How to Invite Fairies Into Your Garden, Yard, Home, and Life
The Sidhe Magick Almost Forgotten...
The Faery Magick of old has been almost totally forgotten. The Sidhe have moved underground and into caves and hills in the earth...taking up residence in a place where human beings do not trample over their homes or beloved sacred grounds...or unknowingly and clumsily diminish the ancient magick that the fey possess. Back when Europe was still occupied mainly by people of the earth, people who used the earth's energy in their everyday lives, people who appreciated and feared the earth's power, the fey were thought of as the "Sidhe" and they were beings who lived alongside the people of old.
Pixies rode on the backs of the air, dryads made their humble abodes out of the trees, and brownies chose a worthy family in which to aid in their daily duties. This was the way of things...and a way which had been followed for nearly a thousand years...if not longer. But then something terrible happened. As the ancient lands and earth-worshiping people began to be overtaken by other religions and powers, the Sidhe were pushed out of this world...they retreated to the hills and the caves. Mother Earth's children converted to the land's new religion and almost completely forgot about the Sidhe's benevolent powers, as the new religion turned them against anything outside of this new way of life. Any belief left-over in the fey seemed all but positive...the wavering image of the magickal fey slowly depleted into mere ghosts or vampires...at least that is one theory.
Many people believe that the Sidhe left our realm altogether...and the glimpses that we have the rare privilege to catch are simply fleeting peeks into their reality, which is located within a different plane of existence, altogether. Still, there are many people in the world today who believe that the Sidhe and other magickal beings can be called forth into our realm to aid in protection, prosperity and other basic human needs. But how do we invite a faery of old into our gardens or homes? Is there a particular way to send an invitation to the faery realm? Are there certain faeries that are aids for certain places or needs?
What are the Appropriate Types of Fey to Invite?
Not every type of faery will be willing or even safe to invite into your home or garden...so take heed as to which type you are beckoning forth. Just as there were good and benevolent Sidhe in the days of old, there was also the opposite...the yang to the yin, so to speak, of the faery folk. Some Celtic folk knew this group of fey as the Unseelie Court, which included many various types of faery from bogles to buttery sprites...hobgoblins to Beansidhe...spriggans to trolls. Some of these types represented death, such as the Beansidhe...hence the old legend of the "beansidhe's wailing", while others were purely selfish and vengeful. In addition to these feared fey, there were those who enjoyed eating humans, such as trolls...which is strongly illustrated in this poem by JRR Tolkien:
Troll Sat Alone on His Seat of Stone
Said Tom: 'I don't see why the likes o' thee
Without axin' leave should go makin' free
With the shank or the shin o' my father's kin;
So hand the old bone over!
Though dead he be, it belongs to he;
So hand the old bone over!'
'For a couple o' pins,' says Troll, and grins,
'I'll eat thee too, and gnaw thy shins.
A bit o' fresh meat will go down sweet!
I'll try my teeth on thee now.
Hee now! See now!
I'm tired o' gnawing old bones and skins;
I've a mind to dine on thee now.'
But just as he thought his dinner was caught,
He found his hands had hold of naught.
Before he could mind, Tom slipped behind
And gave him the boot to larn him.
Warn him! Darn him!
A bump o' the boot on the seat, Tom thought,
Would be the way to larn him.
But harder than stone is the flesh and bone
Of a troll that sits in the hills alone.
As well set your boot to the mountain's root,
For the seat of a troll don't feel it.
Peel it! Heal it!
Old Troll laughed, when he heard Tom groan,
And he knew his toes could feel it.
After being educated that there are malevolent types of fey that can be called forth from the depths of the faery realm, how do we know who are the good fey that will be protective and beneficial to our homes and families? Do your research on the fey. Check out Edain McCoy's book, A Witch's Guide to Faery Folk. This book has been a faery bible to me, for lack of a better description. A dictionary of faeries is included in the pages and gives an in-depth look at each type of faery...from Europe to Malaysian faeries and more! Being as there is so many types of faeries that have powers for different magic, here are just a few that you may want to research and eventually invite into your home or garden:
- actually considered fire elementals and Guardians of the South
- land of origin is speculated to be the Middle East but have been seen in ceremonial magick in China
- known to be active all year long and resemble earthly amphibians but pack a more powerful magickal punch
- invite them by calling the four directions or guardians of the watchtowers
- because they are so powerful, they are recommended to be used during spiritual workings and then asked to leave after the workings have been completed
- wonderful Irish faeries to invite to reside in and watch over a pond or fountain within your garden or yard.
- usually quite empathetic to human needs but can be shapeshifters if the envious kind.
