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What is the Difference in the terms Elfin, Faerie or Elfland? And is there one term for Elves, Faeries and Otherkin?

April 4, 2019
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“. . . . when we speak of Elfin we are referring to the vibrational realm of our mutual elven existence. It follows us around, so to speak, and is born of our being and our interaction. The more of us there are who are living our lives as the elves we know ours’elves to be in harmony with each other, the more powerful this energy, vibration, state of being is. . . . When we abide in any particular place for an extended time, Elfin manifests Elfland.”

What is the Difference in the terms Elfin, Faerie or Elfland?

     Through the course of time we have come to refer to the realms that we abide in as Elfin. We used to call it Elfland, like many writers, and we sometimes referred to it as Faerie but we have come to see these as terms that, at least in our minds, have a certain difference to them and thus, when we Silver Elves use them, we use them to delineate slightly different things. These are essentially our own definitions and we don’t expect that others will necessarily agree with them but for those who are interested in what we are saying and what we mean in using these terms, here is an explanation of our terminology.

     To us, Elfland always refers to a specific place, like England, France and Japan. But for the most part no such place seems to exist upon the Earth at the moment, although there are surely those who would like to create such a realm. There are those who would posit the idea that Elfland exists, in the sense that Faerie does, as a parallel realm that is connected to the Earth at certain places, particularly the wild places of Nature and we can surely see that. But as soon as you put forth that idea you begin to move away from Elfland as a specific place on Earth toward the idea of Elfin, which is a state of being, a people, a culture and a vibration that follows our people wherever we may be.

     Thus when we speak of Elfin we are referring to the vibrational realm of our mutual elven existence. It follows us around, so to speak, and is born of our being and our interaction. The more of us there are who are living our lives as the elves we know ours’elves to be in harmony with each other, the more powerful this energy, vibration, state of being is.

     When we abide in any particular place for an extended time, Elfin manifests Elfland. We make a connection to the land and the land begins to reflect our energy and vibration as we adapt to the weather and atmosphere of the land. If we lived in a particular place for more than a hundred years, then we might begin to think of that place as Elfland, but these elves, at least, are inclined to be a very migratory people ever moving and traveling from here to there. But then we are somewhat nomadic elves.

     In a very real sense, the British Isles, which were once referred to as Albion, are Elfland, or certainly were. Alb comes from the root word for elf, elves, etc. Albion is the Land of the Elf Queen, or Elf Goddess, or Elfin Peoples. But peoples change, as do places. This is not to say that elves don’t still live in Albion (for example), now called England, but we can hardly consider England to be Elfland anymore, although much of our ancient culture still abides there. After all, England produced Tolkien.

     Yet, many of us have moved on and we have taken our Elfin with us. While we surely love the land, we are not attached to it in the same way that the legends of Dracula have him having to drag his native dirt around with him. We are more resilient than that and make compact with every land we live in or travel through, bringing introductory gifts for the genii loci, the regional spirits of the land.

     Faerie, to our minds is vaster than Elfin and much wilder as well. There are all sorts of beings in Faerie. Surely many of the unseelie folk abide there. There are goblins and grimlens and orcs and all manner of folk who couldn’t, until they find some semblance of enlightenment, enter into Elfin. Faerie is wild nature untamed and, at times, quite dangerous, whereas, Elfin is our Secret Magical Garden. We still let some wildflowers grow and certainly an Elven garden doesn’t tend to be overly organized, but still, it is a safe place where none will come to harm unless they bring that harm upon thems’elves and none can enter in until they are mature enough as soulful spirits to do so.

     This is not to say that we elves don’t ever venture into Faerie. After all, we have come into this insane world on a mission to awaken our peoples, so from time to time we delve into the dreamlike realms of Faerie as well, where one may have quite pleasant dreams but may also encounter nightmares. The truth is most faeries prefer abiding in Elfin more than they do in Faerie proper, because they are safer there. But then, some of them have their wild side as well and there are times when they are determined to take a walk on the wild side, and that is surely true of most of us.

