Sunday, September 8, 2019

What is the Elven Spirit?


"Because of the somewhat ambiguous nature of our spirits, most people prefer to attempt to define us [elves] using physical characteristics because that is somewhat easier. . . . We see the world in ways that others cannot or simply will not dare to do; they having been programmed since early childhood to do otherwise. We see with Elf Sight and Elven Vision. We see not only what appears before us as form, but we also look to spirit and substance."  
 

The problem with defining the Elven spirit is similar to the difficulty with defining elves physically. We are an amorphous folk by our very natures and are generally quite unique as individuals, usually eccentric in our maturity and thus greatly varied as individuals and diverse among our different clans, tribes and peoples, overall. What you say of one elf may or may not apply to another and there are few things that we can say that would apply to all of us. Other than, we tend to be different. That, in many ways, is what most frightens normal folk, for we perpetually seem to be individuals that never quite fit into any of their boxes.
     Because of the somewhat ambiguous nature of our spirits, most people prefer to attempt to define us using physical characteristics because that is somewhat easier and, of course, they are affected by the general tendency toward viewing everything from a material and materialistic point of view that defines the Kali Yuga, or Dark Age, or we might call it the Age of Mistaking Form for Substance, anyway. Form appears so solid to them, but we perceive its transient nature. 
     If we were to believe the tales and legends about us, then we elves would all have pointed ears (which we would so love) and live for thousands of years (which we are also not opposed to) and most of us, but not all (for the Realms of Faerie are myriad and varied), would be amazingly beautiful, slim, gorgeous and looking rather like fashion models with pointed ears (that's fine with us). If we are to be strictly factual about this, then none of us on the Earth today would fulfill all three requirements. We've known brother and sisters who have real-to-life pointed ears. We've known brothers and sisters who are amazingly beautiful, but we've yet to meet any that live for thousands of years, although all of these are visions of our future.
     And yet, in observing the world around us, we've known many elven and elfae folk, who while they may not seem to live up to these ideas in the eyes of the Normal folk, are quite obviously elfin to us. In our point of view, they are quite beautiful, although sometimes the beauty is more of their spirit than their temporary bodily form. If you look at them, they do have pointed ears, you just have to see them in the right light when their magic is manifesting. And surely, by way of reincarnation, all of us have lived thousands upon thousands of years, even thousands and thousands of lives. Not in these same physical bodies, of course, but in our true bodies, our bodies of light that we are still in the process of constructing.
     For that is, in fact, an aspect of the elven spirit. We see the world in ways that others cannot or simply will not dare to do; they having been programmed since early childhood to do otherwise. We see with Elf Sight and Elven Vision. We see not only what appears before us as form, but we also look to spirit and substance. They say that beauty is only skin deep, but that is not quite the case. Some people's beauty comes from deep within them and is a manifestation of their spirit, their personality, their glamor, at times, and their enchantments manifesting in the world. 
     Elves, for the most part, are a very tolerant people. We may be somewhat intolerant of intolerance but, even then, we often look to the inner feelings of suffering and fearfulness that have driven the individual to be intolerant in the first place. We seek to understand more than we seek to judge. We are more inclined to accept than to reject. We are inclusive rather than exclusive. All who come to us sincerely are accepted, although some of those are not really meant for us; but still we will do our best to help them find those who are. We don't reject people due to race, creed, politics, place of national origin, gender identity or any other arbitrary manifestation of the world. All who dare to step into our realms are inviting our magics to swirl about them. 
     We are inclined toward artistic pursuits, but we also see science and mathematics as a kind of art and art and creativity as having scientific aspects. We don't value the hard sciences over the arts, but neither do we sacrifice them for the arts. It is balance we seek in nearly all things.
     And magic, especially in the form of enchantment, weaves its way through all that we do and all that we experience. Many people, especially those who embrace with a passion the idea that they are normal are afraid of magic. We elves love it with all our hearts. And despite some peoples' urge to make the world as boring, ugly and mundane as they possibly can, we know that there is something deeper and richer that lives beneath the surface of all seeming. Something magical that hides within the mundane waiting to spring forth at the right time and surprise us all with its wonder, forever leading us on the path of our beloved Elven Realms. 

La tae lun u Eldat te vari elsorin (By the light of Elfin be ever blessed),
The Silver Elves
http://silverelves.angelfire.com









 
"The Elves believe that the material body is little more than a shell covering the seed of spirit within. When that seed sprouts, the shell cracks and we grow into an entirely new dimension of elfin being."
The Silver Elves


Please, when you come to our website please enjoy reading sample pages and reader's reviews of all our 45+ books (published prior to March 2019) on magic and enchantment, elven lifestyle, elven poetry, elven short stories, an elven novel, on elven philosophy and the Elven Way at: http://silverelves.angelfire.com/HAelfbooks.html

Also, our newest Silver Elves books (beginning March 2019) may be found on this blog site at https://silverelves.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/magical-books-by-the-silver-elves-on-the-elven-way-magic-and-enchantment-elven-oracles-and-elven-lifestyle.



