Monday, July 9, 2018

What’s the Difference Between Elves and Faeries? What Are Fae?



 "We could say, tongue in cheek, the difference between elves and faeries is that
'Fairies Fly and Elves Levitate!'"
   


       The following are two excerpts from The Magical Realms of Elfin: Answers to Questions About Being an Elfand Following the Elven Path by The Silver Elves and we are publishing them here particularly for our Fae friends on our Facebook group United Otherkin Alliance and your discussion on What are the differences between elves and faeries? and What are fae? This is an open group so all interested folk are welcome to join in friendly discussion and sharing:

What are the differences between Elves and Faeries?

      While both elves and fairies are fae, we are different tribes, actually a variety of different tribes as there are different tribes of both elves and of fairies. And this is not even counting the varieties of pixies, brownies and other related kindred. And we are a diversifying people as well, which means that as we evolve into the future, more and more types and tribes of elves and faeries will emerge.
      This is similar to the Celtic peoples, who came after us, who were also not one people, but a vast variety of tribes that shared a common culture. The word Keltoi, itself, comes from the Greeks and was not the name those various peoples called themselves but a name given to them by outsiders. And it should be noted that while they shared a culture, they did not all speak the same language. Interestingly, and germane to our topic, Tolkien’s elves also spoke different languages and variations on those languages. In the modern world, of course, elves and faeries, for the most part, are raised within the framework of other ‘normal’ cultures and thus speak the language of their upbringing and sometimes the lingua franca of our times.
      We could say, tongue in cheek, the difference between elves and faeries is that “Fairies Fly and Elves Levitate.” Since faerie folk tend to love to wear faerie wings as a symbol of their culture and we elves depend upon our spirits to uplift us. Our own tendency, of course, is not to love faerie wings so much as pointed ears. But then saying, “Fairies fly and Elves listen pointedly” just isn’t as clever, is it?
      We have observed that modern faeries, those in human bodies, are often more easily accepted in the world than most of we elven brothers and sisters. Fairies, even though they are considered by others to be “airy” or “flighty” (there is even a term in academic circles of being “airy fairy”), are often really adept in business matters and this enables them to move with greater facility in the world than we elves do. As it is, we elves are frequently more outcast and do not fit as smoothly into the world. And usually we elves do not care to merge into the world if we have to change ours’elves to do it. We prefer the freedom to express ours’elves more than we hunger for acceptance or financial success.
      Of course, one might have both elven and faerie within hir, as we are a varied people and combinations of fae being and spirit are more common than not. There are surely those who like to flaunt their pure elven blood, but the reality of the elfin is that we are seldom actually snobbish, tend to be sensually inclined and find all manner of folk beautiful and thus intermingling with others is more likely to occur than not among the elfin. Although, this is probably true of the faerie folk as well and in that way we are rather alike. Some might say we are easy, but it would be more true to say we are easy when we wish to be.
      It is important to understand that while the faerie folk make quite a show of being flighty and unreliable at times, this is mostly just a pose. This is a glamour they use to move through the world and they can be just as intent and dedicated to their designs as the elven. While we elven often seem aloof and snobbish, even arrogant to outsiders, we are really quite warm-hearted most of the time, simply, for the most part, a little more inclined toward introversion than the often extroverted faeries, but this is just a generalization and the real difference between elves and faeries is even to be found in the difference between an individual elf and an individual faerie. Generalizations are a convenience but they seldom encompass the whole truth and quite often obscure it. And we elves ever strive to differentiate our preconceptions from reality and to judge each individual as an individual, and in our experience individuals always surprise us.


What Are Fae?

