Faeries and Elves
These magickal creatures have mesmerized humans over the centuries, and the magickal world of faeries and elves offers inspiration to children and adults of all cultures. Magickal creatures have been the basis of movies, art and books, giving pleasure to all as tales are passed down from generation to generation. Faery and elf energy can still be called upon bringing into your life endless possibilities, opening the doorway between the faery, elf and human realm. Faeries are found in the mortal world, at times in people’s homes, near lakes, and trees in the forest, mostly faeries reside in the faery realm. Elves and faeries have supernatural powers allowing them to move through space and change their shape into any form they choose, and while in the faery realm elves and faeries are immortal. The faery realm is also referred to as Avalon, the Land of the Blessed, Tir-na-n-Og (country of the young), and the Otherworld. The difference between elves, faeries and humans is that humans gain meaning within the material and physical world. Elfin and faery energy is rooted in the Otherworld, over the centuries the worlds have become more separate. Be assured the more faery energy you allow into your life the more magick there will be.
Created before humans, elves possess supernatural powers, they are nature spirits, usually found in forest settings and woodlands. Faeries were the ancient creatures of Ireland, they evolved into various types of faeries. Different types of faeries behave in different ways some benevolent, others malevolent. When interacting with faeries it is important to know what kind of faery you are dealing with. Faeries possess supernatural powers some use their powers for good others for evil, always tread carefully when interacting with faeries as they expect to be treated with reverence. All faeries reside in the faery realm, humans visit this realm on occasion, at times by accident, sometimes by invitation and other times by sheer determination and diligence. These nature spirits are all around you, beware they repay kindness with kindness, and bad behaviour with bad behaviour, where elves and faeries are concerned you get what you give tenfold.
In order to draw faery energy into your life find your favorite place to meditate and call upon the Seven Faery Guardians, Star Finder – Faery Watcher of the east, Shining Flame – Faery Watcher of the south, Water Maker – Faery Watcher of the west, Black Mother – Faery Watcher of the north, Heaven Shiner, Fire in the Earth and Star Goddess. You can say their names out loud before you begin meditating, or you can say them silently in your mind. When you meditate with these beautiful energies you can’t help but feel uplifted when you connect with the Otherworld. If you want to connect to the faery world you will find the portals are at their most accessible on the eves of Beltane, Midsummer and Halloween, this is when you have the greatest opportunity to commune with these magickal creatures and walk between the mortal world and the Otherworld. Go outside into the night, be near trees, plants, flowers, look at the Moon and the stars, create a mound of earth and place a spring of thyme on top and seven small crystals, the seven crystals represent the Seven Faery Guardians. Breathe deeply seven times, turn around clockwise seven times, then call the names of the Seven Faery Guardians, hold out both arms with palms facing upwards and wait for the faery energy to fill you.
There are certain faery fragrant essences you can use in the form of essential oils, incense and candles. All elves and faeries love amber which can also be used for psychic enhancement. Basil is for good luck, it heals wounds and promotes love and romance. Cedarwood, is considered sacred and a special favorite of the forest elves and woodland faeries. Chamomile attracts faeries, and a few drops on a pillowcase will ensure sweet magickal dreams. Geranium oil is a special favorite of garden faeries and geranium oil is especially useful for healing and abundance. Honeysuckle is intoxicating to flower and woodland faeries, causing them to dance and sing. Before a faery meditation, anoint yourself in geranium oil, it will draw love, romance and passion. Jasmine draws woodland elves and faeries, lavender promotes faery dreams and heals, to ensure faery dreams dot a little jasmine on your pillow before going to sleep. Lemon draws fruit faeries and encourages happiness, joy, fun and pleasure. Neroli can be used on your body, bedding, in your path, in an oil burner, it draws flower and tree faeries to you. Patchouli, attracts woodland elves and fairies, it enhances love and faery encounters. Pine attracts tree faeries and forest elves, it enhances creativity, strength and love. Faeries love rose essence, it attracts flower, garden and woodland elves and faeries. Use on your temples to enhance psychic abilities, and light some before faery meditation, rose essence promotes love, heightens all senses, fosters joy and luck. Sandalwood attracts woodland elves and faeries, it enhances spiritual meditation, shape shifting and healing. Ylang-ylang, attracts flower and garden faeries and elves, it promotes passion, abundance and love. Elves and faeries are adepts in the art of using herbs and essences.
The faery and elf realm is carefully hidden, yet available humans when most needed, there are certain times of year when the veil between worlds is finer and more accessible. It is easier to communicate with faeries and elves during a full Moon, especially during Halloween. Time in the immortal world of faeries and elves is quite different to time in the mortal world. Humans visit the enchanted world and what seems like a short time to them may in actual fact be years, faeries and elves often visit the human world. Children are more likely than adults to catch sight of these glorious nature spirits. Faery energy influences the lives of mortals, love, health wellbeing, prosperity.
Everyone sees faeries at one time or another, the flash of light in the corner of your eye, the sense someone is behind you and when you turn there is no-one there, when you walk into a room and feel as though someone is there. When you wake in the morning or during the night, and almost see something in that momentary veil between waking and sleeping. When you have this strange sensation, sometimes accompanied by a tingling up and down the spine you can be certain you have touched upon the faery realm.
