Water Nymphs- NAIADS

 

Under this watery Pisces Moon I bring you a brief history of a Water Nymph known as a Naiad

There are three main types of water nymph- Nereids, who are from the Mediterranean Sea, Oceanids, who were saltwater nymphs, and the Naiads, who were said to be the nymphs who lived in bodies of fresh water like rivers, streams, brooks, springs, fountains, lakes, ponds, wells, and marshes. They are classified by the type of freshwater each inhabits: pegaiai (springs), krenaiai (fountains), potameides (rivers and streams), limnades (lakes), heleionomai (marshes and wetlands.)

 

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Naiads were deeply connected to the body of water in which they lived. If a stream dried up, its Naiad expired. It was believed that the waters over which Naiads ruled possessed medicinal, spiritual, healing, or prophetic powers. Whoever drank of these magical waters would be inspired, healed, and enchanted. The Naiads were themselves considered prophetic and were frequently worshipped by the ancient Greeks in association with divinities of spirituality, growth, creativity, and prophecy. Madmen, poets, seers and prophets, were said to be under the enchantments of Nymphs.

Like all Nymphs, the Naiads were magickal deities of the ancient world. Zeus in particular seems to have enjoyed the favors of countless Naiads. The Naiads frequently fell in love with, and actively pursued mortals as well. Classical literature is filled with the stories of their love affairs with both gods and men and with the tales of their resulting children.

 

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The most important of the Naiads were the ‘Goddess-Nymphs’ of the many scattered islands of Greece. Each and every island had its own local Naiad (after whom the island was usually named). She represented the primary water source of the island (like a well or a spring) whose presence ensured the habitability of the island.

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