The urge for change this year was strong. After living in an apartment complex for eight and half years, I was ready to move. I missed having a yard, and I felt that was something I needed to have in my life again. It didn’t matter what size as long as I could put my bare feet on the earth and give my plants more room to open to the sunshine. Decent rentals are hard to come by in Corvallis, due in part to the University student market and demand for them, and the overall affordable housing issues in Oregon.
I had a conversation with the faeries and nature spirits in and around my apartment. I let them know how much I appreciated the care they gave to the place and to me, but I needed to move on and I would appreciate any help they could give. For three months I looked at many rentals, none of them felt right, but I kept getting the feeling that something was about to happen.
I looked at a duplex in the next little town over in Philomath, and as soon as I pulled up next to it, I felt faeries. It was big wild faerie energy. The duplex was on a corner lot and in the corner was a wild place that had been fenced off by the public works. The fence is fairly low key black chain link. I don’t really know why it is fenced off, but there is some kind of water drainage there, a little gully sunken below the level of the surrounding land. It is full of wild green life, shrubs, small ash trees, cedar, blackberries and wildflowers. And faeries. I could feel them, that electric sensing in my energy field that they were there and they ruled the area.
Because of that, I wanted to live there. I didn’t even know what kind of yard or anything else the place had. I just knew that my apartment fae friends put the call out to their friends and they called me in to this place. I applied and got the place and found it had everything I wanted, including a yard.
I knew the first thing I had to do when I got there was to make an offering space for the faeries in the lovely spacious back yard near their wild area.
Then moving weekend came and I was overwhelmed. I ran up and down my second floor split level apartment stairs so many times my hamstrings burned. Luckily I had a lot of help, but had to manage so many details and I was exhausted by the end of day. We moved all my twenty-ish pots of plants over, and the little side porch became full of herbs, ferns and flowers. I had a planter box with rosemary and geraniums that had a cut out bottom so it would sit on a railing or fence. I was out of room on the porch so set it on the wooden fence that ran along the yard.
The next morning I got up and went out in the yard to greet the plants and faeries. I saw that my big heavy potted lemon tree had been knocked off the little back deck and lay on it side. I picked it up, it was okay. I wondered briefly about that, it was breezy the night before but not real gusty. It’s always chaotic unpacking and finding things but I also felt an odd pressure as the day went on. It was unsettled, ruffled energy that was beginning to feel uncomfortable in my body.
When I went out to water the plants I realized my planter box on the fence was missing. I looked over the fence and saw it sitting right side up at the bottom of a deep wild area between our back yard fence and the neighbors fence. This narrow strip about three feet wide ran the length of our fences and connected to the wild faerie corner fenced area.
I immediately got the message that I had overstepped a boundary. The faeries let me know that this wild strip between the fences was theirs as well. But that I could have my planter back. My brother kindly got the step stool and climbed over the fence and down into the blackberries to retrieve it for me.
I then realized with chagrin that in the flurry and exhaustion of moving the day before, I had forgotten my promise to set up a space and make an offering to my new faerie neighbors. That was the ruffled uncomfortable energy I was feeling now. They were letting me know that they were annoyed that I hadn’t followed through on my promise.
I remedied that right away. In the back corner of the yard is a big rock and some ivy and sweetness that felt right, so I offered dried herbs and flowers and honey water there. I formally introduced myself and promised to honor their wild spaces and to be a good neighbor. They let me know they liked crystals and I promised to set some there as soon as I unpacked them. After that, the energy lightened in the house and yard and flowed smoothly.
There are many reasons to set up an area for acknowledgment and offerings for the local nature spirits, faeries, spirits of the place. It makes a space where we can meet that feels like a threshold, common ground. In this liminal area we consciously recognize unseen dimensions of the nature spirit world and how they overlap with our perception of the physical world as we usually see it. And it also helps keep us mindful to tend our relationship with consistency and respect. But more importantly, it seems to delight them. That is the best reason of all!
To help you tend to soul issues that may manifest in physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of your life, and to give you tools to empower your path to harmony and well-being.
-There are so many kindred spirits doing the work out there. I include these links to help our community connect with one another.
FAIRY CONGRESS - Offers a summer weekend gathering in person with workshops, circles and of course faeries and nature beings! They also offer a winter virtual weekend with amazing guest speakers like Orion Foxwood, David Spangler and R.J. Stewart. I highly recommend joining the online network to participate in monthly workshops, circles, and book clubs.
SACRED HOOP Magazine Guide to Shamanism Compilation- http://www.sacredhoop.org/Pages/FreeGuide.html
Owner Valeria Pearson lovingly created SOLE TO SOUL YOGA studio with a community focus. There are classes for all levels and events that lift the spirit. I am delighted to partner with her to offer a kirtan chanting circle once a month.
My friend and herbalist mentor, LAWRENCE BIRCH is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, plant whisperer and shamanic practitioner. If you need custom tincture blends or are interested in a wildcrafting apprenticeship, he is the teacher extraordinaire:
ROGER WHEELOCK and GAYLE RUTH are shamanic practitioners and teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. https://www.rainmother.com/ I am grateful to be able to take part in ceremony with them, and to support their love for the Peruvian people through the World Ayni Association. Roger has a practice in Asheville, NC https://www.communityshaman.com/
NEW WORLD KIRTAN = Kitzie's podcasts include interviews with artists and kirtan music. I love attending her weekly Satsang group and the New World Kirtan Band concerts -