“Elfin is like a word on the tip of the tongue,
waiting to spring into awareness.”
—The Silver Elves


Is there one term for Elves, Faeries and Otherkin?

     Otherkin surely is the most inclusive of terms for everything other, including elves, faerie folk in myriad types, pixies, brownies, vampires, Therians and Weres, otherworldlies, and nearly everything else that isn’t quite human or is, perhaps humanoid but not totally human, or maybe even human plus. The point is, we’re not quite normal and are very glad that this is the case. Those who aren’t normal and wish to be are rather sad creatures usually. This is the common compliant of those who are highly sensitive and psychics who wish that they didn’t see or hear the things they did. They look upon their gifts as a curse and “just want to be normal.” In time, of course, they will become normal. This may take lifetimes but eventually they will merge seamlessly among normal humanity, losing or letting go of the gifts that they didn’t really want in the first place.

     While those of us who aren’t quite normal, or are in fact quite weird, and are glad of this fact, particularly when we look about us and see what normal humans are like and their tendency to kill and pollute everything including each other, will become increasingly eccentric and will be quite happy about it all (see our book Living the Personal Myth: Making the Magic of Faerie Real in One’s Own Life).

     But to return to our main theme, we Silver Elves created the word ‘Elfae’ in the early 80s in writing and circulating The Magical Elven Love Letters to hundreds of elfin kindred, and then we also used the term elfae in writing on elven listservs in the 90s. We still use this term today to refer to the Elfin and Faerie folk in general, which is to say elves, pixies, faeries, brownies and so on. We use the term elfae in our Silver Elves books (first published in 2001) as a word to mean people who are elven or fae and covers all elven fairy people. But this doesn’t tend to include vampires except as they are a manifestation of the Unseelie Elven, nor does it tend to cover Therians, except in the sense that often elfin wizards and shamans have shape shifting abilities or animal totems and familiars through whose bodies they can travel or use their eyes to view the world. But the difference is often one of control. Many Therians and Weres according to legend and lore have no control over when the change occurs, whereas elfin shamans ever do.

     Fae, as a word, is also rather inclusive of all elfin faerie folk, for we are all really of Faerie and countenanced in its imagination, its growth and its flourishing. We are all Eldritch folk, born of the Wyrd (weird), radiant with the magic (except when we intentionally hide it to slip among those who are hostile to magic or go insane at the mere mention of it, either in fear of it or denial) and ever bringing starlight into a world that has blinded itself with its own false lights and pretended wonder.

Whatever you choose to call yours’elf or us overall, Beloved, Otherkin, Elfae, or Fae, we wish you ever blessed in the Light of Elfin and to go with a star upon your brow.

La tae lun u Eldat te vari elsorin (By the light of Elfin be ever blessed),
The Silver Elves
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And please, when you come to our Silver Elves website do enjoy reading sample pages , tables of contents, and reader’s reviews of our 40+ books on magic and enchantment and the elven way at: http://silverelves.angelfire.com/HAelfbooks.html

 

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“The seven-pointed elf star is the symbol of the elven folk and the faeries have adopted it as well, but the rainbow is the symbol of the otherkin in general for together over the ages we have shed enough tears over the state of the world, the destruction of the forests and the oceans, and the mindless cruelty to our kind to fill the sky with them.”
—The Silver Elves

 

And you can find all our the Silver Elves books on The Elven Way on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/The-Silver-Elves/e/B0070R8ER2/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

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New Silver Elves book releases!
We are happy to announce that we have just published two books in March 2019 that feature magical narratives of tribes of elves and otherkin:
ELF 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.

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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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You may also enjoy reading Living the Personal Myth: Making the Magic of Faerie Real in One’s Own Life by The Silver Elves:

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Living the Personal Myth:
Making the Magic of Faerie Real in One’s Own Life

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.

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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.

I Heart Elven Magic — https://www.facebook.com/groups/2215672296

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 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

 

“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

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