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Trees A -C
By CinnamonMoon

I want to preface this information by saying that fully opening to the oneness feels just like it does when you sit in conversation with a loved one you can trust and have nothing to hide from them. It's opening up your entire being and letting the tree's spirit into your life. It's very comfortable and not something to fear.

The Standing People are gentle spirits that contribute to the quality of the environment and our lives if we just take the time to get to know them. Certainly they have their strengths and can (in a forest or woodland setting) unite to make an intruder feel spooked or unwelcome if they mean harm to the forest or the creatures within it. That's they defense mechanism. It is a thriving community and it is going to notice when strangers arrive. But when your intentions are high and good there is nothing to stop you from getting acquainted. Gentle, soft, non-intrusive, just warm and tender, plainly comfortable, and nurturing, these are things you will hear more often than not when others describe their experiences.

We must in essence drop our Robe, shed the image of the human body and feel our own awareness, our Inner Self for it is that sense of self that we must open up with these beings of the land. There is a sense of grace that fills the air as we merge with them and become encompassed by their spirit. When the union comes you *know* the touch, you know the presence, you know you have arrived. Trusting the awareness comes with time, with practice, and we learn the meaning of faith as we come to see our respect for ourselves is the mirror of our respect for Spirit and All Our Relations. It opens you to trusting the Inner Self and Spirit will see you have validation when you keep your eyes open for it.

Some may wonder how that trust develops but we all have a sense of right and wrong. Knowing when we are right there is no doubt in our minds. We don't question it, but if we start to head in a wrong direction with something we do second guess ourselves and then in hindsight (if we act on that and change direction) we see that we had been right in the first place. That's coming full circle to the validation in a backwards way, but we do learn. If it happens again and again we start noticing that our sensory perceptions were right the first time and little by little we build our faith the hard way. Trusting in that sense of rightness from the start the validations come in much more pleasant forms and the lessons are easier. It's our choice. This is in all areas of life and spirituality, but it is also going to apply with the Standing People...we have to learn to trust the experiences we are having with them...or that we can experience such things.

Evolution of our Inner Spirit comes when we open to it, when our sense of Self as being in control of our choices puts us in the role of Witness and we gain a great deal of ground observing this. It's about Listening...listening to the Self, our Guides, and Spirit when we need direction and then following that direction trusting that it will assist us in the growth we seek. The Standing People are very open to human contact and they will more often than not willingly share what they can with you. In my encounters with the Standing People their auras radiate in brilliant rainbow hues, warm, friendly, there is a feeling of unity and non-discriminating love that comes from them. This said, the following information is from the book I mentioned and I think you will find it most helpful.

Blessings, Cinnamon


Alder Tree
*Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews
Keynote: Protection during transition; trust prophetic insight. Alders live most often near ponds and marshlands and so those habitats should be explored as well. They usually have multiple trunks, which is very significant. Any tree that has multiple trunks usually reminds us to keep a good foundation in several areas of our life or activities. Do not limit and build something on just a single foundation. Count the number of trunks the alder has and explore it numerologically for greater insight. Remember that wetlands are areas of transition. Transitional times often make us feel insecure and unsteady. The extra trunks give us a firmer grip during times of transition and thus alder is often a symbol of protection during such times. Its presence is a reminder to stay grounded during times of change and not to keep all of our eggs in one basket.

The alder can endure standing water for a long time and it is able to survive in what is normally infertile soil. Often when the alder catches our attention, we feel like life just isn't flowing for us. We seem stuck in some area of our life. The alder reminds us that we are protected during those times. All transitions have periods of stasis. Nothing seems to be moving. In actuality, there is movement, but we may not be perceiving it. Alder reminds us that we will survive, even when there seems to be no flow in our life. Alders usually have catkin flowers (scaly clusters) and an egg shaped fruit that look like small pine cones. They are often used in floral arrangements. Folklore speaks of placing the catkins in your pillow to stimulate prophetic dreams. Contact with the alder can stimulate dreams of the changes that are about to unfold around you.

The alder tree is one whose energies provide protection. It can awaken prophecy in humans and it has strong ties to the element of water and its force within the universe--becaues of its natural wetland habitat. It has ties in mythology to the Celtic pantheon and the blessed giant Bran. It is a good tree to align with in order to overcome unawareness of what is going on around us. The raven is an animal totem often associated with it, and the rave is a bird of great mysticism and magic. It is a messenger bird of great knowledge and perception. Crows and ravens are aware of everything within their environments. Their association with the alder reinforces the need to examine what is going on around us, which is not readily apparent to us. A staff made from alder can awaken the ability to open perceptions to the dark void. Through the alder, we can see what is not readily apparent. It is a reminder to pay attention to what might be hidden around us at this time.

