A mother goddess represents or is a personification of motherhood.
with the Earth or the natural world, such goddesses
are sometimes referred
to as Mother Earth or as the Earth Mother.
Saints, Spirits and Deities of Nature and Gardens
card - St. Francis of Assissi
Saint Francis of
Assisi (c. 1182-1226) was an Italian religious leader and Catholic mystic who founded
religious Order known as The Franciscans. He is known as the
patron saint of animals, birds, and the environment.
St. Francis believed that all creatures, not
just humans, must be included in the celebration of Christmas. He
requested that the emperor ask all citizens to scatter grain along the roads on
Christmas Day, so that the birds and other animals would have
plenty to eat. Walls should be rubbed with food, and the beasts in the
stable should receive a bounteous meal on Christmas Day.
Fiacre is the patron saint of growers of vegetables and medicinal
plants, and gardeners in general. He is commonly invoked to heal persons
suffering from various infirmities, premised on his reputed skill with
medicinal plants. He was a hermit and gardener of the seventh
century who was famous for his sanctity and skill in curing illness and
disease. He emigrated from his native Ireland to France, where he
constructed for himself a hermitage, together with a vegetable and herb
garden, and a hospice for travellers.
A nature deity is a
deity in charge of forces of nature such as a water deity, vegetation
deity, sky deity, solar deity, fire deity or any other naturally
occurring phenomena such as mountains, trees, or volcanoes.She embodies
natural forces and can have characteristics of the mother goddess,
Mother Nature or lord of the animals.
Persephone was identified with the
return of the spring season - her return from the underworld each spring is a symbol
Frey, a god in Norse mythology god
of rain, sunlight, life and summer,associated with prosperity, fair
weater, with good harvest and peace.
The White Goddess Druantia - In poetry Druantia is an archetype of
the eternal mother as seen in the evergreen boughs. Her name is believed
to be derived from the Celtic word for oak trees. She is a goddess of
fertility for both plants and humans. She also rules protection of trees,
The Horae -
Four Seasons - A distinct set of four Horae attributed as the
four handmaidens of Hera.
The seasons were personified by the ancients, and the
Greeks represented them generally as women, but on some antique monuments
they are depicted as winged children with attributes peculiar to each
and Nature Folklore
A vegetation deity is
a nature deity whose disappearance and reappearance, or life, death and
rebirth, embodies the growth cycle of plants. In nature worship, the
deity can be a god or goddess with the ability to regenerate itself. A
vegetation deity is often a fertility deity. The deity typically
undergoes dismemberment, scattering, and reintegration, as narrated in a
myth or reenacted by a religious ritual. The cyclical pattern is given
theological significance on themes such as immortality, resurrection,
and reincarnation. Vegetation myths have structural resemblances to
certain creation myths in which parts of a primordial being's body
generate aspects of the cosmos.
|In English folklore, the Apple
Tree Man is the name given to the spirit of the oldest apple tree in
an orchard, and in whom the fertility of the orchard is thought to
Trees - In folk religion and
folklore, trees are often said to be the homes of tree spirits. Germanic
mythology as well as Celtic polytheism both appear to have involved
cultic practice in sacred groves, especially grove of oak. The
term druid itself possibly derives from the Celtic word for oak.
The Egyptian Book of the Dead mentions sycamores as part of the scenery
where the soul of the deceased finds blissful repose. The
presence of trees in myth sometimes occurs in connection to the concept
of the sacred tree and the sacred grove.
Green Man and Green
Woman are beings interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing
the cycle of new growth that occurs every spring. The Green Man is most
commonly depicted as having a face which is made of, or completely
surrounded by, leaves. Usually referred to in works on architecture as
foliate heads or foliate masks, carvings of the Green Man may take many
forms, naturalistic or decorative.
The simplest depict a man's face
peering out of dense foliage. Some may have leaves for hair, perhaps
with a leafy beard. Often leaves or leafy shoots are shown growing from
his open mouth and sometimes even from the nose and eyes as well. In the
most abstract examples, the carving at first glance appears to be merely
stylised foliage, with the facial element only becoming apparent on
a Greek mythological being that lives in trees. They are a particular
type of dryad, which are a particular type of nymph. Hamadryads are born
bonded to a certain tree. Some believe that hamadryads are the actual
tree, while normal dryads are simply the entities, or spirits, of the
trees. If the tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well.
For that reason, dryads and the gods punished any mortals who harmed
In ancient Roman religion and myth, the Querquetulanae
were nymphs of the oak grove at a stage of producing green growth.
