How to Find a Fairy in Your House
Be a friend to the fairies.
First and foremost, if you're hoping to find a fairy in your house you must know that you have to be a friend to the fairies in order to see them. They are finicky creatures, and so we must not expect a lot from them and we must be patient in our search for them.
Secondly, you must know that not all fairies are friendly or even like human contact. In fact, some of their kind despise our kind...so there are certain types of fairies that you should not try finding or attracting to your home.
Now that the basic fairy rules have been set, let's find out if you have a fairy in your house now!
Are there fairies in my house now?
If you've long been a friend of the fairies, it is definitely possible that you already have a fairy living in your house. There are usually a few tell-tale signs when a fairy is in your house that you won't miss.
Here are some signs that a fairy is either residing or visiting your home:
- the cat or dog acts strangely, plays with someone/something invisible.
- lots of food go missing without a logical explanation, particularly sweets (and you can't blame your kids for this occurrence all of the time).
- strange noises at night: furniture being jumped on, very light footsteps on stairs or in hallways, tapping noises in closets.
- doors opening and closing (usually quietly unless you've invited something darker into your home).
- miscellaneous chores in your home get done without anyone's knowledge of doing it (don't we all wish for this type of fairy!).
- jewelry and sparkly/glittery items go missing and then turn up in odd or obvious places.
- milk or beer goes bad before expiration dates and with no explanation.
- seemingly poltergeist-like activity (again this depends on the type of fairy residing/visiting your home).
- new types of plants and vines begin growing around the outside of your home.
How to find a fairy in your house.
Perhaps you know all of the signs that there is a fairy in your home but you've yet to come across these signs. Don't worry. You might still have a fairy living in your home, he or she just might be a bit too finicky or shy to let you know they are there. The best thing to do is wait until the fairy is ready or willing to come out of hiding. Sometimes they might never be ready, as many of the fairies do not trust human beings as far as they can throw us. This is from many years of our kind not believing in their kind, and years of our ancestors calling them evil. You have to also think about the damage our kind is doing to the Earth, their sacred place...their Heaven, if you will.
Here's the thing. You won't be able to "find" a fairy in your home, because the fairies will only be found if they want to be. Once you've understood why the fairy in your home might be hiding, and you've given him or her some time, you could next try to coax the fairy out of hiding. Leave a sweet sweet treat as an offering to the fairy on one of the highest Pagan holy days (specifically the fairies are most active and more prone to coming out of hiding on May Day, Summer Solstice, and Halloween). Things such as fairy bread (as pictured below), cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and other sweets are usually the fairies' favorite type of food. Beverages such as mead, ale, milk, and sweetcream are the fairies' favorite things to drink (traditionally and from my experience, as well).
If you find yourself leaving offering after offering and there is no stirring, it is possible that you may never find the fairy. Just give him or her some time. It is also possible that he or she is scared of a particular person or being in your home. Wait until your by yourself in your house and try talking to the fairy. Give them a simple hello, let them know you're a friend, and invite them to show themselves when they are ready.
Sweet treats might coax the fairy out of hiding.
No fairies in your house? Learn how to attract them.
Maybe you've tried to coax the fairy out of hiding, and maybe you've been talking and waiting for this fairy to show himself for years. It's most likely at this point that there is no fairy living or visiting your home. This could be for a number of reasons.
First, here are some things that fairies do not like:
- Loud, clanging windchimes or bells
- Loud, obnoxious children
- A ton of Christian/Catholic paraphernalia (crosses, Bibles, etc)
- Iron horseshoes
- Bowls of salt
- Lots of noise and commotion
- Lots of clutter
- Stale air
Try to rid your home of these types of things (as best you can), as most fairies will not come around for these particular reasons among others.
Here are some things that the fairies like and are attracted to, that you can ensure is a part of your home:
- houseplants, trees, and flowers
- shrines and altars to the old gods
- wine cellars
- people with a reverence for nature
- sweet, imaginative children
- people who believe in them
- shiny, sparkly things (i.e. jewelry, crystals, etc.)
- water (in a bowl or in a fountain)
There are more ways to attract the fay into your home and life. You can read more by clicking here.
The Best Kinds of House Fairies
As previously mentioned, just because you're dying to have some fairy activity in your home doesn't mean you need to invite in the next flow of energy that comes your way. This could be rather dangerous. You wouldn't just go up to any stranger on the street and invite them into your home that same day, would you? It's the same way with the fairies, they are just as finicky and vary from being to being as humans do. Perhaps even more-so. They are ancient, spiritual beings, you have to remember. They don't follow the same type of ethics and morals that the human race does (or so we think).
Probably the best type of fairy to invite into your home is the Scottish Brownie. The Brownie is actually known to be a house fairy, as it will occupy a deserving family's home for the entirety of the family's existence if it so chooses. The Brownie originates in Scotland, but has been said to have come to North America with the Scottish immigrants. He is short and stout like a gnome and tends to wear earth colors but it sometimes seen in red. The Brownie is the best type of fairy to have in your home as he enjoys helping with chores around the house when the family is asleep. Usually these are chores that the lady of the house could not get to during her day, and he will continue to help around the house as long as he is appreciated by the lady and her family. In some legends, Brownies are said to be friends with roosters. In fact, it is thought that the rooster's crow in the morning isn't meant to wake us up but is meant to warn the Brownie that daylight is approaching.
Sprites and pixies are other types of fairies that are commonly found around humans; however, they are not always the best type of fairy to have in your home. The reason for this is that they are generally capricious in nature, meaning they enjoy getting into trouble and sometimes playing little tricks on humans. They will be the ones to take your jewelry and hide them in random places, and they will also be the ones to hide your keys on your busiest mornings! It's best to keep the sprites and pixies invited to your garden and yard and not necessarily invited to the inside of your home.
Some fairies to watch out for (these fairies can be deceitful and downright mean): goblins/hobgoblins, trolls, ogres, kelpies, any from the Unseelie Court. These fairies are usually easy to identify, as you will get a sickening feeling in their presence. Be sure not to accidentally invite these buggars into your home.
To read more about fairies, click on any of the links below.
Written and copyright © KittytheDreamer (May Canfield), 2013. All Rights Reserved.
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Questions & Answers
Do fairies speak? If so, what language?
They have been known to speak according to folklore. I'm not sure of the language.
How do you make sure that you only invite well-natured faeries into your home?
You can make sure by doing a cleansing ritual on your house, using a smudge bundle and then blessing the house. This removes and repels any negative energies from your house.
Can I make a fairy home? Will it attract fairies?
Yes, you can make one or use a birdhouse. It will attract fairies if you give them enough space in your garden.
How do you know if a fairy is near?
If you are out in nature, you will typically hear far-away music or singing. You might see a fairy mushroom ring or feel light-headed and giddy. You can also feel the ominous presence of a territorial elemental.
Are there bad fairies?
Fairies aren't "bad" or "good." They play by their own rules, not by human standards. Some can be capricious and even dangerous, yes. Usually, this is because they are protecting their territory.
© 2013 Nicole Canfield