      Others may have different definitions but when these elves use the word fae we mean to encompass most of the inhabitants of Faerie. This, of course, includes the faeries themselves, but also pixies, brownies, fee, fey, leprechauns and nearly every other manner of faerie folk, including the Shining Ones, the Tuatha de Danann, the Sidhe in their various forms and many others. Even we elves are fae in our way. And naturally, we include the merfolk, the selkies, the sea sprites, the wood sprites, the sea nymphs, the wood nymphs, the dryads, the centaurs, the satyrs and many other folk, which in that sense would also include Tolkien’s Ents. How about hobbits? Are they fae? We’d think so, but a very brownie like fae, a very homebody sort.
      The question is, however, at least for us, do we include some of the denizens of the darker realms of Faerie, the Unseelie folk, the trolls, orcs, goblins, grimlens, giants and others of darker sorts? Honestly, we don’t know. We don’t wish to exclude them, unless they wish to be excluded. We are related to some of them both by blood and marriage from long ages past. They are our kindred even if they are the sort of folks one is sometimes embarrassed to admit that one is related. And remember that certainly not all of the folk of the darker realms are evil. And while we don’t tend to share the view of humanity as a whole that many of these folk have, nor their propensity to prey on others, as is the case with some of them, nor even with their religious, social or political views, nor their views on gender and the place of women in society, nor their prejudices concerning other races, we are willing to share a family meal with them in elfin frasority and kindreth. We are cousins, after all, even if it is just kissing cousins, and we are surely not inclined to kiss them in most cases.
      And that’s the point really, we never exclude anyone who wishes to be a part of Faerie and makes the effort to attune to that vast and wondrous realm. We surely could not exclude them from Faerie itself, but neither would we exclude them from our own hearts and understanding of Faerie. Only those who do not wish to acknowledge Faerie are excluded from it. But really, when it comes down to it, each must decide for hir own s’elf whether sHe is of the fae or not.
      If some goblin, for instance, came up to us and said, sHe was not fae, we’d accept that as fact. On the other hand, if another goblin came up to us and stated that sHe was fae, we’d accept that as well, thinking then that we had encountered two different types of goblin, the fae and unfae. This, alas, has never happened, but still it is possible.
      We don’t present our definitions as absolutes, merely as indications of how we are using a particular word, phrase or term. We believe it the right of every person and every people to define they own s’elves or selves, but it is also their obligation in doing so to live up to those definitions as best they are able. Calling ones’elf an elf, doesn’t make one elven, but living one’s life as an elf, does. At least, this is true in the realms of magic and Elfin and Faerie, and they are in the long run the only realms that really matter to us.

 
Kyela,
The Silver Elves
If you are curious about elves and want to learn more about modern elves and elven kin, then you will surely find The Magical Realms of Elfin to contain many of your questions answered and it will be a great comfort and help in finding your way home to the magical realms of Elfin. 

If you enjoyed these two articles, you may also wish to read our other blog article:
Who came First, Elves or Faeries?
"....not to say that elves came before faeries or faeries before elves,
but that the modern conception of elves is much more ancient than
the notion that is currently popular concerning faerie folk."
Many of the questions about the Elven Way that our Fae friends ask us are answered in our book The Magical Realms of Elfin: Answers to Questions About Being an Elf and Following the Elven Path by The Silver Elves. We have published some of the articles in this book on this blog site and also others on our sister blog: Silver Elves blog site on Word Press
You may wish to Click Here to find out more about this book on our Silver Elves website and how to purchase it.


Below you will find the complete table of contents to The Magical Realms of Elfin.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1:
“First Questions” About Elves
What does it mean to be an elf and follow the Elven Path?
Is the Elven Way a religion?
What does it mean to awaken to our true Elven Nature?
What is the difference between Elfin and Faerie?
How do The Silver Elves relate to Tolkien?
How do I know what sort of elf I am?
How do I become a Silver Elf?
Could there be an elven cult?
Is there anything that all elves have in common?
If you are elves, why don't you have pointed ears?
How do you know if a person is an elf or faerie or pixie or whatever?
What are fae?
Are elves Indigos?
Do people who believe they are elves suffer from Schizotypal Disorder?
Are people who think they are elves and faeries crazy?
Is there one term for elves, faeries and otherkin?
Elfin, Faerie or Elfland?
What’s the difference between elves and faeries?
Who are the half elves?
Are there really diminutive Fae Folk?
Are elves related to angels?

