Faeries likes and dislikes

You do not have to believe in faeries. You must be willing to objectively see what’s going on around you, but you don’t have to believe.

The faeries are real, whether you believe in them or not. They won’t stay where they’re ignored or ridiculed, but they are very, very real.

I fully realize how odd it sounds, to say that I see faeries and interact with them. I mean, I would never mention this in conversation at a corporate cocktail party, and expect to be taken seriously!

However, I really do see them, and others do too, regardless of how they explain them. Even complete skeptics notice the flitting lights and shadows in our home, and often ask what they are. Sometimes I say, “I don’t know,” which is true. At other times, I’ll admit, “We think they’re faeries.”

Regardless of the explanation, the visitor will usually comment that he/she is still seeing these odd little things, later.

So, if you raise an eyebrow as you read this, it’s okay. I know that, whether or not you believe in them, you will see them if they’re nearby.

It will take an open mind to accept their reality.

How to attract faeries

How do you attract faeries? Like other beings, faeries have their own likes and dislikes. It’s difficult to say, “Oh, this will definitely work,” because they’re just like you and me in that respect.

We have our own reasons for going places.

For example, I love libraries but if the librarians are snooty, I won’t go back a second time.

So, if you don’t let the faeries know that you are aware of them and appreciate them, they may not return.

Here are common likes (and dislikes) of faeries:


  • Tidiness, order, and cleanliness, especially in the kitchen
  • Bread and cake – little bits set out in the evening
  • Something that clearly invites them. The faerie door is a good example.
  • Milk or water, set out in the evening, perhaps in a nice thimble (but not one made of iron or steel)
  • Glittery and shiny things – small bells, marbles, jewelry (no iron or steel)
  • Music – light, happy music, even singing in the shower can help
  • Low lighting – they are most often seen at dusk and dawn, but a small candle (electric is okay) can guide them to your home


  • Iron things. Especially scissors left out in plain view. Pins, knives, anything made of iron will frighten them, sometimes.
  • Clutter, disorder, stacks of things that haven’t been sorted, and so on
  • Bells. I know that some faeries like bells, but they are their own bells. If your cat wears a bell, or you have a very rude alarm clock, or something like that, the noise may drive away the faeries.
  • Water. Many “psychic” experiences are attributed to a deep, hidden stream under a building. Some faeries are the opposite: They don’t like to cross a stream, hidden or visible. (Then again, we have plenty of faeries who live in or near the water, so this isn’t a firm rule.)
  • Looking them in the eye. It is said that you can gain control over a faerie, especially a Leprechaun, if you look him/her straight in the eye and hold that gaze.

Forest illustration by Timo Balk
Used with permission.

224 thoughts on “Faeries likes and dislikes”

  1. Dear Fiona I have seen things out of the corner of my eye since i was little,I’ve had dreams about faeries,I live in the middle of some woods, and I’m an artist so maybe I’ll see a faery some day.:)You said there are faeries in your house what is it like to live with them? P.S This site is AMAZING!

  2. I saw real fairies for the first time, that I remember in this life, that is, in 2011. They were the most gorgeous delicate beings I’ve ever flickered. . .they gave off a beautiful white glow that blinked on and off, NOT LIKE FIREFLIES. . .they were quite different. One appeared to me with delicat features that were barely visible with the human eye, and only for a short few seconds. . .I saw a fragile outline of a body, almost see through, like the sun shining through a katydid. The fairy was approximately three inches long with wings very like cicadas. . .I was enchanted!

  3. I’ve had two bus cards mysteriously disappear from my room. The second one broke within a day of use (they are magnetic cards that save me money on the bus), and when I woke up today with the intention of calling the company to fix it, it’s all of a sudden gone.

    I have a strong feeling that some cheeky pixies or some other are behind this, and I can’t seem to get them to stop!

    Do you have any recommendations if you feel your things are being taken or hidden by the Fae? I hear they don’t like being disrespected but we *are* much bigger than them. I’ve said many times aloud in my room, “This ISN’T funny! GIVE IT BACK YOU LITTLE !@#$@!S!!!”

    So… I’m at wit’s end! I don’t even want to buy a new card!

  4. Thankyou so much, I do have a question. A faerie has decided to hide my sunglasses. I know faeries love shiny and sparkly things these particularly had crystals imbedded in the ear pieces. Is there anything I can do to find them or to retrieve them? And to all those that dont believe in faeries, they are real if you just open your mind. There are so many things that people are closed minded to that they miss the magical and wonderful world.

