One of the first things to do when attuning to the realm of Faerie is to create a fairy altar. This builds a bridge of intent to the Enchanted Realm, and provides you with a focus for your fairy work.

The fairy altar can be large or small; as humble as a nook on a shelf, or as elaborate as a fully dedicated table. Do what feels right, and what your living space allows. The altar should contain fairy-related items and natural objects, such as fairy ornaments or imagery, stones, crystals, feathers, nuts, acorns, leaves, twigs, seashells, a dish of water, glitter (to represent fairy dust), incense, candles and so on. Make sure that the altar is kept fresh; clean and dust it regularly and update the items with the passing moons and seasons.

Make sure that each of the four elements are represented - water, earth, fire and air - and also ether if you wish. If you intend to work intently with Faerie, then you might wish to make several small altars throughout the house and/or garden, with the appropriate element represented in each quarter. This would help you work with specific fairy types.

 Creating Your Altar* 


An altar can be any place you nominate – a shelf, a side-table, a favourite corner in your bedroom, even a box – wherever you feel you are best able to communicate with the fairies. Some might prefer an altar outdoors in a peaceful corner of the garden; others might prefer a natural tree hollow in a park or by a creek.

My fairy altar is outdoors, in a shady patch under the trees where I feel closest to the fairies. The altar itself is a raised stone slab, covered with a bed of moss transplanted from elsewhere in the garden and decorated with “found” objects such as twigs and curious stones, leaves, feathers and seashells. They demonstrate the beauty of Natural forms and represent the four elements, since just as the fairies can be divided into classes based upon the elements of earth, air, fire and water, so I want to welcome all fairies to my altar. At the rear of the altar is a weatherproof ceramic fairy art tile, and in the middle is an abalone shell in which I place my offering of milk, honey, cream, bread or cake. At night the scene is lit with tea-light candles, which imparts a truly magical glow.

I like to change these objects frequently. Since most of my altar objects are found on walks along the creek, my altar is a reflection of the seasons and of my environment. It helps to keep me connected to Nature. You might be surprised at the intricate beauty that can be found in ocean debris, or even in the grass seeds waving in the breeze. These delicate little wonders are the very essence of faerie.

How to Decorate your Fairy Altar*

 
Your altar might be very different and will reflect your personality. It might be a table in your bedroom covered with a delicate silk or shimmering organza. You might decorate it with your favourite fairy ornaments, wands, ribbons, crystals, glass beads, candles, ornate candelabras and lashings of glitter everywhere. It might be bright, colourful and glittery, or dark, mysterious and decorated with only natural objects– whatever reminds you of fairyland.



Some Things to Avoid*
Your fairy altar can be anything your imagination can dream up, but there are a few rules that you should follow when dealing with the fairies. The first is that fairies traditionally do not like iron and it will deter them from visiting your altar so it is best avoided. Secondly, you must never insult the fairies with gifts of money or worldly goods. Folk tales abound with fairies that vanished after being presented with such gifts. Finally, it is polite not to mention the fairies by name but to use terms such as “little folk” or “fair folk”.

Foods for the Fairies
Some foods are more suited to the fairies than others. Try to keep to natural foods without too many chemicals. Milk, cream, honey, home-cooked cakes and breads are the traditional favourites. Do not be dismayed if your food offering is still on the plate in the morning. It is well known to traditional cultures that fairies, being creatures of spirit, feast on the “essence” of the food and not on its physical form. But be sure to discard the food the next day – its goodness is gone and should not be eaten. The fairies would consider that an insult!

You might like to use ornately carved wooden trinket boxes, an upturned shell, a thimble or a simple china plate to place the fairy food on. Small trinket boxes can be picked up very cheaply – the beautiful miniature one that is pictured here was only a couple of dollars.

The Best Times for the Fairies*
Now that you have created your altar, it is up to you how often you leave food for the fairies. You might like to do it everyday, or maybe you will only offer food on special occasions.

