Are Gray Aliens and Fairies the Same Creature?

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Time to Retire the ET Hypothesis

The idea that UFOs are spacecraft from other planets or piloted by extraterrestrials is called the ET hypothesis.

For well over 50 years, the ET hypothesis has dominated the (now marginal) field of ufology.

In fact, today, if you mention the term 'UFO' to anyone, the person you are talking to will almost certainly begin to go on about how impossible it is that that life could only insist on earth and so on and so forth. In fact, nearly three quarters of Americans believe that UFOs are spacecraft and that the U.S. government is not revealing everything it knows about them.

I find this fact aggravating, and here's why:

Many people will automatically phrase the question as, "Do you believe in UFOs?" even though the acronym 'UFO' stands for Unidentified Flying Object.

Belief in such objects is completely irrelevant because we know that aerial objects we can't identify do exist.

We know that a certain number of these objects turn out to be earthly aircraft or misidentifications of planets and stars. We know that some will be identified later on as experimental military craft.

And we know that many of these objects cannot really be said to be objects at all, but rather are only identifiable as strange lights in the night sky.

A few of these unidentified flying objects will remain unidentified, baffling everyone for years and years. Those are the ones that draw the most intense interest.

But none of this is about belief .

When people ask, "Do you believe in UFOs?" or "Do you believe UFOs are real?" what they really mean is "Do you think creatures from other planets are visiting the earth in spaceships in such great numbers that humans all over the world are catching sight of them on a regular basis?"

Well, no.

After years and years of research and study and a number of truly strange personal experiences, I can say for sure that, no. I don't believe that.

But I do believe lights in the night sky, sightings of unidentified aerial craft, and reports of close encounters and alien abductions are worth investigating.

Like a small but growing number of writers and paranormal researchers, I suspect the UFO phenomenon is about something decidedly terrestrial in nature.

But, if we keep looking for ET we will never understand what is really happening.

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Fairies and Aliens

The fairies that adorn the pages of children's books and the beautiful 19th century illustrations of fairies done by Warwick Goble and Arthur Rackham show elegant little creatures that sparkle and smile.

Fairies are portrayed in these drawings as lovely girls with wings, or cherubs, or sometimes as mischievous pointy-eared sprites.

These fairy illustrations and portrayals leave out an important dimension of the Fay, or the fairy folk (sometimes also called 'the Gentry'): their ability to induce terror and awe and 'touch' human abductees in such a way that these unfortunates were never quite 'right' again.

In the words of poet William Allingham:

Up the airy mountains
Down the rushy Glen,
We dare not go a-hunting
For fear of little men...

In other words, to encounter fairy folk was dangerous, and to displease them was unwise. Known for their secretive ways and their ability to alter human perceptions of reality, the Fay had a dark aspect that is not unlike that attributed to the grays. They were shape shifters and tricksters, and their elusive magic was powerful and strange.

What's more, although fairies were always thought to be diminutive in size and some grays are thought to be quite tall (there are small worker grays and tall grays who seem to be elders or leaders), the facial features of both fairies and aliens share some common elements.

Both fairies and grays have large, almond-shaped eyes that hypnotically draw others in, pale skin, larger heads, and delicate asexual body construction. Both can fly. Both seem able to drift through walls and solid objects and to appear at night, in one's dreams, or beside one's bed.

Like grays, fairies were known to be drawn to "interesting young people" and would sometimes abduct them. If these young people returned, they returned changed, and not always in a good way. To be given the gift of fairy wisdom could cut either way--it could bestow clairvoyant and healing abilities, but it could just as easily drive the recipients mad.

They stole little Bridget,
For seven years long;
When she came down again
All her friends were gone.
They took her lightly back
Between the night and morrow;
They thought she was fast asleep,
But she was dead with sorrow.

The distortion of time and periods of lost time plays a major role in both fairy abductions of young humans and alien abductions. Little Bridget dies of sorrow because although she thinks she was gone only a short time, she was in fact gone for many years.

Babies were also sometimes stolen by fairies and replaced with fairy babies or fairy/human hybrids known as changelings. This is so similar to the reproductive themes in alien abduction lore that it's pretty hard to overlook.

