What Does It Mean To Be An Elf?

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For these elves overall, being Elven means creating
a world of wonder and magic where we can be together
in love forever with our beloved kindred.

This is like the questions, what does it mean to be a woman, or what does it mean to be a man, or what does it mean to be a human being. All of which can be answered in innumerable ways by various individuals and still will never encapsulate the entirely of the question. What does it mean to be an elf? Well, first it means that we are spirits who have chosen to manifest as elves. Being an elf is a spiritual choice. That, first and foremost, is the most important thing because being an elf is always about choice. While one may feel that as an individual sHe had no choice but to be born as a man or a woman or to this or that race, these elves think that we are elves principally because we have chosen to be so, we have chosen to be born elves (in human bodies).

The thing is, however, there will certainly be other elfin who feel that they were born as elves and had no other choice but to be elves, and that their birth as an elf was not by their own choice. And while we disagree with this point of view for our own s’elves, we cannot help recognize their right as elves to believe this for thems’elves if that is their wish. Usually, however, we tend to think that people feel forced to believe they are only elven by birth and not choice because they wish to assert their essential elvenness in a world that almost continually seeks to deny their elven being and ridicules them for even daring to think that they are elves. In saying that they were born elven without a choice, they assert their right to be elves no matter what others may think. This is the same dilemma that confronts gays who feel they must assert that they are gay by birth/nature because of those who judge them and say instead that they are gay by choice and have no right to be. But, from an elven point of view, it doesn’t matter if they are gay by birth or not, they have every right to choose to be gay, just as we have every right to choose to be elven.

Still, it seems to us that we choose to be born elven, which is to say, we choose to manifest as elves for we are elven in spirit. And certainly we could choose to deny our elven natures and hide among normal folk. Many of us have tried to do this and a great many of us have failed for while we can sort of pass among them, most elven never quite feel comfortable among the normal folk and they in their turn are never quite comfortable around us entirely either. They usually feel they can trust us once they get to know us, but they are never quite sure what we are (which is something strange and wondrous) and if we told them they wouldn’t believe it anyway. At the same time, the choice to manifest or not as elves is ours. It many ways, it is really about whether we accept ours’elves or not.

In a certain sense this question: what does it mean to be an elf, is really about individuals searching for some definition of elvinness that they can compare thems’elves against. We could say an elf is this or that and they could see if it fits them and thus know if they are elven or something else. But the problem with this is that elves, being the unique and individual beings we are, never fit comfortably into set categories and no matter what you might say about what it means to be an elf, you’ll probably find some elf who says: “well, not this elf.” And again, how could we deny them their right to pursue their elfinness however they may define it. Elfin and Faerie are vast and there is room for everyone in it. Those who don’t accord with our sort of elfin nature will find their way to another part of Elfin. But none are denied and none are rejected. Not by Elfin and not by these elves. Only the individual hir own s’elf can deny hir entry into Elfin. Only the individual can deny and reject hir own elfin nature. The most we can say is that they are different elves than we, and that is surely true of nearly all elves, even our most beloved. The principle that opposites attract holds true in Elfin as well as the rest of the Universe.

But in another sense, the meaning of being an elf depends upon the elf hir own s’elf. ‘What does it mean to hir?’ is the essential question. So the question really is: what does being an elf mean to you? And only you can answer that question and mostly you can only do so by your behavior, your actions, your magic. What you say is not nearly as powerful or telling as what you do.

For these elves overall, being elven means creating a world of wonder and magic where we can be together in love forever with our beloved kindred. Beyond that, it is really up to each one to make of Elfin what sHe will.

Ver nesidas mellun vari te (Arvyndase for “In shimmering starlight ever be”),
Kyela, (“love”)
The Silver Elves

What the Elves Say About Themselves — from Elf Quotes by The Silver Elves:

“We elfin often have cause to pass through the world of the normal folk, but for us it is like someone swimming beneath the sea. We can swim beneath the ocean and explore the world of the fishes but we are ever aware that it is not our natural environment and we are only ever visitors there.”

“Some people think that we elfin are re-emerging in the world in order to take control. We find this idea laughable. We have not come to control the world but to set it free.”

“What truly defines the elves is our unique and individual beings. There is an exception to every rule and the elves are usually it.”

“Some people speak of half elves or of being part elfin, but we elven do not see it that way. To us, if you are half elven, you are elfin. If you are part elven, you are elfin. If you are a friend to the elves, you are elfin, too. If you wish to be elfin, you are as elfin as you wish to be.”

“In so much as there are elves who exist in human bodies and we can interbreed with man, we can be considered part of humanity, although we prefer to call it “hu-elvity.”

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Elf Quotes: A Collection of Over 1000 Ancient Elven Sayings
and Wise Elfin Koans by The Silver Elves

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“There’s a difference between being selfish and being elfish.
Selfish is all about “me.”
Elfish is all about “we.””
—The Silver Elves

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5 Responses to “What Does It Mean To Be An Elf?”

  1. Beverly Cotton Says:

    Lovely blog. I am very called to be elven. And have recently met a student of mine, who is also called. What are the chances? I have been called to faerie since age 7. I,think I may have found what I have been searching for. Every path I have walked was missing something, This path includes everything I have explored.

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  2. Carolee Croft Says:

    Thanks for the follow! You have a reallygreat blog here.

    Liked by 1 person

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