Denn dieser Baum ist nur wenig anders als Erde und Himmel.
Er ist die Erde, die sich in den Himmel erhob, um die Berührungen des Windes und des Regens zu suchen,
und Himmel, der sich tief in die Erde tauchte, ihr Innerstes zu berühren
Bäume sind die mächtigsten Bewohner unserer Erde. Bei den meisten Religionen und im Brauchtum spiel(t)en die Bäume eine zentrale Rolle. Die Urvölker waren den Bäumen sehr stark verbunden.
Bäume wurden Gottheiten zugeordnet, die Kelten z.B. hatten ein Baumorakel, nach dem jedem Sternzeichen ein Baum zugeordnet ist. Sie sind allgegenwärtig und werden doch in der heutigen Zeit
von den meisten Menschen nicht mehr bewusst wahrgenommen. Dabei können wir von den Bäumen sehr viel lernen, uns mit ihrer Kraft verbinden o. die Bäume um Rat und Hilfe fragen.
Baumessenzen: nimmt die Kraft und die Schwingung des jeweiligen Baumes auf. Dadurch erschließt sich dem Anwender der Essenz auf einfache Weise die baumeigene Schwingung. Baumessenzen
wirken in erster Linie auf unseren feinstofflichen Körper ein. Die einzigartige Kraft und Energie der 'Baumseele' tritt mit unserer Seele in Resonanz und harmonisiert auf höchster Ebene. Diese Energien
beeinflussen gleichermaßen positiv unseren Körper und gebraucht zur Gesundheitsfürsorge.
Jüdische. Weisheit überliefert von den Chassidim: Die 2 Bäume im Garten Eden, der Baum der Erkenntnis [von Gut und Böse] (= Baum des Intellekts) und der Baum des Lebens (= Baum der Dynamis)
seien nur in dieser Welt in 2 Bäume geteilt, denn in Wahrheit sei es nur ein einziger Baum, dessen gemeinsame Wurzeln allerdings im Jenseits verankert seien. Weinreb schreibt dazu weiter: "Da ist auch
noch das Geheimnis des Baumes - ez -, der mit den Buchstaben Ajin und Zade geschrieben wird. In diesem Wachstum, im ersten, das sich als Wachstum zeigt, sind die beiden Seiten vereint.
Deshalb spricht die Thora auch von den Bäumen im Paradies, im Garten Eden.
Ajin [= das Auge], die Sicht auf das Leben, und Zade [= der Angelhacken], das Hinausgezogenwerden aus dem Leben.
China.: Die fünf Elementenlehre basiert auf fünf angenommenen Grundelementen (xíng), vielleicht besser zu übersetzen als Wandlungsphasen oder Aktionsqualitäten. Holz bzw. Baum Aufbruch,
Entwicklung eines Handlungsimpulses, Expansion, Steigen
Mythology: trees are often light bearers.
Maori: myth of Tane = God of the forest separated his father and mother to allow light to come to the world. (provings of Seq-g. Thuj. Guai. Agath-a confirm this).
Trees are the ambassadors of time. Repetitive feelings of being old and frail/tradition/longevity/aging/cycles and seasons.
Tree separates the worlds/in traditional cultures holds up the sky and separates the mother earth from the father sky/separates heaven and earth/mother and father/male and the female. Separation is a
huge theme in the tree family in Homeopathic medicine. A spontaneous proving of Kauri (= Agath-a). Sent to me in June of 1999 by a student. " I was conducting a spring clean of one of the rooms of
a scientist who works here and I spotted a box whose title caught my eye. It said ancient wood samples. Being curious I found three bottles. The one opened was entitled fossil Kauri and thinking to
find a lump of petrified wood, I found instead a fine powder which blew in my face as I took off the lid. Within seconds of breathing in the powder, I became light headed and giggly [backed up by
every prover in the proving of Kauri]. My first thought was Wow this could be stuff like that from the wood between the worlds [CS Lewis „The Magician's Nephew“] and it will transport me somewhere."
Dream of Aladdin on the carpet.
Trees always had a special magic calling us to acknowledge a deep interconnectedness.
Rooted in the earth and reaching towards the sky, not only are they a connection between the worlds, but they unify them. We know this from our experience of using Thuja in the clinic. = often used
tree remedy. In Thuja is a profound separation in the body. The soul is separated from the body, there is something in the abdomen, that strange people stand beside the bed, that she is pregnant, that
there is something alive in the belly, that the legs are made of wood, that there is a sense of brittleness and a liability to shatter. This theme of separation, while being a major theme of Thuja also belongs
to the tree family. A prescription of Thuja to the patient that describes his separation in this way has the effect of connecting all the separate parts, it unifies the patient.