- make sure the well spirits do not try to embrace you, as it is said that they will drag you into the water with them to keep you there forever; however, simple protective measures can be taken to ensure danger is eliminated
- tree-dwelling spirits known throughout many cultures all over the world
- druids took their name from the dryads, who supposedly instilled their knowledge of the earth and nature's powers to the Celtic spiritually worthy
- are active all year but can be seen/contacted specifically during full moons...they usually come out to play in the full moon's beams
- they are said to live amongst the highest tree branches and look out for the trees' wellbeing
- invite them into your yard and garden to look after your beloved trees
- asking them for musical ability or spiritual knowledge can sometimes work out...as long as you give something of yourself in return for their wisdom
- if you're looking for the perfectly tiny faery to flit about your garden, protect your garden's flowers and keep the garden fruitful, the pixie might be the faery for you
- they are originally from Scotland and are known to be especially active in the Spring (hence their love of pretty flowers)
- in order to befriend them and invite them into your garden, you may want to try some energy work first...along with libations or offerings
- you are tired and overwhelmed with housework...maybe you could use the wonderfully relieving help of a brownie
- a brownie is a small dwarf faery who is known throughout Scotland, Canada and the US to be the nicest faery one could come across
- they are active mainly at night so as not to step on the toes of the lady of the house
- you can invite them to come into your home by laying out libations (food) for them but you must know that they are picky as to which family they choose to aid...you must be of the savory kind of person who cares for humanity and nature and still believe in the tales and magick of old
- not only do they aid in household chores, they also watch over the children and animals and can lend energy to prosperity needs of the household
Libations or Offerings...Why Must We Do This?
From Edain McCoy's Guide to the Faery Folk, "Most faeries hate profuse displays of thanks from humans whom they have helped. It is best not to utter thanks at all, but to leave out extra portions of milk, butter, or bread for them by way of showing your appreciation. These offerings are called libations..."
The custom of leaving libations for the faery folk is one dating back centuries. Milk farmers in Ireland would leave out a libation after every milking, in order to keep the faeries appeased and prevent them from over-taking the livestock. Libations of mead or bowls of barley were also common offerings left out for the fey. From www.thefaerycrossing.com, the author mentions maybe leaving some of your dinner plates out in order for the fey to lick them clean!
Faeries are finicky folk and mostly do not like to be pleaded with or openly thanked, so leave out libations before calling to them and even after they have taken residence or visitation rights in your yard or home. You want to keep the wee folk happy...or they will sometimes turn on you, as shown in many tales of old Europe.
Keep in mind that the little folks are picky as to where they live. Mostly the only places they visit on our plane are the deep woods and unspoiled streams of water. Think about this concept if you are planning on inviting or beckoning a faery into your yard or garden...if you have a gardener or someone who cuts your yard, you may want to take over this duty yourself so as to prevent from too many people or strangers invading the space where your faery friend will be visiting or residing. Many faeries love water so add a small fountain or even a little koi pond with a waterfall if it is in the budget. This is especially effective and necessary if the desire is there to invite a water or well spirit.
If you happen to have a stump of an old tree in your yard or garden, offer libations here particularly because the fey do not like seeing destruction of nature by the hands of man. You could also arrange a circle of stones within your garden...circles are a favorite hang-out spot for the wee folk and have been noted in old text for centuries. If you happen to live on a farm and have a horse, you are in even better luck because the wee folk have been known throughout history to have an innate love for horses.
If you are trying to attract the assistance or a brownie or home faery, libations are necessary but you will also want to make sure no bells are around or anything with a sharp noise...this tends to scare the house spirits away. Ensure that there are no mirrors in your kitchen, too.
One more tip: never call a faery "faery"...it is said that they prefer to not be addressed but if they are addressed refer to them as "wise ones" or "old folk". If you think about it, they are similar to humans in this way...you don't want someone calling you by the wrong name, right?
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Update: Do Faeries Like Orchids?
Not more than five minutes after I published this hub yesterday, I was lounging on my husband's lusciously-soft recliner when I pondered to myself, "I wonder if faeries like orchids?" I gazed over through the opening into my kitchen and onto the counter, where my new pot of orchids were sitting happily, in all of their past-Mother's Day glory. Immediately following this fleeting thought, I heard a strange and unfamiliar noise...scratch...scratch...scratch scratch scratch!!!
I was startled and thought that it sounded like a mouse...then I heard the scratching noise again and remembered that my cat's scratching post was right in the next room and it sounded similar to his scratching. "That must be the cat..." So I went about my daily writing schedule. Two minutes later, I heard it again...that strange scratching noise...this time it sounded as if a little mouse was running in my cabinet. "It's just the cat..." And then I looked over to the sofa next to me and realized that my cat was lying on the top of the cushions...with his ears perked up and his nose pointed in the direction of the mouse sound! I figured I'd go check out this noise...if it was a mouse in the cabinet, I'd be sure to find it because there is no way to get in this island cabinet except through the doors...which were shut tight at this point.
I walked into the kitchen and opened the cabinet where the noise was undulating from...I inspected the entire contents of the cabinet and found no mouse...no signs of a mouse...and no holes for a mouse to enter the cabinet! After opening the cabinet it should be noted that the sound died away. I was struck with another creative yet fitting thought...it was a faery! I ended up telling my husband what had happened, swearing to him that I had unknowingly yet subconsciously invited a faery into our home...and yes, he thought I was a nut! Oh well...maybe my tiny new friend will start helping me with my chores? Probably wishful thinking...
Written and copyright © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2012. All Rights Reserved.
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