Attract Fairies To Your Home & Garden With Fairy Offerings
Fairies are spirits that often haunt natural places like rivers, mountains, forests, and fields. Believe it or not, there are ways to attract fairies to your home or garden. Fairies appreciate people who protect nature, and who are spiritually in tune with the earth. But they can be finicky and mischievous, so you have to be careful what kind you’re inviting into your life. If you want a fairy that helps with housework or helps your garden grow, read on to learn how to attract fairies using fairy offerings and more.
First, What Are Fairies?
There are many theories as to what fairies actually are. I don’t know if anyone has the answer. Some people say they are fallen gods, once mighty and powerful, that have been diminished into tiny spirits over the years. Others say they are the spirits of nature – the consciousness and souls of plants, trees, and landscape. Truly, I believe they are something “other” than anything we can explain or comprehend. They are otherworldly beings, most definitely spirits. But I also believe they can manifest in the physical. This makes them extraordinarily powerful.
Caution: Attract Fairies of the Nice Kind
Not every fairy is safe to invite to your home or garden, so be cautious. In fact, even the “safe” fairies can turn on you. You see, fairies don’t have the same rules or morals as humans. They have their own set of rules and probably none at all. But for our intents and purposes, there are certain fairies that tend to be mostly benevolent and also mostly malevolent. The fae you’ll want to stay away from include bogles, hobgoblins, spriggans, kelpies, giants, nixies, and trolls. In addition, there were also fairies who enjoyed eating humans, like trolls, Jenny Greenteeth, the Glaistig, and giants. Check out Edain McCoy’s book, A Witch’s Guide to the Faery Folk to learn more about the temperament of each type of fairy.
Mostly benevolent fairies include garden fairies, brownies, gnomes, pixies, dryads, clurichauns, the monaciello, and the bean-tighe. Flower and earth fairies like pixies and gnomes are best for the garden; they protect the trees and plants and help them grow. House fairies like the brownie and bean-tighe are great to invite into your home. They will help keep it clean, prosperous, and safe. But a word to the wise – if you double cross any of these fairies, they can and will turn on you. Please do further research on the specific kind of fairy you’d like to work with before inviting them into your space.
Attract Fairies With Fairy Offerings
From Edain McCoy’s Guide to the Faery Folk, “Most faeries hate profuse displays of thanks from humans whom they have helped. It is best not to utter thanks at all, but to leave out extra portions of milk, butter, or bread for them by way of showing your appreciation. These offerings are called libations…”
Milk and Dairy Offerings for the Fay
The custom of leaving libations for fairies dates back centuries. Milk farmers in Ireland would leave out a libation after every milking to keep the faeries happy. A fed, happy fairy was less likely to cause trouble on the farm. Libations of mead or bowls of barley were also common fairy offerings. For house fairies, leave a portion of your dinner on the dinner table at night. Fairies are finicky and mostly don’t like to be thanked or doted over, so quietly leave your fairy offerings in your house or garden. This is a key step to attract fairies to your garden and home.
Fairy Food and Libations:
Traditionally, fairies loved sweets so anything you’ve baked at home is a perfect fairy offering. If you offer fruit, make sure it is organic. If the birds and ants won’t eat the fruit, neither will the fairies. They also love traditional offerings like milk, wine, ale, cream, and mead.
In addition to food offerings, the fairies are appreciative of shiny things. Ever had a necklace go missing then turn up somewhere completely obvious? This was probably a mischievous fairy! Sparkly offerings like jewelry, crystals, stones, and seaglass are appropriate. I’ve also cast a knot spell using purple cord, seashells, bells and feathers to attract fairies. You can read my entire fairy knot spell here. Fairies like Celtic flute music, tinkly windchimes, and people who care for the earth and wildlife. So make your gardening ventures an offering to the fay.
What NOT To Do When Trying to Attract the Fae
Yes, there are things you can do to attract the fae to your garden and home, but there’s also things you shouldn’t do. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Don’t hang horseshoes above your doors
- Don’t put iron anywhere you want the fairies to visit/reside (the exception here, I’ve found, is that household fairies don’t mind cast iron skillets in the kitchen)
- There shouldn’t be any salt sprinkled around your house or in the garden (the exception here is the Slavic hearth spirit the Domovoi, who actually prefers salt as an offering)
- Deep, loud bells aren’t preferred and sometimes scare the garden fairies away (it reminds them of church bells to which they are averse)
- No clergymen should reside in the home (fairies are known not to get along with officials from the church)
- If you’re lazy, the fairies might get annoyed with you
- NEVER insult the fae lest they turn on you
- Don’t give your typical household elves like brownies any clothing…they will leave
- Don’t thank them for their help or presence
Where to Place the Fairy Offerings
If you are trying to attract a garden fairy, place the fairy offering at your garden gate or just inside the gate. Leave it on a stump, rock, or shell (something natural). Leave it out overnight and especially on one of the high holy Celtic days like Beltane or Midsummer. If you’re trying to invite a house fairy into your home, you’ll want to start by leaving fairy offerings on your front or back doorstep. After a few times you can leave them inside your door. Then in your kitchen or close to wherever you’d like the fairy to reside (kitchen, hallway, guest room, attic, etc). Don’t be disheartened if the food or drink doesn’t “disappear”. That doesn’t mean the fairy offering wasn’t accepted.
In the Garden
Fairies are picky about where they live and visit. They can often be found in unspoiled parts of nature. If you have a gardener or lawn service, take over the duty yourself. Garden fairies don’t like to be disturbed by people other than the ones they know. Add a small fountain or waterfall to your garden if budget allows. If you happen to have a stump of an old tree, this can become the fairies’ sacred space. Or arrange a circle of stones. Circles are a favorite hang-out spot for fairies. Create fairy houses out of bird houses and other natural materials and place them in a safe spot in the garden. Leave offerings there for the garden fairies. Make sure no one disturbs this area.
In the Home
Fairy offerings, as detailed above, are necessary to attract a brownie or house fairy. Make sure there are no bells, high chimes, or anything with a sharp noise. No iron horseshoes should hang above the doors (fairies have an aversion to iron). There shouldn’t be any mirrors in the kitchen or low to the ground. Make a special place for the brownie or house fairy to reside – an empty cabinet, pantry, closet, or shelf will do. Set up this space comfortably, like you plan to sleep there. Small pillows, blankets, and natural decorations are perfect for a brownie’s space.
Contact with the Fae Through Meditation
There are other ways to get in touch with the fairy realm. Fairy offerings are helpful and potent but reaching out psychically is important. I’ve met numerous fairies in another state of mind – through meditation, trance, the hypnogogic/hypnopompic state and in dreams. If you don’t know how to alter your mind, now’s the time to start practicing and learning about it. First, try out guided meditations. Learning how to slow down your mind and open up to the universe is step number one.
Meeting the Fae in Dreams
Next, learn how to lucid dream. A lucid dream is when you’re conscious in the dream and can make decisions on where to go, what to do, and even who to meet. Some say a lucid dream is different than traveling in the astral, but I believe they are one in the same. As did the ancients. If you could dream, you could meet the gods, fairies, and ancestors. Keep a dream journal and start recording your dreams every morning. Soon you’ll find you’re recalling dreams nearly ever day and you’ll start having the ability to become conscious. Then you can meet the fae in the other realms. Just make sure to never eat their food.
Once you’ve met the fairies in your dreams, you can invite them to your space. Be sure to set up ground rules, though, and always ground yourself after intense experiences with the fae in the dream world. If you’d like to learn how to protect yourself against trickster fairies click here.