Dryads, Trees & the Fifth Element | Good Witches Homestead

 

Dryads, Trees & the Fifth Element | Good Witches Homestead

The dryad is the spirit of the tree, its essential pattern. It is a living being linked to the tree and growing with it, but at the same time, it is a trans-temporal and trans-spacial creature, living in the Astral dimension as much as in the mundane world. When a branch falls off a tree or is pruned, the dryad spirit is still in the wood. It is not really correct to speak of “parts” of a spirit, but one might consider the spirit of the wand to be part of the tree’s consciousness.

Some writers suggest that trees withdraw their life from a branch when they sense it is going to be cut and there is doubtless something to such observations. Nevertheless, in my experience, the spirit always remains to some degree and can be awoken by enchantment when the branch is crafted into a wand.

Now, of course, orthodox mundane botany does not usually accord consciousness to trees. In the Alferic tradition and in most schools of Druidry, trees are considered to have spirit, mind, and consciousness, as well as will and emotions. Indeed, in my experience, trees have a larger proportion of emotion than intellect in their souls. They do not ratiocinate the way we do, but they do ponder and brood.

As Prof. Tolkien so rightly observed in Lord of the Rings, many trees today are sleepy. If the druid touches them and makes contact with their dryad spirit, they sometimes at first seem sluggish and hard to reach. Other trees respond immediately to such attention with the same kind of reaction many of us would have if suddenly touched by the mind of another being.

Still, it is misleading to anthropomorphize dryads. They share many of the spiritual qualities with us, but they do not think or live like human beings. In their present incarnation, trees are fixed and immobile. A great deal of their attention is directed into the ground through their roots and outward into the air through their branches and leaves. They do move, of course, in the process of growth and in harmony with the winds, rain, and sunlight. Deciduous trees drop their leaves and grow new ones, many drop seeds or flowers.

So there is a great deal of activity in trees but it is the sort that, in humans, remains largely unconscious. We too produce seeds and eggs, grow hair and nails and new skin, and throughout childhood, our whole body is growing. Even in adulthood, the body changes shape.

But trees have very different bodies and their spirits are diffused throughout their bodies without the distracting narrow focus of a brain steeped in language. Thus trees, unlike humans, have never suffered from the dichotomy of mind and body. If their consciousness dwells on different parts of their being, it is on the roots, the trunk, and the branches. The leaves are the most sensitive organs of trees, but the bark is also very sensitive, flowing with tree-blood underneath, just like skin.

Although many of the woods are traditionally associated with one of the four classical elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth), dryads are spirits that do not fall simply into one of these elements. Rather, they embody the fifth element recognized in the Taoist system: Wood. They are representative of all of the four elements combined into a fifth that is a living organism.

Trees are the pinnacle of the plant kingdom, as humans are often imagined to be the pinnacle of the animal kingdom, filled with nobility, grandeur, often great age, and wisdom that comes from a long life in one place. We are indebted to them in ways that are often incompletely realized: in the gift of oxygen, wood, and paper trees have made human civilization possible. They are, thus, mystically speaking, the midwives of all intelligent life and human creativity. The Quintessence is often described as Spirit, but it is enlightening to consider this “Fifth Element” as Wood for the trees point upwards to the sun, stars, and heavens, to the invisible Spirit, which is not an “element” at all, but the essence that underlies all manifestation.

The Magical Properties of Trees….

The Celtic Oghams and druid traditions identify certain properties with certain sacred trees. The oghams of old are rather enigmatic, to say the least. In Gaelic “ogham” is pronounced oh-um while in Elvish the word is spelled ogam and pronounced og-am, with a short “o.” The Irish oghams seem to have originated as a counting system and the numerical values later given phonetic values, and then poetic ones as part of a complex mnemonic system used by the bards in the Middle Ages. In Elvish the word itself might be translated as correspondences; that is, the use of runes to symbolize a complex of associations and archetypes.

The Elvish Rianar (or “runes”) which are in a form similar to Norse Futhark, are more than just letters and their use as symbols of different trees is highly significant to their use. Ogam, in Elvish, might also be translated as “mysteries.” The Irish ogham reconstructed by the poet Robert Graves in his book The White Goddess has been adopted by many modern druid orders. While some of these properties or characters accords with the Alferic Ogam, there are also differences. In the latter system, each wood is linked to a rune which symbolizes the complex of magical correspondences embracing not only wood, but also stone, bird, animal, color, and time.

