Seeing that we will include the Latin American Rain Forest in one of our next meditations, and after a friend of mine told me recently how much he feels at peace being in a pine tree forest, I wondered if certain trees have special spiritual meanings.
On http://livingartsoriginals.com/infoforests.htm I found the meanings for the following trees. Enjoy!
symbolize magic, youth, beauty and happiness. The apple has long been associated with the symbolism of immortality. The mystical Isle of Avalon, famed place of eternal rest for Celtic heroes including King Arthur, is literally "the apple land" or "apple island." In Scandinavia, the North-European gods and goddesses were fed an apply every evening by Iduna, the goddess of spring who nurtures an apple orchard in Asgard.
symbolize sacrifice, sensitivity and higher awareness. The wood is white, strong and straight-grained. Ash is the timber of choice for production of baseball bats and tool handles. The wood is also favourable for furniture and flooring.
symbolism includes determination and overcoming fears and doubts. Renowned for their golden autumn foliage, aspen trees are the only broadleaf tree in the Rock Mountains. Individual aspen trees live only 100 years. However, aspen trees reproduce by sprouting shoots from their roots. This allows them to grow in a cohesive grove. Thus, a grove is actually a single living organism which can reach several thousand years in age.
symbolism includes tolerance, past knowledge and softening criticism. They produce edible nuts and are commonly used as timber for floors, furniture, cabinets and barrels.
symbolism includes harmony, peace, balance and all that is good. The cultivation of bonsai trees originated in China where they were fashioned into the shapes of dragons, serpents and other mystical animals. Eventually the art of bonsai tree cultivation became a practice of Japanese Buddhist monks who preferred the creation of more elegant forms.
meanings include new beginnings and cleansing of the past. Birch trees are also associated with vision quests. The common name birch is derived from an old Germanic root meaning "white, bright or to shine." The birch is considered the national tree of Russia, where it used to be worshipped as a goddess during the Green Week in early June.
meanings include healing, cleansing and protection. It is widely grown as an ornamental tree, planted in parks and large gardens for its dropping foliage. It is the national tree of Pakistan. The name "deodar" is derived from modern Indian language derivatives of the Sanskrit name "devdar", meaning "timber of the gods." Buy a symbolic Deodara Ceder tree ... for a significant occasion or to mark the birth or passing of someone you love.
symbols also mean death and rebirth and new awakenings. Because of their considerable value as both food and ornamental plants, many cherry and other fruit tree species have been introduced to parts of the world to which they are not native. Many of the Old World species are grown for ornament or fruit, and have been planted throughout the world.
the copaiba balsam tree is symbolic of vitality and lives in the wooded savanna of Africa. The copaiba grows by runners, allowing it to create groves or forests of trees similar to aspen groves. The copaiba tree has an inverted cone shape that is flat on the top and is considered to be one of the most trees in savanna regions. ... The sap can be distilled as an essential oil reputed to assist in common digestive discomforts and in the support of a strong immune system. The sap is also used to mage hgh quality soaps and beauty aids.
symbolism includes understanding the role of sacrifice and is associated with the god of the underworld, Hades. Many species are grown as decorative trees in parks and in temples. A few species are grown for their timber, which can be very durable. Cypress oil is also used for shampoo, beauty and personal care products.
symbols mean birth, death, and the fairy realm. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Both flowers and berries can be made into elderberry wine and an elderberry brandy is produced in Hungary. The flowers may be used to make herbal tea, which is believed as a remedy for colds and fever. In Europe, the flowers are made into a cough syrup, which is diluted with water before drinking.
meaning includes strength of will and intuition. During the 18th and 19th centuries, elms were popular as ornamentals by virtue of their rapid growth and variety of foliage and forms. This popularity lasted until World War I when the consequences of hostilities, notably in Germany, and the outbreak of Dutch elm disease saw the elm slide into horticultural decline. Elm wood is valued for its interlocking grain, and consequent resistance in splitting, with significant uses in wheels, chairs and coffins. The wood is also resistant to decay when permanently wet and hollowed trunks were widely used as water pipes during the medieval period in Europe.
is symbolic of prudence. The name is derived from the Greek word "eucalyptos," which means "well covered." This name refers to the protective membrane that covers the budding flowers of the tree. The eucalyptus tree is also symbolic of Australia, where it is an important native tree. Eucalyptus has been used medicinally to treat the common cold, headaches due to colds, bronchial disease, throat inflammations, rheumatism, coughs, asthma and flue.
