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What is the difference between the Elven Way and the Fairy Faith?

September 9, 2018
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“The Elven Way….is the practical manifestation and realization of one’s own fae and elfin nature in the world…..We don’t view Elfin and Faerie or elves and faeries or otherkin as being separate from us, as being foreigners, but as kindred to us, even in those cases where we do experience some of them in etheric or astral forms.”

Many folks who do believe in elves and faeries and in Fairie and Elfin do so from the outside looking in. They may have astral or etheric or intuitive interactions with the Faerie world but they often see themselves as being separate from it. They may channel information from those realms or have imaginal encounters or real encounters of our kind of ephermeal form but again, they see themselves as apart from the Fae, rather like someone of one country encountering a foreigner visiting their land and note that they are strangers of a different land and culture.

The Elven Way, however, is the practical manifestation and realization of one’s own fae and elfin nature in the world. We find Elfin within us and we express that energy through our own lives and beings. We don’t view Elfin and Faerie or elves and faeries or otherkin as being separate from us, as being foreigners, but as kindred to us, even in those cases where we do experience some of them in etheric or astral forms.

In this way, it is perhaps more like someone who meets a visitor from another land, but it is a land that one’s ancestors migrated from and one knows that one is related to this person, even if it is in some distant fashion. Thus it is the case in the United States of America, at least, a person might call thems’elves an African American, or an Italian American or a Japanese American and so forth. The same sort of thing can be observed in those who are French Canadian. There is a recognition of one’s ancestors in doing this and a connection to one’s ancient land and people. We, as it happens, are Elven American.

But the Elven Way is not only a cognizance of our essential elven nature, an acknowledgement that our beings are essentially based upon spirit rather than matter, it is a determined effort to manifest our culture in the world today. For some this is simply a fun thing to do. They wear elven fashions, put on pointed ears or faery wings and go to various festivals. And there is surely nothing wrong with this. In fact, we very much love our kindred who do this. Wish that we, ours’elves, could do more of it and certainly wish we could join our kindred in doing so. Pictures of elves in elven raiment with pointed ears are one of our favorite things.

But for us Elven culture is not merely fashion or fae-shion, as some call it, but a spiritual path, a way of being in the world, a way of viewing and experiencing the world and way of interacting with others that is based upon the way of ‘we who are the Fair Folk.’ Following this path has altered our entire lives. Not only has it brought elfin magic into our lives and elfin kindred into our lives, which is a great magic in it self, but it has informed the way we proceed in the world.

As far as we know that is not the case with those who practice the Fairy Faith, although it surely has set them apart from the vast majority who would and do ridicule them at times for believing in elves and faeries just as those same folks attempt to deride us for being elves and faeries. And that has pushed those of the Fairy Faith closer to Elfin, nearer to Faerie and closer, oh, so much closer, to us. Our hands and hearts are reaching out to them. They just need to grasp the reality that we are here and we are elves born in human bodies, although frequently they are determined that elves and faeries can only manifest in ephemeral form. Still, when they are ready, we are here for them. Oh, and if they want to give us presents, as ancient lore suggests they do, that’s okay with us as well.

Ver nesidas mellun vari te (In shimmering starlight ever be),
The Silver Elves
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And if you enjoyed the article above, we think you may very much enjoy reading our two most popular books on the wisdom teachings of the ancient Elven titled Through the Mists of Faerie: A Magical Guide to the Wisdom Teachings of the Ancient Elven and
The Elven Way: The Magical Path of The Shining Ones:

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A Magical Guide to the Wisdom Teachings of the Ancient Elven

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 pervious 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

 

elvenwaywebThe Elven Way: The Magical Path of The Shining Ones
“The Elven Way passes beyond the fields of the known
into the forest of the unknown illuminated by the glow of the elves.”
Click on the link above to find out more about this book and to read excerpts.

And from page 123 of THE ELVEN WAY: The Magical Path of the Shining Ones by the Silver Elves:
“THE MANY REALMS OF FAERIE

WEAVE TOGETHER WELL

SEAMLESSLY UNITED

BY A LOVING SPELL

OF BEAUTY MOST CREATIVE

OF FRIENDSHIP EVER TRUE

OF FAIRNESS DONE TO EVERY ONE

WHERE EACH RECEIVES HIS DUE.

THE ELVES IN TREES THAT SPARKLE

THE FAERIES GLIDING BY

THE PIXIES WITH THEIR MANY GAMES

THE NYMPHS WITH LONGING SIGHS

THE SHINING ONES MOST REGAL

PASS BY ON THEIR PARADE

AND EVEN WHEN THEY’RE LOST FROM SIGHT

THE MEMORY DOES NOT FADE.

FOR ONCE ONE’S TOUCHED BY ELFIN

OR BEEN TO WHERE THEY DWELL

THE SLIGHTEST HINT

OR PASSING SCENT

WILL MAKE ONE’S HEART TO SWELL.”
—from page 123 of THE ELVEN WAY: The Magical Path of the Shining Ones by the Silver Elves

 

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What Kind of Elf or Otherkin are you?
What is your magical Elfae or Otherkin 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. This is our gift to you. Simply follow the link & the directions and we will send you a reply in the form a a narrative about your specific magical tribe. http://silverelves.angelfire.com/HAelfkin.html 

Also, we invite you to come to our website and enjoy reading samples of all our 40+ books on magic and enchantment and the Elven Way at: http://silverelves.angelfire.com/HAelfbooks.html

We invite you to read about our newest book release THE ELVES SAY: A Collection of Over 1000 Ancient Elven Sayings and Wise Elfin Koans by The Silver Elves, Volume 2.

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THE ELVES SAY: A Collection of Over 1000 Ancient Elven Sayings and Wise Elfin Koans by The Silver Elves, Volume 2, is the second in the Elf Quotes Book Series, which contains The Silver Elves’ own original elfin koans, ancient elven sayings, and their other quotes of wisdom on the Elven Way. While volume one titled Elf Quotes contained all the elf sayings from the first 37 of the Silver Elves’ books (all of the side-quotes in their books that were published throughout the years to that date), volume two contains quotes from their four latest books published since the time of the first volume, the daily quotes they publish on Facebook, along with the largest majority of the quotes in this book being shared and published for the first time.

THE ELVES SAY is both an inspiring and enchanting book, and enjoying the many koans, riddles, sayings of the elven eldars, and quotes of ancient knowledge of the elves will surely assist you on your journey to enter the magical realms of Elfin.

Some quotes from inside the book THE ELVES SAY:

“The Elves Say: If you need help going higher, lift others up.” (on front cover)

“The Elves Say: You may go forward or backward, sideways or just seem to stand still, but still you are moving with the dance of the stars.”

“Elfin is surrounded by a sea of love, encompassed by a sky of near infinite possibility, exists in a forest of mystery and is ground on a tradition that is older than history and nearly as old as time.”

“The Elven Golden Rule: Do unto others more intelligently than they have done unto you.”

“If you do not find Faerie here, you are unlikely to find it there. But when you start to create it here, it follows you everywhere.”

“We elves are the magic that our ancestors did ages ago.”

“The Sun never sets in Elfin, the Sun never rises; it dances across the sky on its way to the Night’s Revels.”

“The Elves say: Even the Darkness hungers for the light. It may consume it, hide it, dim it, but in the end, it is ultimately transformed by it.”

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

We welcome you to come join us on Facebook under Michael J. Love (Zardoa of The SilverElves) and Martha Char Love (SilverFlame of The Silver Elves).

We also invite you to come join us on Facebook in some of our Elven groups where you will find our elven-faerie-fae community interacting and sharing the Elven Way:

The Magical Books of the Silver Elves https://www.facebook.com/groups/539205916250397 where we have discussions about our books as well as about Elven and Otherkin philosophy and lifestyle.