*Back to Eden/Jethro Kloss
Of the alder tree, both the leaves and bark are used. Use the leaves when you can get them. Very useful for swellings of all kinds. When you can get the green leaves, crush them and lay them on painful swellings. Will relieve the pain and take down the swelling. Make a poultice, crush the leaves. The green leaves, or drive leaves made into a poultice will allay the inflammation in a swollen and painful breast. Take a heaping teaspoon-full to a pint of boiling water. Let steep 1/2 hour. If used for a poultice, take just water enough so the leaves are moist. The fresh leaves are excellent for burning and aching feet, when laid in the shoes under the bare feet. Also good to bathe the feet in strong tea.

Almond Tree
*Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews
Keynote: Promise of sweetness and delicacy. The almond is actually a relative of the peach and its blossoms are pink or white. Instead of becoming plump like peaches though, they harden. All nut producing trees are associated with fertility and the hidden fruits of life. And they are harvested in the fall, reminding us that there is a time and rhythm at play within our life that cannot be rushed. You cannot force a fruit or nut to ripen any faster than is normal for it. If we remember that there is this rhythm, we save ourselves a lot of impatient frustration. Almond trees seldom need feeding. It is usually one of the first trees to blossom and thus late frosts can be hard on it. Because of this it is often a symbol of delicacy, but as a nut there is a sweetness to it. Almond trees remind us to savor the delicate sweetness of life. Are we appreciating everything that we have? Sweet almond oil is used as a base for many herbal tinctures and even as a base for massage oils. It is delicate and is absorbed gently into the skin. Almond often reminds us not to push -- to be gentle in our endeavors for the greatest success.

*Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions/Zolar
The Greek historian, Pliny, advised that eating five almonds would prevent drunkenness. To the ancient Greeks, the almond tree and its blossoms were associated with a legend about Demophon and Phyllis. They had arranged to be married, but before the ceremony could take place, Demophon was recalled to Athens for the funeral of his father. He promised to return, but he miscalculated and arrived three months later to find that Phyllis had hanged herself. As is often the case in Greek myths, the gods were so moved by her love, that they transformed her into the almond tree. Demophon sacrificed to the almond tree, and in response, the tree blossomed. Many believe that, if foxes eat almonds with water, they will die. In Victorian times, the almond was held as a symbol of indiscretion and youthful impetuousness. In modern times, the American Seer and Sleeping Prophet, Edgar Cayce, advocated eating a few almonds each day to prevent cancer.

*The Master Book of Herbalism/Paul Beyerl:
Almond has a dep history as a Religious Herbe. It has been offered as incense and in sacrificial fires to invoke the deities of Artemis, Hecate, and Zeus. Almond was the tree which Aaron, high priest of the Hebrew people, selected as the source for his magickal wand. This heritage keeps Almond within contemporary Hebrew rites, the blossoms used to decorate the temples. Grieve reports a Greek myth in which Phyllis is transformed into the Almond. It might appear that the gods could not bear her grieving over having been abandoned by her lover, Domophoon. However, he does come back, and unable to appropriately guilty for having left her and embraces the tree that it bursts into leaf and bloom. Almond may be used today to capture the essence of a love which will survive all trouble. Almond is an excellent choice for a magickal wand, particularly when employed as a tool to be shared by both Priest and Priestess who are lovers beyond the Temple of their art. It may well enhance their potential for again sharing both love and magick in lives to come. Perhaps the most curious element of lore attached to Almond is that it will prevent one from becoming drunk. As the wand is a tool of control, perhaps Almond does have that power.

*Magical Herbalism/Scott Cunningham:
Almond oil, the symbol of wakefulness to the ancient Egyptians, is used in prosperity rituals (anointing candles, money, etc.) and also added to money incenses.

*On Dreams/Mary Summer Rain:
Almond represents the need to avoid stress and/or give more attention to one's physical condition.

*The Language of Dreams/Patricia Telesco:
Generally symbolic of love and fertility. This association probably dates back to when almonds were a maternity charm. For example, the Greek god Attis was conceived with the aid of a magical almond. Ancient mid-Eastern: An emblem of femininity and the womb of the world due to its shape. This effectively carried over into many arts wherein the lozenge (an almond shape) is used to represent the fullness of womanhood. Folklore relates that dreaming of whole almonds foretells wealth, whereas those broken apart indicate problems in obtaining wishes. Spiritual sweetness that awaits you. Just get beyond the obstacle or armor represented by its shell to savor the reward!