And you can find all our the Silver Elves books (50+) to purchase on The Elven Way on Amazon here:
US Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/The-Silver-Elves/e/B0070R8ER2
 





If you would like to read about our Elfin realm, the Elf Haven or Eldafaryn of the Silver Elves, we suggest that you may truly enjoy ELDAFARYN: True Tales of Magic from the Lives of the Silver Elves.  Click on the title link and you will go to our website where you can read excerpts of this book and view the Table of Contents.
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ELDAFARYN:
True Tales of Magic from the Lives of the Silver Elves

Eldafaryn (Elf Haven) contains a series of vignettes from the lives of the Silver Elves starting in the present and going back and forth through time describing their lives, their magic, their philosophy and their unique view of the world. If you've ever wanted to see Elfland from the inside, as the elves view and live it, here's your chance.









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Living the Personal Myth is written by Zardoa Silverstar of the Silver Elves. It is a unique narrative about a psychological study of the magic of living one’s personal myth, in effect, making one’s dream and vision of one’s self come true by living it. It is a personal guide to becoming one’s true s’elf as one inwardly knows one’s s’elf to be. What makes this book particularly interesting is that Zardoa considers himself to be an elf, yet he uses scientific methods to psychologically examine his identification with the Otherkin world. He explores his personal myth and life as an elf and demonstrates how basing one’s myth on real events in one’s life empowers one’s myth and one’s magic. This work suggests “Personal Myth” to be an understanding of the self that incorporates the symbolic, imaginal and fantasy elements of the unconscious and accepts them as real within their own realms of being. It is the author’s belief that the Personal Myth is the unconscious’ understanding of the individual spirit’s Cosmic aspirations and potentialities. In that way, Personal Myth is seen as the personality of the unconscious and of the individual’s spirit.




"What bird sings upon the Elven Dawn?
The bird of memory long thought gone,
the song of awakening it doth sing,
as the flocks of Elfin do take wing."
—The Silver Elves



The Silver Elves invite you to come join us in some of our elven and magical otherkin Facebook groups where you will find our elven-faerie-fae otherkin community interacting and sharing the Elven Way:

Elf Witches of the Mystic Moon — https://www.facebook.com/groups/806583242768352

The Magical Books of the Silver Elves — https://www.facebook.com/groups/539205916250397 — And if you would like to find out more about our Silver Elves books on The Elven Way, please do join us! We have discussions 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 questions. 
 
Elven Life and Magic — https://www.facebook.com/groups/629491797123886

Elvish Magical Chat — https://www.facebook.com/groups/307775362744491

The Faerie Circle — https://www.facebook.com/groups/1025483294180077 

Faerie Craft — https://www.facebook.com/groups/395403367195312 — This is a group to share your elven and fae creations.


Feasting With the Elves (sharing elven recipes) — https://www.facebook.com/groups/597948240617006

United Otherkin Alliance — https://www.facebook.com/groups/328253710566869 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. 

The Elven Way — https://www.facebook.com/groups/165938637423212

Devayana: Buddhism, Vedic, & Asian Spirituality for Elves and Fae https://www.facebook.com/groups/devayana

Nature & the Unseen Realms with the Elves & otherkin. A spiritual journey — https://www.facebook.com/groups/196916350335537





 "You can search for what seems like forever to Elfin and never find it. You can wait for it to come and it never seems to arrive. But if you live the life Elfin, it emerges all around you like buds in the springtime."
—The Silver Elves



And For Some Practical Elven Magic for Evoking Elfin. . . .

And we are happy to announce the publication of our newest book on Elven Magic!
Elven Hedgewitchery and Found Magic: Using Art-Making for Evoking Elfin Magic and Living the Elven Way by The Silver Elves is a book of magic — very practical magic that involves the creation of one’s magical tools, which include wands, staffs, rattles, crowns, hoods, robes and many other instruments of magic and, in this case in particular, of elven magic and enchantment. In this book, we share with you many of our favorite magical elven art projects that we have enjoyed doing in the last 40+ years and give you guidance and detailed instructions for creating your own and using them in your magic, along with over 100 photos to demonstrate the art processes. Also, this is a book of elven spells and enchantment magic, with elven rhyming magical spells (200 spells in total written in both English and the magical language of the Silver Elves — Arvyndase, including Arvyndase pronunciation keys) that you may use in rituals to empower your art and magic with each magical item and creative project. We include our magical art processes from faerie altered clothing and making faerie houses to creating magical elf stones and ritual tools such as a Book of Shadows (or a Book of Twilight as we elves call them) and also a Scrapbook of Shadows, chalices, ally dolls, wands, canes, staffs, seaweed pod rattles, magic plates, elven warrior shields, wishing wheels, mojo bags, and elven witches brooms and magic spoons. We further have chapters in Elven Hedgewitchery and Found Magic on making elfin dream pillows, fairy dust and pixie powder, elven magical boxes or reliquaries, elven Mbuti, paintings, illuminated circles, magic soul cards, tarot decks, pan pipes, fantasy maps and even some of our favorite elven group-art games like elven notan and Elven Chess. We also have a chapter on spell crafting using the seven-pointed elven star. And in our final chapter, we share with you more about the Orb of Healing, which is a magical artifact that is at the center of our elven magick.
You may read a bit more about this book and a few examples of spells from it here.
Sold here on Amazon USA
and also sold here on Amazon UK
 

