Before you start sending out your invitations willy-nilly to the Faery Folk, I would urge you to develop the habit and ability to deeply listen to your own wisdom, as well as any guidance you may be given. And I hope that you have done some soul-searching about your intentions. Why, exactly, do you want to invite the Shining Folk to your dwelling? What is the benefit from their perspective? What do you have to offer in exchange?
Like humans, the Fae are a diverse and complex race. Just as you would not want to throw open your doors to just any and all people who might want to come in, you need to consider which of the Folk you wish to invite.
Bear in mind, too, that they have learned to be cautious, especially with adult humans. Why should they trust you? Once you are clear on these questions, you can proceed with some confidence, and, I would hope, without difficulties.
Much has been written in the way of advice for how best to establish your own personal alliance with the Good Folk, based on the long experience and research of many who have visited with them. For instance, well-known author, Alicen Geddes-Ward, has many good suggestions in her book, “Faeriecraft.” For starters, she recommends that you begin by creating a faery altar.
The intention of the faery altar is to “have a physical focus of the unseen realms in your home. It is a faithful reminder of your spiritual pathway; it can also be a constant comfort to be reminded of faeries everyday.”
By beginning with an altar, she writes, you are building, “a bridge of intent, from this world to the Land of Faerie. You begin with your everyday life, in the mundane, for with the fey, everything that you do on a physical level with a faerie purpose, has an influence on the Otherworldly level; Faerie Land.”
Your altar can be in your house, in your garden, or in your favorite wild place. It can be small and inconspicuous or as large and ornate as you feel called to make it. So for today, perhaps you can take some quiet time to walk around your home, with your twilight vision open, and seek the right location for your altar.
Tomorrow, I’ll have additional suggestions.