Sheltering, feeding, parenting and shading are recurrent themes in Fic-m./common to the trees.
Mythologically worth remembering: trees are home to spirits in a multitude of traditions.
Trees: Tradition, growth, old, wise, death, life after death. Stability, steadiness, found, center, unchangeable, reserved, conservative, stiff, rheumatism, rooted, strong, heavy.
Function: shelter, nourishment, parenthood, shadow, caring for others, strong responsibility, oppressive protectiveness, communication, danger/insecurity, judgment. Dominance, control, wanting to
reach the sky (religious), dignity, serene. Rough/rude, frail/brittle, transcendence, floating sensation. Ailments from anticipation. Lack of creativity, inspiration. Isolation, resignation, introvert, emptiness.
Connection, communication, opposite, duality, loss of identity. Again we see some common themes here but also big differences between the mineral/gem world and the plant/trees world. The common
theme here would be death, life after death, rheumatism & communication troubles.
Gilgamesch-Epos ist das erste große Werk der Weltliteratur, erzählt Geschichte von Gilgamesch, eines sumerischen Königs der 1. Dynastie von Uruk (Bibel: Erech). Er erzürnte die Götter wegen brutalen
Frondienste, die er seinem Volk auferlegte. Sie hetzten den Wildmenschen Enkidu auf ihn. Enkidu und Gilgamesch haben einen Zweikampf Der Kampf bleibt unentschieden und beide schließen
Freundschaft. Später töten Gilgamesch und Enkidu den riesenhaften und bösartigen Wächter, Chumbaba, der heiligen Zeder. Mit Hilfe des Sonnnengottes, der Winden schickt. Sie fällen die heilige Zedern.
In einem anderen Abenteuer suchen Gilgamesch und Enkidu das Geheimnis des ewigen Lebens. Doch nachdem Gilgamesch es auf dem Meeresgrund gefunden hatte, stahl eine Schlange ihm das Leben
spendende Gewächs. Der Menschen, so die Botschaft des Epos, der Mensch ist auf ewig den Tod bestimmt. Ihm bleibt nur der Stolz auf seine Leistung.
Mythology: symbolic as the bearers of light. The New Zealand Maori myth of Tane for example bears out this point. Tane, God of the forest separated his father and mother to allow light to come to the
world. Moreover the homeopathic provings of Seq. Thuj. Guai. and Agath-a all confirm the symbolism of light bearing.
2. There is a strong aspect of time in the family grouping of trees. Trees are the ambassadors of time. Repetitive feelings of being old and frail, tradition longevity, aging, cycles and seasons
3. Tree that separates the worlds. Tree holds in traditional cultures up the sky/separates the mother earth from the father sky. Tree separates heaven and earth/mother and the father/male and female.
Separation is a huge theme in the tree family.
4. Trees have always had a special magic calling us to acknowledge a deep interconnectedness. Rooted in the earth and reaching towards the sky, not only are they a connection between the worlds,
but they unify them. We know this from our experience of using Thuj in the clinic. Thuj can be the most used tree remedy. In Thuj. we know from its use over centuries, a profound separation in the body.
The soul is separated from the body, there is something in the abdomen, that strange people stand beside the bed, that she is pregnant, that there is something alive in the belly, that the legs are made of
wood, that there is a sense of brittleness and a liability to shatter. This theme of separation, while being a major theme of Thuja also belongs to the tree family. Prescription of Thuja describes separation
in this way has the effect of connecting all the separate parts, it unifies the patient.
5. Sheltering, feeding, parenting and shading are recurrent themes in Moreton Bay Fig and common to the trees.
6. Mythology: trees are home to spirits in a multitude of traditions.
Worshipped from Asia, N. America, Oceania
‡ Baumstamm sind hoch gestülpte Wurzeln (Erde) ‡t./trees/mountains./earth. itself have the Saturn quality: slowness
Bäume sind oft Mittelpunkt eines Labyrinths.
„So lange der Baum gedeiht, gedeihen die Menschen“
In its more extreme forms, this plant-like Calc force manifests as shrunken, withered leathery, thorny and spiky plant stems (Cacti) and other succulents, in Lithops the stone plant and, of course, in trees.
But even amongst trees, it manifests most typically in the dry, thorny, withered, hardened and emaciated kind of tree that has adapted to extreme aridity.
