I'm sure some of you have already come across the wonderful realms and adventures of fairies and fairytales when you were younger? If you are of european descent surely your grandmother told you about the sweet fairies who guarded the flowers. And who could grant you a wish?
Well I will mention this that sweet gentle fairies with wings is romantic image the victorian era made an appeal for. Around the same time, more and more countries became concious of their wandering folktales, myths, lore and mystical beings. A few bright men such as The Brothers Grimm (From Germany) and Asbjørnsen and Moe (From Norway) gathered these tales into printed books. However wonderful and different this was for children and adults of the day, these tales not only held moral lessons, but also how one might be able to help your own self growth spiritually.
In older times this role had been significant for Cunning Men and Hedge Witches, Faerie Doctors or the cunning folk as a gathered term some places on the British Isle's
- Hedges signified the outskirts or forest boundary
from a city or most commonly a village.
- They were called Cunning Folk because they knew the forest and outsides of the village.
- Well versed and trained in herbal remedies, ointments,salves, potions and tinctures.
- These various cures were for both humans and animals alike.
- Well known for their connection to the lands.
- Old kings and Queens usually had a Cunning man or Cunning woman by their side (also known as seers)
- Nature Spirits, Unseelie and Seelie, general faeries. - Was apart of the guardians these Cunning Folk had to appease
Various Types of Fae:
Tuatha De Annan; So called Giants who invaded Ireland once upon a time. They eventually gained a godly status and soon took up various roles for their descendants.
Leperchaun: Similar to dwarves and gnomes but more inbetween size wise. These are said to have a pot of gold near the rainbow
Kelpie: A shapeshifting kind of fae who lures unaware travelers into the depths of their deep waters.
Dwarves: Known as the Elementals of Earth in modern times, in fantasy novels and lore they are well known for their skills in crafting great swords, jewelry, keeping treasures. And that they live in caves or in mounds
Sidhe: A Gathered term for "The Little Folk" "People of the Mound"
Fire Elemental: Well known Salamanders are considered fire elementals. This ties its roots to the earlier forms of Alchemy. Though I have come across small fairies with flame like dresses dancing in the flames of candles.
Water Elemental: Nymphs (water nymphs), Sirens (Greek), Mermaids (English and French origins) Margygre (Norse version of a mermaid and siren though awfully ugly), Water fairies These are Water Elemental's due to their mythical associations with water, such as wells, springs,ponds,lakes and rivers.
Air Elemental: Sylphs are also associations with forms of Alchemy,Vila/Veela, Wind fairies. These elemental's love to rustle your hair into a mess. They can make your umbrella go foom!
Mind you this is just a rough list of some of the fae you may come across in your practice and spells.
Now there are certain kinds of fae who may follow families or buying old houses in some countries. That entitles themselves to watch over said families. All they may require is a small offering of honey and milk or rice porridge in Scandinavia.
Some names for these house fae are: Brownies , Hus Nisse , Nisse, Tomte, Wayward Spirits (Slavic lore), Banshee (known to be spirits who warn their families of misfortune)
Where can you find Fairies?
- Houses (dark corners, or attics)
- Mushroom rings (Witch circle, Faerie ring)
- Tree roots
- Under Bridges
How do I attract Fairies ?
To Start off you can plant a special plant in your garden. (Or purchase one plant you think a faerie might like) Place this plant somewhere you think it might enjoy being, make a separate corner or patch in your garden (shelf or window sill if you bought a plant)
if you want to attract Scandinavian fairies you can offer them Rice Porridge, Porridge, ale or beer to drink they also like fruit.
if you want to attract Celtic fairies you can offer them: Milk, Honey, Fairy cakes (There are recipes for these in the books I will have at the bottom)
Contacting The Fae:
Ok you have followed me this far have you? Good, now before I give you my very simple method on how to contact these wonderful fairies. Every book will have their own version of Path working to contact them (Path working is another word for Guided Meditation) I am going to merely write down a few simple tasks that may or may not work.
Method One: Air Fairies:
Stand outside where wind is accessible. Then mumble to yourself or say it out loud if you wish.
Fairies of Air will you grant me understanding of your whispered tales? I ask if you wish to grant me this humble honour if so tell me so when you rustle my hair..
Method Two: Fire Fairies
Light a Candle preferably red or orange. Watch the flame for awhile and breathe slowly. Then ask; Fairies of Passionate Fire will you show yourselves for me? If you see a figure inside the flame, then you might have a fire fairy visiting.
Now I only show you two methods because I want you dear reader to make your own way for these workings. Best of Luck
Recommended books :
Working With Fairies: Magick,Spells,Potions & Recipes to Attract & See Them
Faery Craft: Weaving Connections with the Enchanted Realm
Of course you are free to look in your own library about local fairies as well.
Enjoy and bye for now.