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Spiral
Spiral

Oolering Man
Location: Farnborough, Hampshire
Member Since: 12th Jan 2002
Total posts: 729
Posted:The actual author of this story, writing under the name of Buck Young, is Mat Jacobson, He’d like to hear from people who’ve read this, and to get comments and mails from them. You can e-mail him directly by sending your comments to: mat.jacobson@wdc.greenpeace.org

A Historical overview of the Whereabouts of Gnomes and Elves, Fauns and Faeries, Goblins, Ogres, Trolls and Bogies, Nymphs, Sprites, and Dryads, Past and Present.

A long, long time ago, the Earth belonged to the creatures of the woods. By creatures I mean Gnomes and Elves, Fauns and Faeries, Goblins, Ogres, Trolls and Bogies, Nymphs, Sprites, and Dryads. They tended it and took care of it, played in it, danced and sang in it, cared for wounded animals, worked out disputes between species, sat on mushrooms discussing matters of import and drinking labrador tea, rode downstream on leaves and bark, and parachuted from trees with dandelion seeds. This was the world into which mankind was born. These early days, when man was but a newly arrived dinner guest who hadn’t yet taken over the entire house, are fairly well documented in the literature and folklore of the world, so there’s no need to go into it here. What I am intrested in, and what I am asking you to be intrested in, is the question “Where did all the Fauns and Faeries, Goblins, Ogres, Trolls and Bogies, Nymphs, Sprites, and Dryads go?”

The friction between man and the wood creatures began with the discovery of agriculture. With the discovery of agriculture civilistaion rose and spread. The forests were cleared to provide wood for shelter and fields for pastures and crops. Mankind had set up camp. No longer just a visitor in someone else world, he pushed the wild back from his newly built doorstep. At first this wasn’t a problem. There weren’t many people and everyone felt that it was only fair to allot them their own little half acre to do with as they wished. Some of them even decided to help out. Gnomes moved into the barn houses and helped out with the gardening chores. The devic spirits of the vegetables helped the humans better organise their crops and plant rotation, taught them the correlation between the planetary and lunar cycles and the agricultural year, plant radishes when the moon is in Cancer, harvest when the moon is in Taurus. Many trolls felt that the heaping piles of manure were a change for the better, and decided to stick around too.

The rest of the wood creatures just backed of into the wood, occasionally playing mischievous tricks on the new settlers, like turning milk sour, rearranging the furniture, tipping the cows, and occasionally stealing babies and leaving bundles of wood in their place.

But man’s dominion spread (and spread and spread and spread), the forests got smaller and smaller and smaller. Things got real crowded in the woods, and things were getting worse in civilisation. Most farmers weren’t listening to devic spirits anymore. People found that they could increase their output by by disregarding the needs of the Earth. They were raising productivity and killing the soil. Petrochemicals were just a step away. Most of the devic spirits and gnomes fled. The trolls stayed. Today they live mostly under bridges and in the shallow, mucky ditches beneath the metal grating on farm roads that cows are afraid to cross. Be sure to honk your horn before driving over one of these. A troll may be hanging from the grate and swinging over its living room, as they are apt to do after rolling in muck and manure. If you don’t give a warning honk, you may run over its fingers and it’s not a great idea to get either your name or your license plate number on a troll’s shit list.

Now there is little wild land left at all and even that is shrinking at an unprecedented rate. There is simply not enough space for all the Gnomes and Elves Fauns and Faeries, Goblins, Ogres, Trolls and Bogies, Nymphs, Sprites, and Dryads.

So where are they?

Are they dead?

No.
So where did they go?

The answer is a bit surprising.

They didn’t go anywhere. We did!

Early humans had an intuitive knowledge of their role in nature, just as bears and racoons and mice and every other critter does. They understood, from the ways of the wild around them, that nothing comes from nowhere, and nothing ever just disappears. Things change form. Death is necessary for life to continue. They offered up their kills as sacrifices to the gods of nature. They offered praise, prayer, sacrifice, and song to the spirits of the wild, to brother buffalo, brother deer, brother fish, and brother tree.

