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The Origin of Fairies

These are supernatural beings and spirits that can be either good or bad. It is believed by many who believe in fairies that they reside in a place somewhere between earth and heaven; however, many think fairies dwell on earth. Others believe they are mythical beings possessing magical powers and sometimes being close to human beings on earth. They are said to appear in various shapes being dressed in different customs. Typically a dwarf creature has green clothes and hair, lives in underground or in stone heaps, and characteristically exercises magical powers to benevolent ends. Or, a fairy might be thought of as a diminutive, delicate feminine creature dressed in white clothing who lives in a fairyland, but intervening in human lives with good intentions. Then there is the Irish leprechaun. This tiny fairy usually wearing a cocked hat and apron can be good or bad. A cobbler by trade, his tapping makes others aware of his presence. upposedly he possesses a hidden crock of gold, which the whereabouts he is not about to divulge unless his capturer threatens him with bodily harm. !e might then divulge the whereabouts of his treasure if his capturer constantly watches him. "ut, he usually tricks his capturer in looking away briefly when the tiny man vanishes. The belief in fairies seems to reach back into ancient times, being traceable both in written and oral tradition. Traces stem from the anskrit gandharva #semidivine celestial musicians$ to the nymphs of the %reeks and !omer, the &inni of Arabic mythology, and other folk characters of the amoans, Arctic, and other indigenous Americans. A common conception of fairies today, especially in children's fairytales, rests largely upon their depiction in old folklore tradition where they were generally described as serious and sinister. The exceptions include the tooth fairy, the fairy godmother in (inderella, and now )hite and the seven dwarfs. The word *fairy* is derived from the +atin fata, or fate, referring to the mythical ,ates, three woman who spin and control the threads of life. The archaic -nglish term for fairies is fays, which means *enchanted* or *bewitched.* ince the belief in fairies is universal because they are known by various folkloric names including brownie #-nglish and cottish folklore$, elf #%erman folklore$, dwarf #Teutonic and %ermanic folklore$, troll #.orse folklore$, gnome #-urope, populari/ed by 0aracelsus$, pooka #Irish folklore$, kobold #%erman folklore$, leprechaun #Irish folklore$, and banshee #Irish and (eltic folklore$. ,airy lore is thought to exist in almost every culture and is most prevalent in -urope and the "ritish Isles. It spread to America during

the coloni/ation period and is still strong in the Appalachians, O/arks, and other remote mountainous regions. 1ore generally fairies are believed to lived in a land where time does not exist. This +and of the ,airy, or ,airyland or -lfland, as it is called, is accessed through barrows and mounds. ,airies come to the land at night to folic and make mischief. tories are told that they are eager to kidnap human women for wives and human children, which are more attractive than fairy children, or changelings, that they leave behind in exchange. Other fairies generally live in small groups along rivers, lakes, or in woods and forests. They resemble the elementals and devas. This ,airyland, or -lfland, resembles the pre2(hristian abodes for the dead. ,airyland is sometimes referred to as the +and of the -ver 3oung, which is eternal and beautiful. 0eople carried off to fairyland cannot return if they eat or drink there. ,airy and human lovers can marry, though only with restrictions whose violation ends the marriage, and often, the life of the human. ome female fairies are deadly to human lovers. ,airies may resemble humans in si/e, but can decrease to three inches #4.5 cm$ or less. ,emale fairies may be fortune tellers, particularly prophesying at births and foretelling deaths. The fairies were aristocratic and had monarchs; for example, in (ounty %alway, ,in "heara and .uala were the king and 6ueen. In )hales, king and 6ueen of the fairies2known there as the Tylwyth Teg2were %wydion ab 7on and %wenhidw. hakespeare records the fairy2rulers in A 1idsummer .ight's 7ream as Oberon and Titania. These are some of the theories that speculate the origins of fairies8 ,airies are unbapti/ed souls. They are souls caught up in a netherland land, not good enough to enter heaven, nor bad enough to deserve hell. uch a place is fre6uently referred to as limbo. ,airies are the fallen angels. ,airies were among the angels loyal to +ucifer. They were cast out of heaven with him to plunge into hell, but suddenly %od stopped them in mid2 flight and condemned them to remain where they were. ome were in the air, some in the earth and some in the seas and rivers. uch belief is widespread in fairy lore of Ireland, cotland, and candinavia. ,airies are nature spirits. omewhat analogous to the fallen2angel theory, this theory holds that fairies are among the many spirits that populate all things and places in the earth.

