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The world of the faeries… bautiful, ugly, humorous, mischievous, joyful, inspirational, terrifying, evil, hateful and loving. There are stories too numerous and varied to include in this brief article. To simplify things, this will be part 1 of at least 2 parts.
So many of the legends carried forward today from times long ago make you figuratively scratch your head and question your own beliefs and their origins. For instance, one such faerie legend parallels the very foundation of many organized religions. An Icelandic story covers Eve of ‘Adam & Eve’ fame. It tells of Eve washing her children by a stream when suddenly she was interrupted by the voice of God speaking to her. Caught off guard and not expecting this, Eve hid her children not already washed due to her awe and fear of God. God tested Eve asking if all her children were there, to which Eve lied, responding they were. Angered by this, God declared those children which she had hidden from Him would also be hidden from man. These hidden children became known in Scandanavian countries as faeries or elves. These such creatures were considered to be akin to souls of unbaptized children, and baptism is a belief that only took root upon the advent of Christianity. Aligned with this, the Catholic Church had taught that children who died unbaptized were destined a placed known as “limbo.” Doesn’t this sound coincidentally similar to the in-between existence of the faeries/elves? So, are some Christian beliefs copied from faerie folklore? Suffice it to say, faeries predate Christianity by several milenia.
Even paranormal theories appeared to have borrowed from faerie folklore and superstitions. Check out the following excerpt from an article written by Glenda Lee Vollmecke about faeries, and realize how it has been applied by paranormal theories concerning children seeing spirits/ghosts: “Contrary to common belief, these magical beings occupy our lives and senses on a daily basis, providing that myths and legends are only apparent to certain individuals or our inner selves.. the child within. In fact, children unspoiled by maturity with no inhibitions can easily appreciate the perception of a magical entity within their reach. While adults skirt the fantasy of realism hoping to establish a relationship, and proof of their existence, children already have the open mind ready to scrutinize beyond societies’ limitations.”
There are numerous signs that are indicative of faerie presence around us, many of which again appear to have been coincidentally ‘borrowed’ by paranormal theories. Here are a few observations.
Faeries do not like to be seen by humans. They will disappear in the blink of an eye. Very brief glimpses of orbs or spheres of light seen around mushrooms or out of the corner of your eyes are considered one of the most probable ways faeries are noticed. Aren’t similar things said about spirit presence and shadow people? The feeling of faerie presence in the woods, of being watched or that there is a presence nearby is not far from stories about Sasquatch. Faerie dancing and singing in the woods echoes haunted forest theories. Then there are the signs in our own homes, the smell of flowers, pets acting weird, the perceived momentary sounds of words or laughter, objects going missing, etc. Most faerie sightings take place at either noon or Midnight. Paranormal theory has adopted a particular time of demonic activity as 3:00 A.M., the so-called “anti-hour” or opposite of the claimed 3:00 P.M. time of Christ’s crucifixtion. Halloween is a favorable time for faerie sightings. This is a time of believed increased paranormal activity as well. A faerie ointment enhances mortal vision ability to see faeries. The paranormal field has morphed this idea into the theoretical ability to see spirits with infrared, thermal and full-spectrum cameras.
Faerie folklore appeals to our interests due to it reflecting our own imagination and yearning for an escape from reality, one that may include suffering, illness and other commonalities of the unversal human conditon. It allows us to travel to a magical place containing the freedoms and desires tailored to the needs of each individual that yearns for it. All things are possible in the land of the faerie. They represent the inner nature of both the land and our soul. These magical creatures are without a fixed body, shapeshifting into various appearances and sizes, prone to be emotionally reactive to human behavior and thought. They respond to us based on our agressive or passive behavior, able to bestow both gifts or rewards, or punishment as the situation dictates, notwithstanding their propensity for common, harmless mischief. The next time you can’t find that missing sock, temporarily misplace your cell phone, drop something and cannot immediately find it, the surprise spot on your clothing, that missing shoe when you are running late, lost car keys, etc., give pause to the possibility it might well be due to the mischievous nature of the faerie.
You may be familiar with the recent news of New Zealand’s famous “Wanaka Tree” being vandalized with one of its branches sawed off. There are rural elf-type faeries who adopt certain trees as family. This vandal had better hope for their own sake that this tree isn’t protected in such a manner for the repercussions of a faerie’s revenge can be dark and paid back tenfold. He would be better off to turn himself in to the police… but even then…
Everything else in this yin/yang universe breaks down into two camps of consideration… good and evil, but not faeries. Just like their ability to shapeshift, they may change at will between the two, making it impossibly difficult to reliably describe, depend on or predict their nature and tendencies.
Most commonly divided into four groups, faeries are based on the elements of earth, water, fire and air, of which they are both the manifestation and protector thereof.
Just as the paranormal carries widespread belief among many to some degree, one should not lightly dismiss the existence of these creatures that pre-date by a long shot, the stories of the paranormal today.