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Chapter VII - Nature

VII-01: Dragonfly, to see Mother-Source present in all things.

VII-02 : Sacred trees of our woods and orchards.

VII-03 : Our brothers animals and another way of life.

VII-04: Splendor of microcosm, or matter is composed by fractal structures at all his levels.

VII-05: If I tell you that there are witches and elephants in the sky...the splendor of macrocosm.

VII-06: See with the eye of the heart - Great paintings.

Part 2 : Sacred trees of our woods and orchards

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Summary

At the Sacred Forest source of our lives

What world will our children inherit ?

Trees, their symbolic value, and their special uses.

Trees and men.

Liberate your spirit from the conditioning of all powers.

I - At the Sacred Forest source of our lives

The tree wouldn't it be our prophet ?

"The trees are powerful, very present and wise at the same time. When we realize that since the dawn of time they warm us up, furnish our houses, shelter our homes and hear our prayers, are the most important knowledge's support, from the schoolchildren to the philosophers, illustrious writers, our everyday life, and artists as well; that they delight our walks, oxygenate our lungs, give an irreplaceable taste to food cooking...

What is more friendly, romantic or cheerful than a summer or winter evening on a beach, near a wood fire ? From the wood emanates a very powerful heat, a very powerful aura.

There is so much to be said about our friends the trees so much they help and unite us. They symbolize Life and the beyond too."

Do we have a heart big enough ? To love the trees as they love us.

"It takes time to a burned forest to recover but do we have the heart big enough to say no to all the massacres we inflict on our father tree ? Let's rebel against so much injustice when a forest burns. Let's shout our anger. Let's demand to know. Nobody has the right to kill a tree if it isn't to ask it to die for a fair cause.

The tree wouldn't it be our prophet actually? It is there every day, if we want, standing in front of our eyes but we don't even necessarily realize it. It watches over. It is up to only us to watch it and keep it.

The earth looks like the woman's womb and the tree is it's nucleus. Without the tree the earth is nothing and without the earth the tree is no more."

Claudie J - Marseille - France.

II - What world will our children inherit ?

Tree and neurone

" Thank you for this very beautiful page, full of beautiful contributions of these radiant beings that take part with you in depicting the face of our mother, the earth.

Tree and neurone : why to see there a similarity ?

The neurone with its synapses and dendrites is strangely similar to the tree with its roots and branches. The tree connects the ground to the sky by pulling from the earth, to exhale in the atmosphere the water, nourishing impulse of life. The tree is like the neurone, that also acts as a mediator, transmitting the nerve impulse towards such and such brain zone.

In the forest, the species that live there are like the thoughts that become memory. With time, memories become more and more numerous and organized, the animal species become more complex.The global brain are the forests and all the species living there, crystallized thoughts.

In the order of evolution, the trees appeared, preceding the animal kingdom, as strain cells, that become then the organs that animals are.

The vegetal kingdom is the prelude to the cellular organization from which came the animals.

The forests, vegetal neurones, are the brain of nature and it's from that vegetal organization, that the animals have integrated, that the animal brain developed itself. After the global heart, that came from the moving spheres, the brain of Gaïa was formed of forests that extended themselves in fertile lands.

When we go for a walk in a forest, it's in the brain of the planet that we walk and it's the memories of the evolution that we see in the display of the wild animals that populate it. The first beings still are there, those that formed the first associations and that provoked the mutations propitious to the advent of beings more and more complex and specialized. Bacteria, moss, Mushrooms, collaborate and exchange to make it so the land changes itself into majestic trees. The symbiosis between the species that populate it, gives the forest the cohesion necessary to balance. The global consciousness thus stays calm and assured.

Like the pictures stocked in my brain, that are used to draft scenarios. The most ancient memories, simple forms or colors still are there, to give the imaginary, all the necessary material to draw remarkable works.

Where man is the most numerous

The forests are cut and modified in large fields of monoculture, just like man and his brain organized by education. In these rearranged forests, the species, memories of the earth don't find the necessary refuge and slowly disappear, while man becomes unable to imagine anything else than these endless rows of a same species.