,airies are diminutive human beings. There is evidence that small2structured races populated parts of -urope and the "ritish Isles in the .eolithic and "ron/e Ages, before the spread of the (elts. In Ireland, they were known as the Thuathe de 7anaan. They resided in barrows and in shelters burrowed under hills and mounds. They were hard working but shy, and, as stronger peoples invaded their land and captured their iron weaponry, they retreated to the woodlands to live a secretive life. "eing pagan, they continued to worship the pagan deities. They were in union with nature and possessed keen psychic senses. Their skills and trades allowed them to lead somewhat normal lives while raising diminutive cattle and horses. There was sporadic guerilla warfare against invaders as described in the legends of 9obin !ood and 9ob 9oy. Originally the elusive fairy races were regarded with suspicion by larger races. "elief in them was thought to be superstitious. !owever, gradually more people began endowing these little people with magical characteristics. The races such as the +apps, 0icts and 9omano2"ritish2Iberian peoples, were not so small as to be unable to mingle with the (elts, .ormans and axons. Although many became servants and serfs, others married and mixed bloodlines. :ntil the ;<th century, having fairy blood was admired. There is much evidence of fairy lore in relation to witchcraft. The "ritish anthropologist 1argaret A. 1urray and other historians state that the real *little people* gradually became identified with witches. 7uring the ;=th and ;4th centuries, when belief in fairies was at its peak, the activities of fairies and witches were fre6uently combined. "oth cast and broke spells; they both healed people, and divined lost ob&ects and the future. "oth danced and sang beneath the moon2often together2and were said to have trafficked with the 7evil. "oth practiced metamorphosis, flying and levitation, and could cause others to levitate. As well, both supposedly stole unbapti/ed babies, poisoned people, and stole horses that they rode hard and fast to their sabbats in the night. "oth avoided salt and were repelled by iron. >ing ?ames I of -ngland, in 7aemonologie, his book about witches, called 7iana, the goddess of witches, and the *@ueen of ,airie.* Oberon, the name of the >ing of ,airies, also was the name of a demon summoned by magicians. ,airies were also claimed to be familiars of witches. Therefore, it is not difficulty to see why fairies figured into witch trails. The trails richest in details occurred in the "ritish Isles. (urrently .eo20agan )itches believe in fairies and some see them clairvoyantly. ome )itches say their (raft was passed down by fairies through the generations of their families. ,airy lore is particularly prevalent in Ireland, (ornwall, )ales, and cotland. ,airies are common in literature from the 1iddle Ages on and appear in the writings of the Italians 1atteo "oiardo and +udovico Ariosto, the -nglish poet -dmund penser, the ,renchman (harles 0errault, and the 7ane !ans (hristian Andersen, among others. A.%.!.

The word ,airy is derived from the ancient *faunoe o fatuoe* which, in the pagan mythology, indicated the faun's #deer$ companions, creatures endowed with power of foretelling the future and ruling the human events. The word ,airy also comes from *fatigue*, which in 1iddle Ages was synonymous with *wild woman*, that is woman of woods, waters and, in general, of the natural world. ,airies are so prevalent in mythical culture that it's natural to wonder where they came from. 7ifferent societies have come up with very different explanations of the origins of 'the little people'. The +ittle 0eople are said to be the dispossessed early tribes of the "ritish Isles.They faded away into uninhabited places, growing smaller and smaller with time as they were forgotten and passed into legend. The Tuatha de 7anann, 0eople of the %oddess 7ana, ruled Ireland before the 1ilesian invasion. They were driven underground where they became the 7aoine idhe fairies. The Irish believe that the fairies are a previously con6uered society, the Tuatha 7e 7anaan #0eople of the %oddess 7ana$, who were driven into hiding when the (elts invaded Ireland. The 0agan gods of the Tuatha, skilled in building and magic, went underground to live in the tombs and mounds they had built. !idden from sight, they grew smaller in the popular imagination until they turned into fairies. Other cultures believe that fairies are the souls of the dead, people not good enough to enter !eaven yet not bad enough for !ell. They wander the .etherland in between and are occasionally seen by humans. Along a similar theme, fairies are also believed to be angels that had been cast out of !eaven. ome fell into the sea and some onto the land, where they would do no harm if left alone. In )ales, fairies are thought to be a race of invisible spiritual beings living in a world of their own. ome people also believe that fairies were originally local gods or nature spirits that dwindled in ma&esty and si/e over time.

