The wonderful author of Fairy Craft, Morgan Daimler, posted this article to her facebook page.
It is a fast read that shows elves in different perspectives from different manuscripts discovered. It provides some evidence that elves existed, whether in the imagination or real experience, they were still a thought form that manifested in people’s lives to write about.
In one manuscript from an Anglo-Saxon woman, a woman is said to be saying an exorcism prayer to be relieved from an “elf” from the devil. Which in this meaning “elf” is referring to a bothersome spirit she senses in her life.
In another manuscript, there is indication that “elf” means a beautiful, or youthful looking woman or man like a nymph from classical texts. This seems to be more the direction Tolkien went with his elves, with added intelligence and desirable characteristics than just having natural beauty, but having wisdom too.
It is important to understand that the english word “elf” comes from “ælf’, and this word comes from the Germanic root -“white being”. It is sometimes seen expressed as just a ghost, spirit or elemental in old folklore and stories. Possibly seen as a white being for many reasons- a bright light, a “good” spirit or energy sensed, or simply a light body, a vague immaterial bodily form that can be seen only subtly by few. I do not think it is referring to the color of whiteness, but rather the quality of the light spectrum of “white light” which is actually all colors of the light spectrum combined together. Only in some folktales and legends we see little dwarf like men with pointed ears, or fair women described as “elfin”.
One of my favorite childhood stories was about a little angry demon who stamped his foot who was seen by a girl, and after the little girl befriended the “demon” because she thought he was sad, he transformed into a little happy elf that danced and played with her. This story is significant as it shows the actual “flip flopping” of a spirit to a demon to an elf just by sheer projection and perception of the little girl altering his behaviors by her own.
“Elf” is the umbrella term for all kinds of non-human and humanoid beings as well as spirits or “hidden folk”. In modern times of technology and space exploration, we have something called the “space elves” or those from other planets than earth, but “elfin” in nature like the way Pleiadians and other extraterrestrials are described in terms of nature and mannerisms. We also learn in history that not all elves have pointed ears, but could very much look just like a human being who hides in forests or underground caverns. Elves are perceived in many ways in 2019.
You have to be specific when you refer to elves these days and that is why I say “Tolkien Elves” a lot in titles because otherwise we are talking about MANY different beings. There are so many elves, all shapes and sizes that across the world you will find beings and creatures remarked as fairies, elves or earth spirits of sorts. For some brief history on elves noted from around the world, you can watch my video here:
So what makes a spirit or demon really an elf then?
I feel, on the deepest level of reality from Prime Source of the universe, the collective consciousness of humanity in this world has “elves” as their mirrors to them. Me awakening into my Elven soul means I am getting back to my original roots spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally so. Wether I am an Elf, or have always been an elf is not part of my story in this life-it is about my BECOMING very publicly in front of others and awakening to my “otherkin” nature inside. Though, I will give a hint, if I or someone else did not naturally have this elfin inclination then I may not be focused on this in my life as many humans are not. For all intent and purpose, I AM an elf in spirt and a bit in humanoid form that is re-awakening, that much I am confident about. We Fae souls come to earth in a variety of form and spirit in modern times as part of our blue print of experience.
An elf is known for being part of nature, an extension of the fauna and flora world. Humans come from this same extension of nature from the Tree of Life of DNA shared with all animals and plants, however they become removed from it, and so elves and fairies remind them of an old “spirit” or “ælf” or “white light” within. Elves are keepers of wisdom about the forest or other parts of nature, whether they are evil or good, they are spirits that are “colored” by perception of the viewer doing the perceiving of them.
Your reality is perceived in a certain way by you because of the process of going through the filter of your mind and your thoughts. An event or a situation takes place in reality, but it it your perception of it that will “color” your experience of it and affect your life in a certain way. Take for example the Vietnam war. The hippies of the 60’s protested the war because of their awakening to love and peace, they literally saw the war as unnecessary, dark and twisted wrongful violence towards others where compromise could be made from both sides. This was their view of the world, and it later effected others parts of their lives and their children’s lives both in good ways as well as bad. I am a product of a man (my father) who grew up during that time who despised those wars and showed me there are other ways than war to get to peace, as a little girl. Yet, those invested in the military complex, soldiers who work for it, citizens who believed it was the right thing to do saw the war as “good”, a light for the world, and something positive. This perception later effected their lives in good and bad ways too. These are the pathways-the perceptions and views we take that take us in certain directions depending on how we see the world.
Elves, like wars, are complicated ideas based on perceptions of the individual experiencing them. Elves can be anything and have been in the past as the manuscripts show. This is what makes them so mysterious to humans. Those with an elven spirit or soul, coming from the prime source as in they are having a consciousness block of the elven soul like me, will know they too are seen in this light. They may even feel their elven spirit can go either way towards the dark or light side and possibly even in the grey. Yet, all elves to be truly an elf must be a being most connected to nature. If it is not, then it is not an elf, but some other spirit unconcerned with plants and animal life. A spirit not concerned about plants and animals? What is left then outside of the matter of nature? A spirit concerned about people and ideas is either an angel concerned about human welfare or a demon preoccupied with the downfall of mankind. So an elf is not solely an angel, and not solely a demon, but can be seen as either one by those not connected to nature themselves and taking out the nature aspect of their interactions with these energies and spirits. Also an elf can act like an angel or demon, depending on the role they may play in the world or in someone’s life.
Anyone who is connected to nature right now in this life, does what they each can for nature and views themselves as “guardian” over the environment or earth in general is an elven or Fae soul in my eyes. You came to be part of earth’s collective for a very important time in history – a fork in the road of human consciousness to either go towards technology without thinking about the effects on nature around. Or to go towards incorporating nature and technology together, finding a balance or a compromise of having both; eco-sustainable. Some Elven souls may be VERY against technology as one extreme to really balance the scales, like many indigenous groups on earth who shun technology like native Americans or the Sámi people of Norway. You can read my article on them here: The Truth About Santa’s Elves
Others are more in the middle like me, a “bridgeway” between the two organic and inorganic of matter who uses technology to promote and share elven wisdom in the world. As I said before, we come in all shapes, sizes and spirits today to assist humanity in reconnecting to nature and reminding people of their roots, and attention towards the planet needed to avoid some future disasters due to human neglect.
This is why I feel it is important to say today that I personally resonate with being an integrity filled Tolkien elven soul….not a mischievous forest spirit from “satan” here to meddle in affairs, but to inspire and teach humans. I use Tolkien as a teaching aid to show examples and get across my message more with support. I have been called a demon and angel before based on people’s perceptions of my channel. When you are devoutly religious with fear of anything other than human or an angel, it is easy to project an image of “evilness” onto elves and they become “demons” in your eyes. When you are a less judgmental free spirit and one with nature, it is easy to see elves in a favorable light almost like angels concerned with human welfare or well being, as J.R.R Tolkien ultimately described his elves to be.
The conclusion is that elves can be seen as both angels or demons in spirit depending on the person. The question that matters most to me is what is your relationship to nature these days?
Because here is an old ælf secret I give you freely today for coming to my blog: what your relationship to nature is like determines a lot in your own personal awakening and ultimately happiness within.
See my interview with the author Morgan Daimler as we discuss more about the Fae in general: