- Judy Allen, Fantasy Encyclopedia
Fairies are often viewed as mythical beings of Pagan myths and Celtic folklore. They are the topic of many stories and superstitions, connected with nature, mischief, good luck and wishes. Revered John O’Hanlon wrote an article titled ‘Fairy Beliefs – Irish Folklore’ in which he discussed the beliefs surrounding fairies in the stories that have been based down from generation to generation in Ireland. He described fairies as “generally thought by the peasantry to partake of a mixed human and spiritual nature.”
Fairies are also known as Spirits of Nature. They are closely tied to the natural environment, preferring forested areas and gardens to call home. Their magic is drawn directly from the elements over which they possess a great degree of control.
Fairies exist among us, especially within nature, however, we are not usually able to see them. It is said that they once walked openly among us as physical beings. There came a time when they cut off their interaction with humans due to the way that they were being treated and the lies that were being spread in regard to their intentions in the world. They retreated to a life of secrecy observing the human population. They come out individually only to those that they deem to be trustworthy.
Step One: Leverage the Attraction of Flowers
Highly connected with nature, fairies are drawn to the peace and beauty. Among the most beautiful sites of nature is that of flowers, an element that they hold dear. While any plant or flower will help to attract fairies to you, there are some that they prefer more than others. These include:
Step Two: Create an Altar with Water
One of the very elements that fairies possess control over, the presence of water is known for its ability to attract fairies. They are often found along the shores of seas, lakes, and rivers, drawn to the sounds and scents that identify any body of water. You can recreate this within your home in order to invite water loving fairies in.
Take a shallow bowl and fill it with fresh water. Place it upon your altar and surround it with pictures or statuettes of Fairies creating a recognizable and inviting atmosphere. In order to ensure that the altar continues to remain fresh and inviting be sure to change the water daily. Use the previous day’s water to care for your houseplants, or those around your home putting out a fresh bowl.
Step Three: Offer a Gift of Honey
Often used in spells, recipes, and potions, honey is known as a natural magnet for fairies. Much in the same way that you used water, you can offer a gift of honey in order to attract fairies to your home. Take a small amount of honey placing it into a nice container or dish and place it in the open.
While offering this gift to the fairies, take the time to reach out and communicate with them. Offer some kind words welcoming them into your home and expressing your love and respect for them. Make it known that you believe in them and their purpose in the world, and you value their role as keepers of nature. Ask them for the hope and healing that you seek from them and offer your heart in friendship.
If you do not have honey on hand you can also offer honey cakes, honeyed milk, plain milk and sweet butter as an alternative.
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