Art by FYREWERKS
“Blind folk see the fairies.
Oh, better far than we,
Who miss the shining of their wings
Because our eyes are filled with things
We do not wish to see.”
The Faerie Realm
The Faerie Realm is a dimension very closely linked to our own…it is an etheric and physical realm. It reminds us of the joy and creativity to be found in our world. The Faerie Realm is the heart and soul of our natural world that we could easily see when we had the eyes of a child. As children we lay on the grass and looked into a micro-cosmic forest of insects and faeries but to our adult eyes we view our back yard simply as a drudgery to be mowed then ignored. But when we were children, we were right! Each blade of grass, rock, and bug are a part of something more! The spirits of faerie often hide themselves from humans…and for good reason.
The Universe is multidimensional…shamans are well aware of dimensions and realms that run parallel to our own. Humans are multidimensional beings…we possess a finite human body and an infinite soul. Our Soul, when unencumbered from fear and hate, can communicate with, enter, and perceive these other realms. “Faeries” is the label we have given to the beings that inhabit the realm between us and the angels…they are spirits but like ourselves connected to this plane. But instead of being connected to a body as we are, they are connected to the living things (plants, trees, flowers, animals) and elements in the environment. Humans who engage in becoming caretakers of the environment are already on the path of communication with the Fae.
So who inhabits this Faerie Realm? The faeries and elves for sure but here is a list of “man made” titles of who/what you may encounter: Elementals, Elves, Dwarves, Brownies, Trolls, Kobolds, Sprites, Nymphs, Flower Faeries, Dryads, Faerie Godmothers, Mythical Creatures, and animals (the Fae care for them as well as shape-shift into them.) Intelligence and personality varies depending on the element and nature of the “Fae” (just like humans.) Most are helpful but some can be tricksters and troublesome (again…just like humans.) But for the most part, in my experience, most are gracious and benevolent.
I will attempt to offer a brief description of things to expect from the Fae in each element however this is a guide ONLY. When you meet them, it is “personal.” No matter what books say or other people experience, this is YOUR experience. Ted Andrews, in his book Enchantment of the Faerie Realm, comments on how Fire elementals are a bit aloof with humans and not as forthcoming with communication. I highly recommend his book as it is a wonderful resource on this subject. However, I disagree with his statement on fire elementals. Why? Because in my personal experience they are intelligent, loyal, willful, courageous and more than willing to help humans who are respectful and pure of heart.
Do NOT get discouraged if you don’t see faeries or hear them as others do. For example: why do I have a fire elemental friend and can talk to a dryad while you might not hear a thing but feel water spirits whenever you are near water or see the Fae as balls of light? The same reason you and I don’t have the same talents or friends/family in the mundane world. Each person vibrates differently and attracts people and beings to themselves differently. As time passes and you are more aware your communication will increase.
This is a brief summary to describe elementals…very brief:
Air- “Sylphs” are spirits of intellect and the MIND. They inspire creativity, thought, freedom, and curiosity. Their realm is that of breezes, gales, whirlwinds, breath, sound, music, speech and poetry.
Fire- “Salamanders” are spirits of WILL. They personify courage, strength, sexual energy, kundalini, fertility, passion, change, initiation, regeneration, mysticism, and spiritual perception. Their realm is that of volcanoes, solar heat, light, explosions, bonfires, candles, smoke, deserts, fireplaces, electricity, lightning, and body heat.
Water- “Undines” are spirits of EMOTION. They bless us with deeper feelings, empathy, healing, purification, divination, intuition, sensuality, love, clairvoyance, compassion, dreams, and maternal instinct. Theirs is the realm of the vast ocean and sea, lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, rain, puddles, wishing wells, mirrors, and the highest percentage of material making up the human body
Earth- “Gnomes” are spirits of the physical BODY. They rule over health, wealth, prosperity, hidden treasure, wisdom, generosity, humility, mystery, success, craftsmanship, grounding and silence. Theirs is the realm of flesh and bone, mountains, caves, rocks, crystals, forests, trees, plants, and gardens.
There are echelons in Faerie and the Angelic realms but I do not personally find much need in sharing that information. I like and appreciate my blue collared” faerie friends as much as the “white collared ones.” We all have lessons to teach and learn…we are all important and so are they. Try to keep your mind open and push beyond the “Tinker Bell” image of faeries. Flower faeries are the “Tinker Bell” diminutive types. But then there are the “Oberon” and “Titania” type spirits that are more like lesser gods controlling weather and raw elemental power than wee sprites. Keep an open mind and be respectful.
Finally, how can we increase our chances of encounters and relationships with inhabitants of the Faerie Realm? First, be humble and generous. By being “humble” I do not mean being a door mat or chanting “mea culpa”…true humility. Fae can smell “phony” even faster than children and animals…do not mistake their innocence for stupidity. They enjoy teaching arrogant humans lessons (which are not always pleasant although usually quite entertaining!)
Air faeries are often drawn to children, laughter, music, singing, bells, stringed instruments, and story telling. Fire faeries are attracted to man made fires, music with intense rhythm, creativity, passion, sexual act, and generation of any fire physical or spiritual. Water faeries love plants, flowers,sometimes humans, healing practices, singing and emotional experiences grab their attention. Earth faeries are wherever there are rocks, trees and vegetation but also occasionally inhabit human homes and structures that are tidy, loving, and/or focused on craftsmanship. Reading Fairy Tales is a simple way to open yourself up to the simple truths of the Faerie Realm. An even better way is to go find a quiet spot in nature and just relax and LISTEN (cellphone turned off.)
Faeries enjoy presents. Offerings left in love will go along way in gaining their trust in friendshp. They like shiny things, bells, shells, stones, ribbons, feathers, hand-crafted items, honey, sweet cakes, etc. They also like it when you leave goodies for their woodland friends as well (ie. Bird feeders, etc.) I personally leave a piece of my hair as a “thank you” because it is actually a part of me…plucking it out shows my sincerity and other than my time this body is the only thing I truly possess. I had a Dryad keep a piece of my hair on her bark for a YEAR despite a year of weather, wind, animals/birls etc. There was no logical reasons why that long blonde hair (just laid gainst the vertical side of the tree) was still there a year later except for the fact that the Dryad liked and kept my gift.
Try to not take yourself too seriously and keep an open mind and heart. Faeries like to enjoy themselves and live in the present. They are grateful, fun loving, wise and could care less wheither a human calls them a sprite, nymph, faerie, spirit etc. because they simply exist and are free of such silliness. There is a lot we can learn from them!
(Can you see the Dryad in the pic above?)