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originally posted by: lostgirl
So...where does a 'sentient plasma critter' keep it's brain?
I mean, humans are 'sentient' because we have a specific bodily organ capable of consciousness -
- so, what part of a 'being/entity' made up of some amorphous 'what have you', would 'facilitate' the consciousness necessary to sentience?
That experience eventually led me to the good ol Jacque Vallee. It bothered me that the fae appeared SO stereotypically, but in the end, it seems to be the best way to tell the story.
I almost felt that it was a blessing, but then again, it looked like a storybook "fairy" and that still doesn't seem right. It might have been more effective if I had some strong connection to that archetypal image, but I didn't (and still don't), so it resulted in more of a red flag than acceptance.
So, usually the music comes during such an encounter? I wonder if the music is more of a result of these forces interacting with the atmosphere, a bit like the crackling of lightning.
The "fair folk" were most skilled in music, and when mortals were stolen and taken to their abodes, or beguiled into them, one, of the great enchantments and allurements to stay with them was their music.
But that music was not confined to their own dwellings. Often and again has it been heard by human ears in the quiet of the gloamin, or at the still hour of midnight, in the clear moonlight, now on this green hillock, now below this bridge, and now in this calm nook.
But the kicker is this: Something can be 100% false and still get eaten and spit out by the control loop and MADE TRUE even if it's 100% false.
This formula for removing the effects of the evil eye is handed down from male to female, from female to male, and is efficacious only when thus transmitted. Before pronouncing it over the particular case of sickness, the operator proceeds to a stream, where the living and the dead alike pass, and lifts water, in name of the Holy Trinity, into a wooden ladle. In no case is the ladle of metal.
On returning, a wife's gold ring, a piece of gold, of silver, and of copper, are put in the ladle. The sign of the holy cross is then made, and this rhyme is repeated in a slow recitative manner--the name of the person or animal under treatment being mentioned towards the end.
(In the case of an animal a woollen thread, generally of the natural colour of the sheep, is tied round the tail.)
The consecrated water is then given as a draught, and sprinkled over the head and backbone. (In the case of a cow the horns and the space between the horns are carefully anointed.)
The remnant of the water, no drop of which must have reached the ground previously, is poured over a corner stone, threshold flag, or other immovable stone or rock, which is said to split if the sickness be severe. Experts profess to distinguish whether it be a man or a woman who has laid the evil eye:--if a man, the copper adheres to the bottom of the upturned ladle, significant of the 'iomadh car,' many turns in a man's dark wily heart; if a woman, only the silver and gold adhere, the heart of a woman being to that of man--not in this case, 'as moonlight unto sunlight and as water unto wine'--but as gold and silver to copper and brass.
Old women in the Highlands say that if men's hearts were laid bare they would be found to contain many more twists and turns and wiles than those of women.