If you thought people didn’t believe in faeries anymore, well, you’d be wrong. There’s still plenty of people out there willing to believe in wee-folk living in their gardens. They even have their own annual convention that’s in its ninth year:
TWISP, Wash.—In the foothills of the North Cascades, where the veil between dimensions is said to be thinnest, inhabitants of this world gather once a year to coexist with fairies in theirs.
About 250 people came to the Methow Valley June 26 through 28 from as far away as Europe and Hawaii to participate in the ninth annual Fairy and Human Relations Congress, an outdoor festival in a secluded mountain meadow called Skalitude.
[…] “The purpose of the congress is to encourage communication and cooperation of the fairy realm,” said Michael “Skeeter” Pilarski, the event’s founder and organizer.
The human world is in crisis and can use all the help it can get, Pilarski said, so why not form alliances with those in other realms?
The most obvious answer is because there’s no evidence said other realms and their supposed inhabitants actually exist. Not that that is likely to stop the wishful thinking taking place at the conference. It’s a veritable who’s who of woo-woo. You’ve got your there-are-more-things-in-heaven-and-earth Shakespearian philosopher:
Asked whether she believes in fairies or is merely sympathetic to those who do, Swope said, “I believe in it. Life is way more complicated than what we can see, hear and touch.”
You’ve got your it’s-just-like-crazy-concepts-in-other-religions guy:
“We might call (fairies) angels of nature,” said Pilarski, an herb farmer and writer who also founded the annual Okanogan Family Barter Faire in nearby Tonasket.
Many people of mainstream faiths believe angels watch over them, he said.
“God’s love does not just extend to humans, but to all of nature and to all the species on Earth,” he said, so why should these spirits not watch over all of creation?
You’ve got your reality-is-what-you-want-it-to-be lady:
“Like anything, whatever you look for is what you find in life,” Kathleen McKenty, a retired horticulturalist from Snohomish, of the congress.
“This is the way life should be. It’s healthy, it’s positive. The setting is gorgeous. It keeps alive the possibility of things unknown and larger than yourself, the sense of wonder and magic in your life,” said McKenty, who has attended four or five congresses, including the first one.
Because, darn it, there just isn’t anything else that could possibly inspire a sense of awe and wonder they way believing in mythical faeries can.
In “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Elves and Fairies,” author Sirona Knight wrote that the fairy realm is “somewhere between this world and the divine.”
Never before has a book been more aptly titled.
These themes were repeated by Fairy Congress presenters such as Orion Foxwood, author of “Tree of Enchantment” and a self-proclaimed witch who tends to speak in aphorisms.
“We are here to remove that distance between humanity and divinity,” Foxwood said. “We are not humans on the spiritual path, we are spirits on the human path.”
Wow, that’s deep. Good thing I brought my waders.
Remember Pilarski from a couple of quotes back? Here he is again pulling out the absence-of-proof card:
Pilarski said he has not actually seen a fairy, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Fairies manifest themselves differently to different people – and besides, he said, only about 10 percent of people have “the sight.”
How does he know the number is 10 percent? How does he know the people who claim to have “The Sight” aren’t lying or just batshit crazy? People like this wacko:
One who claims to have seen a rather large deva, much like the Jolly Green Giant only without the peas, is Mary J. Getten, of Olympia, who says she can communicate telepathically with animals and fairies.
It also is possible to communicate with the “unseen realm,” Getten said, but it’s important to know what you’re doing before trying.
“Seeing fairies changes your reality,” she said.
I’m sure it does. Preferably it should change your reality to a little rubber room with a comfortable jacket with really long arms that lets you hug yourself silly, but I hear they don’t have those places anymore.
Would it surprise you to learn that Getten teaches a class on how to be telepathic?
Telepathy is the universal language, Getten said, but like learning any language, it takes a little practice.
“We all have it. It’s just that in our society it’s not encouraged or supported.”
And, unlike Pilarski, she thinks anyone can learn to see faeries:
When encountering fairies and devas, Getten and others said, people tend to see what they expect to see. One workshop presenter said he once saw what looked like the Rice Krispies elves, Snap, Crackle and Pop.
Did she ask him if perhaps he was having cereal for breakfast at the time? It seems like it’d be a pertinent question.
One of the great things about conferences like this is that they don’t tend to limit themselves to one form of woo-woo. These guys are big into orbs as well:
As proof that the nature spirits are fascinated with human shenanigans, many at the Fairy Congress cited the existence of orbs, transparent balls of light that appear only in digital photographs taken at happy occasions such as festivals and weddings.
Critics say orbs are reflections of photographic flashes off dust particles in the air, but Hope and Randy Mead, who live north of Colville, say they know better.
Classic definition of delusional right there, folks. It’s just dust in the camera flash. That’s it. Dust. You can create orbs at whim with a handful of dust, a low-light situation, and any old digital camera.
But wait, there’s more! What goes great with orbs? Why the whole 2012 Mayan Calendar nonsense:
Their independent film, “Orbs: The Veil Is Lifting,” was shown at the congress.
Hope Mead, who has studied orbs for eight years, said they are beings from another dimension, perhaps from the fairy realm. Such phenomena are becoming more common as the year 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar, approaches, and the veil between the dimensions lifts, she said.
“What we believe is that it’s not the end of the world, but the end of time as we know it, and we are going through a dimensional shift,” Mead said.
Hey, you know what else orbs might be?
Spiritual adviser, author and recording artist Brooke Medicine Eagle believes fairies and orbs are just incarnations of the nature spirits of Native American animism.
But of course! You can’t have a woo-woo conference and not invite the Native American spiritualists to it! That would diminish the awesomeness of the woo by a factor of 10!
Nature spirits, fairies, devas whatever you want to call them Pilarski said more people believe in them than let on.
“Thirty years ago, we would have been called kooks or worse,” he said. Now people are more accommodating in their thinking.
No, you’re still kooks. There may be more people buying into your nonsense, but that doesn’t make you any less delusional. Though I have to give Pilarski credit for one thing: He’s still sane enough to charge these people $250 a head to attend his conference.
Perhaps he’s not quite as crazy as the rest of them.