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Do You Believe in Faeries?
Faeries, the Good Folk, the Sidhe and many more Otherworld beings of this type populate the folklore and tales of the world. So such beings exist? Did they ever? Are they an archetype, a memory of a long-lost people or simply that thing that we catch out of the corner of our eye? Have you ever had a Fae Encounter? Tell us your favorite 'faery tale' and point us to it if the source is on the net. And don't forget your pixie dust.
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| Before My Journey Into This 'new Land' Or Witchcraft, I Laughed At... ||Dec 26th. at 2:09:56 am EST|
|Nickolas Holtzscheiter (Scranton, South Carolina US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Before my journey into this 'new land' or Witchcraft, I laughed at the idea of faeries. However, since I have joined this religion, more than one person has told me of faeries interupting their spells. I could only give a look of shock and disbelief. One person told me to befriend the faeries with sweets before I cast any spells. She said this will make the faeries true and trustworthy allies. I will not know the truth of faerie being real or make-believe until I decide to cast a spell without candy for the faeries. What's the worst that could happen? What indeed...
| I Believe That Faeries Exist. I Can't Explain Them Through Folklore, I... ||Dec 26th. at 1:27:08 pm EST|
|Bron (Austin, Texas US) ||Age: 20 - Email |
I believe that Faeries exist. I can't explain them through folklore, I can't prove that they exist. I don't know what reality they belong to or what "rank" they hold in the natural and/or supernatural worlds. I couldn't even tell you what they look like. But I believe. I believe that the orange lizard that lives in my atrium is a faerie because I have seen it disappear into nowhere, right before my eyes. I know that, laying in bed at night, I have seen flashes of light not only appear from nowhere, but zing across my room and disappear as quickly as they showed up. I see things move in the corner of my eyes, I feel their inspiration in my artwork, as if they whisper to my subconscious. I have always believed in Faeries since childhood and I refuse to explain it away as I move into adulthood. They exist in my reality and that's good enough for me.
| Favorite Fairy Tale: Hans Andersen's "the Little Mermaid" (fair Warning: Not-so-sub Christian... ||Dec 26th. at 2:01:52 pm EST|
|Cat (Asheville, North Carolina US) ||Age: 34 |
Favorite fairy tale: Hans Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" (fair warning: not-so-sub Christian subtext notwithstanding, the story is roughly 15 times better than the Disney movie and VERY different.)
But on *literal* belief in fairies, faeries, angels, or Sidhe...ouch, I hate to say this, but the (literal) truth is no. I mean, if someone says "if you believe in fairies, clap your hands", I'll clap; it costs nothing and I'd hate to take the chance of letting Tinkerbell die. And if "faery" has metaphorical or spiritual ramifications beyond the literal, maybe I'd say yes. And I'm more than willing to change my mind if some of the Fair want to give me a clear reason to. But I've had no encounters of the obviously Fae kind; found no literal doorways to the other world (not that, probably, I'd know one if I fell into it); never heard a noise in the woods (and I spend a fair amount of time there) that isn't as easily accounted for by a squirrel or a vole as by a fairy. That a holly contains a dryad is, for my money, much more empirically believable.
To get metaphorical, though, and to draw heavily from David Abram (his book *The Spell of the Sensuous* comes highly recommended if you can get through all the phenomenological theory), the fact that I don't lirerally believe in miniature winged people fluttering around doesn't mean I don't make offerings; and if fairies and possums don't have to be mutually exclusive, then you might say I believe. I think the act of scattering birdseed is synonymous with making offering; and when I leave the cornbread and apples from a ritual outside afterwards and find them gone in the morning, I don't have to visualize little people instead of possums or raccoons (or even rats) to feel that the offering was accepted. One of the hallmarks of a phenomenological or animistic world view is NOT distinguishing between spirit and flesh, or between faery and possum. For the truly animistic, the carpenter bees and the paper wasps and the chickadees and even the local weeds ARE the household spirits--the aptly named Little People (they're also very fair)--and, by and large, if you're good to them they'll return the blessing manyfold in pollination, and song, and pest control; and perhaps, who knows, in other ways as well.
| Afternoon All! I Realize That This Is My Third Post, But I... ||Dec 26th. at 2:34:00 pm EST|
|Tempest (Davison, Michigan US) ||Age: 19 - Email |
Afternoon all! I realize that this is my third post, but I thought that I'd rewrite what I posted earlier know that the cold medicine has worn off.