Now we know that everything that has ever existed continues to exist, in one form or another, and as far as we can tell, they were more aware of that back then than we are now. So the sacrifice, song, praise and prayer did not ensure the immortality of the slaughtered, either in body or in spirit. That was allready taken care of. What it did ensure was the continuance of the connection of the spirit of the slaughterer and the spirit of the slaughtered. Killing is a risky business. The membrane separating the internal from the external is not necessarily as thick or as clearly defined as we have come to believe. Every time we kill, we risk killing the reality of that thing inside ourselves as well as outside. We risk breaking the connections that lead in and out of the membrane. Taking life to feed life requires a keen understanding of the natural law of give and take. When we lost the understanding, gave up the songs, the sacrifice, the pryers and the praise we lost the connection. Saying grace is not enough.

When we loose the connections, everything becomes dead – fish, rivers, frogs, mice, even each other. There is no way they can reach inside us any more. The five sense we are left with are not enough. We have given up those connections in exchange for the freedom to clear-cut forests with skidders, turn cows into milk machines and chickens into egg factories. We can experiment on animals, club seals, wear mink coats, exterminate passenger pigeons, dodo birds, whales, bear, dolphins and condor with not a twinge of guilt. The lines have been severed.

We are all under the impression that it is the forests, the creatures, the spirits, and the wild lands that are disappearing from the universe and not us. Not so! Thinking that is like thinking that if you stand on the end of a limb and saw the limb from the tree, the tree will fall and you will remain standing. Bugs Bunny might be able to get away with it but we can’t. When a marionette cuts its strings the marionette doesn’t collapse to the ground. When a spider severs the lines that connect its web to the trees, the forest doesn’t fall away. It is we who have fallen away from the real world into a world where we may carry out our twisted sterile dreams without threatening the Earth and its inhabitants. Ever wonder why the trees, stones, rivers, streams, birds, snakes, bears and frogs no longer talk to us as they did in the early tales of the Native Americans, The Hindus, the Africans, the Bible? It’s because were not around to talk anymore. Every clear-cut, every vivisection, every mechanised slaughter of cow, pig and chicken moves our dream-world farther and farther from the tree, making a reunification, which is still possible, more and more difficult.

Somewhere not so far from here, in the real world, the ancient forests are still standing, the buffalo roam the prairies, the sky is full of condors, the deer and antelope play, and the dodo birds wander the sandy beaches, bumping into things. Where there are still wild lands in our dream world, strong connections still exist. Bridges tunnels and portals. Occasionally a traveller will get lost in the wilderness, returning the next day to find a hundred years have passed, or never returning at all. There are more ephemeral connections as well – brooks and waterfalls where you can still hear voices from the other side, if you listen carefully enough. When they sit by these waters they hear loud clanking and screams. When they eat psilocybin everything stops glowing, and condors rise where forests stand. Our children see their world in their dreams. Their children see our world in their nightmares.

And there is another connection. Sometimes agents from the other side infiltrate our world in an attempt to expedite the reunification. Believe it or not, they miss us over there. Sometimes – more often than you might think – they send souls over to our world to be born as human babies. Sort of like a socialist, communist or anarchist entering the American political arena and running for office in an attempt to affect change from the inside. There are quite a lot of them actually – Gnomes, Elves, Fauns and Faeries, Goblins, Ogres, Trolls and Bogies, Nymphs, Sprites, and Dryads – running around in human bodies. They do crazy things like writing on walls, working in co-ops, running inns in the mountains, talking to themselves in the streets, making pottery illustrating children’s books, spiking trees and blowing up tractors. They are planting bio-dynamic gardens, sitting in the back yard naked, arguing with Satan. They are in asylums pumped full of Ritalin and lithium. They live with Indians, They run recycling centres. They are starting revolutions, corrupting the young, inventing paranoid conspiracy theories, making up religions. They’re directing movies, gobbling up acid, drinking heavily and writing poetry!

The transition from their world to ours is not an easy one. Intricate rituals and incantations are involved. The transition is not easy on the soul. A great deal is lost. They may have no idea who or what they really are at first. They may or may not find out. They will know they are not like everyone else. They will know that this world is not theirs. They will faintly remember something better, where things made sense and worked like they ought to, where love and magic had the power to heal. They will know that what makes other people happy does not make them happy, and what makes them happy makes them happier than anybody else alive. They will see things others cannot see, hear things others cannot hear, feel things others cannot feel, and know things others do not know. They will laugh a great deal, cry a great deal or both. They will love humans individually, but have a hard time with humanity as a whole that occasionally may approach loathing. They will have a handful of very close friends, and often be very lonely. They will be unhappiest when forced to act like a human and do the things that humans do, want the things that humans want, or when they are convinced that they actually are one.

