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« Topic Start: February 02, 2010, 07:06:27 pm »

Well I would like to invite some fair folk to my lawn area but I do not know how to do this! Should I leave food or grain in a circle to stimulate fungal mycelia, or what :?

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« Reply #1: February 02, 2010, 11:04:02 pm »

Well I would like to invite some fair folk to my lawn area but I do not know how to do this! Should I leave food or grain in a circle to stimulate fungal mycelia, or what :?

Well, first up, I'd take a look at your particular area, and see what kinds of fair folk would be around.  I don't know what experiences you've had, but the fair folk aren't always nice, and they aren't always good.  You'll want some sort of protection, I think.

But that's sort of where my knowledge of them ends.  Someone more used to them would be able to tell you more.
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« Reply #2: February 03, 2010, 12:06:00 am »

Well, first up, I'd take a look at your particular area, and see what kinds of fair folk would be around.  I don't know what experiences you've had, but the fair folk aren't always nice, and they aren't always good.  You'll want some sort of protection, I think.

But that's sort of where my knowledge of them ends.  Someone more used to them would be able to tell you more.

They grow everywhere around where I live, there's a really big fairy ring that grows in a small field by my house, and when I was young I remember something giving me a distinct hello while passing Smiley and thanks for the help Smiley
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I wouldn't try.  The vast majority of the folklore indicates that it is very unwise to try to deliberately attract the attention of fairies, much less *invite* them to hang out on your property.  If they're already there, there's no harm in leaving small offerings every now and again -- folklore claims milk and sometimes honey are good -- to forestall any problems.  But folklore consistently states that fairies really, REALLY do not like any suggestion that they need to engage in some sort of reciprocal relationship with you, especially one that they did not initiate.  This is why there's a pretty consistent taboo against thanking fairies who do something for you:  it suggests a relationship.  Setting up something like a fairy ring specifically to attract them could easily be taken as a *demand* to interact, and could wind up backfiring on you.

Here's an analogy:  fairies are the absolute meanest, bitchiest, prettiest, wealthiest, most exclusive clique in your (teen movie style) high school, and you?  Well, you are most definitely a geek.  If one of the clique contacts you in a friendly way, it is okay to be friendly back.  But if you value your social safety, and do not wish to become a target, you will under no circumstances initiate contact or try and attract their attention -- and you will in no way presume on previous friendly interactions.  Of course, if you WANT to commit social suicide, go ahead. 

And the thing about fairies, it isn't going to be limited to spreading nasty rumors about you.  According to all the folklore, they have power, and temperament, to do horrible, cruel things that will destroy your life far worse than the most evil high school Queen Bee can.     
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« Reply #4: February 03, 2010, 06:50:40 pm »

 

Seconding what Catja said and adding that the reason they are called "The Fair Folk" is because if they found out you called them something more accurate, something unpleasent might just happen to you.

Also, with mushrooms you need to be careful.  There are many types out there that are poisonous and even experts sometimes have trouble telling the dangerous species from safe ones.  This could be a problem if you have kids or pets.  Plus, before you know it the damn things will invade your yard.
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« Reply #5: February 03, 2010, 06:55:18 pm »


What she said.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I've had two encounters with the Good Folk, and that's more than enough for me. I leave them offerings to placate them when it seems like a good idea (usually some expensive honey) but under no circumstances would I actively attempt a relationship. They are not the pretty little fairies of the Victorian era, with flower petal dresses and butterfly wings.
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« Reply #6: February 03, 2010, 06:59:41 pm »

What she said.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I've had two encounters with the Good Folk, and that's more than enough for me. I leave them offerings to placate them when it seems like a good idea (usually some expensive honey) but under no circumstances would I actively attempt a relationship. They are not the pretty little fairies of the Victorian era, with flower petal dresses and butterfly wings.

For example: Kelpies.  They take the form of a horse and if someone tries to ride them, they will jump into a lake or river and eat the fool.
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« Reply #7: February 03, 2010, 08:50:59 pm »

For example: Kelpies.  They take the form of a horse and if someone tries to ride them, they will jump into a lake or river and eat the fool.

Hmmm after a bit of reading I think it might not be a good idea Smiley and kelpies are some mean bastards ain't they?
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« Reply #8: February 04, 2010, 03:26:16 am »

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« Reply #9: February 04, 2010, 02:30:14 pm »

I wouldn't try.  The vast majority of the folklore indicates that it is very unwise to try to deliberately attract the attention of fairies, much less *invite* them to hang out on your property. 

This is why I leave honey and fruit out for them fairly often, but keep my rods of cold iron close at hand. The Fair Folk that live up in the mountains where our cabin is seem much more calm and agreeable than those here in the city, but I think that's due to 1) the land there hasn't been disturbed or logged in over 150 years, so they're much more settled and also maybe 2) they find us amusing, and we're the only people who ever go up there, so they are willing to 'play nice' with us.
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« Reply #10: February 05, 2010, 10:05:28 am »

This is why I leave honey and fruit out for them fairly often, but keep my rods of cold iron close at hand. The Fair Folk that live up in the mountains where our cabin is seem much more calm and agreeable than those here in the city, but I think that's due to 1) the land there hasn't been disturbed or logged in over 150 years, so they're much more settled and also maybe 2) they find us amusing, and we're the only people who ever go up there, so they are willing to 'play nice' with us.

The ones that use to 'hang' around our house, for lack of better word, used to play tricks on my daughter all the time!  They left me alone, but just looooved messing around with her.  Fortunately, they seemed to have moved on to greener pastures.  At least my daughter is hoping.
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