Once upon a time, a long long time ago, a young woman was lost and walked along a barren path in the middle of a misty forest. She wasn’t lost from her home or village, but from her heart and mind.
Her spirit was broken by struggle and hardship, tragedy and sorrow. She wandered through the woods in search of something, but she did not know what it was. Only knowing that she could never find it. She always returned late each afternoon to her tiny modest shack on the edge of the forest. A simple place that she called her house. A place that was remote and far from everyone and everything.
One night she sat before the fire and tried to stay warm and dry amidst the leaky roof as a storm raged outside. She began to cry and spoke out loud, to whom she did not know.
“Please help me find my way. Help me find the home where I belong. Give me the materials to make beautiful cloths and a garden that can fill my plate at night”. Through her tears and grumbling stomach, she sobbed as the night waned. Finally, falling asleep in the wee hours of the morning, weary and weak from exhaustion. Continue reading →
Every culture has some folklore about nature spirits, sprites, faeries and a like. The Norse were big on these nature helpers. Celtic mythology is filled with story and legend of sprites, faeries and the infamous leprechauns. You can find them in practically all Native American cultures from the far north to the far south. So it’s not hard to find others who not only believe in these spirits, but who have encountered them as well.
You can find signs of faeries and sprites all the time if you look for them. Sprites are known to leave circular decorations through a forest. If you see vines that seem to be molded in a wheel for instance, sprites have been there. Look in your own yard for faery rings, these are mushroom circles that have been left by dancing faeries.
Today the sprites I hear people ask about the most are Garden sprites or faeries. How to attract them and get them to help care for the garden to promote growth and keep harmful bugs away. Continue reading →