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Written by Lotus © July 29th, 2004
Yew in England
To be one with the trees is to know
Life within your own spirit - Chief Sequoia
In lush valleys and forests, where
majestic Guardians stand tall, their awesome beauty a reminder
of ancient settlements, the mystical realm of "Standing
People" communicate a language and await our arrival. Perhaps
because of their constant presence we take them for granted.
Trees, however, are a vital and nurturing force representing
the fabric of all communities providing us with nourishment,
a constant source of medicine, and the very air we breathe is
improved by their presence.
Trees hold a special significance
as both practical providers and powerful spiritual presences
and have witnessed life on earth over large expanses of time.
Spirit breathes aliveness into their mystical individuality.
These magnificent "Guardians" belong to the Earth
Element and are ruled by Gabriel. In many cultures a tree symbolizes
the world center, where heaven and earth touch, where all times
and places converge. For this reason trees are considered sacred
and provide a focal point for meditation, enlightenment, guidance
and prayer and if we are open to their energy, will converse
Jeffrey Goelitz writes: "The
purest essence comes from the oldest trees who have peaked developmentally
in their being-ness. Older trees communicate to younger trees
a vibrancy that supports and encourages their growth. There
is an intelligence on the other side from which life springs.
The force of gravity helps us to live. Through gravity we receive
light from the sky. Gravity is the bridge to the other world
where earth connects to the sky. Trees act like magnetic funnels.
Through their centers they draw heavily on the light. [The Mother
of the Forest and I] have a deep resonance of peace. Our ages,
sizes, and electromagnetic fields are very much alike. Together,
along with other elder redwoods, we watch over the forest with
our etheric radiation. Our rays interlace together in a way
distinct from other trees because of our similarities."
Tree of Resurrection Symbolic of Protection and Oracular Powers
Alders are members of the Birch family found along lowland rivers,
growing with Aspens, Poplars, and Willows. The Alder is a most
unusual tree, loving water yet extremely flammable making the
Alder, a revered tree, as it combines the elements of water
and fire. In folklore the Alder is known as the "King of
the Water" with the "Willow" tree as its Queen.
This association is due to their natural habitat near lakes,
rivers and streams. The Alder is the bridge between water and
fire, sea and land, winter and spring. The wood of the Alder
has many uses. When young it is brittle and pliable, easily
worked but as the tree ages, its wood becomes tinted and veined.
Due to the Alders resistance to water, in times gone by it was
used in the construction of bridges and though it may surprise
you, bridges erected centuries ago remain standing and continue
to be a means of transportation today.
In Celtic folklore it was believed
that doorways to the fairy realm were concealed within the Alder's
trunk. The Alder was sacred to the god "Bran" who
is said to have created a bridge to span the dangerous waters
from this world to the other
the chosen wood, "ALDER."
An old Celtic legend speaks of "Bran" carrying a branch
from the Alder tree during the "Battle of the Trees."
Bran's totem animal was the Raven who also became associated
with the Alder. Ritual pipes and whistles were often made from
Alder wood, many in the shape of the Raven. Folklore also tells
us, cutting down an Alder invited trouble as it invoked the
anger of the tree spirit who would use fire to burn down the
lumberjack's house and his village would be cursed. "I
am guarded by very protective Faeries who surround and shelter
me and when they leave take the form of a Raven. From the time
of "Theophrastus," the Greek philosopher, the bark
of young Alder shoots have been used for dyeing and tanning
leather. The next time you see an Alder overhanging some stream
or a bed of flowers, look beneath its thrusting boughs of rustling
leaves. You may get a glimpse of the "Faeries," hiding
in the wedge-shaped bark structure. Ponder the possibilities
and consider what nature can teach you about life
Spirit guide you.
Tree of Clairvoyance Symbolic of an "Awakening,"
a stirring of Spirit Almond trees were growing in Israel, (Canaan),
2000 years ago and were mentioned in ancient Hebrew scripture,
(Genesis 43-11, etc.). Moses crafted oil lamps in the image
of an almond, and Van Gogh thought that blooming Almond trees
were so beautiful that he created more than a dozen paintings
of almonds in full flower. In ancient societies, the Almond
tree was valued for its supposed virtue in preventing intoxication
and in Shakespearean times decorated many London gardens and
The Almond grows freely in Syria
and Palestine and is mentioned in the Scriptures as one of the
best fruit trees of the land of Canaan. The Hebrew name, "SHAKAD,"
is very expressive for it signifies "hasty awakening,"'
or "to watch for," hence, to make haste, a fitting
name for a tree, whose beautiful flowers appearing in Palestine
in January, herald the wakening of Creation. Come celebrate
your life. Let the Spirit of the Almond tree be a conduit to
put you in a reflective mood. Remember you are the one who holds
the power, the key
to unlock the door. Discover within
yourself the answers to what you seek. Nature is simply providing
a place of pilgrimage.
Tree of Custodian Wisdom Symbolic of the East, spring, the dawn
and new beginnings The profusion of perfumed blossoms occurs
in spring and a feast for arousing the sensual sense of smell.
If you peek beyond the delicately blushing, rosy and white-streaked,
buds of the Apple tree don't be surprised to find Unicorns playing
hide-and-seek. Over centuries, many apple myths have come to
light, from the apple Adam and Eve ate to the Norsemen who use
to bury their dead with an apple serving as a resurrection charm.
But perhaps what lingers most
in our minds is the ripe apple falling to the ground, a story
we have all heard, reminding us in its fall of Newton and the
discovery of gravitation.
Sit beneath the shade of an Apple
tree's splendor and let it speak to you. Allow yourself to move
into a highly elevated state of being, visualizing the untapped
force around you. You can use it to restore yourself. Be aware
of thoughts and feelings dispersing and of the energy and light
cursing through each part of your body. Hold this point of balance,
the point between two world
experience the mystery
the gate is open wide.
Tree of Depth and Integrity Symbolic of protection and safety
Canada's only native broadleaf evergreen tree (known as Madrone
in the US) is a wonderful metaphor for the spirit. In early
morning or evening sunlight, this magnificent tree emits ancient
energy, as it's auburn boughs reach toward the dappled light
filtering through the tight canopy of thick, leathery foliage.
I am an Evergreen without needles,
the only deciduous tree that does not lose its leaves in winter!
In the early spring bountiful white blossoms make me even more
spectacular. During summer months, my reddish brown bark sheds
its skin and underneath the younger yellowish green wood will
turn a deep mahogany red during the winter months. In the fall
my beautiful clusters of orange red berries feed the birds and
deer. The energy surrounding me is powerful. Be still and attune
to me, I can help you decipher the meaning of it all.
Aboriginal people revere the Arbutus.
According to a Salish legend, the survivors of a great flood
tied their canoe to an Arbutus atop Mount Newton near Sidney.
B.C. To this day, as a mark of gratitude, the Salish won't use
Arbutus as firewood. Poet Richard Olafson shares another Native
legend, writing, "The tree's webbed roots hold the splintered
If the Arbutus should disappear,
the myth warns-whether from fungal infection, habitat loss or
some other cause, manmade or otherwise, the planet would fly
apart and be utterly destroyed. When you sit beside me, dirt
beneath you and the wind blowing in your face, you are keeping
company with an "Old One," and I can help open many
spiritual doors for you. If you are feeling somewhat barren,
immerse yourself in the flow of Spirit, letting love soulfully
touch your heart. Receive easily and graciously believing you
are a channel of grace.
Tree of Humankind and Ancestors Symbolic of the "Bridge"
connecting the Spiritual and Physical realm From my roots flow
two limpid streams, that of the knowledge of things past and
that of the knowledge of things to come. In Norse mythology,
Yggdrasil ("The Terrible One's Horse"), also called
the "World Tree," is the giant ash tree that links
and shelters all the worlds. Beneath the three roots the realms
of Asgard, Jotunheim and Niflheim are located where three wells
lie at its base, the "Well of Wisdom," the "Well
of Fate" and the "Source of Many Rivers." Four
deer run across the branches of the tree and eat the buds; they
represent the Four Winds. There are other inhabitants of the
tree, a golden @#%$ rests on the summit observing all that passes
in the Universe, a squirrel named Ratatosk, (Swift Teeth) a
notorious gossip constantly ascends and descends carrying messages
between the golden @#%$ that perches on the topmost bough and
"Nidhogg," the serpent.