Things will not be easy for them. Because of their memories of the other side, the world will seem to them to be a wondrous calliope with just a few teeth missing on one of the cogs. Because of this tiny deficiency, the music is all off key, the horses are all crashing into each other, and the children are frightened, bruised and crying. The solutions will seem obvious and no-one else will listen.

They will be repeatedly punished for shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theatre when the buildings are in flames no one else can see. They will get slapped on the wrist for pointing to the exit signs when everyone else is running around and screaming and trampling each other. They will be zealous, fanatical, and didactic about their beliefs. They will feel utterly confused. They will have ecstatic visions and babble incoherently. They will be extremely articulate. They are prone to long periods of silence. They have no idea to say what they really mean. They will spend a lot of time with children and animals. They will become drunkards and dope fiends, organic gardeners, essene soap makers, carpenters madmen, magicians jugglers and clowns, lunatic physicists, painters and scribblers, travellers and wanderers. They will dress in bright colours, frumpy sweaters or all black. They will smoke too much and drink too much. They will eat only macrobiotic foods. They will develop addictions to mountain dew. They will often be accused of living in their own fantasy world. They will make great lovers (Yeah, even trolls.) They will spend too much time making love or thinking about it. They will speak to inanimate objects. They will have beautiful eyes. They will expect their magic to work in this world, and their love to heal, they will be crushed by this world, and often they won’t expect it. It will come close to killing them.

They will visit the places the connections still exist: the waterfalls, mountains, oceans, and forests. They will draw upon all the power they have and sometimes, sometimes, their magic will work, and everything will be wondrously easy. The teeth will grow back on the calliope’s cog, the tune will right itself and the horses will bob gracefully up and down, around and around, and the children will giggle and sing with cotton candy stuck to their faces and noses. They will spend their days trying to reconnect a branch that millions are busy sawing away at. Often it will be more than they can bear.

While the rest of humanity is working on new and more efficient ways to lay waste to the Earth with the push of a button, they are saving it, a handful at a time.

They will share the common conviction that they are the only sane individuals in a world gone mad.

They’re right!

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Ok I hope you enjoyed reading it as it took me a good few hours to type up from the original magazine I saw it in. (Its called implant, some of you might be familiar with it)

My question is simple.......
Who's with me on this?
Who's one of them?


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dromepixie
dromepixie

veteran
Location: Florida
Member Since: 20th May 2002
Total posts: 1463
Posted:I dont need to read it to know I am one of them

But I will as soon as I get a chance...

I'm off to Spitalfields! For the first time in like a month...
Everybody here I come!

much love, drome


JUGGLEwithyourmind!

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Bram....
member
Location: the arms of the Ganja Goddess
Member Since: 17th May 2002
Total posts: 1551
Posted:I am an elf. and a sexy one like Legolas too

You. Its whats for dinner!

As time passes, you realise all the mistakes you amde and the ones you wish you never did make.

The wave crashing on the beach

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dromepixie
dromepixie

veteran
Location: Florida
Member Since: 20th May 2002
Total posts: 1463
Posted:

JUGGLEwithyourmind!

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Raymund Phule (Fireproof)
Raymund Phule (Fireproof)

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Location: San Diego California
Member Since: 31st Dec 2001
Total posts: 2905
Posted:We, Elves are very much alive. We may not be too obvius to the Edanie but we are here.

Some Jarhead last night: "this dumb a$$ thinks hes fireproof"

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Cantus
Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road
Member Since: 30th Jul 2001
Total posts: 15965
Posted:There are fairies in Endcliffe Park Spiral. If you go on the other side of the stream from where we have PiP. Up and along the slope a ways there's some gnarled trees with their roots exposed. They live round there.

They come out sometimes if you're quiet and patient. I think they like the sound of the children's laughter drifting up from the play area.