I have included here only those types of wood that are currently available for wand making. Some are more plentiful than others. the exotics are available only in milled stock but the others are mostly taken from natural branches. I have here indicated their primary Elemental association, connections to the Mellarin (the Mighty Ones), and correspondences through the elvish ogam system to the solar calendar and principal festivals. These are according to the Elvish traditions, but I have also included associations with divinities from other pantheons and folklore from other sources.

Some magical applications are listed for each wood, but it should not be thought that any wand is limited to particular types of magic. Rather, I intend to indicate those powers that are especially suited for each respective wood and best fit the common character of a species. At the end of each entry are also included links to other web pages containing articles on each respective tree.


Trees of Elemental Earth…

full article with lovely images continued here:
https://goodwitcheshomestead.com/2017/04/09/dryads-trees-the-fifth-element/

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A Spring Equinox Message: The Gifts of Druidry in the World March 20, 2016

A Spring Equinox Message: The Gifts of Druidry in the World
March 20, 2016

Today marks the Spring Equinox, Alban Eiler, a time of new beginnings, of the balance between light and darkness, between summer and winter, between hope and despair.  Given the energy of today, and the challenges before us, I’d like to take some time to frame what I see as some of  druidry’s gifts to the world–the things that a druid path can do for the land and its peoples. I’m particularly  motivated to write this post today because today marks the end of my 10th year as a druid and I am moving into my second decade along this path–and so I’d like to share some of the insights I’ve had along the way.  I want to start with a disclaimer–as the adage goes, if you ask 5 different druids what druidry means to them, you’ll get 10 different answers. I am not speaking on behalf of all druids or for all of druidry, but here today, I am speaking my own truth and path, as I am apt to do on this blog 🙂.

 

Early Sunrise

Look around at the land and waters that–in whatever shape that landscape is in.  At one time, that land was deeply loved and respected. Humans who lived there cultivated a sacred connection and awareness with it. All indigenous cultures have cultivated such relationships, and all of our bloodlines trace back to some indigenous culture or another if we go far enough back. Before industrialization, or even agriculture, our relationship with the land was much, much different. Our ancestors, rooted in the places they were, knew every inch of the edge of the river and how to build rafts to navigate the rocks and fish. They knew the medicine of root and stem and seed. They knew where the harvests came at what time of the year, and how not to take too much. They knew the names of the trees, the spirits of the animals, and were intimately connected with their surroundings. They knew that their own survival depended on the delicate balance that they had the privileged and responsibility of maintaining. The plants evolved with humans, so much so, that many of the most food and medicine-rich plants depend on us for survival, for nurturing, for scattering their seeds. How did that happen? Over countless millennia, we evolved together, creating mutual dependencies. This is why Pennsylvania forests used to be 30% chestnut–that wasn’t by accident, that was by human design (for more on this, see M. Kat Anderson’s Tending the Wild). Imagine being the land, the spirits of the land, and holding those memories of the time before.

 

And then, many things changed and time moved on. Knowledge and sacred connections lost, so much so that today, most people can’t identify more than a handful of plants or trees and do not even have basic knowledge of the world around them.  Instead, humans today in industrialized countries are sold a myth, the myth of progress ,strong as any other of religious belief, and embraced with the same kind of furor (see John Michael Greer’s works, particularly Not the Future we Ordered for more on this perspective). Wrapped up the myth of progress are myths of the importance of consumer goods, of smartphones and electronics that must be replaced every two years, of chemical-ridden pesticides that lace our foods and invade our bodies.

 

Supporting that myth allows the whole-sale pillaging of the land and its inhabitants. Supporting that myth allows national forests to be fracked, the same patches of forest to be repeatedly logged for two centuries, our waterways to be filled with poisons, our mountaintops removed. These are things that I witness every day here, in my beloved Appalachian mountains in Western PA. If relationships to the land were a pendulum, we humans of toady have swung so far in the other direction from our indigenous ancestors, or even those living closer to the land a few centuries before.

 

Our lands, waters, and plant spirits still hold the memories of those who came before, of the relationships that once were cultivated.  There is, among them, a great mourning and loss collectively. They hold memories of humans who used to care for them so carefully. Here in the Americas, at least here in Pennsylvania, that sacred relationship between land and human was abruptly severed several centuries ago with the driving out of the native peoples and the re-settlement of Pennsylvania by those of European decent. With the new humans, the last centuries saw tremendous amounts of pillaging and destruction, fueled by the myth of progress.

