Sunday, October 17, 2021

What is the Magical Significance of 'Affect' in Elfin Enchantment Magic?

". . . enchantment, by its very nature, is a magic that is dependent upon the arousal of affect (feeling). This magic, naturally, is beneficial to both the magic wielder and the one effected by our enchantments for the enchanter experiences the ecstatic feeling and the other senses it and is moved by it, in that way sharing in the ecstasy that we feel. For otherwise, our magic is marked by anhedonia, or an inability to experience pleasure in our workings. . . . So, beloved elfae kindred ours, embrace your joy and channel it toward your magic. Let your magic excite your feelings while keeping your mind calm and steady, if not mostly silent and serene, which is to say focused, and let your affect touch the world and infect it with love, laughter and the enchantments of Elfin."

     Affect is a word that means to move, change or cause effects. But it also means to touch someone emotionally or move them in a feeling way. In psychology, to say a person is lacking in affect means they have no feeling or emotional reaction. In other words, they act and feel "flat" or dead inside. To have low affect is to have very little feeling response, which means that almost nothing excites or stirs one, and one is essentially robotic as a responsive being.

     Magic is a practice of causing change, which is to say creating specific effects by virtue of our will and intent focused through spells, chants, rituals and so forth. Magic by its very nature is an 'affective' process. Magic is the 'affect' that causes the effect or the result and fulfillment of one's will.

     Focus is often said to be important to actualizing one's magic, which is to say making it effective. This is one of the themes of Madeline Miller's novel Circe. But affect or feeling is also frequently associated with making one's magic work, as well as with activating intuitive, psychic 'super', otherworldly and eldritch powers. We can see this frequently in shows where the individual can't seem to arouse their particular gift or power until they get angry by being endangered or provoked in some way and then their power suddenly manifests. Affect is the fuel of magic. Magic, while it can be viewed as a mere intellectual exercise, as science is generally seen as being, is not just a performance of technique or a rote carrying out of actions based upon a formula of some sort. That may be alright for chemistry. In fact, it may be advisedly so, or for automechanics, but magic is not just a science it is also and primarily an art. And for art, affect or feeling is greatly advised both in its expression and as it resonates with its viewer. The goal of art is affect, as is the goal and purpose of magic.

     The Wilhelm/Baynes translation of the I Ching states that we cannot affect others if we are not open to being affected ours'elves. Magic is a relationship between us, Nature, the Universe and all who are around us. Without that relationship we cannot affect anything. And while the relationship can be merely physical, feeling brings a new, more subtle and deeper aspect to relationship. We go beyond the material plane into the astral planes of manifestation.

     So, it is that shamans, ancient and modern, use chants, drumming and dance to arouse an ecstatic feeling within them. For anger is not the only means of arousing affect and, in the opinion of these elves, not the most effective means either. Anger drains one while ecstasy heals and empowers one. Anger can be controlled and channeled but to continually arouse anger within ones'elf is not, as far as we Silver Elves are concerned, the best of ideas. Whereas, arousing the ecstatic feeling is nearly always a good idea.

     Of course, there are those who will attempt to 'fake' affect, just as there are those who attempt to pretend to be angry or otherwise be affected by someone with which they are in a personal relationship in order to manipulate others. However, while this may work and some folks may be fooled, true affect is much more powerful and its effects are far reaching. Actors, of course, are in the business of mimicking affect and if they are good actors they do this very well. But, even then, true affect is far more powerful.

     The magic of the elves, of course, and elfae folk overall, as legend and lore tell us, is enchantment (see our book The Keys to Elfin Enchantment: Mastery of the Faerie Light Through the Portals of Manifestation). And enchantment, by its very nature, is a magic that is dependent upon the arousal of affect. This magic, naturally, is beneficial to both the magic wielder and the one effected by our enchantments for the enchanter experiences the ecstatic feeling and the other senses it and is moved by it, in that way sharing in the ecstasy that we feel. For otherwise, our magic is marked by anhedonia, or an inability to experience pleasure in our workings.