There are certain times of the year that the fairies increase their activity, and these are traditionally the best times for honouring the fairies. In the northern hemisphere these are Samhain (October 31), when the veil between the two worlds is at is thinnest, and Beltaine (May 1), when the fairies’ power is growing. These are times of great magic. On the Summer Solstice (June 21) fairy power is at its height. Elves and fairies abound on this night, so be sure to remember them. Certain hours of the day also belong to the fairies: the in-between times of twilight & dawn are particularly magical. On the full moon they are more active than at other times.


A Cautionary Word*
You can ask the fairies for their protection, or for their help from time to time. But the fairies can be quite fickle creatures and are easily offended. They have a very mischievous nature and are well-known pranksters, so if things start going awry in the house.

 

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 wow thanks :D im really excited to see how I can change things.... I am sortof stuck though. I have fire (candles/incense) and earth(crystals?and the little box with flowers (although fake) on it ?) but I dont know what to do for water and I have no idea what air should be. I also need to find a way to put food out :P

 

oh and one thing I found super interesting was that fairies dont like iron. I previously had pyrite out because I thought, "ooo sparkly! maybe the fairies will like this!" but it turns out pyrite has a lot of iron in it.

 

here are some pictures of what I have so far:

 

I was thinking that the little windchime (although if I open the window it wont be able to get the wind ) will be a good thing for air? I am not sure though haha

 

so what do you think about the whole thing? any ideas?

Well first off your altar is so cute.. lol love all the fairy figurines and the chime!! :D

 

As for air and water on your altar:

 

For water you could use a thimble with a lil water in it or just some kind of small bowl with just a dash of water in it!! Also a chalice, seashell, and cauldron represent water...

 

For air if you cant crack your window you can use some feathers as they represent air. And windchimes and suncatchers also represent air and fire...

 

Here is some info I found of things to represent the elements!! ;)

•Air: incense and censer, feather, wand or tarot cards
•Fire: red candle, red scarves, athame, bolline, matches, or lighter.
•Water: chalice, cauldron, or seashell
•Earth: salt, earth, stones, crystals, herbs, or pentacle  

•Water: You can use a tabletop fountain, sea shells, a chalice or bowls of purified water.
•Air: Bird feathers, small wind chimes, incense and pictures of birds are ways of representing the element of air.
•Fire: One of the most common ways to represent fire is with candles, but you can also use fiery gemstones or even dragon figures. Images or symbols of the sun is another way to honor the element of fire.
•Earth: Houseplants are a great way to honor the element of earth, as are potted herbs, pentacles and stones such as obsidian and red jasper  

 

 

haha yeah I still have all the figurines around from when I was younger. they came in handy ;)

 

thanks :)  I have so many new ideas now but I am so bad at arranging things so this will be interesting. I have this small bamboo plant that spirals up and is in a little turtle shaped pot :P

 

I might use 4 tarot cards that represent an element and change them. I could pick new ones each day just by intuition :D I think I will only put them out at night though because I dont want the sun to fade them

 

also I live near the beach and although its really cold I might go down to look for some shells. or I will find some around the house.

 

if I can find one that can be turned on its back that forms a little bowl type of thing I could put some water in it like you said.

 

on that same shell (if it is smooth enough and easily cleaned) I could put the honey or other food overnight :D ahhh!!! im so excited :) I am determined to spend the next few days looking for stuff to use.


Aekielna* said:

Well first off your altar is so cute.. lol love all the fairy figurines and the chime!! :D

 

As for air and water on your altar:

 

For water you could use a thimble with a lil water in it or just some kind of small bowl with just a dash of water in it!! Also a chalice, seashell, and cauldron represent water...

 

For air if you cant crack your window you can use some feathers as they represent air. And windchimes and suncatchers also represent air and fire...

