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The Good Folk

How beautiful they are,
The lordly ones,

Who dwell in the hills,

In the hollow hills
.

— Fiona MacLeod

Today there is a noticeable change in the air, and it is clear that Spring is accelerating its shift towards Summer. The insistent cries of nestlings fill the air, the first fireflies have appeared, the woods are dark and lush with growth, and I am being supervised as I putter in my garden by a black snake.

I also am feeling the intensifying of the activities of the Good Folk that dwell around my home. Aren’t you?

By the way, perhaps you have wondered why I use all of these various euphemisms for the Faery folk, like Good Folk, the Gentry, the Fair Ones, and so on. In part, such names are used because the Church generally frowns on our mutual alliance, whose roots are deeply intertwined in our Pagan past.

Sadly, there have been many who associate the Faery races with evil, including King James I of England (1567-1625) who wrote a book called Daemonologie, in which he equated Faeries with demons. So open discussions of their activities could be construed by the less enlightened to be communing with the Devil.

More importantly, however, using these more descriptive terms is a form of both courtesy and sympathetic magic. Addressing them thus, we hopefully attract only their benevolence, escaping the notice of the less friendly folk. Through many centuries of experience, it is therefore customary throughout Europe and even the Western Hemisphere (as in the yunwi tsunsdi), to refer to the Immortals in terms of being kind, gentle, noble, and so forth.

So please be aware that using the name, “Faery,” is a form of familiarity and may be taking liberties that may or may not be appropriate.

That’s one reason I am spending a bit of time, gradually discussing some of the steps you might take if you do wish to deepen your friendship with the Elementals and Immortals who dwell with you.

More suggestions, then, tomorrow, about how to proceed.

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  • May 27, 2008, 10:25 am Elizabeth Genco

    Hey lady – lovin’ your posts on the Fae. I’m currently re-reading MEETING THE OTHER CROWD by Eddie Lenihan & Carolyn Eve Green – one of my fave books of fairy folklore. Eddie is one of the last of the old school story collectors in Ireland and the book is nothing but tales he collected himself. Really cool stuff.

  • May 27, 2008, 10:33 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Oh, what splendid synchronicity! I just love that book! Isn’t it just delicious?

    Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I am delighted to know you’re visiting here (and that you’re also a friend of the Folk). 🙂
    – Beth

  • May 27, 2008, 5:00 pm Dreaming Stone

    Hi, just to say that I’ve enjoyed my visit here – thank you! Isn’t this just such a beautiful time of year …..

  • May 27, 2008, 5:24 pm Beth Owl's Daughter

    Thanks so much, dreaming stone (what a gorgeous name!) I do hope you’ll stop by regularly.