"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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Spiral
Spiral

Oolering Man
Location: Farnborough, Hampshire
Member Since: 12th Jan 2002
Total posts: 729
Posted:The faeries at ladybower are quite approachable too.

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.:* Moon Pixie *:.
.:* Moon Pixie *:.

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: .:*over the rainbow*:.
Member Since: 7th Apr 2002
Total posts: 3492
Posted:.:* *:.

*:...one day all the fairy fridges will be aligned and my pixie world will be complete...:*

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orange
member
Location: england
Member Since: 7th Nov 2001
Total posts: 158
Posted:I'm crying after reading this
is it because my majik seldom works in this world?
or because my small hands fail against the tide

i hope thats what i do

hugs and good orange energies to all the good energies


swoopedinandswoopedoutagain...orange...xxx...

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dromepixie
dromepixie

veteran
Location: Florida
Member Since: 20th May 2002
Total posts: 1463
Posted:Orange!

I might be going up to your part of the country soon that is if you are in Sheffield...

Will you be there at the beginning of next month?

I would love to see you!

Oh and hows your job on the set going?

Much love, Drome

And I really posted cause I wanted to say that it made me cry too!

Much love again and again, Drome


JUGGLEwithyourmind!

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FireMikeZ
FireMikeZ

Laguna dude
Location: Laguna, California, US
Member Since: 24th Jul 2002
Total posts: 1438
Posted:poignant and wonderful.

i'll be back and will e-mail the inspired author more fully, bravo!

~ Mikie


molten cheers,

~ FireMike

FireMikeZ@yahoo.com (personal messages welcome, no promo spam, please!)
Laguna, California, US

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Thistle
Thistle

old hand
Location: Nottingham UK
Member Since: 27th Jan 2001
Total posts: 950
Posted:That explains everything .

As far back as I remember I felt differently about things than most others. I have always been aware of the earth as a living breathing entity. I was never sure what it meant before Thanks Spiral for helping to clear that up for me



Are we nearly there yet?

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Pink...?
Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There
Member Since: 6th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6140
Posted:It was really inspiring (sp?).


Never pick up a duck in a dungeon...

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Spiral
Spiral

Oolering Man
Location: Farnborough, Hampshire
Member Since: 12th Jan 2002
Total posts: 729
Posted:I was going to email it to you thistle, I think I mentioned something about it in one of my e-mails, but I thought alot of people here might appreciate it too

And welcome back Mr Orange! It was good to see you on sunday!

[ 17 October 2002, 06:56: Message edited by: Spiral ]


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Nyx
enthusiast
Location: NorCal
Member Since: 17th Jun 2002
Total posts: 385
Posted:hehehe
I just spent all weekend cavorting in the forest manifesting change in the world with almost 200 of my fellow elves, gnomes, pixies, sprites and a whole host of others most in this world would attempt to define as, well, freaks. They just don't get it. But we know who we are!

Sing through my voice...
Play through my hands...
Let the way be open!


"Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals"

~Charles Baudelaire

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FireMikeZ
FireMikeZ

Laguna dude
Location: Laguna, California, US
Member Since: 24th Jul 2002
Total posts: 1438
Posted:Nyx, how lovely! e-mail me a bit about it, will ya, lovely one?

Spiral, you actually met with the elusive swooping orange of England in person just now??? back from his spiritual-romantic-pyro crusade to da Holy Land? how is he, one of my favorite peeps, just heard from him about a week ago.

~ Mikie


molten cheers,

~ FireMike

FireMikeZ@yahoo.com (personal messages welcome, no promo spam, please!)
Laguna, California, US

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Spiral
Spiral

Oolering Man
Location: Farnborough, Hampshire
Member Since: 12th Jan 2002
Total posts: 729
Posted:He's doing well, I saw him down at the lescar on sunday (A pub with a descent psytrance night). He did tell me I smelt of mushrooms though

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vaperloc...the mighty
vaperloc...the mighty

look @my member
Location: Ft worth Texas
Member Since: 12th Aug 2002
Total posts: 466
Posted:I was told once by an old man that I had the blood of the nymphs in me.

There are no obstacles only challenges.
Very funny scotty now beam down my pants.
[colour."green"}What would willie do?

