To the New Age crowd, a deva is a spiritual being who serves the natural world. Although they exist in a parallel universe, it is possible to photograph them, and they may be seen intuitively.

Theosophists like Alice Bailey and Leadbeater believe that these devas evolved separately from humanity.

To the Findhorns, a deva is the archetypal or spiritual intelligence of a species. Other groups use the term to describe elementals or nature spirits like fairies.

Take the Fair Face of Woman… by Sophie Anderson