Faerie energy isn’t something that I initially set out to attract.
It was something of an accident and now holds up as an example on the importance of learning that lesson that’s as old as words—you must be careful what you wish for. It’s important to always speak clearly, carefully and with intention when communicating with The Fae.
Earlier this year, in transforming a small neglected patch of Earth into a creative project, elements of myself that had never before been expressed before came to the surface. I planted a garden, built a home for tiny Earth spirits and left them “theoretical” offerings, inadvertently calling out to them. I invited magic into my life, opening up my imagination and my outlook to possibilities I hadn’t really considered since I was a little girl.
And now they’re here.
Their presence is rewarding, as I feel more happy, creative and powerful than I’ve ever felt before. A person who has struggled with depression and a handful of medical issues as a result of being hypothyroid and Celiac: this is not to be taken to lightly.
(It’s important that my readers understand the following: I’m not saying that faeries have miraculously made me healthier. I’m saying that giving myself the space to believe in The Fae has made me feel more full of life.)
My relationship with faeries is a tempestuous one, though. They’re delicate, so easily offended and I can never let my guard down. I think of my interactions with them as though I’m dealing with foreign dignitaries—and in a way I am, as they are the royalty of their own realm, visitors from a culture I really know nothing about. I am learning more about how to navigate our communications everyday.
I think The Fae who visit have had minimal interactions with human beings and are intrigued by me, which is why they put up with me at all. They regard me as a peculiar curiosity, their spindly specimen.
Sometimes I swear that I can feel them observing me from outside the window, or off in a corner, deep in my peripheral vision. They’re tiny anthropologists, making note of many of the mundane, seemingly inconsequential actions that make up my typical day. I giggle when I think about what it all must look like to them and how they process what it means.
When I share a joke with my husband. “Making” and then drinking coffee from ceramic mugs. Putting shoes on. Keeping cats as pets. The fact that I always carry around and stare at this rectangular shaped brick that lights up when I poke at it with my fingers.
There are many strange objects in our world and we own so many of these things. Silverware, dishes, clothing, lighting, toiletries, books.
And then there’s all of the noisy inventions that we use—Cars, computers, vacuum cleaners, Bluetooth speakers, TVs, video games, hand mixers, microwaves, washing machines.
Through their eyes, they probably see being human requires owning and using a lot of different kinds of tools. It all must seem so silly.
See, in folklore and storybooks, faeries have often been depicted as these primitive little creatures because they live simply. They are of nature and the Earth gives them everything they need. They can make their homes and clothing (do faeries wear clothing? I feel like they could wander around naked?) of twigs and leaves. They have magic. They use their magic to create light, make meals, accomplish tedious and important tasks in a snap. Thus, they don’t need all of our complicated clutter and capitalism.
Still, I don’t think The Fae would come to visit if they didn’t want to. Whether they come to observe us (for the sake of entertainment?), to mess with us or sometimes to even help us.
While it’s known that faeries respond well to sweet treats, like milk and honey, pieces of bread with sprinkles or orange slices—and they like sweet smelling and brightly colored flowers-- they also are interested in all of the strange artifacts from our world.
My own brand of slightly off-color offerings seem to go over well with The Fae. If you want to invite them into your life, I recommend creating a faerie garden outside near where you live. Planting some flowers, make or buy some teensy furniture and leave a few simple little treasures from the human world.
The good news? The kind of treasures I’m talking about are inexpensive and easy to find. I like to hit craft stores, garage sales, antique stores and flea markets to find unique, tiny items that I think they will like.
These are the kinds of offerings I have left for the faeries in my own garden.
(Please be conscious of the Earth when leaving offerings in nature or public parks.)
-Small children’s toys (The kind that come from gumball machines.)
-Dollhouse miniatures (Tiny tea sets, playing cards, books, etc.)
-Vintage Barbie accessories
-Trinkets and charms
-Beads from broken jewelry
-Ocean finds: Shiny stones, sea shells and seaglass
-Tiny glass bottles filled with glitter (You can find both at Michael's or your local craft store.)
-Game pieces from old board games
-Kawaii Cabochons (Try Amazon, Etsy or Joann Fabrics)
-Plastic jewels (Michael's or Joann Fabrics)
-Coins, the more unique and old the better (Also consider arcade/bus tokens and foreign coins)
-Sequins or confetti
-Ribbon and spools of thread
For inspiration, I recommend paging through the "I Spy" books. (Remember those?)