Since the early days of man, the faery folk have played a vital role in our mythology, belief systems, and our curiousity. In days of old when man was still in balance with his/her surroundings and lived with nature instead of apart from it; the faery kin worked hand in hand with them. Whether this was factual, we may never know. However, a wealth of folklore and eye witness accounts of the “good folk” still exist from every society and culture in the world. I believe that with such a tremendous amount of stories and tales that agree with each other down to the last detail, there must be some basis in reality. I myself believe in the faery folk, despite the odd looks from many people I meet. They have and always shall be, a very valid and real thing in my life. This may be ascribed to my Celtic lineage.However, I find this unlikely, as many Hispanic, as well as Celtic peoples that I meet have such beliefs to this day.
No one knows when or why the split occured between our two worlds. The only thing we know is that it did happen. Many storys tell of marriages and dealings between our two peoples (sadly some ending in animosity). In today’s society our ,once brethren, have been reduced to a silly product of a child’s mind and quickly quashed as soon as the subject crops up. Popular film companies have also popularized the silly and frivilous faery icon with wanton disregard for historical accounts of the Sidhe time and time again. These representations can be nothing short of a complete falsification. The faeries of legend were both intensily feared and revered. They controled the very elements in many tales and caused many a careless person to suffer for their transgressions. Throughout the British Isles in the more rural areas, the faery kin is still held in this regard. In Northern Ireland to this day, fern is hung above doors to protect against baneful faeries. The crops left in the field after Samhain (01 Nov) are left for the Phooka, a mischevious faery that is known to give men rides on his back and dump them headlong into a river. In Britian children are still warned of Jenny Greenteeth and Peg Powler, two insideous aquatic faeries that delight in drowning unwary children. But there are just as many kind faeries as bad in the world of the Fey.
Good Faeries crop up in many popular childrens tales such as the Brownie of the German peoples. The Brownie is also known by many other names in other cultures and is a beneficial house faery. There is also the Tuatha de Danaan (TooTha Day DahNon: peoples of the goddess Dana) a large trooping faery peoples that are known to be seen in large processions around the pagan high holidays. They are also known to have rode tiny horses, bred to their small stature. These faeries were very kind with the ancient peoples of Ireland and bestowed many great gifts apon them.
RITUAL: HOW TO MEET A FAERIE
Don’t take this lightly. The Fey Folk are wild, and their integrity so strong and unusual that you must be careful with them. However, if you approach one correctly, heshe can be an honorable, powerful and delightful friend and ally.
If you find you cannot handle the power of this rite, courteously end the visit. If an evil entity arrives by accident, end the visit, either with courtesy or rudeness, whichever is safest and most effective.
Do each numbered step before going onto the next.
1. Focus on the darkness of the mind’s eye, the darkness that’s automatically there when your eyes are closed.
2. See that darkness filled with a glowing green, a Faerie green, a magic glow.
3. Feel that magic, green, Fey glow start swirling around you, bathing you in its beauty, bathing you in its magic.
4. Enjoy drinking in that magic for a minute.
5. Let that Fey power feed you, cleanse you, and give you things you need. Let it work its magic on you.
6. Into that green mist, call out for a Faerie friend. Don’t demand a visit, for we do not control the Fey Folk. Invite with warmth, courtesy, good will and good cheer.
7. Greet and welcome your visitor with dignity and courtesy. Ask hisher name and hisher need of you. If no name is given you, usually you should end the visit. When you meet someone on the physical plane who will not tell you their name, there is usually something awry, right?
8. Never lightly make an agreement with a Faerie. They take commitments seriously. And are tricksters, who often have an unusual view as to what life should be like. You may not want the same goals as they.
9. Visit. Then do the following steps. If you fall asleep, your visit might be happening on an unconscious level so you wouls still need the following steps upon awakening.
10. If you would like, ask your visitor for something you need.
11. Make thanks for the visit, and for any help you were given. At this point it may be appropriate to give or promise a gift, EG a bit of food and drink left out at night.
12. Perhaps this spirit will become your friend for a while or even a lifetime. You can use this ritual to visit with himher again. But for now say “Farewell.”
13. After doing something like this ritual, one might be in an altered state without realizing it. If you then do something like drive, walk at night along a city street, or cook, you could possibly go through a red light, get mugged, or burn yourself, all because you were off in another world! So, after you finish step 12, do the following two steps:
A. Spend some time consciously focusing on the embodied, mundane plane by making your mind concentrate on physical things.
B. Then continue this focusing by looking both ways carefully when crossing streets or paying special, conscientious attention to kitchen safety or whatever focus is appropriate to the activity in which you become involved. Use these two steps until you are well focused onto the embodied plane.
You may feel very sharp and alert, so think there is no need for step 13. Please do it anyway. For one thing, alert as you are, you might be alert only to the SPIRIT plane! Take the time to become alert to the physical realm. If you’re feeling really spacy or “out there” add body stretches or do some other very physical but safe activity that will focus you onto your own body.
by Francesca De Grandis, copyright 1994.