Faerie Guardians © Howard David Johnson
When I sound the fairy call, gather here in silent meeting,
Chin to knee on the orchard wall, cooled with dew and cherries eating.
Merry, merry, take a cherry, mine are sounder, mine are rounder,
Mine are sweeter for the eater, when the dews fall, and you’ll be fairies all.
— Emily Dickinson
Summer solstice is only a week away. The expanding light and growth that was begun in the dark of December is now reaching its peak. Simultaneously, the waxing June Moon is coming to fullness, as well.
The activities of animals, plants, birds, and the Fair Folk are reaching their annual crescendo in the northern hemisphere. And as we invite and welcome the Good Neighbors, we’ve been considering the offerings that they might enjoy.
Many thanks to one of my visitors, Grace, who yesterday noted that “Other than talking to them like friends and allies, I don’t think I’ve ‘offered’ much to them, now that I think about it. But I’ve always had a passion for gardening…so lots of plants are about. And I have stones and water features as well… most communications are through serendipities, the cards, and other ‘signs’….”
Fairy Secrets © Margaret Tarrant
This is such a terrific point, I wanted to comment on it today, as we wind up the discussion about offerings. I think Grace (so aptly named!) is exactly right. The top priority, really, is simply be together — talk, hang out and listen to one another.
The history of mortals and the Shining Ones has been complicated and has had a lot of misunderstanding and even fear. So, I can see how the tradition of giving offerings may be fear-based for some, and more like peace offerings.
On the other hand, if we are interested in establishing more friendly ties, speaking just for me, I would rather see offerings like the gift-giving that happens in the early stages of courtship. Both parties may still be a bit shy and tentative, but they may give each other little trinkets of affection that say, “I like you very much.”
As in new romance, there is a delicate timing to this sort of thing, but it’s mostly common sense. You wouldn’t want an expensive gift from someone you barely knew, and some gifts can be too heavily symbolic, like rings, for instance.
So with that in mind, I share with you a recipe for an offering, that is perfect for this time of year, and that is sure to delight the People of Peace.
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lavender leaves
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put eggs, margarine, sugar and lavender into blender and run on low until well mixed. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Add other ingredients and stir until well blended. Drop dough a teaspoon at a time onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake until lightly browned. Blend enough rosewater into the confectioners sugar to make a smooth frosting. Ice the cookies and let them set until frosting is firm.