Calling the Element of Earth into your home creates stability, abundance, and healing. One of the most important ways you can work with the Guardian of the North and Earth for home blessings is to honor the trees that watch over you.
Yesterday, I recommended that you begin to get to know the tree guardians that watch over and bless your home. As I mentioned, there may well be more than one, and your tree need not be literally next to your building.
While you are discovering which tree wishes to be your home’s ally, try not to be prejudiced by its physical appearance or even species. Let it speak to you, heart to heart. But then, as you develop this relationship, you should learn more about its species. For, over the centuries, our ancestors discovered a lot about the energy of various kinds of trees.
For instance, as you may know, oak trees are sacred in many cultures for their longevity, beauty, and size. Of all the trees in Britain and Ireland, the oak is considered king. Famed for its endurance and longevity, even today it is synonymous with strength and steadfastness, as well as its long, miraculous transformation from acorn, to ancient giant.
John Evelyn in his work, Sylva, Or a Discourse of Forest-Trees, calls it the “pride and glory of the forest.” In the classic, The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries, W. Y. Evans-Wentz notes that “the oak is pre-eminently the holy tree of Europe.”
In the Classical world, it was regarded as the Tree of Life, as its deep roots penetrate as deep into the Underworld as its branches soar to the sky. It was held sacred to Zeus and Jupiter, to Aries, the Dagda, the Basque oak God, as well as to Herne, God of the hunt, and the Goddess Diana. In Scandinavian countries, the oak is the tree of the Thunder-God, Thor, as it similarly was to almost all other Gods of thunder and lightning.
For centuries, it was a crime to fell a living oak tree in Pagan Ireland. There was a grove of sacred oaks at Derry. And the name of Kildare, where the priestesses, and later the nuns, of Brigid have tended Her sacred fires, is from Cill Dara, which means “Shrine of the Oak.”
The ancient Prussians also revered sacred oak trees. The chief oak in the forest at Romove (now in the Czech Republic) had priests who tended a perpetual fire of oak wood. This tree, draped with a cloth, was considered the dwelling place of the God. They honored it by hanging gifts and images from it. There was also a sacred oak tree at Hesse called the Red Jove from which omens were received and to which sacrifices were made. Holy oaks were preserved in Germany into modern times.
If your home guardian tree is an oak, you are fortunate indeed, for the oak gives powerful magic and medicine. It is the tree of truth, is usually male energy, and is known as the marriage tree that represents the divine wedding between the Goddess and the God.
To consecrate or rejuvenate your own marriage, you will receive its blessings by donning some of its leaves and dancing below it. Because oaks are well-known oracle trees, if you have a concern or question, sit with it and ask its spirit to guide you.
Its wood (which should never be cut unless already dead or threatening in some way), its leaves and its acorns are powerful tools for protection, prosperity, and focusing yourself.
Tomorrow, I’ll share some more lore about the mighty magic of oak trees.