Reposted 'Partial' Blog Post
Hello Tree Spirit Companions,
Please see below for a partial reposting of information that are the roots of the new journey through our Celtic Tree Calendar, this new journey is enhanced by my perspective through the lens of Tarot of The Tree Whisperer, a deck I am in the long process of creating. This journey will begin during the Elder Tree Cycle for us this year as this creation has just come back into my awareness through a dream I has last night.
It is my hope that these blog posts will engage me in the vibration of energy necessary to continue with the creation of this new deck. And the words will accompany the deck within a companion book. Please find below the bones and spirit from which this creation will grow. I have also linked the original blog post above. And I am preparing to write for Wanderer, Weaver, Guide and Spirit Keeper of Elder.
I feel blessed to be in your company.
Earthy Rooty and Leafy Blessings,
Mags (Heather Woods)
..........."The suits or tribes as I enjoy thinking of them, will echo the seasons Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, and the rhythms of these cycles found in the Druidic tradition. They will be amplified energetically through the elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth. In the courts of the suits we will meet the tribe elders, the Wanderer, Weaver, Guide and Spirit Keeper. Traditionally Page, Knight, Queen and King in RWS Tarot. These tribe elders will act as teachers through which our current tree cycle will inform our moon month forecast. I do really enjoy the traditional tarot symbolism of Swords, Wands, Cups and Pentacles, there is something so rich an tactile for me in this familiarity. And while I love nature themed tarot decks, when the suit names are changed this creates a barrier in memory for me and I find it confusing. The suits and associations of Tarot of the Tree Whisperer are as follows:
Tribes (suits) Swords Wands Cups Pentacles Spring Summer Autumn Winter Air Fire Water Earth East South West North Sunrise Mid-day Sunset Night Birth Adulthood Maturity Death Elders (courts)
Wanderer Weaver Guide Spirit Keeper
Air Fire Water Earth
In addition to the Elders within the elemental association of the Tribes, the Elders also carry an elemental amplification Wanderer - Air, Weaver - Fire, Guide - Water, Spirit Keeper - Earth. So the Weaver of Wands is Airy Fire and the Spirit Keeper of Cups is Earthy Water. The Elders also assume in subtle ways the other corresponding associations aligned with those elements. For instance, the Weaver of Swords will represent youth in inspiration, thought and ideas and the Spirit keeper of Cups will represent great age and ancient wisdom in relational depth.
Story of the Elders
In the woodlands and wild places of enchanted lands we meet the Wanderers, they are travellers, pilgrims, explorers and pioneers of their tribes. You may find them on the edge of the woodland, solitary beings traveling the hills and the heather heaths, high atop the misty moors or clinging to the north face of a mountain. These are the curious and brave who seek wisdom through lived experience on the edge. They are inspired and their spirits shine bright with possibilities, potential and wonder. They are the seekers, the risk takers and dare dreamers. The youth of their kin they are full of great ideas, motivation and enthusiasm. They have met many interesting beings on their travels and have heard many exciting and mysterious stories. Wanderers hold the power of imagination. They harness inspiration and direct it where needed. They also see very clearly wood for the trees, they inspire the truth to be revealed through dispelling illusion.
Weavers are those who are wise and widely recognised within their communities as the wizards and witches of their tribes. We find them anywhere there are natural power points near earth and water. They attune to high frequencies, strong currents of energy and potent and clean magnetic fields. They may be solitary trees or reside in small groups or sacred groves. They love to occupy sacred wells, fresh water springs, lay lines and root near standing stones. They are powerful designers. They weave fine and elaborate tapestries of the cycles of life. And even support the natural environment to evolve in a way that creates diversity, balance and harmony. They are architects and artists. Each thread they weave is intoned with spells, intentions and incantations. They work with all of the elements equally, and have the abilities to move in-between the folds of light, from the physical worlds into the elemental realms. With this ability they can also move between the past, present and future.