The fir tree has long been a symbol of springtime and immortality. More recently, fir trees are one of the primary trees used for Christmas trees, with the modern practice of Christmas trees beginning around 1500 in Germany. The tradition of bringing green branches into one's home to celebrate faith in eternal life was part of winter rituals as far back as the Egyptians. Today the use of a Christmas tree is nearly universal. The oil of the fir tree is known for its antiseptic action and ability to kill airborne germs and bacteria as well as support respiratory health.
symbolism includes hidden wisdom, dousing and divination. The nuts of all hazels are edible. The Common Hazel is the species most extensively grown for its nuts, followed in importance by the Filbert. A number of cultivars of the Common Hazel and Filbert are grown as ornamental plants in gardens.
symbols include protection, overcoming of anger and spiritual warrior. In many western cultures, holly is a traditional Christmas decoration, especially in wreaths. One traditional use is for chess pieces, with holly for the white pieces, and ebony for the black. Other uses include turnery, inlay work and as firewood. Looms in the 1800s used holly for the spinning rod. Because holly is dense and can be sanded very smooth, the rod was less likely than other woods to snag threads being used to make cloth.
meanings include balance, promise and practicality. Maples are important as source of syrup and wood. Dried wood is often used for the smoking of food. They are also cultivated as ornamental plants and are beneficial for tourism in the autumn.
The oak is the mightiest of trees and symbolizes strength and courage. The ancient Romans thought oak trees attracted lightening and thereby connected the oak tree to the sky god, Jupiter and his wife, Juno, the goddess of marriage. Thus, the oak is a symbol of conjugal fidelity and fulfillment. The oak tree was regarded by Socrates as an oracle tree. The Druids likewise ate acorns in preparation for prophesying. In addition, the Druids believed the leaves of the oak tree had the power to heal and renew strength.
symbols include peace and opportunity. In many historical cultures, palms were also symbols for such victory and fertility. Today, palms remain a popular symbol for the tropics and vacations. Many common products and foods are derived from palms, and palms are also widely used in landscaping for their exotic appearance, making them one of the most economically important plants.
symbolism includes creativity, life, longevity, and immortality. Pine trees are recognizable by both their needle-like leaves and cones. Pines are commercially among the most important of species used for timber and wood pulp in temperate and tropical regions of the world. Some species have large seeds, called pine nuts that are harvested and sold for cooking and baking.
meanings include magic, healing, inner vision and dreams. The leaves and bark of the willow tree have been mentioned in ancient texts from Assyria, Sumer and Egypt as a remedy for aches and fever. Native Americans across the continent relied on it as a staple of their medical treatments. This is because they contain acetylsalicylic acid, also known as asprin. The willow is a famous subject in many East Asian nations' cultures, and the image has been employed in a variety of Korean poetry. The willow as also part of mourning pieces created in the 19th century (and earlier) by women to commemorate the death of a loved one. These pieces always include one or more mourners in dark dresses bent over a burial vault, tombstone or urn with a willow tree - a symbol of death, tears, mourning, and reflection. Perhaps this is the origin of the term "weeping willow."
Thanks for posting this wisdom Spirit Growth
How often we don't appreciate the healing powers of trees, there is a peacefulness that we don't acknowledge or take for granted, but sometimes when feeling sad, just by sitting near or under some trees brings a feeling of peace.
Love and care
I am a tree geek! I love the tree's and just walking through some lifts my soul to unbelievable heights! =)
Another good book to find the shaman wisdom and meaning of trees, plants and animals who show up in your view when you are walking: animals speak (= title).