Druid Tree Workings: Working with Trees in Urban Settings

The Oak Grove in the Morning Light

The Druid's Garden

Maples growing up through grate--been there for years! Maples growing up through grate–been there for years!

I walk down the sidewalk of a street in the small town that I call home.  As I journey, I see a crabapple friend with ripening fruit, her leaves rustling in the gentle breeze. I reach out to her, and tell her I look forward to harvesting some in the fall.  She is pleased, as her fruit is largely ignored, and delighted that I will return.  I see others along my walk: horse chestnuts, lindens, mulberries, serviceberries, balsam poplars–many trees that are different species from the forests where I often tread.  Finally, I walk across a grate and wave to the maples growing up from below, in the four foot space below the grate and the drainage channel and into someone’s driveway. These urban trees are often shaped by humans in ways forests are not: an odd growth habit becuase of pruning…

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Spirit of Spider {Animal Totems}

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Role: The Weaver

Lesson: Balance

Element: Earth

Wind: West The Quest Within

Medicine: Illusion

 Communication. Creativity. Divine Inspiration. Illusion. Balance. Nurturing Instinct. Mystery. Wisdom. Magic.

NAVAJO CREATION STORY

“In the beginning, there was the dark purple light at the dawn of being. Spider Woman spun a line to form the east, west, north, and south. Breath entered man at the time of the yellow light. At the time of the red light, man proudly faced his creator. Spider Woman used the clay of the earth, red, yellow, white, and black, to create people. To each she attached a thread of her web which came from the doorway at the top of her head. This thread was the gift of creative wisdom. Three times she sent a great flood to destroy those who had forgotten the gift of her thread. Those who remembered floated to the new world and climbed to…

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The Mayans 2

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I have been told Archeology has a three age system and these three ages are stone, bronze and iron. They categorize ancient civilizations by the tools they find. To keep it short, they have never found bronze or Iron tools in the Mayan empire, so they consider the Maya primitive. My response to them “The Maya had tools that were harder than Iron made of jadeite. As a matter of fact they had specialized tools for every job. Since the Maya were smart enough to use materials far more advanced than the “old world”, shouldn’t the Europeans be considered primitive when compared to the Maya?” The three age system they talk about was invented by the Danish government in 1812. Guidelines for a civilization should be based on intellectual and scientific achievements, societal advancement, technological accomplishments and division of labor. Archeology is the one in the stone age.

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Art and Spirit: The Bardic Arts as Self Development and Spiritual Practice

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“The way to see what looks good and understand the reasons it looks good, and to be at one with this goodness as the work proceeds, is to cultivate an inner quietness, a peace of mind so that goodness can shine through.”

–Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values.

In the last two months, through various angles, we have explored ways of taking up the path of the bard, one of the three paths of the druid tradition. Topics have included the cultivation and flow of awen, cultural challenges surrounding taking up the path of the bard, and tips for how to cultivate the bardic arts. In my last post, we also explored some of what industralization had us lose in terms of the bardic arts–both to those who create them and those who use them and how we might…

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The Mayans

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The Mayans were the most advanced of all the ancient civilizations. We are told they were savages that sacrificed humans and were a very war like people. I have shown in previous writing this is all lies. We are even told they disappeared, but there are millions of Mayans still living today. The problem we have with Mayan research is it is all done by religious and academic lap dogs who have a lot to lose if they ever told the truth. The people doing the historical research on the Mayans want you to keep believing Christopher Columbus discovered America. Not only will I shatter the lies of the Mayans, but I will give you the true identity of Christopher Columbus.

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Ozark Encyclopedia – F – Feathers

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Chicken feathers burned under bed to stop bleeding during childbirth – “After the babe is delivered, some hillfolk burn a handful of chicken feathers under the bed, as this is supposed to stop hemorrhage.” ~Randolph OMF 201

Feather bed against colds – “My grandfather still sleeps on a feather bed twelve months a year. This, he declares, is the reason he never catches a cold.” ~Parler FBA II 1782

Feathers burned for bowels – “Put feathers in a pot and place a hot coal down in it so the feathers will smoulder. If you sit on this, it will make your bowels move.” ~Parler FBA II 1914

Turkey feather used for diphtheria – “After the doctor gave me up with diphtheria, my grandmother stripped a long turkey feather down until there was a small duster on the end. She ran this down my throat and brought it out with a…

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ECHOES OF THE ANCESTORS: ABALONE SHELL

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Abalone strengthens the structure of the body and the functions of the heart chakra. Increased emotional expression and a strengthening of the immune system can also be expected. As well abalone encourages individuality and expansion.

Energy: sensitive, family-oriented

Uses: Abalone is especially useful for handling and calming emotional situations. Having abalone nearby when working through an emotional situation with someone is said to be soothing, and promotes cooperation. Mystical lore suggests that abalone is helpful for arthritis and other joint disorders, muscle problems, the heart, and digestion.

Star Sign: Cancer
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Chakra: Throat

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TIPS FOR ABALONE SHELL

Wear abalone shell to let your femininity shine

Place abalone shell in your bathroom to help you relax

Hold abalone shell in a quiet place to help you release emotions

Put abalone shell in your work place to help relieve tension

Carry abalone shell to allow you to see the…

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My Soul is Connected

Mother and Child

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What is this Mother and Child Pose all about? Every religion has some kind of mother posing with her child, usually male, on her lap. Mary has Jesus in her lap, Mother Yashoda has Krishna in her lap and many more have a god child in the lap or their mother. There were even religions that worshipped the Mother and Child. It all goes back to Isis with the suckling Horus in her lap, but what is this symbol trying to tell us?

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Evil Eye

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The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune and injury. All the talismans created are basically for fighting fire with fire because they are called the ‘evil eye’ too. People with green eyes were said to be the main perpetrators of this misfortune, so they are said to be ‘green with envy’.

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