Saturday, August 12, 2017

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

"In our own experience, the elves we have known who have had communities,
even temporary ones, and most are temporary,
have sought to create a sort of consensus for decision making."


     Traditionally, elves are viewed in stories as having kings and queens, and this is the case even in modern stories, including urban fantasies about elves and fae folk. The reason for this is primarily, we believe, because most folks that wrote about us in the past were not elven and imagined our world was just a more magical version of their own world. They lived in kingdoms or queendoms and imagined that we did the same.
     More modern writers tend to base their stories about us upon the tales of the past. They take ancient lore and rework it, although in some cases they just put a new mask upon it, and so accept the idea that our communities are a form of monarchy because that’s what traditional lore says. And surely there is no great harm in this and it is perfectly understandable. It is not easy to imagine what an elven form of government really is like, particularly when you are basing it upon the world around you. The reader may wish to check out our book on how the realms of elfin are governed,  The United States of Elfin:Imagining a More Elven Style of Government, to see our more elaborate thoughts on this matter (once you have clicked on the link to our website book page, please scroll down for an excerpt from Chapter One of this book).
     Certainly, these elves, having been raised in a democracy are more inclined toward that form of government, a republic, really, but there is surely no reason why elves couldn’t have a kingdom or queendom if that was their desire. We’ve certainly heard from numerous elves throughout our forty plus years journey through these lands in our current incarnation, who are eager to claim to be a king or queen of Elfin. Usually, these are the least suited to that position, but we honor their aspiration and where possible do whatever we can to help them become truly worthy of such titles.
     We’ve even encountered those, although this is rare, who were eager to have a king or queen to rule them. And that is surely their right, although our own feeling was that there was at least of bit of S&M to this desire. Not that we’re judging, mind you. To each their own, as we elves say.
     In our own experience, the elves we have known who have had communities, even temporary ones, and most are temporary, have sought to create a sort of consensus for decision making. However, the power of personality still had its affect on the situation and there were often various power blocks, this elf allying with that, in order to sway what was going on. But the larger the community gets, the less consensus seems a workable process.
     However, what is important and what is vital is that whatever form of government elves choose, it is a matter of choice and that the rights of all individuals, the majority, the minorities (and elven groups tend to be nothing but minorities of various kinds of elves and elfae, anyway) and every individual is protected. Everyone has the right among the elves to choose their form of government, their religion and even their mode of dress and fashion. This does not include, however, the right to force others to be as we think they should be.
     Without that, without the choice to be ones’elf and to live in the community of one’s choosing, we might as well be men or some other less savory sorts of individuals and would surely, in time, lose our essential elfinness no matter how pointed our ears might be, how beautiful we may appear in the world or how much we choose to wear traditional elven garb.
Kyela, 
The Silver Elves

"We elfin do not understand the concept of Kings and Queens as it is perceived by most folk. To we elves, a king is someone who donates everything they have for the sake of the people. So you must be very careful of what you claim around the elven or we will be showing up at your door continually, expecting to be invited to dinner."
—from Elf Quotes: A Collection of Over 1000 Ancient Elven Sayings and Wise Elfin Koans by The Silver Elves About Magic and The Elven Way
 

If you enjoyed this blog article and would like to read more on elven community government, we invite you to read our book The United States of Elfin: Imaging a More Elven Style of Government. It is based on the Thirteen Treasures of the Ancient Britons, but with an elven twist that gives us a unique and delightful perspective. These treasures are explained in the book to be very similar to the four treasures of Tuatha De Danaan, the faerie folk of Ireland, and when followed give us a clear path to a government that serves the needs of all its people. The United States of Elfin is a must read for all students of history and government, as well as for all fae folk who are endeavoring to participate and develop an elven community and would like some guidance in the governance of a truly elven community. It is a comprehensive and unique book in that it combines political science and philosophy into both a historical and spiritual perspective of better governments throughout the world.


Excerpt from Chapter One of The United States of Elfin:
"Most stories about elves and faeries, both ancient and modern, picture our cultures as being monarchies. In old stories this is probably due to the fact that the writers themselves lived in monarchies or constitutional monarchies. In modern stories, this may have much to do with the reality that most writers of today base their ideas of elves upon ancient faery lore and tales rather than conceiving our culture in new ways. In some cases, these faerie worlds are pictured as benevolent monarchies; in others they are less so. Quite often there is a conflict between the various elven realms such as in Kingdoms of Elfin by Sylvia Townsend Warner, although this would not rate as one of our favorite books. But also frequently these conflicts reflect the ancient ideas of the conflict and war between the Winter and Summer Courts of Faerie, the ancient strife between the Holly King (Alferian Gwydion MacLir in his book Wandlore suggests this should be Holly Queen and we are quite inclined to agree with him) and the Oak King and between the Unseelie and Seelie Faerie courts. The number of books that represent Elfin Faerie as monarchies are too numerous to mention here, however, some of our favorites are Marie Brennan’s Onyx Court series. But this tendency can also be seen in Melissa Mar’s faerie books, Holly Black’s wonderful faerie novels, Emma Bull’s great War for the Oaks and even in some of the Dresden Files novels.

