81 episodes

Most people are baffled at any idea that fairies could exist...and telling people you've had a fairy encounter is a major taboo. The Modern Fairy Sightings Podcast hears from people who’ve had experiences and want to share them. Whether you’re already a believer, or full of intrigue, come open-minded and open-hearted…simply listen, and make your own mind up. But take heed, these are not winged Tinkerbells. These are real fairies. Please note: this podcast is not suitable for children as it may contain some unsettling, frightening or creepy material from time to time. Artwork: Peter Hall Studios Music: Transmutate by Snowflake.

The Modern Fairy Sightings Podcast Jo Hickey-Hall

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 66 Ratings

Most people are baffled at any idea that fairies could exist...and telling people you've had a fairy encounter is a major taboo. The Modern Fairy Sightings Podcast hears from people who’ve had experiences and want to share them. Whether you’re already a believer, or full of intrigue, come open-minded and open-hearted…simply listen, and make your own mind up. But take heed, these are not winged Tinkerbells. These are real fairies. Please note: this podcast is not suitable for children as it may contain some unsettling, frightening or creepy material from time to time. Artwork: Peter Hall Studios Music: Transmutate by Snowflake.

    Ep 77: Fairies and Orbs at the Brook (Lancashire)

    Ep 77: Fairies and Orbs at the Brook (Lancashire)

    Jo is joined by musician Sam McLoughlin who, as a young man aged 17 or 18 experienced an enchantment in a local woodland in Lancashire. 

    He and a friend heard what sounded like children’s voices coming from the river. They  experienced orbs and a sense of strange shift in reality, commonly known as the Oz Factor, a term coined by Jenny Randles.

    Links to Sam's music on Bandcamp:
    Environmental Meditation (by Hood Fair - Sam McLoughlin and David Chatton Barker)
    Fae Transit

    ⭐️ In the bonus episode on Patreon Sam shares how he managed to navigate repeated traumatic out-of-body-experiences and sleep paralysis episodes as a young person.

    Recommendations for Wellbeing:

    Insight Timer is a free app. I use different meditations day and night but this is a great bedtime one:
    https://insig.ht/SrKYkpq5lHb

    Yoga really helps. Her 15 min bedtime ones  are great.
    Yoga with Kassandra channel on YouTube

    Pam Gregory Astrologer is fantastic to listen to when you are feeling hopeless about the world situation 🙏

    My ‘Connecting with Ancestors’ meditation is free here:
    https://www.patreon.com/posts/94431793

    My mindfulness meditation free here:
    https://www.patreon.com/posts/96431208

    Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License


    Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
    Green Man Artwork: Peter Hall Studios

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    • 49 min
    Ep 76: Otherworldly People: Encounter on the Thames

    Ep 76: Otherworldly People: Encounter on the Thames

    Jo Hickey-Hall speaks to Frank Scannella about his encounter next to the river in Walton-on-Thames in 1982. His story 'Meeting Nicola', was published in the, "It Happened To Me..." section of The Fortean Times (Issue 350, 2017).  This episode was also released as a video on YouTube.

    The sense of uncanniness about this meeting has always stayed with Frank. There are many liminal aspects to consider: the proximity to water, crossing a bridge, the time of his life between studies. As well as this, various folklore motifs abound: black dog, dark man, strange stillness in the environment (Oz Factor) and the way that the beings appeared and disappeared in a mysterious manner.

    Most of all, there was a sense that one cannot fully describe. But you will know, if you've ever had a brush with the Otherworld.

    ⭐️ In the bonus episode on Patreon I share related folklore about river-related merfolk, we hear some comparable encounters submitted to Simon Young’s Fairy Census and we end with a particularly unsettling story that was posted on Reddit. It is a strikingly similar experience of a young man who came into contact with a strange man along the river in York, England, featuring lost time and other very strange factors. Both men view their experiences as near misses with beings from the Otherworld and feel lucky that they lived to tell the tale.

