Jennifer has been a practicing Witch and Priestess of the Goddess for over 20 years.
Getting to Know the Fair Folk
Not all Faeries are sweet and kind—there is often a mischievous, trickster element among them. The more you know about Faerie and the diverse types of beings there, the more successful you will be in working with them. If they choose to befriend you, the energy they lend your magick is quite an extraordinary blessing!
Faeries and nature are intimately connected. They are a part of nature. Every single action and aspect of nature has a corresponding Faerie attached to it. The main task of most Faeries is to encourage, support, guard and protect nature in all Her glory and wonder.
There are Faeries for each season, each Element, and every type of weather. Each flower, herb, tree, plant, cave, rock, crystal, stone, river, lake, stream, waterfall, and sacred place has a Faery or Faeries connected to it. Most winged creatures and animals have a Faery attached to them as well.
Faeries are always just under the surface in all aspects of the natural world. The more you honor and surround yourself with nature, the more the Faeries will be around as well.
What's in a Name?
- The word Faerie or Faery refers to both the Realm/Land of the Fae, where Faeries and other Magickal creatures come from; as well as the Faeries themselves.
- The words Fae and Fey refer to creatures of Faerie and can be used interchangeably along with Faery or Faerie.
- Fairy and Fairies tend to refer to the Victorian style of diminutive winged Fairy.
- The archaic Faerie or Faery tends to refer to the wilder, sometimes darker and more dangerous type of Faery.
- There are also household Faeries and Faeries who are connected to a specific family, tribe, or clan. These are often referred to as Brownies.
- Other older terms for the Fae include: the Wee Folk, the Wee Ones, the Good Folk, and the Fair Folk.
A wonderful way to begin connecting with the Fae is through Faerie offerings. These are given in love and blessing, not to request something in return.
Given their connection to nature, one of the best ways to honor the Faeries is to honor, love, respect, & protect nature.
Other Faerie offerings include:
- Cream or Milk, Honey, Alcohol (such as Whiskey or Mead)
- Tobacco, Herbal Offerings, Flowers, Sweet or Floral Incense, Feathers
- Ribbons, Shells, Holy Stones, Crystals
- Laughter (especially children’s), Music, Dance
- Sweet Treats, Sparkly Treasures and Trinkets
- Miniature Clothes especially Hats, Small Twigs so they have wood for their fires, build them a Faery House, and many more…
There are times when you may not wish to leave Faerie offerings. Faeries that are charged with a specific task such as household Faeries, and those who help craftspeople as in the story of the Shoemaker and the Elves, will often view offerings as payment for a job well done and promptly leave the area once the offerings have been received.
Some Faerie Flowers, Herbs, Plants & Trees
The Realm of the Fae and our own physical realm on Earth overlap and exist together. The Faery dimension simply operates at a different vibration than our own therefore we usually cannot see it with our physical eyes.
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There was a time however when our two worlds co-mingled and interacted regularly. However, since Faeries are truly wild, they are usually only found in truly wild places and as man cultivated more and more of these wild places, the realm of the Fae began to recede from our own.
The most common ways to enter Faerie are:
- Through a hole at the base of a tree, especially an Oak, Ash, or Hawthorn
- At the mouth of or inside a cave or old rock formation.
- Through a Faerie ring such as a ring of mushrooms.
- Mirrors and dreams can be entrances to Faerie.
- You can also enter Faerie by going into a trance like state.
Some Cautions About Entering Faerie Rings
Time operates differently in Faerie and some who get caught in a Faerie ring may find that while it seemed they were only gone for minutes, when they return, they find years, even decades or more passed while they were with the Fae. And all of their loved ones and friends are no longer around.
Faeries can also cause you to get lost, or play tricks on you. This is most common when someone who is disrespectful, greedy, or rude enters their domain.
Another danger of Faerie rings is that the Faeries can dance you do death. They can have you run ‘round and ‘round and ‘round - endlessly ‘round the Faerie ring until you are exhausted and spent. So do beware before entering their Realm.
Though not fool proof, one way to avoid or mitigate danger when crossing through a Faery ring, is to leave an offering, a flower, crystal, stone etc.
How to See a Faery
These days true Faery sightings are extremely rare. More often they will appear out of the corner of you eye, just a glimpse for just a fraction of a moment. Or you might sense their presence. This can be with your inner sense, or you might hear music playing or laughter but be able to find its source in the physical, or you might smell sweetness or flowers on the air, again with no discernable source. These are often Faerie encounters.
