There are many worlds other than our own. Some might call these dimensions or planes but, when you get right down to it, the magician and the physicist both understand that the reality that humans live in, the one that we touch and see and smell and taste, is but one of what could be an infinite number of other “places” in our universe.
I have posited, over and over, in these pages, the idea that it is entirely possible and, in my view, probable, that under the right circumstances some of those “places” might overlap with our physical reality and produce some of the high strangeness that is reported across this country and across the world. The people of the Celtic lands certainly believed this to be true. One has only to look at Evans-Wentz’ massive The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries to see that the ancient and not so ancient Celts understood that there were beings living amongst them from another “place” and that the interaction with those beings required the following of certain rules and rituals in order to establish and keep harmonious relations with that world.
Some folk, though, were not content with occasional interaction or even active avoidance practiced by many of the country folk of that age. They actually sought out interaction with the Faerie, summoning them or putting unguent on the eyes to be able to see them. For those in the audience who might consider trying one of these experiments, I strongly counsel against it until you have read and digested the Evans-Wentz book above and a copy of The Secret Commonwealth, preferably this one edited by faery seer R.J. Stewart. Remember, please, that the faery have no reason to love human kind and even less to love those who try to capture them or see them without their permission. Far better, I think, to seek a relationship with that world as described in the books and seminars of R. J. Stewart and Orion Foxwood. Also, one can seriously explore the world of Faery through shamanic work with Tom Cowan. No need, really for intrusive methods when relationship building will do the same thing and more effectively, in my way of thinking.
While Beachcombing, the author of this blog, seems to have his tongue firmly in cheek, I think that these excerpts from a 17th century alchemist’s notebook are not only historically interesting but show that even amongst the most educated elite (alchemy was not a poor man’s hobby) there was still a belief in the Faerie and the possibility of interaction with them. Perhaps it is time that we laid aside our “education” and took a page from these people who would go on to found the discipline of chemistry but who could still look at the Other Side with curiosity and include its beings in their experiments. Perhaps, if we accepted a more magical way of thinking, we might make some strides in understanding some of the puzzles that face us in the Fortean world.