Legend says, on the day of Ragnarok,
"Doom of the Gods," the Fire Giant, Surt, will set
the tree on fire, never to be seen again. In the midst of the
Ash tree's splendor recall your tender nature, and make peace
with unresolved issues. If you can see the beauty of the world,
in harmony and with deep appreciation, you will notice a warm
feeling that is hard to put into words. Rejoice in this new
perspective. Be attentive, open and reverent allowing yourself
to be re-enchanted with the world.
Tree of Loyalty and Harmony Symbolic of the "Voice of Spirit"
The Aspen, considered part of the poplar family, has a habit
of shimmering or quivering in the breeze making a distinctive
rustling, whispering sound. In several native languages, the
name "Trembling Aspen" translates as "woman's
tongue" or "noisy leaf." The Aspen's root is
rarely killed during a fire, and Aspens are generally the first
trees to grow in a burned out area. Aspen wood is very lightweight
when dried, becoming very buoyant and was therefore a popular
choice for oars and paddles also was used to make arrows in
medieval times. In many cultures and religions the wind is associated
with the "Voice of Spirit," and in the boughs and
leaves of the Aspen, the wind finds a distinctive voice to inspire
those who would listen with patience and sensitivity.
The movement of the wind through
the canopy and the sun dappling through the leaves can have
a mesmerizing effect, encouraging a contemplative and meditative
frame of mind. Like the hero and shaman who stand apart from
the crowd, the Aspen's sparse distribution often away from other
trees, and its magical connotations has "done much over
the years to facilitate legends of people disappearing from
under it into the land of Faerie." ("Tree Wisdom"
by Jacqueline Paterson 1996)
Bring your drum, flute or your favorite
musical instrument and sit under the Aspen's canopy. Plunge
deep into your soul letting your mind drift into nothingness.
Open wide your arms, let the music shower you with pulsating
radiance. Focus on the sounds, and listen to the rhythm of nature
calling. Become one with the melody as it fills you. When you
are ready, open your eyes and play your Spirit Song. There is
always light in the darkness. Value your creativity and your
connection with the Universe.
Tree of Fertility & Protection Symbolic of renewal, and
purification The word birch is thought to have derived from
the Sanskrit word bhurga meaning a tree whose
bark is used to write upon. When the poet S.T. Coleridge
called the birch, Lady of the Woods, he was possibly
drawing on an existing folk term for the tree. Its birch twigs
were used to bestow fertility on newlyweds and cattle. Nearly
every part of it is edible, and its sap was an important source
of sugar to Native Tribes and early settlers.
Ojibway Legend: Winabojo and the
Once there was a spirit-boy
named Winabojo who taught the Ojibwa how to live in the natural
world. One day Winabojo went searching for feathers for his
arrows. He climbed to the highest cliff and discovered a nest
of the Thunderbirds and saw their babies. Winabojo turned into
a rabbit so the Thunderbirds would bring him to their nest for
their babies to play with. Winnabojo stayed in the nest for
a long time; the babies were cruel to him and tossed him around.
Eventually Thunderbirds went away to hunt for more food for
their babies. Winabojo turned back to a boy; he clubbed the
baby Thunderbirds and pulled out their feathers. Before the
parents could return, Winabojo jumped from the high nest with
the bundle of feathers and was knocked out, but not killed because
he was a manido. When they returned to their nest,
the angered Thunderbirds flew after Winabojo!! Thunder rolled
from their beaks and lightning flashed from their eyes. Winabojo
ran for his life clutching his bundle of feathers, but soon
grew so tired he began to fear he would be caught. As the Thunderbirds
reached for him with their claws, Winabojo saw an old fallen
birch that was hollow inside. He crept into the hollow in the
nick of time. The Thunderbirds ended their attack because they
knew they could not reach Winabojo through the birch bark. Winabojo
was safe. After the Thunderbirds left, Winabojo came out and
proclaimed that the birch tree would forever protect and benefit
the human race. You can still see the short marks on the birch
tree made by Winabojo to commemorate the sharp claws of the
Thunderbirds who almost killed him. The Thunderbird parents
put "pictures" of their baby birds with out-stretched
wings into the birch bark so the sacrifice of their children
would always be remembered. Winabojo fixed his arrows and went
home. With these arrows he was able to kill the great fish that
lived under the rock ledge. Winabojo has blessed the birch tree
for the good of the human race. And this is why lightning never
strikes the birch tree, and why anything wrapped in the bark
will not decay. Birch bark is useful for house coverings, canoes,
containers, utensils, and in many other ways.
[adapted from The Legend of Winabojo and the Birch
Tree ~ How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine and Crafts]
Author ~ Frances Densmore
Walk your path with truth and honor
remembering talk is cheap. It is actions and behaviors that
determine integrity. The Source by whatever Name
you call it longs to flow through you. Be receptive! Gently
close your eyes for a minute. Leisurely wander through some
of your blissful moments creating a strand of each memory. Weave
the strand together, taking into your heart. Carry it with you
throughout each day that you may add new memories to the strand.
Tree of Destiny Symbolic of fate and the influences
it has on destiny In ancient times, the Blackthorn was commonly
used in healing remedies and magical potions. The Blackthorn
tree grows in dense thickets and is barked with vicious thorns,
the very thorns believed to have adorned the crown Jesus wore.
Thought to be a tree of fidelity and independence, in Irish
folklore the Blackthorn was both a source of fear and good fortune.
Guarded by Lunatasidhe a small hairless faerie resembling
a balding old man, the little people
are said to haunt Blackthorn groves in groups. Though I am barked
with fierce prickles, you are welcome to rest a spell. Slow
down and look around. Notice the colors and light playing with
the shadows. Walk around and savor the fragrance of wild flowers,
slowly and deeply. Still the busy-ness of your mind and listen
to twigs cracking under your feet, the leaves rustling in the
breeze, the birds singing, and the soft beating of your heart.
Let yourself be tuned to natures call. Let this be a place
of return, a safe haven, your quiet abode to nurture your spirit
whenever the need arises.
Tree of Wisdom The symbolism of the Bodhi Tree comes from the
story of the Buddha, who during the first week after Enlightenment,
sat under the bodhi tree experiencing the happiness of freedom
and peace. He was free from disturbing thoughts, calm and blissful.
Sometime during the sixth century BC a solitary, wandering ascetic
sat to meditate beneath a shady tree, resolving not to rise
until he had attained the ultimate knowledge of spiritual enlightenment,
he was born Prince Gautama Siddhartha. Gautama was the son of
King Suddhodana raised in great luxury. Following the ancient
traditions of Hinduism, Gautama sought out spiritual teachers,
or gurus. Inquiring of their knowledge, he diligently practiced
various yogas and meditations. Seven years passed, the last
three in extreme asceticism, yet still he had not achieved his
goal of enlightenment.
He was inspired to leave his princely
lifestyle behind and devote himself to penetrating the mystery
of human suffering. For several years, he traveled through India
as a mendicant holy man, but ended in disillusion. Finally recognizing
that such practices had served him well but were no longer appropriate,
he journeyed toward the ancient sacred forests of Uruvela in
north India with the intention of completely realizing the infinite.
Guided by visionary dreams and following in the footsteps of
Krakucchanda, Kanakamuni, and Kasyapa, the Buddhas of three
previous ages, Siddhartha sat beneath the Bodhi Tree making
a pact to stay there until he had realized his quest. Touching
the earth, thereby calling it to witness the countless lifetimes
of virtue that had led him to this place of enlightenment, he
entered into a state of deep meditation. Three days and nights
passed and his intention was realized. Gautama spent the next
seven weeks in meditation near the Bodhi Tree. When he emerged
from under the tree, he believed he had found the secret of
enlightenment (Buddha means "enlightened" or "awakened"
in Pali), and he gave over the rest of his life to teaching
all who would listen. Then, at the request of the god Indra,
he began to speak of the great truth he had realized. His first
sermon was given at Isipatana (modern Sarnath near Banaras).
This first discourse, often called "Setting in Motion of
the Wheel of Truth" presented the Four Noble Truths and
the Noble Eightfold Path for which Buddhism is so famous. Within
itself, the mind is timeless, peaceful, unmoving. Rest in this
natural state. If the changing sense impressions cause the mind
to forget itself, to be deceived and entangled, your practice
is to see this whole process and simply return to the original
mind. © Jack Kornfield
Tree of Astral Travel Symbolic of lucid dreams and flight Also
known as Scotch Broom or Irish Broom, grows in open spaces.
According to the Celtic Zodiac, the reed or the broom is the
tree sacred to the twelfth moon of the year starting on October
28th and ending on November 24th. This tree is useful in "cleaning
up" spiritual or mental messes and was used to sweep outside
ritual areas for purification and protection. The Irish called
Broom the "Physician's power" because
of its diuretic shoots. Burning the blooms and shoots calms
the wind. In the Language of Flowers, Broom signifies neatness
or humility. The neatness is obvious for a broom-plant. Today,
the twigs and branches are serviceable not only for making brooms,
but are also used in basket weaving especially in the island
of Madeira. A wise heart knows some are sensitive empaths
absorbing energy like a sponge. If you find yourself picking
up unwanted vibrations, just as the broom is used for sweeping,
rid yourself of emotional and mental debris by stepping into
a pink bubble. It will absorb and sweep away all negative thought
forms finding the balance that is right for you and leaving
you feeling refreshed.
Tree of Sacred Bark The Cascaras symbolism revolves around
the digestive tract. Traditionally, the bark of the Cascara
tree was one of the most effective laxatives and Coastal people
also knew it as a tonic. The Cherokee used cascara not only
as a treatment for stomach upset but also as a remedy for itching
and eye infections. Seventeenth-century Spanish and Mexican
explorers gave the member of the Buckthorn family, its name,
which means Sacred Bark. Today cascara is still
gathered in the forests of the Pacific Northwest and marketed
in liquids, pills and powder form. The Nuu-chah-nulth people
used the wood of the Cascara tree to make chisel handles, and
the Skagit people produced a green dye from the bark. Remember
your physical, emotional and mental paths run parallel with
your Spiritual path. If one is out of sync an imbalance will
occur dominating the others. Become a hollow bone,
opening up to Spirit becoming a conduit for your highest good.
Tree of Inspiration Symbolic of uplifting energy, a nurturing
Heart of Love and a return to Oneness.
The Cedar is an historical entity mentioned often in the Bible
and other ancient texts and it played an important part in the
culture, trade and religious observances of the ancient Middle
East. Over the centuries, Assyrians, Babylonians and Persians
made expedition to Mount Lebanon for timber or extracted tributes
of wood from the coastal cities of Canaan-Phoenicia. The Phoenicians
themselves made use of the cedar, especially for their merchant
fleets. Solomon requested large
supplies of cedar wood, along with architects and builders from
King Hiram of Tyre to build his temple. Nebuchadnezzar boasted
on a cuneiform, inscription: "I brought for building, mighty
cedars, which I cut down with my pure hands on Mount Lebanon."
The Egyptians extracted the pitch
for waterproofing and calking and used cedar resin for mummification.
The Nuu-chah-nulth call the Cedar humis, the Haida name is tsu.
The Red Cedar found in British Columbia, along the entire coast
and in the interior valleys and low mountain slopes reflects
the glories of our Creator.
Cedars have been known to live 1,500
years and can grow up to 75 m. (250 feet) and 5.5 m (18 feet)
in diameter. Their wood cells contain high concentrations of
tannins, aromatic oils and resins that inhibit the growth of
wood-decomposing fungi and bacteria. This high rot-resistance
along with its straight grain, light weight and thin fibrous
bark have made the cedar a very useful tree to many including
the First Nations People of British Columbia. Follow the path
to the Cedar when you need to be nurtured and honor the Four
Directions. Enjoy the pleasure of its scent as you rest and
let the warmth of its branches enfold you.
The Cedars ability to withstand
the ravages of time will help you understand how to work with
the elements around you Face the East if you are seeking answers
to a situation, think about your problem, the answer will arrive.
Face the South if you have lost a loved one and cannot get past
the grief, ask for help to keep going on. West is the direction
of gratitude. At the end of each day, face the West and offer
your thanks for all things. If you are struggling with physical,
emotional, mental or spiritual illness, lay down on Mother Earth,
your belly touching her and your head to the North. Be patient,
it takes a little time for Mother Earths energy to rise
but it will reach you. Lie there quietly, with your head in
the North, absorbing her gift. In all things give thanks.
Although totem poles have become
a symbol of all Northwest Coast Native people and their use
has spread to neighboring tribes through the years, tall multiple-figure
poles were first made only by the northern Northwest Coast Haida,
Tlingit, and Tsimshian peoples in Southeast Alaska and British
Columbia in the early 1800s. Cedar being the preferred wood!
In times past, a totem was raised for several reasons: In honor
of a deceased elder who meant a great deal to the band To show
the (great) number of names and rights a person had acquired
over their lifetime To record an encounter with a supernatural
being To symbolize the generosity of a person who sponsored
a Potlatch ceremony. Today, totem poles are carved for both
Natives and non-Natives and have come to represent Northwest
Pacific Coast Native tradition and pride.
Tree of Heart Symbolic of healing and rejuvenation.
Everything in creation possesses
energy. Through the Zen practice of shikan-taza just
sitting, we can feel the energy of trees. A Cherry Tree
with its glorious blooms is a wonderful place to begin. When
you are in need of transformation and renewal, enjoy the energy
of a Cherry tree. Sit under the Cherry tree and feel its force
move through you. What is the lesson she is trying to teach
? Are you giving and receiving love unconditionally?
Are you walking in balance? Have you discovered your authentic
self? In the enchanting presence of the Cherry tree, reflect
on the questions and let natures theatre provide you with
a dramatic experience of the sacred. Sit beneath her blossoming
boughs, commune with the natural world. Look for the connection
between human nature and mystical nature. Relax, go slow, move
at a pace that is comfortable to you.
Tree of Honesty Symbolic of longevity A tree of beauty with
its glorious floral display can be used as a nut tree and a
shade tree, or planted in rows as a windbreak. The edible nuts
are sweet-flavored and ready to be harvested during the early
weeks of October. It has been said, this deciduous tree is one
of natures bounties and beauties. Often seen as an ambassador
to the mysterious unknown beneath the surface. Her roots hold
to the surface, the leaves scan the depths. Heaven and Earth
come together, a Mandala of Spirituality. In Italy,
the first taste of fall brings together chestnuts and wine.
When the leaves begin to fall, the natives get their first taste
of the wine and the autumn chestnut crop.
According to custom, the chestnuts
are roasted, peeled and dropped into a glass of the novella.
As the wine is sipped, the flavors and aromas of the earthy
chestnut mingle on the palate creating a unique sensation. The
largest chestnut-tree in the world is undoubtedly the Castagno
di cento cavalla ~ Chestnut of a Hundred Horses
in the forest of Carpinetto on the east side of Mount Etna.
This incredible Chestnut tree stand 160 feet in circumference
and is entirely hollow, a perfect kiln for drying chestnuts.
The estimated circumference of this giant indicates a life span
of 3,600 4000 years old. In the fields and woods, turn
to the Chestnut Tree
be still and attuned long enough
to experience the ancient Wisdom. Let the sounds and smells
of nature draw you closer to its source and mystery of things.
If the day is warm and sunny savor the rays under the leafy
sheaf of a Chestnuts charm. Be grateful not for your life
alone, but for everything that is.
Tree of Folk Healers Symbolic of the Spice of Life
Once used in love potions and to perfume wealthy Romans, the
Cinnamon tree sometimes called Sweet Wood comes in two
varieties two varieties Cinnamomum Zeylanicum -
Ceylon Cinnamon and Cinnamomum - Cassia. The majority
of Cinnamon trees grow in the tropics of Sri Lanka, Ceylon,
Sumatra, parts of China, Madagascar, Brazil, and the Caribbean.
The bark is harvested during the rainy season when it's more
pliable. When dried, it curls into long quills, which are either
cut into lengths and sold as cinnamon sticks, or ground into
Ceylon [tree] Cinnamon is buff-colored
and mildly sweet in flavor; Cassia Cinnamon is a dark, reddish
brown color and has a more pungent, slightly bittersweet flavor.
Cassia cinnamon is used and sold simply as "cinnamon"
in many countries including the United States. The spices
long history is every bit as rich as the flavor it has imparted
across ages in cuisines around the world. Cinnamon can be dated
back almost 7,000 years to the Egyptians and Hebrews who used
scented cinnamon oil as part of their worship rituals. In ancient
Greece and Arabia, cinnamon oil was used for anointing, mummification,
wound healing, an appetite stimulant, and burned to raise spiritual
vibrations, stimulating psychic powers and bring protection.
Cinnamon is perhaps one of the oldest
herbal medicines, mentioned in Chinese texts as
long ago as 4,000 years. Our sense of smell is a powerful tool
to help enhance our intuitiveness. Cinnamon is pleasant,
stimulates the senses yet calms the nerves, and can affect mood,
heart rate, and blood pressure. Burn Cinnamon incense, sit and
let the thoughts of the day go by as the gentle scent of Cinnamon
carries you on a peaceful resonance throughout your day.
Tree of Faithfulness Symbolic of strength and adaptability.
The beauty of trees teaches humankind that everything is part
of Creator. The trees, the air, the grass, the summit of the
mountain, the thunder beings, the sky and rhythm of the sea,
the stars and brightness of the moon
we are all interconnected.
The Cypress recalls the freedom of the forest and invites you
to leave your attachments behind, settle in a quiet place and
Come press your palms into my bark and feel strength
running through you. Be still and listen quietly. Being transplanted
is possible, I can help you put down roots again and connect
with all that is. Free yourself to the flow of Spirit
true holiness is right before your eyes.
Tree of Remembrance Symbolic of Christs Crown of Thorns
The Dogwood tree is the aristocrat of flowering
trees because it is breathtakingly beautiful with its white
blossoms. There is an element of grace, and a peeling out of
harmony reminding you even though it may not be mighty in stature,
it posses ancient secrets and wisdom.
Legend of the Dogwood Tree:
There is a legend that at the time of the Crucifixion the dogwood
tree grew to a towering size. Its branches strong and
interwoven. So firm and strong was the tree, its timbers were
chosen for Christs cross. To be used for such a cruel
purpose greatly distressed the tree, and Jesus, nailed upon
it, sensed this, and in his suffering said, Because of
your regret and pity for My suffering, never
again shall the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as
a cross. Henceforth it shall be slender and bent and twisted
and its blossoms shall be in the form of a cross...two long
and two short petals. And in the center of the outer edge of
each petal there will be nail prints, brown with rust and stained
with red, and in the center of the flower will be a crown of
thorns, and all who see it will remember. I am one of
the showiest trees. My flowers unfold from the round conspicuous
gray winter flower buds before my leaves come out. My low branches
are perfect to encompass you in the quiet calm of the day. Take
time to connect with my energy. In your imagination choose a
breathe in its magnificent scent, the richness
of its beautiful color. Dont be in a hurry, relax and
drink in the harmony of spirit. When you feel refreshed enough
to leave this place of tranquility, create a prayer of thanksgiving
and return to the present writing down all you observed.
Tree of Strength Symbolic of the past and of things to come
This enduring tree which is even older than Christianity and
not attached exclusively to any one religion - remains a firmly
established part of our holiday customs, engaging not only our
senses of sight, touch and smell but also our sense of tradition.
The tree evokes a mood of holidays from long ago, of the genial
ghost of Christmas Past. Northwest Native Americans have a history
of making uses of grand fir foliage and branches. Kwakwaka'wakw
shamans wove its branches into headdresses and costumes and
used the branches for scrubbing individuals in purification
rites. The Hesquiat tribes used its branches as incense and
decorative clothing for wolf dancers, its roots for basket weaving
and the twigs for arrow shafts. Douglas-fir boughs were frequently
used for covering the floors of lodges and sweat lodges and
the needles used to make a tea high in vitamin C. We know ourselves
to be of this earth. We have grown this way for years. We are
amazing in our variety and differences, something humans struggle
with. All physical things should be revered and respected. I
have made a place for you. Come to the heart of it all, sit
beneath the thrusting branches, smell the softness in the air
look, there is vision all around
feel your heart
Tree of Beginnings and Endings Symbolic of the Circle
Symbolic of Sorrow and Remorse There is a wealth of folklore,
romance and superstition around this English tree. Shakespeare,
in Cymbeline, referring to it as a symbol of grief,
speaks slightingly of it as the stinking Elder,
yet, although many people profess a strong dislike to the scent
of its blossom, the shrub is generally beloved by all who see
The Elder tree (Sambucus nigra) is
one of the sacred trees of Wicca and represents the thirteenth
month on the Celtic Tree Calendar.
In medieval times, it was considered dangerous to sleep under
its branches or cut it down. In its branches was supposed to
dwell a dryad, Hylde-Moer, the Elder-tree Mother, who lived
in the tree and watched over it. Should the tree be cut down
and furniture be made of the wood, Hylde-Moer was believed to
follow her property and haunt the owners. The Elder is said
to have been the tree chosen to crucify Christ as well as the
tree on which Judas hung himself. There is an old English superstition
that a child placed in an elder cradle will pine away or be
pinched black and blue by fairies. In consequence of these old
traditions, the Elder became the emblem of sorrow and death.
An Elder is a sign of evolutionary
change, a transition from one state to another. Seek the Elder
and its healing abilities to help you invite Spirit into all
parts of your life. Stand with your back against me
planted now will seed and blossom. Endurance will prevail and
you will be lead to a balanced and mature outlook on life weaving
a rich tapestry of relationships, each one blossoming in its
Tree of Harmony Symbolic of balance, calm and a peaceful energy.
In the days of the Celts, Europe was covered with dense woods
of forests so thick it was said a squirrel could hop from branch
to branch from one end to the other without touching the ground.
Trees not only provided earthly sustenance: they were regarded
as living, magical beings who bestowed blessings from the Otherworlds.
From Ancient Celtic Lore comes the concept that all living things
arise from the Great Mother, Gaia, source of Life and nourishment
and the Elm, often associated with Mother and Earth Goddesses,
was said to be the abode of faeries. Relax in the shade of the
Elm trees branches and leaves. Say hello across the barriers
of form and language letting your hands communicate your intention.
Feel the connection to Mother Earth grounding you as you plant
your feet firmly. Absorb the energy as you release stressful
tensions. Let the Elm nourish you and replace negativity, surrounding
you with a protective shield of love, harmony and peace. Let
yourself be held in the Elms embrace of energy
slow down and explore a balanced path.
Tree of Birth & Rebirth of the Sun Symbolic of the Mother
Goddess the Three Brighids in her three forms as
Maiden, Mother and Crone. With their dense, narrow pyramids
of dark-green foliage majestically looming up against the sky,
Fir trees are one of the most enduring symbols of the high mountain
country of the Northwest. While most of the numerous types of
Firs insist on the moist coolness of their native mountains,
there are some that are suitable for use as ornamental plantings
at lower elevations. The Fir family also provides us with a
number of favorite Christmas trees each year including the Silver
Fir and Balsam Fir. The Silver Fir rarely cultivated in North
America, is one of the tallest trees in Europe, sometimes over
160 feet tall. It is named for its silver gray bark. By its
appearance it is best known as the "ideal" Yule tree.
It is common in central Europe, while other conifers populate
the north. The Firs triangular shape represents the trinity
of the Goddess. The fine textured dense growth of Fir trees
provides shelter and nesting sites for many birds, such as wrens,
finches, and robins. They are also popular with squirrels, chipmunks
The Fir Tree & The Bramble -
An Aesop's Fable Deep in a lush, green forest, a tall fir tree
stood beside a twisted, thorny bramble. One day it grandly said
to the thorny bush, "Bush, if you had one wish in all this
wide world, wouldn't you rather be a tall, straight fir tree
like me?" "No," said the twisted bush, "Just
like you, I'm proud of what I am. Besides, I wouldn't take the
gamble. When the woodcutter comes to cut tall, straight firs,
wouldn't you rather be a bramble?" Sit and lean against
the trunk of an old Fir and practice being present in his midst.
Put your head close to the bark
can you hear him breathing?
Open yourself up and imagine that you and the tree are one,
gently swaying together in a slow dance. Let the Fir Tree bestow
upon you strength and healing wisdom from past and present lives.
Accept the gift of insight and knowledge along with clear vision
that are the Firs properties. Experience a soothing and
calm rhythm engulfing you as the gift of connection begins to
shift your focus. Give thanks for the teachings you will receive.
Return when you feel nudged by Spirit.