Types of Fairies
There are many types of fairies, and these are a few of the famous ones: Pixies: are very mischievous, and like to play tricks on people, such as lead them astray on an open road; hence the term "pixie - led", which means someone who is lost or confused.

Leprechauns: are rish fairies, known for the !old treasure they keep. f you catch one, he will lead you to it.

"elkies: look like seals, #ut can shed their skin and transform into humans.

$warves: live under!round and work as miners. They are very skilled and can make enchanted items.

%orri!ans: are #eautiful maidens #y day and u!ly ha!s #y ni!ht. f a man should marry them, they will remain in their #eautiful state.

&ossmen: are dressed in moss and have #i! flowers in their hair. They know the healin! properties to everythin! in the forest.

&ermaids: are also called merfolk or merrows. They are half woman, half fish, and are said to appear in the ocean #efore storms.

Types of 'airies and (lementals

The four elements are fire, earth, air and water, and the members of the ,airy, or -lemental, >ingdom belong to one of these elements. This is why they are also commonly known as -lementals.

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alamanders ,ires, explosions, lightening, solar energy, candlelight A anything to do with fire and heat is within the alamanderBs &urisdiction. They are very dynamic, explosive and difficult to comprehend. They can help humans with healing, creativity, courage and transformation. alamanders can also arouse passion and warmth, which in turn enriches our daily lives. The >ing of the alamanders is a magnificent being called 7&inn. The Archangel associated with the ,ire -lement is 1ichael. The Codiac signs belonging to the ,ire -lement are Aries, +eo and agittarius.

()*T+ (L(&(,T)L" %nomes %nomes create and maintain all earth2related substances; crystals, stones, plants, flowers, trees etcD There are no female %nomes. They are reclusive, master magicians and help humans to maintain a healthy, balanced physical body. %nomes can assist us by providing lucky breaks or opportunities, helping us to develop our innate magical abilities and renewing a deep respect for the -arth and all her natural resources. The >ing of the %nomes is the delightfully mischievous %hob. I would imagine that the fearsome Irish 0ooka would fall into this category. The Archangel associated with the -arth -lement is Auriel. The -arth Codiac signs are Taurus, Eirgo and (apricorn.

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ylphs ,rom whispering bree/es to mighty gales A this is the realm of the ylphs. Thought processes, creativity and education are &ust some of the areas that these beings can help us with. They work closely with the angelic realm and particularly love children. ylphs can also assist us to tap into the available universal wisdom and healing abilities. Of the entire -lemental >ingdom, these beautiful beings most resemble our popular vision of a fairy; ethereal, twinkling and delicate. The >ing of the ylphs is the elo6uent 0aralda. The Archangel associated with the Air -lement is 9aphael. The Codiac signs of the Air element are %emini, +ibra and A6uarius.

-)T(* (L(&(,T)L" :ndines The :ndineBs domain is all forms of water A from rain to oceans, from tears to fountains. They can help us connect to our dreams, deepest hopes and fears. :ndines have strong intuitive, clairvoyant and magical abilities and, if so inclined, can grant these powers to humans. 1ermaids and mermen, water nymphs and water sprites all belong to the )ater -lemental group. They often communicate with us during our dreamtime. The >ing of the :ndines is the eternally wise .iksa. The Archangel associated with the )ater -lement is %abriel. The Codiac signs of (ancer, corpio and 0isces fall under the )ater element. ,airies are the +ittle 0eople, said by some to be the dispossessed early tribes of the "ritish Isles. They faded away into uninhabited places, growing smaller and smaller with time as they were forgotten and passed into legend. Oral history informs us that the Tuatha de 7anann, 0eople of the %oddess 7ana, ruled Ireland before the 1ilesian invasion. They are said to have been driven underground, where they became the 7aoine idhe fairies. Other theories hold that fairies are supernatural beings, fallen angels trapped on earth, spirits of the heathen dead, elementals, nature spirits, visitors from an alternate or parallel universe, or old godFesses who have been so neglected that they have lost their powers and devolved into fairies. 1yths and legends provide a lot of information about fairies. These are some of their supposed 6ualities and attributes8 )PP()*),%(