 




And for further reading on the Elven Way and following the Elven Path, we suggest:
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
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We also suggest our volume 2 in this series of questions and answers: Manifesting Elfin: Answers to Questions About Being an Elf and Following the Elven Path, Volume 2. If you are curious about elves and want to learn more about modern elves, then you will surely find The Magical Realms of Elfin and Manifesting Elfin to contain many of your questions answered and either or both books will be a great comfort and help in finding your way home to abide in the magical realms of elfin and in manifesting elfin in your daily life.



The Radiance of Elfin is like a thread that connects our spirits
 to each other and creates thereby a tapestry of elvish being."
—The Silver Elves




Touch this Star Above for an Elven Blessing, dear Kindred!

 

 

Are Elves and Elfae Human?



". . . elves and elfae, for the most part, are quite humane individuals.
We are thus Human Plus, the people of the ancient future to come.
Not human exactly but more than human and becoming more so all the time."



     This question comes up rather frequently among elves, faeries and otherkin, and we have addressed it previously in various ways, but we elves almost never set our minds on things in an absolute fashion. There is no one or final answer for us concerning nearly anything. We are ever pondering and considering and reworking our thoughts, refining them and reformulating them, and trying, ever, to make our consideration, observations and our communications thereof ever clearer for our kindred and those who seek to understand the elfin and elfae and who mostly seek some guideline by which they may come to understand their own s'elves. It is only natural that arising and separating from the World of Man that these newly awakened elfae have come to assume, incorrectly, that there is simply one true answer for everything. 
     Unlike Mankind, and some other spiritual races, we elves don't always have just one true answer for all questions. Our responses often depend upon the time, circumstances and the individuals involved. In that way, we are rather like Ancient Chinese Medicine, which prescribes remedies according to the needs and constitution of the individual, rather than Modern Western Medicine that seems to think, for the most part, there is one drug that should be given to everyone who suffers from a particular ailment.
     People who write to us and tell us that they are not human, of course, are speaking of their feelings about thems'elves, about their spirit and their sense of thems'elves, rather than the actual makeup of their currently physical body. They are speaking of whom they are inwardly rather than outwardly and assume, quite correctly, that in time the outer form will conform to the more enduring and lasting inner being. Although, they don't often realize that this will take ages and lifetimes of development yet to come. 
     We elves and elfae and otherkin, in general, usually feel rather alienated from the world around us, that dominant and surely dominating world, which sees itself as being human, as a means of separating themselves from most of the rest of life. We elves, fae and otherkin often feel closer to our dogs, cats and other kindred creatures than we do to most of those 'individuals' (if you can accurately call them that, they seem more like clones really) around us who tell us they are human but don't seem to act like it most of the time. Their physical bodies are human, but their inner being really, somewhat like ours, is something else. Theirs often less than human and more animal-like than they would like to believe and our inner being often more than human.
     And while it is true that not all elves are human, we Silver Elves surely are and so are those who proclaim otherwise to us on Facebook and other media platforms. The dolphins and the porpoises are elfae as far as these elves are concerned, but they are not human and there are certain trees and birds and other beings that seem especially elfin to us, that are clearly not human in body, either. Human is not a necessary component of being elven, but then it is not an excluding factor either.
     The thing is, however, that the Shining Ones, our ancestors who have evolved into the higher dimensions of being are not exactly human anymore. They are, we might say, more than human. Not X-Men precisely, but more like Human Plus. Human 4.0 or something.
     The simple fact is that Men and the Normal folk, which is to say those who delight in being normal and embrace that description of themselves heartily and with great fervor and use it as a central element for judging those whom they see to be worthy of their friendship or not, or sometimes even worthy of life or success in the world, while they declare themselves to be human, act very much like savage animals in what they call a dog-eat-dog world, much of the time. They are human, perhaps, if they say so (we will accept their definition of themselves), but they don't seem very humane, which is to say elven, most of the time. Whereas, elves and elfae, for the most part, are quite humane individuals. We are thus Human Plus, the people of the ancient future to come. Not human exactly but more than human and becoming more so all the time.

La tae lun u Eldat te vari elsorin (By the light of Elfin be ever blessed),
The Silver Elves






"Any definition of elves to be accurate must always contain the fact that we are ever transforming and becoming more and more our own true s'elves."
—The Silver Elves



We invite you to our website and please enjoy reading sample pages and reader's reviews of all our 45+ books (published prior to March 2019) on magic and enchantment, elven lifestyle, elven poetry, elven short stories, an elven novel, on elven philosophy and the Elven Way at: http://silverelves.angelfire.com/HAelfbooks.html

Also, our newest Silver Elves books (beginning March 2019) may be found on this blog site at https://silverelves.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/magical-books-by-the-silver-elves-on-the-elven-way-magic-and-enchantment-elven-oracles-and-elven-lifestyle.


