Watch the ferns on Midsummer Eve and look for fairies

Jun 20th, 2018 | By | Category: Articles, Books for Witches / Wiccans

fernsTraditional English folklore says that if you watch the ferns on Midsummer Eve and collect the seeds that fall at exactly midnight, you can use them to render yourself invisible.

Actually, ferns don’t produce seeds – they have spores – but maybe spores have the same effect. Mind you, if you want to try it and the magic works, the folklore doesn’t say how to turn yourself visible again.

An important lesson for casting any magic is to make sure you can undo any spell you have done, should you want to.

Other folk tales say that if you sit among ferns at midnight on the Solstice Eve you might see fairies who can lead you to treasure. I’ve never tried it personally – and I won’t have time tonight as I am teaching a candle magic workshop this evening – but maybe I will one year.

I wrote about watching the ferns for midsummer in the Moon Books community book Every Day Magic – A Pagan Book of Days. This has contributions from about 50 Moon Books’ writers and offers something to do every day of the year, including spells, rituals, meditations, Pagan prayers, divinations, poems to read, recipes  and craft projects. You can order copies via the Moon Books website or buy the paperback at The Atlantis Bookshop, 49A Museum St, London WC1A 1LY.

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One Comment to “Watch the ferns on Midsummer Eve and look for fairies”

  1. Anne reckless says:

    Oh! I have ferns in our garden! I shall wait for the fairies…

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