Chapter 2:
Elven Magic
What is Elven Magic?
What is rainbow magic that the Silver Elves often speak about?
Do elves do ceremonial magick?
Do elves do ritual magic?
What is the difference between “Magical Thinking” and superstition?
Do elves curse people?
What do the Silver Elves think of Using Reiki in their Magic?
What is the Orb of Healing?
Are all elves mystics?
How do you give Elven Blessings?

Chapter 3:
More About Who the Elves Are
How can an elf be born from a man, pixie, etc.?
Are there any real and absolute physical characteristics of being Elven?
Is being an elf a matter of blood of genetic heritage?
Are we born to be elves?
Are all elves tall?
Are all elves thin?
Are elves healthier than other people?
Do elves age less quickly than normal humans?
Do elves sweat?
Are all elves white?
Are elves always androgynous?
Do elves have enhanced senses?
Are elves hypersexual?
Do elves have facial hair? Are elves ever bald?
Is there a point at which one is too old to be an elf?
Are elves politically liberal?
Are Elves Nature Spirits?

Chapter 4:
Elven Awakening
How important is the Awakening compared to Perseverance of the Elven Way?
What are the different modes of Awakening?
Once an awakened elf are you always an awakened elf?
What is a Reawakening?

Chapter 5:
How The Silver Elves Are Alike and Different From Other Spiritual Practices

What’s the difference between elves and Pagans? Do The Silver Elves follow an“Elven Faith?”
What’s the difference between elves and witches?
Is Christianity incompatible with being elves?
Can elves be atheists?
Do elves believe in past lives?
Do elves interact with teraphim?
Do elves interact with Genii Loci?
Are the Elves the same or different from the Djinn?
What do the elves think of the Illuminati?
Are elves related to Devas?
Is the sphere of Netzach specifically related to Elves?
Are Elves New Age or different?

Chapter 6:
The Past and Future of Elves
How far back in history do elves and the original “Elven Faith” go?
Are elves from Pleiades?
Who came first, elves or faeries?
Is it the Elf Star or the Faerie Star? And who first adopted the seven-pointedstar as the Elf Star and what does it mean?
Are the legends true that say elves kidnap people?
What will happen to us if humanity destroys itself?
Are elves the people of the future?

Chapter 7:
How Elves Relate to Other People
Why are elves born into the normal world?
What say the elves about living in the world of the unawakened?
Do you tell all people you meet that you are elves?
Where do you find kindred fae?
How does an elf find friends?
How do you deal with individuals who pretend they are more spiritually evolved or more magically adept than they really are?
Do elves hate dwarves?
So if elves are born elven, are orcs born to be orcs as well?
Is it necessary that we elves be forever in conflict with orcs, goblins and grimlens?
What do elves feel about transgender individuals?
Who are the Elf Friends?

Chapter 8:
Elven Lifestyle
Are elves vegetarian?
What’s the elfin view on wearing fur?
What do the Silver Elves think of people who wear fake wings to be like faeries?
What do the Silver Elves think of those who wear fake elf ears?
Are there specific elfin holidays that the Silver Elves celebrate?
How do elven communities govern themselves?
Do they have kings and queens?
What do elves think of body modification?

Chapter 9:
The Language of the Silver Elves:
Arvyndase (SilverSpeech)
Do The Silver Elves speak Arvyndase (SilverSpeech)?
How do The Silver Elves create the elf names they gift to others?
Does knowing a person’s true name really give you power over hir (him/her)?
What do you do with your elf name?

Chapter 10:
Oracles of The Silver Elves
What oracles do the elves use? Part 1: Tarot
Beside the tarot what other sort of oracles do elves use? Part 2: I Ching
What oracles do elves use? Part 3: Runes
What oracles do elves use? Part 4: Geomancy
What oracles do elves use? Part 5: The Elven Star Oracle
What oracles do elves use? Part 6: Miscellaneous
What oracles do elves use? Part 7: Magic the Gathering
What oracles do elves use? Part 8: Necromancy

Chapter 11:
Other Miscellaneous Questions About Being an Elf

Does iron burn elves?
Do elves have green thumbs?
Do elves prefer gardens or wild places?
Do Silver Elves only exist in Dungeons and Dragons books?
What would you say to an elf in prison?
Do Elves really follow their Dreams?
It is true that Seelie Elves cannot lie?
Do the elves love poetry?
What is the difference between Elven and Elvish?