[Maartje de Kok]
Physical characteristics of tree remedies in general:
Water system: kidneys, joints, perspiration.
a. Purifying the blood and the urine.
b. Regulation of the blood pressure
c. Making of red blood cells
d. Rheumatic complaints because of the stacking of crystals where the amount of uric acid in the blood is high.
Air system: ailments of the bronchi, the sinuses, colds.
Need for sunlight; reaching enlightenment.
Common themes of the trees
The anatomy of the trees in general
Conifers / Taiga
Upwards, open canopy of leaves
Downwards, closed canopy of leaves.
Essential oils, fragrances, nectars
Broad, flat, soft; seasonal change.
Survive the winter by letting the leaves fall to prevent dehydration. Here comes an end on the circulation of water. No deciduous tree can take water at - 5° C.
Survive the cold winters by minimizing their loss of water with their hard waxy needles.
The needles are ever green and are replaced after one or two years.
Richer; offer more energy as dead leaves and provides more to other organisms.
More heterogeneous woods.
Tree needs a lot of space.
The canopy is so dense that just a few plants can survive.
The ground is covered with slowly decaying needles which slowly offers food to the soil.
More homogeneous woods.
Great variety of flowers, fruits, seeds.
More than 60 families of angiosperms.
The seeds are covered which biologically is an advantage.
Cones (male / female)
Gymnosperms, seeds are uncovered and found in the cones.
Insects, bees, birds, mammals
Ants (formic acids à veroudering)
Boreal, North temperate
Survive with hot and cold temperature, little amount of sunlight and has only during 6 months water (can live in the desert).
During 30 days the circumstances are optimal.
Rich, moist soils or dry, well-drained rich humid soil, or dry soil.
Mineral, sandy, rocky.
100 million years old
300 million years old.
Foods, oils, furnishings, fine woods, instruments, spices, fragrance
Softwoods, fuel, chemicals
The biodiversity in the (sub) tropical woods is large, they contain about 80% of the species all over the world. Plants are growing fast and are climbing at each other. They battle to survive like animals.
Trees in the subtropical and the Mediterranean climates have more resistance to heat than to cold. Their leaves are waxy, thick, like leather and have prickles to protect them from being eaten by animals.
In the tropical woods the trees are green at all seasons. Heat and water are always there which stimulates a fast growth. The growth however happens with short breaks which pattern permits other
plants to grow during the breaks.
Material functions of the tree for mankind
Herbert Erdlin mentions in “Bomen, bos en hout” (= “Trees, forests and wood”) that trees are serving mankind in a lot more ways than other organisms on earth: Trees are:
o Big recycler in the ecosystem.
o Holding the earth with its roots to prevent erosion. Deciduous woods are holding 90% of the rain in the humus or organism.
o Offering place as a haven of refuge for plants and animals.
o Offering special products like: wood, charcoal, fibers (paper, cork), chemicals like gum, pain, wax, tannins, food like resins, fruit, nuts, oils, sugar, medicines, psychoactive products (coffee,
cocoa, chocolate, kola, poison, rubber, soap, cosmetics, antiseptics and spices.
Features from the botany of trees
- Periodical growth in stages and cycles.
- Strength, leader: all organisms have to adjust to changes in the woods.
o Only a few seeds are developing into trees, after a period of germination for two years. Only Salix and several others are germinating faster.
o All trees are built to prevent dehydration. Conifers survive extreme temperatures.
- An independent oneness: except for Thuja and several others which have offshoots, so these ones have several new trees around them.
- Bound on his place; cannot move.
- Unselfish; caring for other organisms, for example the production of oxygen, fruits, nuts, nectar.
- Large vascular system; which is holding a lot of water preventing dehydration.
- Large breathing system; providing animals, plants and humankind with oxygen.
- Protection and defence function of the outer and inner bark due to the cork cells which do taste bitter.
- Needy of:
o Sunlight for photosynthesis as a base of growth.
o Plenty of water because of the strong perspiration and therefore the great risk of dehydration.
o Minerals, like N, P, K, C, H, O, Fe, Mg, Ca, Na and S. Shortage or abundance will determine the growth of the specific tree.
- Periodicity reproduction.
o Procrastinated reproduction. Trees will blossom in adulthood where plants will blossom much earlier.
o The reproduction doesn’t differ much from the plants; both need the help of insects, animals and the wind. Some deciduous trees are producing nuts and conifers produce cones for reproduction.
o Only trees are known for mast years, the periodicity of releasing a lot of seeds one year after a hot summer, thus in the second fall.