Tree of Chasity Symbolic of hope, union and marriage. The common
name for Hawthorn comes from haw, which is an old English word
for hedge. The trees name simply means thorny
hedge. The Hawthorn, also known as May Tree and White
Thorn is one of the most sacred trees to Wicca, fairies and
spring celebrations. In Irish folklore the Hawthorn, is sometimes
referred to as the fairy bush, and it was considered bad luck
to cut it in fear of offending the fairies that inhabited the
tree especially when the powerful three, oak, ash
and thorn grew together. Solitary Hawthorn trees growing on
hills or near wells serve as markers to the faery realm. Even
today, in parts of Ireland and Wales, a springtime custom, to
bring blessings upon yourself and your family, is to plait crowns
of hawthorn blossoms and leave them for the angels and faeries,
who come at night and dance around them.
As a New Year waits in the wings
to open the gates to new beginnings, indulge yourself in this
cleansing ceremony. Using foliage from a Hawthorn tree to welcome
the arrival of a new year. Make a ball of last years foliage,
tie with a white ribbon and burn in a bonfire ridding yourself
of fears, worries, and concerns. Start fresh by making another
ball from the fresh branches and leaves and keeping it to be
used in the following years bonfire. The Hawthorn is considered
a holy tree, once thought to be a trysting place for the Earth
spirits. It was often planted at crossroads, since such spirits
were thought to gather there. Weary travelers
often would tear off and leave bits of clothing hanging in the
trees as a prayer flag or wish-rag offering for
health, luck, love and success.
This tradition continues today. During
times of misgivings come lighten your load as you
rest by my feet. Take a few moments to relax, reflect over your
life, the lessons and loves. Gently remove a piece of thorn
to use as an amulet or talisman. Feel it charged with the force
of my energy
tuck it safely away for it will teach you
the reverence of spiritual powers and sacred places.
Tree of Knowledge Symbolic of wisdom and poetic Inspiration.
In mediaeval times, the Hazel tree was considered sacred and
any unjustified felling, was a crime punishable by death. It
was believed that magical skills and knowledge could be gained
from eating Hazel nuts, which are the emblems of concentrated
wisdom. In Irish folklore, the Hazel tree was the home of Bile
Ratha, the poetic fairy. In Celtic tradition, the Salmon
of Knowledge was said to have eaten the nine nuts of poetic
wisdom dropped into its sacred pool from the hazel tree growing
beside it. Each nut eaten by the salmon became a spot on its
Prayer/Talking Sticks made of Hazel
wood are said to hold a healing property. Ancient legend tells
that after the banishment from Eden, God gave Adam the power
to create any animal he wanted. In order to do this, Adam had
to strike the sea with a rod made of Hazel. The first animal
Adam created in this fashion was the sheep, but Eve saw this
and created a wolf, which immediately attacked the sheep. Thus,
in order to control the wolf, Adam created the dog. The dog
overcame the wolf and harmony was thereby restored. For over
7,000 years, dowsing has been used as a method for finding water,
treasures, people, animals, and to tell the past and the future.
The tradition tool of the dowser is a forked rod made of certain
wood and Hazel is one of the preferred woods. Wands made of
this wood symbolize healing and white magic. It is said, to
enlist the aid of plant fairies to gain knowledge, wisdom and
poetic inspiration, string hazelnuts on a cord and hang up in
your house or ritual room. As the early morning sun breaks through
the woods, can there be a more tranquil time to sit in contemplation?
Late rains have brought new growth to the woods similar to the
rite of passage that awaits you. Sit and touch the
feel her pulse slowing you down. Listen to the
voice of the redbird calling to its mate
he sings of
things to come, not only for him but also for you. Spirit is
there is something very good about to
rewarding relationships spring up in all kinds
of unexpected places
it is a beautiful world.
Tree of Faith Symbolic of family, tribe or community Majestic
yet humble, the tree offers a wide range of value to our own
everyday senses. E.H. Wilson Writes from his book Americas
Greatest Garden, "Within the hemlock grove reigns the stillness
of primeval forest broken only by the babbling of the waters
which wash its feet
" The Canadian Hemlock tree, Tsuga
canadensis, is also called Eastern Hemlock or Hemlock spruce
may take 250 to 300 years to reach maturity and live for 800
years or more. Along the both sides of the American coast, the
hemlock would be carved into spoons, combs, roasting spits,
and other implements.
The Haida would carve from bent
trunks these wondrous giant feast dishes. Tribes of the Nisga`a
and Gitksan would scrape off the inner bark to bake into edible
dried cambium cakes. During winter it would be whipped with
snow and oil from eulachon (candlefish). The Salish or Saalich
tribes used the Hemlock dye made from the bark to color wool,
baskets and cheeks. Depending on the preparation, this decoction
was also used in removal of facial hair.
The Quileute used hemlock bark for
tanning hides and soaking spruce-root baskets to make them watertight.
It is said, Hemlock People who become Elders are usually strong
leaders and guides to the rest of the world. They have a dignity
that creates a silent knowing about the world, so when they
talk, people stop and listen. Develop a relationship with the
Hemlock, ask permission to know it and let the Hemlocks
medicine be effective in your life.
Tree of Death and Rebirth Symbolic of the life force, vitality
and immortality. Warding off negative energies is an attribute
of growing Holly in the garden. The shiny green leaves represent
the vitality of life even in the coldest of times and is used
in Yule for this reason. It is said Holly guards against evil
spirits and when thrown at wild animals, makes them lie down
quietly. Holly has been considered symbolic of Christs
sufferings because it sports thorns, the crown of thorns he
wore, and the red berries resembling drops of blood. . Holly
is also considered a potent life symbol along with ivy and mistletoe.
Pagan Romans celebrated a winter
feast known as Saturnalia, during which holly was exchanged
as a symbol of good will. When Christianity took root in the
Roman Empire, Christmas replaced Saturnalia, and the holly tradition
was forbidden. Nonetheless, Christians continued to incorporate
holly into their Christmas celebrations and to represent the
plant in their holiday art. She walks past the Holly and reaches
down claiming a ruby pebble. Looking down she realizes this
is not a stone but a Holly berry and leans closer to hear the
Holly speak, To you I am merely a berry in your hand,
you to me are but a passing breeze invited to spread goodwill,
peace, health and happiness.
Tree of Love Attraction Symbol of luck and protection. The Juniper
tree has long been recognized as one of the most powerful of
all fairy tales trees. In the language of flowers Juniper symbolizes
perfect loveliness, beauty and protection and was said to have
sheltered the prophet Elijah when he was fleeing from Queen
Jezebel. Legends of old tell
us Frau Wachholder the Jupiter tree goblin, could
be invoked to make thieves return stolen goods to their rightful
owners. The Juniper's wood was most commonly used to burn, not
for its heat, but rather for its smoke. Though burning Juniper
gives off only minimal visible smoke, this smoke is highly aromatic,
and in ancient times was used as incense or smudge
in most rituals of blessings and purification. In many cultures,
from the Chinese to the Pueblo Indians, Juniper was used not
only to treat specific ills but also to guard against bad
magic. In ancient Sumaria and Babylonia Juniper was burned
to appease the gods of the underworld.
In Europe, Juniper branches were
smoldered and carried around fields to protect crops and animals
and in Wales, it was believed to cut down a Juniper tree would
surely result in the woodcutter's ensuing death. Most people
are familiar with one primary use for Juniper - the flavorful
and highly aromatic Juniper berries are the secret to giving
Gin its flavor. This beverage originated with the Dutch, whose
name for Juniper, Jenever, eventually became the
shortened moniker Gin by which we call the drink
today. The Juniper has an abundance of healing properties and
if by chance you suffer from the winter blues, let
the fragrance of the Juniper with its natural antidote to the
emotionally debilitating effects of winter brighten your life.
Beads made from the wood of Juniper trees can also bring physical
relief and help ease rheumatism and arthritis. As the heat from
the beads is slowly released it brings a sense of warm soothing,
a wonderful way to comfort and nurture a weary body.
Tree of Fragrance Symbolic of beauty and spiritualism The fragrance
of a Lilac tree is well-known and loved by gardeners all over
the world for its beauty and fragrance; one of the most powerful
fragrances emitted by a plant. The dark green leaves blending
with its fragrant lavender flowers are a favorite for spring-time
landscapes world-wide. . These old fashioned trees may have
been Grandmas favorite, but they continue to find a place
in the gardens of today.
Lilacs are considered magical and
believed to carry humans into fairyland and the supernal world.
English tradition considers the lilac to be an unlucky flower
to be brought into the house because it is associated with death.
