Fairy, Faery, Faerie, Fae, Fay, Fey are usually used interchangeably nowadays, especially among the neo-pagan population, but this wasn’t always so. Here are the older definitions attributed to these words, I won’t get into their natures and appearance here.

From Fairy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The word fairy derives from Middle English faierie (also fayerye, feirie, fairie), a direct borrowing from Old French faerie (Modern French féerie) meaning the land, realm, or characteristic activity (i.e. enchantment) of the legendary people of folklore and romance called (in Old French) faie or fee (Modern French fée). This derived ultimately from Late Latin fata (one of the personified Fates, hence a guardian or tutelary spirit, hence a spirit in general); cf. Italian fata, Portuguese fada, Spanish hada of the same origin…

…To the word faie was added the suffix -erie (Modern English -(e)ry), used to express either a place where something is found (fishery, heronry, nunnery) or a trade or typical activity engaged in by a person (cookery, midwifery, thievery). In later usage it generally applied to any kind of quality or activity associated with a particular sort of person, as in English knavery, roguery, witchery, wizardry.

Faie became Modern English fay “a fairy”; the word is, however, rarely used, although it is well known as part of the name of the legendary sorceress Morgan le Fay of Arthurian legend. Faierie became fairy, but with that spelling now almost exclusively referring to one of the legendary people, with the same meaning as fay. In the sense “land where fairies dwell”, the distinctive and archaic spellings Faery and Faerie are often used. Faery is also used in the sense of “a fairy”, and the back-formation fae, as an equivalent or substitute for fay is now sometimes seen.

The word fey, originally meaning “fated to die” or “having forebodings of death” (hence “visionary”, “mad”, and various other derived meanings) is completely unrelated, being from Old English fæge, Proto-Germanic *faigja- and Proto-Indo-European *poikyo-, whereas Latin fata comes from the Indo-European root *bhã- “speak”. Due to the identical pronunciation of the two words, “fay” is sometimes misspelled “fey”.

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I really think that the Christian creation story (at least in part) and universal evolution (aka the big bang theory plus evolution) is very compatible. I was thinking about it one night, as I like to think about random things, and this is what I came up with.

“Day 1”

1: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2: And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4: And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5: And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

God = Elohim = pantheon of divine beings. (heaven = energy) + (earth = matter) = big bang (Earth Mother, Sky Father) All in darkness in the womb of creation (the deep, dark waters). The creation of energy and matter. The creation of the universe. The creation of light.

“Day 2”

6: And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7: And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8: And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

Division of heaven and earth (matter and energy). Creation of Heaven (note upper case) the sky.

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Arthurian Legend

Arthurian legend is based, in part, on the mythological cycle featuring the Goddess as mother and the God as lover and son. Which make the characters in Arthurian legend gods and goddesses in their own right. Starting with the goddess archetypes, the main feminine characters in the legend are Guinevere, Igraine, and Morgan Le Fay. These women are the three aspects of the Triple Goddess; the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone.

Guinevere is the Maiden aspect of the tripartite. She is the bride of King Arthur and lover of Lancelot, the Sovereign Queen of Britain, and the Queen of the May. She is associated with Beltane – the beginning of summer. As Queen of the Summer County this makes her also Queen of the Faery, which would equate her with Morgan Le Fay.

Igraine is the Mother aspect of the tripartite. She is the mother of King Arthur, the mother and sister of Morgan Le Fay (attributed to two separate people who are the same), the wife of Gorlois and lover of Uther Pendragon, and was once Queen of Britain. The similarities between her and Guinevere continue the ever-flowing cycle of the seasons.

Morgan Le Fay is the most complex aspect of the tripartite goddess, the Crone. In many versions of the legend, Morgan Le Fay is the same person as the Lady of the Lake and the High Priestess of Avalon. Avalon is similar to many Holy Isles or Lands of Faery as they also double as the Land of the Dead. Morgan le Fay is the sister and lover of King Arthur, and the mother of his son Mordred. She is the Mistress of Magic, and the nemesis of Merlin.

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