  5. hi i rly like your website even though im only 11 i want to get to know the faeries more but im afraid ill run into a bad faerie,could you give some advise………………………….also im not very good with tidiness

  6. are there any kinds of certain herbs the faeries would like? i have been reading brian froud a lot do you think his facts are true?

  7. There are so many amazing books that have to do with faeries, good and bad. I’ve read and loved two of the many series I’ve read. One is Tithe, and the other is 13 Treasures. In the second one, there are various ways that the human characters use to ward off both courts (Seelie and Unseelie), including using the colour red to disguise oneself or something one does not want the faeries to discover. I’ve been searching far and wide in the Internet, and I can’t seem to find another site that says the same thing. So much of the lore around the fair folk is contradictory, and I would like to know if the red thing is correct, or close to correct. I also found someone say (internet) that the faeries dislike people wearing green. Any answer to this would be awesome…and any other ways to repel the fae would be of help. My reason is that I write stories, and I want my facts to be straight. Well, as straight as possible when it comes to the Fay. Please help? Danke~

  8. Ted Williams, you should get off this site. And plus if you don’t believe in them then why are you here in the first place. It would make anyone believe that you have no life and only go on these sites to give you stinky opinion that no one cares about.

  9. I have recently have discovered my faerie blood, and need to know more… Does anyone have any names of good books on Faerie Magick or Faerie lore in general?

  10. I have recently become intrigued by the fair folk, not sure why as I never have been into them much, though have had a fascination with the paranormal and fantasy since I was little. My intrigue is both from an entertainment aspect (I blame the 80’s movies Troll and Labyrinth, and in wondering of their reality as I have had some different life experiences that have broadened my already open mind. I want to be friends with a good folk, but see, I am not all human myself kind of a mutant. A predatory one. It is hard to explain and I’m still working on that self discovery journey and connecting, communication, and control with a couple special but quiet mentors to help in what ways they can and who have their own extra bits of unique abilities. One is my boyfriend who is a generation older than I. He’s kind of like Gandalf character but without the f/x and props. He isn’t allowed to share about lots cause of something that he has learned to listen to tells him it wouldn’t be advisable… Long story…and true, at least to our shared reality. He says fair folk are probably to afraid of my inner beast to want to be friends, but surely they would be able to detect I don’t wish to harm to spite my nature? Also about 16 yrs ago I might have physically changed for a few hrs. But I don’t know how and it hasn’t happened since. I don’t expect to be believed by Nyone and to have my sanity questioned but it is as I’ve shared, honest. Aren’t predators still of the natural world where a fair folk could be friends with them and learn to not be fearful of them?

  11. Hello,

    I posted a question late last night I believe under this section.
    The question and a bit of background to explain/support it was fairly eccentric sounding I don’t doubt, but heartful and true – now upon checking back to see if it has received answer it appears to have been deleted. I don’t think it was inappropriate or anything?
    I will present it again here and hope for the best. If it is something on my part that had my question go away I understand and meant no trouble.

    My question was how does a predatory being (a meat eating one, not another form of predation) befriend the fair folk without potentially scaring them off?

    I believe I am a mutant human because I no of no other term to label the complexity of what I have as my nature and abilities. I have a boyfriend who has abilities and shares a similiar mutant trait though different branch of the same tree so to speak, plus, could be considered a wizard but without the F/X, props, or common views of such people influenced greatly by the entertainment industry and to an extent some faiths.I am still on a journey of self discovery with his help and another mentor to communicate, connect, and control that part of myself which is primarily subconcious to act. I’ve recently become intrigued by the fair folk. I’ve always been into the paranormal and fantasy since I was little. I never paid the fae much interest or mind, but for some reason now am quite interested in their reality outside of myth and entertainment as well as within those areas too. My boyfriend due to an overseer of his powers isn’t allowed to verify that the fae exist to me, but he says he thinks they might not want to meet me because they would be concerned about my predatory nature. He did say though that perhaps I could win over their trust if I tried which I am going to do. Do you guys think a fair folk would accept my friendship even though I have a large, predatory beast inside me? Predators are still part of the natural world, right. Also, about 16 yrs. again (I’m 37) I think I may have physically changed for a few hrs. I’m not sure how and it hasn’t happened since. I’m not a wereanimal or skinwalker that I know of but have been told I can be liken to such hence my attraction with that interest also. I don’t know if it relates to the fair folk or not, but wonder if they would know or be able to say anything. Although I really just want to meet one. A good one. So that’s that. Appreciate your time and ears.

