June Fae 16 - The Birch Dryad

Day 16 0f #junefae is that rare faerie, the Birch Dryad.  An inhabitant of damp meadows in northern temperate and boreal climates, she is a quiet and kindly fae, graceful and short-lived for her kind.  Her Latin name, "Betula" is borrowed from the Gaulish "Betua."  Her common name, "Birch" derives, over many variants, from the Proto-Indo_European word for "to shine," probably in reference to her white bark.

She shines...

She shines...

Birches have spiritual importance in several religions, both modern and historical. In Celtic cultures, the birch symbolises growth, renewal, stability, initiation and adaptability because it is highly adaptive and able to sustain harsh conditions with casual indifference. 

Birches are the national tree of both Finland and Russia, and the Birch Dryad thrives in both places.  She is, therefore, that little known Russian entity, the nice mythological creature.