Dare you haunt our hallow’d green?
None but fairies here are seen.
— from The Fayries Daunce (in A Briefe Discourse),
by Thomas Ravenscroft, 1614
Creating a special meeting place with an altar is an integral part of building a relationship with the Fair Ones. This is where you can communicate with them, tell them your thoughts, share your prayers, spells and wishes. If you have invited friendly Folk, sharing yourself this way will be welcome, for, in fact, they want to hear from us and participate across the worlds, as once our ancestors welcomed them to.
Sharing what is beautiful, natural, and delightful to you is an expression of gratitude and peace. It is how we show them who we are.
It is important, especially in a world that has become so unappreciative and even hostile to their race, that you let them know you are grateful for their presence and friendship. So open your heart and express your true self with your words, how you decorate your altar, and the offerings you leave. For the Gentry deserve to be treated with appreciation and respect, and leaving offerings is an excellent way to do this.
Next week, I’ll have a lot more to say about tokens for your altar offerings, but before that discussion, I want to emphasize the most important gift of all. In fact, unless you give this, your relationship will go nowhere, or even possibly take an unpleasant turn.
This may seem obvious, but it is vitally important that you take excellent care of your home, garden and the living beings of the Earth around you. If you are neglectful of your family members, unkind or apathetic towards people, plants, or animals, forget it. You are not ready for friendship with the Fae.
If you do not walk upon Mother Earth with extraordinary awareness and respect, you will not be welcomed by their ancient race, for they have long been caretakers and guardians of the wild and the natural world.
It’s not for nothing that a constantly recurring theme in faery tales is of the gentle soul who stops to care for the hurt, the vulnerable, the ugly, the marginalized and the insignificant. And woe to those arrogant, self-righteous characters who step over the small or suffering.
So as I said yesterday, developing your alliance with the world of Faery may require significant lifestyle changes. How you use the Earth’s resources, your habits of working, eating, recreation, and even some relationships will almost certainly shift as you go deeper.
May our journeys be blessed with mirth, flowering and the loving, Graceful guidance of Thalia.