Original piece created ~January 12, 2015. Some modifications have been done since then.
This is intended as an overview of mythology, commonly held beliefs and facts. –
The term Fae tends to be a bit of a broad term. Here I will try to simplify the complexity as best I can.
*Please keep in mind that accurate information may vary from person to person and from resource to resource.
When most people hear “Fae” they think, Fairy, right?
Well what are Fae really?
First, let us define Fae.
According to Wikipedia:
Fae, is simply another term for Fairy.
A fairy (also faery, faerie, fay, fae; euphemistically wee folk, good folk, people of peace, fair folk, etc.) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural.
Fairies resemble various beings of other mythologies, though even folklore that uses the term fairy offers many definitions. Sometimes the term describes any magical creature, including goblins or gnomes: at other times, the term only describes a specific type of more ethereal creature. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy
According to MythicalCreaturesGuide.com:
In the English Language fey means otherworldly, able to see the future, or touched in the head. – http://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com/page/Fae
It can be gathered that while Fairies are Fae, not all Fae are Fairies. Fae tend to be very nature-oriented creatures, having a parallel existence in this, our physical world, and in a “magickal” (Subtle/Non-physical) Plane.
– While commonly thought to be mischievous and playful (primarily Fairies), this is not the case for all.
Some entities that may fall under the term “Fae” are (but not limited to):
List includes kin-types & mythical creatures
*Succubus suggested as Fae type via pop-culture. See SyFy series Lost Girl ( http://www.showcase.ca/lostgirl/ )
Fae, like other creatures, are often categorized as Dark, Light, or Neutral. For Fae, this puts them into specifically termed Courts.
Major Courts are:
Some believe in breaking down the courts further*:
(reference: http://forum.otherkinalliance.org/index.php?topic=2343.0 – OtherkinAlliance – The Summer & Winter Courts by “Verde”) Otherkin Alliance forum has been down since 2013
*This is a new concept to me, personally. More information or better explanation to come as more information becomes available.
Further Information on Courts & Classifications:
Fae are either “Trooping” or “Solitary” creatures. Often communities are overseen by a King and Queen.
Fae as Otherkin
Fae-Kin for short.
Fae-kin are simply humans, identifying as otherkin (People who feel that they are in some way not entirely human), who believe their kin-type to be of a Fae variety.
Ask questions to see them posted here…
References & Additional Resources about/for/by Fae
http://forum.otherkinalliance.org/index.php?board=13.0 – OtherkinAlliance.org Forum section Elementals, Elves & Fae (must join to view)
http://forum.otherkinalliance.org/index.php?topic=429.0 – OtherkinAlliance – On The Fae, by “airforcegrrl” Otherkin Alliance forum has been down since 2013
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*OtherkinAlliance.org down indefinitely. New sources/references needed. Please do feel free to comment on this piece and help me out with your own understanding and preferred resources. (: