Here is a Lady of the Forest – one of the higher level nature beings who guard and protect. She has a heart-shaped face and is holding a just birthing baby bird.
The Lady of the Forest watches over the well-being of all life within her realm. This lady is a spirit messenger: one eye is communicating with earth while the other eye, conspicuously absent, is communicating with spirit.
This Lady of the Forest resides in an oak tree overlooking Lake Marmot in Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois. The Lake was named for the founder’s wife.
The Arboretum itself was set up to collect and preserve tree species from around the world. So it is appropriate that at the natural feminine heart of the property a Lady has her home and her address marker.
The Lady of the Forest guards and protects all the beings of the woods. She can be invoked for assistance, and if she wishes to, she will respond. The Lady is mother, warrior, priestess, maiden and crone – loving, nurturing, spiritually supporting – and fiercely protective.
This Lady has chosen to set up her home base inside this tree at this location. She has marked her territorial home with this address image. From here she is aware of all that occurs inside her domain.
On other sides of the tree are other images related to her. This is common when a tree has the maturity or is selected to manifest nature spirit images.
The collage at the top of this blog
shows her up close and in her natural setting.
To the left are close ups. She has a small raised headdress and is wearing a cloak.
I have photographed many of the nature types we hear of in folk tales and old Celtic nature tales. There are all sorts of personalities in both trees and rocks – the buffoon, the happy go lucky, the warrior, merchant, prince…the elves, gnomes and dwarves…less often the philosophical greenmen and greenwomen…and sometimes, more rarely, the very high level beings like the Ladies who guard and protect all and are experienced but not often seen.