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Fairy Ring around a birch tree…the fairies must have had quite a party! They knocked over some of the mushrooms…
Fairy rings are said to be places where the fairies gather to play. Different countries have different stories about them. Most state that it is not wise to step inside a fairy ring at night when it is active, as it will displease the fairies who might make you dance until exhausted…or even cause you to disappear into fairyland for punishment. Some say the rings are caused by dragon breath – and there is a tiny dragon at the base of this beech tree. There is also a small bas relief of a fairy couple and a small heart; perhaps they are the lord and lady of the ring dances…
…I have personally found that if I ask permission to step inside, and am granted it, it is an opportunity to identify with fairy energy, for increased communication with this species, and it is quite a pleasant experience.
Scientifically it is said that “Fairy rings are caused by an individual fungus growing underground. The fungus sprouts lots of small threads, called mycelium, in a circular shape. A year later, the mushrooms pop up out of the ground at the edge of the circle, creating the fairy ring.” (Woodland Trust, UK)
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