And you can find all our the Silver Elves books to purchase on The Elven Way on Amazon here:
US Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/The-Silver-Elves/e/B0070R8ER2


"We bear Elfin in our hearts, but it is a burden not, for it lifts us up and carries us and has done from the start."


And for further reading. . . .
. . . . dear Kindred, if you enjoyed the article above, we think you may very much enjoy reading our most popularly read book on the wisdom teachings of the ancient Elven titled Through the Mists of Faerie:

Click on the link above to find out more about this book and to read excerpts.

The following is an example of writing from THROUGH THE MISTS OF FAERIE, page 62-65, from Part One:  Pure Awareness

"What most people call consciousness is an awareness of their thoughts, beliefs and ideas. In the animal kingdom, consciousness is an instinctual awareness and lacks, for the most part, the beliefs, ideas and self-concepts found among humans. In the human being, the idea driven consciousness comes to fore but, as we’ve pointed out already, this is primarily directed and motivated by ideas ruled by our passions and emotionally connected ideas. We think ours’elves to be free but really our lives are controlled by these passions and beliefs.

When we are born into a particular life we come bearing the imprint on our souls of our previous experiences. Obviously, when we are reborn we don’t have the same body. So our bodies, as they currently exist, clearly are not a part of our immortal s’elf, although they are composed of the energy that is, in its’elf, immortal. We are mostly formed from Star-stuff or Stardust, and elves are particularly aware of this fact. So when we come into a new life, our soul/spirit gathers around it the available stardust/energy to form a new body.

Since this stardust also bears the imprint of its past, in the form of a DNA coding directive, we also come into each life with a racial consciousness, formed in what is often called the Collective Unconscious. We also have a human consciousness, and bear the imprint of our evolution through various forms from all our previous incarnations. To become truly immortal beings, that is to say, immortal in the way that vampires are seen as being immortal, having a permanent immortal physical body, we need to integrate our consciousness with and merge with the consciousness of the energy that temporarily composes us. Of course, elves are often also seen as being Immortal, particularly in our more ephemeral forms, or our ethereal or etheric bodies combined with our astral bodies.

In time our bodies will become more resilient, less physical, and more like light, thus more ephemeral. The dimensions we will reside within, the dimension of Elfin/Faerie will be similar to living in a dream. We will have greater powers, such as the power to fly, and the ability to do things that we can now only dream of doing. And yet it will be every bit as real as a dream seems when we are in it, or every bit as real as this illusionary world that we currently abide within.
Also, just as clearly when we pass from one body to another, we don’t carry our thoughts, feelings and beliefs with us, or our memories, unless indeed we have obtained continuity of consciousness and have born our mind through the death process, which, honestly, these particular elves are nowhere near to achieving. Are you? If you are, you will be able to tell because you will be able to remain aware throughout the night as your body sleeps without losing consciousness. Sleep, as we said, is the little death. It is the reflection in microcosm, As Above/So Below, As Within/So Without, of the life death cycle.

For most individuals, the death experience and the assumption of a new stardust body is like suffering from total amnesia. You don’t remember anything. You don’t even know what you know. For instance, in amnesia, you may know how to type or play a piano, but don’t you know that you know how to do it until you sit down at a typewriter, or computer, or piano and suddenly find that typing or playing piano comes automatically to you. So, too, in moving from one life to another, we carry certain abilities with us. We don’t necessarily know that we know, rather we feel we were born with certain talents and abilities, and indeed we were. Usually, we find we learn these things very quickly and easily. These skills seem to come naturally to us.

Our feelings, not so much our emotions, but mostly our feelings, because they are by their nature essentially unconscious, come easily through the transitional state of death. We may not remember whom we loved or liked or disliked, but if we encounter them again or someone like them we immediately sense our attraction, or our repulsion. There are certain individuals that we know immediately even though it seems we have never met them previously. So until we are able to carry our memories from life to life consciously, they are still born in our soul, particularly those things that are most important to us, which is love and relationship, as well as having an instinctual recognition of and attraction to those with whom we have a karmic connection either positive or negative.

We can see this fact reflected in our current life in our conscious and unconscious. The basic consciousness is everything of which we are currently aware. But we also have an unconscious which composes everything of which we are not aware, which for most of us is far vaster than our conscious awareness. Consider all the things we don’t know, and add to it all the things, events, facts, people, experiences we have forgotten, which are stored in our brains but which, for most of them, are lost to us except at certain times. So, too, are our experiences stored in our soul, but only accessible under certain profound circumstances, although occasionally brought to mind by our encounters in the world, just as memories may be brought back into consciousness by a particular, song, smell, or experience. Our soul stores all our experiences and in that way is linked to the Akashic record, which records all experiences of all beings. The Akashic record is the library of the Soul of the Universe."
End of excerpt from Through The Mists of Faerie: A Magical Guide to the Wisdom Teachings of the Ancient Elven



"In ancient times, the forests were our cities, the rivers were our highways. We sang to the Earth and the Earth sang to us, creating a wondrous harmony that echoes still in our soul calling us back to Elfin."
—The Silver Elves





Dear Kindred, along with Through The Mists of Faerie we also suggest for further reading
The Elven Way: The Magical Path of The Shining OnesOn the cover:
"The Elven Way passes beyond the fields of the known
into the forest of the unknown illuminated by the glow of the elves."