     And even science, which can seem an exclusively mental affair, is best when the scientist is excited by their research and inquiries into Nature and its workings. The best scientists are ever those who are thrilled by the prospect and reality of discovery. And it is this thrill of learning and the possibility of the discovery of the Great and Secret Knowledge (see the novel Piranesi by Susanna Clark) that attracts most scientists to their profession.

     Affect, in a sense, is life. Without it one feels dead and in the minds of most people one might as well be so without affect. This is why so many individuals who are experiencing schizophrenia go off their meds. For their meds usually make them feel dull and lifeless. And while schizophrenia can launch them into uncontrolled journeys into the netherworlds, ripping away the veil that protects most individuals from seeing that greater reality, they, at least, feel alive in their madness.

     So, beloved elfae kindred ours, embrace your joy and channel it toward your magic. Let your magic excite your feelings while keeping your mind calm and steady, if not mostly silent and serene, which is to say focused, and let your affect touch the world and infect it with love, laughter and the enchantments of Elfin.

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“The Elven Circle is a spiral that keeps on spinning round. 
And as we sing and dance and skip, we’re lifted from the ground. 
For our hearts do soar in unison, and our minds together sail, 
To the realms where wishes magical will come true without fail.”
—The Silver Elves

And Now for a Bit of Elven Fun!

We invite you to come to our website and enter our elven forest and go through the Elven Tree of Life Eternal to explore your magical nature (it’s free and completely private). It is set up somewhat like a choose your own adventure book and a fun way to explore your specific magic while all roads lead to Elfin. If you find yourself circling in particular realm, then this is perhaps important to recognized as part of your magical Nature. Then, when you feel you would like to exit our elven forest, please do return to “the Eald of the Silver Elves home page” at any time you wish by clicking the “home page” link at the top of any page you happen to be on. You may enjoy other pages on our website including reading some of our Magical Elven Love Letters or taking our Elf, Fae or Otherkin Survey and we will happily gift you a beautiful narrative about your magical tribe (this is not an automatic response but instead is especially written for you based on your responses and our own elven intuition).

Enter here the Elven Tree of Life Eternal

We also offer this same experience in book form:
The Elven Tree of Life Eternal: A Magical Quest for Our True S’Elf.


“The Way of the Elves winds through the trees, in time you relax and your tensions do ease, you sigh as the sun filters through leaves, and are helped on your way by a welcoming breeze.” 
—The Silver Elves

A note about which of The Silver Elves books to begin reading first. . . . . 

Many people ask us which Silver Elves books to begin reading first and so we say, which ever sounds right to you, follow your elven intuition, as there is really no right order in which to read them (you may view all 60 of these on our author Amazon page here for the USA and here for UK)! But if you would like a suggestion, you may wish to begin with one or more of these books listed below:1. Through The Mists Of Faerie: A Magical Guide to the Wisdom Teachings of the Ancient Elven This is our most popular book and one we highly recommend reading by anyone interested in elves and the elven way.
2. The Elven Way: The Magical Path of the Shining Ones This is a companion book to Through the Mists of Faerie, but may be read in any order. It is also a very popular book and a good one to start with.
3. The Book of Elven Runes: A Passage Into Faerie
4. The Book of Elven Magick, The Philosophy and Enchantments of the Seelie Elves, volume 1, explores the Elven viewpoint concerning magick and the world, and traditional spiritual and religious myths. It covers all the color magicks, the tools of magic, and gives magical ceremonies that may be adapted for use by modern elves, magicians, and faerie folk. The Book of Elven Magick, The Philosophy and Enchantments ofthe Seelie Elves, Volume 2, continues the progression of the color magicks and proceeds on into the nature and establishment of the Elven Vortex/Coven, using mudras and tattoos in magic, using mantras in magic, our theories on calling the directions/dimensions, magical words of power, and much more. It is the completion of and companion to volume 1.