Wild places are still the best place for a Faery encounter. As are all ‘in between’ times, such as dusk, dawn, and midnight. There are certain power days in which the veil between the worlds is thinner and Faerie sightings are more likely, these are Beltaine, Litha (Midsummer), and Samhain. It is said that the Fae still hold processions on these nights. And it is thought that if you wash your eyes with fresh dew at dawn on any of those days you are sure to see the Fey.
There are also certain trees in which Faeries are more likely to be found, these are Oak, Ash, and Thorn (Hawthorn), the older the tree and the wilder the location, the more likely this is.
What About You?
9 Herbs Faerie Ointment (Salve)
- 1 part mugwort
- 1 part wormwood
- 1 part damiana
- 1 part rose petals
- 1 part chamomile flowers
- 1 part lavender buds
- 1 part bay leaf
- 1 part clary sage
- 1 part eyebright
- Base or carrier oil such as sweet almond, olive, grapeseed or jojoba oil
- Organic unbleached beeswax
- Glass jar or tin to store your finished salve
- Double boiler
- Optional: Candy thermometer; vitamin E oil, essential oils, magickal decorations for your container
Notes on Ingredients
- Use dried herbs rather than fresh for this ointment. If you have access to the fresh herbs, simply harvest them on a magickally charged day such as a Full or Dark Moon or a Sabbat and then use them in this blend once they have dried. It’s best to use organic ingredients whenever possible.
- If you don’t have the herbs on hand you may substitute any of the above with its essential oil. 1-2 tsp dried herbs = 1 drop essential oil.
- How much beeswax you use depends on how large of a batch of ointment you choose to make and how solid you want it to be. About 5 parts infused oil to 1 part beeswax is a good place to start.
- The container you use can be a small glass jar or a cosmetic tin. If you plan on repurposing a jar or tin for this salve be sure to clean and sterilize it thoroughly and make sure it is absolutely bone dry before pouring your salve into it. You may wish to embellish it with stickers, magickal symbols, etc.
You will need to begin by creating an herb-infused oil. You may wish to make the infused oil in advance as it can take some time to make. This can be done a variety of ways. I will be describing the double boiler method here; however you can use any method you like.
- Place the herbs in the double boiler and cover with your carrier oil. You will need enough oil to completely saturate your herbs, leaving at least 1-2 inches of oil above the herbs. 1 cup oil to ½ cup dried herbs is a useful guide to start from but you may need to add more or less in order to cover your herbs.
- Some people like to add Vitamin E oil as a preservative and for its soothing properties. If you choose to add vitamin E oil a good guideline is to use 500 IUs of vitamin E oil for every 8 oz. of carrier oil
- Gently heat the herbs and oil over low heat for 1-5 hours or until the oil takes on the fragrance and color of the herbs. If using a thermometer try to keep the temperature between 100° and 140° F.
- As you stir the herbs and oil say an enchantment over them, inviting the Faeries to lend their magick and blessings as well. It can be spontaneous words spoken from the heart, or a simple charm such as the Faery Sight Enchantment below.
- When the oil has reached the desired color and fragrance, turn off heat and allow to cool.
- Once cool strain using cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve.
- Return the strained oil to your double boiler.
- Turn burner back on to a low heat and begin adding beeswax you can start with about ¼ cup beeswax per cup of infused oil.
- You may wish to add the beeswax in small amounts and test the solidity of your salve as you go. To test how solid your salve is becoming, put a drop of the melted salve on a dish or piece of wax paper. Allow to cool completely. Test with your fingers to see how solid or loose it is. Place in fridge if you want to speed up the cooling process. Stop adding beeswax once you have reached your desired consistency.
- Remove from heat. If you plan on adding essential oils, this is the time to do it. Stir the essential oils in thoroughly.
- Pour into your container(s) allow to cool. Once the salve is in its container(s) you may wish to place your hands over the salve and ask the Faeries to bless your creation. Always speak from the heart when addressing the Fae.
- Once it has cooled completely, put the lid on, and label with the date, moon phase, and any other astrological or magickal information you wish to include. You may wish to decorate your container with Faerie embellishment. Get creative and make it your own.
- Store in a cool dark place where it won’t melt and re-solidify repeatedly. I keep mine in the fridge. When stored properly, salves can last 1-3 years or more.
