Now that you have had a introduction to the faeries in my previous article, I want to share some more knowledge with you. For a lot of people hearing the word faery will conjure up a certain image, one that feels very familiar to them, as if they know about the fae and have had experiences of them already. This feeling is like a switch that comes on almost as quickly as it goes off so what we have are snippets within a window of our childhood and the fae together. As we reach a certain age and usually it is younger for boys the magick of the fae slowly begins to fall asleep within our heart, there the fae will stay until hopefully one day they are awakened by the stirrings inside your heart of what you used to believe in as a child.
The relationship between a child and the faeries is a special one for the fae believe in the beauty and the innocence of a child’s heart and dreams so they accept them with no conditions attached and in fact guide them along a path of love, laughter, fun, knowledge, discovery….......I want to take you back to your childhood, to the places you would spend many a hour playing. As a young child you probably first began your adventures with the faeries in your back garden where no adult supervision was needed and you were unable to wander too far. The fae are like bears to honey where children are concerned, that laughter and curiosity that lives inside a child becomes a beacon of light that shines brightly attracting the fae. Whether the garden is small with just a sandpit or a garden filled with flowers, tree’s and hiding places you can be sure the wee folk will be around. Do you remember being asked by an adult or older child who you were talking too or playing with? Chances are it was not your imagination or wishful thinking but a real faery joining in your playtime.
Both worlds become one when the child is very young often not being able to differentiate between them but slowly as the child grows the magick wears a bit thin and the fae take a step back in order to let the youngster discover the world about them, they have to let the child go now for they have showed them Mother Nature, wildlife, taught them to climb tree’s and how to encourage a butterfly to sit upon their hand, to name birds who land in their garden etc. At some point the children should take this given faery knowledge, embrace it and put it to use on a daily basis. As they grow older they begin a life that will present new issues such as fashion, the opposite sex, makeup, going out with friends and we call it growing up. The fae do feel sad that another companion has flown the nest so to speak but they know that they have done their job and that one day perhaps the child will find themselves back in the land of the fae but this time as a adult. So that’s a little introduction on children and the fae.
For adults and older children the faeries can be found in many places, we only have to open our eyes first followed by our heart. I say we open our eyes first because usually we witness something we cannot explain, a tiny orb that seems to dance upon the air, a shadow dashing behind a bush, we know what we have just seen but our mind tells us no but the more we think about it we notice our heart begins to swell with a excitement, a magikal imaginative moment of the unbelievable but a moment none the less that confirms to us faeries do exist for we have just seen one.
The woods is a place where you just cannot fail to sense their energies for the faeries belong to the “Gnome” group or the Earth Elementals, they are at home surrounded by the beautiful colours, the tree’s, soil full of life and the many quiet and secluded area’s. A faerie’s life energy is entwined into mother earth and within the woods the soil is fresh and not usually contaminated with anything so the energy is pure and strong here. Get yourself organized for a day out to your local woods, sensible clothing, a blanket to sit on, a flask of tea, some cake which you can leave as a offering to the fae, a notepad and a camera. You now want to find somewhere that is just out of the way of other people as you may get some odd looks! Set your blanket down and get comfy as it may take a while for a glimpse of anything, make sure your flash on the camera is off, the bright flash may not be very welcome to a faery minding their own business who suddenly becomes blinded by the light, you might just get a telling off! Also make sure your mobile phone is on vibrate, can you imagine the crucial moment when an orb appears, the excitement in you builds, camera poised and ready to go when your phone rings and spoils the moment completely. There are various times of the day when the faeries are out and about, those times are very early in the morning and late evening when the world around them is still asleep or are safe indoors. During the day our focus becomes our family, work or our chores and we are too caught up in it all to sit back, relax and look further than what is around us and we do miss the signs that there is a faery nearby.
There is no guarantee you will see a faery, they travel about usually invisible to the eye as they are so very busy helping Mother Earth with her daily list of things to do and the only way they can get about quickly and with no delays is by becoming invisible, only now and again they forget they need to be unseen and that is when you might see a orb wandering about the woods. I always leave a offering such as some berries found on the ground or twigs and leaves so that even if I don’t get to see a faery on this occasion they know I have been there, it may take many months of you going back to the same places as this will show the faeries you are dedicated and have a love for them so maybe it will be enough in that one day they will appear to you. Don’t forget you are in faery territory and they are very protective of it so it is important to show respect for them and your surroundings so when you pack up to leave make sure you take what you brought with you and leave no litter.
Seeing faeries can be harder than you think, they have to know and feel they can trust humans, that their purpose is not to try to capture them or make a huge song and dance of it but that you will hold their presence within your heart, that you will simply be a bystander who gives them space to get on with what they have to do and that you will help them to look after your planet and all within. Why not try a meditation and go back to your childhood where you spent the summer months running with the butterflies, jumping alongside the grasshoppers and smelling the flowers because within those memories a faery will appear as will all the adventures you had with them.
© Rachel Curtis 2012