The symbolism of the trees in general
People are having some kind of hatred to and a love affair with trees. Trees are freely giving food, shelter and utilities and meanwhile they are places of threatening danger and mystery. The woods do cover
a quarter of the earth, but most of all in poor societies or where the woods are not easily accessible. We are chopping them down for wood, paper and other utilities. Treating the woods wisely with management they can exist forever, but fire or chopping down can destroy ecosystems for years or forever. Woods seem to have no resistance and are slowly disappearing. In all cultures trees take an important place as symbols of life and death, of connection and separation (from wholeness), of protection and of responsibility. The tree seems to have an enormous archetypical power and are often said to resemble mankind.
Paracelsus: (1494-1541): described the human body in terms of branches and roots:
Dieses Gewächs [...] gleicht dem Menschen. Es hat seine Haut, das ist die Rinde; sein Haupt und Haar sind die Wurzeln; es hat seine Figur und seine Zeichen, seine Sinne und seine Empfindlichkeit
im Stamme. [...] Sein Tod und sein Sterben sind die Zeit des Jahres.
the tree with the vertical axis and the horizontal axis (shoulders, arms, hands). Fingers grow like new branches on the trunk. The hand with its fingers does resemble the roots. The blood vessels seem
to branch like nerves in a leaf and like the vessels in the trunk. The bronchi branch like branches of the tree.
A talker to trees, agrees with this resemblance, but in his opinion the tree stands upside down in the human body. The roots are similar to the brains, the tree trunk is similar to our body
and the branches are similar to our extremities. The leaves resemble the lungs in his opinion (Anthroposofy).
We are using many words in our language which are derived from the trees:
- ‘family tree‘ or in Dutch ‘stamboom´ or literally translated ´trunk tree´;
- ‘he is of the right stuff‘ or in Dutch ‘uit het goede hout gesneden‘;
- rooted or earthy
- ‘a strapping fellow‘ or in Dutch ‘een boomsterke jongen‘ or literally translated ‘a boy strong like a tree‘.
- ‘not see the forest for the trees‘ or in Dutch ‘door de bomen het bos niet meer zien‘
- ‘high winds blows on high hills‘; hills is replaced by the word trees in Dutch language.
The words and sayings are pointing to themes like tradition and ancestry, stability with steadiness, found, centre and invariableness and at last strength with being stoic, survival, conquering all obstacles.
The theme of connection
In our temporary industrialised society trees are slowly decimating what will give first of all loss of breath, loss of life. Rainforest are known for having an ecosystem which is very vulnerable. When one
tree will die, other species of plants and animals will also die. Deciduous forests are less vulnerable than tropical woods but they have also refined ecosystems which will take a long time to restore after
destruction. This pace of growing indicates the long term working of the tree remedies.
Second, trees and forests are losing their meaning to human life when you look at the loss of their value in social life. Some trees were planted on social areas because of their symbolism and their mythology
It is interesting that people all over the world had the same ideas about the trees. Trees in entirely different climates and different cultures did have the same themes and mythology.
Jung: "The primordial image, or archetype, is a figure (be it a daemon/a human being/a process) that constantly recurs in the course of history and appears wherever creative fantasy is freely expressed. Essentially, therefore, it is a mythological figure. . . . In each of these images there is a little piece of human psychology and human fate, a remnant of the joys and sorrows that have been repeated countless times in our ancestral history. . “ (CW 15: par. 127).
Jung tried to link the archetypes to heredity and regarded them as instinctual. We are born with these patterns which structure our imagination and make it distinctly human. Archetypes are thus very closely linked to our bodies. In his later work, Jung was convinced that the archetypes are psychoid, that is, "they shape matter (nature) as well as mind (psyche)". In other words, archetypes are elemental forces which play a vital role in the creation of the world and of the human mind itself. The ancients called them elemental spirits. Humans do not have separate, personal unconscious minds. We share a single Universal Unconscious. Mind is rooted in the Unconscious just as a tree is rooted in the ground. We have our own history as humans, but it is shaped according to universal patterns. Therefore the tree is such an important and powerful archetype
Although mankind seems to be losing some connection with the trees there are still stories and meditations about trees.
In the poem ´When you are a poet… ´ at the beginning of this chapter Thich Nhat Hanh speaks of the "interbeing nature of things." If everything is inter-related, then nothing has its own self-contained existence.
