The Shining Ones

The Shining Ones

In days of old before the dawn of time, there were the Elders. These were the Shining Ones. The Tuatha de Danaan. Early oral sources tell the story that The Shining Ones, the Tuatha de Danaan were considered faeries. They were a spiritual race of beings that inhabited the energy dimensions as they had the ability to walk between worlds. The realm they inhabit exists in a dimension parallel to our own. It is referred to as the Earth of Light or Faerieland. In their ordered universe they do not die. They are immortal. The name Tuatha de Danaan, in the Celtic tradition, means the people or tribe of the goddess Dana. Much of the Faery symbology comes from the matriarchal Neolithic period of prehistory (c. 10,000-c. 5500 B.C.) The pottery, reliefs, figurines and sculpture of this time period is decorated with what has been associated with the goddess and Faerie symbology such as spirals, chevrons, swirling patterns and the cross of the four directions. These symbols and patterns are found across the globe in many different cultures. This matriarchal period was thought to be peaceful. Another Gaelic word given to the Tuatha de Danaan is sith or Sidhe, which translates to hill or mound (a place where faeries are thought to inhabit), unearthly, supernatural and peace. The faeries are often referred to as the people of Peace. Goddess worship and Faerie lore are inextricably connected through these shared symbols, depicting spiritual energies, that give us a better understanding and connection to the Earth through nature and Her natural laws. This may be, one reason, why faeries are associated with nature and the care and stewardship of the Earth. Faerieland is a parallel dimension co-existing with our own which is referred to as the green world. The green world of our common experience, that humans inhabit, is constantly being created through waves of color, sound and light that is both electric and magnetic. Our light bodies are swirling vortices of energy. This light body creates strands of luminous fibers made of light that extend to the dimensional borders of the green world where one can connect and communicate to this Shining Realm. Sometimes we are invited into this realm, but there are many who have just stumbled into it unaware. Either way, you will find yourself in a world that is much like Earth but in many ways decidedly different. The entrance into this Shining Realm is a dimensionless point or sometimes referred to as a thin place where those in the green world and those in Faerieland can traverse from one dimension into the other. What little knowledge or visual pictures we have of faeries is influenced by the way popular culture depicts them in Disney animated movies, children’s storybooks etc. which leads us to think of these beings as diminutive creatures. Certainly, there are those that are called the small or hidden people, but when we are speaking of the Shinning Ones, the Tuatha de Danaan, this is not the case. These are tall beings nearly perfect in proportion, both male and female being tall and willowy almost androgenous with pale translucent like skin that has a distinct glow. Those, who were of the original race, had light hair that went from silver white to gold

but could be as dark as amber. The color of their eyes was hard to see as they were said to shine brightly like a beam of light. In the tale of the Battle of Moytura from the sixteenth century, which was derived from a much older oral telling of the story, the Tuatha de Danaan were an advanced people who studied occult lore and sorcery, druidic arts, witchcraft and all sorts of magical skills. They were known to have gone beyond in their understanding and practice of the Druidic and pagan arts of the sages. (Mynne, p5) Whatever these people were, it is clear from the limited written history, that they were an advanced group of people who were thought to be supernatural in origin. Princess Malignia is one of these faeries in the first novel of The Faery Water Chronicles. Her anger towards humans has turned her towards the dark faery arts. Princess Malignia’s silvery voice trembled with rage, “We are not insignificant faeries playing hide and seek. We are not diminutive airy Fae’s! We are the Sidhe! The sons and daughters of the ancients! We are a force to be reckoned with for we have all of nature at our bidding. Woe to those humans that think of us only as a childlike myth,” she said, as she bid the crow come to her, before placing it tenderly on her shoulder. “That’s right my pretty,” she whispered in her lilting faery tongue. “Patience,” she said, smiling wryly. “I hear it’s a virtue.”

Citation Mynne, Hugh. The Faerie Way St. Paul MN: Llewellyn Publications 1998

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