Musings From the Mossy Trail

July 1st, 2012


The Wonder of Fae


In July the earth is lush and green, the air thick with possibilities. Gardens are in full bloom, the sun glistens off lakes and rivers, and in that special place where poetry meets the soul, we find those enchanting creatures who capture our hearts and imagination, the fae.


Through myth, stories and folklore, which has been passed down over hundreds of years, we learn that there are many species of fae. They may appear in human or animal form, or a mix thereof, as streams of light, cascades of glimmer, or in any other form they wish to present themselves.

William Butler Yeats, in “Irish Fairy and Folk Tales,” speaks of two types of fairies, Solitary Fairies and Trooping Fairies, as did James Macdougall in “Folk Tales and Fairy Lore”.


A Solitary Fairy is often a guardian of a natural area which has been severely abused by humans, or a place considered sacred to the fae.  Sometimes have the appearance of a boogie or a banshee. They often consider humans as an annoyance and have been considered malicious. If one does make contact, it is best for you to ask what they want, for they are very direct and honest. It is then wise to leave the area if you feel unwelcome.


Trooping Fairies are usually found moving along in an orderly fashion. As they can be either friendly or sinister, it is best not to disturb their procession. They are connected with magic as well as transporting spirits of the dead to the Otherworld. It is this race that is associated with the traditional vision of the “Faery Rede”, which occurs on Samhain and Beltane when the veils are thinnest.


Katherine Mary Briggs tells of domesticated fairies which are said to be friendliest, as they bond to the humans whose homes they inhabit, particularly when they are included into domestic life and rituals. They are quite protective and helpful to humans, often guarding the home from fire, theft, or other harm. They are also helpful in locating lost items and enjoy shiny things themselves and will sometimes “borrow” things like keys and jewelry, but will return them when asked. It is customary to set a special place aside for them in a corner of the home or under the stairs where small offerings of gratitude can be left.

Similar to the domestic, though found outdoors, are Stationary Fairies, often called nature spirits or Genii Loci. They are connected to a particular place in nature such as sacred stones, trees and water wells. The Genii Loci can also be guardians of specific animals, plants, or a plot of land. They are very helpful in gathering herbs, especially for charms of love, caring for gardens and lending energy to magical abilities. In exchange, they like offerings of honey, cookies, milk and shiny or pretty stones.


The fifth common race, referred to as Hive Fairies, obtain their name due to their nature to “swarm” when hidden paths open between our worlds. The ancient Scotts called them “The Haunted Wind”, as their initial entrance feels like a sudden cold chill. They move collectively. Each one knows what the other beings know and experience, and are friendly toward humans.


Whatever race you encounter, it is best to treat them as you would any other honored creature, or the earth herself, with kindness, consideration and respect. Each time you are beneath the summer sky, open your heart to listen and your soul to see. The results are sure to be awe inspiring.

Happy July to all!

Your Own Faery Garden

Faeries aren’t as cute and innocent as authors like Shakespeare has made them
out to be. Granted, there are good faeries but with the good, you always have
to expect the dark side :o) If you believe and love faeries, then you may
want to attract them into your home at times other than Midsummer.  A good
way to attract faeries to you is to give them their own little garden.  It
doesn’t have to be elaborate (keep in mind they don’t like metals, iron,
etc.). As a matter of fact, a small container garden would do just fine.
Here’s a list of flowers that are said to attract them and why.

Foxglove – Name is derived from “Little Folks’ Glove”. They use the blossoms
for hats and boots
Campanile-they use for drinking vessels
Bleeding Hearts – they use to store faerie dust and other treasures
Tulips – are used as cradles for their young
Monkshood-are worn as helmets by faerie guards and knights
Lily of the Valley – it said their little bells rings when faeries are
Ferns-make excellent privacy screens
Moss and thyme are favorites for bedding material.
Primroses–make the invisible visible. Eating them lets you see faeries. If
one touches a faerie rock with the correct number of primroses in a posy, the
way to faerieland and faerie gifts is made clear. The wrong number means
certain doom.
Ragwort-used as makeshift horses by the faerie.

Wild Thyme-part of a recipe for a brew to make one see the faeries. The tops
of the Wild Thyme must be gathered near the side of a faerie hill.
Cowslips-these are loved and protected by the faeries. They help one to find
hidden faerie gold.
Pansies-the flower that was used as a love potion by Oberon, a faerie king
thought to have been invented by Shakespeare.
Bluebell-one who hears a bluebell ring will soon die. A field of bluebells
is especially dangerous, as it is intricately interwoven with faerie
Clover-a four-leafed one may be used to break a faerie spell.
Hazel-Celtic legend says it is the receptacle of knowledge; the hazelnut is
a symbol of fertility in England.
Rowan-protects against bad spirits. Used in butter churns so that the butter
would not be overlooked by faeries. Bewitched horses may be controlled by a
rowan whip. Druids used rowan wood for fires with which they called up
spirits whom could be forced to answer questions when rowan berries were
spread over the flayed hides of bulls.

Fairy Ring Mushroom-marks the boundaries of faerie rings.