)ear green clothes 1ay be winged and fly 1ay be tiny, or child2si/ed (an turn invisible, or blend so closely into the forest as to seem invisible

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1ay be male or female, helpful or harmful !ave powers of magic and enchantment 1ove swiftly Are immortal +ive on fruit 0lay tricks "rawl with each other 0ossess gold -n&oy music, dancing and making love )ar with insects and reptiles Are associated with certain plants, trees and places ometimes take human lovers (an breed with humans (reate artifacts, such as shoes and bows

%+)*)%T(* +elpful: "estow gifts 2 ,airy gifts include the cauldron of plenty, the wand of intelligence, and the tree of knowledge Assist with housework +armful: teal babies and replace them with changelings "orrow household items from humans -nchant humans and beguile them into the fairy realm +)0 T)T +ive on hills, in woody dells, underwater, or in the Otherworld ,airyland, also called -lfland or Tir .an Og, is an enchanted place where fairies live in an organi/ed community. It may be thought of as an alternate or parallel universe, a place where time stands still and there is no sickness or death. The fairy kingdom is said to be a hilltop one, but invisible, or composed of magnificent underground cities. ,airy kings and 6ueens rule there. !umans who enter the fairy realm cannot leave once the door closes behind them. Those who do leave may find that years have passed on earth during what was, for them, but minutes in the fairy kingdom. P1-(*" hapeshift (ause fog and tempests

,)&(": ,airies are the +ittle 0eople, the good folk who live in woody dells. .ames for them include8 faery 2 faerie 2 fatae 2 fa'ae 2 fairye 2 sidhe #pronounced shee$ 2 sith 2 fee 2 fay 2 fae 2 fayerie 2 fair folk 2 verry folk 2 feriers 2 ferishers 2 farisees 2 wee folk 2 green men 2 greenies 2 greencoaties 2 green children 2 gremlins 2 good neighbors 2 good people 2 grey neighbors 2 pixies 2 piskies 2 sprites 2 tamlane 2 tammerlane 2 tom2lin 2 tom of lyn -lves, gnomes, sprites, goblins, hobgoblins, nymphs, merfolk, trolls, leprechauns, etc. are considered types of fairies in some traditions. >nowing a fairy's true name gives you power over it, so fairies are said to guard their real names very closely. .evertheless, individual fairies known to us from mythology include8 Aeval, ,airy @ueen of the 1idnight (ourt Aillen 1ac1odha, who sets Tara abla/e every year (aer, a beautiful fairy who lived as a swan (lethrad, an alder fairy 7onagh, ,invarra's beautiful wife. ,invarra, fairy king of the 7aoine idhe. !e is known for his skill at chess and for abducting brides2to2be. panish wine is a suitable offering got him. %hillie 7hu, a cottish fairy who wears moss and leaves, lives in birch thickets. !eliconian, a willow fairy 1elia, an ash or 6uince fairy 1elwas, the fairy king of the ummer +and who abducted %uenivere O'7onoghue, king of the +ough +ean fairies in Ireland ummer, beautiful 6ueen of the -lves of +ight. !er presence melts )inter away. :risk, a lonely male cottish fairy who is found near pools )ichtlein, a %erman mine fairy )lso:

the AsparasFApsaras, fig tree fairies the (aryatids, nut tree fairies the 7ryads, oak tree fairies the +uantishees, blackthorn fairies +iterary fairies include @ueen 1ab, 0uck, Titania, Tinkerbell, Tammerlane, 1ustardseed and Oberon. ,airy %oddesses8 Aine of >nockaine 2 Airmed 2 -ri 2 1organ le ,ay #1organ the ,airy$ ,airy %ods8 (redne, the fairy goldsmith 2 %oibnie, the fairy blacksmith 2 +ichtar, the fairy carpenter ') *2 31$&1T+(*" The fairy godmother is a stock character of fairy tales. he appears alone or in a group to bestow gifts, usually on newborns. ometimes she acts like a guardian angel. ,atae, one of the names for fairies, derives from ,ataF,atae, the ,ates. This 9oman Triple %oddess appeared at the birth of kings and notables to decree the child's destiny. The archetype is much older, going back at least as far as -gypt where the even !athors appeared upon the birth of a child to bestow gifts and divine its fate. %+),3(L ,3" *There are other forms of life as well as ours whose sphere of evolution impinges upon the earth. In the realm of folk2lore we constantly meet with the idea of intercourse between the human and the fairy kingdoms; of the marriage of a human being with a fairy spouse, or the theft of a child by the fairies, an impish changeling being left in its place. )e shall be rash if we assume that an extensive body of folk2belief is entirely without foundation in fact.* 2 7ion ,ortune, 0sychic elf27efence -+((L 1' T+( ')(*2 2()* &arch 45 ,estival of river nymphs and water fairies, a dangerous day for swimming. )pril 678&ay 4 0eltane8&ay $ay ,airies ride out from their hills to celebrate "eltaine on 1ay -ve )u!ust 9 ,airy hills and dwellings are revealed on this day. "eptem#er :; 7oors open between our world and the fairy realm.

,ovem#er < Another day when it is possible to catch a glimpse of fairyland. ,ovem#er 44 ,estival of the blackthorn fairies.

+ow can you interact with 'airies=

9espect, kindness and generosity would be the words that spring to mind when trying to communicate with the ,airy >ingdom. All members of the ,airy realm are suspicious and wary of humans. They long to help and interact with us, but because of the damage being done to their environment and the -arth in general, they are afraid. !ere are some of my top tips for communicating and befriending ,airies in your local environment. IBm sharing them with you because they workG

"e kind, generous and &oyful in all that you do A even the most boring and mundane daily chores. ,airies are always watching humans and will feel more like helping and even appearing to you if your behaviour is exemplary. pend time outside in nature, in 6uiet meditation. There are particular times of the day A midnight, noon, dawn and dusk A when the veil between our worlds is at itBs most transparent. This is the easiest time to open up communication. They absolutely adore honey and little treatsG If you have a garden with shrubs or trees, a little trickle of honey down the barks of these is much appreciated by them. I know from experience that our ,airy friends have celebrations in particular on the night of the full moon and a little piece of cake and honey on a saucer is always gone the next morningG (ultivate plants, flowers and trees in your environment. If you donBt have a garden A no problem. ?ust keep fresh flowers and healthy plants around your home. There will be elementals attached to all of these and they will bring positive energy and happiness to your surroundings. 9espect fairy space. That is, fairy mounds or fairy circles #please walk around, not through them$, lone trees or shrubs which are not cultivated and stand out on their own #do not cut down or mutilate$ and wild areas of nature A always ask their permission before weeding, clearing or cutting down growth. 7o your bit for the environment. 9ecycle, use organic, natural products when possible, and do not mistreat the world around us.

+ow do we know that 'airies are a#out=

There are a few subtle signs that will tell you a member of the ,airy >ingdom is nearby. If any of these has happened to you A congratulationsG 3ou have probably had a close encounter of the ,airy kindG

A beautiful feather, usually white, appears in front of you. A gift from an -lemental. A wonderful scent hits you out of the blue when out walking. A greeting from a ,airy. An surprise compliment or a lucky break A an affectionate gesture from the -lemental realm.

An unusual bree/e rustling up out of nowhere when walking through trees. alutations from the ,airies. A small unexpected present from a friend A influenced by a member of the ,airy >ingdom.

"Great are the blessings that will come of treating the fairies well. They are, for instance, very fond of good wines, and in the olden times great princes and chiefs would always be leaving out a keg of wine overnight, and always in the morning the keg would be drained. Cynical folks will say, of course, that a keg might easily be drained by others than fairies, and that anyone who would be foolish enough to leave out a keg of wine at night might expect to find it none other than empty in the morning. But cynics will not be reading this..." H9.1. 7ouglas http8FFwww.moonslipper.comFapictureofthefairykingdom.html

Fairy Potions and Spells

,airy ,lower Oil
; dramI elder oil,; dramI lavender oil,a few dried rose buds &ethod to %onstruct )arm slowly in an enamel saucepan. +et cool. 0our into magic bottles and use in spellwork, philtres #love potions$, and ritual anointing. IA dram is ;F;=th of an ounce

)ttract 'airies
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,irst, wash the 6uart/ with plain water and chant this verse over it. "Fairies from afar; spread your blessings all around. Be safe and warm and welcome here, every season, every year. May our love and magic abound!" 0ut the 6uart/ in a window where sunlight can reach it. %o around your house and yard, sprinkling glitter whenever you want to attract fairies. They will soon arrive.

