Wivere derives from the old Gaulish Wouivre, meaning spirit, and this became Vouivre in certain parts of France, where the dragon became depicted as half-woman, half winged snake - a fitting symbol of the goddess' energy which snakes the land.
How beautiful it is that like Celtic knotwork both language and symbolic animals interweave to show us the relationship between ourselves and the land - between the dragon in our own body and the dragons of the earth. Inner and Outer, Self and Other, dance together as do the words Nwyvre and Wyvern - the Druid kundalini and the fire-breathing dragon - the kundalini of the earth goddess.
The purpose of both dragons, inner and outer, is the same. They convey the creative fire, the fertilising breath that brings life and abundance - both to the individual and to the land. For all sorts of reasons beyond our understanding, these dragons have been allowed to sleep. But in the old days they were awake - and it was the old sage, the Druid or Druidess, who knew how to direct and utilise this inner and outer fire, to creative ends. The quest for personal fertility - of ideas, of children, of song and music - and of earthly fertility in abundant crops - were united in the ancients, and need to be united by us again as we try to extricate ourselves from the wasteland we have created within and around us.
And it is in the two colours of white and red that we find the clue to this fertility we need to rediscover: for white and red symbolise male and female, sperm and blood, moon and sun. Still to this day in somewhere as far away as Bulgaria, an old territory of the Celts, everyone will be seen wearing small pom-poms of white and red in March, in conscious recognition of the coming Spring, and in unconscious recognition of the Spring Equinox on March 22nd and of the need to unite the two principles to create an abundant life.
its so beautiful when you think about it white and red the symbol for male and female
its the Druid way