Over the years, Lilacs have brought an element of grace to their
environment but are best known for inspiring young poets. If
you love to write but feel discouraged
its time to find
the nearest Lilac tree. Sit under her blossoms letting your
heart and spirit be aflame. Listen with all your might to the
sound of the wind rustling through her leaves. In the depth
of that silence hear the word, followed by another, and another
and soon your heart will feel rapture for
the words are within you waiting to be released.
Tree of Victory or Accomplishment Symbolic of success and abundance.
The Maple is a favorite amongst
shade trees throughout North America. Slow growing and relatively
shade tolerant, the hard wood makes excellent flooring and furniture.
All species of Maple can be tapped for syrup but the Sugar Maple
(Acer saccharum), also called hard maple or rock maple, is one
of our most valuable trees. Native Americans invented the process
of maple sap collection and its distillation into maple sugar
and maple syrup and the sap, continues to tantalize palettes
from the young to the old.
People from all over the world travel
to see the Maples turn into an autumn patchwork of spectacular
reds, golds and greens. This visual glory is a relatively recent
phenomenon. Earlier inhabitants would have found mostly evergreen
forests. The spectacle that is today's autumn evolved after
the Industrial Revolution, when great stands of pine were cut
down to make boxes and mostly replaced with the maples and spruce
that turn Technicolor every year.
Among the folklore of maple-sugaring
is an old legend that at one time the sap of the maple tree
was almost pure syrup and that when tasted by one of the gods
he found it to be too good and too easily obtained. It would
be, he thought, too little prized. Accordingly, he diluted the
sap of the maple until its sweetness was barely discernible.
"Now my nephews", he said, "will have to labor
hard to make sugar from this sap, and it will be much more valuable
to them in the future time." Listen to the subtle song
of the Maple while at rest in the winter and know this song
is the foundation for Mother Earths spring awakening,
for the rich beauty and fruiting of summer and for the twilight
and autumn as we arrive at a more contemplative time. Dont
be afraid to stop and tap into Maple trees energy even
though you may not hear any concrete suggestions. By tapping
into its energy, you are showing that you care, that you believe
the Maple is more than a mere physical specimen you see standing
at the side of the road. Walk in wonder. For each specimen that
stands at the side of the road has a special energy to offer
you. Acknowledge your love for them as you walk by and the benefits
you derive will equal the benefits they derive from you.
Tree of Strength & Longevity Symbolic of Truth and ancient
wisdom and of the marriage between the god and the goddess.
The mighty Oak, a noble tree, earned the reputation King
of Trees in a grove. Although a debate has raged since
the Renaissance as to whether or not King Arthur was a historical
figure, there is little dispute that Arthurs Round Table
at Winchester was made from a single slab of an Oak tree.
The Oak is sacred to the Thunder
Beings. Legend tells us Hercules attracted thunderstorms with
sympathetic magic, by rattling an oak club in a hollow Oak,
or by stirring a pool with an oak branch. When drought ravaged
the land, pioneers celebrated the arrival of Woodpeckers who
were thought to be knocking for rain when they tapped on oak
trunks. Oak trees were held sacred by the Druids believing that
anything found growing on an oak tree had been sent from heaven,
a sure sign that the god had chosen the tree and made it sacred.
The word Druid is said to come from
the Welsh word Derwydd - Oakseer which means poet.
Other etymologists hold that Druid comes from the Greek word
for oak, and that Druid meant Oak Men.
Legend says, if you dance around the Oak tree and wear some
of its leaves you will have a long happy marriage and if a question
lies in your heart that you find troubling, go to an Oak tree
and embrace it
the Oakman will send you the
answer in a prophetic dream.
Oak wood was carved to make awls,
corn-pounding mortars, and other tools and in making some Iroquois
canoes. In later times basket splints were made of oak because
of the toughness and durability of the wood. Inner bark of the
Bur oak was used in Chippewa red and black dye recipes. Black
oak is also known as Dyer's Oak, as the orange inner bark produces
strong dye. Standing tall like a sentry, its grandeur branches
spread out in a distinctive pattern that seemingly form a mattress
for the clouds above, the old Oak tree invites you to rest beneath
its boughs. Feel a tug pulling you toward its grand trunk.
When you talk to an old Oak tree,
draw close and feel the Oak trees energy. Feel the history
and wisdom hidden within its massive trunk. Walk around it and
try to imagine what this tree has witnessed in its history.
Find a spot to sit near its branching roots and open your heart
to a Spiritual Elder. Honor the wisdom the Oak will bring.
Tree of Life Symbolic of Harmony, Tranquility and Serenity The
Olive tree has been celebrated and referenced in the cultural
works of every society. Thomas Jefferson wrote, "The olive
tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven". The Olive tree
was very sacred to the Greek Goddess Athena who gave the Olive
tree the power to bear fruit. Ancient Greeks credited its creation
to the Goddess Athena and crowned the winners of the first Olympics
with the leaves from the Olive tree. When Xerxes captured Acropolis
he burned a mystical olive tree that magically reappeared.
In biblical times, Moses deferred
military conscription for the men cultivating the orchards of
the Tree of Life. The oil pressed from the olives
became an important commodity, used in the kitchen and for sacred
lamps in temples. In Scriptural and classical writings the oil
is mentioned as a symbol of goodness and purity, and the tree
as representing peace and happiness. The foliage of the Olive
tree has been used for centuries to honor victory, wisdom and
In Genesis, an olive branch was returned
to Noah on the ark by a dove, signaling the end of the great
flood. The olive and its oil have always engaged the intellect,
the senses and the passions of the Greek world for the past
four thousand years. Olive oil holds a sacred place in the solemn
rites of Greek religious life. And it is written Ancient Greek
gods were believed born under the branches of an Olive tree.
Everything in nature has a trademark and for the Olive tree,
it is olive oil. New Italian research finds olive oil contains
antioxidants, similar to those in tea and red wine, that help
combat disease processes, including LDL cholesterol's ability
to clog arteries. And let us not forget the beautiful silver-green
leaf of the Olive tree is the United Nations Official
Symbol of Peace.
Together let us entreat the Olive
tree by sitting at its feet, breaking bread and enjoying plump
olives to denote a good friendship. The earth will remember
our visit and when we next return, nature can once again teach
us about life.
Tree of the Sun & Masculine Sexuality Symbolic of fertility
Taoists once believed that if a Pine trees resin was allowed
to flow down its trunk and onto the earth, a fu-lin or mushroom
of immortality would grow from it in 1000 years. Eating the
fu-lin would give a person eternal youth. The Pine's strength
in the face of adversity makes it symbolic of those who have
become strong through suffering, or who have kept to their beliefs
and promises in spite of opposition. In earlier times, Native
tribes throughout the Americas noticed that injured Pine trees
secreted a sticky substance that formed a protective seal over
wounds. Settlers were quick to agree and reasoned that this
resin and also the gooey pine tar they learned to distill
from the wood, might be used to heal burns, and wounds on humans
and animals. From the earliest times, the Ojibwa crushed white
pine needles for an application to a headache and for backache
they inhaled the fumes of the heated needles. Throughout the
18th and 19th century, pine tar often mixed with lard or beeswax
was used to treat wounds and other skin conditions and also
used to make shampoos to combat itching. Pine sometimes called
Sweetest of Woods was sacred to the sea-god Neptune
(Poseidon) and to Bacchus (Dionysus). When mixed with juniper
and cedar, Pine was and continues to be used to purify homes
and ritual areas. Nowadays we use many types of evergreens for
Christmas trees, but the Pine tree has its own special legend
As Mary, Joseph, and baby
Jesus fled to Egypt many plants hid them. One evening the family
stopped near a large old pine tree. The tree invited them to
spend the night inside the hollow in its trunk. After the family
was inside, the tree folded its branches down around the family,
hiding them when Herods soldiers passed. In the morning
the Christ Child blessed the pine tree with an imprint of his
tiny hand. If you cut a pinecone in half lengthwise, you will
see the hand in the cone. Indulge yourself by taking an
uninterrupted time to rest. The fragrance of the countryside
is exhilarating. Peace of mind is what you seek. In the presence
of an old Pine tree, lavish yourself by tuning into the silence,
as you lie quietly under the warmth of an enchanting sky. Although
the road is unfamiliar, be strong! Be of courage! Put things
change what needs to be changed, one by one.
This is a new day!
Grandmother - Tree of the Forest. Symbolic of the
Ancient ones and Old Growth Forests.