Plants and the Fae who are attracted to it:

Basil– The Fae of the Basil help us awaken greater discipline and devotion
Buttercup– This flower and its Faerie bring healing energies, They help us
rediscover our self worth
Carnation– Their energy is healing to the body, contact with them strengthens
the aura
Clover– The clover Faeries assist in finding love and fidelity
Daisy– The daisy is a favorite of Dryads (wood nymphs) The Faeries help
awaken creativity
Gardenia– This special Faerie stimulates feelings of peace, The Fae of this
flower are VERY protective towards children
Heather-The Fae of this flower are drawn to humans who are shy
Jasmine– These Fae love to invoke pleasant dreams, They have also been known
to help develop mental clarity
Lily– These Faeries help in the development of purity and humility
Rose– The Faerie of the rose can help in all aspects of love and fertility
Sage– They awaken a sense of wisdom in your life
Snapdragon– These bring humans great protection
Thyme– Thyme draws the wee Folk into your sleeping chambers

Some more flowers that Fae are attracted to:

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Aster novi-belgii (New York aster)
Chrysanthemum maximum (shasta daisy)
Coreopsis grandiflora/verticillata (coreopsis)
Agastache occidentalis (western giant hyssop or horsemint)
Lavendula dentata (French lavender)
Rosemarinus officinalis (rosemary)
Thymus (thyme)
Buddleia alternifolia (fountain butterfly bush)
Buddleia davidii (orange-eye butterfly bush, summer lilac)
Potentilla fruitiosa (shrubby cinquefoil)
Petunia hybrida (common garden petunia)
Verbena (verbenas, vervains)
Scabiosa caucasica (pincushion flowers)
Cosmos bipinnatus (cosmos)
Zinnia elegans (common zinnia)


Faeries also love light so putting many bright white flowers would also
welcome them into your little garden.

If you want to attract water spirtes
Incorporating the sound of water somehow (like a little fountain statue)
would definitely make them happy. And also, pay attention :o) Work with them,
make them your allies. . .learn about the elemental realms and learn to work
with energy

Here’s a little ritual to make faerie allies:

Air Fairy– Nature: Cloud, Storm  Elemental: Slyph

The power of the eagle
the power of the storm
And the hand of valor
Which a blade well becomes~
Come now breath of Dana

The air fairy is easiset to make contact with during sunset, or on a foggy or
misty day. To connect with this ally means allowing time for cloud watching.
The air fairy is the sculptor of the imaginary world and will
reveal itself through the a cloud formation, in a thunder cloud or a
glittering glimpse from the corner of the eye. To call this ally, you must go
outside in an open space, turn 3 times in a deosil circle, each time throwing
up a handful of glitter into the air. On the completion of the third round,
lay down and say the chant above while looking at the clouds. The use of a
flute or whistle will help call the slyph. They love music and vibrations.
The whistle or flute will help you attune yourself with the air fairy. Once
an Air ally has been found, theirs is the energy of inspiration. They will
help free the mind by drawing you into the imaginary realm, floating you into
unfettered territory so the mind disengages the ego, and your inner
child can dance freely. You will know you have made an ally if you return
from your day dream feeling refreshed and inspired. Don’t forget to ask the
air fairy to identify themselves, providing instructions on how to further
communicate with it. It is also important to present their realm with a gift
(the glitter won’t work).
I would encourage leaving a decorated feather which is to be tossed in the
air and left behind for your new Ally.

Faery Oils

Dryad Oil

musk (main  scent)
oakmoss (minor scent)
civet (trace)
vanilla (trace)
An  excellent blend for pursuing the arts of natural magick, this 
preparation was  specially designed for contacting the elemental spirits of the 

Faerie  Enchantment Oil

10 drops rose
5 drops thyme
1 drop evening primrose  oil

Faerie Fire Oil

(Useful  in contacting Faeries connected with the Fire element: Will o' 
the wisps, Flame  Dancers, etc.)

1/4 oz. almond oil
12 drops peach oil
5 drops ylang  ylang
4 drops new-mown hay oil
4 drops dark musk
2 drops chamomile
2  drops poppy oil
2 drops dragons blood oil
chamomile  flowers

Gnome's Cap Oil

(useful in  contacting Faeries connected with the Earth element: 
Dwarfs,  etc.)

1/4 oz. almond oil
10 drops cypress e.o.
5 drops lilac  oil
25 drops Siberian fir oil
10 drops dark musk oil
2 drops narcissus  oil
fir needles
tiger's eye

Gossamer Wings  Oil

(useful for contacting Faeries connected with the Air element:  Sylphs, 
Elves, etc.)

1/4 oz. almond oil
12 drops violet oil
20  drops lavender oil
10 drops lemon oil
5 drops cajeput oil
lavender  buds
clear quartz

Siren Song Oil

(useful in contacting Faeries  connected with the Water element: 
Naiads, Sirens, etc.)