    Frank is the author of Sicilian Shadows - a compelling memoir of his struggle for survival in the heartland of the Mafia as a young boy.

    Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License


    Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
    Green Man Artwork: Peter Hall Studios

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    • 45 min
    Ep 75: The Winter Solstice Centaur

    Ep 75: The Winter Solstice Centaur

    A winter solstice trip to a cottage in the forest, brings an Austrian couple face to face with a human/horse hybrid. This will leave you with many questions, I'm sure. If you are thinking of taking a trip into forest areas this Christmas then...keep your ears and eyes peeled!
    ⭐️ BONUS EPISODE ⭐️
    In the full length episode on Patreon, you will hear the second experience this same man encountered with his now-husband some years later. Again, it was a horse being but this time it was a beautiful experience accompanied by an aspect of The Lady.

    Shownotes:
    https://www.scarlettofthefae.com/ep-75-winter-solstice-centaur/

    http://www.macroevolution.net/human-horse-hybrids.html
    Monstrorum Historia (1642) by Ulisse Aldrovandi
    Krampus- great episode by Bone and Sickle goes into the history of the Krampus
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2023/dec/05/shock-of-the-old-10-demonic-depictions-of-europes-disturbing-christmas-customs
    https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/krampus-son-hel-ancient-origins-christmas-devil-007627
    https://oldcorpseroad.co.uk/the-devils-footprints/
    Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained

    Music:
    The Snowfall Slasher by Cimitir
    God Rest you Merry Gentlemen by Chillmore
    Falling Snow (Ambient Bells) by Dream Protocol


    Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License


    Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
    Green Man Artwork: Peter Hall Studios

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Ep 74: Jack Frost at my Window

    Ep 74: Jack Frost at my Window

    Wintertime is innately full of magic but imagine coming face to face with a winter sprite at your bedroom window?  We hear a magical memory shared, look at some other frosty encounters and ask ourselves, "who is Jack Frost?”
     
    ⭐️ BONUS EPISODE ⭐️
    The bonus is a reading of The Snow Child. But due to an ongoing viral illness this will be slightly delayed.

    Warning: These are not fairytales. The Modern Fairy Sightings Podcast is designed for viewers and listeners 16 years and older. This show is unsuitable for children or anyone who might be sensitive to creepy content.


    Show Notes: 
    Jim Moon's episode on Jack Frost at Hypnogoria Podcast  
    Simon Young's Fairy Census Vol 2 2017 - 2023 
    Duchas.ie - The Schools Collection 
    The Year's Round: Volume 0090D, Page 11_042
    The Neach: Volume 0033C, Page 04_024
    Music by Hood Faire - Environmental Meditation Music  on Bandcamp
    other music by Kevin MacLeod 'Relaxing Piano Music'
    Poem The Frost by Hannah Gould 
    L. Frank Baum's 'The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus' (1902) which was made into a stop motion animation film in 1985.
    A poem by John L. Shorey in 1875 mentions Jack Frost https://archive.org/details/beautifulbookfo00shorgoog/page/n17/
    Round About Our Coal Fire (or Christmas Entertainments (1734)
    https://archive.org/details/round-about-our-coal-fire-or-christmas-entertainments-4th-edn-1734/page/5/mode/2up 
    Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License


    Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
    Green Man Artwork: Peter Hall Studios

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    If you'd like to make a one off donation you can find the Podcast at Buy Me A Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/modfairysight
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    • 43 min
    Green Gnome Visitation Changed My Life (Oklahoma)

    Green Gnome Visitation Changed My Life (Oklahoma)

    A most poignant story about a little boy from Oklahoma who came face to face with a gnome in his bedroom.

    As a child he had felt very alone and afraid for much of his childhood but it was an Otherworldly being that reached out and showed him love. Now as an adult, he recalls how this experience, “changed (his) life and the way (he) saw the world”.

