Faries

The Fairy Folk: The Story of Lilith and How She Gave Birth to the First Fairy (Story and Poems)

Pt. 1 The Story

Birth of the Farries

Lady Lilith by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1866–1868, 1872–1873) public domain
Lady Lilith by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1866–1868, 1872–1873) public domain

I am Lilith. The so-called mother of the night. Hear my tale and judge for yourself…..

The beginning…. and the end of me.

The Ancient of Days by William Blake. Public domain
The Ancient of Days by William Blake. Public domain

And The Creator opened his hands and the light came forth. We watched from Heaven, for we had not been born into the world yet.

Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. Public domain
Creation of Adam by Michelangelo. Public domain

The Creator flew down from above along with the heavenly host. The host looked on in amazement, while the Creator did his handiwork. He chose two of us and we descended to the mundane realm and became flesh.

Elohim creating Adam. William Blake. Public domain
Elohim creating Adam. William Blake. Public domain

So, I was created of the same substance as Adam. I am Lilith, the first divine female daughter of The Creator.

Male and Female created them….

William Blake. Public domain

I was Adam’s equal, made of the same divine matter. Yet, as soon as he had the chance, he overpowered me. When I asked The Creator why he allowed Adam to overpower me, he said that it was part of a “plan” and that I must obey. Thus, Adam begat from me one who was unlike us… not made directly from our Creator. We named him Cain. And more were to come. I could not bear to be overpowered again. So,  I escaped. I refused to be subservient to Adam….I am the same as him.

Angel of the Divine Presence bringing Eve to Adam by William Blake. Public domain
Angel of the Divine Presence bringing Eve to Adam by William Blake. Public domain

Thus, The Creator came forth and from within Adam he created another mate, Eve, the one who is unlike me. She would be his loyal hand-maid and willingly be subservient to Adam.

The Magic Circle by John William Waterhouse, 1886. public domain
The Magic Circle by John William Waterhouse, 1886. Public domain

Wandering alone in the dark, I decided to make a burnt offering to my brothers-the angels, for help. I didn’t know if I would get an answer. So,  I waited bitter and alone.

And the most beautiful of my brothers appeared. But, he was different somehow. He was not the same as he was in Heaven. Lucifer came to my rescue.

Rose Albion by William Blake. Public domain
Rose Albion by William Blake. Public domain

He said that The Creator had shunned him too. I thought that I was doing the right thing by joining him.

Although I suspected that Lucifer was different somehow, I didn’t care. I was angry.

Devil and woman on horseback. Nuremberg Chronicles. Public domain
Devil and woman on horseback by Nuremberg Chronicles. Public domain

So, I waved at Adam and The Creator and left that world behind. I was not a pawn, nor a servant. I am Lilith, the daughter of the divine, just like Adam. The first of my kind.

Satan Arousing the Rebel Angels, William Blake (1808). public domain
Satan Arousing the Rebel Angels, William Blake (1808). public domain

I watched from behind the scenes as Lucifer fought other angels, the “sons of God”, to protect me. Well, that’s what he said he was doing, anyway.

Little did I know that I was part of another divine scheme.

The Great Red Dragon by William Blake. Public domain
The Great Red Dragon by William Blake. Public domain

Later, he revealed his new appearance. His true self. And his machinations were made clear.  At first, I shuttered. But then I felt his power and it was good.  I wanted revenge!

He covered me with his wings. I tried to resist, but he said that if I wanted vengeance, that I should cooperate. I capitulated and knew him. And from this union came all manner of beings. Beings that walked in the dark and lived in between were my offspring. Our children would rule the earth and be the bane of Adam and Eve’s descendants.

 

Demon from the Dictionnaire Infernal by Jacques Collin de Plancy. Public domain
Demon from the Dictionnaire Infernal by Jacques Collin de Plancy. Public domain

I still hated Adam. And so, at the behest of the Fallen One, I took on the guise of the serpent. I crept back to watch the “loyal” fools. Such fools they were. Eve, nothing but a servant. Not the same as me. Just a piece of Adam. Not made of the divine stuff like the angels. Just a pawn.

