Pagan Speak for September 2003
Topic #2 : Do You Believe In Fairies? (courtesy of Witchvox)
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.
I feel the same way about fairies as I do about most magical beings–I don’t believe in them, but I sure wish they did exist. I think the world needs more magic, it needs more tooth fairies and Santa Clauses and Easter Bunnies. We need unicorns running through the parks, fairies dancing on our lawns, and trolls under the overpasses. I think it would help take the edge off all the horrible things that happen in the world, like the wars and poverty. We may be a modern society full of facts and technology, but a bit of flight of fancy would be a wonderful thing.
Did they every exist? I’m not sure. Stories have got to start somewhere. Maybe they are like mini-deities, taking over small archetypes that gods and goddess feel are beneath them (or that we feel are beneath them). I mean, a goddess who will clean your house at night, or make you some shoes? Doesn’t sound right, does it? But some wee folk who will gladly do it for some fresh cream is a delightful idea.
I’m not sure that I have a favourite story about faire folk. I just happen to like the idea of them. Although, I am rather fond of Brian Froud’s artwork and books, especially Good Faeries, Bad Faeries and Faeries. I’ve even tried working this his Faeries’ Oracle, but it just didn’t click. Maybe they are real, and they just aren’t very happy about me not believing in them.