What's more, many alien abductees, including prolific author and vocal experiencer Whitley Strieber, report a moist, dusky smell to the 'craft' of the aliens, almost as it were not a craft at all but a place underground.

Abductees also frequently report a strange but distinct smell to the aliens that is somewhat like cinnamon. These reports are strikingly similar to fairy lore which gives the Fay a spicy, earthy scent and has them living below trees or under large outcroppings of rocks.

Abductees report aliens with insect-like movements, much as fairies were seen to flit from here to there--and alien 'craft' have been observed to 'flit' from spot to spot instead of moving in a smooth, fluid line.

Not least among these many similarities is the fact that so many alien abduction and fairy abduction stories begin with sightings of anomalous lights in the night sky, or small balls of light indoors, outdoors, or most especially in remote or wooded areas.

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The Alien Hybridization Project Only Makes Sense as Theater

These similarities are just the tip of the iceberg, but what convinces me more than all of these parallels put together is the fact that the alien hybridization project written about so seriously by authors like Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs in the 1980s makes absolutely no sense.

Why would aliens, who are able to travel light years of unbelievable distance in the blink of an eye use reproductive technology that even here on earth is considered crude and outdated?

We can put fish genes in tomatoes now, and we do it too, because it makes the tomatoes last longer on the shelf. These aliens, however, seem to have no clue and are still using equipment that looks like it was lifted right out of a 1950s sci fi horror flick.

Perhaps their technology seems to be right out of a 1950s sci fi alien invasion movie because it is right out of such a movie.

If one of the key gifts of the Fay is the ability to alter human perception and their modus operandi is trickery and extreme privacy, what better way to present themselves to a technological age than as creatures right out of our own contemporary imaginations?

The alien hybridization project that runs through so many 1950s alien movies and also through most of the accounts of abduction experiencers also makes perfect sense as theater.

The two most powerful human emotions are fear and sexual desire. If you really wanted to change someone's thinking and understanding, to permanently alter them and really 'mess with their minds', tapping these two themes would not be a bad place to start.

And like the abductees of the fairy folk, alien abductees do return deeply changed and slightly 'off', never again to see only the ordinary in daily life. Some go off the deep end and never quite return. Others incorporate this extreme experience in more subtle and creative ways.

So that's my schtick on aliens and fairies.

It isn't really mine at all. Others before me have noticed and commented extensively about it. In future hubs, I'll look at what they have had to say and why researching it might be important to our growth as intelligent creatures.

Is there intelligent life on earth?

There might be.

And someday, we might understand it a little better, if we try.

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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

Damn Rookwood=--this is like finding out that there is not Santa Claus. I am totally bummed as I have totally been enjoying " Ancient Aliens" and that whole thing on the History Channel about alien abduction. Sigh-- I jut can't square ET with fairies at the bottom of my garden or even ancient Norse trolls and Irish Leprachans ( who I am told could be quite nast) But I love the way your mind works and enjoy your prose--Welcome to Hubpages, Rookwood-- I can't wait to read more from you


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks robie2! I know, it's hard to lose Santa Claus...hey maybe HE was an ET!:)


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Did you ever read "The Dark Gods" by Roberts and Gilbertson. I lost my copy but once I got past the Christian tone of the commentaries it made a good case for what you say in this hub.

It seems more likely we have a bunch of earth based paraphysical pranksters winding us up than a wide variety of aliens visiting us and .... winding us up basically.

The third possibility is that they are all projections from our minds. I am not yet sure how to test that theory properly.


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

I haven't read that! Thanks so much, I will definitely look for it. I agree with you, obviously, about all of it, including how hard it is to test the theory. I have my own notion of why this is, but that's fodder for yet another weird hub. Thanks for your comment!