 

Since that time, and to today, the myth of progress changes our behaviors and relationship radically with nature. Humans, here in the US, now spend 87% of their time indoors and another 6% of their time in automobiles or other forms of enclosed transit.  That means just seven percent of the average American’s life today is spent outside. And of that seven percent, how much is spent mowing the grass? Spraying dandelions? Walking on pavement among tall buildings?  How much of that seven percent is spent with our heads in our phones rather than looking around us?  And beyond these statistics, I think there’s a general disregard for life, for nature that is dominant in our collective cultural understanding.

 

Druidry, I believe, is one good sign that the pendulum is starting to swing back in the right direction. Humans are once again are seeking that ancestral connection to the land that is still in our blood, and in the memories of the forests, the stones, the rivers. Learning how to see, and interact, with nature is critical to helping that pendulum swing back in the other example.  As a very simple example, last week, I was walking back from campus after teaching, and I came across a cluster of cut-back bramble bushes. I looked at those canes, getting just ready to bud, with tiny tufts of green coming from out of the buds, and I could see the promise of spring there. I was looking forward to the Equinox, and also feeling the sadness at seeing things budding a month earlier than usual due to climate change. The tips of the canes, too, held a tremendous surprise–when sliced longways (which someone had done recently to trim them), the cane of the blackberry bush forms a 5 pointed star, a pentagram, not so dissimilar from the pentagram I found in the chickweed plant some years ago. This cultivation of the sacred is, in part, observing sacred patterns of nature, unfolding around me, on my daily walk home from campus. And noticing the nature–the birds, the trees, appriciating them and knowing their names. And its more than patterns–the bramble holds medicine, food, protection–and as a druid, I’ve worked to learn about all of its gifts.  As I look in awe at the bramble, I wonder how many people have cultivated such a sacred relationship with the land in this area? That even would look at the bramble and be willing to look closer?

 

Spirit of Chickweed Painting

As a Druid, you might be the first adult person in several generations to see that land with something other than indifference, profit, or going into the land for the sole purpose of taking. As a druid, you might be the first to enter those lands again, in a long time, to see those lands not only in appreciation, but as sacred spaces. You might be the first who is willing to tend those lands again, to help heal, to help regenerate, to give rather than pillage and take. When I, as a druid, walk into the forest, I am often aware that I am reconnecting with lands that have not been thought of, or engaged with, as sacred for a very long time. What a gift it is to the land, to really see it. To interact with it. To hold it sacred. To be willing to learn and grow with it–in it–through it. To walk and see the buds on the trees, to see the medicine growing up out of the cracks of the sidewalks. I’m not just talking about the wild places here, but all places. You can sense the sacredness of the soil, even below the buildings that sit on it. You realize that there is no unsacred space, that all spaces and places, regardless of their damage, are still part of this great living earth–as you, too, are a natural part of it.

 

For many druids, interacting with the land in a sacred way is one of your gifts to the world–and it is an incredibly powerful gift that takes a lifetime of exploration to truly understand and realize.

 

The act of opening yourself up to these experiences are, for many, the first steps down the druid path. As one of the Archdruids in AODA, I spend a lot of time talking with new druids on the path and mentoring druids who are just starting their journey and studies. I read letters that they write that tell us about why they want to become druids, what they hope to gain from druidry. So many times, it seems that rebuilding that connection to nature is one of the key reasons that they join. To many people, when they first find druidry, are excited.  They often say, “This is the path that describes me, as I already am!”  This gives them a word that finally fits their self-image, the person that they are becoming with each passing breath and each cycle of the sun and moon. And every one of those letters, without fail, talks about reconnecting to the natural world!

 

Another tragic part of the myth of progress, asks us to give our power, especially our creative gifts, up and to let others provide us entertainment.  It saps our creative energy, and we are disempowered as creative thinkers and doers in the world.  Therefore, a second major gift of druidry, I believe, is regaining that creative force, the flow of awen, and using it for good in our own lives and in the lives of others in the world. Even the act of meditation alone allows us to “clear” our minds; the AODA’s sphere of protection or OBOD’s light body exercises allow for the Awen to flow within us again. And we desperately need these creative responses here and now–through music, poetry, artwork, dance, painting, crafts, the written word–to help us make sense of, process, and respond to what is going on. The creative arts help us make sense of the world and what is happening and can reach people meaningfully and deeply in ways that we otherwise could not.  At least in my own experience, my path in the bardic arts helps give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves and to cultivate reconnection through my writings on this blog, my artwork, my teaching, and more.

 

Get out into the world!