  12. Fairies are real, and I have said so at numerous parties. Maybe that’s why I don’t get invited to parties anymore… I love fairies…I love how sweet they can be and I never want them to stop visiting me. So I build them gardens and leave them gifts and sing them songs. I hope they like my songs, and I will never stop leaving them gifts!

  13. To Ted Williams, you are being ridiculous. Don’t just ASSUME that fairies aren’t real. How can you KNOW? Have any PROOF? Because I have proof that they are real. I talked to one. Sure, Santa and the Easter bunny are stories, (but ever heard of st. Nicholas?) but fairies are real. You think nobody believes in them? Chech out fairyhouses.com, there’s a club of over 1,000 people that all believe. I have my own club too with almost a dozen believers. You are the moron, and this is no crap.

  14. Poor poor Ted Williams, some are not able to exp. life in all it’s mysteries. I can account that Faeries are very real, most would call me crazy or stupid etc but I myself have direct ancestry to the Tuatha de Danaan(Danann). If my family is real, guess what that makes Faeries. BAAAM!!

    Ps if you’d like to know my direct ancestor is Danu.

  15. @ Megan: Some good books about faeries I would recommend are;
    Faeries Brian Froud and Alan Lee
    The Faery Teachings Orion Foxwood
    Meeting The Other Crowd Eddie Lenihan
    The Sidhe John Matthews
    Fairy Faith In Celtic Countries Walter Evan Wentz
    ‘Creatures Of Faerie’ chapter from Monsters John Michael Greer
    ‘The Wee People’ chapter from Out Of The Dark Brad Steiger
    ‘Nature Spirits:Devas Or Devils’ and ‘Sacred Places Of The Deiform Spirits’ chapters from Shadow World also from Brad Steiger
    As Fiona recommends, any book from Katherine Briggs

  16. Hi , Everyone
    Please contact me if you would like any fairy furniture built .I have done lots of custom orders locally , I will soon be on Etsy and Shopify .I hope to here from you all soon . Don’t leave them in the cold and rain .

  17. I do believe about fairies
    And I want to make the fairy house with thermecol and fix the furniture in the thermecol

  18. Most communicatin I’ve had with the fairies has been telepathic. Usually when I’m laying down resting at night before I go to sleep I’ll speak to them calling to them and then ask a question and then still my mind and listen for them if they choose to answer or not. I can recognize when they speak into my mind, I also feel it too. If you guys want to believe this or not it’s up to you but I received a telepathic message once and I sensed two spirits speaking together simultaneously and they said…”Yea, but we don’t like to be called demons though; we’d rather be called…”the spirits” or “fairies.” Then I heard it again as confirmation. I sensed that the energy from this message was certainly not my own and that it came from some far out place from somewhere within the universe. Since fairies have access to the heavens or multiverse too.

  19. Dear Fiona,
    I absolutely love the website!!! I was just wondering if faeries like honey?
    My sister has a faery friend named Daisy. She has written to us a couple of times, which is pretty cool.
    There is a chant to help you find the things you lost. You have to be alone somewhere and it has to be quiet. The chant is ‘Faery, Faery, help me find, what is lost and that is mine’. You have to say it three times.
    Thank you for making a wonderful website!

  20. Hi, Fiona. I’m only ten ,(and I also have the same name…), and I’m wondering… I have a secret grotto, but it’s in the desert. The flowers near it always have hummingbirds near, and I read that they like nectar from flowers hummingbirds like. It’s shaded with desert trees, so it’s always cool there. And there’s no cacti! Could faeries possibly live there?

  21. Here’s a tip about fairies they like to eat and drink honey cakes, honeyed milk, plain milk and sweet butter. How to find a fairy,
    looking in the sky or near the bottom of trees. Look at a butterfly. It could be faery. Also, faeries like to travel on the backs of dragonflies and hummingbirds, so watch every flying thing that goes by. I always dress very colorfully. That’s all I could tell u ohh and they LOVE CHOCOLATE!!! Hope u find a fairy! Good luck!!!

  22. Ohh and sometimes books don’t help and nether douse the Internet but you’ll just have to see for your self now don’t you???

  23. Thank you Fiona for such lovely information. And may the Fey Folk bring abundance of peace, love, happiness and blessings to your home and life. As for you Mr. Ted Williams, why is it that a non believer has to force people to believe the way they do? You have to realize that people believe in Magick and the supernatural, because it brings them inner peace, and takes their minds away from the daily sorrow, hatred, religious fanatic, racism, discrimination, war, and dirty politics. All in all in takes us away from the ugly humanity has created on earth, to the beautiful that has always existed since before time. I rather live a life where I believe in the spiritual realm, and know that, that realm will guide me to inner peace and enlightenment. Then to live a life of sorrow and anger like your showing us you live.

