One of the very important functions of the Faery altar is that it will be a portal and communications center, between our world of mortals and the starlit realms of The Folk. Upon this threshold, you can meet, communicate, dream, sing and perhaps even dance together.
Remember, their fate is bound up in ours, as much as ours is intertwined with theirs. So those who are willing to be your allies most definitely want to hear from you. They want you to talk with them, share your thoughts, and to be included in your prayers, dreams, and wishes.
Another very important function of your altar is that it will be where you can leave offerings. Remember – we are not worshipping the Good People. But the bestowing of gifts is a vital component for building your alliance with the Fair Folk.
There is an art to this however! Take it slowly, and pay close attention to the cues your Good Neighbors will most certainly give you.
Just like shopping for, say, a dear, but somewhat opinionated family member, you would never give a gift of just any old second-hand junk, or a meaningless item you picked up just anywhere. With the Good Folk, it really and truly is the thought that counts, and you would be wise to remember that your particular allies usually know exactly what thought you put into your interactions with them.
Neither would you shower that someone with ridiculously ostentatious items – you certainly don’t want to be perceived as brown-nosing, or even trying to bribe them to be in their good graces. And that’s why it is also considered very bad form to give a cash offering. The only exception is when the offering is not for the monetary value, but because the coin (silver of gold preferred) is beautiful and delightful of itself.
More do’s and don’ts about offerings tomorrow!