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

I experienced the ball of light as a teen, and would awake outside on the lawn at 3 a.m. My aunt experienced the ball of light in the same house (read my Hub THE FARM and Is There a UFO Base in the Chesapeak Bay) and had a long scar on her back which was unexplained. She was interviewed by Bud Hopkins before she died. My younger sister, under hypnosis, recalled a gray standing beside her bed staring at her and traveling to a craft, also at THE FARM. I had a weird childhood. I'm really not weird, I'm a former paralegal, professional woman, but I'm interested in trying to find the answer to all the events that have happened during my life.


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

I don't blame you Lilleyth. I don't think you are weird, either. There's no way to know how many people have these sorts of strange experiences and keep it to themselves out of fear of ridicule. I will check out your hub The Farm. I'm looking forward to it. Thank you for reading and commenting on my essay.


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bborrello 4 years ago from Oregon, USA

CR - As i have developed my abilities as a medium I have learned many things from other dimensions including faerie. The faeries themselves "told" me that most of the abduction tales are not beings from other planets, but beings from other dimensions, including theirs. In case you wanted more proof...

Robie - If you are still following this, I also have discovered that there is truth with regards to ancient civilizations here on earth...try reading Graham Hancock's Footprints of the Gods. There is a strong resonance of reality in his work.


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks for your input bborrello. I appreciate it and I appreciate you taking the time to read my essay and comment. ;)


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Electro-Denizen 4 years ago from Wales, UK

This is very curious. Rudolf Steiner mentioned in one of his lectures that falling asleep with (psychic) vision activated would for the most part be a very uncomfortable experience for most people: what is of the earth, returns to the earth, and when we fall asleep, the earth elementals (fairies?) surround human bodies. Interesting hub!


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Wow I never heard that about Steiner. I have had that uncomfortable experience, and it is...uh, uncomfortable! Thanks for your comment, Electro-Denizen.


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I've been following the abduction experience for many years, and find your hypothesis of it being a terrestrial rather than extraterrestrial event fascinating and plausible. Voted Up and Interesting!


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks mperrottet! I'm happy you took the time to comment! I think lots more people than we might expect are following it. There's this tendency to ridicule and silence people who talk about odd experiences, and it's too bad, because most people have had at least one. I hope that changes someday soon. :)


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I too am slightly jaded by your disbelief in aliens as our family also enjoys 'Ancient Aliens' on the History Channel as does robie2. But as in your other articles I love your style and you argue your case well. I look forward to reading more!!!


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks Teresa. :)

My take on the Ancient Aliens series is that whatever UFOs and the creatures associated with them are, they've been here a long time--since at least 4,000 B.C.

So it doesn't ruin it for me. Plus, how can anyone NOT like that Greek guy's hair??? Thanks for coming by!


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Very interesting connections. You have given me a lot to ponder about.


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks Lipnancy. I appreciate you taking the time to read my hub. Have a great day. :)


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Its no secret- according to many top researchers in the field- that there's a "secret space" program in operation that is nearly indistinguishable in its craft and tech from actual off planet ones. I'm with you CR in that most of what's out there is probably terrestrially operated and built; but not all; and I can say that with confidence in the knowledge. You've written a very good article on the similarities between the fairy folk and typical Gray ETs. You also bring up some good suppositions to ponder on. It sure can be a topsy-tervy world at times, can't it CR.


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

It sure can Alastar! I take it you have had some first hand experience with this. Me too. Looking forward to your ET article! lol! Seriously, I hope you write one, or have written one... I've off to check. Thanks for commening. :)


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

After I wrote my hub about Findhorn I went on to discover that the founders originally were led to the sight by aliens, not fairies/devas...as most people have been led to believe. But, actually, according to your theory, they are one and the same?


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Wow Lilleyth, that is amazing. Maybe they are one and the same thing (according to me, lol!) But I do know that every time somebody thinks they have it figured out, something weird happens and they don't. So I can expect something weird(er than usual) any day here!


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Yep, that Library Angel will make some book fall off a bookshelf...


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

nope so!