Lilith and serpent by John Collier. Public domain
Lilith and serpent by John Collier. Public domain

And I put the forbidden temptation into their hands and they absorbed the knowledge of good and evil. Easily… Too easy.

Adam and Eve with the serpent. Public domain
Adam and Eve with the serpent. Public domain
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden by Masaccio. Public domain
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden by Masaccio. Public domain

Now they will suffer as I have. And I was glad.

The loyal shall suffer…

Their lives will be harsh, like reality !!! And just like that, they were expelled from Eden.

Time passed…

I sought out my son Cain. I waited until the cover of darkness came. I whispered into his ear and kissed his cheek. And in the morning his mind had changed. He had changed. No longer the loyal son. But an adversary to his “brother”, Eve’s son, Abel.

Cain slaying Abel, by Peter Paul Rubens. public domain
Cain slaying Abel, by Peter Paul Rubens. public domain

Cain came out of his stupor and realized what he had done. He hid his face from The Creator and fled. The Creator cursed him and made him a wanderer.

Cain and Abel by William Blake. Public domain

My sons came forth to taste and experience what their brother Cain had done. And they enjoyed the fruits of His labor.

Rostam carried by Akwan-Diwa (cropped)public domain)

My children began to run rampant upon the earth. They wanted to consume the soul of man and tempt him with corruption.

Behemoth by Louis Le Breton. Public domain
Behemoth by Louis Le Breton. Public domain

I observed that the souls of the damned were pulled into the vortex, forced to serve in an evil army. I watched and wondered if that could be me. My divine spark twitched inside of me.

The evil host made me the QUEEN of its army.

Whore of Babylon by William Blake. Public domain
Whore of Babylon by William Blake. Public domain

Yet, I was none too happy. I will not be a pawn in this game forever. I have served my time. I had changed somehow and no longer wanted a part in this game.

My feelings reached the heavenly Host and I was acknowledged. A son of The Creator descended into the pit and looked for me. The souls pleaded with him to be forgiven. But I was his main concern. It was Gabriel, God’s man to the rescue.

Guido Reni's Archangel Michael Trampling Lucifer, 1636. public domain
Guido Reni’s Archangel Michael Trampling Lucifer, 1636. public domain

My children continued to do evil all over the earth. But, Gabriel had a plan.

Some of my offspring felt what was coming. They fled and hid in the nether regions. I felt sorry for my good children, those who wanted to live in peace with humans.

The Ghost of the Flea by William Blake. Public domain
The Ghost of the Flea by William Blake. Public domain
Picture by William Blake. Public domain
Picture by William Blake. Public domain

The demons enjoyed their revelry, while Gabriel wove his divine plan. I watched and wondered what he had in mind.

And those of my good children that were in hiding, waiting in the “in-between world” for salvation. I continued to watch and wait.

"Pity" by William Blake. Public domain
“Pity” by William Blake. Public domain

Eventually, an angel appeared and caused me to sleep. From my divine matter, a child was born…Something of beauty…Not an abomination. A fairy, the first of its kind. A good being that came from me. SALVATION at last!

Prince Arthur and the Faerie Queen by Henry Fuseli, circa 1788. public domain
Prince Arthur and the Faerie Queen by Henry Fuseli, circa 1788. public domain

The Good Fairy, my daughter, spread love to those children of mine that waited and wanted salvation. She took them out of the in-between world of dark and light. She became our queen.

Ängsälvor (Swedish "Meadow Elves") by Nils Blommér (1850) public domain
Ängsälvor (Swedish “Meadow Elves”) by Nils Blommér (1850) public domain

From the Good Fairy, came more like her. They led my children to a place of peace and harmony. And I was with them.

The others remained with the evil host and were locked away in the pit. They were judged and punished.

The Lover’s Whirlwind by William Blake. Public domain
The Lover’s Whirlwind by William Blake. Public domain

And along with the Good Fairy, a fairy king came forth and was anointed.