How to Use Your Faerie Ointment
In ritual space, and while opening yourself up to the presence of the Fae, anoint your pulse points such as temples, wrists, backs of knees, and tops of feet with the salve. You can anoint your chakras instead or as well. Or you can simply anoint your third eye and leave it at that. Do what feels comfortable to you in the moment. Use in rituals or spell work to see and commune with the Fae. If you prefer to use this blend as an anointing oil for candles or ritual simply leave out the beeswax steps.
For external use only!
I’d love to hear some of your experiences with Faeries. Comment below with any encounters you’ve had. What are some of your favorite Faery offerings? Have any of you ever seen a Faery or entered Faerie? What was your experience like? What would you recommend to others?
References and Resources
Enchantment of the Faerie Realm: Communicate with Nature Spirits & Elementals by Ted Andrews
The Ancient Art of Faery Magick by D.J. Conway
The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by W.Y. Evans-Wentz
Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family by Rosemary Gladstar
A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk: Reclaiming Our Working Relationship with Invisible Helpers by Edain McCoy
Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry by W B Yeats
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2019 Jennifer Jorgenson
Rosie on May 31, 2020:
Thank you so much for this article! I want to honor the Fae and potential work with them, and this was SO informative for me!
Fayleen on March 12, 2020:
The photographer s name is John Hyatt and the faeres in his photos are identical to the ones I seen except the ones I seen were all black. I'm glad for Jennifer s feedback that it sounded like a faery Beltane sighting because if someone wanted to debunk it as bugs then they would need to question what bugs suddenly rise into the air in unison. In my experience none. The John Hyatt photos are in an exemplore article in the magick category if anyone would like to view the comparison, luv fay:-)
Fayleen on March 12, 2020:
Hi Jennifer, as it's not far to Beltane again I hope to get another sighting like I did last year. When I seen the little beings last year one minute I was eating a picnic in a field and the next lots of little creatures rose from the ground and flew into the air. I'm short sighted but I'm sure there was arms and legs and wings as they flew. There colour was all black and on first impressions I thought it's flying bugs but the way they all flew together in a cluster and rose up to the sky tells me it was a faery sighting. I have seen photography of faery beings and I will post up the photographer s name as I need to look it up. The faery sighting I had was the same except that the ones I seen were all black. I have had the flickers as well like something moving quickly I the corner of my vision and I once seen a bright white twinkle light under a bed. It's near Beltane so I hope to get another sighting this year.:-)
Jennifer Jorgenson (author) on June 20, 2019:
Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with the Fae! I love that your husband is connecting with nature in such a beautiful way! Thank you for sharing!
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 19, 2019:
Lovely article. Jennifer. The fairy have always fascinated me. I've probably had encounters, as have others, that I don't know about, but I remember one very well. My spiritual mentor lived on some rural acreage, and we had ceremonies at her home. Late one evening, she pointed to a heavily weeded area under some trees and said she had discovered a fairy ring there. Old curious me, I had to investigate. As I approached the alleged fairy ring, I was assailed by a large fleet of flying insects. Fortunately they weren't mosquitoes or bees, but I left anyway. My mentor laughed at me and said the fairies had sent the bugs to warn me away. My presence wasn't welcome.
Our house borders a woods on a steep hill, and I've made it known to the fairies that they are welcome here. However, my husband can be disruptive, so I don't know if we have any or not. He's learning to communicate with plants and be more sensitive to nature though, so maybe they will feel welcome.
Jennifer Jorgenson (author) on May 12, 2019:
Indeed they are!
Fayleen on May 12, 2019:
The little light twinkly lights are aroynd to
Jennifer Jorgenson (author) on May 08, 2019:
That sounds like a truly enchanted Beltaine! The veil has been really thin this year - very active. Beltaine is such an auspicious time to see Faeries too. I saw my first faerie at Beltaine many many many moons ago. Thank you for sharing your experience!
Fayleen on May 07, 2019:
Hi jenniefer, very readable & enjoyable article. I think i had a fairy sighting this beltane. I went for a walk in the woods, lit a campfire. Then walked on to a field and had a picnic & a smoke. Then noticed black things flying around in the air. They looked unusual and as i focused on one it had a fairy shape. :-)
Jennifer Jorgenson (author) on May 06, 2019:
Yes! Just about every culture in the world has myths and lore about the fey. The indigenous people of Australia referred to them as the "Mimi". The Mimi are describe as being very long and thin, so thin they could break in a strong wind so they tend to dwell in rocks and crevices.
Thank you for this question. I had been debating as to whether or not I should include lore about the fae from all over the world. Your question has inspired me to consider adding that. Thanks again!
Emma Houghton from Somewhere on May 06, 2019:
Do the fey live in Australia?