The world is changing quickly around us, and for many, darkness appears to be settling in. Things are growing more frenzied, more desperate, more terrifying. The true tolls of incessant pillaging of the planet are now so visible and known, and will continue unfold in the years and generations to come. Just a few weeks ago, we passed the 2 degree threshold that so many have said, over the years, that we shouldn’t pass.  Those in denial are, well, still in denial, and the temperature keeps rising. But the rest of us must understand and work with our own grief, our own responses. Many come to druidry because they are looking for some path forward through this mess, and Druidry helps them take such a path, a path deeper into the landscape, into their own creative gifts, and through the difficulty that we are all facing.  Druidry, perhaps, gives us hope and reconnection–exactly the kind of thing, I believe, we need as we move forward into this unknown and terrifying territory. Many druids find themselves integrating spiritual responses with other kinds of responses–permaculture, for example, is a fantastic “get your hands dirty” compliment to this path (and certainly, its a big part of my own druid practice).

 

To wrap up, some of the greatest gifts I see of druidry are (in true triad form):

  • A gift to the land through the cultivation of a sacred relationship, awareness, and active healing work, but also through recognizing, confronting, and doing something about the predicament we face as a planet.
  • A gift to its people through the cultivation of the creative human arts, to give the land voice in the world through music, story, song, artwork, dance and more.
  • A gift to ourselves and to the nurturing of our souls, to give us tools, and outlets of response and the freedom to engage in bardic arts that reconnect humans and their landscape.

 

Finding the druid path is a gift, a blessing, and the ramifications of it go well beyond just ourselves. Often, for the first few years down this path, you are absorbing, like a sponge, all that you can–and things are very inward focused. You have a lot of healing work to do on your own inner landscape, and that’s critical work to do, work that will take a lifetime. But at some point, that sponge becomes full, and you are now ready to reverse the process, and give those gifts back to thee world. Druidry is a gift to the world, if we make it so. And on this sacred day, when so many things hang in the balance, it helps us re-balance our own lives, hearts, and souls.

Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Validated | The Unbounded Spirit

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Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Validated | The Unbounded Spirit

It has been recently scientifically validated that hugging trees is good for you. Research has shown that you don’t even have to touch a tree to get better, you just need to be within its vicinity has a beneficial effect.
In a recently published book, Blinded by Science, the author Matthew Silverstone, proves scientifically that trees do in fact improve many health issues such as concentration levels, reaction times, depression, stress and other various forms of mental illness. He even points to research indicating a tree’s ability to alleviate headaches in humans seeking relief by communing with trees.


The author points to a number of studies that have shown that children show significant psychological and physiological improvement in terms of their health and well being when they interact with plants and trees. Specifically, the research indicates that children function better cognitively and emotionally in green environments and have more creative play in green areas. Also, he quotes a major public health report that investigated the association between green spaces and mental health concluded that “access to nature can significantly contribute to our mental capital and wellbeing”.


So what is it about nature that can have these significant effects? Up until now it has been thought to be the open green spaces that cause this effect. However, Matthew Silverstone, shows that it is nothing to do with this by proving scientifically that it is the vibrational properties of trees and plants that give us the health benefits and not the open green spaces

The answer to how plants and trees affect us physiologically turns out to be very simple. It is all to do with the fact that everything vibrates in a subtle manner, and different vibrations affect biological behaviours. One research experiment showed that if you drink a glass of water that has been treated with a “10Hz vibration” your blood coagulation rates will change immediately on ingesting the treated water. It is the same with trees, when touching a tree its different vibrational pattern will affect various biological behaviours within your body.

This vibrational idea is backed up throughout the book by a number of scientific studies to provide convincing proof that tree hugging has incredible benefits to us. One report even concluded the following: “safe, green spaces may be effective in treating some forms of mental illnesses”.

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There is one other school of thought are in alignment with this remarkable theory: Taoism. For example, the Taoist master Mantak Chia teaches students to meditate with trees, as a way of release “negative energies.” In his Cosmic Tree Healing Qigong method, Master Chia teaches how to align one’s body with the “aura” (or energetic field) of a tree. He explains that trees are natural processors that can help you transform your body’s sick or negative energy into positive, vital life force energy. As you connect your energy with the tree you facilitate your own physical and emotional healing. The Taoist theory is that because trees stand very still, they are better at absorbing the Earth’s Energy and the Universal Force from the Heavens. Trees and all plants have the ability to absorb the light frequencies and transform them into physical food; and they do the same with energetic food. The Taoist view of trees is to see them constantly in meditation, with subtle energy as their natural language.

