How to hear fairies – Pinesong

Most people don’t know this, but fairies often sing to the Moon.  For them, the Moon represents all that is beautiful and precious.  Of course, because of the curvature of Fae eyes, the moon appears a hundred times bigger than it does to us.  If we saw something that big rising over the horizon, we’d be awed, too.  So, fairy culture mandates that when respect or honor or awe is offered, it is done in song or chant.

There is a pod of Fae that regularly show up on my property, and sing at the full Moon.   I can’t go outside to listen, or they will slowly de-manifest .  So I sneak around the house and peer out the windows, especially around midnight.  (Fairies love those liminal times; not quite day, and no longer night.)  It starts with a sort of whispered cacophony, gradually taking shape into a chant.  The chant goes on for a while, then one by one, a single descant is heard above the others, in a perfect counterpoint.  The intensity builds and peaks, then after a while, the voices fade out, one by one, and the Moon has been properly honored.  There are a variety of chants, one for each phase of the Moon.

I have spent years developing the ability to hear their song.  But it began not with my ears, but with my heart and eyes.   Let me give you an example.  Have you ever driven into Yosemite Valley in California, and come around that curve that exposes Half Dome, a mighty granite face that has to be one of the most breathtaking sights in the world?  Or have you ever seen dolphins body-surfing just for the joy of it?  Or perhaps a huge wheat field blowing in the wind?  Those moments when you catch your breath in wonder is your recognition of fairy song.  Even though you think that response is coming from your visual cortex, it’s actually a response to what you are hearing with your “inner ears”.

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A fairy's eye view...

A good place to begin learning to hear fairy song is to stand beneath a pine tree when a wind is up.  Raise your mind up into the whispering needles, close your eyes, and listen for the song, embedded in the soughing of the wind through the branches. Call them with a small jingle-bell; roll it around in your palm. Listen, listen and listen some more.  Pine trees hold many fairies.

The Fae who live in my pine have asked for a purpose-built cottage.  The many steps leading to the front door strengthen their lungs for singing.  On the back side of the roof is a special Moon Window.  It is specially angled up so that a fairy sitting in the window seat can easily view the Moon.  The branches that reach out from this house are, of course, pine; they are from my huge pine tree that has been struck by lightning at least two times that I know of.   Very magical wood, that.  There is a string of tiny bells attached. (Fairies are very fond of bells.)  Somewhere above the front door is a special stone that will help you talk to fairies when you place your finger on it.  You just have to figure out which one that is…

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This is PineSong

PineSong has been sold to a young musician.

Windspinner Cottage

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Sign in front of the cottage

The fairies of Windspinner Cottage live in tree branches when they’re on land. They spend most of their days running over the surface of ponds, lakes, and anywhere they can find quiet water. Fish are sometimes fooled into thinking they are little insects on the surface, but are never quite quick enough to actually catch one.

Why the constant movement on the water’s surface?  It is thought that they have something to do with oxygenating the water in quiet, slow flowing places.  Their shoes are like little cushions that allow them to glide over the water’s surface tension,  without breaking the surface.  The slightest breath of a breeze can propel them 15 feet if their wings are fully extended.

When they asked for a cottage of tree branches, I was happy to oblige.  When it was finished, I sat in my studio and stared at it.  There they were, again, nagging me about something. (This was a very vocal group.) It isn’t finished yet, they said.  There is something more, they said.  For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what it was.  So I went to bed.  The next day, the moment I sat down in front of the cottage, they cried out, “Make a sail!  Make a sail!  We need a sail!”   On a tree branch house?  Never second-guess a fairy. Just go with it, I thought.  So here is Windspinner, under full sail.

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Tricklewood Cottage

Tricklewood Cottage is a fairy dwelling with a past.  It used to be a fairy church.  Time and weather have had their way with it.  Bushes and trees grow up and around the windows and across the front door.  And though it looks a lot like regular fairy cottages, if you look closely you’ll see a different architecture.  The sapling trees in the woods bend toward one another to frame the walls, resulting in a perfect Gothic arch on all three sides…irresistable to the Fae.

What do Fairies do in church, you ask?  Well, since they love to imitate what humans do, they file in somberly and sit for a while.  Then they sing, which is their favorite bit.  One will sit up front and pretend to bang on a pretend organ.  Then one will  pass the offering basket, and everyone gives what they can.  A quick glance in the basket will reveal some string, a penny, some fishing line, a crumpled feather, some dryer lint, and maybe a marble.  Soon they run out of all the Fairy songs they know, so they light candles and hum for a bit.  When restlessness gets the better of them,  they file out with great dignity.

Who knows why this Fairy church was abandoned.  Pesticides?  Developers?  Feral cats? We’ll never know.  But if you sit at a distance and watch it carefully at twilight, that sacred, in-between liminal time, you’re apt to see the flicker of a candle or two.

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