To Live with the Fairy Folk is a guide to changing one's surroundings inside the house and in the garden to attract the elusive sprites seen frolicking and dancing in folklore of cultures as widely separated and diverse as Japan, Ireland, Spain, Denmark, and the Americas. "To be surrounded by cheerful Folk," writes Marina Stern, "is to be cheerful, buoyed up by the laughter of Nature Herself. To arrange your life, home, and especially garden in order to make the Folk welcome is to invite happiness, luck, and love."
There are as many theories about the origins and identities of Fairy Folk as there are people who believe in them. They are known variously as "the Good People," "the Little People," "the Good Neighbors," "the Gentry," and "the People of Peace." The Folk are made of memory, imagination, tradition, and desire. They exist wherever people are -- they are ever present, like air.
To Live with the Fairy Folk teaches the etiquette favored by the Folks. Respect for privacy, generosity, neatness, fairness, and romance are essential. Then there's the matter of where the Folk like to live -- what trees to plant and how to best care for them, tips about lighting (inside and outside), and instructions for using water, shade, sunshine, and fragrances to make a Folkfriendly habitat. Stern concludes the book with magical garden designs you can easily duplicate.
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To Live With The Fairy FolkA Guide to Attract Benevolent Spiritsby Marina T. SternThis is a fabulous little book dedicated to welcoming the Fairy Folk into our lives, hearts and backyards. Marina put a lot of thought into writing this magical and very informative book and it shows. Many people like myself have a deep appreciation and genuine love for these blessed souls and I found it exciting to find a reference that targets just the right areas in just the right ways so I can feel I am honoring them in a respectful way.I learned which trees that the "Good People" like and why, I learned about how to care for the different flora and fauna associated with the "Little People" and even the best times of day to prune the trees and what to say before pruning them. I learned about myths, about generosity, and above all the need for respect and decorum when dealing with the Fairy Folk. I would recommend this book to anyone who has been looking for a way to bring and honor the "Good Neighbors" in their own way. Thanks Marina.Love & Light,Riki Frahmann