The Spiritual Element of Trees


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The Spiritual Elements of Trees

Written by Lotus
© July 29th,
2004
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 with
us.
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.”
Alder: Tree of
Resurrection

Symbolic of “Protection
& 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 … let
Spirit guide you.
Almond: 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 orchards. 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.
Apple: Tree of Custodian
Wisdom

Symbolic of the “East, Spring, Dawn
& 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.
Arbutus: Tree
of Depth and Integrity

Symbolic of “Protection
& 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 earth together." 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.
Ash: Tree of Humankind and
Ancestors

Symbolic of the “Bridge”
connecting the “Spiritual & 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 bird 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 bird 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.
Aspen: 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.
INCOMING ...
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31 Aug 2005, 21:53 #2

Birch:
Tree of Fertility &
Protection
Symbolic of “Renewal &
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 Birch
Tree

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.
Blackthorn: Tree of
Destiny

Symbolic of “FATE”& “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
nature’s call. Let this be a place of return, a
safe haven, your quiet abode to nurture your spirit
whenever the need arises.
Bodhi-Tree:
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

Broom: Tree of Astral
Travel

Symbolic of “Lucid Dreams
& 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.
Cascara: Tree of Sacred
Bark

The Cascara’s 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.
INCOMING ...Image
We are forever in transition -
Lotus
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31 Aug 2005, 22:01 #3

Cedar:
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
know 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 Cedar’s 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 Earth’s 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.
Cherry: Tree
of “Heart”

Symbolic of “Healing &
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
nature’s theatre provide you with a dramatic
experience of the sacred. Sit beneath her blossoming
boughs, commune with the natural world, and look for the
connection between human nature and mystical nature.
Relax, go slow, move at a pace that is comfortable to
you.
Chestnut: 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 nature’s
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 Chestnut’s charm.
Be grateful not for your life alone, but for everything
that is.
Cinnamon: 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 powder. 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 spice’s 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.
Cypress: Tree of
Faithfulness

Symbolic of “Strength &
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 be free … 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.
Dogwood: Tree
of Remembrance

Symbolic of “Christ’s
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. It’s branches
strong and interwoven. So firm and strong was the tree,
its timbers were chosen for Christ’s 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 flower …
breathe in its magnificent scent, the richness of its
beautiful color. Don’t 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.
Douglas Fir: Tree of
Strength

Symbolic of "Past &
Future"
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 soar.

INCOMING


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Bear In Mind
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31 Aug 2005, 22:04 #4

Wow, thanks for posting this, Lotus! I never saw
this one in the Library, only the "Standing
People" thread. I'm interested in the Black
Spruce tree too, and a friend has 3 Rotatundrand(sp?)
Trees in his yard that are odd-looking and interesting to
me. I'll see if I can find something on those later if I
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I have a question, if anyone knows... Earlier
in July I went way out to a pool party in a gated
community and in front of the house was a tree with a
WHITE trunk and WHITE branches! Image Never in
my life had I ever seen such a thing, so I walked up to
the tree to check it out because I actually thought the
people painted the tree white. Very purdyful, indeed, but
when I went up and touched the tree and examined the
branches as far up as I could, I could see the branches
turned white themselves ~ I knew no one would take the
time to paint every single branch so far up in the
tree.
Any idea of what kind of a
tree that *is*? Image
I'd love to get one for my backyard!
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31 Aug 2005, 22:10 #5

Elder:
Tree of Beginnings and
Endings

Symbolic of the “Circle of
Life.”
Elder Berries: 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
it.
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 … words
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 splendor.
Elm: Tree of
Harmony

Symbolic of “Balance, Calm
& Peace”
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
tree’s 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 Elm’s embrace of energy
… slow down and explore a balanced path.
Fir: Tree of Birth &
Rebirth of the Sun

Symbolic of the Mother Goddess the
“Three Brighids” in her three forms as
Maiden, Mother & 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 fir’s 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
and deer.
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
Fir’s 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.
Hawthorn: Tree of
Chasity