Chapter 12:
The Silver Elves Books
What book by The Silver Elves should I start with?
What book of yours is best if I’m interested in …?
Part 1: Magic
Part 2: Elven Philosophy
Part 3: Elven Lifestyle
Part 4: Divination
Part 5: The Elf Queen’s Daughters
What about the accusation that the Silver Elves books are a mish-mash of cultural appropriation?
Are all The Silver Elves’ books unique and original writing?
Why do you use the royal “we” when writing? 






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Thursday, June 14, 2018

How Does it Feel to Write from the Perspective of Elves?


". . . it feels wonderful . . . . most of what we write about elves isn't something we've made up, as some folks seem to think, but something we've noted by watching our kindred, particularly those who are truly attuned to Nature and their own nature. In that way one might say that we are elven sociologists and anthropologists."

     Someone recently asked us how it feels to write from the perspective of elves and the short answer is, of course, it feels wonderful. But we might also say that it feels natural because, after all, we are elves. What other perspective could we write from? We suppose we could pretend to be normal folk and write from that perspective, but honestly we've never quite understood normal folk and while we have tried to pass among them for harmony's sake, as well as to avoid much of the prejudice that they direct, both intentionally and unintentionally, toward us, we've never been very good at pretending to be normal. Faeries, on the other hand, seem very proficient at fitting into normal society by appearing to be "away with the faeries," a bit flighty, and by taking on the persona of the stereotypical dumb and nutty blond. In fact, they probably invented that stereotype as camouflage.
     We love everything about elven culture. We love being elves. We love other elves and elf types, faeries, pixies, gnomes, dwarves, brownies and all of fae kind. We even look at orcs and goblins and grimlins and think if they weren't so aggressive and hostile, we could get along with them. And we might not appreciate their country or whatever is there own music as much as they do, but if you can dance to it, we'd dance, and we do find them to be quite lovely and fascinating in their special way. The way one might, say, love Frankenstein's 'monster'. And when they accept you as one of their own, they can be quite loving, too, or at least friendly. The ladies more than the gents, if you can call orcs ladies and gents. Those are not terms, in our experience that they typically easy to relate to.
     One might ask: how do we write from the perspective of elves? But the answer is that due to the fact that we are elves, it is quite easy. And while elves are a diverse folk even if you look just at our s'elves and you don't include pixies and all other elfae, there are so many elves and so many points of view, much of it unfortunately influenced from being raised in the normal world where prejudice and preconceptions are normal and accepted behavior, that whenever we question what it means to be elven, we just observe our other elves. In fact, most of what we write about elves isn't something we've made up, as some folks seem to think, but something we've noted by watching our kindred, particularly those who are truly attuned to Nature and their own nature. In that way one might say that we are elven sociologists and anthropologists.
    While many folks seem to be limited by what they have read in traditional faerie tales and lore, and others seem totally restricted by this or that piece of fiction about elves that has inspired them, our perspective comes almost totally from our own lives and the lives of the kindred we observe manifesting in the world. It is not that we don't heed the traditional tales, or that we don't love modern fiction about our people, we are aware of and inspired by both, but the reality of what we see and the potential that we know exists within that reality, informs those tales and stories with the living vibration of Elfin and it is ever this that guides us.
Kyela, 
The Silver Elves
http://silverelves.angelfire.com

Also enjoy viewing an hour long YouTube video of The Silver Elves in a conversational presentation on The Modern Elven Movement and The Elven Way at Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore in Atlanta, GA, on March 2018, at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0sv3OHkjRw

 Most of our books are nonfiction books about the Elven Path, but we do have one elven novel,  The Elves of Lyndarys: A Magical Tale of Modern Faerie Folk, that we think you will enjoy quite a bit and it is written from our observations of our fae friends and family:
THE ELVES OF LYNDARYS is an often humorous novel about a young man’s struggle to mature and develop himself, his magic and his identity as he encounters and explores the modern pagan and otherkin communities and happens to encounter real elves, slowly coming to realize as he does so that he may not be a man at all but one of the elven. He is confronted through his journey not only by his own incredulity about his encounters and his inner conflict with what he has been taught to believe is reality and his actual experience but also by his personal prejudices and false assumptions. He comes to discover not only that the magic of Faerie is real but further that the Elven Way, as presented by his mentors, offers him a means of traveling the misty paths to magical and mystical enlightenment.