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

CR Rookwood - Amazing hub! I am so happy I came across this today! I've tried explaining this theory to people and I just fall short of actually providing any good evidence...however, you did a wonderful job. I truly believe that you are right in this theory. Why would aliens who are supposedly so much smarter than us want to abduct and study us? They probably have better more important things to be doing than studying a creature who is less intelligent than themselves. So faerie abductions it is. It's kind of funny how some people have such an easy time believing in extraterrestrial life, but they don't want to acknowledge the idea that other terrestrial life besides us exists on this very planet...namely the fay or faeries. Awesome hub again, thanks for writing this!


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks Kitty! I agree about how it's easier for people to believe in life on other planets than other intelligent terrestrial life. It's so strange, but you are right about that for sure. I appreciate you taking the time to read this. If anyone knows about fairies, it's you! :)


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Well, CR Rookwood You ask "Why would aliens who are supposedly so much smarter than us want to abduct and study us? They probably have better more important things to be doing than studying a creature who is less intelligent than themselves"

The same thing goes for religion: Why would a god with a universe to run worry about for example human sexual practices?


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Hi Alex2009--Actually kittythedreamer asked that question, but I take your point and agree. The God people fight about and argue about so much isn't even a very nice person, never mind a nice God.

I always wonder about anything that requires a hard sell.


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

well the god of the Abrahamic religions always strikes me as insecure, somewhat psychopathic and strong but not too bright "Duh. Me no like, Me smash" After all look how Satan conned him in the Book of Job.


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

lol! "Me no like. Me smash."

Sometimes though I wonder if people don't get the God they need. I mean, those Semitic tribes were running around the desert smashing and smiting and smoting everything that wasn't them, so maybe they needed that. Ditto some of the folks over here who get so noisy at election time. But I can definitely do without that kind of deity.


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Yes, there are better gods around.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Love this convo! Thanks for your point of view, AlexK2009. I fully agree...why would a God so powerful & loving care so much about petty things such as whether we slip up with a cuss word or have a drink too many?


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christin53 4 years ago from UK

A very interesting and thought provoking hub. I'm one of these people who believe in aliens although I've yet to meet one :)


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Hi Christin53! Maybe one day you will see one! Thank you for coming by and commenting. :)


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WiccanSage 4 years ago

Wow... just wow. I have never even heard of that theory or considered it, but it really makes a lot of sense. I have never seen a fairy, but I know people who I trust implicitly, who I know are not liars or dramatic people by nature and who are not attention seekers, who have had encounters. And I believe them. I've always been up in the air about aliens though. This is a fascinating view I never even thought of.


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks WiccanSage. I believe something real is going on with alien encounters but I don't really think it's about ETs. I think whatever it is is right here on earth with us, and has been for a very long time. Thanks for reading and commenting!


kazz 4 years ago

I recommend you read the book, The faerie way by Hugh Mynne in the celtic wisdom series. Yes he looks into the same theory with alien's and the gentry of shining ones. Has some great research into it. it is now available via the internet though book is out of print


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CR Rookwood 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Sounds awesome kazz. I will definitely check into it. Thanks for commenting. :)


Liam 3 years ago

What sorts of personal experiences did you go throughout? -out of curiosity


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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Hi Liam. Encounters with 'others' both in dreams and 'memory'. Also my family has had repeat UFO encounters/sightings. I change my mind about every three months about what it all means, if anything. This is one version. I could write 30 more. lol! Thanks for asking.


Sminya 3 years ago

CR Rookwood, you essay is bang on, anyone who reads/knows real fairy stories will agree, people being led away by strange music into bright lights, the ability of themselves to influence your thoughts via telepathy, there is something ingrained between humans and the others that goes back thousands of years, there are some great manx fairy story's detailing all of these scenarios, keep up the good work


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CR Rookwood 3 years ago from Moonlight Maine Author

Thanks Sminya! It fascinates me, and it's good that I'm not alone in that. :)


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PinoyWitch 3 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi CR Rookwood,

I'm a big Supernatural(tv series) fan and your hub reminds me of this one episode they had, "Clap Your Hands If You Believe"

"Sam: Okay, say these encounters have been going on for centuries, not with extraterrestrials but with ultra-terrestrials. People nowadays say 'space aliens' or whatever, but they used to call them—

Dean: Smurfs." is one of my favorite lines. congrats:)

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