Music as a Gateway to Faery


Faerie tales abound that talk about the enchanting music that drifts from the faerie ring, enticing mortals to step across the threshold and experience faerie majic first hand. People often ask me how they can communicate with faeries, and I answer that sometimes the best thing you can do is play your favorite folk music with the intention of sharing it with them. There are many musicians who claim inspiration from faerie for their compositions, and there are tales of fiddler’s being taken to play at a faerie wedding and later return with a new way of playing that they say they learned from the faeries. Music has often been called a universal language, and that applies to fairies as well. When most people think of Faeries, they often think of the Celtic stories and music, and indeed when I think of Faery Music my mind turns to the lilting notes of harps and fiddles that Celtic folk music is known for.

A couple of years ago I took up the autoharp, and I am learning to play it fairly well now. When I practice, I know that they are listening. Even playing some flute, fiddle or harp music on the stereo is enough to open a door to faery. It may be only a small one, but some of the Good People are very small and may just come a little closer to listen. The best advice I can give to any who think they sense a faery presence is to treat them as an honored guest, and maybe set out an extra cup of tea, with honey of course.

One thing to be aware of if you are seeking to know the fae is that not all of them are good. Some are fierce and dangerous and you must be wary. But like attracts like, so if you fill your mind and heart with good things, you are likely to attract the best kind of the fae. Play the dance tunes, there’s nothing like a good faery reel to attract the cheerful type. Keep in mind that they do not live in our world, just on the very edge of it. The Gentry are more likely to be found in an overgrown garden than a manicured one, as they are cousins to the spirits of nature. Some are house dwellers as well, and it is my understanding that the Brownie, a Scottish faery rumored to help with housework, does indeed help clean houses. But it’s less about cleaning the dirty dishes than cleaning the dirty energy from a place. In that they are very helpful indeed. It’s definitely worth leaving a little saucer of cream out for them, and a little honey added doesn’t hurt either.

As far as faery music goes, I like to start with Si Bheag Si Mhor, which is reportedly the first song written by Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) at the suggestion of Squire Reynolds. The subject was a battle between two hills controlled by rival Fairy Kings. This version on diatonic autoharp:

Once I start researching songs that may have a connection to the Gentry, things just start to flow. A quick search on YouTube will pull up enough to enchant you for weeks to come. Over time, playing music, meditating, and listening with my intuition as well as my ears, I’ve learned to know when a song reaches across and when one doesn’t. Some close the door very quickly. It often surprises me when folks I know who have a connection to Faery just don’t get the music part of it. It’s an important part of my relationship with my guides, and one that I treasure. When I play certain songs, I feel them watching from over my shoulder, the same as any supportive friend.

The right music can create an atmosphere of magic, and that is a welcome environment for the Faery Folk. So if you approach it with intention, and are careful in your choices, you just might find some new friends from across the veil.