… and more importantly how to know when a Fairy has arrived!
It’s a common misconception amongst well meaning grown-ups, that you can just slap a Fairy Door on the wall and a Fairy Friend will show up sharpish. This type of thinking does our enchanted friends a great disservice. In truth, Fairies really are most discerning little creatures. So, in this little blog I am going to share with you exactly how to attract a Fairy into your home. Then, I will let you in on the secret signs that tell you when a Fairy is near. To finish, I will gift you a delightful, printable little booklet so that you can share all this new Fairy know-how with your children.
Doesn’t that sound wonderful? I can’t wait to begin!
Make yourself at home
Much as we hate to admit it, I think we have all visited places that we instinctively know we don’t belong. Sometimes it’s quite obvious why a place is not for you. Perhaps it’s too noisy or too dirty or too crowded. Perhaps the decor isn’t to your taste. But other times, it’s much harder to put your finger on exactly what is amiss. To all intents and purposes this house or area should be perfect, however it’s just not a fit. There is something that doesn’t feel right about it.
It is exactly the same for our Fairy Friends. Although generally amiable to all living souls, a Fairy knows where she belongs, she knows when a place feels right. So to attract a Fairy into your home you will need to take steps to make sure that your home environment is such that a Fairy could feel … well, at home!
The right sorts
The first thing you must remember is that Fairies are beings of light and love. As such, to attract a Fairy into your home, the people inside it must be kind and gentle and friendly. But not just Fairy friendly. Friendly to all living things.
The best place to start is always with each other. Do your best to speak lovingly to one another. Settle differences quickly. Encourage good manners, helpfulness and gratitude. In short dear heart, carry on doing just what you are doing to raise thoughtful children and enjoy a happy family life. I can safely say, I think you have got this one completely covered.
Next, look around you. Fairies have a very strong affinity to nature. In fact, they are often referred to as Nature Angels. If you take care of your natural environment they will know that they can trust you. If you nurture plants and animals they will feel confident that you will nurture them too. So, reduce, reuse and recycle. Leave food out for birds and small garden animals, and try your very best to remove spiders and flies from the house rather than suck them up with the hoover. (I actually find this last one quite a test, dear friend!)
Invite them in
No one likes to turn up where they haven’t been invited, least of all Fairies who put manners very high on their list of priorities. So to attract a Fairy into your home you will need to convey some sort of invitation. This could be a written invite such as a letter or a drawing. Or it could be a more subtle indication that you do really want them to stop by. Placing a Fairy Door on the wall, or leaving a Fairy House in the garden, are both perfect indications that you are open for visitors.
Attract a Fairy with tempting treats
Nothing makes a visitor feel more welcome than by offering them a gift. Think about it! When Granny pops by or your neighbour calls round, the very first thing you do is to offer them a drink and perhaps a biscuit. Well, let me tell you Fairies are devils for a sweet treat. In olden times, folk would leave out butter, cream and cakes to attract a Fairy into their home or garden. Fairy tastes really haven’t changed all that much since then. Leave a little sweet or biscuit by your Fairy Door or in the garden. Remember to break it up small so that they can manage it. Before long you’ll be inundated with Fairy friends.
Of course, the other thing that Fairies and Pixies in particular are attracted to is shiny stuff. Pennies, small bits of jewellery, glitter or even a tiny bit of tin foil. It’s all seen as treasure to a Fairy friend. Why not try placing a tiny bit of something shimmery on the windowsill? Leave the window a little ajar so someone can flutter through. It is sure to disappear within a day or two and then you’ll know that your Fairies are near.
How to know when a Fairy is near
Your Fairy Door is on the wall and there is a sweet treat wrapped in shiny foil before it. You home is full of the bubbling joy of anticipation at the arrival of a magical friend. Everyone is smiling. Even Dad has a secret little hope that an actual real Fairy will flutter through that little Fairy Door. So, how will you know when a Fairy is near?
Well, if I am honest, it is very unlikely you will see it sweetheart. Fairies are exceedingly shy and will only visit when everyone is fast asleep or away from the home. Also, no offence, but frankly you are too old. Each year we progress through our lives a little bit of the magic we were born with wears off. Have you ever seen a baby smiling and giggling at apparently nothing? Chances are they are watching a Fairy dancing on the breeze. But by the time you get to our age almost all of our ability to see truly magical things has disappeared.
Which is why it is so important for us to teach our children the ability to trust and to believe. Then we must watch for the other little signs that a Fairy is near.
Something on the breeze
Listen very, very carefully and you will hear the faintest sound. Is it music, or gentle tinkling bells, or children giggling? Light and jingling, it’s the chitter chatter of Fair folk about their business.
What’s that in the air? The window is closed but there is a soft and gentle breeze coming from nowhere. It brings the sweet scent of fresh cut grass, or of new grown roses. It’s the flutter of a Fairy by your shoulder.
Look down on the ground. How did that coin get there? Or that feather? or that sparkling dust? It’s a gift from an enchanted friend, to say thank you. Thank you for letting them in. Thank you for being such fun.
You don’t need to see a Fairy to know when a Fairy is near my sweet. In your heart you will feel it. Trust me.