Ancient Tree of mystery, unending
truth, wisdom and knowledge, these largest of living things
are from a prehistoric line. The biggest and tallest of trees
present on earth at the same time as the dinosaur. The Coastal
Redwood is a beautiful and stately tree that has withstood the
test of time, run the gamut of all disasters and still holds
firm. Burned-out hollows of the Redwood tree are referred to
as "Chick-holes", where farmers near the forest would
keep young taenish and garthhooks safe from predators in the
Redwoods pre-made room. Legend tells a story of young
Tethinrhim, who was very proud of himself and his accomplishments.
His cocky attitude was not well liked, however, and several
of his tribe mates sought to end his life. Upon discovering
this, the arrogant young man ran away. His pursuers followed
him. Frightened he ran all the way to the sea. When realized
that the game was up, he dropped to his knees and prayed to
Queprur, the Goddess of Death that she would not collect his
soul in a painful manner. Queprur, was awed and amazed by this
young warrior who chose to pray to her in his time of need.
So She blessed the red-haired warrior by sparing his life and
turned him into a Redwood. In early times this wood was used
extensively for building of houses and buildings. In Redwood
country, instances on record, tell of churches, banks, and buildings
built from a single tree. Other uses included organ pipes, flumes,
tanks, and coffins to name a few. Today, Redwood burls are very
attractive and are made into furniture and of course, sculpture.
Grandmother, while the world is sleeping, I sit in anticipation
as the glorious beauty of the sunrise shines rays of hope on
me. I listen closely to the trees and animals, hearing their
voices, teaching me what I need to know. And as I sit with the
beautiful trees, I offer a simple prayer thanking the trees,
the sun, the animals, believing that all of life is sacred.
I remember I am part of a greater plan.
Rowan Tree or Mountain Ash:
Tree of Vision Symbolic of protection against enchantment The
Rowan tree sometimes referred to as "the Whispering
Tree, well known among the Celts has been considered magical
for thousands of years by many different cultures. One of the
earliest references to the Rowan is in the ancient Finnish creation
myth about the Thunder Goddess "Rauni." According
to this myth, the earth was barren and devoid of all plants
when she came down from heaven and took the form of a Rowan
tree. After Raunis intimate relationship with "Ukko"
God of the sky, the result of their union was the creation of
all the plants of the earth. According to this ancient myth,
all plants and trees are descended from the Rowan tree as a
result of it having been struck by a mighty bolt of magical
lightening. The Rowan is a tree of vision, healing, and intuitiveness.
Its lovely red berries are shaped like a five-pointed star,
an ancient symbol of protection against spells, enchantment
Sit by the Rowan and let it arouse
you into remembering, you, too, have secret strength. Trust
your insights, and act upon them - even if others see you as
unusual or unpredictable. In the yard
there grows a Rowan. Thou with reverent care Should'st tend
it. Holy is the tree there growing. Holy likewise are its branches.
On its boughs the leaves are holy. And it's berries yet more
holy. From: Kalevala a compilation of Finnish oral
poems dating back to the first century A.D.
Tree of Creative Consciousness Symbol of certainty of the NOW
The original home of the Walnut tree appears to have been north
of Persia. Its Greek names, "Persicon" and "Basilicon,"
indicate this origin and the esteem in which it was held. From
the latter name is derived its specific name of "Regia"
or royal. According to Pliny, the tree was also called "Caryon"
(the origin of the name Carya, the Hickory), from the drowsy
feeling in the head produced by the smell of its leaves; but
possibly this name may be due, as Cowley suggests, to the resemblance
of the kernel to the form of the brain. In young trees the wood
is white and liable to be worm-eaten; but as the tree becomes
older it is compact, brown, and beautifully veined, though still
easy to work. Though now largely replaced for such purposes
by mahogany and other foreign woods, Walnut is undoubtedly the
most beautiful furniture-wood of Europe.
In Italy, there is a legend of witch
gatherings in the town of Benevento, at the site of an old walnut
tree. Manuscripts from old witch trials in Italy, speak of this
tree, which, it was said, had always been there, and in leaf
all year long. The nuts of this tree were said to have been
of pyramid-like form. Many of these walnuts were sold as talismans
and amulets. The tree was so huge, and its branches so thick
with leaves, its shade appeared like night itself. It was considered
sacred to Proserpine, Nox, Diana, and all Cthonic deities
that same tree still stands today. On an intuitive or psychic
level, you may see events or circumstances that have not yet
come to pass when absorbed in the Walnut trees energy.
Recognize that in the uncertainty of the events and circumstances
that do color your human existence, no amount of fear or worry
about unpleasant circumstances will prevent them from occurring.
The Walnut Tree sings
See where your certainty lies.
It lies in the song of your own being. It lies in your creative
and in your inner knowledge that you are a
unique expression of a greater whole. We are Walnut.
Tree of Enchantment Symbolic of lifes rhythm, its changing
cycles and a new awakening into the Buddha-mind.
Groves of Willows were considered
so magical that priests, priestesses and all types of artisans
sat among these trees to gain eloquence, inspiration, skills
and prophecies. The graceful branches of the Willow represented
flexibility. Before the advent of aspirin, Willow was commonly
known to relieve earaches, headaches, and toothacheseither
by making a decoction of the bark and sap, or by chewing young
willow twigs. In 1827 a French chemist isolated from meadowsweet
a chemical found in the sap and bark of willows. From this was
derived salicylic acid, and eventually, at the end of the nineteenth
century, acetylsalicylic acid, which is more commonly known
as the analgesic aspirin, became the world's first synthetic
drug, It was developed and marketed as Aspirin, named after
the old botanical name for Meadowsweet, Spirea Ulmaria.
I am a tree that stands tall yet
frail. My branches reach out but cannot hail The remains of
this forsaken world And nature forgotten, unwontedly hurled.
Take my branch and your might can twist, But I will not snap
from only your jest. Nor will I lash out in vengeful strike
But in the breeze Ill return as right. - Dilgalisgi
Uwangatlv The Willow is a Moon tree, Sacred to the White
Lady. Her beauty, grace and a connection to the wellsprings
of wisdom, wells up from the Willow trees dimensions.
Today the weaving of willow is enjoying resurgence and being
applied to novel situations such as landscape sculptures, outdoor
seating and children's play huts. All of these are being made
from live cuttings, grown in situ, to be woven and sculpted
into living structures, bringing together willow's vitality
and utility to enhance new, often urban, settings. Maneuver
yourself close to my curly willow vines as I embrace you with
a flexible shimmering thread spinning around you. This is an
active synergy of Mother Earth, a moving flow, to and fro, drawing
forth insights, letting them spring up like fountains everywhere
around you. Rest awhile that I may bring you glimpses of your
destiny and path.
Tree of Immortality Symbolic of death, rebirth and the runes
The Yew's branches grow down into the ground to form new stems,
which grow to become trunks of separate but linked growth. In
time, the central trunk becomes old, but a new tree grows from
within the decay, and is indistinguishable from the original
growth. Thus the Yew tree represents age, rebirth and reincarnation
- the birth of a new soul springs from ancient roots. Yew trees
are a living link to our ancient past and may be the oldest-lived
tree in the world, the oldest of the trees being 2,000 years
old. Its very name is mysterious in its simple brevity, and
has been traced back to the
sacred word for Jehovah, the Immortal. The Yew has a deep history
and is associated with much folklore. The Yew is the traditional
cemetery tree, because Celtic Priests and Priestesses regarded
it as a symbol of immortality planting it in their Sacred Groves.
Often used to enhance magical and
psychic abilities, and to induce visions, the Yews evergreen
leaves were said to be symbolic of everlasting life. The Greeks
considered Yew trees sacred and associated them with Hecate,
Queen of the Underworld. Christians traditionally planted Yew
trees in their country churchyards. The Yew tree provided wood
for shelter, tools and weapons; foliage and bark for every medicine
bag. Its greatest influence on culture however, was its myriad
spiritual associations with the goddess, the grave, afterlife
and immortality. Although the Yew tree was revered in nearly
every culture of the northern temperate zones, Yew trees were
destroyed for their utility. Gone from Greece and Rome by the
time of Christ, gone from Europe by the 17th century. Draw closer
let me whisper in your ear
secret healings and tender
mercies. This is the time of relinquishment, a time for taking
stock and releasing old hurts. A new seasons afterglow
prepares to enter your life
from loss to love
a great new romance with life. As many wonderful revelations
unfold, feel yourself being gently led back to wholeness.