Fairy King and Queen. Public domain
Fairy King and Queen. Public domain

And the realm of the fairies was at peace. We no longer dwell in the dark world.

And to redeem myself in the eyes of the Creator, I went out among mankind and helped to clean up the mess that I had made. I gave them reassurance. They were told that the fairies would always be there to help them…forever.

I saved lives.  Adam and Lucifer were forgotten, for that was a lifetime ago. I was content to do good.

The fairies went out and continued to help the man, as I had done.

My daughter, the Good Fairy, led us. And finally, I had been redeemed.

And they all lived happily ever after….

THE END.

Pt. 2 The Poems

The Song of Los, William Blake. Public domain
The Song of Los, William Blake. Public domain

Searching for Fairies

Searching for fairies, wee folk, and sprites

Pixies, brownies, and pucks of all types

Looking for gnomes and nymphs in the night

Elves and leprechauns…oh what a delight!

Fays and trolls dwelling about

If you are quiet

They may come out

Flying like stars

Ever so bright

Riding on beams

As quick as the light

Now you see them

Now you don’t

Maybe you will

Maybe you won’t

But once you see them

You won’t forget

The most beautiful thing

You’ll never regret

 

Deep in the Woods

Deep into the woods

Where magic abounds

Elves and witches

Are dancing around

A fair charming prince

Does here a strange sound

Be it true loves call?

Loves is yet lost

For nothing is found….

 

The Changeling (an erasure poem taken from THE STOLEN CHILD by W. B. YEATS)

Where dips the rocky highland
There hid our fairy
Come away! O, human child!
To the woods and waters wild
With a fairy hand in hand
Where the wave of moonlight glosses all the night,

Till the moon has taken flight
To and fro we leap
In its sleep
Come away! O, human child!
With a fairy hand in hand

And whispering in their ears; We give them evil dreams
Come! O, human you can understand

Away with us, he’s going
For comes the human child
To the wild
With a fairy….

 

 The Last of the Fairies

(Erasure poem, taken from The Frost King from Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott)

Little Fairies

In the fields

Were happy

As need be

The morning

And the sun

Shown warmly

The dewy grass

Butterflies and bees

Among the flowers

Peep at them

Silvery mushroom

Was the breakfast

Little cakes of flower?

Beside a crimson strawberry

With sugar from the violet

And cream

Made a fairy meal

And their drink

The dew from flowers

How warm the sun grows!

Another shadow

What means it?

The power

The cruel Frost King

Messengers have returned

For want of sunlight

Weary

We have watched over them

Heedless of sun or shower

But his dark spirits work

And we weep

Over blighted blossoms

In vain

This night

Our queen holds council

For the last time

Sad

She has toiled

And cared for us

And we can do nothing now

It is a cruel thing friend

We cannot help

We suffer patiently

The sorrows of others

Disturb our happiness

See you not the sun?

Prepare

She flew away

Alone.

The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania, by Joseph Noel Paton, c. 1849 public domain
The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania, by Joseph Noel Paton, c. 1849 public domain

The Fairy Queen Returned

The Fairy Queen returned and this is what she saw….

Darkness everywhere and great machines

Stifling air and designer genes

Foul waters and flying ships

False dreams and injected lips

Landfills and dying trees

Technology and lost honey-bees

Flying around confused and in awe

When the Fairy Queen returned

That’s what she saw.

The Bad Witch (An homage to the Wicked Witch of the West)

Publicity photo of American actress, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 MGM feature film The Wizard of Oz. public domain
Publicity photo of American actress, Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 MGM feature film The Wizard of Oz. public domain

A face appeared in my worst of dreams

A visage so strange and deathly green

Pointed hat and eyes so mean

Waving a wand sharp and keen

Riding a broom surveying the scene

Straight to the stars with a cackling scream.

The Good Witch is Made of

(An homage to Glenda the Good Witch)

The Good Witch is made of

Pure silver light

And showers of gold

Stardust in flight

Like a stellar of old

Moonbeams so bold

And sunshine so bright

Spreading her goodness both day and night.

 

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