"In mythology, nature spirits, or deities are composed of etheric matter. Their job is to build and maintain the plant kingdom while working in conjunction with the devas and elementals. ... Adherents may literally consider such deities to be divine beings that control particular natural phenomena."
Photo by Anthony Ashworth. taken on a Spirit Walk
That's a definition I found online, and here directly links to deities as well, which is a little odd in my view. I think they mean Deva's, which are Vedic angel-like beings, responsible for creation amongst other roles.
But the word Deva's is now used to describe bigger landscape nature spirits? Nature Spirits are much broader than just being associated with plants, they are associated with all nature from plants to rivers to rocks, to crystals mountains and caves, forests & entire complex landscapes. Plants tend to be more readily relatively accessible, but I'm sure many of us have felt the spirit of a river or waterfall haunt our consciousness.
Nature spirits are also be named fairies, and gnomes and sliths and the like. Shamans and our ancestors have taught us we can connect and learn from these Nature beings, big or small complex or simple, and who reside in a world that is ours but just outside ours at the same time.
We can even partner with them as I do during Space Clearings, land healing & shamanic healing, to help harness energies and bring forth balance. Part of what I do on Spirit walks is connect people in with these invisible realms and beings. Also, see my blog post of the root of the word "nature".
nature, shamanism, space clearing, spirtis, spirtwalks
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