When walking in a forest, in silence and solitude, one can feel that the trees are whispering and murmuring. According to the Tradition, trees are not mere objects, immobile component of the landscape, simple expressions of the plant kingdom: they are rather Living entities, they are "Beings". They are moreover "inhabited": they effectively whisper and murmur.
Trees, with no exception, are expressions of a Deity, usually a Goddess (but not always...). We are in June now, so I remind that the Oak is a tree sacred to Juno (even before a tree sacred to Jupiter) as well as the walnut, the nut tree and the almond tree. In the past, before a marriage, nuts, almonds and walnuts were offered as symbols of fecundity and solidity of the future family.
The spirit of the Oak is a Driad: every oak has her own driad distinguishing each oak from another oak like every man has his own Genius and every woman has her own Juno. These spirits of the trees are also identified as Nymphs and, having a remarkable generating force, are always expression of the feminine energy. This is the reason why trees in the Latin language, have always a feminine gender.
The popular folklore has then transformed these Nymphs into Fairies. Every trees has therefore a spirit, a Nymph, a Fairy: the presence of such Fairies is not aimed to populate the fairytales for children but rather granting and preserving the identity of every tree, their dignity as noble expressions of the Force of the Nature.
Here I include as an example a short list of names of some Fairies linked to important sacred trees.
- Driad: spirit-nimph-fairy of the Oak
- Melia: spirit-nimph-fairy of the Ash
- Maelia: spirit-nimph-fairy of the Pomegranate
- Cariatide: spirit-nimph-fairy of the Nut tree
- Eliconia: spirit-nimph-fairy of the Willow