Creating a Fairy Garden to Attract the Fairies
by Val Tobin
Originally published August 4, 2010 on Suite101
Republished on SNGS October 7, 2013
Many people believe that fairies exist. In his book, Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind, Graham Hancock tells the story of how Jeanne d'Arc reported to her inquisitors that she had hung wreaths on a tree that was known as the "Tree of the Fairies." People involved in religions such as Wicca or nature based spiritual practices regularly work with the fairies.
Popular authors such as Doreen Virtue and Ted Andrews write about the fairies and help people to connect and work with the fairies. Almost everyone connecting or working with nature spirits at some point contemplates creating a fairy garden in order to encourage them to come around. It isn't difficult to create a fairy garden, but you need to know what fairy preferences are in order to entice them.
The Benefits of Having Fairies in the Garden
Fairies raise the energy of their environment by their very presence. According to Virtue, fairies vibrate at a higher level than humans, though their frequency is not as high as that of the angels. Fairies care for all flora and fauna, and they will also sometimes help humans.
In her book, Fairies 101, Doreen Virtue explains how fairies can help with manifesting one's desires, including more income, a better job, better health, or new and better relationships. They will also help in the garden itself by keeping out any animals that become pesky, if you let them know that the animal has become a nuisance.
The Environment and Flowers that Attract Fairies
Fairy aficionados say that fairies care about the environment. So it is important to first have a clean and garbage-free yard. Make sure that litter gets picked up. Take anything to the dump that should be at the dump. Give away or recycle what no longer serves. Composting will also endear the fairies to the family that does it, as will using the green bin.
It is said that fairies love trees and plants, so it's a good idea to have lots of plants in the garden and perhaps some trees. The following plants and shrubs are said to be particularly attractive to fairies or attract fairies with special energies:
- Bell-shaped flowers such as lily of the valley and foxglove
Virtue points out that fairies do not like perfectly manicured lawns and gardens. They are nature spirits, wild and free, and they love an environment that is untamed. They will not enter a garden that uses pesticides or herbicides. Poisons offend and repel them.
Items to add to the Fairy Garden
It's said that fairies love shiny objects, water, statues and anything that adds beauty to the garden. Some people string "fairy bait", strands of shiny beads or crystals, on the trees, or use garden gnomes and statuary to add some charm. Since the fairies love to be around water, ponds or waterfalls are always great to have in the garden. Twinkling lights around the yard also provide the right ambience.
Attract the birds and animals that fairies are said to enjoy playing with and caring for by installing birdhouses, planting foliage that attracts them and adding birdbaths. Butterflies and dragonflies are also associated with the fairies, so planting flowers that draw them will also bring the fairies.
Signs of Fairy Presence
In order to verify that the garden has successfully attracted fairies, watch for the following signs that Virtue, Andrews and fairy lore say can indicate fairy presence:
- Rings of mushrooms, sometimes referred to as "fairy rings"
- Finding animals, amphibians, insects and birds associated with the fairies
- Hearing music that has no discernable source
- Plants in the garden thrive and grow more lush and beautiful
- A peaceful and lovely energy within the garden
- Actual fairies, who may reveal themselves as sparkling lights or may look like insects at first glance
Living with the fairies is an experience that everyone should cultivate, as it has many benefits. Whenever fairies move into a garden, everything begins to thrive, and the garden becomes a true oasis of serenity and joy.
Andrews, Ted. Nature-speak: Signs, Omens & Messages in Nature, Jackson: Dragonhawk Publishing, 2004.
Andrews, Ted. Enchantment of the Faerie Realm, Revised Edition, Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2008.
Hancock, Graham. Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind, New York: The Disinformation Company, 2007.
Virtue, Doreen. Fairies 101: An Introduction to Connecting, Working, and Healing with the Fairies and Other Elementals, Carlsbad: Hay House, Inc., 2007.
Image: Courtesy of Bob Tobin and The Hedge Witch
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