Where do the Fairies Go?
By Camilla Blossom 2007
What happens to the nature spirits when land is cleared or developed? Where do the devas, fairies, nature spirits, elementals go? Can we make this process easier for them? How can we build our homes and develop properties with greater reverence and harmony towards Nature and the spirits that infuse the land?
It doesn’t matter what you call them the shining ones, fairies, devas, nature spirits, elementals, gnomes, elves, Tinkerbell, or sprites. Their energies flow through nature and the landscape, places, flowers, plants, trees, land, soil, and elements. They give life to everything! Without these beings, there would be no nature, no earth. They are responsible for the growth and patterning of nature. Fairies are the true developers of the land. When we act blindly, we disregard the harmony within nature, ourselves, and the earth we inhabit.
I drive by land that is being cleared for buildings and feel a sense of loss. Not so much because some one is creating a new home or building, but because it feels like there is little regard for the other forms of life that have lived in harmony in this place for many, many years. Often the lot is completely cleared of everything to create a clean slate. What has actually happened is a complete community of nature beings has been displaced. Some of these nature spirits pull in discordant emotional energies from negative human interactions and become discordant themselves creating uneasy vortexes of energy in the landscape. This can disrupt human activities and create distressing vibes or feelings of uneasiness in a place.
There is a stream bank that I drive by in Hood River that was cleared for construction. My gut felt uneasy every time I drove by. I could sense the nature beings and land were screaming out NO! We do not want you to build here! They went ahead and built office buildings right next to the stream bank. Within a few weeks of opening the building, a water main broke and flooded the building. The building had to be closed, and emptied, and the offices re-located for six months because of a serious mold problem. More recently, the building was temporarily closed due to sprinkler system issues.
How can we avoid this? My friend Tomhas Twintrees, a builder of homes aligned with sacred geometry and author of House As Teacher: Building the Future, Now told me he tells home builders to sleep on the land for a week or so before proceeding with any building plans. It helps to slow down, l. Listen to the land, the beings, feel the flow. Dream . Be very flexible in every moment of the building process. Shift and change as needed. Find where your home wants to be, not where you want your home to be.
Astrologer and essence maker Mark McNutt made an essence of the land, flowers, plants, and energies exactly where his new house was to be situated. As he told me this, I could sense the power of this beautiful act of reverence. He had captured the beauty of place and honored the work of the devas. He had communicated his intention to create a home in this place, but preserved the specific energies through making an essence. This simple act of love helped him create a very special home.
It helps to consciously communicate with the nature spirits and release your guilt about human activities. I arrived at a friend’s house as they were cutting a few Cottonwood trees to create a better mountain view. Pregnant and feeling very unsettled, Nancy asked me what we could do? She loved the fairies and nature spirits but felt helpless in this situation. Before her husband cut the trees, we created a circle and said a few prayers of thanks to the fairies and devas for their outstanding work. We also communicated what we were doing, that we were cutting several trees. We offered that they could find new homes, new jobs, or be released to their next assignment. And we sent loving intentions for peace and happiness. The shift of energy was palatable. We could feel the strong divine presence of fairies and nature beings in a state of gratitude and peace. The trees were cut. We then collected the Ccottonwood buds and I made an infused oil for Nancy’s growing belly. The tree gave its final medicine with gratitude, and we received it with gratitude.
Without attention to the nature spirits and intention to create harmony, the cleared land and nature spirits can become disrupted. Many of the fairies that get displaced wander around in a lost state not knowing how to move out of it. In The Dalles, we were working to harmonize some of the riverfront lands when the nature deva of the area appeared in a state of confusion. She looked like she was wrapped in gauze. In communication I found her in a very weakened state. She asked for permission and assistance to move! We were guided that this was appropriate so I offered her this opportunity thinking she just needed help crossing to another section of the property. She entered my special stone and then I placed the stone in my basket. We asked her where she wanted to go. She said to your home. So I brought her to my home. In certain cases, assisting with re-location is the best solution.
In 2005, a group of us re-located a large group of fairies and nature beings with R. J. Stewart at Skalitude Retreat Center in the Northern Cascades. Their home on the East Coast was being developed so they needed a new home. They were carried across the country in a flute. As the flute music played, we witnessed a beautiful outpouring of joyful energy into the landscape. One fairy even jumped into my flute!
Human action to protect nature is very important! It is acknowledged deeply by nature spirits. There is a huge beautiful beech tree in Hood River that was almost cut down by builders, but citizen protest kept it alive. It now stands proudly on the corner of Cascade and 7th near a row of townhouse adding valuable shade, beauty, and wisdom to this place. I was driving by one day and could hear and feel incredible waves of love and gratitude from this tree. I pulled over and sat with the tree. The next morning, during my meditation I was guided back to the tree in my mind’s eye.
The tree spoke:
Thank you humans for saving me. You have touched me deeply. I will grace this corner for a long time. And remember, your neighbors include more than just people.
Last year in Scotland, humans protected a fairy colony by calling the developers of a new housing estate and getting the attention of the planning department. They would come to the site and shout Don’t move that rock. You’ll kill the fairies. Developers were forced to scrap plans and re-design their whole estate considering the fairy housing areas. In Iceland, President Vigdis and the Chief of Police regard the belief and protection of fairy habitat very important for the harmony of their country. A majority of the citizens in Iceland believe in fairies and nature beings.
When you have an opportunity to take an action on behalf of the shining ones don’t hesitate. They will be eternally gratefully and grace us with their blessings. Your life and land will be enriched as you create safe, wild places in nature. Even a small wild area on a property adds magical, harmony and balance for everyone. Better yet, reclaim land or places and ask the fairies and nature spirits to return! Use your imagination to create homes and habitats for them. Open your heart to connecting with them and be present for some magical changes all around you.