 

Here is some info I found of things to represent the elements!! ;)

•Air: incense and censer, feather, wand or tarot cards
•Fire: red candle, red scarves, athame, bolline, matches, or lighter.
•Water: chalice, cauldron, or seashell
•Earth: salt, earth, stones, crystals, herbs, or pentacle  

•Water: You can use a tabletop fountain, sea shells, a chalice or bowls of purified water.
•Air: Bird feathers, small wind chimes, incense and pictures of birds are ways of representing the element of air.
•Fire: One of the most common ways to represent fire is with candles, but you can also use fiery gemstones or even dragon figures. Images or symbols of the sun is another way to honor the element of fire.
•Earth: Houseplants are a great way to honor the element of earth, as are potted herbs, pentacles and stones such as obsidian and red jasper  

 

 

 thanks :)

Ramle Iron Heart said:

Beautiful Altar.  If I had wings, I'd be there.

intrinsic luminosity said:

wow thanks :D im really excited to see how I can change things.... I am sortof stuck though. I have fire (candles/incense) and earth(crystals?and the little box with flowers (although fake) on it ?) but I dont know what to do for water and I have no idea what air should be. I also need to find a way to put food out :P

 

oh and one thing I found super interesting was that fairies dont like iron. I previously had pyrite out because I thought, "ooo sparkly! maybe the fairies will like this!" but it turns out pyrite has a lot of iron in it.

 

here are some pictures of what I have so far:

 

I was thinking that the little windchime (although if I open the window it wont be able to get the wind ) will be a good thing for air? I am not sure though haha

 

so what do you think about the whole thing? any ideas?

Well since you live near the beach I have some more ideas for you to use!! :D

grass seed heads, "seaweed trees", sea sponges, tumbleweeds, twigs, feathers, farmers friend seed heads, sea anemones, shells, stones

 

You can place on it a sea sponge charged and consecrated to absorb negativity (wash it and recharge periodically).

 

I wish you the best of luck on your new altar!! Also you could make a fairy house for the faires and add it to your altar or outside your window!! ;) Its best to make it out of all natural stuff like sticks moss and such!!

intrinsic luminosity said:

haha yeah I still have all the figurines around from when I was younger. they came in handy ;)

 

thanks :)  I have so many new ideas now but I am so bad at arranging things so this will be interesting. I have this small bamboo plant that spirals up and is in a little turtle shaped pot :P

 

I might use 4 tarot cards that represent an element and change them. I could pick new ones each day just by intuition :D I think I will only put them out at night though because I dont want the sun to fade them

 

also I live near the beach and although its really cold I might go down to look for some shells. or I will find some around the house.

 

if I can find one that can be turned on its back that forms a little bowl type of thing I could put some water in it like you said.

 

on that same shell (if it is smooth enough and easily cleaned) I could put the honey or other food overnight :D ahhh!!! im so excited :) I am determined to spend the next few days looking for stuff to use.


Aekielna* said:

Well first off your altar is so cute.. lol love all the fairy figurines and the chime!! :D

 

As for air and water on your altar:

 

For water you could use a thimble with a lil water in it or just some kind of small bowl with just a dash of water in it!! Also a chalice, seashell, and cauldron represent water...

 

For air if you cant crack your window you can use some feathers as they represent air. And windchimes and suncatchers also represent air and fire...

 

Here is some info I found of things to represent the elements!! ;)

•Air: incense and censer, feather, wand or tarot cards
•Fire: red candle, red scarves, athame, bolline, matches, or lighter.
•Water: chalice, cauldron, or seashell
•Earth: salt, earth, stones, crystals, herbs, or pentacle  

•Water: You can use a tabletop fountain, sea shells, a chalice or bowls of purified water.
•Air: Bird feathers, small wind chimes, incense and pictures of birds are ways of representing the element of air.
•Fire: One of the most common ways to represent fire is with candles, but you can also use fiery gemstones or even dragon figures. Images or symbols of the sun is another way to honor the element of fire.
•Earth: Houseplants are a great way to honor the element of earth, as are potted herbs, pentacles and stones such as obsidian and red jasper  

 

 

the only things I would be able to come across by myself would be shells, stones, twigs and feathers. I dont feel like it would be right to buy stuff. I dont know haha it just feels that way.


I like the idea of building a little house :) thanks for the idea
Aekielna* said:

Well since you live near the beach I have some more ideas for you to use!! :D

grass seed heads, "seaweed trees", sea sponges, tumbleweeds, twigs, feathers, farmers friend seed heads, sea anemones, shells, stones

 

You can place on it a sea sponge charged and consecrated to absorb negativity (wash it and recharge periodically).