Yes, I most definitly believe/know faeries. I have read just about every book, web page and leaflet about the Fae, seen countless movies (not a good source, but hey) and sat in Nature pondering for hours. It was something that Brian Froud wrote though that made a lot of sense. Faeries are a part of us so much as we are a part of them. They show us who we are. They are a part of Nature, and connect us to Her. Some would say, and myself included, that faeries have become one with mortals, though Faerie is full of enchanting beings running about. But Faerie isn't a distant land.... no, it lays right on top of this one, ever so to the side, and only those who haveen't given up on magick can see, hear... sense it. Children live in it, as do many adults who haven't lost heart. Can mortals awaken to a Fae existence? Most certainly! Do the faeries that we read about still dwell in Faerie? Of course! Faerie exists within the hearts and spirit of everyone, yet it is seperate all the same. Sound confusing? Such is the ways of magick! But you already knew that, didn't you?
Take heed, friends! Listen to the whispers of Nature in the wind, the water and the trees, and everywhere else too! Where are the faeries you ask? Look closely... you may discover that what you have been looking for is staring at you from the mirror!
May Faerie Bless,
| As Long Has Man Has Had Imagination, Faeries Have Had Form. I... ||Dec 26th. at 2:54:33 pm EST|
|Auntie ƒ (Western, Massachusetts US) ||Age: 29 - Email |
As long has man has had imagination, Faeries have had form. I believe that the energy existed before it had substance and that each generation shapes the Faerie Lands and itÕs inhabitants in it's own image. To this end, we should have no fear of being left behind by the Faerie Folk É if we do, then we have lost our own imagination and we as a people are doomed.
BTW, they love chocolate and sparklies ;)
| About A Year Ago I "dedicated" A Stone Fountain In A Small... ||Dec 26th. at 3:35:57 pm EST|
|Tuan MacCarrol Amergine (Tucson, Arizona US) ||Age: 55 - Email |
About a year ago I "dedicated" a stone fountain in a small pond which I had built in my backyard to "the fair folk" as I truly believe that fairies exist. About six months ago my fiancee lost a gold earring in the shape of a star that I had given her for her birthday. We looked throughout the house for over a week and believed it was lost. Inspired by Edain McCoy's book on fairies and several websites I asked the fairies to find the earring, and visualized my gifts to the fairies if they would find it (a "favor for a favor" agreement.)
The next day I was walking through a hall in my house, that, like the rest of the house, is thickly carpeted. I saw a shaft of sunlight coming through a window which clearly illuminated the earring which was deeply imbedded in the carpet. This ray of sunshine was only 2 or 3 inches wide and would only have shone through the window for a few minutes before being blocked by the blinds. The sunlight was like a spotlight and it illuminated the earring so that it was obvious to see.
I then took a small vial of good wine and two sweetcakes and buried them next to the pond for the fairies. I visualized good will and free communication with them, but did not express thanks as I learned through my readings that this is sometimes taken as dismissive by fairies.
Since then I have felt their presence whenever I sit by the pond, and at night I have seen flying shadowy beings which I truly believe are fair folk. At some point I am sure I will be led to formalize a relationship with one or more fairies.
| I Have Never Had The Pleasure Of Seeing A Faery. Just As... ||Dec 26th. at 7:17:43 pm EST|
|James (Indianapolis, Indiana US) ||Age: 26 |
I have never had the pleasure of seeing a faery. Just as I have never had the pleasure of seeing a spirit/ghost. Just as I have never had the pleasure of speaking with an animal spirit/power animal/familiar. However, there have been numerous creditable individuals who have experienced one or all of these incredible gifts. If there is one thing I know, it is that this world is full of mystery. I can't dismiss an individuals experience. Just the same, I can't create an experience I never had. I am satisfied with saying that there are many mysterious and unknown forces at work in this universe we live in. We will never have full knowledge of the depth of life, we will never be the keepers of all knowledge...we will only be the receivers of what this Universe/God and Goddess wants to offer us...be it faeries, visions, or inspiration.