There is no reason, however, to suppose that elfin faerie societies are strictly monarchal, or that even if that had been so in the past that they would necessarily be so in the present or the future. Elven and Faerie folk, more than any other group, tend to promote evolution and change, adaptability and transformation as key elements of our culture. Nor should we suppose that every society of elves would necessarily organize thems’elves in the same fashion. We can expect variation and variety among the elfae (elves and faerie folk) even more than we can among normal humans since we tend to be unique and eccentric as individuals and that eccentricity is reflected in our families, governments and social organizations...."


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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What is Elven Magic?


 "Elven Magic traditionally, both in reality and fiction, Fairy Tales and Faerie Lore,
has associated the elves with the form of magic called enchantment."

Magic is generally defined as the application of one’s will to create various effects or achieve one’s intentions. And surely Elven Magic would adhere to this definition as well. However, Elven Magic traditionally, both in reality and fiction, Fairy Tales and Faerie Lore, has associated the elves with the form of magic called enchantment (see The Keys to Elfin Enchantment for more on this most elven art).
     Enchantment seeks to fulfill its will especially through the enchanting or charming of the Universe and the individuals we desire to influence. It is not so much about compelling them to submit to our will but rather charming them into willingly fulfilling our desired intentions because they find us intriguing and wondrous and feel themselves benefited and fulfilled in aiding us and giving us what we desire. They seek to please us because we have inspired and pleased them, filled them with joy and helped bring meaning and purpose into their lives.
     Thus elven enchantment depends a great deal upon the maturity and development of the individual’s spirit, soul and personality. Most forms of magic, while certainly being benefited by having a mature magician performing the art, don’t actually require the magician to have a good spirit, a decent soul and especially not a pleasing personality. A strong spirit is certainly a great help but no soulfulness or very little is required from most magicians and they can have, as fiction informs us and as history attests, the most noxious, nefarious or downright cantankerous personalities. Elves, however, to truly develop our powers of enchantment need to awaken the divine within ours’elves for there is nothing more attractive to man, beast or spirit than the ecstatic nature of the Divine Magic.  

Fardas Lovur Tae Lan (Dancing toward the dawn),
The Silver Elves
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Enchantment gives the faeries wings!"




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"Enchantment is the subtlest of magics that flaunts itself while remaining practically invisible and exudes great power while using no force whatsoever."
— from Elf Quotes by The Silver Elves




"When elves first awaken to the realization of who they really are, there is often a euphoria that sets in but this enchantment only ever lasts for a short while and then grounded once more the individual is faced with the fact that magic, even elfin magic, requires effort and a decision to go on."
—The Silver Elves






 Excerpt on an elven view of Magic and Science from page 115 of LIBER ÆLPH: Words of Guidance from the Silver Elves to our Magical Children by The Silver Elves

"The laws of Magic may seem irrational to some but they are often functioning on the principles of higher dimensions. Thus Faerie being closer to the Source, the Magic, is a more encompassing dimension and therefore its laws may at times supersede those of this mundane world. Alas, to utilize those laws, to set those powers in motion requires us as individuals, as spirits, as elves to access those dimensions within our own beings. To use Elfin magic in this world requires that we become ever more attuned to our true elfin natures. Our elfin magic, which seems impossible to most folks, is perfectly in keeping with the laws of Nature, only higher laws, more profound principles than most even imagine exist." 






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the whisper in the wilderness 
doth silent voices carry, 
listen well within you 
and there a sigh you'll hear, 
as all that you did wonder on 
doth suddenly come clear."
—The Silver Elves



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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Are All Elves White?


"... it should be clear that elves would not be strictly of a particular
body type, hair or eye color or skin tone."