 

I wish you the best of luck on your new altar!! Also you could make a fairy house for the faires and add it to your altar or outside your window!! ;) Its best to make it out of all natural stuff like sticks moss and such!!

intrinsic luminosity said:

haha yeah I still have all the figurines around from when I was younger. they came in handy ;)

 

thanks :)  I have so many new ideas now but I am so bad at arranging things so this will be interesting. I have this small bamboo plant that spirals up and is in a little turtle shaped pot :P

 

I might use 4 tarot cards that represent an element and change them. I could pick new ones each day just by intuition :D I think I will only put them out at night though because I dont want the sun to fade them

 

also I live near the beach and although its really cold I might go down to look for some shells. or I will find some around the house.

 

if I can find one that can be turned on its back that forms a little bowl type of thing I could put some water in it like you said.

 

on that same shell (if it is smooth enough and easily cleaned) I could put the honey or other food overnight :D ahhh!!! im so excited :) I am determined to spend the next few days looking for stuff to use.


Aekielna* said:

Well first off your altar is so cute.. lol love all the fairy figurines and the chime!! :D

 

As for air and water on your altar:

 

For water you could use a thimble with a lil water in it or just some kind of small bowl with just a dash of water in it!! Also a chalice, seashell, and cauldron represent water...

 

For air if you cant crack your window you can use some feathers as they represent air. And windchimes and suncatchers also represent air and fire...

 

Here is some info I found of things to represent the elements!! ;)

•Air: incense and censer, feather, wand or tarot cards
•Fire: red candle, red scarves, athame, bolline, matches, or lighter.
•Water: chalice, cauldron, or seashell
•Earth: salt, earth, stones, crystals, herbs, or pentacle  

•Water: You can use a tabletop fountain, sea shells, a chalice or bowls of purified water.
•Air: Bird feathers, small wind chimes, incense and pictures of birds are ways of representing the element of air.
•Fire: One of the most common ways to represent fire is with candles, but you can also use fiery gemstones or even dragon figures. Images or symbols of the sun is another way to honor the element of fire.
•Earth: Houseplants are a great way to honor the element of earth, as are potted herbs, pentacles and stones such as obsidian and red jasper  

 

 

Yes you are very right it is always best to use natural objects and treasures you find out in nature!! ANd your very welcome fairy sister! ;) I wish you good luck on all your new projects with the fairies and its a good way to be creative and the fairies like that too!! Also I wish you a fairy christmas!! :P



intrinsic luminosity said:

the only things I would be able to come across by myself would be shells, stones, twigs and feathers. I dont feel like it would be right to buy stuff. I dont know haha it just feels that way.


I like the idea of building a little house :) thanks for the idea
Aekielna* said:

Well since you live near the beach I have some more ideas for you to use!! :D

grass seed heads, "seaweed trees", sea sponges, tumbleweeds, twigs, feathers, farmers friend seed heads, sea anemones, shells, stones

 

You can place on it a sea sponge charged and consecrated to absorb negativity (wash it and recharge periodically).

 

I wish you the best of luck on your new altar!! Also you could make a fairy house for the faires and add it to your altar or outside your window!! ;) Its best to make it out of all natural stuff like sticks moss and such!!

intrinsic luminosity said:

haha yeah I still have all the figurines around from when I was younger. they came in handy ;)

 

thanks :)  I have so many new ideas now but I am so bad at arranging things so this will be interesting. I have this small bamboo plant that spirals up and is in a little turtle shaped pot :P

 

I might use 4 tarot cards that represent an element and change them. I could pick new ones each day just by intuition :D I think I will only put them out at night though because I dont want the sun to fade them

 

also I live near the beach and although its really cold I might go down to look for some shells. or I will find some around the house.

 

if I can find one that can be turned on its back that forms a little bowl type of thing I could put some water in it like you said.

 

on that same shell (if it is smooth enough and easily cleaned) I could put the honey or other food overnight :D ahhh!!! im so excited :) I am determined to spend the next few days looking for stuff to use.


Aekielna* said:

Well first off your altar is so cute.. lol love all the fairy figurines and the chime!! :D

 

As for air and water on your altar:

 

For water you could use a thimble with a lil water in it or just some kind of small bowl with just a dash of water in it!! Also a chalice, seashell, and cauldron represent water...

