The White Lady
Béfind is the prototype of fairy tale Fairy godmothers. She is the queen of the Breton Fairies called “Our Good Mothers.” Béfind may appear with an entourage of other spirits or by herself. Although those who have a close, personal relationship with her may see her more frequently, in general, she makes but three appearances in a person’s life: birth, death, and marriage. She comes to bestow blessings and one’s fate. Whether she foretells fate or actually determines it is subject to debate, but it’s considered wise to propitiate her before these important events just to keep on her good side.
A beautiful table is created for her, in the home if possible, just after a birth or preceding a wedding. If there is a death vigil, it is considered beneficial to lay a table for her; however, if death is a surprise, it may be laid afterward. Béfind has refined taste: in addition to the fruits, nuts, and berries generally offered to Fairies, she enjoys champagne, fine whisky, and liqueurs and elegant pastry.
Fairy, Birth; Our Good Mothers
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.