Spells & Rituals

The Rite Way

A Ritual to Honor the Fae

 

 

It is perhaps most common to work with the sun on the summer solstice because, after all, it’s the day with the most hours of sunlight. Litha, though, is also a good time to work with the fae. It is one of the “between times” along with equinoxes, dawn, and dusk. The veil between the worlds is thin, and they often cross over to take part in the battle between the Oak and Holly kings. That makes this a good time to reach out to them. I wrote the ritual below for the solo pagan to do just that – by leaving offerings and creating welcoming places in nature.

As an adult, the majority of my encounters with the fae have been either the disappearance of a shiny object that often reappears much later in a very strange place, or beams of light directing me to see something I might otherwise miss – a flower, a bird, a tree. I don’t know for sure if it’s the fae with that spotlight, but I sense it is a spirit connected to the mushroom, pebble, etc. 

The world of the fae is complex, and I am still at the introductory level. I can say with certainty there are many kinds of fae – some remaining spirits, others taking form. Some are friendly, cheerful, helpful, and, most likely, honorable. Others have a wicked temperament, are easily offended, are thought to enjoy harming mortals, and should be avoided. 

Fae are misunderstood and are not to be aggravated. There are stories of the fae becoming violent when provoked. I think they are not interested in co-existing with humans, but we do get the better of their curiosity at times. 

Fae are tricksters, so be careful with the words you use and how you speak them. Make every effort not to offend them because it’s a tradition not to apologize to the fae. It’s also commonly believed the fae disapprove when someone says “please” or “thank you.” Instead, consider “You are most kind” and “I appreciate you.” Respect their shy nature. Never pry. Don’t blab about your workings. Two final warnings: never step into a fairy circle you come upon, and never drink or eat food fairies may offer you.

In my tradition, I begin a ritual by purifying and cleansing my space. But this is being done outside, and I think of the earth as sacred and nature as pure, so feel no need to do that here. 

When you step outside, or arrive at the spot where you intend to perform the ritual, take a moment to sense the energy of the place, the land, and its history. Allow it to welcome you (and if it does not, move to another location). Choose a spot to make an altar or to be the focus of your workings. If you have brought items with you, arrange them in a pleasing manner. These may include representations of the directions, deities, tools, gifts for the fae, and cakes and ale. None are necessary, for all you need will be found around you. 

Cast a circle to define the area you intend to work. Using your finger or a tool of your choice, turn clockwise three times, extending a blue flame to the edges of your area. Fortify it with energy from Source.

I cast this circle round

From earth to sky

And sky to ground

I cast this circle round

To hold and protect

To protect and ground

I cast this circle round

Between the worlds

Where magic is found

Stand for a moment to feel the circle of protection around you.

Next, honor the directions next, inviting them to work with you, using your words or this simple calling:


Calling all forces for good, calling in the elemental energies, the spirits of the land and of the creatures that walk it; the spirits of the waters, and those that dwell within; the spirits of the air, and those who float and take wing on the wind. Calling to the ancient guardians of this planet, and of its people. Calling on the directions: East, South, West, North. Calling on the Above and the Below. Calling on Center. I stand in your presence, grateful for your gifts, your wisdom, and your powers. I ask that you guide and protect me during this ritual, this day, this lifetime. And so it is.

Here we define the ritual.


I will honor the fae on the Sumer solstice by leaving offerings, and by making magical spaces that invite them to visit.

Find special spots, nooks, and crannies in which to leave gifts. It could be in a garden, near water, in the forest, or among plants on the windowsill. The fae especially like honey, mead, herbs, herbal tea, moon water, crystals, sweets, apples, dark coffee, dark rum, dark beer, bread, milk, tobacco, hag stones, seashells, leaves, pebbles, ribbons, wind chimes, bread, milk, and tobacco. There are a few things to avoid: chocolate, iron, salt, plastic, cut flowers, and, unless it’s edible, glitter.

I enjoy making little spaces that some fae might find welcoming. I draw from what is naturally occurring, making a circle from acorn tops, pine cones, twigs, moss, and pebbles. Sometimes I add pieces of treasure: a shell, gemstones, ribbons of natural fibers, foxglove seeds.

If you choose to build an altar or other sacred space for the fae, keep it neat and clean.

After completing my workings, I will formally offer them to the fairies saying something like, If any of you good folk would like to partake of these offerings, they are all yours.

A bit to eat and drink is an effective and enjoyable way to ground energy raised during the ritual. I will take up the beverage I brought, pour some on the earth as an offering to The Mother, deities with whom I worked, or sometimes ascended ancestors or the peoples whose home this was before colonization. Then I will hold it up in gratitude and say May I never thirst. Repeating with food, the prayer would be May I never hunger.

When it is time to leave, the directions are released in the reverse order of how they were called. I recommend grounding yourself first in preparation for the energy shift.


Center, Below, and Above, may I continue to be aware of your guidance as I return to the mundane world. North, West, South, and East, may I continue to see your gifts. Ancient guardians, spirits of fire, air, water, and earth, I pulse with your powers. Spirits of the land, I give to you my love.

Turning once counter-clockwise, allow the blue energy to return to you and Source, saying,


The circle is open but unbroken.

Clean up the space and leave it as it was before the ritual.

 

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About the Author:

Lynn Woike

All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice.

When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.

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