 
     Because the Scythians, from whom most Western tales of elves seem to originate and to whom most elven ancestries may be traced in Western history, had pale white skin (came from the Caucasus region and thus were Caucasian), red hair and green eyes, some folks seem to think that all elves must share these features to be elven. Naturally, those who believe this are either writers who are seeking to define elves for their fiction or individuals who have red hair and green eyes and pale skin who wish to use this to prove they are of elven blood in a world that is skeptical that anyone can be elven.
     However, if we follow the work of Laurence Gardner (The Realms of the Ring Lords) and Nicholas de Vere (The Dragon Legacy), we are informed that the Scythians had tribal marriages and connections both to the Semitic peoples, thus Jesus is seen by them as being of the royal elven bloodline, and the Egyptians, as well as others; and thus it should be clear that elves would not be strictly of a particular body type, hair or eye color or skin tone.
     Of course, some might argue that these other elven are not pure elven but that argument, of racial purity, which is used so often by various racists and intolerants everywhere to attempt to dignify their lunatic and hateful beliefs, holds no sway with the truly elven. We embrace our kin whatever their genetic heritage.
     And we should remember that this idea of racial purity is really, for the most part, a relatively recent one and arises more from the national idea of race than the modern one of physical characteristics. This is to say that in the past when speaking of race, people spoke of the German Race, the Japanese Race, the English Race, etc. and they are not speaking entirely of Caucasian, Asian, etc. which is a broader and more modern view.

      If we look further we also find traces of elven peoples and civilizations in ancient history throughout all the world including: the menehune of Hawaii; Danavas, Gandharvas, Apsaras of India; and the Ainu of Japan.
      And it is important to remember that in the past that for many tribal folk, being or becoming a member of the tribe could occur in numerous ways. One could be born into the tribe. One could marry into the tribe and one could be initiated into the tribe. All made one a full member of the tribe.
     We elves, in this way, are thus a more tribal oriented folk. One can be born of the genetic line of Elfin, one can marry into the tribe, by which we mean become apart of us because of friendship and love, and one can be initiated into the tribe, which is to say love the elven and all things of Faerie so much that one is elven whatever body or genetic line one has chosen to be born within.
     In the long run, however, the only true indication of who is and isn’t elven is in the way they lead their lives. Do they follow the elven way? Then they are elven. It’s that simple.

Eli Fein Le (We love you),
The Silver Elves
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“We call it The Elven Way but we could call it the Faerie Way, the Fair Way, the Way of the Fae, the Way of the Shining Ones, or even the Way that begins in your Dreams and ends in the Life Magical.”
—from Elf Quotes by The Silver Elves


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"Elfin, Faerie, Elfland or the Sacred Realm or Dimension of Magic that lives at the heart of the Universe, is an incredibly attractive power. It draws all true souls to it. It calls to the Elfin nature in each and every soul. This is the power that arouses the imagination of those who see or read the Lord of the Rings and say, I’m an Elf or I’m a Dwarf, or even I’m an Orc. The power calls to us through Urban Fantasy stories and the fantasy novels of old, as well as, faery tales and movies of magic and enchantment. But it also calls to us from the trees, the wild places of Nature, and sometimes most of all from magic memories of our childhood, which is really our ancient past, our past incarnations, calling to us. It can also be aroused, and quite strongly, perhaps most strongly, by others of our kind manifesting in the world. There is something magical about these beings and they arouse our own hunger for magic in our own lives and souls. These Elfae radiate starlight. They glimmer with love, kindness and compassion; and they reach out and touch our souls. Some might suppose this to be a glamor, a magic they have wrapped thems’elves within to enchant us; but while they are truly enchanting, the magic arises from the fact that they are genuine and real. They don’t need to glamor us. They just need to be their very own s’elves, for that is the most impressive magic of all. They are not trying, they are simply being: being thems’elves, being elves."
—Excerpt from page 26 of Through The Mists of Faerie by The Silver Elves.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Do Elves Have Enhanced Senses?


 "...we are beings of the Nether realms, with inner senses of perception
that most don’t even realize exist."
 
