When you hear the word fairy, you probably think of a small, winged being covered in glitter thanks to movies and shows of the past few decades. But if you reach back a bit farther into the stories that bear the same name as these magical creatures, would that image still hold up? Probably not, because fairies, also known as the Fae, come in many shapes, sizes, and shades of grey.
Fairies in Folklore
Many cultures have legends about fairies and where they come from. Scottish folklore speaks of two distinct courts, the Seelie and Unseelie, Irish folklore has many stories of the sídhe and the Tuatha Dé Danonn, Duendes are common characters in Latin American myths, and there are countless stories of elves, brownies, sprites, goblins, and nymphs to be found across Europe.
Some stories even claim that fairies were thought to be the souls of the deceased. The Irish believed that the sídhe resided in ancient burial mounds, and it’s a common trait among most fairy lore that fairies live underground, in the same place most cultures bury their dead. It’s also a commonly held belief that if someone eats or drinks anything while in the fairy realm, they won’t be able to leave. This is quite similar to the ancient Greek myth of Hades and Persephone, where Persephone would only be allowed to leave Hades’ realm if she didn’t eat or drink anything presented to her while she resided in the Underworld.
Why Create a Fairy Garden?
The benefits of creating a fairy garden are as numerous as the tales about these incredible beings. Here are just a few of them:
Helps you connect with your inner child.
Stimulates your imagination.
Connects you to your spirituality.
Offers you a creative outlet.
Allows each zodiac a way to connect to their individual element.
Creates a connection with Mother Nature.
Helps you visualize and manifest your deepest hopes and desires.
Tips for Inviting Fairies to Your Garden
Watch the video below to learn how to create your own fairy garden:
Once you’ve created your fairy garden, you might be interested in inviting the fairies to make use of it. Why invite the fairies near your home? Perhaps you wish to attract the fairies connected to your zodiac element (Earth, Air, Fire, and Water), in hopes of more closely connecting with both them and Mother Nature. Maybe you wish for the beauty and light many fairies naturally bring to whatever place they decide to grace with their presence. Or you’d like the gnomes to bring some structure and balance with them, and the elves to assist you in removing some long-standing obstacles in your life path.
Whatever your reasons for wishing to connect with the fairies, a few ways to invite them into your garden are to plant flowers around it, create a small fountain or another type of water feature, place crystals and healing herbs in the garden as an offering, play music, or leave out food and drink as offerings of welcome.
Let Your Imagination Flourish
A fairy garden is an excellent place to let your imagination and your inner child run free. A word of caution though, about dealing with the fairy folk. There are many that are kind, sweet, and helpful, but just as many who love to play tricks, just as your imagination does from time to time. So keep your wits about you, and always be polite when you venture into their world. Remember what you wish to manifest with your beautiful fairy garden, keep it focused on beauty, light, and fun, and all will be well.
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