>One other fascinating laboratory that studies plant vibrational energies is Damanhur, an intentional community in Italy. In this peaceful and spiritual ecovillage there is a laboratory in the woods that offers a beautiful choir of singing trees. Yeah, you read that right… Singing trees. Since 1976, researchers at Damanhur have invented and developed equipment that can capture electromagnetic changes on the surface of leaves and roots, transforming them into actual sounds. The best part is, these trees seem to control their electrical responses via a feedback mechanism, and demonstrate a kind of awareness and preference for types of music. The singing plants and trees of Damanhur have sparked off such a worldwide fascination that the people began organizing “Plant Concerts”, where musicians perform to the music created by the trees.

Watch this 15-minute video of a beautiful demonstration singing plants while one of Damanhur’s researchers explain the phenomenon.

Singing Plants at Damanhur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZaokNmQ4eY

Source: “Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Validated,” from uplift-media.com

Scientific & Spiritual Areas by Cnawan Fahey | Ethereal Nature

In California, I walked in the forests often…and I talked to some of the trees, and some of them talked back to me, imparting their wisdom. ~PB

Ethereal Nature

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As soon as you enter this woods, a sacred hush falls upon you, envelopes you, permeates you, and you know that the Mystery is powerful here. Even the most casual strollers you encounter seem to be under its spell, and walk with a more reverent air.
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In this woods Sugar Maple Trees over 200 years old tower above you.
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This woods is one of the few significant remnant old-growth parcels of “The Big Woods” left in Minnesota. While we have the Boreal Forest of conifers, birch and aspens in our north country, “The Big Woods” was a deciduous hardwood forest that once covered nearly 2 million acres through the central portion of the state. This remnant virgin woods is 220 acres. Virtually everything else of the original “Big Woods” is now gone, or second-growth.
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Technically, this woods is a “Scientific & Natural Area” – in Minnesota SNAs are used to “preserve natural…

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As A Tree by Cnawan Fahey | Ethereal Nature

A wonderful idea, some inspiring poems and a lovely Tree Dedication. Be sure to explore the original post comments.
~PB

Ethereal Nature

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A friend of mine posted this image on Facebook.   Such a fantastic concept!

Which prompted me to share this thought:

“How cool would it be to create a “living cemetery” of these that is a Food Forest ~ could literally feed one’s descendants, and they would be fed by their ancestors…   [see the link below for a description of a food forest]

Then someone else made this comment:

I like to think of me as a tree !!!

Which inspired me to write this little poem:

I like to think of me
as a tree ~
with roots sunk deep
into ancestral dreams
and ever nurtured
by the fecund earth
with a willing embrace
of this world of form.

I like to think of me
as a tree ~
with branches reaching
toward what is to be
and ever enlivened
by the radiant sun
with a willing embrace
of…

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THE ORACLE REPORT ~ Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE ORACLE REPORT
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 + Wednesday, December 17, 2014

 

THE ORACLE REPORT
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Third Quarter Moon Phase: revision


Moon in Libra


Ruling Mahavidya: Tara (Goddess Who Liberates)


Skill: 1) recognize when things are becoming too complicated and then un-complicate them by aiming for ease; 2) pay attention to trees


Negative Imprint: sacrificial lambs, hyper-focus, rushing, forcing, desperation, blocks, reversals of fortune


Positive Imprint: cutting through non-essentials, acknowledging others, ease, manifestation, reinforced roots, flow

Energetic conditions today are very complicated.  Many things need attention and it is easy to quickly become overwhelmed.  The mission for wise owls today is to remain in the mindset of ease.  This is achieved in any situation by asking the question What would be easiest?

This is easiest when we step back, take a deep breath, and look at things with a softer eye, a softer approach.  Rushing or forcing things tends to backfire today.

A softer approach does not mean inaction, and today the energy wants us to practice taking risks, opening up, and being vulnerable.

Being vulnerable does not mean being a doormat, and today the energy asks that we have courage for our convictions.  It shows where we need to honor ourselves more.

Honoring ourselves more does not mean we detach from others, and today the energy brings together like-minded people, places, and things.  Communicating, brainstorming, and sharing with others enhances our projects.

You see how one thing leads to another today, making for many complications.

But, the Sun is moving into its annual link up with the Galactic Center today and tomorrow.  This is the real story of this time of year –  a time of holidays that are really holy days. The real story is about light.  It’s about our inner heart fires joining with the flame of the Sun and the illumination of the Galactic Center.

I mention this because at the lowest octave, the energy of the Uranus-Pluto square that came in with full force last weekend is combining with the impending conjunction of Venus and Pluto with the New Moon this coming weekend to disenchant people.

When we are focused on the fact that people are focused on shiny baubles, we become sad and then we miss the opportunity.

