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The following is a description of the mythology of Fi.
Fi Mythical Elements
The spiritual experience of Fi is called Edin which is described more fully in this page. Edin as a psychological archetype appears in the form of a prince or princess: as a virgin, a siren or a fairy. In symbolic form it is depicted as a red rose, a seed, the moon or as the womb. Of all the functions Fi is the most archetypally female, imbuing individuals with a passive personality. Hence the Edin myth generates an impulse to fully embody the form of the Anima; to become “woman” to the entire world. But the Edin myth goes beyond the energy embedded in biological sex and adds a separate archetypal magic aside from the femininity available to most women, which traces its roots to the spirit of Gaia or the Mother Goddess. Edin is the protector of the life principle, and often takes the form of a spiritual guardian of animals, rivers, lakes and forests. Edin appears in folklore as sprites or spirits, each of which protects their cherished plot of nature in the same manner as Fi protects the boundaries of its prized identity. However, as the feminine archetype also possesses two sides, Edin can lead to a spirit of enticement where the myth holder becomes an elusive and seductive femme fatale, a nymph or succubus. In this form, Edin wishes to be coveted like a princess and enjoys the adulation of her suitors and the protection of her dedicated knight or King. The secret hope for this expression of Edin is to secure the eternal devotion of her masculine champion – wishing to be adored and prized above all else and above all others for her unique identity.
Light: The Fairy
When the Edin myth is in it’s light form, the princess or fairy is a pure and seelie agent of nature which bestows life, vitality and healing to all beings with unconditional love. We see this embodied perfectly by Snow White who surrounds herself with every forest creature, befriending them but also being capable of enlisting their help. The light Edin spirit can often communicate verbally or empathically with animals, generate flora from the ground and speak directly with the trees. One expression of this is seen in Disney’s adaptation of Pocahontas who spoke with grandmother willow, and another can be seen in the elves of Tolkien’s mythology who gave trees the ability to speak. Yet another manifestation is found in Cameron’s Avatar mythology through the Navi’s connection to the Mother Goddess through a fibrous mental interlink which acts as a communication portal. The primary motif of the light Edin myth is that “nature has a voice” and a pulse which can be accessed if we listen earnestly. This myth is the anthropomorphization of the qualities of the emotional resister which provides a direct link into not only one’s own primacy but the primacy of Gaia and the cosmos. Edin acts as the emissary for Gaia; as it’s spokeswoman and the bringer of it’s desires to the rest of the human world.
Dark: The Witch
As with all myths Edin also possesses an inverted and darker incarnation which is commonly depicted as an evil or unseelie fairy. At other times it manifests as a demon or a witch who casts hexes on unsuspecting passerby. The character of the dark Edin archetype is envious, jealous, vile and foul. It delights in seeing the tainting of purity more than it delights in causing death. The primary motif of this archetype is “corruption”, as it wishes powerfully to sully the hearts of others and bring them into shadows. The mythical motif of the witch casting hexes and jinxes is a psychological metaphor for how unseelie Fi radiates foul intentions, wishes and slander in the direction of others. We see this myth embodied clearly in Theodor Geisel’s The Grinch, who is himself an unseelie fairy jealous of the Whoville fairies and intent to destroy their haven by disenchanting them towards the spirit of goodness. We see it again in Tolkien’s mythology in the form of Gollum –the corrupted heart– and more powerfully in the One Ring itself, which represents the epitome of malice which Frodo as the light Edin must not be sullied by. And yet again we see it in Maleficent who, upon appearing at Aurora’s ceremony laid an evil curse over her. Once again we see that the dark Edin wishes not necessarily for death upon its victims but for their suffering and fall out of innocence; making it primarily an ethical drama that motivates its action. This same mythical duality will exist within the hearts of every Fi user, as they struggle with the question of becoming embittered to the true suffering and cruelty of reality, or to remain a clear and open channel despite all the horror that accompanies the experience of life.