"Elfin is like a light ever banishing darkness; Faerie is like the shadows born from the casting of the light. Together they dance through Eternity creating images to delight our imaginations."
—The Silver Elves


A Gift For You!!!!!!What Sort of Elf, Faerie or Other Are You?
What is Your Magical Tribe?

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 and to help you learn about your people, your magical tribe. This is our gift to you (free). Simply follow this link below and the directions and we will help you with your own personal narrative about your magical tribe: https://silverelves.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/what-kind-of-elf-fae-or-otherkin-are-you-what-is-your-tribe








And for further reading on your Elven, Faerie, Otherkin tribe:
otherkinstar_coverelftribesELF TRIBES: The Silver Elves’ Guide for Finding Your Magical Kind and Kin and  FAERIE, FAE AND OTHERKIN TRIBES: The Silver Elves’ Guide for Finding Your Magical Kind and Kin. Please click on the titles listed above to go to the pages on this blog that are dedicated to each book, where you can read more about them, view excerpts of sample magical narratives and also the table of contents from both books. Elf Tribes contains 150+ narratives of elven tribes, and Faerie, Fae and Otherkin Tribes contains another 150+ narratives of faerie and otherkin tribes. Be sure and click on the title links and read a few of these magical narratives. Perhaps, you will find your people as you read through these two books, or kindred quite like them. At any rate, you can always do the survey yours’elf, or do it again if you feel you have come to a greater understanding of yours’elf and our peoples in the meantime (or gentle-time as we elves often say).

“We are born of starlight woven into magic.”
—The Silver Elves







"Our elven spirit makes us unique. Our elfin soul unites us. Thus, we are each One, Together."
—The Silver Elves



The Silver Elves invite you to come join us in some of our elven and magical otherkin Facebook groups where you will find our elven-faerie-fae otherkin community interacting and sharing The Elven Way:

The Magical Books of the Silver Elves https://www.facebook.com/groups/539205916250397 — And if you would like to find out more about our Silver Elves books on The Elven Way, please do join us! We have discussions 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 questions.

Elven Life and Magic —
https://www.facebook.com/groups/629491797123886


Elvish Magical Chat —
https://www.facebook.com/groups/307775362744491


The Faerie Circle —
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1025483294180077


Elf Witches of the Mystic Moon — https://www.facebook.com/groups/806583242768352 — A place to share your magic and enchantment with other elf witches!

Faerie Craft —
https://www.facebook.com/groups/395403367195312
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 —
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2215672296


Feasting With the Elves (having fun sharing elven recipes and healthy eating) — https://www.facebook.com/groups/597948240617006

 
United Otherkin Alliance —
https://www.facebook.com/groups/328253710566869
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.

The Elven Way and Friends —
https://www.facebook.com/groups/165938637423212


Devayana: Buddhism, Vedic, & Asian Spirituality for Elves and Fae https://www.facebook.com/groups/devayana

Nature & the Unseen Realms with the Elves & otherkin. A spiritual journey —
https://www.facebook.com/groups/196916350335537





Elven Blessing to All Our Kindred!

Do the Elves Believe that Rocks Have Souls?

 
Ancient Healing Rocks of Hawaii charged magically by Polynesian Shamans
"While a rock doesn't have a soul of its own, it does, overtime, absorb the energy around it and the longer that energy form stays together, the longer the rock exists, the more it tends to acquire a wholistic energetic nature, so that in the future this energy form tends to reformulate its'elf into something that does have a soulful spirit. . . . From the elven point of view, the all of life is evolving toward consciousness and perfection. . . . We are not our bodies, we are spirits inhabiting our bodies/forms. Rocks may be inhabited by spirits that are just not yet powerful enough to create whole living forms. And in time they can acquire spirits, individual spirits, and through the process of evolution of this spirit, develop a soulful relationship to others and become living beings as they do so who rather like statues can be looked up to and admired by others."

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The answer is yes sort of, but not really, but kind of and it's a work in progress. Rocks are not organic wholes in terms of being living beings in the way that birds, insects, flora, animals and people are. They are composed of energy, of atoms, as all things are, but these atoms have only united in a relatively temporary bond, like most relationships and marriages these days. Thus, rocks don't have souls even though they do have a transitory form, but that is true of all forms, isn't it?
On the other hand, all things, all forms, all structures that are not organic and living wholes, can become repositories for spirit energies. This is the idea of places of worship that are said to be the sacred houses of the Divine, usually the home of someone's demi-gods or gods, although these gods usually have many homes, summer homes, winter homes, and places here and there all over the city. They are gods so, of course, they're rich.

