We bring the regenerative force of Spirit through the power of the great granite block so that all may benefit from the warm breath of April and the strong sun of summer." - William Bradley"Anno 1670, not far from Cirencester, was an apparition; being demanded whether a good spirit or a bad?returned no answer, but disappeared with a curious perfume and a most melodious twang. Lilly believes it was a fairy." - John Aubrey "I pass death with the dying and birth with the new-wash'd babe, and am not contain'd between my hat and boots, And I peruse manifold objects, no two alike and every one good, The earth good and the stars good, and their adjuncts all good." - Walt Whitman, "Princess Edane heard a voice singing on a May Eve like this, and followed half awake and half asleep, until she came into the Land of Faery, where nobody gets old and godly and grave, where nobody gets old and crafty and wise, where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue." - William Butler Yeats, The Land of Heart's Desire, 1894 "The pagan Celts of the ancient world were animists to the extent that they believed that all aspects of the natural world contained spirits, divine entities with which humans could establish a rapport.Forculus protected the door, Limentinus the threshold, Cardea the hinges, and Vesta the hearth." - Roman Religion , or "tree goddesses," figure prominently in the decoration of early Buddhist monuments in India, such as the railings at the Bharhut (1st cent. The typical yakshi stands underneath a tree, bending the branches down with her right hand, and touching the trunk with her left foot.This pose has been interpreted as dohada, a Sanskrit term meaning that a woman can make a tree bloom, linking the idea of femininity to that of fertility.Dillingham, A Faery Song"We the largest Pines, the last of our kind, are Elders. For untold winters and summers, many deer, moose, bear and grouse have paused and rested here.The big rock was dropped here long ago by the great Ice Spirit. Its power has helped us spread our seed to replenish our kind when your people cut us down.All aspects of life within Rome were guided not only by the pantheon of familiar names we are accustomed to, but to the household cult of the Dii Familiaris as well.
The invocation can be as simple or as poetic as the Druid or Grove wishes it to be.Dohada was commonly performed by a woman embracing a tree, dancing or singing for it, and touching it with her heel.This description fits perfectly with depictions of yakshis with their arms around trees, touching the base of the trunk with their left heels.These offerings linked the donor to the place in a concrete way, since complex and varied rituals involved the individual in personal contact with the sacred sites devoted to their gods.An image very different from the idea of druids administering a pan-Celtic religion." - Celtic Nature Worship "Even though the early Romans were not very concerned with the distinct personalities of each god within their pantheon, there was a rigid clarification of what each particular deity was responsible for.Each of these individual deities stayed with a person for life and represented the creative force that determined gender and allowed individuals to grow, learn and behave morally within society.