Symbolic of “Hope, Union
& 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 year’s 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 year’s
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.
Hazel: Tree of
Knowledge

Symbolic of “Wisdom &
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 skin.
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 earth … 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 never confused … there is
something very good about to happen … rewarding
relationships spring up in all kinds of unexpected places
… it is a beautiful world.
Hemlock: 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
America’s 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
Hemlock’s medicine be effective in your
life.
INCOMING

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ravensstarr
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31 Aug 2005, 22:14 #6

It's possible that it's a birch tree. Their bark is
white on the outside (mostly). Did the bark appear to be
peeling at all on the trunk? If so, it was almost
certainly a birch tree.
Here are
some pictures for you to compare.
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Blessings,
ravensstarr
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31 Aug 2005, 22:18 #7

Holly:
Tree of Death and Rebirth

Symbolic of “Life Force,
Vitality & 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
Christ’s 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.”
Juniper: Tree of Love
Attraction

Symbolic of "Luck &
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 Sumeria 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.
Lilac: Tree
of Fragrance

Symbolic of “Beauty &
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 it’s fragrant lavender
flowers are a favorite for spring-time landscapes
world-wide. . These old fashioned trees may have been
Grandma’s 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 another … and soon your heart will
feel rapture for the words are within you waiting to be
released.
Maple: Tree of Victory or
Accomplishment

Symbolic of “Success &
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 Earth’s
spring awakening, for the rich beauty and fruiting of
summer and for the twilight and autumn as we arrive at a
more contemplative time. Don’t be afraid to stop
and tap into Maple tree’s 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.
Oak: Tree of Strength &
Longevity

Symbolic of “Truth, Ancient
Wisdom and of the marriage between Gods &
Goddesses”
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
Arthur’s 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 tree’s
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.
Olive: Tree of
Life


Symbolic of “Harmony, Tranquility &
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 peace. 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 Nation’s 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.
Pine: Tree of the Sun &
Masculine Sexuality

Symbolic of
“Fertility”
Taoists once
believed that if a Pine tree’s 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 Herod’s
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 in
order … change what needs to be changed, one by
one. This is a new day!

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31 Aug 2005, 22:25 #8

Redwood:
“Grandmother” - Tree of the
Forest.

Symbolic of the “Ancient Ones
& “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 tribemates 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 or Negative Energies”
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
Rauni’s 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 and
glamour’s.
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.

Walnut: Tree of Creative
Consciousness

Symbolic 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 tree’s 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
expression … and in your inner knowledge that you
are a unique expression of a greater whole. We are
Walnut.”
Willow: Tree of
Enchantment

Symbolic of “Life’s
rhythm, Changing Cycles and Assimilations of
Growth”
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 toothaches—either 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 I’ll return as
right.
-Dil’galisgi
Uwan’gatlv
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 tree’s 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.
Yew: Tree of
Immortality

Symbolic of “Death, Rebirth
& 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 Yew’s
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 season’s
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.

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31 Aug 2005, 22:39 #9

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
and life.
Nature
Spirits

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.”
Tira’wa [the Great
Spirit] is in all things.

Tree
Meditation

written by Lotus © copyright ~
July 18th, 2004
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 day’s
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 …...... down
…...... exiting through your feet. T
he 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 for guidance …...... 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.
Tree
Meditation – (2
)
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. – Author of this Meditation is
Unknown
Green Tree
Meditation

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. Author of this Meditation is Unknown
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, you’ll 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 many books.
The information provided here is the result of my
research and has been adapted from my experience with the
Standing People and all the material I
gathered.
BOOKS:
The following lists
some of the books I studied ...

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
The Celtic Tree Oracle: by
Liz Murray, Colin Murray, Vanessa Card
The
Celtic Wisdom of Trees: by Jane Gifford
The
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




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31 Aug 2005, 22:44 #10

Ravensstarr, thanks ~ those aren't it, but I
piggy-backed off of your Silver Birch idea and googled
White Birch.
This is more like the
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