Are faeries good or bad? Are they light or dark? The answer might surprise you.
Our planet is a brilliant place. All of the plants and animals have developed a way to take advantage of it. You might call it “survival of the fittest”, but I say it’s a beautiful, interwoven fabric. There are creatures that eat dead plant and animal matter, there are carnivores and herbivores. Plants take advantage of the sunlight to create their own energy. We literally would not exist without sunlight. But here’s the funny thing . . . we wouldn’t exist without darkness either.
We want to have light and happiness in our life at all times. I know that I definitely prefer the long, sunny summer days to the short, wind-swept days of winter. But if nothing but sunlight shone down upon us, we would all burn up. We need darkness too, as a relief from the brightness. This could be anything from a cloudy day to a long winter’s night. We need a chance to rest and regroup, to gather our energies.
Be conscious of the light and dark in your life.
There are many paths on the way to enlightenment, and I am certainly not one to judge, having walked multiple paths of my own. However, I do know for a fact that any good spiritual path has a healthy balance of light and dark. This could be anything from meditation to doing penance for your sins. By “darkness” I don’t mean evil. The two words have somehow become intertwined, and they’re not the same thing at all. Evil is doing despicable things because you feel like it; it means standing by and watching harm and not doing a thing about it. Darkness, on the other hand, is acknowledging that you are fallible and that your ego won’t necessarily serve a higher purpose. It means walking into your icky, disliked parts and understanding everyone has parts they don’t like.
I could probably do an entire blog post on the difference between “darkness” and “evil”. They are not one in the same. Buddha went through his period of darkness and temptation before reaching Nirvana. Indeed, Jesus’ time of darkness was when he cried out “My God, why have you abandoned me?” Both were able to push through and reach a higher plane in spite of this darkness.
Faeries embody duality.
Whatever aspect of the fae you want to see, you will see. They have no interest in trying to change your mind. This is why they only show themselves to people who actually do believe in the first place. It’s also probably why so many people think that they are inherently good. They are not; they are both “good” and “bad” at the same time. Duality is in the core of their nature; faeries are highly mercurial, changing from one aspect to the next quickly and often. They are often associated with angels, but the fae are not angels. Faeries have egos like people, and are capable of acting upon selfish desires just like people. This is why, if you want to get to know them, you should be cautious and above all, always respectful.
My fae friends are wonderful and kind to me, but they still like to play pranks. I get frustrated with them because I’m not sure exactly what they’re saying, and they get frustrated with me because, “Isn’t it obvious?!” Most fae are anything but straightforward, and most of them love to speak in riddles. But the thing about faeries is, dealing with them can help to change your perspective.
Whether or not a faerie is light or dark has nothing to do with how “good” or “bad” a faerie is. They are manifestations of our own nature, mirrored back to us. You should always be on the lookout for the greater message that they bear. If one makes you afraid, what does that fear mean? If one brings up old wounds that you thought had healed, why is this faerie touching you so? Sometimes it might feel like they’re pushing your buttons just to push them, but there is always a deeper meaning to their actions. In order to connect on a deeper level with faeries, we must connect on a deeper level with ourselves.
What does this all mean?
Working with faeries is not for the faint of heart. If you are able to accept them as they are, both their light and dark aspects, you are able to open yourself up to a world of learning; not just about them but about yourself as well. Most of the time, faeries don’t just knock us down to laugh at us. They’ll push buttons and trip you up because this offers a unique perspective. Faeries are always looking at the world in a different way. Working with them can help attune you to their perspective. Sometimes getting knocked onto your back can let you appreciate a view that you don’t normally see.