Interestingly, an old dictionary of mine includes a medical word that has disappeared.
Nympholepsy; a form of frenzy said to have possessed one who looked upon a nymph while bathing.
It seems that human encounters with nymphs in the forest were an actual problem not too long ago.
So as a light hearted introduction to fairies, I will tell you a little about the wood nymphs who come to visit.
The wood-nymphs I know well and they are delights to have around the house and gardens. It is a joy to see them.
The three sisters that visit my home are elfin girls of modest breast and maybe four or so feet tall. With three pairs of dragonfly wings upon their
backs. They are deceptively very intelligent, and have a cheeky sense of humour.
When they first arrived, I would try to keep my eyes away from their naked forms. Yet as luck would have it I was caught more than once absentmindedly
admiring their butts.
I did not know what to make of the look they gave me, and our relationship took an interesting turn. From that day forward they waved their butts at
me as if to say hello and goodbye, and sometimes even if I simply looked their way. I think that behaviour is called teasing.
At first I was mortified. Were anyone to see them doing that, the unspoken question would certainly be "What have you done to those girls!"
I am used to this behaviour now. One might think it is a punishment for my indiscretions. They certainly enjoy my embarrassment. Now I tend to think
perhaps it was my feelings of admiration and joy for the sight of their perfect behinds actually made them happy. My embarrassment being a bonus.
Delightful elfin girls with dragonfly wings they may appear. Yet to look into their countenance, the question arises, is that a human face, or
Their body too is both human and dragonfly. In a peculiar sense, one can sometimes see the dragonfly and the human both at the same time. The human
form with wings is an inversion of the dragonfly. The six legs become the wings, the two pairs of wings become human limbs. One can watch them
transform if they choose to show you. A very peculiar thing to see.
In Arthurian legend, it is said that Merlin fell in love with Nimue, the Lady of the Lake.
There is an Arthurian sense of magic and romance surrounding these wood nymph fairies. They watch my thoughts and feelings, and I practice watching
theirs. The story of the Once and Future King, when I think of it, brings a certain excitement to these Beings.
The Once and Future King, there is a mystery there that points to Glastonbury Tor with the church's arch above. The Templars too, are not far away. It
is almost time to return there, a post for a future day.
It is said in various place of Britain, that the Lady of the Lake has been seen in many places. Various places are said to be the real lake of legend.
I wonder how can this be?
Well now, my three little Ladies of the Lake, who visit from time to time, also have a mother.
The answer to the question of many Nimues spread across Britain may be found in how fairies breed. In material science, it is called parthenogenesis,
the mother is self fertile. Prospective fathers need not apply.
This is how it works, I have seen it happen. My fairy Woman in Green treated me to her fairy children being born. Our time together poured a lot of me
into her and from her into them. In a way perhaps, I might be called their god-father.
In time, a fairy grows weary of life, and the wisdom gained through living weighs her down. When that happens the fairy will create within herself six
or so perfect copies out of her own Being. These little ones are the fairy made anew, with all their mother's memories up until the moment they are
born. So too, the ancestral memories going back in time before the Earth was born.
Each of those little ones will eventually have children of their own.
So, it stands to reason, all those fairies in all those lakes may all have the memories of the original Nimue. I would think that if they chose, they
could all appear as the original Nimue and no one would know the difference. In fact they would all remember a life with the Once and Future King,
they would also remember falling in love with Merlin, and he with them.
I really cannot blame Merlin for falling in love with Nimue, falling in love with them is so very easy to do.
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And so, we shall leave it there for a week or so. Feel free to ask me questions, I will answer if I can.
Within the next section, we will go deeper into the ways of fairies and in particular the biology of human-fairy interaction.