When you see a string of gaudy Christmas lights, instead of reinforcing the imprint of artificiality and materialism flip your mind into an honoring of the principle of light which makes the gaudy Christmas lights possible.  Think of light for light’s sake.  Whether by candle, bonfire, moon, or electricity, light is light.  Remember the real reason for the season: light!

Most of my time this morning was spent in communication with the Mahavidyas about the next lunar cycle, which Andrew and I will record tomorrow.  You will not want to miss this one.  I will detail how, as a parliament of wise owls, we are standing in witness to what the Archons and their new world order minions are doing and planning (evidenced today via sacrificial rituals with children – the false flag attack at the Pakastani school).  The Sabian symbol or energy that was in effect with this, you will recall from yesterday, is “a boy with a censer at the altar with the priest.”

To put it much more mildly than Kali put it to me, the Archons can expect a “kiss” from her next cycle.  Since they are blind, they won’t see it coming.  But we will.  Maintain a strong center – one that is not pulled off into tricks that tell us humans do horrible things to each other by nature.  We don’t.  There’s third-party interference here and we are wise to it.  Capture the real opportunity right now – our homecoming with light.
Thank you for supporting the Oracle Report.  Blessings to all!

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THE ORACLE REPORT
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Third Quarter Moon Phase: reorient

Moon in Libra/Scorpio

All of the Mahavidyas join us today

Skill: celebrate

Negative Imprint: struggle, getting lost, excluding others, lack of depth, closed to possibilities, tantrums when people don’t get what we want

Positive Imprint: joy, light, harmony, love, what feels like home, spiritual connection, devotion, loyalty, heights of expression, filled with the breath of spirit

The cosmic rain turns to cosmic fireworks today, as the Sun moves into conjunction with the Galactic Center, releasing an array of solar flares.  It’s a cosmic party of epic proportion and we are all invited. Since 8:00 pm ET/01:00 am UT last night, the Sun has released three flares.  The latest was an M9  – almost X-class.  It is not known at this time if any of the flares produced coronal mass ejections, but, clearly Sabaoth the Sun is happy to energetically “come home.”  This is where we’ve been headed all month.

The Sun’s conjunction with the Galactic Center only happens only one time each year – this time of year.  For about three days, the Sun is in perfect harmonic resonance with our spiritual home in the galaxy.  It’s always an energetic explosion of light, but this year is spectacular with the Sun’s display of sunworks.  As I said yesterday, it is the reason for the season.  Truly it is joy to the world, heaven on Earth.

The mission today is to maintain the connection with the idea of celebration, knowing what is really going on at spiritual levels.  We can have our own little party of the mind.  With this attitude/sense of happiness and joy, anyone who comes into range has the opportunity to join us.  They will not necessarily know this reason for the party today, but happiness spreads.  It’s true holiday spirit.

Spirit is close with these energetics, and today we breathe out so that spirit can breathe us in.  This is in-spir-ation.  It’s a party favor that we take with us.  It has deep meaning for each of us.  Spirit is setting off sparks inside of us, activating ideas, connections, and feelings that are creating the blueprints and plans for the future.  If we are open, a massive download of information is available.  Ask a question and watch the universe bring your answer.

Even though we don’t know if any CMEs were released with the flares, the occasion (and intensity of the solar activity) merits a look at the Sabian symbols or celestial code that identifies energy signatures that are involved.  It’s too much to write this morning, but I will discuss it in the audio overview of the next lunar month, which will be recorded today.  Here’s a preview:  The Sabian symbol for the first flare is “the chanticleer’s (rooster’s) voice heralds the rising Sun with exuberant tones.”

Heralds the rising Sun with exuberant tones.  We can do that, right, wise owls?  Let’s celebrate!

My Tags: Astrology, Liberation, Trees, Simplification, Ease, Manifestation, Flow, Soft Approach, Light, Inner Heart Fire, Galactic Center, 3rd Party Interference, Cosmic Fireworks, Solar Flares, Celebration, Joy, True Holiday Spirit, Exuberance,

Ground Excess Energy, Free Meditation Download | Shanta Gabriel

Ground Excess Energy, Free Meditation Download | Shanta Gabriel

Posted: 02 Nov 2014 05:00 AM PST


Ground any excess energy, such as fear or anger, into the earth, then bring an open heart into the present moment.

Shanta Gabriel

Until late 1988 I was not even aware of the concept of “grounding.” In fact, if anyone had brought it to my attention, I would have asked, “Why?” My life was focused in the upper realms of the Divine, and the Earth held very little interest to me. That is until something bothered me, and then my emotions would be engaged and I would be very upset at the way my life on Earth was appearing in that moment.

When my counselor suggested the need to ground my thoughts and emotional states, it became clear that I really never felt safe to be in my body. This was a revelation of sorts. I had never felt “at home” on the planet and was sure that I did not fit in here at all. Like the story of the “missing zygote” in Women Who Run with the Wolves, I was sure there had been some mistake and I had landed here by accident. At the very least, I did not believe that my Soul had planned that this Earth, with all its darkness and challenges, was the one I volunteered to incarnate into.

Still, I paid attention to the advice I was given and began to do safety affirmations. “It’s safe to be on the planet. It’s safe to be who I truly am. It’s safe to live in my Truth.” Those helped tremendously, but it was not until I started to incorporate the grounding process into my daily spiritual practice, that life began to change more dramatically.

I found that the process of grounding the excess energy I was experiencing brought me immediate relief from the anxiety-producing sensation of having my finger in an electrical socket. The most surprising thing I discovered was that the more I embodied my spiritual life the happier I became.

I noticed that I could feel nurturing energy running up my legs from the Earth, and the base of my spine felt more free and open. Two side benefits also occurred that I was not expecting.

One is that my body has a natural wisdom that can really assist my process in the world and alert me when I need to pay attention.For most people that will seem obvious, but for many energetically-sensitive souls, it has been too painful to fully inhabit our physical bodies. This left my little personality and small physical being to take care of the task of life which she was woefully unprepared to do.

The second thing that helped me turn this process around was learning that when I am grounded my heart immediately feels more open and I am more at peace inside.

There are some that say we should not ground our negative energy into the Earth, that she has enough problems already. My experience, however, is that the Mother of the Earth does not judge our energy as negative or positive. It is just “energy,” and as such has great value. When we confer energy onto the planet, we are blessing her. This is especially true if it is our intention.

Meditation on a Tree - mp3There are many exercises and wonderful visualizations for grounding energy, including my Meditation on a Tree. In this guided meditation, we use the analogy of tree roots spreading below our feet to create a grounded base for us to live from. Trees are beautiful demonstrations for us of being strong in our core, open in our upper centers to receive Divine Light, and grounded in our root system so we can bring our divinity to Earth.

Please download the beautiful meditation here as my gift to you.

For many years I have also used the Golden Pillar of Light from our connection to Source energy above the head flowing down below the feet in a powerfully whole visualization that demonstrates our attributes as a blended being bridging Heaven and Earth.

Once we have an intention to ground any excess energy we are experiencing, something as simple as slowing down our breath and placing our hands on our heart will bring us back into our body awareness, where we can be more resourceful in dealing with life.

Grounding allows us to integrate the new frequencies and learn powerful ways to stay connected to Source energy in every area of our lives. The intensity of the energy frequencies we are all experiencing from the sun, as well as all that is transpiring on the earth, is having an impact on our nervous systems. We need to be able to detach from the high level of emotionality that is all around us and feel more present in our bodies in order to be more peaceful.

We are here to spiritualize our lives so there is no separation between our heart and mind. This allows us to bring spirituality more profoundly into our work and into our relationships. When you ground any excess energy that is causing you to feel anxious or upset, you can come back very quickly into your heart. The resourcefulness that you will create will be able to establish a deeper place of peace and harmony within you that is incredibly practical.

Most of the people reading this information have chosen to be in this life to bring a deeper connection to the realms of divinity and blend those aspects of Self into the fullness of their humanity. With every choice we make to bring Spirit into matter and be present with the wisdom of the Earth, we are affecting the world around us in beautiful ways. Each person grounding their deeply spiritual intention for life affects hundreds of thousands of people.

Finally I have realized that it is to introduce ways of living in the Spirit while being in a physical body that I believe my Soul planned for me to do here on Earth. Since 2012 I have begun to feel “at home” in a very new way. Who knew it would take more than 60 years! I love the new energies and recognize that my heart holds the key connection to being able to create the world we love to live in, have Beauty and Well-being active within and around us, and to be deeply fulfilled and happy.

When we are fully grounding our spiritual connection into our physical bodies, we become a powerful force for Love on the planet. From that place, miracles occur naturally.

Shanta Gabriel, 2014
www.ShantaGabriel.com

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16 Of The Most Magnificent Trees In The World

I cannot even begin to express the joy, inspiration, healing and peace I feel when I am amidst trees. I love trees, not only for their beauty, but for the protective canopy and cleansing air they provide. On rare and treasured occasions, I have also experienced and interacted with their sentience, on a deep, intuitive level, which I call “talking to trees”. It is a 2-way conversation, where they inform me of something through my heart chakra or hypothalamus, which is where their energy hits the body. These impressions are instantly translated into words that come to me from the impression .  I have also had a conifer wrap it’s tendril around my finger, as I stared in disbelief…and in response to my thought that “this did NOT just happen!” the tree did it again to prove me wrong. Then I knew that our silent communication was real.

