I’m all for fantasy stories where supernatural characters protect their human friends, but does anyone else want some stories where the humans are the ones who are looking after their supernatural friends?
A human girl exchanging her silver engagement ring for a cheaper one after she realises why her werewolf friend has been refusing to high five her.
A group of humans throwing coats over their vampire friend because he forgot it was the Summer solstice and was caught out by the sunrise. Those same friends coming to visit him when he wakes up in the late afternoon, bringing him blood from the butcher’s and putting up with his whining about the nights being shorter.
A human hearing that someone stole their selkie friends pelt and coming over to her new “husband"s house immediately and threatening to punch his lights out unless he tells them where it is.
Humans petitioning the counsel to build a wooden climbing frame in the local playground because the old one has iron parts and their fairy friend’s kids can’t use it without burning themselves.
• keep fresh flowers or a mini succulent garden in a favorite spot of your room
• adorn the spaces above and around your bed with lights, faux-flower garlands, and flowy fabrics
• keep a little dish of dried fruits or nuts near your bed (for those tiny cravings of tiny foods)
• make a glittery mason jar, filling it with your secrets written on little scraps of paper
• let in the sunlight as much as possible
• display your fairytale books
• play soft, classical music and let the sounds flow out your window
I went to an old family friends house this afternoon and they have the coolest faerie house ever!
They had it carved from an old hollow tree at the end of their driveway and it even lights up at night 😍
Dried thyme sprinkled on doorsteps and windowsills will invite in faeries
Wearing thyme may enable you to see faeries
Seven grains of wheat laid on a four leaf clover may enable you to see faeries
Where oak, ash and thorn grow, faeries can be easily seen
Lilac flowers will draw sprites, and repel those that are ill-willed
Eating a primrose flower is said to give you faerie sight
Collecting 5 primroses and tapping them on a faerie rock may open a portal to fairyland
Place primroses on your door to receive a faerie blessing
Carrying a sprig of lavender may help you see faeries
Fresh flowers bring faeries. Keep house plants in your living space to invite in the faeries of those flowers.
Faeries are attracted to those with childlike hearts and minds
Carry with you a sprig of any flower or herb who’s faerie you wish to be close to
Place the sprig under your pillow to receive a dream from that faery
Bringing an acorn into your house will strengthen your connection to the faerie realm
Meditating on the appearance of the marigold flower may enhance your faerie sight
Grow a garden with flowers associated with the fae
Add faerie or gnome statutes to your garden; they find this amusing
Have a specific space in your home (a shelf, windowsill, table, etc) for the faeries to “live in”, and a spot to leave gifts for them (mine is in the garden)
Let a portion of your garden grow wild
Wind chimes hung in a window attract sprites
Faeries love music and dancing. Dance in nature with them, or sing / play a song for them
Create art for them, and draw the faeries you meet.
An often used method of seeing faeries is letting your eyes go out of focus and pay attention to the corners of your vision.
Crushed clover rubbed on eyelids may give one faerie sight
Give back to the earth, for what you take. Pick up trash you find in nature, try to use less plastics, don’t waste food, compost your fruits/vegatables/herbs for rich soil.
The best times to see faeries are dawn, dusk and midnight (the in-between times)
Hang glass, crystals, and beads in your window for the sun to shine through; faeries like glittery & sparkly things.
Wearing a crown of elder twigs on may eve will enable you to see faeries
Go out and just sit in nature, simply enjoying it. You can also practice sensing sprites
While it is dangerous to enter a faerie ring, running around it exactly nine times clockwise under a full moon will allow you to see and hear the faeries dancing inside it (note though, the faeries may take offense if this done on Beltane or Samhain)
Heather is said to open portals to fairyland
Looking through a stone with a natural hole, a hagstone, is said to allow one faerie sight
Add a sigil on your door or window meaning “good faeries welcome”
Leave out a small saucer of milk for any household faeries
Try sitting in your garden in the early morning, late afternoon, evening, night
Look up artists who specialise in faeries and observe their different interpretations of the fae (Brian Froud, Amy Brown, Sulamith Wülfing, Cicely Mary Baker, Howard David Johnson, Nadia Strelkina, etc)
Read real life accounts of people’s encounters with faeries
Read traditional fairie lore
Believe. Faeries most likely won’t interact or make themselves known to closed minds
I personally love the fae, but I know many people would rather stay far away (and of course it’s very important to know safety guidelines whether you do or not!) so here’s some information I’ve collected.
From many different sources:
Never use your real name when interacting with fae, or they can take control over you
Always be polite and respectful and do your best not to offend. Remember, better safe than sorry
As a general rule, don’t eat food when visiting the fae realm. This will make you a captive, unable to leave, and often the food isn’t as wonderful as it may seem, and only glamoured rocks, mud and sticks. (It’s said faeries will take offense if you don’t accept food they offer to you in our own world though)
Do not think yourself more clever than them or try to swindle them; you will end up in very hot water
You may not want to accept faerie money.. as again, it is often glamoured and will turn back into leaves and acorns soon after
Do not blindly intrude were you are not wanted (fairy rings, sacred faerie places, etc) Always ask first and respect their answer!
Should you find you’ve wandered into a place where you feel strong malevolent energy or evil presence and experience “faerie terror”, back away slowly, don’t run or you might get lost. Send out your good will, and if you can, throw up a bubble/egg ward to protect yourself
Do not to take the fae lightly or seek them half-heartedly. Take care not to act as if they were weak, harmless or lenient. It is very foolish to underestimate them. Faeries are not strictly good or evil (neither are humans), and respect and caution are always best
Salt and iron (tools made from iron, a nail in your pocket) are traditional faerie deterrents
Three leaf clovers can be carried as a protective charm, and four leaf ones can break through faerie magic or allow you to see hidden fae (note some traditions say you should have multiple clovers as each will only work once)
Wearing St. John’s Wort will give you strong protection from faerie magic
As will wearing a daisy
Carrying a rowan twig, or hanging one over your door, that was collected on Betaine may bring protection
Flipping your clothes inside out can prevent faerie mischief by its unexpectedness
Visualisation wards can be effective
Scatter primrose petals outside your door to keep faeries at bay by creating a barrier
If you hear bluebells chime it is a warning that danger or faerie enchantments are near
Putting a daisy chain on a child is said to protect them from being taken as a changeling
Forget me nots can be used for faerie protection
If you’re friendly with any other faeries, you may ask them for protection against ill-willed fae
Faeries will avoid gardens with tomato plants
Make a bundle of twigs from the trees of the faerie triad, oak ash and thorn, and carry it for protection (it will only work if they’re bound together, if separate, they are an invitation to the fae)
One traditional faerie protection is placing mirrors throughout your home
Cats may chase away faeries
The sound of heavy iron bells and chimes may drive them away
Leaving out gifts of honey and milk can appease the fae if you wish them to leave you alone