To "ummon a 'aerie 'riend

mall crystal bowl or cup, fruit &uice, sugar 0our a small amount of the fruit into the bowl or cup and chant the following8 "With this water of fruits humbly summon thee, come now as! to help and "oin with me, with this water of fruits choose to give to thee, to graciously ta!e all that you need, and all that give, all you receive, friendships found and "oy abounds."

The 'aerie %all

it where the cat sits. (ross your toes. (lose your eyes. And smell a rose.Then say under your breath8 " believe in fairies, sure as death." "#adfly!ins! #ladtrypins! #utterpuss and $ass! $ome to me fairly. %ach lad and lass!

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"$ome out of your Fairy Bower. $ome upon this golden hour. $ome to me, beg you please. Fairies dancing upon the bree&e."

+ow To &eet ) 'airy ,ey folk are wild creatures; they are so strong and unusual
that you must be very careful when meeting with them. If you approach one with love and honour, he or she &ust might be an honourable, powerful and delightful friend. +ere>s +ow to meet them? "tep @4 ,ocus on the darkness of the mind's eye, close your eyes. "tep @: ee that darkness filled with a glowing green light, a ,ey green, like a magical glow or sparkle. "tep @6 +et your mind be filled with the light. Then envision the ,eys glow swirling around you, surrounding you in it's beauty and magic. "tep @A -n&oy its beauty for a minute or so. "tep @5 +et that ,ey power feed you and cleanse you. +et it work it's magic on you. "tep @B Then you must call out for a fairy friend. #!owever donBt demand a visit, we do not control the ,ey ,olk$. H Invite him or her with warmth, courtesy, good will. "tep @9 )elcome the fairy with dignity and respect. Ask their name and ask what they need from you. If they donBt give you their name then you should end the visit. "tep @< .ever make an agreement with a fairy. They take commitments way to seriously and are tricksters, who often have an unusual view to what life should be like. 3ou may not want the same goals as they do. )t the visit: "tep @; If you fall asleep, your visit might be happening on an unconscious level, so you would still need the steps below upon awakening. "tep @47 If you want to, you can ask your visitor for something you need. "tep @44 Always give your thanks for the visit, and for any help you were given.

"tep @4: At this point itBs O.>. to give a gift, food J drink left out at night. 1ilk, !oney and wine are their favourites. "tep @46 0erhaps this fairy will become your friend for a while or even a lifetime. 3ou can use this ritual to visit again. "ut for now &ust say *%oodbye*. )fter the ritual After doing something like this ritual, you may be in an altered state without reali/ing it. HIf you are, then you should take a walk or cook #be careful not to burn yourself though$, because donBt forget you &ust ventured their world. o, after you finish step ;K be sure to do the following K steps8 ;. pend time consciously focusing on the embodied life plane by making your mind concentrate on physical matter. K. If you decided to go for a walk, focus on looking both ways when crossing. H 0ay special attention to kitchen safety or whatever focus is best for the activity in which you become involved. :se these two steps until you are well focused on the physical plane. 3ou could feel very sharp and alert, and think there is no need for the last K steps. "ut do them anyway. ,or one thing, alert as you are, you might only be to the fairy plane. Take time to become alert to the physical realm. If you're feeling really spacy add some simple stretches or do some other safe activity that will focus you onto your own body.

+ow To )ttract ) 'airy

(reate a garden that is full of life. "irdhouses, birdbaths and bird feeders are lovely ornaments for the garden, so are bat houses and hummingbird feeders. 0lant flowers and plants that are attractive to bees and butterflies. ,airies love butterflies, and are very attracted to them. 0ut nuts out for the s6uirrels. )hatever you do to bring life to your garden, and at the same time you will bring fairies as well. !ere's a list of plants that attract beautiful butterflies and fairies to your garden8

