SO . . . WHAT ARE FAERIES?
It has long been argued that faeries are simply angels or the spirits of dead people or the fallen angels that a god cast from heaven. In my experience, faeries are astral beings from another plane of existance yet unknown to human beings. This plane of existance is often referred to as Otherworld or Dreamscape. In fact, some people claim they are actually the offspring of creatures from these worlds. In the end, no matter what you believe faeries are there, lurking in the shadows, snickering, waiting, watching.
Believe me, I was once a magick skeptic. I didn’t believe in magick. I even once said it was only an explaination for what can’t be explained. But after a while . . . I started to feel like religion was only an explaination for what can’t be explained and that magick was more real, more honest, and more openminded than any religion I’ve ever studied.
So when I found out about faery magick and that, yes, something out there exists I couldn’t wait to get started. One thing to remember is the more you’re interested in faeries the more they will be interested in you. I started reading everything about faeries I could get my hands on, and the more I delved into their world, their pecularities, their customs, the more they delved into mine.
Sources can be the most important tool you ever use when studying magick. So if you can, get to the library and check these books out and if you can’t, there are some really great websites that offer information on the Fae. I’ll leave some links at the end.
A Field Guide to the Little People by Nancy Arrowsmith & George Moore
This is the weridest faery book I’ve ever read. And it’s awesome. I never knew there were so many different kinds of faeries the world wide and the illustrations are amazing. The Callicanzaroi, for instance, rides a roaster and has hooves. It’s supposed to be the mythological cousin of the centaur. This faery kind of reminds me of Hans My Hedgehog, a farmer’s son who was born a hedgehog as a result of faery mischief and rode a roaster. This book, however, isn’t serious about the faery craft and is only good for a bit of light entertainment. Nothing more.
Working with Fairies by Anna Franklin
I love this book for its faery potions and spells. Most books will only tell you the basics such as what mannerisms to use when addressing the Fae, how to invite them into your home, how to protect yourself from them, how to distinguish them. But this book goes one step further and gives you spells and potions not only to attract the Fae but to see them.
A Witch’s Guide to the Faery Folk by Edwin McCoy
You couldn’t ask for a better encyclopedia on faeries. But not only does this book list practically every faery known to man, it tells you how to create faeries. Yes, create. But I’d like to say the creatures you learn to create aren’t genuine faeries – more like imitations of the real thing. These astral creations must be reenergized regularly and are essentially guardians of your home, your car, your back yard – whatever you want. I had an astral dragon for a while named G’mork after the wolf in The Neverending Story. He did his job.
Faeriecraft by Alicen & Neil Geddes-Ward
I have always felt that this book was a little advanced. But it’s full of good information on the faery kings and queens. It tells you how to meet them, request their help, and even become their friend.
Jesa Macbeth and Brian Froud’s Faerie’s Oracle
This is the best book on contacting the Fae you will ever buy and when you buy it, make sure it comes with the cards. The text is written by Jesa Macbeth while the illustrations and paintings on the cards are done by the masterful hand of Brian Froud. I’ve used different tarot decks and different ways to contact the Fae, but I’ve never been more successful than when I use these cards. The Fae on the cards really speak to you and give you advice, and when you later look at the book you’ll find that their advice often coincides with their descriptions. I, a tarot newbee, was successful with these cards on my very first reading!
Whatever I tell you here is based upon my experience with the Fae so you might, therefore, perceive some of the things I say here as wrong. But faeries are so widely ranged and so diverse that claiming one rule applies to all would be foolishness. That’s like saying all human beings like pizza when a vast number of us do not. Some faeries are afraid of iron and some are not. Some faeries like to be thanked because they like to help and some faeries hate to be thanked. You just have to find the quirks by getting to know whatever faery you come in contact with.
One thing I can say for certain from my own experience is that it’s hard to contact the Fae and speak to them if your mind isn’t relaxed. Meditation is always key. Or atleast being calm and relaxed. Because the faeries I’ve often come in contact with are astral beings and it’s hard for them to come in contact with us through their world if we’re focused on last night’s Taco Bell.
Another faery quirk is the guiltless mischeif some of these astral beings will indulge themselves in. I learned this lesson the hard way.
I was so excited when I first started studying faery magick that I couldn’t wait to invite some faeries to be my friends. I sat on my bed and meditated, having left an offering for the Fae outside beneath a tree. I focused on inviting faeries to come and speak with me. After a long moment, two faeries came into my mind. They were sylphs, astral beings of air. And they were twins. For the sake of their privacy, I will not reveal their names. But they seemed interested in me and I got the feeling they were trying to decipher me. At last, I invited them into my dreams – only to suffer the worst nightmare I’ve ever known. The nightmare ended abruptly when the kinder female twin forced her brother to stop, and it was later revealed to me that he’d inflicted the nightmare on me because I’d revealed his name while his sister would not care less that I’d told people about her. So you see? Each faery has their own quirk. And sometimes . . . you find out the hard way.
Just remember to protect yourself from mischievous faeries. Like people, some are nice and some aren’t so nice. As for the female twin sylph, she was very kind. As a gift for the offering I left her and her brother, she left me a black stone wing. I was truly amazed. You see, no one ever went near the tree in my backyard but myself and no one knew about my experiments in faery magick, so it wasn’t a prank. In place of the offering I’d left safely nestled and hidden in the roots of a tree was a black stone wing. Always keep faery gifts. You may never know what use they can be.
ATTRACTING THE FAE
Attracting the Fae can be pretty simple. If you want them in your magick circle do little things like walking the circle five times (faeries are supposed to like the number five) or even invite them to join you directly by dancing around the magick circle or calling them with the four corners. Burn jasmine or rose incense, as faeries are attracted by the smell. Plant roses in your garden. Get a dog or a cat, for they’re supposed to like small animals too. Leave offerings of milk, cheese, honey, or sweets. I’ve found leaving offerings particularily effective. And drink thyme tea to see them.
Books will tell you to put iron under your bed or do a faery banishing spell. But if you’re lucky like me, you’ve got a faery stone. A faery stone is simply a stone with a hole worn in it through the steady lapping of water over time. Faery stones are extremely hard to find and are said to be gifts from the Fae. If you have one, you can use it to protect yourself from faeries. Tape or nail it over your headboard or make a necklace of it or (if you’re really careful) carry it in your pocket.
Cool Faery Links:
World of Froud
Jesa MacBeth’s Faery Wisdom