“We elves see ours’elves as actors in a play conceived by the Divine Magic in which extemporaneous improvisation is greatly encouraged.”
—The Silver Elves

We also suggest that if you have questions about the Elven Way and being an elf, then you may also wish to read The Magical Realms of Elfin: Answers to Questions About Being an Elf and Following the Elven Path. If you are curious about elves and want to learn more about modern elves, 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.


“Elves are both ancient and modern at the same time. Our culture is ancient but still thriving in modern times, which makes us seem both very old and very young at the same time.”
—The Silver Elves

We also invite you to join our elven and otherkin groups on Facebook, dear Kindred! Here is our vision for the groups as a virtual community:

For those wishing to join our many Silver Elves groups for Elfae and also friends of Elfae on Facebook, here is fairly complete list below of ones that we administer: You are all invited to any and all of them! We envision our 16+ Elfae Facebook groups as all connected (so in a way all one big elfae community group) and so going from one to the other is like meandering or flying around and being in a large elven community. It is like beautiful and enchanting large multi-story house that is inhabited by a number of elfae groups: (bottom floor has three private groups inside: The Elven Wayand also Feasting with the Elves with a big kitchen and dining area for chatting, along with the Elven Homegroup); (second floor has the Faerie Craft group with a large display studio for elfae art); and (in the attic is the Elven Oracles Group where group oracle readings are always being shared). There are also lots of large enclosed or screened in porches off the main house (where you will find: Magical Books of the Silver ElvesElfin Faerie LoreElven Life and Magicand We Adore Elves); there are also two gazebos, one is outside in the front lawn for Elvish Magical Chat and the other is in the back yard for I heart Elven Magic; an open circle outside around the bonfire to the side of the house for the Elf Witches of the Mystic Moon group; a quaint tree house out front for Elfae Tree Folk to meet; a faerie circle that is a bit beyond the back of the house in the forest for The Faerie Circle group to meet; and at the front gate is a cozy elfae cottage for those first entering to be greeting in the group Silver Elves Embassy. There is also a path from the house that wanders down to the creek and goes through where the group Nature and the Unseen Realms with the Elves and Otherkin meet and also that leads to meeting placesfor United Otherkin Alliance and its private sister group. So please do come join us in any and all of our groups:

The Magical Books of the Silver Elves — This is our largest elfae group on Facebook and where you will find us Silver Elves often hanging out! And if you would like to find out more about our 60 The Silver Elves books on The Elven Way, please do join us! We have discussions here about our Silver Elves books as well as about Elven and Otherkin philosophy, elven lifestyle and the Elven Way. If you have read our books and would like to discuss them with us, this is the place to come join in the discussions and ask also questions. And please do come share here in this group your own creative elven works of art, music, writing, crafts, or whatever you do to manifest Elfin in your life in your own way, as well as your thoughts and feelings about living the life Elfin. 


Elven Home — This is an enchanting and private place for all elfae folk to share in cozy comfort. Feel free to share anything elfae related, and please do share (with images when you can) all about your own Eald (Elven Home) and the special aspects of it that make it your own enchanting elfin space. 


Elfae Tree Folk— A place to share anything about the beloved trees that we elfae love so very dear and about life as a tree folk. This group is for you to spread your elven light through the day & the night and the forest. 


Elven Life and Magic — A group for fae folk of all kinds posting their magic and how they manifest living as an elfae.


Elvish Magical Chat — Posting and chatting all about elves, faeries, pixies, and magic!


The Faerie Circle — A group for the magical elfae folk. Be ever blest!


Elf Witches of the Mystic Moon — A place to share your magic and enchantment with other elf witches!


Faerie Craft —This is a group to share your elven and fae creations, and yes you are welcome to advertise your elfish/faerie crafts.


I Heart Elven Magic — For those who love Elfin Magic.