There are some folks, particular writers of stories containing elves, but also some of their readers who would like to think that we elves have keener senses than most other folks do. And, in a sense, we agree with them, although they are inclined to attribute these superior sensory abilities (as they do to so much else about the elven) as an aspect of our genetic lineage. We, for the most part, find that we disagree with that assessment since we attribute elfin primarily to spiritual values, qualities of character, soul and magic rather than to physical aspects of being.
     In our experience, if we have heightened abilities of a sensory nature, greater intuition, keener eyesight in some cases, increased hearing abilities, and other things, it is because we have on the one hand paid attention to these things, valuing them more than many others do and on the other hand because we don’t have a tendency to engage in those things that dull the senses as so many folks do.
     Most elves don’t smoke cigarettes (or if we do we give them up in time) thus our sense of tastes is mostly unimpaired. We don’t drink alcohol to extremes, or not very often, and thus most of our other senses are intact. And we tend to spend as much time as possible in nature, listening to the birds and the whispers of the tree and brook spirits, opening our senses in the now. We are lovers of the light that radiates from all things and these are the energies upon which we concentrate our awareness and hold of highest value.
     It is said that a blind person will develop hir (his/her) other senses to make up for the loss of hir sight and just in this way do the elves, by paying attention to our senses, instead of paying attention to most of the senseless gibberish of the world, use our own senses to their fullest extent. This is not an effect of genetic lineage, although we are not denying the possibility that some elves may have certain senses that are superior to others, including other elves, but that it is our actions and our behavior through life that mostly affects what we are and what we become. Nature (genetics) is but one part of the picture. Nurture (our environment and the way we’ve been raised/reared or as we elves say sometimes "blossomed") is another aspect to consider. But we elves have added another factor to the Nature/Nurture debate and that is the magical aspect, our choice to follow a particular lifestyle, which for us is the Elven Way (see our book of that title) and we might call this Nether for we are beings of the Nether realms with inner senses of perception that most don’t even realize exist, born of our choice to be our own unique s’elves.


Ver nesidas mellun vari te (In shimmering starlight ever be),

The Silver Elves
 
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How Do We Elves Deal With Individuals Who Pretend They Are More Spiritually Evolved Than They Really Are?


Our answer is always the same:
"kindness served with bit of healing magic and compassion."
    
We have been asked a number of times by our elven kin: How do we deal with individuals who pretend they are more spiritually evolved or more magically adept than they really are? Our answer is always the same: "kindness served with a bit of healing magic and compassion."
     We are initiates of a number of guru groups and meditation systems and in those groups individuals were frequently told to give up their egos and their egoic projections. In fact, we used to know this family of Otherkin whose Thane was a very charismatic individual and would often and easily draw people to her. However, whenever anyone came and proceeded to brag of how evolved sHe (she/he) was and how sHe was going to do this or that to transform the world (almost overnight), this Thane and her fellow family members would ridicule the individual and basically quite thoroughly humiliate hir (him/her). We elves actually felt quite sorry for these individuals. It is true that they were boasting and making quite a bit more of them selves than they truly deserved or had earned but we were not certain that they merited getting such comeuppance, and we doubted that it did little to actually help them evolve as individuals.
     Not too long ago, we were in the laundry room doing our wash when a woman who lives in the same building as we came in and starting telling us how, many years ago, she had taken a seminar in Reiki and how she had undergone all three initiations within a day and how everyone was amazed at how evolved she was.
     We listened to this with a smile. We were certain that even if she did take all three initiations in a day that she had never done a thing with Reiki since that day and that she was merely endeavoring to make us believe she was far more evolved than she truly was and we were not fooled (certainly, a truly highly evolved person would not be boasting about it, and certainly not in a laundry room). But neither were we offended by this. We asked ours’elves, why would she be bothering to tell us this in the first place? Why would she be seeking to make us think she was some highly evolved spiritual being? And we came to the conclusion that she did so because that’s what she thought we were. She wanted to impress us because she thought we are important people and she desired to look good in our eyes. So, as we said, we smiled and nodded and congratulated her on her success and acted very impressed, all while silently giving her an elven blessing from our hearts. For our goal is ever to encourage individuals toward enlightenment and while she may not be as evolved as much as she pretended to be, we are also surely far less evolved than she supposed. Her bragging about herself was actually a compliment to us and we found we could but encourage her on path.

"We elfin always approach life with a certain humility for we have discovered that it is a lesson life teaches whether one wishes to learn it or not.
—From Elf Quotes by The Silver Elves

Kyela,
The Silver Elves
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 "Every dawn is a doorway to a new part of faerie"



 
Contained in ELF QUOTES: A Collection of Over 1000 AncientElven Sayings and Wise Elfin Koans by The Silver Elves About Magic and TheElven Way are our original elfin koans, ancient sayings, and other quotes on magic and enchantment and the Elven Way. Our readers may recognize in Elf Quotes many of their favorite "old elven sayings" from our Silver Elves books because we have included in it all of our side-quotes that we have published throughout the years in our Silver Elves books (38 books to this date) on elven magic and enchantment. 



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"Hena Melli, Alta  faln" ("Many Stars, One Sky" in Arvyndase, language of the Silver Elves)

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

"Our bodies die and fade, changing from lifetime to lifetime, but our character endures and informs our being throughout incarnati...