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Elves and Fairies

Dreams of elves, fairies, the Fair Folk, whatever name you may put to them; and of their realm, Faerie.

You could just treat such dreams as literal--a handy, time-honored way for nature spirits to manifest to humans. Or see the fairies as archetypes of the beauty and danger of magic itself. Like the archetype of the soul, without the ideological anchor of religion.

But I've increasingly wondered if fairytales were also partly a way to talk about, and think about, class and gender in medieval times. Mortal men--usually men, notice--heavy, shortlived, strong and ugly. And elves--longlived, delicate, feminine-looking, magical. Just as men saw women! But also like the aristocracy, with their magical skills of math and reading, their private codes, their treacherous whimsicality toward lesser beings... Just a theory.

My dreams themselves seem to gravitate toward the notion of elves as our dream-selves or astral bodies--as our own spirits! And in the following dreams of half-elves, changelings and misfits, I see our spirits fighting to survive in a world that sees only meat. The mortal world.

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ANN-THENNATH: by Wayan; 1986/2/1, a fairytale freeway dream.
I dream of Beren and Luthien happy and mortal in their forest, and wake to find...
ARCTIC CHANGELING: by Wayan; 1981/6/30, a dream on roots.
I'm a shy woman in a truckstop town who learns why I don't fit in. But will I, among my real kin?...
LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI: by John Keats, April 1819, a sexy nightmare poem
A knight falls in love with a fey woman, until her previous victims warn him in a nightmare that she is...
CAUTION: GOTH TO THE MAX
BLEEDING HEART, the SELF-HEALING CORPSE, and IN THE FUTURE DESERT: by Wayan; 2002/5/29 - 2004/7, a diagnostic, predictive dream-series.
A tree-girl moves to Hollywood to make film deals, but jealousy stabs her...
CAUTION: BLOODY ASSAULT, GAY DRYADS, MUTANT NUDITY
BOIL THE CORD, or, A Dinner Date with the Faerie Queene: by Wayan; 2000/4/27, an anorexic dreamtale.
I seek a stolen magic necklace, but end up dating the thief, an elf-queen with STRANGE taste in cookery...
CAUTION: BAD SOUP
BURN THE EGGS: by Wayan; 2008/1/20; a magical advisory nightmare with 15 sketches.
Fighting a theocracy, my dragon-soul burns the church's dragon-nursery. The cost is terrible: a black vortex...
CAUTION: ROMANTIC THREESOME GETS BURNED
THE CIRCUS HUMANS' DESERTION: by Wayan; 1988/2/19; a holy dream.
I join a circus, but soon all the best carnies sail off to the Blessed Isles. The circus animals pitch in and carry on--clumsy, lonely. Then a herald arrives from the Isles--Donald Duck! He says...
A COLONY IN THE HOLLOW HILLS: by Wayan; 1997/8/14, a dream of responsibility.
Hong Kong's not devolving to China, but to Faerie. As governor, I have to defend human rights, so...
COUNT COUP!: by Plenty Coups, 1857; a child's defining dream
I sought a dream of Helpers. But rather than give me gifts, they gave me a daunting challenge...
DANCING ROBBANE: by Emily Joy; 2007/8/1, sculpture of a dream sculpture.
The clay came alive, shaped itself, started dancing...and mutating.
DREAM SHORTAGE: by Wayan; 1985/12/1, an appropriately short dream.
I meet two women in dream-prison. One's a giant, one a miniature. A fairy? She says, 'No, I'm..."
DREAMKU, SEPTEMBER 2006: by Roswila; thirty dream-haiku with various dates from 1960-2006
One dream-poem in haiku style each day for a month! Ghosts, snow, penguins, yoga babies, elves who leave their tree...
EIGHT ELFLOCKS: by Wayan; 2007/8/11, an absurd psychic sex dream.
First I learn strange sex positions from an abused elf and have calligraphic orgasms, then I, uh, turn on my stereo...
CAUTION: SEX, ESP, ANORGASMIA, PAST LIVES, ABUSE ISSUES
ELBERETH PAUSES: by Wayan; 1989/6/26, a dream on postwar ethics.
After the Lord of the Rings falls, Elbereth herself is sent to heal the land. But she has a troubling neighbor...
ELF CIRCLE; 2011/3/19 by Wayan; a complex advisory dream.
After trespassing in a staff-only part of Faerie, I'm cast out. Only I'm cast like a seed, meant to grow a new elf circle...
ELF ETYMOLOGY: by Wayan; 1997/7/14, a linguistic postmodern dream.
We escape the trolls, but then our author, Tolkien, breaks in to explain a word, and the rest of the night...
ELF EYE: by Wayan; 2002/5/20, dream figure in acrylic on wood
A painting's a window into another world--a window opening two ways. People in paintings may be watching us...
ELF RANGERS? NO WAY!: by Wayan; 1995/3/25, a dream on repression.
A logging war in the northern forests is confused by subjective realities. Am I sure what I see is real?
ELVEN DANCER: by Wayan; 1999, 14" mixed-media sculpture of waking fantasy.
I'd been reading Francesca Lia Block's I WAS A TEENAGE FAIRY...
CAUTION: NUDITY
FAERIE: by Wayan; 1995/7/18 & 95/8/6: two linked dreams of postmodern Faerie, with sketches
I'm the daughter of a mortal doctor working in Faerie as it faces social upheaval (and I look for a decent date...)
FAIRY WIFE: by Wayan; 1985/1/17, an epic dream of love and choice.