Feasting With the Elves (having fun sharing elven recipes and healthy eating) —


United Otherkin Alliance — This is an alliance for Otherkin/ Therians, where elves, faeries, dragons, kitsune, gnomes, hobbits, merkin, pixies, brownies, nymphs, driads, niaids, valkyrie, vampires, devas, fauns, unicorns, animal kin and all manner of Faerie Folk gather and come together! This group is open to anyone who wishes to be part of a congenial group of Otherkin. And its sister private group: *United Otherworld Friends


The Elven Way — This group creates a place for people to learn about the Elven Way and for Elves, Otherkin, and their friends to have a fun gathering place to enjoy each other's company and share things on the path. It is open to anyone who wishes to learn about the Elven Way and friends of such. This is one of our few private groups on Facebook.


Nature & the Unseen Realms with the Elves & otherkin. A spiritual journey — This is a very active elven and otherkin group posting those generally unnoticed realms and wonders of Nature.


Elfin Faerie Lore — For Faeries and Elfin Folk. This group is for sharing elfin faerie lore, magic and life as Fae.


Silver Elves Embassy — This is a place of rest and gathering together to relax and share our stories, dreams for the future, and magic of our elfin adventures. We Silver Elves share some of our magical tales and adventures in this group that have lead us to further embrace the Shining Ones.


We Adore Elves — This group is just a little hideaway for us to all come share our love for elves and elven and our elfin-faerie creativity as we manifest Elven in our lives.


Also do look for our other elfae groups on Facebook: Elfae Spirituality Group, Elfae Tree Folk, Elven Oracles Group, and Elfin Faerie Lore.

A Complete List of Our Silver Elves Blog Articles (with links) on the Elven Way, Elven Magic and Enchantment, Elven Lifestyle and On Being An Elf (over 150 articles) 

Below, you will see that we have collected a list of all our Silver Elves articles so far on our blog sites on both Wordpress and Blogspot. Our articles are sponsored by questions we have been asked about the Elven Way over the decades since 1975 by our elfae brothers and sisters as well as more recently on Facebook in our groups and private messages . If you have questions that you do not see answered here, then you are free to join one of our FB groups and ask your question or private message us on FB or just ask your question in the comment section of this blog article and we will be happy to do our best to address it in a future article. Also, we do have four question and answer books, The Magical Realms of Elfin: Answers to Questions About Being an Elf and Following the Elven Path Manifesting Elfin: Answers to Questions About Being an Elf and Following the Elven Path, Volume 2 The New Dawn of Elfin: Answers to Questions About Being an Elf and Following the Elven Path, Volume 3and Visions of Elfin: Answers to Questions About Being an Elf and Following the Elven Path, Volume 4
that have many more questions answered about the Elven Way and being an elf. You can click on the book title above to go see the table of contents in each book to check if your questions are contained within these books.

Section 1: “First Questions” Often Asked About Elves

What Does It Mean To Be An Elf and Follow the Elven Path?

Is the Elven Way a religion?

How Do I Find Out About my Elfae/Otherkin Tribe? And If I feel that I'm some sort of Otherkin but don't know what kind, what should I do?

What Kind of Elf, Fae, or Otherkin Are you? What is Your Elf Tribe? Take the Silver Elves Questionnaire (and we will Gift to you a Magical Narrative)!

How Do We Know We Are Elven or Otherkin? And Why Do Elfae and Otherkin Not Always Know our Kin Type when Newly Awakened to Being Other?

Does Being Elven or Otherkin Make it Harder to Live in Human Bodies?

Want to be Gifted an Elf Name in Arvyndase, the Magical Language of the Silver Elves?

Can We Become Elves?

Is There Anything that All Elves have in Common?

If You are Elves, Why Don’t You Have Pointed Ears?

Are Elves Indigos?

Do People Who Believe They Are Elves Suffer from Schizotypal Disorder?

Why Do We Call Ourselves The Silver Elves?

What’s the Difference Between Elves and Faeries?

How Does an Elf Live in a World of Normal Folk?

Can One Be Both an Elf and a Faerie?

What do the elves think of Santa Claus?

Why are Elves so Few and Far Between?


 Section 2: Elven Magic

What is Elven Magic?

What is Rainbow Magic that The Silver Elves Often Speak About?

How Often Do Elves Do Magic?

Do Elves Do Ceremonial Magick?

What Do the Silver Elves Think of Using Reiki in their Magic?

Why Do Elven Witches Call their Covens "Vortexes"?

What is the Magic of Being an Elf? And Why is Magic Slower to Manifest on the Material Plane?

What Can We Do To Help Manifest Elfin in this Material World?  

What Are our Elven Instincts and How do we use them in our Elfin Magic?

How do Elves Effectively Interact with The Shining Ones?

Section 3: More About Who the Elves Are

Did all Elves Come from the Stars?

Is Being an Elf a Matter of Blood of Genetic Heritage?

Are we Born to be Elves? And So If Elves are Born Elven, Are Orcs Born to be Orcs as well?

What Say The Silver Elves About the Difference Between Seelie and Unseelie Fae?
What Effect Do Our Magical Body Parts (Elf Ears, Wings, Tails, Scales etc.) In Etheric Form Have Upon Elves and Otherkin?

Are All Elves Beautiful? And 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?

Is There a Point at Which One Is Too Old to Be an Elf?

Are Elves Human? Is an Elven Soul and Spirit Different from that of a Human?

How do you Know if a Person is an Elf or Faerie or Pixie or whatever? And Who are the Half Elves?

Can we be Born as one Type of Elf, Fae or Otherkin in One Life and Another Kin Type in a Different Incarnation?
What is the Difference Between Fey and Fae? What is the Difference Between Elfin and Eldar?

How Do We Elves Relate to the Seasonal Courts of Faerie?

Why don’t all elfae know from very earliest life that they are elves, faeries or other fae beings?

Section 4: Elven Awakening

What Does it Mean to Awaken to Our True Elven Nature?

Once an Awakened Elf Are You Always an Awakened Elf?

How Do You Gently Awaken a Sleeping Elf Kin?

Does One Have to be Brave and Courageous to Enter Elfin and Faerie?
Are There Any Steps Beyond Awakening on the Elven Path? (First three steps/stages are Awakening, Association and Activation)

Beyond Awakening — Further Steps on the Elven Path, Attunement and Annunciation

The Sixth and Seventh Stages of Awakening Upon the Elven Way: Acclimation and Actualization 

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

What’s the Difference Between Elves and Pagans? And Do The Silver Elves Follow an “Elven Faith?”

What is the Difference Between the Elven Way and the Fairy Faith?

What’s the Difference Between Elves and Witches?

Is Christianity Incompatible with Being Elves?

Do Elves Believe in Past Lives?

What is the Elven Point of View about People Choosing their Lives before Birth?

Do Elves Interact with Genii Loci?

Is the Sphere of Netzach Specifically Related to Elves?

What Say The Silver Elves About the Difference Between an Elf Witch and an Elf Wizard? 

Section 6: The Past and Future of Elves

Why Do We Elves Call Ours'elves the People of the Ancient Future?

How Far Back in History do Elves and the Original “Elven Faith” Go?

Who Are the Shining Ones That the Elves Speak Of?

Who Came First, Elves or Faeries?

Is It the Elf Star or the Faerie Star? And Who First Adopted the Seven-Pointed Star as the Elf Star and What Does It Mean?

What Will Happen to us if Humanity Destroys Itself?

What Will Elves Be Like in the Future?

Who Were the Elf Queen's Daughters?

“The Philosophy of Elfin Folke”

When Faerie Returns Will There Still be a Race of Men? And Are Elves Halflings, Part Mankind, due to Manifesting in Human Bodies?

Are We Elves in these Modern Times Related to the Tuatha de Danaan and the Sidhe? And What Are Elven Spiritual Genetics?

Section 7: How Elves Relate to Other People

How Do You Tell Your Family or Friends that You're an Elfae Without Them Getting Upset?