The centre is everywhere. This is a non-dual view of the cosmos. It strongly resembles Jung‘s concept of synchronicity - an acausal connecting principle." This perspective is related to the Buddhist view of ´emptiness´. So pathology in patients with themes about interrelatedness, communication, connection and emptiness may be treated with homeopathic tree remedies.
Trees were seen as mediators between heaven and earth because of the roots reaching deep into the earth and the branches touching the sky. The tree symbolically connects the upper world (the heavens), the middle or the earth world (like the Tolkien’s Middle Earth of the Lord of the Rings) and the lower world (the regions below the earth realms). The concept of the world tree or cosmic tree is not only known in shamanism but also in Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism. The cosmic tree was revered and worshipped by the community. The shaman used the tree to journey from the earth to the upper and lower realms. He would gain information for the benefit of the community.
According to Jan Cicchetti in Dreams, symbols & homeopathy the tree is the symbol of the process of growth toward the Self and the cross section of the tree as mandala representing the Self. The archetypal image of the tree is associated with growth, nourishment and unfolding of the individual, both physically and spiritually. Jung wrote of the tree in alchemical studies as representing growth from below upward and from above downwards and finally being rooted to the spot in old age, personality, and finally death and rebirth.
Besides the mediation between heaven and Earth there is also the mediation between light and dark and good and evil. In Jungian psychology from the psychodynamic theory we know the conscious, the sub consciousness and the unconsciousness. The latter represents the darkness, the unknown, inside of people. For growth people do need to explore the darkness within them. But overzealous attempts at reaching psychic heights or delving into the depths of the underworld can leave the seeker or the adventurer in a very dangerous place.
Trees have also the theme of the drive of growing upwards to God, to attain spiritual enlightenment. The danger for trees literally spoken is being struck by lightning when growing up too high. The enlightenment will then be sacrificed with death as the consequence. Trees will take that risk of dying when reaching for enlightenment. This enlightenment theme is seen in the myth of the Bodhi tree, where Gautama Buddha is thought to have realized his awakening under Ficus religiosa. In homeopathy it is known that all members of the Ficus family are empty inside, lacking the hard inner pith.
An example of the darkness has been seen in the old days in some cultures that men were worshipping trees with the obligation to bring even deadly sacrifices to honour the God of ghost in the tree.
We learn from this enlightenment / darkness theme that trees need to find a balance in growing up and rooting deeper into the inner world to develop a healthier way of personal growth; physically and spiritually.
Kabir, India: 15th century expresses the themes of conscious and the unconscious.
Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing: all earth creatures, even the supernovas, sway between these two trees, and it never winds down. Angels, animals, humans, insects by the million, also the wheeling sun and moon; ages go by, and it goes on. Everything is swinging: heaven, earth, water, fire, and the secret one slowly growing a body. Kabir saw that for fifteen seconds, and it made him a servant for life.
Sri Aurobindo (1872 – 1958) expresses the conflict of rooting into the earth and reaching out for the sky:
A tree beside the sandy River-beach Holds up its topmost boughs Like fingers towards the skies They cannot reach, Earth-bound, heaven-amorous. This is the soul of man. Body and brain Hungry for earth our heavenly flight detain.
The theme of connection between heaven and earth and dark and light is one of integrating both sides, to transform those sides into oneness or wholeness. The separation between the roots and the upper branches, between heaven and earth, between dark and light has a noted similar separation between good and evil. The tree appears in Christianity as the tree of knowledge in the garden of paradise. Adam and Eve‘s fall from paradise for eating the tree‘s fruit. Eve chose for knowledge and consciousness instead of the immortality of the life tree. The inner peace, being safe in the creation, free of grief and sickness en the Tree of Life in the paradise was lost. After losing the innocence of the animal existence people learned to know distress, suffering, disease, guilt, imperfection, being torn, fear of the future, sexuality, not just following their instincts. People will learn to know the opposites and have lost the sensation of wholeness.
The theme of protection is reflected in the planting of holy trees in the central area of a town or settlement. They have borne witness to many aspects of community life, from romantic meetings to harsh trails by town fathers. The oak and the Lime-tree were sacred trees with the Germans in the old days. They were used as guiding and protecting trees when judging people at the central area.
They were also used for marking borders. Crossing those trees was punished with an awful death penalty. Also bringing wounds to or cutting trees was heavily punished.
In Christianity a lot of sacred oaks and Limes were chopped down in those days because of the forbidden tree cult of the heathens. With the Reformation in the sixteenth century there was another round of cutting the trees down. In the line of these stories trees are known in homeopathy for dominance and leadership.
The theme of the cycle of life and death
Knowing the central themes of connection and protection we can understand that in mythology trees are seen as symbols of life. Trees are a source of life and strength because of the oxygen animals and mankind receive from trees and because of the mystery of the yearly cycle of growing, blossoming and dying of the tree, especially the deciduous ones. The cycle symbolizes nature and the transitory life.
The Ash was in Northern countries the Ygdrasil, the tree of life and knowledge. The tree of life was associated with the rising of the juice, the creation, the spirituality. The tree of knowledge was associated with the lowering of the juice, the salvation, the energy out of rain and dew. Ygdrasil was also a tree where judgment did take place.
The tree was often brought in connection with rituals of transformation, from childhood to adult. With the birth of a child people used to plant a young tree. The female Lime symbolised the life force for boys and girls.
Children would have been born in trees in myths of Germans (hollow trees) instead of being brought by the stork. Nowadays in Italy still parents do urge their sons to climb through a cleaved trunk 3x.
The cleavage symbolises a vagina where the boys will rebirth in a ritual way. A picture of Virgin Maria at the cleavage stays put when the tree grows older. As symbol of life people used to plant may trees on the last Sunday of April, a symbol of fertility. Dancing and games were held as a sign for joy and innovation. The Lime-tree could have been such a tree.
The lights of the temporary Christmas tree did represent in the old days the galaxies of stars as they revolve around the polestar (the star at the top). The Christmas tree symbolises the birth of the sun and the light won from the darkness. The ever green tree, a conifer, fortifies this statement.
Death follows after life, which is represented by Germans who buried their deaths in hollowed oaks and people like Buddha and Indians who chose to die beneath a tree.
Trees are reaching out for the sky, what means that patients who need a tree remedy may have sensations of floating, of floating out of the body. They will come back out of sense of responsibility for their loved ones. Think of the duty of trees to nourish other organisms in their ecosystems. Trees are not feeling responsible for themselves in their search for the Self, digging in the unconsciousness or reaching the sky for enlightenment. They want to stay alive out of a feeling of responsibility, out of a feeling to have to protect other people. When people have a weak middle realm they can slip easier out of the body. Each tree has a different tone to these feelings of responsibility and protection.
An overview of the themes of the trees in general
Trees can differ enormously in size, outer look, blossoming, structure, age, society of the wood and in dominance. Looking at the botany and the history, the mythology and the archetypal value of the trees we can derive essential themes for prescribing tree remedies in the homeopathy. Each tree remedy has its own qualities and indications for prescribing. All qualities have their positive and their negative side, as of two sides of a medallion.
For this overview of features of the trees in general I used the lecture of David Kent Warkentin and Asa Hershoff in 1999 about ‘Homeopathy & Trees‘. The symptoms in the right column are translations to more useful characteristics for homeopathy. Therefore I used some notes of a lecture of Alize Timmerman.
Themes of trees in general
Homeopathic themes of tree remedies
Tradition, growth, ancestry, cycles and seasons.
Death. Life after death.
Stability: steadiness, found, centre, unchangeable.
Reserved / conservative
Function: shelter, nourishment, parenthood, shadow
Caring for others
Danger / insecurity
Ruler: overview, supervision, leadership, lofty.
Wanting to reach the sky religious
Earth: hard, dense, mineral, transcendent.
Rough / rude
Frail / brittle
Strength: stoic, survivor; survives all obstacles
Ailments of anticipation
Vitality: tree of life, source, inspiration (also breath), healing, regeneration.
Lack of creativity
Lack of inspiration
Connection / duality
Loss of identity
Tree of Emptiness
"Attain to utmost Emptiness Cling single heartedly to interior peace. While all things are stirring together I only contemplate the Return. For flourishing as they do Each of them will return to its root.
The return to the root is to find peace. To find peace is to fulfill one's destiny To fulfill one's destiny is to be constant To know the constant is called Insight." Who seeks the root of the Tree of the
Tao Sinks to his knees in humility. He who once wrote epics Now spends his days Digging under the Trunk To suck on roots of awe And spends entire nights kissing in meditation The timeless
fragrances of the leaves. Time becomes circular like the Wheel Of his Being.
"The Five colours can blind; The Five tones can deafen." Now on the page of his notebook The Poet writes only syllables... Nuances Of the marriage of The Yin and The Yang Within.
Michael Mathias, Collected Works, 1993-2005