 

For air if you cant crack your window you can use some feathers as they represent air. And windchimes and suncatchers also represent air and fire...

 

Here is some info I found of things to represent the elements!! ;)

•Air: incense and censer, feather, wand or tarot cards
•Fire: red candle, red scarves, athame, bolline, matches, or lighter.
•Water: chalice, cauldron, or seashell
•Earth: salt, earth, stones, crystals, herbs, or pentacle  

•Water: You can use a tabletop fountain, sea shells, a chalice or bowls of purified water.
•Air: Bird feathers, small wind chimes, incense and pictures of birds are ways of representing the element of air.
•Fire: One of the most common ways to represent fire is with candles, but you can also use fiery gemstones or even dragon figures. Images or symbols of the sun is another way to honor the element of fire.
•Earth: Houseplants are a great way to honor the element of earth, as are potted herbs, pentacles and stones such as obsidian and red jasper  

 

 

thanks  fairy sister haha I love that.  In my head I am going to think of you as, 'aekielna my fairy sister' haha.  I hope you have a great christmas too :)

Aekielna* said:

Yes you are very right it is always best to use natural objects and treasures you find out in nature!! ANd your very welcome fairy sister! ;) I wish you good luck on all your new projects with the fairies and its a good way to be creative and the fairies like that too!! Also I wish you a fairy christmas!! :P



intrinsic luminosity said:

the only things I would be able to come across by myself would be shells, stones, twigs and feathers. I dont feel like it would be right to buy stuff. I dont know haha it just feels that way.


I like the idea of building a little house :) thanks for the idea
Aekielna* said:

Well since you live near the beach I have some more ideas for you to use!! :D

grass seed heads, "seaweed trees", sea sponges, tumbleweeds, twigs, feathers, farmers friend seed heads, sea anemones, shells, stones

 

You can place on it a sea sponge charged and consecrated to absorb negativity (wash it and recharge periodically).

 

I wish you the best of luck on your new altar!! Also you could make a fairy house for the faires and add it to your altar or outside your window!! ;) Its best to make it out of all natural stuff like sticks moss and such!!

intrinsic luminosity said:

haha yeah I still have all the figurines around from when I was younger. they came in handy ;)

 

thanks :)  I have so many new ideas now but I am so bad at arranging things so this will be interesting. I have this small bamboo plant that spirals up and is in a little turtle shaped pot :P

 

I might use 4 tarot cards that represent an element and change them. I could pick new ones each day just by intuition :D I think I will only put them out at night though because I dont want the sun to fade them

 

also I live near the beach and although its really cold I might go down to look for some shells. or I will find some around the house.

 

if I can find one that can be turned on its back that forms a little bowl type of thing I could put some water in it like you said.

 

on that same shell (if it is smooth enough and easily cleaned) I could put the honey or other food overnight :D ahhh!!! im so excited :) I am determined to spend the next few days looking for stuff to use.


Aekielna* said:

Well first off your altar is so cute.. lol love all the fairy figurines and the chime!! :D

 

As for air and water on your altar:

 

For water you could use a thimble with a lil water in it or just some kind of small bowl with just a dash of water in it!! Also a chalice, seashell, and cauldron represent water...

 

For air if you cant crack your window you can use some feathers as they represent air. And windchimes and suncatchers also represent air and fire...

 

Here is some info I found of things to represent the elements!! ;)

•Air: incense and censer, feather, wand or tarot cards
•Fire: red candle, red scarves, athame, bolline, matches, or lighter.
•Water: chalice, cauldron, or seashell
•Earth: salt, earth, stones, crystals, herbs, or pentacle  

•Water: You can use a tabletop fountain, sea shells, a chalice or bowls of purified water.
•Air: Bird feathers, small wind chimes, incense and pictures of birds are ways of representing the element of air.
•Fire: One of the most common ways to represent fire is with candles, but you can also use fiery gemstones or even dragon figures. Images or symbols of the sun is another way to honor the element of fire.
•Earth: Houseplants are a great way to honor the element of earth, as are potted herbs, pentacles and stones such as obsidian and red jasper  

 

 

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