Any conversation I’ve had or themes in the few books on the subject I’ve read comparing modern alien abductions to faerie folklore always begin and end with an examination of the interractions between human and nonhuman.
Faeries steal people in the night. So do aliens.
Faerie encounters often end in missing time. So do alien abductions.
Faeries want you to go with them forever. Sometimes aliens make the same offer.
Faeries impregnate women and/or steal their unborn children. Ditto the diddling of aliens.
And so forth.
But there’s another comparison to be drawn and I won’t say I’m the first to draw it here. I think, probably, it’s been written by the likes of Jacques Vallee or Keith Thompson and I read it ages ago and forgot about it, getting caught up in the minutiae of experience allegory as I have. It is the comparison between what people thought faeries could be and what we think aliens could be. We tend to say “They believed in faeries” and “We believe in aliens” but those blanket statements are not always true.
It’s easy to define an alien as a living being not born on earth, but what is the definition of a faerie? And, since it is so easy to define an alien, why aren’t we satisfied with that? Isn’t it exotic enough? Why do our imaginations bring us elsewhere?
Perhaps both come from elsewhere and we know it, we just cannot locate or define it. Running the question through the problem-solving brain, we arrive at the same suppositions about both. Here I will take from Wikipedia to make the point. Everything I’m quoting comes from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy. There we read what Irish and Scottish folk beliefs supposed about the origin of the legendary creature.
“One popular belief was that they [faeries] were the dead, or some subclass of the dead.”
That is striking. Who among us knew that was a popular belief? (I know some of you brainiacs who study this stuff–but I mean commonly speaking.)
Well, in alien abductions we’ve been coming to terms in recent years with the connection between aliens and the dead. It’s a theme that’s lived on the periphery but it is coming front and center nowadays. The longer it takes for aliens to land on the White House lawn the longer we have to figure out there are no aliens picking their spot. And when we get it out of our heads that there are Star Trek-like beings here, we are more accepting of these very real connections. Uh-oh.
One less-common belief was that faeries were humans. “[O]ne folktale recounts how a woman had hidden some of her children from God, and then looked for them in vain, because they had become the hidden people, the fairies.” I could add here that given the faerie propensity to invite humans to stay with them forever, humans could be adopted that way as well.
In alien lore we see “Nordics” or “tall blondes” who look like the typical Anglo/Germanic ideal of a human. We also have human-looking entities in cloaks and just plain old humans who seem to know too much about everything to be human. But we also have the oft-reported notion that the nonhuman-appearing variety of alien actually contains a human soul and the cryptoterrestrial theory, which places the “alien” culture on earth, hidden alongside us. (Faerie folklore also has them as a hidden or invisible people.) So in the cryptoterrestrial case, they are either kissing cousins of the human or at least sentient earthlings just like us.
It strikes me as odd that faeries-as-humans wasn’t a common belief but faeries-as-dead was. After all, who are the dead?
On Wiki we learn that the belief that faeries were elementals has its roots in alchemy. Whelp, we can ditto that for aliens with the belief that magickal conjuror Aleister Crowley first opened the door to alien contact with his experiences with an entity named Lam. Unsurprisingly, Crowley’s best-known disciple, Jack Parsons, is often credited with starting the modern UFO age thanks to this self-proclaimed antichrist’s interdimensional portal-opening shenanigans.
Here we have faeries who were bad enough to be cast out of heaven but not bad enough for hell. We’ve heard whisperings like this about our alien brothers and sisters but if you want striking examples of the correlation, hunt down the material on near-death experiences that involve gray aliens. It’s all right there.
Of course it makes sense for Ye Olde Christian Europeans to assume faeries were demons–but here in enlightened post-MTV world, we know better than to assume aliens are demons in costume, right? Well, no. In fact, that’s probably the second most popular take on what an alien is. In fact, a think tank of rich fundamentalist Christians studied it.
Faeries as gods and goddesses, eh? Anything like that in alien lore? Why yes! Of course! Besides all of the alleged connections between Stonehenge and UFO sightings and the supposition that ancient aliens came here and gave us civilization or even created us in a test tube, there is the often-reported (including by this author) disembodied female voice who says really interesting things with stern compassion. In my case, I’ve spoken with her during an abduction, had her interrupt a dream, make an announcement in another “teaching” dream, and she ended my I AM experience with what for all intents and purposes was a prerecorded speech.
I’ll be damned if this woman doesn’t have her roots in ancient Greek and Italian mysticism where she is often referred to as Sofia or goes unnamed as The Goddess. In fact, she is credited with bringing the oneness concept closely associated with Buddhism to Greece through philosopher Parmenides. Unfortunately, Parmenides was wildly misinterpreted and from that error came materialist reductionism. In other words, thousands of years of Western rational thought. Make of that what you will.
On Wiki, we read:
“A story of the origin of fairies appears in a chapter about Peter Pan in J.M. Barrie’s 1902 novel The Little White Bird, and was incorporated into his later works about the character. Barrie wrote, ‘When the first baby laughed for the first time, his laugh broke into a million pieces, and they all went skipping about. That was the beginning of fairies.’”
Now, you’d think I’ve got nothin’ for this. I thought so, too. But then I remembered Jeff Ritzmann’s description of his shrouded human-looking visitor: he has small, innocent baby’s eyes. It’s a stretch but it’s there. And in thinking about my own October, 2001 experience with short, gray “aliens” in hoodies, they projected a child-like innocence, which is what woke me up to the fact that there is a monumental discrepancy between what they were doing and the terror I felt in their presence. Again, it’s a stretch but it’s all I’ve got for this one.
So there ya go. Isn’t that interesting? Isn’t it something that shouldn’t be ignored? Perhaps in a future article I’ll pontificate on the entry at the bottom of the Wiki page about Theosophical beliefs as pertain to faerie folklore. Give that a read and hearken back to my I AM experience as spelled out in Urgency. And also, how I got to that point.
Mysteries within mysteries abound and it doesn’t matter if we answer them with something false like “aliens” just so we can feel like we’ve got a handle on things. If it’s false, it will bleed away. The important thing is what takes its place. Is it the old definitions or the truth?
Can we know?