I used star brushes with the blending option outer glow to make the fairy fire on the top of her tiara and branches that were also rendered in poser 7. Even though the foxglove is extremely beautiful, it can be deathly toxic if not handled with care much like the Aos Si of many Celtic Legends. I thought Foxglove would be a perfect name for a fairy. Foxglove is a beautiful yet poisonous native plant of Europe. The leaves of the upper stem are extremely toxic and just a nibble can be enough to cause death. Digitalis is a cardiac drug created from the foxglove plant and is prescribed to many patients. It is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its showy flowers, that range in color from purples, pinks, yellows through to whites, with variable marks and spotting. The larvae of the Foxglove Pug butterfly feed on the flowers and other butterfly species feed on the leaves. In folk belief and practice, the aos si; are often appeased with offerings, and care is taken to avoid angering or insulting them. Often they are not named directly, but rather spoken of with euphemisms such as "The Good Neighbors," "The Gentry," "The Fair Folk," or simply "The Folk", in the hope that if humans describe them as kind, they are more likely to be so. In this vein, the most common names for them, aos sí, aes sídhe, daoine sídhe (singular duine sídhe) and daoine sìth mean, literally, "People of Peace". Aos sí are sometimes seen as fierce guardians of their abodes - whether that be a fairy hill, a fairy ring, a special tree (often a hawthorn), or perhaps a particular loch or wood. The Gaelic Otherworld is seen as being closer at the times of dusk and dawn, therefore this is seen as a time special to the aos sí, as are some of the festivals such as Samhain and Midsummer. The aos sí are generally described as stunningly beautiful, though they can also be terrible and hideous and these types are known as the Sluagh Sidhe.
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