A fairy (originally god) and guardian of the trees in Scottish mythology. He is kind to children, but generally wild and shy. Said to be dark haired. He is particularly fond of birch trees and is most active at night. They wear clothing made from sewn together leaves and knitted grass and mosses.
Lifestyle: The Ghillie Dhu were once very shy, docile creatures that lived alone in birch trees protecting the woods around them from destruction by man or nature. They lived upon berries and nuts and created warm round nests from plant fiber. However as their habitat in the Scottish forest dwindled, the Ghillie Dhu not only became more accustomed to man - though remaining terribly shy and silent - but also began sending emigrants to other parts of the world. A key contingent of these mobile Ghillie Dhu followed Scottish fur trappers and voyageurs to French Canada in the late 1700’s and established a vibrant community in the forests of North America. While some of these Ghillie Dhu were only too happy to return to their solitary ways in this new wide open territory, others chose a lifestyle in closer association with man. Those who stayed behind in Scotland either died out or intermarried with other more domestic varieties of fairies and ceased to be Ghillie Dhu within a few generations.
Human Interaction: Those who stayed in the forest have lost almost all contact with the both the natural and supernatural worlds, continually moving to areas of greater isolation and only occasionally contacted by lost humans whom they comfort and redirect. However those who picked the path of human contact have become some of the most well-known and loved fairies in the English-speaking world. Choosing a role that allowed them to exercise their love and wish to care for human children, while still maintaining a shy distance, these Ghillie Dhu as a group perform the services ascribed to the singular “Tooth Fairy.” Living in back yards and parks, these Ghillie Dhu only visit children by night, in order to collect their teeth (which they use to cast protective magic for that child). Given the blessings they provide for these children, the Ghillie Dhu are somewhat perplexed that human parents feel compelled to leave money as well, but they for the most part do not question the curious nature of human beings.
Reposted because it’s relevant to my current drawing project.
Here is a list of the Yule posts I’ve put together:
A good friend passed away Saturday night of a sudden heart attack. He was just 18 years old and barely out of high school. He was one of my bandmates in school and was killer on sax. The entire community is in fucking shambles right now. We just need some help. A lot of help actually. I’ve never seen a group of people in such pain as they are right now from losing David. If you have any suggestions or just wanna send good vibes our way it would mean the world. There are quite a few who aren’t handling his passing very well at all. Thanks guys. I love you so much.
Flower Moon altar.
Jasmine incense, moonstones, and my moon hares. The flowers are leftovers from Beltaine, yes they’re still alive!
The jackal and the offering bowl next to him shall be explained soon enough…