The fairy beam upon you,
The stars to glister on you;
A moon of light
In the noon of night,
Till the fire-drake hath o’ergone you.
— Ben Johnson (1572 –1637)
I’ve been suggesting that, if you feel called to do so, you may wish to establish and deepen your alliance with the Good People that dwell near (or in) your home and garden. However, those who have been working with them and studying their ways for many years remind us that, just as you would not post open invitations at the local biker bar if you wanted to have a tea party, you need to be discerning about with whom you wish to connect among the Fair Folk.
Listen closely to the whispering voices of the land where you live. Learn its history. Has it been a peaceful place, or has there been strife or even death there? Who else has lived there? Are the resulting energies gentle, wholesome and benevolent there, or might you need to do some deep clearing?
If you have come this far, you probably already have benevolent allies who are guiding you in this work. Do you know who they are? Have they shared their names with you? This is the most natural starting point for developing your wider relationships, for it is through your allies that you will be introduced to others of the Faery realms.
As I discussed last week, one way to cultivate your relationship is to build an altar area. Again, this is not to worship the Folk, but to open a doorway of welcome. Setting aside and creating a special altar area is, itself, a powerful act of awareness and appreciation. And it will become a place where you can focus your magic, communicate and leave offerings.
Simple and beautiful is a good rule of thumb. A small accent table or even a clean, artfully decorated box can make a nice altar. Plus, these have the advantage of being left up in a quiet corner, without taking up too much space.
It is preferable, in my view, for your altar to be permanent. Altars that one puts up and takes down may be more convenient for you, but this does not really honor that the Folk may have their own scheduling preferences. After all, we, as humans, do not summon them to our command.
So having a permanent meeting place acknowledges that they may come and go freely, whether or not you are there to visit with them or not. This is an act of respect and friendship that will not be taken lightly. (And hence my cautioning you to be discerning about exactly who you are inviting!)
Tomorrow, I’ll have more ideas for you! Meantime, if you are working this magic, I would love to hear from you. Tell us your stories, or perhaps you’d like to share some photos of your altar area or your other Faery sanctuaries. Please post here, or email me at zenrose at sign nc dot rr dot com.