October 5 walk

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA we found old trees hornbeam, beech, a regal oak along a stream to cross we crawled through blackthorn carefully ( blackthorn is a symbol of the path to the underworld) following the brook we came to a point where the stream held a corner of raised land joined by another waterway on it was a grove of ash trees old, pollarded and sacred we lay on the green moss bed caused by the opening ash trunks we left the grove- as soon as I was in the sun I felt for my sunglasses, I had left them on the grass, at the same moment Charlotte knew she had left hers on the tree- both of our ‘eyes’ had been left did we not need ‘to see through a glass darkly’, or to see more clearly or no need to see with our eyes… walking back out we saw a hare take its time leaving we found its ‘form’ and treated it reverently hoping it would return when we were gone amazed we walked on and crossed a brambled -covered bridge to the next field a friendly herd of sheep visited us and followed us closely this was a walk of ‘signs’

ASH: (Fraxinus spp.) – A Druid sacred tree. Druid wands were often made of ash because of its straight grain. The Ash is one of the sacred Druidic three: ‘Oak, Ash & Thorn’. The Ash is associated with applications in magick for sea power, ocean rituals, karmic laws, magical potency, healing and health, protection, love, women’s mysteries, prophetic dreams, prosperity. The European variety (Fraxinus excelcior) was referred to in the Eddas as the species of Yggdrasil – the ‘World-Tree”. The first man, named Ask, was created from an ash log. Ash was commonly used to make spears because of its ‘springiness’ and straight grain. In North America, strips of black ash were split along the grain to make splints for baskets and hoops. It is used in weaver’s beams. Women would weave cloth and intermingling threads together in a tight pattern as the microcosm and the macrocosm are united. Ash can be used in spells requiring focus and strength of purpose, and indicates the linking of the inner and outer worlds. Put fresh ash leaves under your pillow to stimulate psychic dreams.  from Tree-Lore Ancient- Wisdom website

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