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Old 18-03-2012, 08:22 AM   #33
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I'm eighty-five now and I've been communicating with trees for over sixty years, and yes, they definitely do talk back. So do other kinds of plants. When I was a child, believe it or not, I even had a conversation with a single blade of grass, but nothing could have prepared me for this!

I wrote this recently in a forum called Oak & Mistletoe lamenting the recent loss of a dear friend of mine, an eighty-five year old Maple tree that was just outside the bedroom window of the apartment I have lived in for the last thirty-five years. Ever since the day I moved in, the first thing I did each day when I woke up in the morning was to open my curtains and say "Good Morning!" and tell her how I was feeling, what I was going to do that day and how beautiful she was....

She told me once a long time ago she would have a surprise for me one day, but I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams what Faery Magick was to come.

I lost you, my old friend, a few days ago. For thirty-five years we together unfailingly marked the glorious changing of the seasons, and you kindly shaded the backside of my building during the heat of many a summer.

You were the picture of health towering seventy feet high, about the same age as me (85) from what I have been told. Numberless generations of squirrels and birds had called you home. So many happy memories.... the squirrels scurrying and leaping about.... the raccoons and possums that once found rest among your inviting branches.... all the birds nests that erupted with the delightful chorus of baby birds each year.... and the fascinatingly intricate freshly spun spider webs, glistening with morning dew, among your limbs in the light of the rising sun!

I loved you so very, very much.... Oh! My dear beloved old Maple Tree, how I wish I could have saved you!

You my old friend.... who brought such joy into my life, and the lives of so many others for so many years.... are gone."

Not long after I posted this little eulogy showing the tree that had been cut down, it was suggested by a member of the forum in Australia calling herself "Crystal" that some part of my old friend should be preserved and that perhaps a wand, a bowl or a pendant could be made.

Since my youngest son is an artist and former wood worker, he volunteered and began to search for just the right piece of wood. He found one that he liked but I rejected it because it didn't "feel" right. He continued to search and as he did he noticed a hollow near the center of the tree trunk that was exposed when it was cut down. It must have formed many, many years ago, probably seventy or eighty, while I was still only a child.

Clearly two tree trunks once close together had merged, becoming one. He cleared it of saw dust and made the most remarkable discovery.... Within the tree all these many years had been hidden a secret! I watched from the second floor walkway of the building as he carefully pried it loose.

When he brought it in I could hardly believe my eyes.... it was like a dream. It's about two and three quarters inches across at the widest point and has all the subtle beauty of a great Emerald, my fovorite gem! On closer examination several very small bubbles could be seen and it became obvious that it is made of glass, perhaps naturally formed, perhaps man made, there is no way to know.... and there is no way to determine its actual age with any certainty either. What a wonderful mystery!

It was made clear to me over the course of several meditations that there really was no ritual or consecration that I or any one else could possibly perform that would in any way enhance or improve on the rich, slow and penetrating consecration the Nature Spirits and the Tree Spirit itself had already so skillfully accomplished.

There was only a brief meditative visualization.... in silence.... and it was not one of consecration, but rather one which both honored and gave loving thanks to the Tree Spirit and the Nature Spirits.

Several small pieces of glass had fallen off of the main piece, and one of the larger ones was simply returned to the hollow during this meditative visualization, establishing a strong permanent connection between the Tree Spirit, the Nature Spirits, and myself.... It was then placed on my altar, resting upon a small simply carved pedestal whittled by my son from a branch he saved....

Here are better images of the hollow where it was found.... Wishing you all wonderful things! Guenn

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