Man thus destroys his imaginary. " Maximignis

II - Trees, their symbolic value, and their special uses.

 

  

The Trees' Oracle.

Gwelan :
" There is a both Gaulish and Irish tradition that is called the oghams. It's a series of marks that have been for a long time thought as an indecipherable alphabet.

It's the Trees' Oracle. It was done with a very special ritual : the throwing of sticks (by the druids that were "seers" before being "medicine men"). Women got hold of it (on the sly) with a light ritual we'll say, and it was consulted all the time for a whole lot of questions of the daily life.

This stick throwing is done in a stone circle that is directed (giving the space) and on which are placed bearings (year or era = giving the time). The marks are carved with fire on sticks cut by two. Each mark is the name of a tree or a bush. One meaning is associated to each one of them. This gave rise to modern interpretations, including a game of celtic astrology. "

 

Hansi :
" Do you know from what tree you come from ? Look for your birth date in the following list and you'll find your tree. A little funny game that will surprise you with the accuracy of it's sayings and at the same time will teach you the use of the different trees. "

23 dec. to 01 jan. - Apple tree 02 jan. to 11 jan. - Fir tree 12 jan. to 24 jan. - Elm tree

25 jan. to 03 feb. - Cypress 04 feb. to 08 feb. - Poplar 09 feb. to 18 feb. - Cedar

19 feb. to 28 feb. - Pine tree 01 mar. to 10 mar. - Weeping willow 11 mar. to 20 mar. - Limetree

21 mar. - Oak 22 mar. to 31 mar. - Hazel tree 01 apr. to 10 apr. - Sorb

11 apr. au 20 apr. - Mapletree 21 apr. au 30 apr. - Walnut tree 01 may to 14 may - Poplar

15 may to 24 may - Chestnut tree 25 may to 03 june - Ash tree 04 june to 13 june - Charm

14 june to 23 june - Fig tree 24 june - Birch 25 june to 04 july - Apple tree

05 july to 14 july - Fir tree 15 july to 25 july - Elm tree 26 july to 04 aug. - Cypress

05 aug. to 13 aug. - Poplar 14 aug. to 23 aug. - Cedar 24 aug. to 02 sept. - Pine tree

03 sept. to 12 sept. - Weeping willow 13 sept. to 22 sept. - Lime tree 23 sept. - Olive tree

24 sept. to 03 oct. - Hazelnut tree 04 oct. to 13 oct. - Sorb 14 oct. ti 23 oct. - Mapletree

24 oct. to 11 nov. - Walnut tree 12 nov. to 21 nov. - Chestnut tree 22 nov. to 01 dec. - Ash tree

02 dec. to 11 dec. - Charm 12 dec. to 21 dec. - Fig tree 22 dec. - Beech tree.

Search their characteristics by species:

Birch Cedar Chestnut tree Charm Oak Sorb Cypress Mapletree Fig tree Ash tree Beech tree Hazel tree Walnut tree Olive tree Elm tree Poplar Pine tree Apple tree Fir tree Weeping willow Lime tree

 

The Cedar. (trust)

The Lebanon's Cedar, the biblical tree, in the past very used, is still the emblem of it's original country, the Lebanon. This ligneous tree species used to populate the Lebanese mountain. Today, there is only some rests left, near the Bscher. These cedars are estimated to live two or three thousand years. It is from 65 to 130 feet (20 to 40m) high and the circumference of some of these trees can reach 12m.

Symbolism: of a rare beauty, knows to adapt, likes the luxury, enjoys a good health, far from being shy, tends to look down one's nose at others, is self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress others, has many talents, hard-working, of a healthy optimism, will wait his only true love, is able to take decisions quickly. 

Use : it was mainly used for ship building, which was one of the main causes of it's destruction. The bark of the red cedars of America was used by the native indians for many things and they even weaved it to make clothing out of it.