The Guides are the nurturers of the tribe, they are care takers, nourishing all life that surrounds them. Other trees, tree nurseries, dying trees, trees that require healing and tree stumps. They support all plant life above and below soil. And they nurture and animal life that visits their domain. Animals will often seek out Guides for medicines. They embody abundant life force and this replenishes and sustains their tribe and the wider natural environment. They are found anywhere from deep in the woodlands, to small community groves and parks, and they are usually in the centre of their environment, as all life springs up and orbits around them. They promote harmony, joy and creativity. They direct and enhance all communications channelled through the core felt-senses of all living beings, from the loci of thought, feeling, will and expression. Guides translate and mediate all language from and between all natural life. Between the most complex of organism and the simplest cells, between the most powerful vibrations and the subtlest energies. Guides support relation between all life. They support community development and healthy strategies for connection.
Spirit Keepers are found in the most enchanted places. Sometimes deep in the woodland or by a waterfall they will reside. Often they are is plain view however strangely they might appear obscured as if protected by the other trees, hills and plants. And can be easily missed by casual passers by. They may also at times appears or vanish as if by magic, like a mirage in the desert. Spirit keepers also enjoy rooting at the very end of long overgrown pathways as if the effort it takes to visit them is symbolic of your sincere intentions to meet their wisdom Spirit keepers are wise elders and the most ancient of trees in the tribe. Many of them are in the very long process of dying (which can take hundreds of years in itself for a tree). They are the fullest and almost complete manifestation of their life cycle. Spirit Keepers hold suspended time within them. These trees are very often arks harbouring many spirits of animals and nature spirits. They are the grand masters of their craft, shamans and walkers between worlds. Spirit beings enter the Spirit Keeper Trees for a number of reasons, some spirits have passed from the living into spirit form and require healing before they move onto other realms, or are reincarnated. Some spirits enter these trees for initiations and teachings to progress on into spirit animal or elemental guides. Sometimes the spirits stay within the tree for many years. Spirit keeper know all and everything. They are philosophers and knowledge keepers. They are wise council for anyone willing to find the mystery place where they live.
The Celtic Tree Calendar in Tarot of the Tree Whisperer
There are 13 lunations in the Celtic Tree Calendar. Although Technically there are 14 tree cycles with the Yew (Ogham Ioho) holding ground for Samhain on the 31st October. I usually include the Yew in the final tree month of Elder. However for this project, each tree cycle will be represented through each suit in the minor arcana. Birch will be illustrated in the aces of the suits, Rowen in the twos, Alder in the threes and so on. Ivy, Reed/Blackthorn, Elder and Yew becoming our courts, our tribe elders. We will begin with Oak and as we journey with Oak during this present tree cycle we will be also journeying through the energy of the sevens of the minor arcana. My Council of Trees will also be featured in the most subtle and symbolic ways in the illustrations, so for those of us familiar with my enhanced tree calendar, we can enjoy these quirky subtle nuances that inform us of deeper layers of wisdom from this system.
Each new tree cycle month I will write a new blog post about the tree cycle we are moving within, incorporating this enchanting new perspective of my own tarot associations. In their life all trees will eventually journey and become what they are to become, the Wanderers, Weavers, Guides and Spirit Keepers of their land. And so for this yearly cycle we will discover each of the Celtic trees through the eyes of their tribe elders enhanced by their number in the minor. And may include other association. As we journey this new undiscovered path together through the Celtic Tree Calendar monthly blog posts, we will all experience the unfolding of delicate textures of this new and enchanting tarot decks creation.
(Blog posts on The Celtic Tree Calendar enhanced by Tarot of the Tree Whisperer's themes and storylines are not the final product for Tarot of the Tree Whisperer. They are musings on the companionship that is being explored and in development , for the purpose of the monthly blog post which will include a tree cycle forecast based on the meanings of the trees of the Celtic Tree Calendar.)
For those of us still following the Enhanced Celtic Tree Calendar and The Council of Trees I will also link the original blog post/site location for the fixed reference material. As we journey through the year we may even have magical encounters and meet the tribes folk of the tarot, through the art work as it is created.
Let us walk a while........."