The temple, church, mosque, sanctuary, or whatever becomes the clothes, so to speak, the home or house of the spirit. This is also the idea, on a somewhat smaller scale with teraphim, statues that become the houses for particular spirits. And it is also the idea surrounding images of one's particular demi-god or one's especially 'revealed and inspired by the Divine' holy book and other such inanimate objects that become instilled with a particular energy like crosses sometimes are, swastikas, Stars of David and so forth. Even, we expect, that the Elven Star will become so charged in time.

This same idea is extended to houses in general when they are said to be haunted, but even more so when they are said to be possessed, in which malevolent spirits take over the house and terrify people by backing up the toilet, making strange sounds, having the floorboard creak and break underfoot and otherwise turn the crumbling house into a money pit. Plus, all the truly scary stuff they do in movies.
Rocks, also, as for example Stonehenge, take on the energy of the Divine and the sense of the sacred from association with the devotees, druids, witches etc. that have performed their magic among them both in ancient and modern times. Because of this, rocks and stones become enlivened, we might say, by the spirit that lives within them. And in being so, begin to attune to a certain soulfulness of their own. They don't have individual spirits as yet, but they begin to develop spirits through their soulful contact with living spirits. This, in magic, is called the Law of Contagion. In forensics and police science, this is a matter of 'transfer'. We leave things in places we go and we pick up things from our contact with other things. These are the clues that police look for at a crime scene.
While a rock doesn't have a soul of its own, it does, overtime, absorb the energy around it and the longer that energy form stays together, the longer the rock lives so to speak, the more it tends to acquire a wholistic energetic nature, so that in the future this energy form tends to reformulate its'elf into something that does have a soulful spirit. Or, really from an Elven point of view in which soul signifies our relationship to other things, rocks have souls, in as much as they absorb and give off energy, but are developing spirits of their own.

If you break a rock into two pieces, it does not die like a person as it is not an organic living being (although it is organic). But both parts will still absorb and emit energy, which is in essence a soulful connection to other things. Either piece could be inhabited by spirit, as say (on a smaller scale) becoming like more than one church in town of the same denomination. But having once been together as pieces of rock, they still have an energetic link between them. And in that sense, they are like worms that get cut in half and grow a complete body from each half. Either half can develop a spirit or they can form one spirit from their previous unity together, depending on how long they had been together. Since individuality itself is not hereditary but based more on experience, the two halves of the worms would more likely become like identical twins through the course of evolution; and the two rocks probably being not quite so identical, would become fraternal twins or perhaps more like brothers and sisters (siblings, not twin), similar in some ways but not exactly the same. To be clear, we are not talking here about the rocks, worms or even human bodies themselves but the spirits that evolve through them. We are not our bodies, we are spirits inhabiting our bodies/forms. Rocks may be inhabited by spirits that are just not yet powerful enough to create whole living forms.
Thus, you might encounter individuals who are as steady and reliable as a rock, or as hardheaded and obstinate as stone, who perhaps have evolved from many ages of rock existence, eventually obtaining an individualized nature or spirit of their own and being able to choose more mobile forms as they evolve. Or perhaps being able to mediate for hours, unmoving.

From the elven point of view, the all of life is evolving toward consciousness and perfection. Some of us are just a little further along than most rock formations, but some of us are clearly not very far from our sedentary existence in the world of stone. In Faerie lore, this is especially brought out by the existence of trolls, who are often stone like beings or beings who, if caught in the sun, much like the common lore of vampires, would turn to stone, although vampires in such lore burn to ash. And this can be extended to dwarves who are famous for living in caves and working with stone, and are thus, to our minds, even more evolved rock beings, we might say. And this also extends to the drow elven who are quite like the dwarves in so many ways.

So, do rocks have souls? Sort of. They absorb energy and emit it, mostly heat and the lack thereof. And in time they can acquire spirits, individual spirits, and through the process of evolution of this spirit, develop a soulful relationship to others and become living beings as they do so who rather like statues can be looked up to and admired by others.

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What Do You Do if You Are Vegetarian but your Therian Aspect is a Carnivore?



". . . while one may relate very strongly and powerfully to an animal form, and there is surely valid reason for doing so, one need not feel that one has to be a carnivore just because their animal spirit traditionally is. The whole idea here is to become through evolution an advanced form of that animal and to retain its special abilities, even enhance them, while also developing one's consciousness in that body and one's ability to live harmoniously in the world to the benefit and satisfaction of all. . . . While some therian may be inclined to hold on to their carnivore urges in order to stay close to their animal kin nature, embracing the consciousness of the spiritual aspects of vegetarianism and being less predatory in nature is surely an opportunity to obtain a higher, conscious and more intelligent animal evolutionary form."


Part One: Why might one soulfully and spiritually relate to being an animal while in a humanoid body?

     Here's the thing. We all have human bodies, at least those who are reading this at present are likely to have such, and yet not all of us feel human due to the fact that soulfully and spiritually some of us are related to various animals. By soulfully, we mean that some individuals feel connected within their s'elves with a particular animal that their sense of s'elf as a soulful and thus feeling being relates to in a profound and powerful fashion. And by spiritually we mean that their actions and their imaginal being associates strongly with that animal type. They don't feel human or see thems'elves as being human, they spiritually are a particular animal kin or kins. This is very similar to how we feel who are elves in spirit but incarnated in a human body in this lifetime.

