Fairies and Food

In England, a hob is a type of house fairy who protects the kitchen. Leave a little offering of sweet milk and bread on your stove for the hobs to encourage their presence.

In Ireland, the Tuatha de Danann are active just before Samhain and will bless your home for a small portion of your harvest. But any crops left unharvested after sundown on October 31st is taken by the Phookas, baneful fairies who render the crop unfit to eat. Spelled Pwca in Wales, these baneful fairies will remain active until spring!

In Scandinavian countries, fairies are most active at Ostara, the Spring Equinox, when they come to collect a portion of the Sabbat feast. If they are denied this they will cause much havoc until Midsummer when the payment of food can be doubled, or again ignored, in which case you best pack up and move to another country because their reign of havoc will ensue until next Ostara.

To ensure Fairy good will, especially if you seek them out, it is an excellent idea to leave the last fruit of any harvest out for the fairies, and also a small portion of any of your Sabbat feasts.

It is traditional in many Pagan sects to leave left over food from the Esbat (full moon) feasts to the fairies. Other Pagan traditions go even further and decree any food left out at night cannot be eaten by humans or animals and should be regarded as a gift to the Fae.

In Cornwall and Russia it is a folk custom to scold a child who has spilled milk, for this is seen as a gift to the fairies and scolding would make it seem as if it were given grudgingly. This is probably the origin of the popular doggerel: "Don't cry over spilled milk".

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