Trying to get a sense from the community on the differentiation between the Realm of Faerie and the Realm of Magic as it relates to Classical (and for that matter Norse, Germanic, Celtic, Slavic, Egyptian, Hitte,...) Myth and their deities. I'm mainly interested in the Mythic Greek deities - are the faeries, really powerful genii loci, powerful mages that managed to deify themselves?
It seems that the meme for the fey falls best into the Seelie and Unseelie of Northwestern/Central Europe. The fey are imitators of humanity, unable to create anything new without human inspiration. To badly paraphrase the HOH:MC, they are creatures created by human dreams and imagination.
Arguably, the Olympians could fit within the fey - they represent human dreams and imagination, they are empowered by human activity and interaction, they are frequently fey in behavior, they propagate with humans (just like the fey). Many of the Olympians embrace something out of nature (sky, earth, field, sea, fire) similar to the faerie of earth, sky, water, and fire. Lots of similarities.
On the other hand, going with more of a Seeker theory (aka the In Nomine theory), the Olympians are very power magic entities and through a variety of rituals and other actions had great power, worshippers and interaction with mere mortals. Over time they faded as they had become dependent on their worshippers who turned from them embracing philosophy, human self reliance and the Dominion. Also, it just seems wrong to fit Zeus (or Odin or Ra) into the same group of beings that includes Oberon, the Queen of Winter, and the like. But, if the Olympians are of the magic realm, then what about nymphs and muses. They seem to be very much faerie.
I think the distinction matters because I believe it would effect the type of aura that would be produced. Powerful or long time fey presense would seem to generate a faerie aura (and regios) wheres magical auras and regios are triggered by the presense of magical beings and magical acts.
Any thoughts or direction?