- In Greek mythology, all the trees in the Dodona (northwestern Greece,
Epirus) grove (the forest beside the sanctuary of Zeus) became endowed
with the gift of prophecy, and the oaks not only spoke and delivered
oracles while in a living state, but when built into the ship Argo
the wood spoke and warned of approaching calamities.The rustling of the
leaves on an oak tree was regarded as the voice of Zeus.
are a race of beings in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy world Middle-earth
who closely resemble trees. They are similar to the talking trees in
folklore around the world. Their name is derived from the Old English
word for "giant".
trees - In many parts of the world
travelers have observed the custom of hanging objects upon trees in
order to establish some sort of a relationship between themselves and
the tree. Throughout Europe, trees are known as sites of pilgrimages,
ritual ambulation, and the recital of Christian prayers. Wreaths,
ribbons or rags are suspended to win favor for sick humans or livestock,
or merely for good luck. Popular belief associates the sites with
healing, bewitching, or mere wishing.
The World Tree - Numerous
popular stories throughout the world reflect a firmly-rooted belief in
an intimate connection between a human being and a tree, plant or
flower. Sometimes a man's life depends upon the tree and suffers when it
withers or is injured, and we encounter the idea of the external soul.
The world tree, with its branches reaching up into the sky, and roots
deep into the earth, can be seen to dwell in three worlds - a link
between heaven, the earth, and the underworld, uniting above and below.
This great tree is said to hold up the cosmos, and provides a link
between the heavens, earth, and underworld.
Yggdrasil is an immense ash
tree central to Norse cosmology and considered very holy.
gods go to Yggdrasil daily to hold their courts. The branches of Yggdrasil extend far into the heavens,
and the tree is supported by three roots that extend far away
into other locations; one to the well in the heavens, one to the spring,
and another to the well Mímisbrunnr. Creatures live within
The World Ash
in Norse myths. 1847
Engraving by Oluf Olufsen Bagge
spirits of the natural world - minor goddesses of the forests, rivers,
springs, meadows, mountains and seas.
They were the crafters of nature's
wild beauty, from the growing of trees, flowers and shrubs, to the
nurture of wild animals and birds, and the formation of grottos,
springs, brooks and wetlands. The nymphs were depicted as beautiful
young women with attributes matching their abode.
|A dryad is a
tree nymph or tree spirit in Greek mythology. Dryads are specifically
the nymphs of oak trees, but the
term has come to be used for tree
nymphs in general, or human-tree hybrids in fantasy. They
were normally considered to be very shy creatures except around the
goddess Artemis, who was known to be a friend to most nymphs.
mythical being of folklore and romance, usually having magical powers, and
dwelling on earth in close relationship with humans. It can appear as a
dwarf creature typically having green clothes and hair, living
underground or in stone heaps, and characteristically exercising magic
powers to benevolent ends; as a diminutive sprite commonly in the shape
of a delicate, beautiful, ageless winged woman dressed in diaphanous
white clothing, inhabiting fairyland, but making usually
well-intentioned intervention in personal human affairs; or as a tiny,
mischievous, and protective creature generally associated with a
Fae, (fairies) Sprites, Pixies
said to inhabit our garden if given honor, protection and care. Myths and stories about fairies and
such do not have a single origin, but are rather a collection of folk
beliefs from disparate sources all over the world. Various folk theories about the origins
of fairies include them as spirits of nature.
According to Encyclopedia
Britannica, Fairies are usually conceived as being
characteristically beautiful or handsome and as having lives
corresponding to those of human beings, though longer. They have
no souls, and at death simply perish. Fairies are said to be of
human size or smaller, down to a height of 3 inches (7.5 cm) or
less. Female fairies may tell fortunes, particularly prophesying
at births and foretelling deaths.
In Celtic folklore, thick stands of
nettles indicate that there are fairy dwellings close by, and the sting
of the nettle protects against fairy enchantment. Red Campion is
associated with Robin Goodfellow. In some parts of Ireland, the picking
of campion is discouraged, for this invites the fairies' attention. But
in other parts of Ireland, Campion in the house represents the fairies'
blessing, provided it's been picked with care and respect.
Fairies are said to sleep in foxglove's bell-shaped flowers, and wear
them as gloves. In addition to foxglove, thyme is thought to be a
favorite of fairies. Bluebells are also enjoyed. Legend has it that they
ring the bluebells to call a meeting. Large flowered plants are
said to be used as parasols or upside down to catch dew and bathe in.
Any plant that attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Fairies
are said to be close to these pretty garden creatures. It is said that
they also love Pansies, Bee Balm, Foxglove, Sunflowers (birds love
the seeds).Nasturtium, Columbine, Tulip, Snapdragon, Cosmos, and Violets.
"fairy", has at times
applied only to specific magical creatures with human appearance,
magical powers, and a penchant for trickery. At other times it has been
used to describe any magical creature, such as goblins and gnomes.
has at times been used as an adjective, with a meaning equivalent to
"enchanted" or "magical". It is also used as a name
for the place these beings come from, the land of Fairy.
The Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor, Michigan,
are small doors installed in local buildings. Local children believe
these are the front doors of fairy houses, and in some cases, small
furniture, dishes, and various other things can be seen beyond the
info or this article were compiled from
Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Brittannica entries.
Any plant that gives food, and shelter
to wildlife while enriching the soil with its cast off leaves are
plants that attract fairies.
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