Achillea millefolium #common yarrow$ Aster novi2belgii #.ew 3ork aster$ (hrysanthemum maximum #shasta daisy$ (oreopsis grandifloraFverticillata #coreopsis$ Agastache occidentalis #western giant hyssop or horsemint$ +avendula dentata #,rench lavender$ 9osemarinus officinalis #rosemary$ Thymus #thyme$ "uddleia alternifolia #fountain butterfly bush$ "uddleia davidii #orange2eye butterfly bush, summer lilac$ 0otentilla fruitiosa #shrubby cin6uefoil$ 0etunia hybrida #common garden petunia$ Eerbena #verbenas, vervains$ cabiosa caucasica #pincushion flowers$ (osmos bipinnatus #cosmos$ Cinnia elegans #common /innia$

Install a small fountain or waterfall or put in a fishpond. 3ou might want to include statues of faeries. Anything that reflects light or is colourful and moving particularly attracts the gnomes and elves. "oth fairies and water sprites like the splashy sound and sight of a fountain. +eave an area of your garden a bit wild and not too cultivated. It need not be a large space, but having one area that is dedicated to the fairies will make them feel very welcome. Ask fairies and elves to come to your garden. *)here Intention goes, energy flows.* )hatever you place your conscious awareness on, you will pull into your life. As you put your attention on fairies and gnomes and the elemental realm, they will respond by being drawn into your garden.

'lowers, +er#s and the 'aeries

Through the centuries, -uropeans made note of which plants were attractive to wee folk and which plants offered protection from ,aeries. 9emember that most flower faeries will reveal themselves in the colors of the flower itself.

Angelica2 the faeries of this flower are very beautiful. These faeries bring good fortune and strong energy. "asil2 This faerie spirit is more of an elf form. )here ever basil grows, there usually is a dragon to be found serving as protector. "uttercup2 These faeries are compassionate and empathetic towards humans. "luebell2 If this flower rings in your garden, an evil faerie is near. One of the most potent of all the faerie flowers. (arnation2 9ed carnations draw faeries who en&oy healing animals. (lover2 )ildly attractive to faerie life. ,our leaf clover will break a faerie spell. (owslip2 This is the best for attracting faeries into your yard. +oved and guarded by faeries. This flower has power to find hidden faerie gold. 7aisy2 This flower draws all faeries, elves and nature spirits. 7andelion2 aid to be used by the faeries for making beverages. 7ill2 ,aeries dislike the scent of this plant. ,oxglove2 A favorite of earth elementals. )orn by faeries sometimes as hats and gloves. !awthorne2 acred to faeries, as well as the 1ay @ueen.

!eliotrope2 A favorite of fire elementals. %orse2 9epels almost all faeries. !ollyhock2 This is a favorite of faeries, especially the pink variety. Iris2 Iris was the %reek goddess of the rainbow, and the faeries of this flower manifest in all the colors of the rainbow itself. +avender2 The faeries of this flower and the other nature spirits it draws are very protective. +ilac2 The scent draws faeries. The faeries of this flower are musical. +ily2 ,avorite of nature spirits. +obelia2 Attracts winged faeries. 1arigold2 The faeries and nature spirits associated with this flower hold the mysteries and magic of thunderstorms. 1istletoe2 Attracts unpleasant tree faeries. 1orning %lory2 9epels unwanted night faeries. 1ushrooms2 :sed by faeries to mark the boundaries of their dancing circles and portals to their world. 0ansy2 Attracts parades of trooping faeries. This flower was used by Oberon as a love potion. 0hlox2 The faeries of this flower are of elf form. They are more of an overseer and guardian. 0rimrose2 "elieve to give faeries their power of invisibility. If one touches a faerie rock with the correct number of primrose in a posy it opens the way to faerie land and faerie gifts. If you have the wrong number then you're doomed. 9agwort2 A rye2grass used by faeries as make2shift horses. In the ;4th century states that the magic words used to make the stems fly were !orse and !attock. 9ose2 This is one of the most sacred flowers, the faeries and spirits of this flower have strong ties to their elder brothers and sisters, the angels. They hold the secrets to time and it's exploration. 9osemary2 %ives protection from baneful faeries. assafras2 A favorite of air elementals. hamrock2 (eltic faeries adore it. napdragons2 This plant and where it grows are often watched over by tiny dragons. The faeries and sprites of this flower have connections to the energies of all dragons and bring great protection. Tulip2 These faeries hold knowledge of the hidden significance of events, people and things. Eiolet2 This flower is sacred to all faeries, especially the ,aerie @ueen.