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Friday, August 02, 2013

Celebration of the Dryads

According to some pagan calendars, August 1st thru the 3rd was the Festival of the Dryads in ancient Macedonia. This festival honored the maiden spirits of the water and woodlands.

The Dryads are the Nature spirits, or nymphs, of forests and trees. The Greeks and Romans said the Dryads could give the gift of prophecy and oracles, heal the sick, watch over the flowers and wild animals of the area, and protect the fields and flocks.

Besides the obvious way of making friends with the Dryads - care of the woodlands and the creatures who live there - you can get to know the ones in the trees and shrubs on your property by enticing them with faery boat lights and tiny bells.

To make faery boat lights, use walnut shell halves. If you can't get walnut shells, use very small pieces of thin wood. Break birthday candles in half. Drip hot wax into the shell until you can anchor the tiny candle. Take a wide bowl of water outside and put it in a spot where you can sit comfortably and watch it. Light each candle, and float the faery boat in the bowl of water. Ring tiny bells to entice the Dryads closer; they will already be curious. Chant.

Come, Little Ones, join in my play
And we'll be friends both night and day.
Strange realms we'll seek; in fantasy
Explore the Earth and sky and sea.
Show me the powers of Elements,
Knowledge old, ingredients
Of spells and potions, magick true.
And I shall be strong friends with you.

Sit quietly and listen for strange rustlings in the leaves of the trees. Soon you should feel the presence of the Dryads. They like to play in your hair or brush against you. If you are having trouble with certain plants, inside or outside, ask for their help in healing and coaxing the plants to do better. Since the faery boat lights are in water you can leave them to burn out if you wish.

From: Moon Magick
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