By Peggy River Singer
For this interview, I asked to be connected to a spokesperson for the Leprechaun folk, someone who would be allowed, and willing, to share information about his or her people.
Leprechaun: Yes, darlin', we're here!
River: Thank you! Who am I speaking with, please?
Leprechaun: Now that's a thing that few people ask, our names being very private indeed, you see. So, call me Patrick.
River: Thank you, I meant no disrespect. And if you'd rather not talk about something I ask about, that's perfectly okay. Just let me know.
Patrick: Well now, those are some pretty words, and I can tell you mean them, too! I'm starting to like you, lass! Go on.
River: Patrick, I think a lot of us would love to know more about real Leprechauns. We have lots of legends—
Patrick: The old pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, eh?
River: Yes, that's the first thing people think of. You've become a symbol of Ireland; have your people always lived there?
Patrick: Well, "always" is a very long time! Let's say, the last many thousand years. Ireland suits us well, energetically, you see. We've helped to design it that way and it's unique in all the world, so most of us either live there or want to go there. It's our soul home, you can say.
River: A few years ago I bought a shamrock plant and found out its Leprechaun guardian, Jimmy, had come with it. Jimmy has told me this is quite common. Do Leprechauns also travel by riding along with humans?
Patrick: Oh, yes indeed! The young ones want to see something of life before settling down, just like your people do, so they ride in cars, trains, aeroplanes. In the great age of emigration, the Irish brought Leprechauns, Faeries, and Brownies to America on the ships. Many Irish families had fae folk living with them, you see.
River: When those fae travelers arrived in the new country, was there any tension between them and the fae folk who already lived here? This has always been a huge issue with human immigrants.
Patrick: Hmmm... Our histories tell us that there were some disagreements, here and there. But we did not arrive unannounced, we were able to connect with the locals, so arrangements had been made beforehand for many of us. It was chancier for those who wished to stay with their humans.
River: I've read that Leprechauns are sharp dressers—like the handsome green suit you're wearing; very nice detailing! Leprechauns are also shoemakers in one of our stories. Is this an important craft for your people?
Patrick: Yes, it's traditional, along with watchmaking. Nowadays young people take up different livings, of course. Many are fascinated by electronics; you called us for help with your own computer, years ago, and help was sent! So I would say electronics, computering, those sorts of activities are all well within the abilities of my folk. Of course, we can turn our hand to just about anything that interests us, and like anyone else we do need to provide for our physical comforts and families.
River: Some say that you are high-level energy masters, and shape shifters. Is this something you're willing to talk about?
Patrick: Ah. Yes, there is much more to us than most people think, and I thank you for the asking. We are among the oldest of all the fae, here on Sweet Earth at the beginning of time, so we were responsible for a great deal of the development of the planet into what it is today. Not all on our own of course, but often in partnership with others. Our energy work includes healing the body, soul, and emotions of all living things.
Now, there are many tales about "the Leprechaun who got away" and with good reason! What you call "shape shifting" is simplicity itself for us and many other fae, since we are creatures of etheric energy. We can change into a sparrow to fly away from danger, or make ourselves smaller so we can hide under a leaf to avoid being spotted.
We can also slip into a safer place in the blink of an eye if we should be in peril, such as being chased by a cat. And we do shamelessly enjoy seeing the look on that cat's face when all it grabs is a poof of empty air!
River: So you mean slipping away into a different reality, where there is no cat?
Patrick: You may call it what you like, my dear, I've said all that I am allowed to about that.
River: Is there any truth at all to the pots of gold and secret treasure stashes at the end of the rainbow?
Patrick: [winks] Now, lass, who am I to say aye or nay about all those stories, when saying anything at all might get me in trouble with the Assembly of Cranky, Scowling Leprechaun Bureaucrats?
River: Goodness, I wouldn't want THAT to happen! How do your people feel about being so closely associated with St. Patrick's Day? He's known for discouraging the old country beliefs in fae folk.
Patrick: Yes, well, what's done is done. As you can see, we fae clans are still here, still in your cereal commercials, still making cookies in hollow trees, still caring for your gardens. We'll be here as long as there is an inch of good soil to stand upon. And we Leprechauns have our own holiday on May 13, so our people and culture can be appreciated without all that St. Pat's hoopla.
River: I'm so glad to hear that! Is there anything else you'd like to say to our readers?
Patrick: We are here, all of us fae, walking beside you, living our lives. If you wish to reach out to us, do so with respect; and a wee drop of good whiskey left out for us with your blessing would not come amiss!
Peggy River Singer is a heart-centered animal communicator, medium and channel, angel and faerie ally, and Reiki practitioner who combines her gift for communications with her psychic abilities to help create harmonious relationships among all who share this world. She can be reached by phone at 734-548-0194; and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She shares experiences and insights on her blog, angelsfairiesandlife.wordpress.com.