Liverpool Light Night 2017

As part of Light Night celebrations, La Banshee will be offering FREE short sessions of the Fairy Circle, a new class coming soon in Liverpool, in the beautiful surroundings of Blackburne House. 


It's Fairy Time... A time to relax and step into the Fairy Circle to explore your inner magic...

The Fairy Circle offers a safe space for women* to embark on a magical journey of self-discovery, celebrate their deep connection with Mother Earth and its cycle, and explore their inner goddess through movement meditation, ritual and folklore. 

Join the circle at Blackburne House (Dojo space) with a FREE 15-minute taster session at 6:15pm, 6:45pm, 7:15pm and 7:45pm. Suitable for all bodies and physical capabilities!

*The circle will also be open to men on this occasion.

The origins of the Banshee

The origins of the Banshee

Even though the banshee is usually represented as a dishevelled screaming female figure whose scream is an omen of death, her origins are far more complex and fascinating. 

The name 'banshee' can be translated as 'fairy woman'. It comes from bean sìdhe or bean sìth, in Irish and Scottish Gaelic, which means 'female of the fairy folk' or 'female of the fairy mound'. The sìth people, according to John Gregorson Campbell in Gaelic Otherworld, refers to the whole fairy race, fairy and elfin people alike. As a substantive, sìth means 'peace' and, as an adjective, it only applies to objects of the supernatural world, especially to fairies and what belongs to them or is associated with them. Campbell writes: "The name sìth without doubt refers to the 'peace' or silence of Fairy motion, as contrasted with the stir and noise accompanying the movements and actions of men. The German 'still folk' is a name of corresponding import. The Fairies come and go with noiseless steps, and their thefts or abductions are done silently and unawares to men. (...) They seem to glide or float along rather than to walk."