     Now, there is a psychological phenomenon called Depersonalization Disorder in which the individual doesn't recognize their own face in the mirror. We elves don't so much try to label people into disorders, although we do have our own book of Elven Psychology (see Elven Psychology: Understanding the Elfin Psyche and the Evolutionary and Esoteric Purpose of Mental Disorders), but rather, for the most part we try to understand why people feel and experience what they do instead of judging them and declaring that something must be wrong with them if they are straying from the norm. For the elfae folk, what is normal for us is, after all, being odd, weird, unique and eccentric.

      But our point here is that while the phenomenon of relating spiritually and soulfully may appear to be similar in some ways to Depersonalization Disorder, it is not a disorder for most people but a genuine way of encountering and effectively dealing with the world and their own experience within it. The question we might consider is why so many people experience this in the first place and while we only have theories about this, we think that they have some validity to them and may shed some light on this question. They are, at least, worth considering.

     Evolution is the development of consciousness and with that development the growing power to create our own worlds. In the process of this development, we have, all of us, transited through many and various lifetimes of forms or body types, which is to say various materialized manifestations of that consciousness, that reflect our level of development. There surely were times when we were as steady as a rock, or as serene perhaps as stone, were joyful and fleeting as a flower or as prickly as thistle and, surely we have migrated through many, many animal lives and experienced those bodies due to our level of consciousness at that stage in our evolutionary progress toward Mastery and Adeptship.

     Now, we expect that many of the folks who still feel these lives very strongly inwardly associate with them more than they do with their humanoid bodies, do so because of several possible reasons. One is that they were those animals in previous lives who were killed by humans. Well, humans are murdering animals all the time, consuming them and thus in a sense invoking them. This has resulted in the fact that there are more and more humans and less and less animals. So where do those animals go who were prematurely taken from this world and the place in evolution and whose avenue to being that animal has become increasingly limited? They often take on human bodies but they don't feel all that comfortable in doing so. In their hearts and minds, they are still a wolf, fox, a hawk or whatever. They are still progressing as an animal just in a human body. It is rather like finding that suddenly none of your clothes fit right.

      Many of these have no real sense of their animal being. You can go out into the world and find bulls and cows and sheep and chickens and all sorts of people who are spiritually animals but unaware of being so. They actually think they are human but they are not in the least humane spiritually nor have a clue about what being human really is. These people may be only marginally on the level of human consciousness.

     Thus, two, we have those who were animals in previous lives who were sacrificed by various spiritual groups and these folk have a step up upon those who were merely killed or killed and eaten. The association with religion and sometimes magick gives them a greater sense of connection to magick as well as the continuing sense of being the animal form that they were. These folk may not recognize their therian nature, in as much as they still have an urge, because of religious associations, to conform to human society, but they still feel a very strong association with their particular animal form. Therefore, in a sense, they are therian but would never admit to being so, for fear of ridicule, if they even know that term, which they may not.

     This brings us to our third group, which are those spirits who in their animal form were familiars to witches, wizards, or who were used by shamans and other magic wielders as vehicles for astral travel and temporary inhabitation. The wizard or shaman would take over the animal's body for a while in order to fly, see or whatever. This group are not only more developed magically, they are also less likely to be conformists and thus more accepting of their therian nature and more likely to explore it. Their human like awareness began to develop when they were still animals. This is because of the principle of contagious magic, the presence of the consciousness of the shaman or mage within them has connected them to that shaman and to that higher magical consciousness. They awakened through this experience to greater consciousness within their animal body and are more adept at living in humanoid bodies, although still very much attuned to their animal natures and essentially more comfortable within their spiritual and soulful animal nature. This group may comprise a number of the folks who profess to be in the modern therian/otherkin movement today.
     Now, we realize we haven't even approached our main question as yet, at least not directly, but we will get to that next section. In the meantime, consider the possibilities, as we have only begun to describe the many, dear Kindred.



Part Two: How can embracing the consciousness of the spiritual aspects of vegetarianism help a human of therian nature to obtain a more intelligent animal evolutionary form?

      We have outlined three different but, in some sense, connected ways that one might soulfully and spiritually relate to being an animal while in a humanoid body. The third of these was that one had, in an animal life, been connected to a witch, wizard, sorcerer, shaman or mage of some sort either as a familiar or as an animal that the magic wielder would possess temporarily to share in its powers and thus, by osmosis and association, attaining some of the mage's higher consciousness.

     However, we may also consider the fact that in fiction, mages that take over the body of an animal for a period are often warned about doing so for too long because of the fact that they could get lost in the animal's consciousness and not be able to return to, or even be aware of, their own humanoid body.

     So, we might also consider that some Therians were shamans or mages that, in fact, spent a good deal of time in animal form and consciousness and became so attached to that link that they carried that sense of connection on in successive lives. After all, it was a sort of relationship, and relationships can form lifetime and multi-lifetime bonds.

