nature / Storytelling

Folklore Thursday: Nature’s Messengers

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Thursday is the perfect day for folklore as Twitter fills with #FolkloreThursday posts. After discovering this gorgeous doorway on a walk, messengers seemed like an apt theme.

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Bees were considered sacred messengers of the gods in European folklore. Killing bees was thought to bring bad luck – which seems apt given the importance they play in our eco system. Ancient folklore said that whispering your message to the bees would see it wing its way to the gods.

Ravens are another mythic messenger. The ravens Hugin (Thought) and Mugin  (Mind) perched on Odin’s shoulder and flew out into the world each daybreak to investigate what was going on, talking to everyone in the world (even the dead) and reporting back (the earliest form of Twitter?) Ravens could also apparently transport the souls of the dead: a specialist messenger service.

Herons were used as messengers by Athene and Aphrodite. And hawks have also long been considered as messengers, should you wish to communicate with the spiritual plane and ‘unseen world’.

Folklore aside, there is evidence that trees communicate through a network of fungi so nature has its own messengers. Maybe, by gardening, we can connect with them…

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