    Trigger Warning:
    Our guest describes having survived an abusive childhood with aspects of neglect. They also describe how, as an adult, they were the first one to find their parent who had sadly, passed away.

    ⭐️ BONUS EPISODE ⭐️
    In this Patron-exclusive full-length version, we hear of another experience which you may find shocking. Our guest's elder brother was attacked by some kind of Otherworldly creature which is well-known in Native American Seminole folklore.

    Warning: These are not fairytales. The Modern Fairy Sightings Podcast is designed for viewers and listeners 16 years and older. This show is unsuitable for children or anyone who might be sensitive to creepy content.

    Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

    Image: 'Robin Goodfellow, A Sprite' by Charles Folkyard (1910

    Shownotes

    https://www.scarlettofthefae.com/ep-73-green-gnome-visitation-changed-my-life-oklahoma/
    Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
    Green Man Artwork: Peter Hall Studios

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    If you'd like to make a one off donation you can find the Podcast at Buy Me A Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/modfairysight



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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep 72: Californian Gnome Portals

    Ep 72: Californian Gnome Portals

    Our guest describes a sighting in 2016 in California, which occurred after a plant medicine church meeting. Whilst sitting in his car waiting for a friend, he watched two gnomes, no more than three ft tall in height, appear from a bush one after the other. They 'waddle' across the street and disappear into another bush.

    (Apologies for the poor sound quality! I have done the best I can with the file - it was much worse to begin with).

    ⭐️ BONUS EPISODE ⭐️
    In the exclusive bonus episode on Patreon we hear of a multiple witness sighting of a white glowing human-sized figure after taking part in an indigenous ritual. It was observed on private land and the owner of the land appeared to be aware of the spirits that he shared this space with. The encounter lasted several minutes and the being emitted a 'headlight' type of light which shone into his eyes.

    ✨ SHOW NOTES:
    https://www.scarlettofthefae.com/ep-72-californian-gnome-portals/

    Marjorie Johnson (2018):   Seeing Fairies: From the Lost Archives of the Fairy Investigation Society, Authentic Reports of Fairies in Modern Times
    Simon Young: Fairy Census 2014 - 2017
    Jack Hunter (2023) Deep Weird: The Varieties of High Strangeness Experience
    Rudolf Otto (1917) The Idea of the Holy: An Inquiry Into the Non-rational Factor in the Idea of the Divine and Its Relation to the Rational

    Content warning: These are not fairytales and the content is unsuitable for children. Some episodes may contain details which some may find unsettling or frightening. The Modern Fairy Sightings Podcast is designed for listeners 16 years and older.


    Podcast intro music: Transmutate by Snowflake (c) copyright 2020 Licensed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
    Green Man Artwork: Peter Hall Studios

    Please like, share and subscribe and if you can, please leave a review 💚

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    If you'd like to make a one off donation you can find the Podcast at Buy Me A Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/modfairysight

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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Aaron Bobick ,

Beautiful voice! Open minded, kind, informative.

I first heard about Jo and her work with modern fairy sightings on a different podcast, and then in a collection of essays, Magical Folk. I immediately wanted to hear what she had to say in podcast form, and when she stared this show I was not disappointed. Her voice is so soothing; so kind… like a meditative sound bath. Her guests have such beautiful stories. Jo is an open-minded interviewer collecting these stories for future generations while simultaneously creating a safe space for those who may feel otherwise ostracized because of their experiences. I’m always excited when a new episode arrives in my feed. You’re wonderful Jo! Remain amazing (and curious too)!

septa lemore ,

Finally

Been looking for an “entity encounter” podcast that focused on fairies and similar entities for what seems like forever. Glad to have finally stumbled on this show!!!

AO802 ,

A fairy gem

I recently discovered this show and have listened to episodes back to back. Even since I was young I believed in fairies, they are real and the subject is not taken seriously. Jo’s work is valuable and she speaks with empathy, understanding, and acceptance. Keep up the fantastic work Jo 🧚🏼

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