     Now, we might consider for a moment why mages temporarily possess an animal and take over its body for a short period in the first place for this will bring us back again to our main question concerning the conflict between being a vegetarian and yet soulfully and spiritually relating to a particular animal who is most often a carnivore.

     In doing so, we need to ask ours'elves why a mage would take on an animal's body in the first place. And the answer is that a particular animal may have powers that the mage would otherwise not have. It might be able to fly over great distances and see with very clear sight like many birds do; or have a tremendous sense of smell, like canines do; or even regenerate limbs, like a starfish; or it may have some other absolutely amazing ability that would be very convenient and beneficial if we had them in humanoid form.

     One of the reasons many folks relate to were-wolves, vampires and others are because of their mystical abilities, their fast healing abilities and other powers. Evolutionarily, we seek power. Not necessarily power in the world or power over other people, although there are more than enough individuals who seek that, but primarily power over our own s'elves. Power to control our lives, power to heal, power to be successful and create and live in the world that we desire. This is what evolution is about; becoming ever more consciously aware and intelligent and powerful (or perhaps empowered is a better word here) so we can be the amazing magic wielders we inwardly know we are destined to be.

    Clearly, animals have many abilities and freedoms of experience that many of us would love to have. We, while in human bodies, may be advanced in some ways, such as certain abilities to think logically (although very few actually seem to have developed or use this power to an advanced degree) but animals are often advanced in many other ways. It is only reasonable that some individuals would see animal form as an ideal for their own being. Note the Russian television series Sniffer or Nyukhach, about a man who assists the police with his sense of smell that is as keen and discerning as a canine.

     And there is plenty of mystical lore, as well as fictional lore, that would agree with the notion that animals can develop superior consciousness as well. Dragons, unicorns, phoenixes (or is that phoenixi?) who are clearly animal beings or have animal forms, none-the-less, live upon the higher realms of manifestation as advanced beings. (And we should note that C. S. Lewis's Aslan, the god in his Narnia series, is a lion.) There are also demi-gods in some religions who manifest in animal form upon those same planes.

     While a higher developed animal being like these advanced mythical beings may have incarnated at some point in humanoid form to gain the intelligence thereof, and they have returned to animal form in their higher state, there is no reason to suppose that having an animal body makes one inferior. Living in a predatory world as many animals do, however, can be hell-like, that is true, but that is true for all of us, humanoid or animal. Let us not forget that aside from the viruses, who are the alpha predators of this world, mankind is surely the beta predator. Killing sometimes, just for the "sport" of it, along with a long history of wars and disingenuous rationalizations for engaging thereof.
   
     It is also highly probable that less predatory humans have learned this intelligence from having past lives as less predatory animals, like many birds and the deer. Or that a human may benefit in their advancement of intelligence from going back to an animal life of such a gentle nature, while developing the ability to get along with one's flock or animal community. Some of the most loved characteristic of humans are carry overs from their past animal lives. We gain something from each of our lives and manifestations that we carry forth in lifetimes.

     And let us not forget our own faerie lore wherein Trolls can be turned into stone by the sun and that they often have stone-like skin, as do gargoyles. They are stones with slightly advanced consciousness. Note the Mountain Giants battling in one of The Hobbit movies. This is to say that even rocks have a sort of intelligence that evolves.

     And so, this is our point, beloved, that there is nothing inherently inferior about having an animal body, particularly if that body has developed advanced consciousness, as say mythical beings like dragons are noted to have done. There is surely something painful about being trapped into a predatory world of suffering in which one's life is relatively short and nearly always in danger. As it happens, humanoid manifestation offers one an opportunity (that many don't bother to take for lifetimes) to stop being predatory and become more harmonious as an individual and as a people.

     Thus, while one may relate very strongly and powerfully to an animal form, and there is surely valid reason for doing so, one need not feel that one has to be a carnivore just because their animal spirit traditionally is. The whole idea here is to become through evolution an advanced form of that animal and to retain its special abilities, even enhance them, while also developing one's consciousness in that body and one's ability to live harmoniously in the world to the benefit and satisfaction of all. We wish to be rising to the higher planes of manifestation, where we can create the realms we wish and where we will not prey upon each other but be energetically s'elf sustaining and other supporting. While some therian may be inclined to hold on to their carnivore urges in order to stay close to their animal kin nature, embracing the consciousness of the spiritual aspects of vegetarianism and being less predatory in nature is surely an opportunity to obtain a higher, conscious and more intelligent animal evolutionary form.

     The Christian image of the lion lying down peacefully with the lamb in paradise is not mistaken. Would our Elfin ever be without animals? Will there only be humanoid elves there in Elfin? Surely not. Our faerie kindred, our therian brothers and sisters will abide with us in those magical and mystical realms of enlightenment and fulfillment, as conscious, aware and advanced beings just as many of the traditional fairy tales have prophesied. Remember, it is not a matter of bodies, or forms (we will create those for ours'elves as we please upon the more subtle and magically actively dimensions), but a matter of consciousness and spirit.

Keldas Zet Ton Na Tarsalunin Sol (Arvyndase, the language of The Silver Elves, for "Running wild on a moonlit night"),
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