Apple Tree
*Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews
Keynote: Time for joyful giving; hidden knowledge, happiness and healing at hand. "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." This is one of the most famous sayings about apples. And most people are aware of it. Although this saying came from the 19th century, the popularity of the apple dates back much further. The Romans are usually credited with developing the wild apple into what we now know as the apple today. Pliny the Elder described three dozen different varieties. The apple was a fruit popular in Asia and throughout Europe. In fact, an apple was once considered an ideal Christmas treat. Even today, it is one of the most popular fruits in the world with over 7,000 varieties. In America Johnny Appleseed has become a legendary figure, with the image of traveling across the country with apple seeds in his pocket and a bag of apples over his shoulders. He tossed the seeds as he walked, turning America into a country of apple trees. His real name was John Chapman and he cultivated apple nurseries as far west as the Ohio territory. Apple trees come in many varieties, bearing fruit of differing tastes and at different times. Different apples grow better in different regions, and many of the species of apples have been lost because they are not suitable for large scale marketing. Apples cannot always be grown in the Deep South because they do not get long enough periods of cold temperatures, which they need for a rest period each year in order to grow properly and produce fruit. The trees have trunks and branches that twist. The fruit is high in flavor, fiber and flavonoids--antioxidants that improve the immune system. They are filled with vitamins and the eating of a raw apple is good for the teeth and gums. The apple tree has many magical and healing characteristics. It is sometimes associated with the Tree of Knowledge. The apple was the "Fruit of Avalon" that could endow individuals with magical abilities. Staffs and wands made from an apple tree are often painted and carved to help awaken the magic. Most kids are aware of the apple divination technique for discovering who you will marry. As you twist the stalk, you recite the alphabet. When the stalk breaks, the letter you are at is the letter of your future spouse's first name.

Its mythology and folklore is great and entire book could be done on it alone. In Teutonic mythology, the apple tree is associated with youthfulness and beauty, helping to manifest opportunities to learn through choices. It helps us to focus and not divide our energies for greatest success. In Greek mythology, the apple tree grew in Hesperides and was sacred to Aphrodite. Apple is a tree that awakens true desires of the heart. Christianity has often distorted the fruit as a symbol of indulgence in forbidden desires, but its magical and mystical qualities are powerful. Its spirit is strong, gentle, giving and playful. To the Native Americans, all fruit bearing trees were honored for providing food and more. The apple tree is a loving giver, especially when treated with love and respect by humans. It thrives on human contact and teaches the power of sharing. The apple tree has had a long association with the Faerie Realm. The blossoms draw large numbers of faeries who help promote feelings of happiness. The apple tree is also the home of the mythical unicorn. The unicorn is one of the most ancient archetypes of the natural world. The spirit of the apple tree works with the unicorn, and in the spring the spirit will often appear in the form of a beautifully enticing woman. Together they open the heart to new realms of love and giving. Apple blossom is one of my favorite fragrances. I love the short time in the spring when my apple trees bloom and every breeze carries their scent. I use its fragrance when I teach work with the Faerie Realm. I always try to have it when guiding groups in meditation for connecting with the Faerie Realm. Its blossoms are powerfully fragrant and in aromatherapy, the fragrance of apple blossom promotes happiness and success. Its energies are also cleansing to the astral body. It stimulates the need to make choices within our life, and its energy helps us to realize that we always have choices. Its appearance in our life as a sign or messenger is a reminder that there is abundance and happiness about for us. It reminds us of our dreams and our possibilities. It often heralds contact with spirit and especially contact with the Faerie Realm.

*The Language of Dreams/Patricia Telesco
Temptation to break personal taboos, or divine or societal laws. Responsible use of knowledge, skills, or wisdom. Matters of health: How the apple looks may have a direct bearing on how you're feeling. Appearing abundantly on a tree: A propitious sign that speaks of realizing your hopes. Only at the top of a tree: High ambitions that you may not be able to safely or effectively reach. Worm ridden: If you bite into an apple to discover a worm, this means that something isn't as good as it outwardly appears, especially someone's ethical codes. Arthurian: Longevity. King Arthur was taken to Avalon, the Isle of Apples, to live forever. Similarly, in Norse legends apples are used as a resurrection charm, and Hera's Tree of Life is filled with golden apples. *On Dreams/Mary Summer Rain Apple symbolizes good health. Apple pie signifies aspects one most closely identifies with as representing the home hearth. Applesauce denotes a pleasant blending of ideals.

*Magical Herbalism/Scott Cunningham

Apple Blossom:
Wear to promote happiness and success. Anoint candles during love rituals. Add to bath to aid relaxation.

*The Master Book of Herbalism/Paul Beyerl
Apples are considered sacred to Aphrodite, and may be offered in rites of her honor. The juice of the apple may be shared in those rituals, and the seeds or bark of the apple may be used as incense. In some places there is a custom of planting an apple as a gift for this lovely Goddess. Among Earth Religions, the Apple is sometimes eaten for good luck at the celebration of Hallow's Eve, when it is felt that the circle of seasons makes a dramatic turn. Thus, one can bring about deep internal changes. The Greeks held the Apple as a source of wisdom, said to grow on a tree of life in the garden as Hesperides.

*Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions/Zolar
If ever there was a piece of fruit that got bad press, it was certainly the apple, for it was this that Eve gave Adam to eat. Hence, one of the earliest superstitions was to only eat an apple that had been rubbed clean; otherwise the "evil one," Satan himself, would appear. Ever since the Roman occupation of Europe, the apple has been held as a sacred tree. In fact, a 7th century poem states that a man who cuts down an apple tree must pay a fine of one cow. An early Irish poem calls for the sacrifice of a living creature in payment for felling an apple tree. In essence, the apple stands for immortality, eternal youth, and happiness. Arabs believed that the apple had curative powers, as well, and in Scandinavian mythology, the gods keep themselves young by eating the golden apples of Idun, Goddess of Youth and Springtime. Among Welsh legends, after death, kings and heroes live in a paradise of apple trees called Avalon, possibly derived from the Welsh word for apple, "afal." An American superstition holds that, if the sun shines through the boughs of an apple tree on Christmas Day, the fruit will be abundant the next year. Gamblers are said to count an apple's seeds to find a lucky number to bet on. Everyone has heard the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Another old English proverb says, "A bad woman can't make good applesauce." To find a future husband, a young girl could twist the stem fo an apple for each letter of the alphabet. When the stem finally broke, the last letter spoken was thought to be the first initial of her true love's name. Maidens had other methods of divining the future, as well. For example, if one stood in front of a mirror with an apple, sliced it into 9 pieces, stuck each piece on the point of a knife, and held it over her left shoulder, she would see in the mirror the image of her future husband. A variation was to let a girl pare an apple and fling the skin over her left shoulder. In the twists of the skin would be found the initials of her future husband's name. Both practices should be done on Halloween. In the United States, the most famous story connected with apples is that of Johnny Appleseed, the name given to John Chapman, an eccentric who roamed the frontier planting apple trees wherever he went. Often called the American Saint Francis, Chapman spent 48 years of his life roaming around the frontier barefoot and dressed in rags, with a sack of apple seeds over his shoulder. An Austrian custom holds that an apple cut on Saint Thomas's night can foretell the future. If there is an even number of seeds, a marriage is promised.. Should one of the seeds be cut through, it means trouble. If two seeds are cut, death or widowhood is promised. In some countries it is customary to place an apple in the hands of a dead child, presumably to symbolize innocence. Finally, one must remember that it was an apple that fell on the head of Isaac Newton, inspiring his discovery of the law of gravity.

*The Secret Language of Signs/Denise Lynn
An apple is a sign of healing potential, wholesomeness, health, and vitality. An apple can also mean temptation such as Eve faced in the Garden of Eden.

Ash Tree
*Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews

Keynote: Combine strength and wisdom during times of sacrifice; look for connections. The ash is part of a family of trees known as fraxinus. The leaves are often in pairs on opposite sides of the stem--joining at the stem. This, in itself, reflects its message of bringing opposites together. The ashes are usually noted according to their color -- black, blue, red, and white. A study of the color will provide some insight to the message this tree holds for you. And all ash trees grow quickly, as long as they have room and light. The black ash is often found in swamps and marshlands. It splits easily into thin tough pieces and the Native Americans combined these strips with other trees (such as cedar) to make baskets. It has an aggressive root system in swamp areas. It is a reminder that even in the difficult arenas of life, we must keep our roots strong and extended. The blue ash gets its name from the fact that the sap turns blue upon exposure to the air. It is almost exclusive to the Midwest and in oak-hickory forests. The white ash is the most familiar to people. In fact, anyone who has ever played baseball knows the feel of white ash, for it is still what most wood bats are made of. It is often used in sporting equipment because it is tough and light. It is not a flashy tree, but it embodies strength that can be relied upon. Although often unnoticed around other trees, its message is often that one doesn't need to be noticed to lead a noble life. It has had much folklore surrounding it. Ashes were occasionally cut down in their first year and cut into pocket pieces. These were given out for the general well-being of others. It was also considered bad luck to break one of its boughs. It has often been a tree of protection and many once believed that no serpent would ever lie in its shadow. The leaf of the ash tree has an equal number of divisions on each side. The number of divisions was considered significant in folklore. "Even ash or four leaf clover, you will see your true love before the day is over." But this was not its only folklore, which was often contrary. To break a bow was considered bad luck, but the pieces of it from a cut bow when the sun moved into Taurus would stop a nosebleed. It is a tree with much mysticism though. It has ties to Celtic mythology and the one known as Gwydion, and it has ties to the Norse traditions as well. The ash is the sacred tree Yggdrasil, upon which Odin sacrificed himself that he might achieve higher wisdom. The Teutonic gods held council under this tree each day. There were 9 worlds in Teutonic myth, all located throughout the great Tree of Life. The energy of this tree can open us to the perception of how events and people are linked together. It has a spirit that awakens great strength and might. It is a universal source of light and life energy, amplifying the innate abilities of the individual. Shamans used staves made from the ash tree in the past to link the inner and the outer worlds and move between them. The ash is a reminder that all things are connected, even if we don't see the connection initially. They remind us to move forward with gentleness and strength. Sometimes, its message will have to do with learning to be at one with the self, without cutting yourself off from the rest of the world. The ash helps us to become more sensitive to the great and small influences around us.

*Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions/Zolar
To many, the ash tree is as significant as, or, perhaps, even superior to, the oak. Various Nordic myths hold that man, himself, was created from the wood of the ash by the god Odin. The word ash is derived from the Norse aska, meaning "man." In a collection of old myths and legends, entitled Edda, the ash becomes the Yggdrasill, or world tere. It is believed that its branches enshadow the world and reach up to the heavens, while its roots penetrate the abyss known as "hel," from which our modern word Hell has been derived. For the Kabyles, the Berber tribespeople of Tunisia or Algeria, the ash is believed to be the first tree to have appeared at creation. Hence, it is believed to be feminine in nature, which means no man can plant it. If a man breaks this taboo and plants the ash tree, a male member of his family is soon to die. Further traditions have associated the ash with snakes. Pliny, in the first century A.D., commented on the ash's magical ability against snakes, and that a snake would rather be destroyed by fire than crawl over an ash twig. American folklore holds that, should one carry an ash twig or wear ash leaves in one's hat, protection against snakebites is assured. Should one be bitten, nevertheless, drinking ash sap was believed to cure the bite. In Great Britain, there is a tradition of burying the first parings of a child's nails under an ash tree; the child will then be blessed as a fine singer. A general belief also holds that passing a child with rickets or a rupture through the cleft of an ash tree is certain to cure him. A more sinister side to this belief, however, holds that, should the tree die at any time during the life of the child, the rupture would return and the child would die, even though he may have by now grown to adulthood. Young English girls believe that an ash leaf placed in their left shoe would cause them to marry the first man they encountered. When ash trees fail to produce fruit, it is said to be an omen of the death of a king or important world figure. A forked ash stick used in the hands of a skillful dowser is said to indicate where underground copper mines can be found. The following weather superstition connected with the ash and oak is found in many countries with some variation of the wording:
If the ash is before the oak, Then there will be a very great soak. But if the oak before the ash, Then expect a very small splash.

*The Master Book of Herbalism/Paul Beyerl
Ash is useful in removing unwanted energies. Historically it has been used to remove spells and hexes. Superstition says that it will cure warts, when a pin has ben inserted into an Ash Tree, and then stuck into the wart, removed and returned to the tree. Grieve gives the following charm for this: "Ashen tree, ashen tree, Pray buy these warts of me." Another practice says that placing an Ash leaf in your automobile or upon a motorcycle, etc., will keep you protected from accident while traveling, and bring you safely home.

*The Language of Dreams/Patricia Telesco
Ancient Druids regarded ash as a tree of well-being and perspicacity, and they used it for making their magical wands. Dreaming of sitting beneath or near an ash tree can symbolize growing intuition, or perhaps a calling to follow a Druidical path spiritually. The Norse honored the ash as being the World Tree in their mythology. If you are of Norse decent, this tree may represent your own familial lines and ties.

Tree *Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews

Keynote: Face fears and doubts through open communications; shed the old. The aspen is part of the poplar family of trees, and you should refer to poplar as well. It is a tall, fast growing tree. The bark is thin, smooth and nearly white. As it gets older, the base becomes black. Throughout the country, it is grown in many habitats. It is one of the most talkative trees around. The slightest breeze sets the foliage into a whispering. Wands made from the aspen can help us to understand the language of trees more easily. In the autumn, its leaves turn a wonderful yellow. It is almost a visual reminder that there is still color and sunshine, even though the light is diminishing daily. They remind us that there is always light to shine in the dark areas of our life where fears and doubts hide. Although the aspen is relatively short-lived (as most of our fears and doubts are when faced), it is one of those trees which will quickly take root in soil and habitats that are harsh and even burned out. And as trees go, it reproduces itself quickly. The aspen is a tree whose spirit and essence helps us to face our fears and doubts. It is associated with the Egyptian symbol of the uraeus or the image of a snake coiled around to swallow its own tail, the symbol of life, death and rebirth in all things. The aspen is a tree of resurrection. It is calming to anxieties about changes within our life. It facilitates entering the subtler planes of life, and it awakens greater soul fearlessness. Its spirit opens us to greater control of dreams and through the dream state, it can bring hidden fears to the surface so they can be faced. Once met with determination, there occurs a rebirth and an increasing ability to overcome impossible odds. It strengthens communication with the higher self. This tree works well with snake medicine. In the animal kingdom, the snake is one of the most feared and misunderstood totems. And yet, it is a universal symbol for healing and rebirth. It is not unusual for those to whom the aspen whispers, to find new opportunities for rebirth and healing. The aspen will help you to shed the old and move into the new. It will require though that fears and doubts be faced. it is then that everything becomes possible.

