Sprites, Faeries & Pixies
Every culture has some folklore about nature spirits, sprites, faeries and a like. The Norse were big on these nature helpers. Celtic mythology is filled with story and legend of sprites, faeries and the infamous leprechauns. You can find them in practically all Native American cultures from the far north to the far south. So it’s not hard to find others who not only believe in these spirits, but who have encountered them as well.
You can find signs of faeries and sprites all the time if you look for them. Sprites are known to leave circular decorations through a forest. If you see vines that seem to be molded in a wheel for instance, sprites have been there. Look in your own yard for faery rings, these are mushroom circles that have been left by dancing faeries.
Today the sprites I hear people ask about the most are Garden sprites or faeries. How to attract them and get them to help care for the garden to promote growth and keep harmful bugs away.
I remind people that nature sprites are always around and you don’t have to bribe them to ask for help. But it is nice to leave them an offering now and then. A plate of fruits and nuts is always nice. I know a lady who constantly leaves a shot glass of her home-made strawberry wine on a stump in the center of her garden, along with slices of fruit and veggies to thank the sprites who help her garden grow. Every morning she collects an empty plate and glass and her garden seems to have grown by a yard. So it works for her at least.
- Enchantment of the Faerie Realm: Communicate with Nature Spirits & Elementals by Ted Andrews (anything by Ted is fantastic!)
- A Witch’s Guide to Faery Folk: How to Work with the Elemental World by Edain McCoy (I love Edain’s books as they’re from a Celtic perspective and I’m drawn to that)
- The Ancient Art of Faery Magick by D. J. Conway (another one of my favorites)
- Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies: Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages by Claude Lecouteux
- Elementally Speaking: The Nature Spirits’ Guide to their World by Cheri Barstow
- Fairies and Nature Spirits: A Beginner’s Guide (Beginner’s Guides) by Teresa Moorey
- The Secret Life of Nature: Living in Harmony With the Hidden World of Nature Spirits from Fairies to Quarks by Peter Tompkins (this one is pricey, but I liked it)
- Working with Angels, Fairies & Nature Spirits by William Bloom
- Befriending Faeries: A Detailed Guide to Connect with Nature Spirits by F.J. McKinnon
Hope that helps you on a road to your own research. 😉
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