| Even Though I Have Never Actually "seen" Or "visited" With A Fairy... ||Dec 26th. at 11:39:16 pm EST|
|Tammy (Enid, Oklahoma US) ||Age: 28 - Email |
Even though I have never actually "seen" or "visited" with a fairy, I most certainly believe in them. I think it started when I was about 8 and my cousin and I found a patch of four leaf clovers in my grandma's yard by the well. We picked a bunch of them and gave them to my mother for her birthday, and when we went back to show the grown-ups, they were gone. We looked and looked and never found any more. More recently, when I really started reading and learning about fairies, I started receiving "gifts" from the Fae. These gifts are things from nature that seem to be left just for me, in places they would not normally appear, usually right in front of my car door, a perfectly intact butterfly, a pine cone, a pretty feather. Outside my bedroom window, I had a great view of an empty lot where "fairy rings" grew quite frequently - perfect cicrles of toad stools. You may say maybe my perception is just different with the knowledge, but I prefer to believe that these things are just for me. I have invited the samll folk to take shelter in my yard and have tried to make it a pleasant place for them. This spring, I plan to plant a fairy garden for them...
| I Believe Wholeheartedly In Faeries--they Love To Play Little Tricks On... ||Dec 27th. at 9:15:30 am EST|
|Avalon (Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York US) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I believe wholeheartedly in Faeries--they love to play little tricks on me, hiding and "borrowing" things all the time! Last Spring I left some honey outside for them...the next day I had a bulb on my front porch, that when planted, grew into the most lovely hyacinth...and don't forget the white lights I catch out of the corners of my eye...
How sad the world would be if there were no Faeries, especially for children!
| Oh Yeah! Though Chemicals Waft Through The Air More So, The Faeries... ||Dec 27th. at 4:57:44 pm EST|
|Aelfen Pandora (Chicago, Illinois US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Oh yeah! Though chemicals waft through the air more so, the faeries still dance around, playing pranks and running through gardens. I have an herb garden myself, and even here in busy Chicago it is overflowing with faeries. All times of year (except as soon as I return from a trip far away), I catch little peeks of them; but, whenever I'm away on vacation they commute to another garden somewhere. As soon as I get back into my system of watering and trimming my pretties, they come back and frolic once again! I suggest reading the children's novel, The Fairy Rebel by Lynne Reid Banks, an adorable little story of the mischeif and playfulness of the faeries.
| No, I Do Not Believe In Faeries. I Also, Don't Believe In... ||Dec 27th. at 5:05:37 pm EST|
| Beth moody (Sparkill) ||Age: 45 - Email |
No, I do not believe in Faeries. I also, don't believe in the sky, the moon, grass, or terrorism. Belief implies choice and to choose not to believe in what exists is denial or insanity. Faeries and other elementals may not be as easily spotted as many aspects of our life, but that doesn't mean I don't know that they are there. I know them by their history. I know them by the feeling I get when they are around - its the same feeling as when some one walks into a room behind me or when someone (particularly a loved one) comes into my home when I think I'm alone. I know them by the collective work we do on our local environment. I know them from their angry actions when I break a promise.
In my youth I thought that they were archetypal figures useful in ritual and meditation. I was wrong. I work with them, honnor them, and (most of all) respect their privacy and community.
| Absolutely! I Personally Have Never Had A Faery Encounter (sadly), But That... ||Dec 27th. at 5:51:03 pm EST|
|Willow (Hyattsville, Maryland US) ||Age: 14 - Email |
Absolutely! I personally have never had a faery encounter (sadly), but that has not kept me from believing. I know trustworthy people who have had encounters, and how else would it be that so many people have had so similar experiences? Faeries may not show themselves to us all the time, but they're mischeivous little creatures who love to leave signs of themselves!
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