    1. Fairy tale life,

      Thanks for the compliment. Also, some people wander between belief and disbelief. Faeries aren’t quite as easy to “prove” as ghostly activity, so a lot of people choose to pretend faeries aren’t real.

      That’s okay. Maybe it’s a safer path for them. The sky is usually blue, whether or not the viewer is color blind. Likewise, faeries are real, whether people believe in them or not.

      The fact that “Ted Williams” commented here shows that he was interested in the subject of faeries, whether he wants to admit it or not.

      The fact that he felt like he had to comment here… well, I’m guessing that made him feel better, at least for a few minutes. (I don’t envy the mischief he’s probably received from angry faeries, since then.)

      Usually, the people who protest reality the loudest are the same people who most want to believe. I feel sorry for them. They’d feel so much better if they just let go of their skepticism and allowed themselves the magic of believing.


  24. Hello Fiona! I am 11 years old and I do believe in faeries after reading 13 treasures and the mortal instrument series. My name isn’t really Stella, it’s just a fake name to put on here. I want to meet a good and kind faerie but I am afraid the bad ones like in 13 treasures will prank me. Is it true that if you wear your clothes inside out it will repel bad faeries? Or if you wear red you can camouflage your self? Please answer :) I really want to know . Thanks Fiona. ( but I live in the city and no where near the woods to forest :( )

    1. Stella, it’s a very good idea to use a fake name when you’re online. Protecting your privacy is extra-important when you’re under 18.

      I’ve heard the legend about inside-out clothing, but I can’t confirm that it works.

      Also, “good” faeries and “bad” faeries are usually terms related to whether you like what they do… or not. A faerie who turns your lemon-lime soft drink to soda water might be “bad,” but you might laugh (and consider the same faerie “good”) if he or she turns an enemy’s soft drink to soda water.

      (Yes, I’ve personally seen a lemon-lime soft drink turned to soda water with magick. I’m not sure that the person who did it was actually fae, but he may be.)

      If you’re bothered by a “bad” faerie, carry something made of iron with you, and leave it on your nightstand at night. That will repel all faeries.


  25. Hey I’m new here and 9 times out of 10 on quizes like ” what fairy elament do you have ” i have been a water fairy . On a website it gave 2 different ways to go to the fairy world and for the first one a I didn’t have all the ingredients to make a mixture . For the second way I couldn’t stay up past midnight to go to fairyland . I don’t know how to go to the magical world . PLEASE HELP ME IF YOU CAN !!!

    1. Rebeca, online quizzes are fun but never take them seriously. If you feel drawn to an element, that’s great. In a related study, feng shui, you can learn how to improve and balance symbols of water around you. That may empower someone who identifies with water.

      Also, water is never a good access to the faerie world. Far too many people have drowned making that kind of mistake. According to many reliable resources, water empowers many darker forces as well as lighter ones. That’s why I like feng shui; it keeps the elements in balance (and darker forces in check), while providing the healthy empowering energy you seek.

      In general, visiting the fae world can be dangerous. The surest route I know is with the guided meditations of R. J. Stewart. Stay with his script and you’re as safe as you can be, in the fae world.

      Potions (especially from online recipes) can be dangerous, full stop, even if you’re not attempting to visit the faerie realm. If a potion can reliably take you to the faerie realm, I’ve never heard of it.

      Staying up past midnight…? I have no idea why that’s supposed to be helpful.

      The “veil” between the fae world and ours may be thinner at “between” times. That can mean midnight itself. It can also mean dawn, noon, dusk, the three nights before the new moon, the turn of the seasonal wheel (like the Winter Solstice, just past), and so on.

      But, there’s another legend: 3 A.M. is supposed to be a moment of power for demons (the bad kind), the Devil, or whatever you want to call an intentionally malicious, ruthless, and controlling spirit. So, anything that leads you to that time of night is very bad advice.

      The magickal world can be accessed through many means. Some are physical, such as entering an active faerie ring. Several stories in folklore make it clear: that’s a dangerous choice.

      Nature can be an access point. I like the way that’s presented in the recent book “The Door Home,” by Kira Flynn. Some of Brian Froud’s work offers different insights, but along the same very natural means of travel between the worlds.

      Other means exist. All of them intuitive and based in some sort of visualization or meditation. (Also, that’s engaged with full consciousness; use no potions, drugs, or alcohol to cloud your judgment. The fae world can be treacherous and deceptive if you land in the wrong company. Think in terms of Nocturne Alley v. Diagon Alley.)

      I hope that’s helpful.