Norse mythology describes light and dark elves, the light elves lived above in the world of Alfheim, they glowed with light energy and were helpers of mortals. The dark elves (dwarves) lived in the underworld of Svartalfheim. These elves were bad tempered and did not like humans very much, they were very unfriendly to any mortals who were unlucky enough to encounter them. Light elves love the sunlight and live in the upper world, while dark elves (dwarves) live underground in the darkness.
There are many varieties of elves, woodland elves, fire elves, gray elves, green elves, blue elves, gold elves, silver elves, high elves, lowland elves, river elves, sea elves, hill elves, forest elves, blessed elves, mountain elves, wind elves and meadow elves. Elves like to live in groups, you will rarely find a solitary elf, they are very social and when the opportunity arises they will be friendly towards mortals. Elves are very protective towards nature and the Earth, and they want humans to take more care of the Earth and become more in touch with nature. Those who believe in faeries and are on the lookout for them will often hear the faery music, which plays through the night while the faeries dance until dawn.
Just like faeries, elves can be either friendly or unfriendly, all elves are nature lovers, blending into the environment naturally becoming at one with the Earth. Elves communicate with each other telepathically, they do not age but can be hurt and killed if someone wishes them harm. Elves are quite mysterious creatures, they like to dance and can be very playful and have a certain dynamic that can draw mortals to them. Dusk is the time to see elves, you will find them in the forest at dusk, they love the Moon and celebrate when the Moon rises.
Faery magick reaches us in weird and wonderful ways, treated with respect and kindness they are benevolent creatures, treated badly and they can be the most malevolent creatures. All faeries have the power to change their shape, shape shifting is a handy tool if they are being pursued or have been captured and want to escape their bonds. Because faeries are shape shifters they can appear in any form they choose, they can appear as a glowing mist or a light. Water elves appear as green and blue, while woodland faeries are green and brown, wood elves are fair skinned with dark brown hair, while the Selkies have black eyes and long blue black hair, they are very slender and shimmer silver. Some elves and faeiries live in groups and are quite social while others are solitary and prefer to be left alone.
Elves and faeries are gifted illusionists, they can appear old, young, big, small, they play beautiful music and have exquisite magickal singing voices that transfix the listener. They are capable of seeing through the Earth, those who live in groups travel together, and Elvin or faery groups vary in size, ranging from very large, or no more than half a dozen. If an elf or faery is angered they can be quite mean, if they witness an act of kindness they can be the most benevolent creatures on the face of the Earth. All faeries love to dance and play games, they also have a great sense of fun and can’t resist playing practical jokes on each other and on humans.
Elves, trolls and dwarves are all considered part of the faery world in modern culture, whereas ancient beliefs deemed faeries to be apart from all other creatures. There are many varieties of faeries which include, Water faeries – water sprites, selkies, alvens, amnwn, sirens and nymphs. Forest faeries – corrigans, dryads, oakman and sidhe draoi. Household faeries – Billy Blin, brownies, hobgoblins, kobolds, pixies and redcaps. Brownies are a type of house elf or faery that inhabits people’s homes, they complete unfinished jobs, look after household pets, they bring good luck to a home. A word of warning, make sure you don’t offend them or chaos will ensue, tread very careful they are extremely touchy, treat them with care and consideration.
Dryads, earth faeries, are particularly beautiful faeries, tall and slender, they have an intricate pattern down one side of their body, representing the parent (mother tree), their hair is shaded green, brown and copper, with streaks of white and gold, it is magnificent, very long often extending to their ankles, and wild. They are known as nymphs of the forest. All elves and faeries have a connection with the earth with most faeries being earth faeries. They can generally be found in the most private and remote places, glens, fruit orchids, forests, gardens, berry patches, caves, mines, rock outcroppings, fields, meadows, thickets and monoliths. Types of earth faeries are, gnomes, trows, elves, dryads, green men and women, nappees, spriggins, buccas and pillywiggins.
The winged faeries are the air faeries and considered to be the messengers between the mortal and the Otherworld, they are lighter than air, they move between the mundane and the divine. Dragonflies, hummingbirds and butterflies are air faeries, eagles, owls, swans and ravens are said to be the closest birds to the faery realm Winged faeries generally give humans a wide birth, although you can be assured of seeing one if there is a special message meant for you. Faery wings are made of energy, light and magick they represent ethereal forces flowing through the faery bodies. Types of air faeries, ganconers, sylphs, ganconaughs, seelis and corrigans.
Fire faeries come in two forms, the fire sprites who give off light and fire faeries, magickal creatures related to dragons, they derive their magickal power from the fire. They look like sparks of light travelling through the night. These faeries are not hot like fire, they are like a shining red light glowing, their light is considered divine. Types of fire faeries, salamanders, fire drakes, fire sprites, shining ones, fire feys, drakes, drachen and draks.
Water faeries are called kelpies and sirens, sirens capture lovers by singing to them and drawing love towards them. Once the lover is captured they are dragged down into the depths of the ocean where they die. Water faeries often take the shape of swans, because swans are able to fly and swim in the water, they have the ability to connect the water element with the air element. Undines are known as water elven, they live in crystal palaces in the deepest lakes. Water sprites move from one world to the other and when on land shape shift into tiny red cattle with no horns. Types of water faeries, mermaids, alvens, mermen and water sprites.
All faeries are shape shifters and the largest number of faeries are earth faeries, air faeries are found in the wind and the breeze, wherever there is heat and light you will find fire faeries, within rain, snow, the morning dew, any body of water and hail you will find water faeries. By connecting with the four elements you will be able to get in touch with the different types of faery energies, and the best time to commune with faery energy is when the veil between the mortal and faery world is the thinest, this is between dusk and dawn.
Faeiries have a generally mischievous energy and love to play tricks on humans, especially if the human is greedy and places great importance on acquisitions, faeries often take an items belonging to a human and hide it away for a time, giggling as they watch the person searching for it. When a significant amount of time has gone by, they return the item to the exact place they first found it. And if someone is unkind or grumpy, or treats someone unkindly, a faery will spill something on their clothes, turn the light out when they are reading, hide their reading glasses, turn the hot water off when they are showering, hide their keys, pinch one sock or hide one shoe. Their greatest fun is had watching the frustration of a grumpy, clueless human, searching for a lost item or wondering where the mark on their clean outfit came from.
How often have you found your jewellery all tangled after you left it neatly arranged, your new car battery goes flat, your wallet carefully left in your wardrobe is missing, and where on earth is the remote control? If you can see the humour in these annoying instances, the faeries will warm to you and feel more kindly disposed towards you.
Pixies are particularly capricious and love teasing travelers, hiding their travelers cheques, maps, suitcase keys, airline tickets, they have even been known to change hotel bookings so that when you arrive the staff are not expecting you. Have you ever taken a long drive, had a picnic and been unable to find your car keys when it is time to return home? And they find it even funnier if two people start to argue when one is adamant they made the booking and the other person doesn’t believe them. And on those days where everything goes wrong no matter what you do, be assured a faery is in close proximity.
All faeries have a childlike energy which is why humans feel so good around them and enjoy their energy. Faeries are drawn to positive loving energies and offended by unpleasant people and loud noises. All faeries are luminescent and all faeries get a kick out of teasing humans.
Faeries reside happily in the Otherworld, in this place they are comfortable, safe, carefree and able to practice their magick. Gnomes prefer to live in the earth under oak trees, liking dense forests, some faeries can also be found in these habitats. The original faeries are the Sidhe, the word means hills and faery, they lived in the hills. The dark elves are most comfortable in the lower world, living underground. The light elves are most comfortable in the upper world, while all elves and faeries are drawn to every aspect of nature. Leprechauns prefer to make their homes in abandoned burrows, hollow trees, caves with openings that are hidden by bushes and trees. Leprechauns like to inhabit places that do not draw attention to them allowing them to blend into their environment thus remaining apart from humans.
To attract elves and faeries to you pay attention to your garden, they love flowers, plants and trees. They also love water features and fish ponds and when they are near you will have a sense of wellbeing and happiness, providing of course you treat them with kindness. They will help you to attain your personal and professional goals, maintain your health, attract abundance, awaken spiritually and have greater understanding of all there is. If you don’t treat them with the deference they expect, be assured there will be mayhem in your life, you won’t be able to do right for doing wrong and you will never find your car keys.
The correct way to refer to these magickal creatures is “the good folk,” or “the gentry,” they actually prefer to initiate contact with humans. They love music, celebrations, dancing, gifts and they especially like gifts of fresh food and drink. The more flowers you have planted in your garden the more likely you are to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and dragonflies, this will be a magnet for elves and faeries. Follow tradition and give your first and last piece of fruit to the elves and faeries as a gift, they like to be recognized for their efforts in controlling crops. When you leave your gifts out for the elves and faeries speak out loud to them, letting them know you are sincere in your offering. The magickal creatures absorb the essence of the food, so when you find it the next day, bury it immediately. The favorite food of elves and faeries is, fresh milk, butter, fruit, vegetables, bread, cake, quality mead or brew. The best way to attract elves and faeries is to treat them with consideration and respect, give out the energy you expect to receive, positive loving energy will be reciprocated.
Whether you are aware or not, the world of elves and faeries is around you, and the more tuned in you become to the possibility of elf and faery energy the more likely you are to feel it. That little prickle on the back of your neck, the disappearing sock in the washing machine, the book you know you left on the bed. The urge to turn around because you think there is someone behind you, something you see out of the corner of your eye when you are looking in the mirror. The feeling there is someone reading over your shoulder, causing you to turn around and look just in case. The voice that whispers to you telling you that you left the tap on, or forgot to lock the front door, the urge to look under the bed just in case. The sense someone touched your hair, your cheek, your hand, the urge to open the front door because you sense someone is there. Next time this happens open your eyes, your heart, your spirit you may find yourself face to face with a faery.
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