A fairy woman and a mortal man? Can't work! They're flighty, we're crude. Doomed, right? Well, some people are so sure of it they decide to help things along a bit. Or a lot...
FOUR-EYED BABY: by Xanthe; 1989?, a Jungian dream
I met some little hunchbacks in the woods who showed me a newborn baby growing from the moss...
GOLD VERSUS DIAMONDS: by Wayan; 1972/1/20, a dream fable.
We're children seeking gold in a fairy wood. We dig where the elf-kids played, but their parents show up...
HALF-ELF: by Wayan; 1996/2/14, a predictive dream fable.
A biracial girl doubts her own heritage; a human friend has to confirm the obvious. So what am I blind to?
HELPLESSLY LUCID: by Alder; 2007/6/23, a lucid dream in which I知 powerless!
I知 a homeless elf. We池e a persecuted minority group. I know I知 dreaming and try to change it but...
HIGH IN THE MOUNTAINS: by Hélène Cixous; before 2003; a comic dream
My little brother catches and rides a fairy goose down steep mountain slopes, demanding it grant his wishes...
HOP: by Emily Joy, Maddie, and Kathe, 2004/3/31; three linked dreams of a single character
Three friends in one bed dream three dreams in one night about a talking rabbit with a persistent request...
JOVE'S LIMBO: by Wayan; 1994/11/27, a dream of astral muckraking.
Half elvish, rejected, I wander the worlds, and find a limbo built by Zeus--but do the inmates deserve it?
KING OF THE KILN: by Wayan; 1996/11/25, a psychic dream.
I dream of a scary king who offers to bake my dreams to strengthen them. Then my friend Mark calls...
THE LADY BATHES IN GRIEF: by Wayan; 1983/5/31, a long-haul psychic dream.
Why'd a spirit-woman come to our reservation to mourn a drowned guy? Her mirrors & candles tell us...
LONELY NO MORE!: by Wayan; 2000, a sculpture of American singlehood.
The Dating Fairy, built on lonely evenings waiting for her to call me back--whoever "her" was that week...
CAUTION: NUDITY, SEXUAL THEMES
LURK: by Wayan; digital collage of a year's dreaming, 1995.
There's power in dark memories--creatures of the deep strata. But the flowers of now are just as real...
MAHAKALA, MOZART, AND THE CRIPPLED BIRD: by Wayan; 1985/4/17, a dream on facing one's shadow.
The Christian God vs Mahakala, Buddhist god of right anger! War in Middle Earth, as Pink Floyd sings...
MELTDOWN VALLEY: by Wayan; 1993/2/13, a dream of scrupulous balance.
A park in San Francisco has melted into a bizarre mutation-zone. Its guardian is a lonely elf-woman...
CAUTION: ELF NUDITY
IN THE MERMAID'S DRESSING ROOM: by Wayan; 100K, 1993/12/18; an evolutionary dream.
At Sea-Dragon State Park, I climbed down to the sea serpent's dressing room after the show, and found...
CAUTION: MERMAID BREASTS
MS. TRUST: by Wayan; 1993/11/4, a dream of a guarded angel.
I meet my own mistrust: an angel who can't trust ME! So she turns me into a football-playing ant...
NO 的": by Wayan; 2003/10/22, a dream of identity loss.
I知 in San Francisco trying to throw Sauron痴 Ring into the Cracks of San Andreas. But a sexy sorcerer steals my sense of I! How can you act without a self?
ONCE A HERO: by Wayan; 185K total, 9 images, 1998/10/22, a raw dream-series.
Sexy dreams of Chinese archeology, authorized by the fairies, make me face that my family abused me...
PETER PAN SYNDROME: by Wayan; 1995/1/10, a dream on those books...
I meet Peter Pan grown up: a stark, fey prince in exile. Why do only I see him, and the Lost Children? Oh.
PIXY CONCUSSION: by Wayan; 200K, 2006/3/25, six images; a diagnostic sex dream?
Janet's obsessed with a creepy guy, until her friend Kay--a pixy--decides to knock some sense into her cunt...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE, EMBARRASSING SITUATION, NASTY LOVE SPELL
SING A HAPPY TUNE: by Wayan, daydream, crayon, 2003/7/27.
A sketch of a whistling punk girl somehow mutated into a fairy holding a songbird of sorts...
CAUTION: "THE BIRD"
SLAVES DON'T DANCE: by Wayan; 1999/8/1, an epic Shakespearean dream (17 illus.)
Stolen by the Fairy Queen, I'm made nurse to her great project: creating life! But her synthetic baby is...
SWISS-CHEESE FAIRY: by Wayan; 120K, dreamed 1983/7/15, sculpted early 2000: ceramic, wire, and silk, 17"
I met an elfin girl who's tattooed realistic vaginas all over her body, as... decoys? For she has...
CAUTION: NUDITY, TATTOOS, TABOOS...
THE TIGER AND THE WOLF: by Jo; 2011/1/15; a dream of temptation
A black dog leads me into the fairy wood. I'm tempted to find out what happens to people who walk under the tree where the Lightning Tiger lurks...
TIME-CAT: by Wayan; 2013/11/23; a self-flagging predictive dream
I'm a cat person, grooming. But not MY fur--it's a woolly mass of timelines! We cats travel time, smoothing out snarls... Then I wake, go to a party, and...
TWO DRUNKS: by Wayan, 1994, color pencil, nondream fantasy.
A tribute to Hokusai's sketches. A crane and a fairy were out drinking, and now can't fly home...
UNDER THEIR MASKS: by Wayan; 2000/3/17, an ecdysiastic dream
Masked champions of Good and Evil fight, peeling off layers till they're elven-thin--what's left to hide?...
'WE'RE ALL HUMAN': by Wayan; 1987/3/13, a dream trial.
For flirting in the astral cafeteria, we all get sentenced to group therapy--till I catch the lie in my life...


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