Sidhe Eyes

Posted: October 6, 2010 in Braak
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To understand the nature of the Sidhe, and the reasons for their myriad of appearances, for the peculiar effects of their countenance, for their behaviors, it first must be understood the nature of Man:  poised between the material world and the spiritual world, the human mind is a bridge between the natural world and a world that is perpendicular to it.  Thus, everything that a man perceives, or does, or experiences, is composed of two parts:  the real, and the sidereal.

The Sidhe are not material at all, but instead composed entirely of the sidereal elements, and so the way they interact with the material world is peculiar.  The physical world (of which humans partake only partly) is governed by strict laws of physics and cause and effect; the sidereal world is governed by the logic of dreams — of symbol and association.  What we understand as the “magic” that the Sidhe perform is really the simple expression of sidereal laws.

Because the Sidhe are wholly sidereal, they are NOT able to take advantage of the natural laws to which we are used; this can result in peculiar habits or behaviors.  A sidhe might be unable to cross running water, not because a river is too big (physical size is, after all, a physical characteristic) but because the nature of the river is that it is impassable.

Likewise, the Sidhe do not actually “see” the way human beings do.  They perceive symbol and potentialities, and this is what causes their peculiarities of form.

Imagine a man whose abilities, whose strengths and weaknesses, whose past and future are written on his body.  A clumsy man’s feet might look the same as a man whose feet were backwards; a man with excellent vision would, to a Sidhe’s eyes, look identical to a man with several eyes, or a hawk’s eyes, or just one giant eye in the center of his head.

Now, imagine such a creature attempting to create a form for itself, to disguise itself as a man or an animal or anything else in the physical world:  the Sidhe adopt peculiar forms, with backwards feet or extra fingers or animal limbs or heads not because they are inexpert at crafting a physical form in which to inhabit, but because these forms, to the Sidhe, are indistinguishable from human beings.  They do not know that their forms are weird; this is what they think we look like.

Similarly, the true “form” of the Sidhe is essentially composed of misunderstanding.  The Sidhe aren’t “beautiful” — beauty is a characteristic of the physical world of forms.  They are, instead, made of beauty — entities not evocative of an idea of beauty, but composed of that idea itself.  They cannot be seen in the sense that light reflects off of them, or that they displace smoke or fog when they move; they can be seen because they are made of the fact of their perception.

Sidhe “light” is similar — it is not actual light, as from the sun or fire.  It is the understanding of illumination, or of brightness, or of blinding luminescence.  It is for this reason that their lights cast no shadows, and give off no heat.  Similarly, those Sidhe made of shadow can exist even beneath bright light — there is no physical darkness to dispell, but instead the fact of “being unable to see.”

This conflict between the real and the sidereal is at the root of all the strangeness that characterizes human-Sidhe relationships; what the Sidhe see, hear, know, and want comes from, essentially, an entirely different universe that overlaps with ours in only certain ways and places.  This is what makes the Sidhe fundamentally incomprehensible — in their way, as incomprehensible to us as we are to them.

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