|The Sidhe, an Irish name that refers actually to "Hill" the place the
Folk are said to live Under are a capricious sort. Hardly the sweet little
winged things (though I do so love the images here) that came to be known
in the Victorian era, they are much like humans. Not always kind, not always
friendly, with their own agendas and set in their ways.
This is not to say that they are nothing but folk memories of past humans...as
promoted by Margaret Murray in her writings in The God of the Witches.
The Picts, who she claims they were, were not the backwards, peaceful people
she makes them out to be...nor so "lost" as she seems to have thought.
They were a Dark Age historical people, who were great warriors, and probably
either Celts or Germanic. They are clearly of the Otherworld...although
if they choose they can indeed touch this one.
And they can intermingle their blood with ours, and have. Many Scottish
and Irish families make such claims. The taking of a Fairy lover was much
written about, as was the taking of human children by them. And the leaving
of their own here. In fact folklore shows a great deal of intermixing between
the Sidhe, the Gods, and humans....something that may indeed still happen.
Or so I believe...and even hope. Or perhaps fear.
Fear we should, for our concerns are not often theirs. And our kind
has done more than forgotten them....which alone does not bring their demise,
we're not talking Peter Pan's Tinkerbelle here, they don't need us to remember
them. They need the world to not be destroyed. For our world and theirs
are forever intertwined....and what we do here, affects them. I believe
this thoroughly....and fear what we have done more than I fear they're
And like all beings, there are those who are our friends and those who
are our enemies. Within their own world there are wars and hatreds. Perhaps
we are not the only ones bringing destruction...perhaps those destroying
the rainforests, polluting our air, poisoning our waters have allies in
the Otherworld themselves. All the more reason to become allies with those
who are fighting to stop it in both worlds.
As we do not know how any of them may feel towards us in particular
(although we may know some of them personally) it is traditional to refer
to them as the Good Folk, the Fair Folk, or the Good Neighbors....in hopes
that they might be. And as to refer to them by a name may indeed call their
attention to us and that may often be asking for trouble. For as I noted,
their agendas are their own.
I do not worship the Folk nor do I believe in them as if they required
belief ---no more than I "believe" in humans. They exist...this I take
as fact. And I may honor some of them...as they have been good neighbors
and hospitality is important to maintain. And some of the....some of them
I love fiercely...and have since childhood.