Aspen 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 whos spirit and essence helps us to face our fears and doubts. It is associated with the Egyptian symbol of the uraeus--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 abuility 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 htose to whom the aspen whispers, to find new opportunities for rebirth and healing. The aspen will help yiu 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 acutality, 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 knowbs 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.

Edited 1 time by CinnamonMoon Mar 24 09 10:39 PM.