The Lady of the Waterside presides over a celestial realm filled with flowers. Each flower is linked to a living woman. Alternately, one might say that, according to this southern Chinese spiritual tradition, each woman has a flower alter-ego, which contains her female power; the essence of her fertility. Flowers and women are psychically, spiritually, magically linked. This realm and the flowers are mystically connected to the birth process. The baby’s body forms in the human realm but their soul-double is cultivated in flower pots in the Flower World. When it’s time to be born, each must cross the treacherous Hundred Flower Bridge so that soul and body are united but luckily they are protected and guided by the Lady of the Waterside. The Lady of the Waterside is the flower goddess who guards this realm of flowers and hence women’s fertility and their unborn children.
Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses– Written by :Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.