Fairies

Tolkien took much--most of his concepts, in fact--from

Scandinavian, Germanic, and Celtic folklore, just "re-inventing"

old ideas or beliefs for his world of "Middle Earth" (equivalent to

the Norse "Midgard," the world of human beings--i.e., the surface

world we all share).

Germanic legends are filled with stories of underground worlds,

stone doors in mountainsides, abductions of humans

(particularly children) by subterranean beings, hobbit- and

dwarf-like beings, etc. One of the best sites on the web for this

type of information is that of Professor D. L. Ashliman, at the

University of Pittsburgh :

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/ashliman.html

This site is a treasure-trove of information of this type.

Chitra is the last asterism in Virgo, and extends into Libra. Chitra’s symbol is a beautiful jewel that calls the attention of others. Beautiful and colorful radiations emanate from jewels such as green from an emerald, or yellow from the yellow sapphire or topaz. In fact, all jewels that glitter, that have a sheen, that are brilliant and that illuminate, relate to Chitra.

Beautiful eyes that mezmerize and that have luster, and call the attention of others, is typical of the Chitra influence.

A pearl is mentioned by the astrologers in India as its secondary symbol, but I do not find this mentioned in The Brihat Jataka, The Brihat Samhita, or Horasara; and these are seminal works. But pearls are jewels, and they do shine with a luster.

Brightness, shine and illumination are one reason why fairies represent Chitra; or are represented by Chitra, depending on a person’s angle of vision. Chitra’s element is fire; and fiery are the different colored radiations that are associated with Chitra. In spite of the colorful light that relates to Chitra, these colors are transparent. Let us consider a description of Faires provided by Geoffrey Hodson, an occultist with The Theosophical Society who could access the astral planes in a half-awake state. Here is the description of an experience he perceived in Lancashire, England, in 1921, on Page 81 of his book Fairies, at Work and Play: “We are surrounded by a dancing group of lovely female fairies. They are laughing and full of joy. The leader in this case is a female figure, probably two feet high, surrounded by transparent flowing drapery. There is a star on her forehead, and she has large wings which glisten with pale, delicate shades from pink to lavender. In rapid movement, however, the effect in them is white. Her hair is light golden brown and, unlike that of the lesser fairies, her hair streams behind her and merges with the flowing forces of her aura. Her form is perfectly modeled and rounded, like that of a young girl, and the right hand holds a wand [varinha] . Although her expression is one of purity and ingenuousness [inocencia] , her face is at the same time stamped with a decided expression of power. This is especially notable in the clear, blue eyes which glow like flame and have all the appearance of a living fire. … A pale, blue blue radiance surrounds this glorious creature, adding to her beauty, while while golden flashes of light shoot and play around her head. The lower portion of the aurora is shell pink, irradiated with white light.”

Hodson also writes: “… golden flashes of light shoot and play around her head”. This description reminds us of the sudden flashes of inspiration which so commonly ocurr to the Chitra native. What to speak of the native with The Moon in Chitra. The Moon is reflective and absorbs so much!

In this description we read of eyes that glow like flame and which have the appearance of a living fire. In other words, there is some radiance that emanates from their eyes, and which are by nature attractive; and hypnotic! This fairy description corresponds very well to the lusterous appearance of eyes under the influence of Chitra. Eyes under the Chitra influence are especially attractive because of the unseen radiance that emanates from them. Both The Sun and The Moon represents the eyes, so the Chitra attraction is especially prominent from the eyes of this native.

On Page Seventy-Eight, in December of 1922, from Kendal, England; Hodson writes about the attractive nature of a Chitra creature, a fairy: “As an experiment I yielded voluntarily to the powerful glamour [brilho] of her presence, and for a time, unconscious of my body, yet always sufficiently awake in it to return at will, I experienced some measure of the joyful and radiant happiness which seems to be the permanent condition of all the dwellers in the fairy world. There is danger in too close a contact; a decided effort is required to withdraw and take up the burden of fleshy existence once again.” In this piece, Hodson makes a stated reference to the fact that the fairy radiance is as dangerous as it is beautiful. The fairy radiance pulls the astral essences of the human being towards it.

There are folkloric stories from Wales [país Galico] and Ireland about humans becoming enraptured by fairy attractions, and being drawn into [puxado para dentro de um anel de fadas] a fairy circle. Such humans dance and fly within the fairy circle for what seems to be months, although only a night passes; and they wake up the next morning from sleep in the grass, get up and walk away old and wrinkled, close to death, seemingly due to old age. But in truth, this sudden condition was arrived at because the fairies had sucked out the life airs (prana in Sanskrit) through the chakras of the subtle bodies of the humans!