Trees reach the highest heavens and
penetrate the deepest secrets of the earth. They are the largest
living beings on this plain, connected with infinite knowledge
In Greek mythology, nymphs are spirits of nature. They are minor
female deities and the protectors of springs, mountains, and
rivers. Nymphs are represented as young, pretty girls. Each
presiding over a specific aspect of nature and there are: Dryads
~ The Forest Naiads ~ Springs and Rivers Nereid ~ The Mediterranean
Oceanids ~ Sea Oreads ~ Mountains Limoniads ~ Meadows Limniads
~ Lakes, Marshes and swamps Napaea ~ Valleys Nature Spirits
were worshipped in a nymphaeum, a monumental fountain which
was raised in the vicinity of a well. The male counterpart of
a nymph is the satyr.
Tree Spirits, sometimes called Devas
belong to the earth element and are ruled by the Arch Angel
Uriel. Legend says that each tree and plant has its own gifts,
talents and abilities to share. Male Tree Spirits are said to
be kindly, wise and reserved. Open to sensitive women and may
court their souls. Female Tree Spirits are more playful and
adventurous with humans and may fall
in love with a human man. In Polynesian culture, the miracle
tree, Pukatala is said to be inhabited by nature spirits.
In Lakota mythology, Canotila ("they
live in a tree") are a race of forest-dwelling creatures,
similar to fairies. The Egyptians call them Afries,
the Africans call them Yowahoos, the Persians call
them Devs, and the Jews call them Shedim.
Tirawa [the Great Spirit] is
in all things
Come and awaken to the wisdom of trees and the spirits who inhabit
them. Walk through the leafy green-canopied corridors with their
rot steps and sunny dappled floors. Feel the vibration of the
ancient forest as the energy moves through connecting you to
all things. Close your eyes and become mindful of this unifying
force. Relax and let go of the days concerns, as you visualize
the energy of the Earth
reddish brown, shades of green,
beams of golden sunlight streaming through you clearing out
all negative energy
moving it down
exiting through your feet. The journey you are taking is for
a sacred purpose. Become more attuned to the subtle energy of
your tree and feel every cell in your body being restored. In
your relaxed state, accept that you have a higher purpose. Ask
talk from the heart, not the head
you are now ready to receive a direct teaching.
An answer will come out of the stillness.
If it is something you do not understand, ask Spirit for clarification.
Listen to the land singing, the power of this place is alive.
Release yourself as you draw strength. Contemplate awhile, absorbing
all you have been given. It may not seem obvious at this time
but do not be concerned
it will unfold for your highest
good. When you are ready
slowly become aware of your
body, open your eyes and gently stretch reaching your arms up
to the heavens while planting your feet firmly to the earth
believe what you received was a gift from Spirit. Then
give the tree a hug, and sit with your back resting against
its trunk jotting down what you experienced. When you feel Spirit
nudging you to leave, it is time to get up and express your
gratitude. As a sign of respect end with a prayer of appreciation
giving thanks to the tree for its usefulness and to Creator
who is the source of all things. -
written by Lotus © copyright ~ July 18th, 2004
Tree Meditation (2) - Author
Breathe deeply and feel the earth under your feet. Feel your
feet becoming roots
seeping down, down, down, through
the earth, through rock and more soil. Feel the earth getting
warmer as your roots extend down deeper and deeper. Feel the
energy stirring here. Feel the movement, and strength and power
of that energy. Draw that energy up through your roots. Feel
it nourishing and strengthening you as you draw it up through
the rock and soil, up, up, up through your roots, through your
trunk, and up into your branches. Feel your branches growing
up into the sky. Up, up, up, beyond the clouds, above the atmosphere,
reaching out to the stars. Feel your leaves reaching out and
touching the stars. Feel the energy stirring there. Feel the
light of the sun and draw that in through your leaves. Bring
that energy in and draw it down through your branches. Bring
it into your trunk, and send it down into your roots. Give excess
sun energy to the earth and then draw up earth energy, take
it back up through your roots, trunk, and branches and give
it to the sun and the sky. Bathe yourself in this flow for as
long as you like. Keep what you need and give the extra back
to the earth and sun. Green Tree Meditation - Author is Unknown
Whether or not you feel connected to the non-human animals that
inhabit our planet, try the following visualization. If you
open your heart and your mind, you can connect to the very essence
of an animal and feel their natural power. Begin by sitting
or lying quietly with your eyes gently closed. Take two deep
breaths, inhaling through your nose, exhaling through your mouth.
As your breathing finds its normal rhythm, instruct your physical
body to relax. Begin at your toes and slowly bring warm, relaxing
energy up your body to the top of your head. As your physical
body continues to relax into the visualization, begin to create
a picture in your mind's eye. First imagine yourself standing
at the base of a very large tree. As you look up into the tree,
you see countless limbs filled with green leaves how inviting
and safe it is. As you stand at the base of the tree, you notice
a squirrel standing beside you. He pays no attention to you
and begins to scurry up the trunk of the tree toward one of
the lowest branches. You watch as he confidently makes his way
higher and higher in the tree. Imagine what it might feel like
to be a squirrel: small, light body, heart racing, so much to
do now become a squirrel for a moment. As you begin to move
up the tree, you feel light and agile. You can feel your tiny
feet as they touch the bark of the tree and your tail as it
flicks back and forth for balance when you run out onto a branch.
You go to the end of each interesting branch as you work your
way nearly to the top of the tree. Spend a few moments exploring
examine each limb all the way to the top. When you reach the
top, there, nestled in the bend of the highest branches, is
your home. Built of leaves and twigs, it gives you a safe, welcome
place to rest for a moment. Go into the nest and enjoy the peace
and quiet for as long as you like.
When you feel completely rejuvenated,
return to the base of the tree knowing that you understand a
little bit more about another inhabitant of your world. Sit
at the base of the tree and once again take two deep breaths.
As you feel your lungs expand, re-energize your body by bringing
healthy, warm energy from the top of your head down to the tips
of your toes. When you feel ready, gently move your fingers
and toes and slowly open your eyes. Time to Reflect Spend time
in a wooden area of your choice
the forest, your backyard,
or the nearest group of trees. Walk among friends staying as
long as you wish. Make sure your visit is long enough to take
in the scents, and charms of the world around you. Lie on the
grass, the ground, sit on a log, a rock, or walk around weaving
your way through the Standing Sentinels. Keep an eye out for
animal life, the birds, squirrels, the insects that fly and
the ones that crawl. Be still and reverent, taking time to pray,
reflect or contemplate. Be receptive to the voice of the woods,
their intricacy and balance and how they speak of survival and
hope. They know about life. In the stillness, listen to the
serenade of nature singing, her voice floating on the wings
of the wind. Let the experiences of these enchanting moments
sustain you until you meet again.
Expression Knock on Wood In
England, people say, "touch wood" when they want to
head off bad luck. Although "knock on wood" is a popular
expression, the origin is quite unknown, though some writers
have pointed to pre-Christian rituals involving the spirits
of sacred trees such as the oak, ash, holly or hawthorn. While
others believe it may have originated from the time of the ancient
Druids, an order of Celtic priests in Ireland and Britain. An
old Irish belief tells us we should knock on wood to let the
little people know that we are thanking them for a bit of good
luck. Whatever the origin, youll often see people knocking
on wood to keep away bad luck or help prevent a change of fortune
from good to bad.
Sources: I have explored sites too
numerous to mention for this project as well as many books.
The information provided here is the result of my research and
has been adapted from all the material I gathered as well as
from the guidance of Spirit and my Guides. I offer them my deepest
gratitude. I have added two Tree Meditations the source
of the author is unknown.
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: by
Jack Kornfield ~ Pg. 100
A Reverence for Wood: by Eric Sloane
Celtic Tree Mysteries: by Steve Blamires
Cunningham's Encyclopedia Of Magical Herbs - By Scott Cunningham
Kindling the Celtic Spirit: Ancient Traditions to Illumine Your
Life Through the Seasons by Mara Freeman
Sacred Trees: by Nathaniel Altman
Celtic Tree Oracle: by Liz Murray,
Colin Murray, Vanessa Card
The Celtic Wisdom of Trees: by Jane Gifford Green
World Oracle: Listening to the Voices of Sacred Trees &
Plants: Text by Kathleen Jenks, artwork by Sandra Stanton
The Herb Book: by John Lust
The Spirit of Trees: by Fred Hageneder
Tree Wisdom: by Jacqueline Memory Patterson
Encyclopedia Mythica In Spirit
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