Searching for faeries in 2016

I’ve been reading a lot about faeries. Before they became benign, animated symbols of childhood, particularly feminine childhood, they were much darker creatures – manifestations of people’s fear. Faeries were, in fact, born from fear. In their earliest incarnation, they represented primal fears. Fear of the dark, fear of dying, fear of one’s own body or natural processes.

Over time, faeries evolved, but they were always the creatures that made things go wrong, particularly with women, children, childbirth, and child rearing. Changelings Рcreatures who took the place of a human baby Рwere a real threat.

Faeries were also a manifestation of things people couldn’t say. Of taboos and things too awful to be spoken of.

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Rituals of entering and leaving

There’s an apartment building on campus that’s being torn down. It’s near enough that I get to watch the progress day by day, week by week. It’s a little bit like a death, in that soon, this structure will no longer exist. It was here for a while, but it’s at the end of its time.

And death, like everything else, is not an event – it’s a process.

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