Hello! I was wondering if it's a good idea to start working with the aes sidhe? Thanks! ~ A Sneaky Shark Friend
Hello Sneaky Shark Friend!
So, it kinda depends on a variety of things.
I’ve known people who worked with the aes sidhe in so much as to get the aes sidhe off their back haha. So they’d leave offerings and take care of a shrine all so that the aes sidhe would leave them alooone.
Then there’s people who actively seek out the aes sidhe for their own reasons. Being a spirit worker, being a hedge witch, etc. It seems to me that it felt natural to seek out the fae in that context.
Some things to keep in mind is that the aes sidhe can include the Tuatha Dé Danann, so if you honor any of those deities you are kinda already honoring the aes sidhe. Another thing to note is that the aes sidhe aren’t “nature spirits” in the sense of animism, but kinda their own thing? So you can work with nature spirits (the spirit of a river, for example) without involving yourself with the aes sidhe.
If you want to work with the aes sidhe, you should probably ask yourself: Why? What do you hope to accomplish? Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t work with the aes sidhe, but knowing what you want out of a relationship is important for any type of relationship – but especially one with a fae. They’re known tricksters, after all, with a love of word play and wit.
I personally don’t interact with the aes sidhe. They haven’t sought me out, and I don’t seek them out. I don’t think I could personally handle their mischief.
Some books to look into getting if you want to work with the aes sidhe:
- Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans-Wentz
- Meeting the Other Crowd by Eddie Lenihan and Carolyn Eve Green
- Really anything by Eddie Lenihan
- Also any scholarly article on the Celtic Fairy-Faith
- This wikipedia article is good too, with a list of different type of fae
TL;DR: Working or not working with the aes sidhe will depend on what you want out of the relationship. I don’t personally work with the aes sidhe, but others do. Be wary of their mischief, though.