Working with Fairies
Fairies aren't just dainty little winged creatures that dance from flower-top to flower-top. They are are powerful spiritual beings that can aid in your magickal workings with a little gratefulness and coaxing from you. Healing, dreaming, and even protecting are all qualities that the fay can provide to the willing and pure-of-heart practitioner.
In addition to invoking the fairies and using offerings to attract the fairies, you can more readily prepare yourself to attract or align yourself with the fairies. This can be done by way of the ritual bath, as well as by drinking fairy potions.
What is a fairy potion? A fairy potion is a drink that can be either cool or hot and serves a magical purpose to align with the fairy realm. Here I am providing the fairy shaman or fairy friend with recipes for fairy potions for various times of the year, specifically on three of the holiest of Celtic holidays. Enjoy and drink at your own risk.
A Midsummer Potion to Dance with the Faeries
When Midsummer is upon us, the air is heavy and hot; the plants and trees are in full bloom. The fairies are dancing and frolicking in the nearby fields and meadows...just waiting for the magickal people to join them.
But as magickal people and friends of the fairies, we know that to dance with them with no protection or regard could mean our demise. Many people throughout legend have gone to dance with the fairies at Midsummer, and never return...they literally dance to their deaths or dance themselves into another realm. It is said that if you are a strong individual and pure of heart, or if you are indeed a witch, that you can control yourself with the fairies and not be taken under by their wiles.
Herbal Berry Smoothie - A Midsummer Fairy Potion
Fresh Local Produce - 1 cup berries
Organic Skim Milk - 1 cup
Banana - 1/2
Dried Vervain - 1/4 tsp
Dried Rosehips - 1/2 tsp
Fresh Peppermint Leaves - 3
Four Ice Cubes
1. Add all ingredients (except for the peppermint) to a blender. Blend well until mixture is smooth.
2. Pour herbal fairy potion into a glass cup, add the three peppermint leaves to the top and gently stir into the smoothie.
3. Enjoy before your Midsummer ritual and before taking to the fields to dance with the faeries.
Note: wherever you are located, choose a fresh locally grown berry of your choice. During the summer and in my area, we usually find blueberries or blackberries that are organic and locally grown. The fairies will be more attracted to someone who has consumed plants that are native to their homeland.
The reason this fairy potion is a chilled drink is to keep you hydrated before your romp with the fay. Trust me...you'll need it.
VERY IMPORTANT: Also, before consuming this fairy potion and dancing with the fay on Midsummer, be sure to do a ritual bath to cleanse yourself, as well as ground, center, and shield yourself before your rituals in the night. This is to protect yourself from malevolent fairies who might be out and about on Midsummer's. You can also see my article on fairy protection by clicking here.
A Samhain Fairy Potion
After the bliss and heat from the Summer has diminished, the Harvest festivals take place. The last harvest festival and one of the most-beloved of the Celtic holidays to the fairies is Samhain (modernly known as Halloween). While you will easily find the fairies out on Midsummer, Samhain is just as busy of a day for the fay. This is the day when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. While there are fairies that are playful and benevolent, on Samhain there is much mischief and one can run into one of the more mischievous or even malevolent fairies. Drink this Samhain fairy potion for protection and also to increase your psychic abilities (Samhain is also the best time for divination - foretelling the future).
Halloween Tea - A Samhain Fairy Potion (makes one 8 oz cup of tea)
1/2 tsp Mugwort
1 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp red rosebud
1 tsp honey
You can make this tea with a tea ball or a loose leaf tea brewer, whichever you prefer. Pour hot water over it and the honey, and enjoy! Don't forget to ground, center, and shield yourself before drinking this fairy potion and before conversing with the fay on Samhain Eve.
Learn more about the fay:
- Native American Beliefs in the Little People or Fair...
Did you know that many (if not most) of the Native American tribes, in both the United States and Canada, had their own beliefs in fairies? They mainly called them
- What Do Fairies Eat?
We will take a look at some of the tastiest and most traditional treats upon which fairies will partake. And we will discover the answer to the question,
A Winter Solstice Fairy Potion
This recipe is a take on mulled apple cider, perfect for the Winter Solstice and guaranteed to attract the fay in your area to you! A fairy potion for Yule, if you will.
One Cinnamon Stick
3 Cups All-Natural Apple Juice
1 tablespoon Allspice
1 cup All-Natural Orange Juice
1 teaspoon raw honey
1/2 cup Brandy
1 tsp jasmine
Here are the directions for this fairy potion:
1. Tie the loose allspice, jasmine, and cinnamon into a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter, and drop in a large saucepan along with all the other ingredients (except for the brandy).
2. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and let steep on simmer for about 15 minutes.
3. Take out the spice bag, and stir in the brandy. Drink with your coven immediately. Makes enough for half a dozen witches.
Written and copyright © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2012. All Rights Reserved.
© 2013 Nicole Canfield