*The Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstition/Zolar
Tradition has it that the aspen was used to make Christ's cross. From that time on, the boughs of the aspen trees have been filled with horror and trembled ceaselessly. Because of this superstition, the aspen tree was said to have the ability to cure fever. If parings of a patients nail were inserted into the aspen tree, which was then plastered up to prevent the fever from escaping, the patient would be cured. Since a person stricken with fever often trembles and the leaves of the aspen itself tremble, these two beliefs were united. In actuality, though, the construction of the foliage of the aspen, with its broad leaves on a long flexible stalk, make it particularly sensitive to even the lightest of breezes. In Cheshire, the aspen tree was used for the curing of warts. Warts first had to be rubbed with a piece of bacon, which was then put into a slit of the bark of the aspen tree. The warts would supposedly disappear from one's hands and reappear as rough knobs on the bark of the tree. It was probably the salt and brine of the bacon that destroyed the virus which had caused the warts.

Bamboo Tree
*Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews

Keynote: Balance, strength, and flexibility; healing of the heart. The giant timber bamboos can
grow to 100 feet. Bamboo is extremely fast growing and yet it retains great strength and flexibility. And there is often a lot of confusion and disagreement about the name. Regardless of its name, it is both decorative and useful. Bamboo crafts are popular all over the world. Bamboo was originally one of China's most important natural products, and it is becoming increasingly acknowledged around the world. In the Tao of Confucianism, it is used as a philosophical tool to measure the quality of life. As a functional tool, it is used in housing and even as raw material for paper. It is one of the four noble plants of China, along with plum-blossom, chrysanthemum and orchid. In China, bamboo shoots are still a culinary delicacy. It is often a symbol for healing of the heart. Its stems are hollow and its leaves droop because its inside (its heart) is empty. But to the Chinese, an empty heart is not filled with ego, and so the bamboo is also a symbol of modesty to them. Bamboo is associated with the element of air and wind. It is used to make chimes and the wind moves little pieces of bamboo to strike against each other gives joy and peace to those who hear it. Bamboo flutes facilitate healing, bring peace and stimulate joy. Bamboo seems to have many personalities and many uses. When it stands out for us, it is a reminder that we can be strong and flexible in everything. Like the bamboo, we can be self-propagating. We can bend with the wind and rise to untold heights, as long as we maintain that balance of strength and flexibility.

*On Dreams/Mary Summer Rain
Bamboo connotes developing talents.

Beech Tree
*Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews

Keynote: Time for new expressions of ancient knowledge; find power and nobility through speech and prayer. The beech tree is a sturdy and imposing tree with a short trunk and wide-spreading crown. It is known for its smooth, gray bark. It is amazingly tolerant to different soil conditions and habitats. Their shade is so dense that nothing but moss rarely grows under it and for those to whom the beech tree speaks, a study of moss will certainly help in understanding its message. The beech tree was the favorite hose of the now extinct passenger pigeon. They passenger pigeons fed upon the beech nuts. When the great forests of beech trees disappeared, so did the passenger pigeon. If the beech is a messenger, the pigeons probably are as well -- especially the passenger pigeon. Although the beech tree has not had a great deal of faerie association, it was always considered a holy tree. The almost universal belief that a prayer spoken under it would go directly to Heaven reveals much about the spirit of this tree wherever it is found. The tree spirit of the beech has great knowledge of the past. It knows how to use the past to make changes in the present -- which is often what we seek through our prayers. Beech trees hold the knowledge of the power of the written word and can stir within us a love of literature. Many historians believe that it was on the beech tree bark that the first pages of European literature were written. The Sanskrit characters were thought to be carved on strips of beech brak. In fact, the word book comes from the Anglo-Saxon "boc" meaning "letter" or "character", which in turn derives itself from "beece" for the beech tree. The spirit of the beech tree is one of great strength and grace. She has the ability to awaken and to teach the skills of written communication -- for both mundane and magical purposes. No other tree spirit can teach as well how to use words to express our own love or move another to love us. She willingly feeds mind and body. This is reflected in the fact that the peasants of central
Europe used the beech tree as a prime fuel source and its nuts as a food staple. She also teaches and reminds us that we need food for the mind as well as the body -- that when we awaken the mind and learn to express ourselves that we discover our true nobility. The spirit of the beech will awaken opportunity to explore the past (either within the current lifetime or those long past). It helps us to synthesize that knowledge into new expressions. This is the tree of discovery of lost wisdom. It reminds us not to discount the experiences, knowledge and teachings of the past. it will soften and balance oversensitivity due to emotional experiences in our life. The beech is a tree whose energy and essence can awaken old knowledge and new expressions of it. It awakens the soul quality of tolerance, and its essence helps align the individual with the higher self. it can be used in a staff that is beneficial for all patterns of growth. It can awaken greater opportunity to explore the past (immediate lifetime or past incarnations) and to synthesize that knowledge into new expression. This is the tree of the discovery of lost wisdom, and thus the individual must learn not to discount the knowledge and teachings of the past. It reminds us to soften over-criticalness due to the individual's written and spoken communication to accomplish our tasks more effectively.

