Between Realities

 

SDC14400-01Exhausted, I sat upon a mound on the Hill of Tara in Ireland.   The light was golden and a soft breeze ruffled my clothes.   The troubles I carried with me weighed heavily on my mind and without conscious thought I offered a prayer to the Great Whatever – a simple, instinctual cry for help.

Immediately I was transported to a mythic kingdom beneath the mound.  Some alternate reality in a cavern where countless faery folk partied with complete abandon.   Before I had a chance to withdraw and ponder my experience a tall elfish man in a glittering raiment of silver and sapphire blue separated himself from the group and came towards me.

“What do you want?” he demanded imperiously.

Intimidated by his manner I stumblingly explained my problem.

“Well, I don’t know what you expect us to do,” he jeered.  “We are the Tuatha de Danann.   We do not interfere in the ways of men.”

“I’m desperate,” I pleaded.  “I ask not for myself but for the innocent children who are suffering in the situation.”

The elf looked at me with strange inhuman eyes.   They glinted as hard and cold as the metallic silver of his robes.  I shivered realizing I had unknowingly blundered into a reality that could overwhelm me without a second thought.   The wild, discordant music grew louder and I backed away.

The elf in front of me appeared to grow taller and his piercing eyes seemed to search my heart and mind to see if what I had said was true.   “We will see what we can do,” he said abruptly.

The scene faded and I was back sitting on the mound.   The ground beneath me was damp and the golden light had now diffused into a haze that obscured distances.  Thinking about what had just occurred I gazed into the mists.   A man appeared then dressed entirely in brown.   As he passed by the base of the mound he looked at me curiously.   An elfish grin played across his mouth.

I sat on awhile but the damp was uncomfortable.   I climbed down and walked back towards the tour bus that would take me back to Dublin.   Just before the turnstile the man in brown sat beside the path playing a lilting air on a tin whistle.   The jaunty tune delighted me and I placed a golden Euro in his cap upturned on the ground.   Once again he grinned at me with a cheeky, elfish smile.  I could do naught but smile back.

Within a fortnight the situation I had prayed about took an unexpected turn.  There was a sudden rift that allowed me to help the children in a very real and concrete way.  From that moment their situation began to improve.    It was only months later when the worst of the drama was over that I reflected back on my time on the Hill of Tara.   Since then I have had an unshakeable conviction that the Tuatha de Danann do indeed live beneath that hill and that they can wield powerful magic.

Alien kindness
wrapped in gold and silver
beneath a faery mound.
– a strange integrity
shifting my reality

                                                     _________________________

prompts:

  https://scvincent.com/2018/02/15/thursday-photo-prompt-between-writephoto/

 https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/02/13/colleens-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-71-character-affection-snyonymsonly/ I used the words ‘ integrity’ and ‘kindness’

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Some links to stories about the Tuatha de Danann

‘The Old Irish word tuath (plural tuatha) means “people, tribe, nation”; dé is the genitive case of día and, depending on context, can mean “god, gods, goddess” or more broadly “supernatural being, object of worship”. –https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatha_Dé_Danann

 

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40 thoughts on “Between Realities

  1. I absolutely adore your prose and experience. I too had a similar experience several years ago. I met a swamp fairy in a slough in Florida. My life changed that day. Those of us that can see into the mists are truly blessed with fairy vision. I’m convinced the fae are here for a purpose. It is their responsibility to protect the earth. They need us to help them fulfill that mission. I don’t doubt their magic. I do know once you’ve seen them they never leave. ❤

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    1. I agree with everything you say here Colleen. I agree that the fae never leave after they have connected with you. It’s interesting that you saw a fairy in the USA. Since I’ve been back in Australia I’ve been rather unsure about their presence here. The Aboriginal spirits are so strong yet this area was settled by the Irish and it seems to me that the fairies and the Aboriginal spirits all live here now. Mostly though it is ancient Earth energies that I sense. (hard to explain – maybe it’s what I will write about next week). I agree that all these spirits protect the earth and that they need our help now more than ever.

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      1. I follow a man on Facebook called Gary Cook. He photographs rainbow energy in the wilds of Australia which he believe are the fae. https://www.facebook.com/gary.cook.58?hc_ref=ARQ9Sgjd4P-5m-er2rAbhWhJdlWJdfHWlRjye_AGcf2lMDEEWxna4EH-N6egLAVz5_I&fref=nf&pnref=story.unseen-section I don’t know if you can see his video here. I think the fae are the earth spirits here to take care of the earth. I can’t get that out of my head. The American Native Americans believed in the fey also. They are here. It’s our choice whether we choose to engage or not. I do know once you see one, you will see many more. Watch for rainbows. They manifest in the white light. ❤

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      2. Thanks for the link. I will take a look. I didn’t mean the fae aren’t here. The Oz ones have a very different feel to the ones I meet in Ireland. It’s that difference between the celtic and the indigenous Australian Earth energy – it’s hard to put into words. I will definitely think about this consciously for the coming week and see how it comes through in my writing. I ‘m already thinking of a place near here where both energies co-exist peacefully. I totally agree with you that they are here and that they care for the earth. I like your advice to watch for rainbows and white light. Thanks for chatting about this stuff – it’s good to talk to someone else who feels their energy so strongly. 🙂

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      3. Suzanne, I do understand what you mean. You might like my other blog I formed with a bunch of like-minded authors: https://sistersofthefey.wordpress.com/. The fae speak to me in dreams and from those visions I write their stories. I have photographed fairy orbs also. My next book addresses some of these experiences. I love talking about the Fey. Anytime my friend. It’s a great pleasure. ❤

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      4. Yes I’m very empathic. I just read your link to rainbows on the other site. I have been unwell this week due to having a big tooth extraction. I have been working with crystal rainbow energy as a healing tool. I imagine it flowing through my body healing my cells. It’s very powerful.

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      5. One of my daughters loves the runes. For me it’s crystals and has been for a very long time. I agree that we become more aware of our spirituality as we get older but a lot of people of all ages are waking up now. Sometimes I think the fae have a hand in that. 🙂 The earth needs us. Have a great weekend. – Suzanne

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    1. I think it was more that the Tuatha de Danann compelled me to write it. I’ve been thinking about that experience a lot lately and when I saw Sue’s photo the words just flowed.

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