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

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

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

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

 

United Otherkin Alliance https://www.facebook.com/groups/328253710566869where elves, faeries, dragons, kitsune, gnomes, hobbits, merkin, pixies, brownies, nymphs, driads, niaids, valkyrie, vampires, devas, and all manner of Faerie Folk gather!

 

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Come join ‘Elf Sayings from the Silver Elves’ on Facebook for a new inspiring and magical elf saying each day.
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What’s the Difference Between Elves and Pagans? Do the Silver Elves Follow an Elven Faith?

October 7, 2017
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“We elves get along quite well with Pagans for the most part….But these elves are not inclined to worship any gods and while religion is a personal choice of every elf, we expect that most elves, while having a fondness for this or that god or goddess, don’t tend to involve thems’elves in worship….”

Some dictionaries will tell you that pagans are simply hedonistic folks. Others may tell you that pagan is a term for anyone who doesn’t follow one of the main religions, while will describe paganism as polytheism. And this is the reality really that pagans merely follow a multiplicity of gods or goddess or in choosing a particular one to relate to acknowledge that there are others that one can worship as well. Although, our ancestors while being tolerant of other gods on their own pantheon were not always so open minded about those of other pantheons. And these elves have found that many of the pagans we’ve encountered are quite a bit on the hedonistic side of things.

Hinduism is one of the main forms of paganism in the world, tolerating a variety of godheads and beings. It should be noted that early Judaism was also a polytheistic religion but moved toward monotheism, the realm of the exclusive and jealous one god, as did the Egyptians. And it is quite possible that it was because of their sojourn in Egypt that the Hebrews gave up their many gods. Elohim being a plural noun.

Of course, when most of us in the Western world talk about Paganism we are referring to a paganism that has taken up the abandoned and often destroyed religions and gods and goddesses of our own pagan ancestors before Christianity came and both persuaded and forced itself upon them, like a suitor who when charm doesn’t work resorts to rape. The Paganism that most folks in the Western world practice has a lot of magic in it usually and is often akin, although different from, Witchcraft. Wicca is often seen as a combination of these two, which is to say it is sometimes used to indicate pagans who practice witchcraft or magic. Although you will surely find some who would argue with those definitions, but then you will find people who will argue with about anything. Still, for the purposes of this particular blog, these are the definitions we will go by.

We have attended a number of pagan gatherings in our time, although according to the above definitions they were really primarily Wicca gatherings for there was always a bit of magic and witchcraft going on at them. We elves get along quite well with pagans for the most part, both Western pagans and the Hindu one’s we’ve known (we’ve been to some of their gatherings as well). But these elves are not inclined to worship any gods and while religion is a personal choice of every elf, we expect that most elves, while having a fondness for this or that god or goddess, don’t tend to involve thems’elves in worship, although we will attend their services if there’s free food involved at some point, and we certainly always enjoy dancing with them in communication with the beauty of nature.

While the Elven Way is the spiritual Path of the Elves and one we have been following for over 40 years, it is not a religion and all elves are free to pursue whatever spiritual path they desire, or not as the case may be. We Silver Elves are magicians and follow no particular religious dogma and understand the world as a magical or miraculous phenomena, and that all beings, by pursuing their own true path, will become whomever they truly desire to be. The path of the Silver Elves is that of Love and Magic.

And though the Elven Way is not a religion, one could say that we follow an “Elven Faith” that is similar to the original “Faerie Faith” before it became more like a Pagan tradition, but with our own beliefs and nature spirits and impromptu rituals. We do not worship any gods or goddesses, but we do believe in them as real energies and we have respect for all Higher Beings. Although we Silver Elves do not follow Pagan traditions and ceremonies, we instead (and we do not speak for all elves as we are a varied magical people) tend to evoke Elven spirits of nature (see our An Elfin Book of Spirits: Evoking the Beneficent Powers of Faerie) and the Elven elementals (see our book The Elements of Elven Magic: A New View of Calling the Elementals Based Upon the Periodic Table of Elements) as helpers/partners in our magic for healing and enchantment, rather than worshiping elven gods/goddesses, even those gods and goddesses who some attest to have been part of our elven heritage from ancient days. It seems to us that any elf awakened to being an elf would have no reason to worship another elf (although elves are free to do so if they wish), for an awakened elf understands that all elves are part of the Divine Magic. From our elven point of view, if in history elves where worshiped (for instance by the ancient Celts who were said to be weary of the supernatural power of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the people of the goddess Danu and some say the god Anu), it was not by elves but by those who had an association with elves and respected and feared them.

Elves and magic are like bread and butter, we just naturally go together. Actually, we’re even closer than that, for magic is to elves as close to us as our pointed ears, and perhaps to many even more so. While we don’t always have pointed ears we do always have magic! Thus we have a natural association with witches, witchcraft and magic in all its forms. And while we don’t involve ours’elves in wicked magics, we do know of them, have studied them and understand that we have a natural kinship with the Unseelie Fae even if we don’t, or hardly ever, agree or pursue the same paths. They are our kin, even if they are like the type of kin who come to the family dinner and spout racism and prejudice and whom you tolerate because, well, like or not, you’re related. Just in the same sense that Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader are related but use the Force in different ways. There is ever a hope in our hearts that we might redeem them and ever a hunger in theirs to seduce and corrupt us to the dark side. After all, what are relatives for but to work to give us a balance in our lives?

Our next blog will explore another question we are often asked, “What’s the difference between elves and witches?”

Kyela,
The Silver Elves
http://silverelves.angelfire.com

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What sort of elf, faerie or other are you?
For years various kindred have asked us, the Silver Elves, to help them figure this out. Now we’ve created a questionnaire to help us do so. This is our gift to you. Simply follow the link & the directions. http://silverelves.angelfire.com/HAelfkin.html 

If you enjoyed this article, you might enjoy finding out more about Elven Magic of the Silver Elves. Our magic practice is unique, as you will see in our book below on using the periodic table of elements to evoke spirits to assist you in life. You may read a sample chapter of this book on our website here:

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The Elements of Elven Magic: A New View of Calling the Elementals
Based Upon the Periodic Table of Elements

THE ELEMENTS OF ELVEN MAGIC: A New View of Calling the Elementals Based Upon the Periodic Table of Elements is a book to use for summoning and evoking elements to help you in your life and magic. Taking a new look at the idea of the elements and the elementals, the Silver Elves have once again merged the reality of Science, which is Nature, and Occult tradition and have introduced the elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water into the modern age of the Periodic Table of Elements. It is a new and original view of the Ways of the Ancients as expected of the Elves. The Silver Elves present for your consideration a new and elven way at pursuing the magical art of evocation of the Elements and the Elementals. Their wish is that it serves you well and hopefully evokes your own imagination and stirs your particular and individual style of magic.

 

THE CIRCLE OF MAGIC . . . .

The circle of magic
Goes ever round
What we did in the past
In the present is found.

And spells we do now
In the future unfold
In the time and the place
That our actions foretold.

So choose with great care
The choices you make
For all you will give
Is all you did take.

And all that you gift
Will be your return
To Elfin most fair
With the lessons you learn.
—From The Elven Book of Rhymes: Book Two of the Magical Poems of Zardoa Silverstar by The Silver Elves

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We invite you to view the Table of Contents and an excerpt from one of our newest books
The Magical Realms of Elfin:
Answers to Questions About Being An Elf and Following the Elven Path

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THE MAGICAL REALMS OF ELFIN: Answers to Questions About Being an Elf and Following the Elven Path contains questions and answers about being elven that many people who are exploring the Elven Way have posed to The Silver Elves throughout the 40 + years that they have been living and sharing the Elven Way. The Silver Elves have put them all in this one book for all those who need a convenient, yet thorough and easy-to-read, resource to explore their questions about who the modern elves are and about the Elven Way or elven spiritual path — past, present and future. If you are curious about elves and want to learn more about modern elves and the Elven Path, then you will surely find this book 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.

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