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					Fairies probably symbolize the supra-normal powers of the human
soul, at least in the forms in which they appear in esoteric works. Their
nature is
contradictory: they fulfil humble tasks, yet possess extraordinary
powers. They
bestow gifts upon the newly born; they can cause people, palaces and
wonderful
things to appear out of thin air; they dispense riches (as a symbol of
wisdom).
Their powers, however, are not simply magical, but are rather the sudden
revelation
of latent possibilities. Because of this, it has been possible to link
the legendary
‘forgotten fairy’ with the Freudian ‘frustrated act’ (38). In a more
traditional
sense, fairies are, objectively, spinners of thread like the Parcae; they
also appear
as washerwomen. They have been variously called: White Ladies, Green
Ladies,
Black Ladies; these are terms which tie up with the epithets applied to
mediaeval
knights—and for the same reason. Fairies are, in short, personifications
of stages
in the development in the spiritual life or in the ‘soul’ of landscapes.
Thus, in
Mesopotamia, they take the form of the Lady of the Plains, the Lady of
the
Fountain and the Lady of the Water (or Damgalnunna). They are prone to
sudden
and complete transformations, and they bear a certain resemblance to
other mystic
beings such as sirens and lamias (in their evil aspects)

				
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