you know how entertaining it is to stumble upon whole pockets of culture that exist despite your ignorance of them? i have had numerous discoveries broaden my understanding of the eccentricities of humanity.
whether it be circuit benders:
there are, in fact, people, as in, real-live-walking-around-people, as in, fellow human beings, who believe in fairies. literally. now, my parents issued warnings about this in my formative years. growing up in a conservative, christian home, navigating supernatural phenomena is nothing short of difficult, i.e.: “the force” is ok, (i think mostly becausestar wars was awesome) but bewitched is not, since, well, it had a witch in it, and this was fine with me, because, as a kid, bewitched was infinitely less awesome than star wars, maybe. it was never too clear what crossed the line of make-believe into the dangerous realm of real-possibility, and i so i cheered for tinker bell when she needed happy thoughts to stay a living breathing thing, despite admonishments suggesting this may be akin to participating in the black arts. but i now attest that my parents were right – there are, in fact, fairy-believing individuals out there, although i’m irresolute as to the level of threat they pose us, given that their capacity for the suspension of reality is pretty decent, which, i would think, would lend to the potential for meaningful conversation regarding spiritual matters to be severely high.
regardless, here’s how i know this, the existence of fairy believing individuals:
while searching for outdoor playhouses (or, more accurately, outdoor dollhouses) for my niece, charlie, i discovered the work of a craftsman with such imagination and attention to detail that i felt, what i recognized to be, inspiration, while viewing his creations. these creations, as it turns out, are, in fact, “fairy houses”. the intention, it would seem, is for them, the “fairy houses”, to be placed in a suitable nook of the yard and left alone. these things look like they sprung from the head of tim burton or something. here:
“How does a Fairy House work?
A Fairy House is a little like a radio tuner; radio waves are present all around us but unless we have an antenna and a way of bringing them into our audio range, we can’t hear them. Fairies are in many places around us, too, but we can’t see them, hear them, or interact with them unless we’re tuned to their frequency. A Fairy House is one way of tuning in.
A Fairy House, or a Fairy door or window is a way to say, “I believe.” And when we believe, the Fairies hear us and are drawn to us. Our act of belief opens the door between their realm and ours and allows communication.
Where should I put my Fairy House?
When your house arrives, choose a place for it on a special table or shelf in your home, a secluded spot in your garden, or in a large flowerpot. Give your imagination free reign to create a miniature world around it with stones, plants, shells, or anything you suspect might appeal to Fairies. Children are a great help in this process but, if none are available, trust the child inside you to know what to do.
How can I attract Fairies to my Fairy Habitat?
Place a welcome gift of a crystal, special stone, gold or silver inside your Fairy House, next to the door of a TreeHouse Transformation Kit, or other Fairy habitat that you have created. Fairies like sparkly things. Warning! They don’t like iron or magnets. They love chocolate so leave them a small piece as a treat; then send an invitation from your heart for the Fairies to move in. You may have to repeat the invitation a few times, but one day you will notice that the quality of light around the house has changed or you will hear distant laughter or music. The Fairies have moved in.
When is the best time to give Fairies gifts?
Fairies like to get presents any time but they are particularly active at the solstices, equinoxes and, of course, at each full moon. Fairies love to feast and dance at the time of the full moon, so this is a particularly good time to show your goodwill toward them. Contribute to their feast by placing a small (fairy sized) plate with food from your evening meal adjacent to your Fairies’ habitat. Be sure to include sweets, fruit and, especially, chocolate!
How can I connect with the Fairies?
Fairies are spritely beings whose energy fields vibrate so fast, they don’t have solid form in the human dimension. They can, if sufficiently intrigued, change their vibrational speed to allow us to see them. When they do, they appear in many different sizes and shapes because they appear to each of us as we expect them to be. Fairies prefer to appear very small because that requires less energy.
How can I see the Fairies?
Fairies are most easily seen when you don’t look directly at them. Again, be very quiet, both inside and out. It may help if you soft-focus your eyes, look straight ahead, and concentrate on your peripheral vision. If you detect movement, resist the temptation to look directly. When you sense a Fairy presence, a friendly greeting is appropriate.”
i have to say, my favorite question is: “when is the best time to give fairies gifts?” it is encouraging to know we humans, despite our eccentricities, are so very generous.