A few weeks ago, I was prompted to think about which type of tree I am drawn to.
The answer came immediately: Pine trees.
I enjoy exercises like this, because if you do them right then you learn something about yourself. The key is not to make a list of trees, and go researching each one to see which one aligns most neatly with the perspective you have of yourself.
Instead, choose the one tree that you love to look at, be near, or think about. Now, I'm aware that not everyone is a rabid tree-hugger, and so you might not be sitting there daydreaming of trees, and that's okay.
Just pick your favorite. If you had to plant a tree in your backyard, what would you choose?
Now look up the symbolism and stories that are attached to that tree, and you may be pleasantly surprised at how enlightening that information can be.
Here's what I discovered about my choice, the pine.
“In mythology they are frequently associated with dwelling places of fairies and gnomes, and thought of as benevolent, refreshing places where tired walkers can safely rest in the protective aura of the tree.“ - Source
There are a lot of reasons I’m particularly drawn to Pine trees, but the real big ones are kind of synchronistic.
Out of all the folklore attached to pine trees, my favorite piece comes from a storybook that was given to me as a child- Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest
I loved this book, and I hope I still have it packed away somewhere. But one part of the story that stuck with me is how Raven turned himself into a pine needle (Spoiler Alert! So that the Sky Chief’s daughter would swallow him..) to be born as the Sky Chief’s grandson, in order to steal the Sun. Whenever I see pine needles on water, I think of this story.
In my research I found out that Pines are among the most populous trees in Latvia (where a lot of my family is from). I often visit pine forests in visualizations and meditation. These forests feel as though they belong in the Baltic, even though I’ve never been there.
I love the smell. I love the energy of pines. When we pass little pockets of pine trees on the road I always feel drawn to stop the car, get out, and wander into them.
Activities like this are a lot like asking your tarot for a card that represents you, and then drawing one at random. You will find a spiritual ally in the card you drew. A reflection of yourself that looks at you with wisdom and compassion.
The same is true when you intuitively make associations to anything with symbolic attachment. Trees, flowers, crystals - try it for yourself! What tree are you drawn to?
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