      Fiona Broome

  26. This website is very good. I live in india, here people hardly believe in fairies. I used to believe in them when i was a kid, but all turned to a hoax for others. I now have again started believing in them.

  27. Dear Fiona,
    I absolutely love the website!!! I was just wondering if faeries like honey?
    My sister has a faery friend named Daisy. She has written to us a couple of times, which is pretty cool.
    There is a chant to help you find the things you lost. You have to be alone somewhere and it has to be quiet. The chant is ‘Faery, Faery, help me find, what is lost and that is mine’. You have to say it three times.
    Thank you for making a wonderful website!

    1. Sammy, most faerie lore includes stories about faeries liking sweet, light, and very simple foods, like bread (better made slightly sweet, like Hawaiian bread), milk or milk with some honey mixed in, and fresh, sweet foods like strawberries.

  28. Hello Fiona! Thanks for replying. Do you remember I am
    “Stella”? At first I forgot I’ve commented on here
    So I’m like .. Whoa! This Stella girl has the same story
    As I do! And then realized it’s actually myself ..
    Haha, I’m very silly! Hmm.. And this morning I’ve tried again to attract a faerie. I put sugar on my plants and sing, but it hasn’t work. I’m still waiting, though.
    And what you said about the soft drink turned
    Into soda water is funny

  29. i realy believe fairies..i love them and has even plan to name my fairy “TINA” but i have tried and tried to get even just one but its not working…plzzzzzz help me plzzzz i beg

  30. Okay Ted Williams(aka usingtotallyinappropriatelanguageontheinternet) fairies Are real and they probably hate you right now!

  31. This is a very nice website. Many things that exist can’t be seen under “normal” circumstances but that doesn’t mean they aren’t real.

  32. Fiona, I told my best friends that I believe in fairie , I was so afraid they’d think I’m crazy and then leave me, but thank the stars they also believe in faeries! So we made a faerie house and put a faerie flag on it, but to this day.. There are no faerie yet. Also , can we communicate with faeries through dreams? I tried- I had a vague dream about talking to a knight with long hair under a big tree, but it’s very vague and short that I don’t remember talking to that knight. I’m turning 12 in a few days, I would be so glad if I get an answer:)) thanks Fiona, xoxo from me! XX :)

  33. I actually have encountered 2 fairies in my life the first one was when there was a big storm and i saw a light om my tree and i got my dad and mum and they saw it and the next morning there was glittery stuff on the tree so i collected it and here was a note on my pillow saying may i have my dust back
    the second one is when i lost my ball at a park i got it and a orange flying creature flew over my head and it had some sort of dress on it was a beautiful sight.

  34. I have all my life believed in faeries. I even have a right ear that is pointy. About three years years ago I had a 100 year old Elm that died. I salvaged the big limbs and built the most beautiful faerie house out of it. My 3 grand children helped build it along with their grandfather. Every time they come over, they run to the house to see the note they have left or the little gifts waiting to find. Like a tiny jingle bell or acorn or feather. We always hear something or think we see something out of the corner of our eyes. Well I could go on and on. ʄąɛཞıɛʂ ąཞɛ ཞɛąƖ ąŋɖ ʂơ ıʂ ɠơɖ

  35. To “Ted Williams”:

    How appropriate was Fiona’s reply to you!
    What were you doing reading this if you don’t believe in the Faerie World?
    And, how terribly sad your life must be without any sort of magic in it, and also by the fact that, just because you don’t believe you need to respond in such bitter and derogatory manner to this wonderful article and to people’s beliefs and dreams of a beautiful world.

    Of course Faeries exist!!!! You are missing out Ted!

    1. If animals are getting to the food before the faeries do, use (or create) something that the animals can’t get into. (For ideas, see bird feeders designed to keep squirrels out.) If that isn’t practical or doesn’t work, you’ll need to attract faeries in other ways. Music, happy laughter, and a tidy home are among the things we know appeal to faeries.

  36. I find it ironic that Ted Williams would decry the far. Considering that’s the name of a faerie realm writer.

  37. Fiona, I’ve heard in some places that Faeries don’t like people ‘gossiping’ about them, and may even react negatively to those who do so. Should we lean on the side of caution when discussing the details of our experiences with them?

    1. The Irish are among those who go out of their way to remain silent about the faeries. They even call them things like “the Gentry” and “the Little Folk” to avoid saying “faeries.”

      I think it’s important to trust your “gut instincts” when discussing your experiences. That sixth sense — or whatever you want to call it — might be your most reliable guide in terms of what’s okay and safe… and what isn’t.

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