How to Sight the Fairies
“I know a bank whereon the wild thyme blows
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows;
Quite over canopied with lush woodbine,
With sweet musk roses and with Eglantine”
This describes where action takes place: ..a bank wheron the wild thyme blows.
Here we meet the Fairies: Oberon, the king, and Titiana, the queen, with her fairy servants Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth and Mustardseed.
The wild thyme is the absolute favorite of the Fairies, and we humans will be able to sight the Fairies if we pick the flowers of thyme, especially of thyme that grows on Fairie Mounds, and then lay the picked flowers on our eyes.
Another sure method to see the Fairies, according to a recipe from 1600, found in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England is:
“To Enable One to See Faeries
[Take] a pint of sallet oyle and put it into a vial glasse and first wash it with rose-water and marygold [Calendula officinalis] water, the flowers to be gathered towards the east. Wash it till the oyle becomes white, then put into the glasse, and then put thereto the budds of hollyhocke, the flowers of marygolde, the flowers or toppes of wild thyme, the buds of young hazle, and the thyme must be gathered near the side of a hill where faeries used to be and take the grasse of a faerie throne then all these put into the oyle in the glasse and sette it to dissolve three dayes in the sunne and keep it for thy use.”
If we want to invite the Fairies into our homes it is easily done by sprinkling dried thyme on our windowsills and doorways.
Maybe one of these methods was what the cousins Elsie Wright (1901-1988) and Frances Griffiths used for inviting the Fairies to model in their photographs?
The images are known as the Cottingley Fairy photographs, and they very much impressed the famous Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who used them to illustrate an article he wrote about fairies. Sir Arthur truly believed the photographs to be genuine proof of visible evidence of psychic phenomena.