Birch Tree
*Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews
Keynote: Balance and healing is necessary; opening of new dimensions. Birches have smooth barks, which peel in thing papery plates. The branches are slender. There are many types of birches: paper, yellow, cherry, river. The paper birch is often found among conifers, like old friends and often the message of a birch will tell us something about a friendship of ours. To the Native American, the birch tree was source for canoes and for snowshoe frames. The canoes could carry twenty times their weight, and their appearance as a sign reminds us that we can carry more if we maintain balance in life. Birch is the "Lady of the Woods," and she helps connect us to all goddesses of the woodlands. One is never to take its bark or a limb to use as a staff without permission of the goddess. The birch tree is one whose spirit and essence has ties to ancient forms of shamanism. Shamans used staffs of birch to awaken an energy that would enable them to pass from one plane of life to another. It balanced the shamans as they made such treks. The energy of birch staffs should be renewed each year through some ceremonies. Those who take upon a staff from this tree must also learn to renew it and rededicate it each year. This is best done in the month of November, as November was the start of the Celtic New Year. The birch tree reminds us that new dimensions are opening for us. As they do, balance is necessary for the greatest success in entering them. She awakens the energy of new beginnings and cleansing of the past. She will help us manifest opportunities to clear out old ideas, those things that are no longer beneficial. She speaks to us of a need to keep our energy and efforts purposeful. *The Language of Dreams/Patricia Telesco Birth and origination. This tree gets its name from the first letter of the Druidical alphabet, which also represents beginnings. Making a mark that distinguishes your personal territory on the job, at home, or in a situation. Birch rods were used in ancient rites called Beating the Bounds in which people would walk and mark their lands. Sturdiness. This tree is even hardier than an oak. Matters of communication, especially writing. Birch bark was predominantly used in the ancient world as a type of paper. A fresh start that leads to fruitful manifestation. In many rural regions, the blossoming of the birch marks the beginning of the growing seasons. As the Lady of the
Woods, the birch also represents refined grace and elegance.

*The Master Book of Herbalism/Paul Beyerl
Birch is sometimes known as 'Lady of the Woods', and may be used to commune with the Goddess of the Woodlands. To touch the heart of the Earth Mother, it is only necessary to do a simple ritual and follow that with a deep meditation within a small grove of Birch. Legend says that the Lady of the Woods will become most angry should you malign one of her trees by taking its bark. Birch is also held to be an honored tree of the God Thor. Should one desire to have some of the bark, wait until Thor has singled a Birch tree and stricken it with lightning. Then you have access to the paper-like bark, which will be a very potent magickal parchment.

*On Dreams/Mary Summer Rain
Birch exemplifies an open and honest situation or atmosphere.

Cedar Tree
*Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews
Keynote: Protection and cleansing. Cedar is an ancient tree found throughout the world. Cedar trees come in several families. Two of the more common are the juniper and the other is the false cypress. Both are long lived, aromatic and resinous. And there are many varieties in these groups and they all are versatile. Cedar has an ancient history. In ancient Egypt, it was considered imperishable. Solomon's temple was made entirely of cedar wood, cut from the great cedar forests of Lebanon. It's great cedar forests were decimated and have not recovered to this day. It is a tree of consecration and dedication, and it has ties to Wotan. Tradition tells us also that the unicorn keeps its treasures in boxes made of cedar. These boxes are hidden beneath the apple tree. The white cedar or false cypress variety was an important part of the American Revolution. Its charcoal was used in the making of gunpowder. It is common to swamps and like all swamp trees, it is extremely resistant to water decay. Water barrels made from it kept water pure, killing micro-organisms. Early American cities used it for water pipes because it would not decay in soil and kept water supplies healthier. The juniper variety of red cedar is most commonly used in the US. It is a tough survivor and one of the signs of new growth returning to an area. It often found as a windbreak, trooping along fence rows and on hilltops. In the early history of the US, the red cedar bore the brunt of the pencil industry for over a hundred years. Only the knot free heart was used and so nearly 70% of the bulk cut was wasted. The Faber Company used them exclusively. A fungus-type gall disfigures cedars. These produce spores, infecting the leaves of apple trees with yellow splotches, which in turn re-infect the cedars. In 1918, the easiest solution to save the apple trees was to try and eradicate all of the cedars. Political battles arose between apple growers and the cedar owners. For those to whom cedar comes as a sign, there is usually a message associated with the apple tree as well, and it should be examined. All cedars have a fragrance that is cleansing and protecting. It has been used in rituals and ceremonies to prepare a person or area. Native Americans use it for purification properties. A staff made from cedar has the energy of protection, and it can open opportunities to heal imbalances of emotional or astral nature. Cedar is a tree whose spirit and essence will strengthen and enhance any inner potentials of the individual. This is a tree tied to strong healing energies. It's energies cleanse the auric field, especially at night while the individual sleeps. It helps the individual to balance the emotional and mental bodies and can stimulate dream activity, which brings inspiration and
calm. Do we need to be more protective of our environment? Do we need to cleanse some area of our life? Cedars will help us to do so. *The Master Book of Herbalism/Paul Beyerl Cedar has much value beyond its use in the construction of closets and chests for clothing storage. In ancient times Cedar was a major incense ingredient. It is still used in incense, most often in the form of sawdust. The resin within is pungent, and easily released as smoke in this manner. The incense of the cedar is highly recommended in the consecration of a magickal wand, and may be used to study any of the "wand" Cards of Tarot. Specific study in Tarot with Cedar would be the Four Cards (all four suits). Folklore holds that carrying a small piece of Cedar in one's billfold or wallet will attract money. It certainly will keep the moths away. As a Religious Herbe, it is used to invoke Wotan, either as an incense, as a sacred herbe, or by using a wand or staff of its wood. Cedar is the appropriate herbe for using amethysts and sapphires. Should you have these gems, they should be stored in a small box made of Cedar. Incidentally, it is said that Unicorns absolutely love to have little Cedar boxes around in which to store their treasures. *On Dreams/Mary Summer Rain Cedar illustrates an need for spiritual cleansing or energized protection of one's spiritual beliefs.

