The name refers to Luna – the Moon and the Shee – an Irish term for the Faeries. The Lunantishee or Lunatishee, are said to worship the moon and dance around their host Blackthorn tree or bush by the light of the full moon. The best description of the Lunantishee comes from The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans-Wentz; in it an Irish farmer called Patrick reported
“The Lunantishee are the tribes that guard the blackthorn trees or sloes; they let you cut no stick on the 11th of November [old Samhain], or on the 11th of May [old Beltane]. If at such a time you cut a blackthorn, some misfortune will come to you.”
With its five petalled flowers, so reminiscent of the Pentagram of Wicca and Witchcraft, the Blackthorn is a tree of the Goddess in her darker forms such as Ceridwen who brewed the magical herbal potion of inspiration or Awen in her giant cauldron and the Cailleach, a Faerie Queen of Winter, who is said to have a transforming staff of Blackthorn with which she blasts the land of all life at Samhain.
The Blackthorn reminds us of the natural cycle of life, death and rebirth.
November is the month when spirits have most power over all things.
The Lunantishee may also be the Leannán Sidhe or Fairy Lover.
Dark forests rise like cresting waves up and down the mountain and hill side before crashing at last into the sea. The stillness of this dark forest is broken only the sound of a fairies song which could be heard, long after the forests gave way to farm and fields.
Midnight is the fairy hour, and the edge of night is when their revels begin.
Myths of moon creatures and anthropomorphized night phenomena were so prevalent that in 1885, the Reverend Timothy Harley wrote an entire book about them, Moon Lore, with chapters such as “The Woman in the Moon” and “Lunar Fancies.”
Just as the Moon affects the tides, many believe that humans are also influenced by the cycles of the Moon.
The Lunantishee are closely associated with Moonstone as their name of Moon-Sidhe or Moon Fairies suggest. These are fiercely protective Fairie Guardians who highlight to us the need to protect ourselves, our homes, and our personal energies.
The Lunantishee worship the Moon Goddess.
Moonstone is often used to help us get in touch with our intuition and balance. It supports us in working through phobias, fears and emotional issues, washing away blockages and releasing repressed emotions.
Moonstone shows us all our insecurities and anxieties, shining a soft, gentle light on their true origins.
Credited with mystical and magical powers, working with Moonstone enhances our magical workings.