AHH theres too many wee leprechauns i cannae squash them all

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Cantus
Cantus

Tantamount to fatuity
Location: Down the road
Member Since: 30th Jul 2001
Total posts: 15965
Posted:Was it not the fairies of Ladybower that pilferred your mobile though Spiral?

"I'll carry this....It's harder to spill a hat" - Chellybean
"...like a rabbit caught in a lighthouse?" - Chellybean

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Spiral
Spiral

Oolering Man
Location: Farnborough, Hampshire
Member Since: 12th Jan 2002
Total posts: 729
Posted:No, it was the Skag addicts.


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dromepixie
dromepixie

veteran
Location: Florida
Member Since: 20th May 2002
Total posts: 1463
Posted:*bump to pretty thread* bump! bump!

Fanks for including us pixie although not mentioned in the original text!

Drome


JUGGLEwithyourmind!

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Flynt
Flynt

Intrepid Penguin

Member Since: 12th May 2002
Total posts: 5635
Posted:*Tears and goosebumps*

i know who i am again...


Currently on the right side up of the world.

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Wikkaman
member
Location: The Birthplace of BlackSabbath
Member Since: 11th Apr 2002
Total posts: 259
Posted:That was beautifull, it moved me to tears. Makes a lot of sense. Cheers for that Spiral.

The answer is never the answer. What's really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking. I've never seen anybody really find the answer-- they think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.-- Ken Kesey

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Spiral
Spiral

Oolering Man
Location: Farnborough, Hampshire
Member Since: 12th Jan 2002
Total posts: 729
Posted:

*Happeeeee Spyral*


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anniesparks
member
Location: London, England
Member Since: 10th Jan 2002
Total posts: 17
Posted:A really magical piece of writing.

Hard to put this in words but I have always felt there is something from the ancient past that I have lost touch with but sometimes I get a glimpse or feeling of - usually when out in the countryside or by water, away from other people.

Thanks for this thread!
anniesparks


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fluffy napalm fairy
fluffy napalm fairy

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Brum / Dorset / Fairy Land
Member Since: 12th Dec 2001
Total posts: 3638
Posted:wow.

That really is amazing and inspirational and ...well....my vocabulary is rubbish.

I've spent the whole morning with leaky eyes, firstly because of some wonderful emails and now because of that text.

wow.

Thank you so much for posting it Spiral
Hope to see you one day .....


Geologists do it in the dirt................ spank

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Spiral
Spiral

Oolering Man
Location: Farnborough, Hampshire
Member Since: 12th Jan 2002
Total posts: 729
Posted:It has been a while lil' miss nepalm.....

I went looking for intresting things to send you when we were picking in the peaks the other day, I only found half a dead sheep though and didn't thinkyou or the post office would appreciate it......... could you email me your postal address please?


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[Nx?]
[Nx?]

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Europe,Scotland,Both
Member Since: 5th Nov 2001
Total posts: 3749
Posted:hello,

They are Otherkin.

Im no otherkin, but I am. its a case of perspective, and I share the perspective if not the pointy ears.

yes, I Hate It Here. Kallisti.

Nix?


This is a post by tom, all spelling is deleberate
-><- Kallisti

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Bram....
member
Location: the arms of the Ganja Goddess
Member Since: 17th May 2002
Total posts: 1551
Posted:I forgot to mention that I am a Shadow Elf though

You. Its whats for dinner!

As time passes, you realise all the mistakes you amde and the ones you wish you never did make.

The wave crashing on the beach

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Prometheus
Prometheus

Diamond In The Rough
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Member Since: 30th Jun 2002
Total posts: 459
Posted:That hits entirely too close to home...

It was beautiful, poignant, edifying...I loved it!

But now I have to contact my fellow Ogres and tell them our secret is out. We're not too bright on the whole, ya know...


Dance like it hurts; Love like you need money; Work like someone is watching.

Never criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes. That way, when you DO criticize them, you are a mile away, and you have their shoes.

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.Morph.
.Morph.

addict
Location: Lancashire, UK
Member Since: 23rd Mar 2002
Total posts: 669
Posted:Very inspirational and true. Thank-you Spiral
I am definitley a fellow friend (of which family I'm not sure)

Public Notice: The world has gone crazy. Apologies for the inconvenience, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

[ 18 October 2002, 10:10: Message edited by: FireMorph ]


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