Please come to our website and enjoy reading samples of all our 40+ books on magic and enchantment and the elven way at:

If you would like to know more about our magical lifestyle, we invite you to read our book Eldafaryn: True Tales of Magic from the Lives of the Silver Elves. Eldafaryn (means Elf Haven) contains a series of vignettes from our lives starting in the present and going back and forth through time describing our lives, our magic, our philosophy and our unique view of the world. If you've ever wanted to see Elfland from the inside, as the elves sense it, view it and live it, here's your chance. You may read sample pages here on our website.




What Sort of Elf, Faerie or Other Are You?
For years various kindred have asked us, the Silver Elves, to help them figure this out. Now we've created a questionnaire to help us do so. This is our gift to you.
Simply follow the link and the directions. http://silverelves.angelfire.com/HAelfkin.html



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 and sharing the Elven Way:

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

How Do You Gently Awaken a Sleeping Elf Kin?


"We set them free to dream and be as they choose to be and we do this mainly by example by being our own true s'elves so they can see it is okay and relatively safe in the world to do so, 
and absolutely safe when one is among one's own kin."


     How do you gently awaken a sleeping elf kin? You tickle their fancy.
     Most of us encounter individuals that seem to be elven kindred to us that don't seem to realize they are so and for whatever reason aren't presenting thems'elves as the elfae we feel they may actually be. They have tickled our fancy and we wish to tickle theirs.
     We can't force them to acknowledge that they are elfin. In fact, force by its nature repels people and arouses resistance. And force is contrary to the principles of enchantment and we elfin are primarily enchanters. And contrary to popular lore and legend, we don't force people into Elfin, nor do we enslave them there if they happen to wander in by mistake. Why would we want people to be in Elfin who don't want to be there?
     Now, it is possible that individuals may wander into Elfin and simply not wish to leave. We are quite wonderful, after all. Loving, kind, charming and fun to be around— well not necessarily these elves, who are busy writing and creating all the time and can thus seem a bit boring, although we are excited and delighted about what we are doing, but elves in general.
     But, naturally, we are ever looking for our kindred to share the "good news," is that what they say about the Bible, well, not the good news exactly, but the Great News that elves and fae are alive and dancing upon the Earth and every loving person who is willing to get along is welcome to join in the dance.
     Still, how do we let them know this? How do we awaken those who seem to be asleep and wandering, rather like zombies, in the normal world? And again, we say, we tickle their fancy. We arouse their imaginations. We set them free to dream and be as they choose to be and we do this mainly by example by being our own true s'elves so they can see it is okay and relatively safe in the world to do so, and absolutely safe when one is among one's own kin.
     What does that mean in practical terms? It means that if someone asks our name and we share our elven name with them and then they ask what nationality that it is, we say, "Elven." And then, usually, they will either grimace, think that we are joking or, if they are kindred to us, they will reply, "Oh, I'm an elf, too," or a pixie, faerie, brownie, dwarf or whatever they may be.
     Or we may be dressing elfin, or wizardly, or in some other fashion and when they ask about that we move the conversation around to the fact that we are elves. If they are rude about it, they are not elven, if they wish to think that we are fantasizing, we invite them to fantasize with us. If they think we are just pulling their leg, we just continue doing so. One never knows what a little gentle leg pulling may lead to. But, if they are willing to play along, then that is the beginning, the first stirring and we will continue to stir until the bubbles of realization start to appear and something wonderful is about to brew into being.
     As we elves say, "Tickle their fancy and they may get dancey." And that is what it is all around really, isn't it? The Eternal Dance of Elfin. 
Kyela, 
The Silver Elves
http://silverelves.angelfire.com

Thanks to our elven grandson Nikolay Lyapanenko and Arianna Ferrara for the enchanting collage art featured at the top of this post.