We need trees much more than they need us. Trees are higher-dimensional beings who need our understanding and protection, not only for their survival, but for the preservation of all of life on the planet. Bless the trees, plant some trees, it is wonderful to go back years later and visit them!

~Phoenix Boulay

16 Of The Most Magnificent Trees In The World

 

How do I love thee, tree? Let me count the ways; you change carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breathe, you sequester carbon, and you provide shelter for countless critters. There are many reasons for which we should all be tree-hugging hippies, but within the scope of this article, all we’ll focus on is how amazing some of them look.

Granted, not all of these amazing beautiful trees are trees (the Wisteria is a vine, Rhododendrons are shrubs, and bamboo technically belongs to the grass family), but we’ll give them a pass because they are amazing, huge and beautiful. So once you step outside and take a breath of fresh air, hug the nearest tree and say thank you!

If you know of an amazing tree not on this list, you can submit it at the bottom of this post.

 

 

125+ Year Old Rhododendron “Tree” In Canada

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This huge 125-year-oldold rhododendron is technically not a tree – most are considered to be shrubs. You can find out more about it here. (Image credits: reddit)

 

 

144-Year-Old Wisteria In Japan

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Image credits: tungnam.com.hk

 

 

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At 1,990 square meters (about half an acre), this huge wisteria is the largest of its kind in Japan. Read more about it here. (Image credits: y-fu)

 

 

Wind-Swept Trees In New Zealand

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These trees on Slope Point, the southern tip of New Zealand, grow at an angle because they’re constantly buffeted by extreme antarctic winds. Find out morehere. (Image credits: Seabird Nz)

 

 

Beautiful Japanese Maple In Portland, Oregon

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Image credits: falcor88

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Image credits: Tom Schwabel

 

 

Antarctic Beech Draped In Hanging Moss In Oregon

The antarctic beech is native to Chile and Argentina, though this specimen is from the U.S.’ North Pacific region. (Image credits: Drew Hopper)

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Blooming Cherry Trees in Bonn, Germany

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This beautiful tunnel of cherry blossoms blooms in Bonn, Germany in April. To see more tunnels like this one, click here. (Image credits: Adas Meliauskas)

 

 

Angel Oak In John’s Island In South Carolina

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The Angel Oak in South Carolina stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall and is estimated to be more than 1400 or 1500 years old. (Image credits: Daniela Duncan)

 

 

Flamboyant Tree, Brazil

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The flamboyant tree is endemic to Madagascar, but it grows in tropical areas around the world. (Image credits: Salete T Silva)

Dragonblood Trees, Yemen

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The dragonblood tree earned its fearsome name due to its crimson red sap, which is used as a dye and was used as a violin varnish, an alchemical ignredient, and a folk remedy for various ailments. (Image credits: Csilla Zelko)

The President, Third-Largest Giant Sequoia Tree In The World, California

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President, located in Sequoia National Park in California, stands 241 ft (73m) tall and has a ground circumference of 93 ft (28m). It is the third largest giant sequoia in the world (second if you count its branches in addition to its trunk). (Image credits: Michael Nichols)

Maple Tree Tunnel in Oregon

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Image credits: Ian Sane

 

Rainbow Eucalyptus In Kauai, Hawaii

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Image credits: jwilsonnorton

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The rainbow eucalyptus, which grows throughout the South Pacific, is both useful and beautiful. It is prized for both the colorful patches left by its shedding bark and for its pulpwood, which is used to make paper. (Image credits: Christopher Martin)

Jacarandas in Cullinan, South Africa

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These beautiful Jacarandas, with their violet flowers, grow in South Africa. (Image credits: Elizabeth Kendall)

Avenue Of Oaks At Dixie Plantation In South Carolina

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This avenue of oak trees was planted some time in the 1790s on Dixie Plantation in South Carolina. (Image credits: Lee Sosby)

Baobab Trees In Madagascar

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These baobabs in Madagascar are excellent at storing water in their thick trunks to use during droughts. (Image credits: confitalsurf)

The Dark Hedges In Northern Ireland

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Image credits: Stephen Emerson

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Ireland’s Dark Hedges were planted in the 18th century. This stunning beech tree tunnel was featured on Game of Thrones as well. Read more about it here. (Image credits: Christopher Tait)