Perhaps it is these factors that make us an object of curiosity and therefore worthy of study, or maybe they seek to exploit and adapt our technology for their own use rather than the other way round. We might also consider why human beings find the eerie songs and unearthly lights of the fairy dance so hypnotic and irresistible; it exactly parallels nautical legends of the melodies sung by mermaids and sirens (a possible link with the Quinotaur and other aquatic races?) luring sailors to their watery graves. Is this the deliberate use of lights combined with sound frequencies employed to either repel or attract human beings, much as we use them on animals and insects?
Another curious part of Kirk’s story is specific mention of the use of a knife or dirk to free him from the fairy’s grasp; this may be highly significant. The use of metals, water and salt, which, along with bell, book and candle, were all part of the traditional arsenal used by exorcists and others who deal with manifestations of ghosts, spirits, apparitions, poltergeists and of course fairies, is no accident. The use of all three substances suggests that there may a strong link between manifestations of this kind and the presence of electromagnetic fields, for iron and salt water are excellent natural electrical conductors, and depending of their deployment could make the successful use of electromagnetism very problematic.
One possible element of the ‘mechanism’ used to open portals may well be powerful electromagnetic fields. However, the standard explanation for the use of salt in such ceremonies is the fact that salt was frequently used as preservative and was therefore, by association, anathema to unclean or demonic spirits. In addition, the water was usually blessed or holy water, which for obvious reasons was assumed to provide an additional layer of protection. The use of iron is not quite so obvious other than in terms of strength, but it may be that since iron, or steel for that matter, is largely carbon based it might either disrupt electromagnetic fields or even dissipate them, both situations are less than desirable for any entities relying on exploiting the properties of electromagnetism for their own purposes. As it often the case ancient spells and techniques are founded on sound scientific principles, although those who originally employed them did so purely because they worked and for no other reason.
The nature of fairy rings is in itself suggestive of other more conventional portals, as is the nature of how the fairies seem to operate the ring. Traditionally the fairies are seen to dance and caper in a circle around the perimeter of the ring, in other words there is rotation, something that seems vital to the physical creation of an energy field. In the conventional generation of electricity there is movement, normally circular, as a turbine or dynamo rotates with a metallic, magnetic core rotating inside coils of wiring. The rotation induces an electric current in the coil, which is then tapped off for use and the rotation of fairies at the perimeter of the ring seems to provide an analogy of this.
The idea of fairy portal finds similarities in books such as ‘Alice in Wonderland', by Lewis Carroll, when Alice enters Wonderland through a portal, in this case a rabbit hole. In the case of the Steven Spielberg film, ‘Poltergeist’ (1984, dir. Tobe Hooper) the ‘portals’ are a television set and a cupboard, and in the book, ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’, part of the Narnia series of fantasy novels by C S Lewis, and later filmed as ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, (2005 dir. Andrew Adamson) it is a wardrobe. In the cult horror film, ‘Evil Dead II'’, (1987 dir. Sam Raimi) the portal is a seething, rotating maelstrom, a literal ‘hole in the sky’, which carries the hero to a strange, medieval, demon haunted parallel world, where magic, (or alternative technology?), is in common use. Incidentally, this image bears powerful resonances with the usual portrayal of ‘Black Holes’. Staying with older concepts of the methods designed to make contact with a mysterious ‘Otherworld’, we once again find stone circles like those at Stonehenge and Avebury, and contemporary with that era, beautifully preserved burial mounds like the Neolithic graves at Newgrange in Northern Ireland and Maeshowe in Orkney. It is also likely that other sites, like those of the ancient oracles, could be regarded as portals, they were certainly used for that purpose, i.e. communication with the departed in the ‘Otherworld’.
Whether or not there is any validity in these claims is obviously open to question and rather like the acceptance of the entire subject of UFO’s in general, it is a matter of faith…except for one thing. Even to day, surrounded as we are by an increasingly technological world with its professorial prophets of rationality. There is an insidious backlash that defies both the dogmatic logic and the best efforts of these eminent sceptics. Strangely enough, the very people whose work should support the sceptics supply the tools used by those who have the courage to drive and participate in the backlash, by this I mean the theoretical physicists whose arcane formulae and calculations have created what amounts to a modern class of alchemists and magicians.
These physicists are themselves producing evidence of oddities and anomalies suggesting that faster than light travel and time travel are possible. There is also evidence that we are surrounded by an infinite number of realities, some slightly different from those alongside and other utterly and completely alien to what we consider as ‘normal’. There is even verifiable evidence emerging suggesting that physical death really is not the end and consciousness can and does survive the process. If this is the case, then in what form do we survive, are those who have gone before us perhaps the very entities that we seek, are we, or at least what we were, the fairies, elves and goblins of folklore. Whatever the answer is, we can only hope that when the truth does finally emerge, as it surely must, that the deniers have the good grace to accept defeat and admit that they were wrong all along. Perhaps we shall yet discover that the Rev Robert Kirk and other like him really are still alive in some reality just beside our own.
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