Cherry Tree
*Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews

Keynote: New awakenings and birth; insight. Sweet and sour cherries have great symbolism--especially when examined from the perspective of the doctrine of signatures. There are a variety of cherry trees, some bearing edible fruit and some not. The trees can live 30-40 years. Of all the cherry trees, the black cherry was considered the most valuable to lumbermen. Its wood is precious to cabinetry making. Appalachian pioneers distilled its fruit into a drink called cherry bounce. When the cherry trees began to ripen, bears would congregate and move to feast on them, creating problems for settlers and others in the Appalachians. For those to whom the cherry is a messenger, study of the bear is also recommended as well. From the red to the rich black fruit, it has a symbolic aspect associated with the juices of life and new birth. It also has a tendency to produce thousands of stray seedlings, a gift quite symbolic of it ensuring its own rebirth on some level. It is because of this, that it has often been associated with new awakenings. The cherry tree is the tree of the phoenix, which rose from the ashes. One who aligns with its spirit and essence will find the energy and ability to rise from the fires of their own life in a magnificent manner. Cherry blossoms have some dynamic qualities associated with them and which will become active within an individual's life that aligns with the tree. It awakens the energies of faith and trust on high levels. It enables the individual to let go of the aspects of the ego which are preventing growth. Its appearance as a sign or messenger in Nature is a reminder that rebirth always follows death. It alerts us to be open in consciousness for new insights. This tree tells us that we are on the threshold of a new awakening. It is up to us though to cross that new threshold. *Encyclopedia of Signs, Omens, and Superstitions/Zolar A Kent superstition holds that, should you visit a cherry orchard and not have your shoes rubbed
with the leaves of a cherry tree, you will die from cherrystone suffocation! Young maidens are supposedly able to predict when they will marry by counting the cherrystones in their plate after a meal, while, at the same time reciting, "This year, next year, sometime, never." The last stone counted is said to give the answer. In Switzerland, tradition holds that a cherry tree will bear fruit abundantly if its first fruit is eaten by a woman who has recently given birth. Should one shoot a cherry pit from between his thumb and index finger and, on the first try, it hits the ceiling of the room in which the cherries were eaten, he will be married soon. Should one desire a vineyard to produce good wine, a cherry tree must be planted in the middle of it.

*On Dreams/Mary Summer Rain
Cherry typifies a "sweet" situation; prime aspects.

Cypress Tree
*Nature-Speak/Ted Andrews

The cypress tree is one of the wetlands and swamps. It has resistance to water decay and it is tannic in nature. Swamps are often places that lead to the underworld or infernal kingdoms. Going through a swamp was a means of facing ones fears, sacrificing for a greater cause. The cypress tree was dedicated to Pluto, god of the underworld, in mythology. The cypress tree encourages us to explore the sacrifices that we are making within our life. It guides us to a greater awareness that sacrifice must not always involve pain and suffering, especially when the sacrifice is made for something or someone we love. It's presence as a sign or messenger can stir the primal feminine energies, the creative forces that are static in our life (symbolized by the wetland or swamp). Cypress will help us manifest opportunities for healing. It helps us in understanding our crises, and it awakens the comfort of home and mother.

*On Dreams/Mary Summer Rain
Cypress tree stands for grief; a mourning time.

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