Also, we welcome you to come join us on Facebook under Michael J. Love (Zardoa of The SilverElves) and Martha Char Love (SilverFlame of The SilverElves).


What Sort of Elf, Faerie or Other Are You?
For years various kindred have asked us, the Silver Elves, to help them figure this out. Now we've created a questionnaire to help us do so. This is our gift to you.
Simply follow the link and the directions. http://silverelves.angelfire.com/HAelfkin.html


We invite you to visit our Author page on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/The-Silver-Elves/e/B0070R8ER2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1490695829&sr=8-3 


Enjoy viewing an hour long YouTube video of The Silver Elves in a conversational presentation on The Modern Elven Movement and The Elven Way at Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore in Atlanta, GA, on March 2018, at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0sv3OHkjRw
 
Also, please come to our website and enjoy reading samples of all our 40+ books on magic and enchantment and the elven way at:


"The Elven Way passes beyond the fields of the known
into the forest of the unknown illuminated by the glow of the elves."
(quote on the top of the book cover)

THE ELVEN WAY: The Magical Path of the Shining Ones describes the Mystical, Magical, Spiritual Path of the Elf folk and their connection to the Shining Ones, those supra-dimensional beings who are our guides, guardians, ancient kindred and the source of Elven enlightenment. The Elven Way takes the reader beyond the field of the known and lays the road into the forest of unknown, revealing new, wonderful and exciting secrets about the world of Magic, the Path of the Elves and the rich Elven heritage. This book is about High Elven Spirituality and Magick, the philosophy of the Elven Way, and the teachings of the Elves. It is written for all elves and all those interested in learning more about and following the Elven Path, for advanced Elven adepts and magical folk of all kinds. The Elven Way reveals much about the Shining Ones, who are the ancient elves and our guardians, our Eldars, who are highly advanced and divine beings that help and protect the modern Elven folk today. It explores both the psychological and the spiritual component of the Elven folk and the development of this component! The Elven Way provides a vast reservoir of knowledge about how this world is arranged and how it works, who the elves are, and what is the Elven Spiritual Path!
We invite you to enjoy reading an excerpt of Chapter 9 "The Magic of the Shining Ones" and also some of our readers' reviews from Goodreads and Amazon.

We invite you to come join us on Facebook in some of our Elven groups where you will find our elven-faerie-fae community interacting and sharing the Elven Way:
 
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where we have discussions about our books as well as about Elven
and Otherkin philosophy and lifestyle.

Elf Witches of the Mystic Moon

Elven Life and Magic

Elvish Magical Chat

The Faerie Circle
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The Elven Way and Friends
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 Devayana: Buddhism, Vedic, &
    Asian Spirituality for Elves and Fae
    
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where elves, faeries, dragons, kitsune, gnomes, hobbits, merkin, pixies, brownies, nymphs, driads, niaids, valkyrie, vampires, devas, and all manner of Faerie Folk gather!


And from An Elven Game of Rhymes: Book Two of the Magical Poens of Zardoa Silverstar by The Silver Elves:

In Our Home They Do Abide
"In our home they do abide

Magical folk from far and wide

Elves and gnomes and faeries true

Pixies, brownies and wizards who

Put forth their magic every day

Even when they dance and play

We even have a few sweet trolls

With fingers in their ear and nose

And leprechauns who don’t make shoes

But stand about with deep rich brews

We even have some elves who’ve come

From galaxies beyond our sun

And if you think this all great fun

You’re right."
—The Silver Elves


Saturday, April 28, 2018

What is the Silver Elves' Position about Transgender Individuals?


"...promoting discrimination against transgender individuals,
no matter how reasonable your rationalization for doing so sounds to you,
is just not Elven, doesn't even approach wisdom of any sort, Elven or otherwise,
and is most probably due to the fact that one simply hasn't known them
as these elves have, as our beloved brothers and sisters."

     This, on the surface, doesn't seem like a particularly magical or spiritual question or to have much to do with elves and fae, but really at its essence it is a moral question, thus a spiritual one and therefore a magical question and all things magical concern the elves and fae folk.
    We know that there are numerous folks who hate transgender individuals using various rationalizations for doing so. They will say it is against their religion, or it is part of a plot by the powerful to turn us into robots or something, but the truth is they just don't like anyone who is different than they are and are just habituated to having someone to hate.
     Therefore, it becomes an elven question because hating a person or group of people just for being a part of a certain group is essentially unwise and most definitely un-elven. It is not that some elf or fae couldn't rationalize a prejudice against transgender people but in doing so they are following the ways of the normal folk, of mankind, and thus creating an act of magic that makes them, de facto, more mannish. Thereby, losing part of their elven essence. It is an essential principle of magic that what we do, we become. When we follow the ways of men we become like them. What true elf would wish to do that?
     Elves, for our own part, have ever been seen as more balanced in the male and female aspects of our being than most folks. Our males seem gentler, refined and thus slightly more effeminate than other folks and our females have ever had a tomboyish quality to them. This is due to the fact that we tend to be psychologically more integrated as individuals, as Carl Jung would have pointed out.
     Some folks may not believe that they have an inner feminine side as males or masculine side as females and that this is just some mumbo jumbo made up by shrinks. But science now shows us that all people begin formation into the human body as potentially female (with X chromosomes) and it is just the contribution of a single chromosome by the father (Y chromosome) that determines the gender of the fetus. When this happens, the Y chromosome triggers latent embryonic development as a male and the clitoris extends and the ovaries externalize into testicles, or one might even say extravert.
     We also know that after the contribution of the Y chromosome, the mother sends a biochemical wash into the placenta that 'dumbs down' the fetus tending to make it stronger physically but often less intelligent. We assume this was because cave-women needed someone to move the boulders around in the cave (and now in modern times the furniture), and also needed someone who would go out and deal with dangerous creatures and potentially get killed doing so.
     Elven males, being by nature more balanced between their masculine and feminine aspects, probably don't or didn't get as potent a wash as other races do. But we still realize that, for the most part, elven females are generally smarter than the males.
     But, back to our discussion of transgender individuals. Recently, these elves were visiting in the eastern United States and a person there, who we have always known to be an extremely compassionate person and exceptionally liberal for that region of the country, told us that she just didn't know what to think about transgender people. Silver Flame asked her if she had actually known a transgender person personally and she said that she had not (and being the loving person she is, she totally agreed that would help) and that is the essence of the matter. In our experience, most folks who voice misgivings and prejudice about transgender people and say it is because it is against their religion or common understanding of people or even because they think it is a plot or conspiracy of some sort, have never actually known any transgender individuals on a personal basis.
     These elves have known numerous transgender people and they have all been very lovely and bright people, most often elven or fae by nature. In fact, some of our sisters of the Elf Queen's Daughters were transgender individuals and we owe them a debt of gratitude for awakening us, introducing us to great depths of esoteric, occult and magical lore, initiating us into some of the deeper mysteries and mostly for just embracing us, loving us and nurturing us when most of the rest of the world merely viewed as as weirdos who failed to conform and thus shunned us. We can only think that those who promote prejudice against transgender individuals don't really know them that well.
     And really, how is having one's gender changed different than any other plastic surgery (perhaps a bit more complicated) but really, it is, in a sense, not that different than having one's nose done, or getting a face lift or hair implants or even than going to the dentist and getting crowns on one's teeth so we don't look like a bunch of snaggle-toothed orcs (not that all orcs are snaggle-toothed, mind you; it would be just as unwise to stereotype orcs or any other people).
     So we say to you again, promoting discrimination against transgender individuals, no matter how reasonable your rationalization for doing so sounds to you, is just not elven, doesn't even approach wisdom of any sort, elven or otherwise, and is most probably due to the fact that one simply hasn't known them as these elves have, as our beloved brothers and sisters. 

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The Silver Elves 
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