Thus, the fairies are capable of magic, even terrible magic, because they are active on the astral plane. They can influence the astral bodies of others, and in sequence the physical bodies of others, and and thus have an impact on the physical world. Manipulation on the astral plane is usually referred to as magic, and sometimes as mysticism.

This may not occur to everyone who has The Moon in Chitra; of course not. But The Moon in this asterism suggests that the native wastes his life airs and energies in sexual persuits, especially if The Moon is dark. Keep in mind that the fifth house has to do with dating, open sex, prostitution and such.

So yes, there is danger in contact with fairies, as Hodson has pointed out. Some effort was required by Hodson to extricate himself from the traction of their gazes and fully inhabit his human body once again. Remember that, although beautiful, Chitra is a Rakshasha asterism, and Rakshashas are deathly to humans.

Faires become enamored by their own beauty and their artistic expressions such as dance, and their mystic abilities to the extent that they become secluded from others and self-absorbed. This is described by Hodson in his Lake District experience in August of 1922, Page Eighty. He writes about the fairies dancing in a circle, holding hands with each other. As they dance within their fairy circle, hand in hand, Hodson writes: “They are discharging into the surrounding atmosphere a good amount of specialized energy, in the form of silver sparks, and the effect produced by this miniature electrical display, flowing through their auras and the curious, misty glamour, or haze, in which the whole group is bathed, is most beautiful; it extends to a height of eight or ten inched over their heads, and reaches its highest point over the center of the group. The effect of their magic upon the fairies is to give them the sense of complete seclusion; in fact, the nature-spirits of other species which are in the neighborhood do not enter within the charmed sphere.” In the same way, Chitra natives become mesmerized by their own technological creations, be it machinery or electronics or whatever, to the extent that they exclude others. If someone calls them on the telephone in the middle of one of their creative, technological experiences; their tendency is just to pick up the telephone and say “call me later”, and then hang up!, without even looking at the phone! The truth is that the Chitra self-absorption can easily be defined as selfishness and a certain smug [convencido] nature. The Moon, being astral in nature, is very susceptible to the Chitra influence and easily becomes excited.

Music, dance, drama and art are represented by Chitra in Libra because Libra is artistic and airy; the airy element allows for open communication. In other words, the Chitra personality relates to the world through something technical but artistic at the same time, at least in Libra.

Once again, fairies are very representative of Chitra traits, and we find a description by Hodson of fairies engaged in artistic dancing, and a suggestion of abilities on a musical instrument, in the section entitled Lake District, August, 1922, on Page Eighty: “A group of fairies of skipping from here to there as they play, and dancing, on a little plateau on the other side of the stream. Their bodies are female, their main clothing is pale blue; their wings, which are almost oval in shape, are constantly fluttering as they dance in a ring hand-in-hand. Some of them wear a loose girdle, from which is suspended an instrument like a horn. … They are performing something not unlike a country dance. … They have now changed their formation and are passing through an evolution of considerable intricacy, forming radial chains across the circle. They do not remain in exactly the same spot, and when the group moves the secluding aurors moves with it. The dance, which is also a ritual, resembles certain figures in The Lancers. They have a definite sense of rhythm, for although their movements are spontaneousand free they are to some extent “keeping time”.
The following is from Alien Identities:
In European folklore there are many stories with similar elements, including the entry into another world, and the aging or death of the protagonist when he realizes how much time has passed in our world during his absence. Here is a similar story dating back to the early 19th century. In the vale of Neat, Wales, two farm workers named Rhya and Llewellyn were walking home one night. Rhys was attracted by the sound of some mysterious music, but Llewellyn heard nothing. So Llewellyn continued home while Rhys stayed back to dance to the tune he had heard. The next day, Rhys didn’t show up, and after a fruitless search, Llewellyn was jailed on suspicion of murder.
However, a man learned in fairy lore guessed what had happened. On his advice, a party of men accompanied Llewellyn to the spot where Rhys was last seen. At this spot, Llewellyn could hear the music of harps because his foot was touching a “ fairy ring.” When each of the other members of the party put his foot on Llewellyn’s, he could hear the music, too, and could see many little people dancing in a circle. Rhys was among them. When Llewellyn pulled him out of the circle, Rhys declared that he had only been dancing five minutes. He could not be convinced that so much time had passed, and he became depressed, fell ill, and soon died." [ End of Alien ID narration ]