1/4 oz.  almond oil
4 drops lavender
15 drops camphor oil
3 drops lemon
3  drops primrose oil
3 drops rose geranium
geranium petals
rose  buds

Normally I would have written something about the Fae and had fully intended on writing an article based on the Water faeries but when I got up this morning and turned on my computer I received a bit of extremely sad news; a very good friend of mine’s mother had just passed away. As I tried to get my mind on the work at hand I just could not get my friend off my mind. What do you say when someone has lost a loved one, let alone their mother? Do I call or perhaps send some flowers? These things all fade away. So in dedication of a life taken to soon I wrote this little verse.

Time stands still in Tir na nÓg (In Memory of Patrick’s Mom, you will be missed)

Come with me to the land hidden amidst the sea

No sorrow, no pain. Never more to age again

Houses are made from jewels and gold. Shinning like castles in the sun

Birds singing, whilst blossoming flowers grow all around

Ocean breezes soft and warm

Awakening the soul to the sounds of celestial song

So come with me to Tir na nÓg

For time stands still

In the land of the forever young

~ M. Burke (2008)

In times of sorrow when you feel as if you just cannot carryon, keep your head held high and remember the land of Tir na nÓg where time stands still.


Copyright 2008 Howard David Johnson

Earth Faeries

Amidst the roots, mushrooms and stones

A gathering of undeniable elemental forces dwell

Governing the seasons and milieu

Presiding over the Faerie realm

Sylphs, Undines, Gnomes and Salamanders reign

Over the air, water, earth, and flame

Unseen but felt, permeating the being, absorbed like a sponge

Gathering their forces

Bringing forth the essence and color of the seasons

~Michele Burke, (2009)

Hymn of Pan

From the forests and the highlands

We come, We come;

From the river girt islands,

Where loud waves are dumb

Listening to my sweet piping’s

The wind in the reeds and the rushes

The bees on the bells of thyme,

The birds on the myrtle bushes,

The cicale above in the lime,

And lizards below in the grass,

Were as silent as ever old Tmolus was

Listening to my sweet piping’s

The Seleni, and Sylvans, and Fauns,

And the Nymphs of the woods and the waves,

To the edge of the moist river lawns.

And the brink of the dewy caves,

And all that did then attend and follow,

Were silent with love, as you now, Apollo,

With envy of my sweet piping’s.

I sang of the dancing stars,

I sang of the Daedal earth,

And of Heaven- and the giant wars,

And Love and Death, and Birth!

~ Percy Bysshe Shelly (1792-1822)

Bibliography and Works Cited

Shelly, P. B. (1792-1822). Hymn of Pan. Retrieved April 22, 2009, from


Tinkerbell was one. Thumbelina was rumored to be one. Amy Brown is famous for her drawings and art of them. Little girls love them. The Grimm Brothers wrote tales about them…well not exactly about them but tales within their realm. What or who are they? They’re fairies. More specifically…the fae or fair folk. Fairy is derivative of an old Middle English word, faierie also spelled fayerye, feirie, and feirie, which in itself is pulled from the the Old French language; faerie or in Modern French féerie. Originally this word meant, not the people but the land, activity, or characteristic of legendary people of folklore and romance. People like Hercules, Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, Cassandra from Greek mythology, the Native American Thunderbirds….all of these people or beings would have at one point been considered fairies because their relam is that of folklore or magic. It’s a little interesting to note that the actual word goes all the way back to the Latin word fata.. which meant Fate. Literally when one spoke of the fae folk or fairies, they were speaking of what the three Fates, Atropos, Clotho and Lachesis had in mind. In speak of the fae folk was the speak of chance and fate. Over time…the word fairy came to mean little people. Specifically…little mischievous, prank playing , enticing, magical little folks. Some were or are helpful. Some loathe mortals and want to do nothing but put an end to them. Beings like the Irish leprechaun, Scottish banshee, pixies, nixies, water sprites, everything and anything  magical or unusual were considered fairy or fae. Some legends separate the fae folk into two categories. Good fae folk….helpful beings kind of like Tinkerbell, the Lady of the Lake, the fairy god mothers from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty…beings like these often protected forests, knew how to protect mortals, were kind to mortals and would help if asked politely. Not so nice fae folk like kelpies, nixies, in some cases brownies…all these fae folk sought out to destroy mortals. Kelpies…they would often take the form of a beautiful horse in the water. The second somebody touched it…they became stuck to the Kelpie. The Kelpie would then drag the poor soul out into the water and drown them. Sometimes it was to feed…most often it was simply because they could.  Brownies were very rarely mean….or good. Mostly brownies were the helpful sort of fairy. They were the type that would clean your house at night, straighten things up, put an item thought to belong lost in the right spot for you to find. Pixies…pixies could go either way. Sometimes they were helpful, sometimes they used their beauty to lure men and women into traps. If they were in an especially mean mood..they would seduce their choosen victim to death. All in all…to play in the realm of fairies is to play with chance and fate. You may make it back to the mortal realm…or you may be stuck in the fairie’s realm forever. If you do make it back to the mortal may or may not be considered  a friend…able to return at will. For the most part…as with all magical creatures, the fae folk are apt to leave you alone… unless you wander into their realm….then they mess with you a little bit. How much depends on your reaction. If you’re have a better chance of being left alone. If you’re mean…well you’ll be dealt with accordingly.

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