What Say the Elves About Living in the World of the Unawakened? And How Does an Elf Find Friends?

Where Do You Find Kindred Fae?

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?

What do Elves Feel about Transgender Individuals?

What is the Relationship of the Elves to the Trees?

How Do We Find Faerie? And How Do Deal with Being an Elf or Otherkin While Living in the Mundane World?

What Do the Elves Say about whether the Faeries Are Nature Spirits?


Section 8: Elven Lifestyle

Are all Elves Vegetarian?

How Do Elves Form Families?

What do the Elves Say is the Difference Between a Spirit Family and a Soul Family, and What is an Elven Family?

Why Are So Many Modern Elves So Into Fashion?

What’s the Elfin View on Wearing Fur?

What Do the Silver Elves Think of People who Wear Fake Wings to be like Faeries?

Are There Specific Elfin Holidays that the Silver Elves Celebrate?

How do Elven Communities Govern Themselves? Do They Have Kings and Queens?

Why Are Elves So Often Associated with Bows and Arrows? How Does Archery Effect Elven Magic?

Do Elves Believe that True Love Exists?

 Section 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? And Does Knowing a Person’s True Name Really Give You Power Over Hir (him/her)?

Section 10: What Oracles do The Silver Elves use?

—Elves and Tarot

—Elves and the I Ching

—Elven Runes (the original runes of the Silver Elves)

—Elven Geomancy

—The Elven Star Oracle (an original oracle system of the Silver Elves)

—Other Original Silver Elves Oracles

Section 11: Other Miscellaneous Questions About Being an Elf and Elven Perspectives

What Do Elves Think of Psychiatry, Psychology and Modern Therapists?

What Say the Elves about the question ‘Does one need to suffer to learn compassion?’

How Does it Feel to Write from the Perspective of Elves? What about the Silver Elves Books and Cultural Appropriations? 

What is the Best Way for Elfae to Deal with the Shadow S'elf, Your Wild Side?

Are the Silver Elves high elves or low elves?

Do Elves Believe that Rocks Have Souls?

Are Rocks Truly Gateways to the Otherworlds of the Elfin and Faerie Realms?

Section 12: What are some of the newest Silver Elves Books?

Magical Books by The Silver Elves on The Elven Way, Magic and Enchantment, Elven Oracles, and Elven Lifestyle

Elf Tribes: 
The Silver Elves’ Guide for Finding Your Magical Kind and Kin

Faerie, Fae and Otherkin Tribes: 
The Silver Elves’ Guide for Finding Your Magical Kind and Kin

Manifesting Elfin: 
Answers to Questions about Being an Elf and Following the Elven Path

Elven Hedgewitchery and Found Magic:
Using Art-Making for Evoking Elfin Magic and Living the Elven Way

An Elfin Book of Trees for the Elven Druid:
The Ogham of the Elves Using Elvish Wizard Script

The New Dawn of Elfin:
Answers to Questions About Being an Elf and Following the Elven Path, Volume 3 


Elves, Faeries, Fae and Otherkin Tribes: 
More Descriptions of Otherworldly Folk

Beyond Death: 


Elfin Spirit Talk: 
Elven Sign Language for Magic and Spell Casting

Elfae Tribes: 
The People of Faerie

Visions of Elfin: 
Answers to Questions About Being an Elf and Following the Elven Path, Volume 4.

The Elves Believe:
A Collection of Over 1000 Ancient Elven Sayings and Wise Koans by The Silver Elves About Magic and The Elven Way, Volume 3

Elfin Witches’ Knotwork: 

How to Make a Faerie Lay

What An Elf Would Do, Too: 
Book Two of a Magical Guide to the Manners and Etiquette of the Faerie Folk

And our newest The Silver Elves book:

Touch the magical star above, dear Kindred, 
for an Elven Blessing from the Silver Elves!

If you are elves, why don’t you have pointed ears?

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