Hi Kelley. Help me understand an experience I had. Between 1:30 and 2:00am, I heard noises coming from the living room. I went to check it out, and when I rounded the corner, light streamed through the window, which is odd because it’s always really dark in the backyard, even when the moon is full. The light wasn’t solid, and seemed to be in motion. There was a misty cloud, about one foot off the ground and about 5 to 8 feet high. It was colorful–pink, green, yellow–all blended together. Those colors streamed through the window. Within the mist were 6 to 8 balls of bright white/yellow light that moved together in a kind of circular, swirling motion. While I recall exactly the motion, I can’t put it into words. It was strange and beautiful, all wrapped into one. I was fascinated and not at all scared. I probably stood there for 4 or 5 minutes. I couldn’t take my eyes off it, and at the same time I couldn’t wrap my brain around what I thought it was. Finally, I walked away. When I went to see if it was still there, the backyard was dark. Later, I was angry with myself for not going outside and taking a closer look. It didn’t even occur to me to take pictures or videotape it. Hopefully there is a next time, so I can go out and see what it feels like. I’m sick of wondering about this. Do you have any thoughts about what I saw? A. Maria

Thanks for your note, A. Maria. I don’t have to ask your guides what you saw that night, because I know from your description and from the way its energy feels in your note what it was. You saw faeries, and I know because I’ve seen them, too. One experience was in an area known to host faeries, and another time occurred randomly, when I was a child. The mist you describe, the orbs, the colors and the elusive movement were familiar. As an adult, what I saw was very similar to the orbs and movement you describe, and I wrote about it in my Samhain series last year. A friend submitted his account of that same sighting on a website that chronicles faerie experiences. The siting when I was a child, I didn’t think of as faeries until I read your description of the circling, swirling light. All these years, I’ve wondered what I saw when I heard a noise and peered out the window of my grandparents’ home in South Carolina. I was about 7-8 years old, and saw what I could only describe as a carousel of light with lighted objects moving within the overall structure. Everyone else was asleep, and I remember sitting and watching it for what seemed like quite a long time. Eventually I went back to bed and it was gone in the morning. I don’t recall ever telling anyone about it. In my adult experience, I was as dumbfounded as you, not because I was a disbeliever but because no context I had suited what I saw. Even having fantasied about seeing such a thing and how I’d react, I just wasn’t prepared for how astounding and inexplicable it was. Apparently, we’re not alone.

Faerie Light

Faerie Light

A lot of people see faeries, and it seems that while they can be “everywhere,” they frequently aren’t. I think that’s because faeries are Nature spirits, and humanity doesn’t do a great job, on the whole, of looking after Nature. They can’t thrive where land is toxic. I have never found a good resource on faerie energy. There are books on their mythos, most of which don’t feel remotely accurate to what I have felt and seen. Most documenters try to break them down into hierarchies and describe their various roles and strata of dwelling… Such books tend to romanticize and attach channeled meaning as fact, which is fine in its place. I’ve just never found a single resource that really captured that spirit–no pun. My best teacher has been working with the faeries, themselves, sort of holding that body of collected knowledge loosely alongside my own experiences. I can tell you that they are hardworking and primal, they interact with the life force of flowering life to keep it vital, and they carry precious insights into Nature that few humans experience.

With that in mind, that you saw them wasn’t accident, and you can see them again. When I connect with the light energy that you saw, my sense is that it wasn’t just faeries, the wee beings, but also the passage they move through between their native “dimension” (plug in the term that makes the most sense to you), and here. Those particular beings have not always been in the spot where you saw them. In fact, the buzz I get is that they are looking for a new place to “put their portal,” so to speak. I’m not sure what the criteria is for deciding that location, other than a tranquil area fiercely guarded by a human counterpart. Could that be you? That’s your decision to make. The place that I saw the faeries as an adult operates on such an agreement. The caretaker of that land is an elderly lady who agreed to keep the land safe and well-tended, in exchange for visits from the faeries and the ability to communicate with them. It’s a contract she takes very seriously, on literal and spiritual levels. She’s acted in this role for probably 15-20 years.

I highly encourage you to explore your own intentions and ego around such a responsibility, not just to the faeries but to the land they are investigating. Can you, in your deepest heart, offer them peaceful ground to live on? Can you look after that land and keep it pure and thriving? It’s a package deal. I would suggest a few things to consider in your decision process: be clear in yourself for your reasons for wanting to “host” them; practice writing out an intention you would present to them outlining your responsibilities to them and what you need from them (within reason) in return, then present this agreement to them; learn to sense energy in the atmosphere, as they are primarily beings without dense forms; study an animistic approach to communicating with Nature, specifically learning to navigate the Middle World. The last two suggestions are based in that if you were going to host an exchange student, you’d learn some facets of the person’s culture and language. It’s only fitting to have as much insight as possible into the faeries, should you decide to share your space with them. They already know about you and are hoping to have a confidante.
Best of luck, A Maria!