Attract Fairies To Your Home & Garden With Fairy Offerings
Fairies are nature spirits and reside in natural places like rivers, mountains, forests, and fields. There are ways to attract fairies to your home and garden. Fairies appreciate people who protect nature, and who are spiritually in tune with the earth. The fairies are finicky and mischievous, so you have to be careful what kind you are inviting to your home. 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.
Attract Fairies of the Nice Kind
Not every fairy is safe to invite to your home or garden, so be cautious. There are benevolent fairies, and there are malevolent fairies. Our Celtic ancestors knew the bad ones which included: bogles, hobgoblins, spriggans, kelpies, giants, nixies, and trolls. In addition, there were also fairies who enjoyed eating humans, like the trolls, Jenny Greenteeth, and giants. Check out Edain McCoy’s book, A Witch’s Guide to the Faery Folk to learn more about the temperament of fairies.
Beneficial, good fairies include brownies, gnomes, pixies, dryads, leprechauns, clurichauns, the monaciello, and bwbachs. 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 bwbach are great to invite into your home. They will help keep it clean, prosperous, and safe.
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 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 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, 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 glass 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.
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. They mostly live in unspoiled parts of nature. If you have a gardener or lawn service, take over the duty yourself. 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’ residence. 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, including pets, 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 decor is perfect for a brownie’s space.