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xThe Birch . (inspiration)

The white birch is maybe the most adaptable tree and, from an ecological point of view, the most plastic. It grows throughout Europe, in Siberia as far as the Altaï massif. It even clings in almost impossible conditions. We also grow it for a long time, it's the most gracious ligneous tree species.

Symbolism: cheerful, charming, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, doesn't like the excess, hates vulgarity, likes life in the nature and peace, isn't very passionate, is packed with imagination, has little ambition, creates a calm and satisfying atmosphere.

x Use : it's bark, that everyone knows to the particular feature of being made of thin layers that one can easily untie in wide sheets, is a natural writing paper. The native indians made the hulls of their canoes out of it.

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  xThe Charm. (good taste)

The common Charm represents one of the ligneous tree species that dominate the broad-leaved and mixed forests of central Europe. It's area of natural diffusion spans from central Europe to the East as far as Asia Minor and Iran. This genus has about 25 species that live in the temperate zone of the boreal hemisphere: in America, this genus is represented by the Charm of America (C. caroliniana Walt.)

Symbolism: of a liberating beauty, takes care of his/her appearance and to his/her physical condition, has good taste, isn't selfish, tries to make his life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and gratitude in a life partner, dreams of exceptional lovers, is sometimes happy of it's feelings, has little trust in most people, is never sure of his/her decisions, is very conscientious.

xUse : The common Charm has been cultivated for centuries as a forest ligneous tree species. It also tolerates very well the pruning, which caused it's use in the creation of living hedges in parks and gardens.The wood of the common Charm, gray , matt and clear white, without a dark nucleus, was used in the tool's handle manufacturing. It's unfit for joinery work.

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sThe Chestnut tree. (honesty)

In the temperate zone of the Northern hemisphere, live today between 10 and 14 species of Chestnut trees. These ligneous tree species are sometimes several centuries old. The ornamental leaves, oblong and deeply dentate, reach from 5 to 8 inches (12 to 20cm) long. The male and female flowers appear in june, carried on long vertical catkins. The fruits are large brown and tough nuts, wrapped by two or three in a green chestnut bur, a husk covered with spikes that breaks up, in autumn, in two or four lobes.

x Symbolism: of a rare beauty, doesn't want to impress, has a very developed sense of justice, is interested, a born diplomat, easily irritates himself and is often hurt in society because of his lack of self-esteem, sometimes gives the impression of being superior, feels that he is not understood, loves only once, can have trouble in finding a lover.

x Use : The edible chestnuts contain up to 35% of starch, albumin, dextrin, saccharose, oil and other nourishing material. The wealth of it's fruits has caused the chestnut tree to be cultivated for centuries. We can find evidence of it in Northern Italy, in circular fortifications dating from the bronze age, updated by excavacations ; in Spain they are known since the Neolithic. The birth place of the Chestnut tree seems to be the whole mediterranean basin, the countries of the Near-East as far as Iran. In these civilizations, chestnuts were described as "'Hêraklion nuts". Long ago, herds of hogs grazed freely in the chestnut trees forests that thus supplied a double feeding resource. All the forest fruits - like chestnuts- are an excellent source of food that can by itself feed, directly or indirectly, an important population. At the gaulish era, France was covered of forests, because those people cultivated only very little space, yet it was nonetheless enough to feed 24 millions people, we know it by the roman archives.

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The Cypress (loyalty)

It's a tree from 65 to 100 feet (20 to 30m) high, with a either narrow and pyramidal top, either wide and almost "umbrelloidal". The common Cypress is one of the most known ligneous tree species of the Mediterranean. It's the eternal symbol of this region from where it has spread in almost all hot countries in the world. It's a ligneous tree species with a great longevity that lives longer then the civilizations where it has germinated : some sources mention some of them being almost two thousand years old. It's original zone is considered to be Northern Iran, Minor Asia and the islands of Cyprus, Crete and Rhodes. It's a ligneous tree species phyletically very old. It already lived during the Pliocene, as confirmed by evidence found in Bulgaria and Poland.

Symbolism: strong, muscled, adaptable, takes what life has to offer, happy, optimistic, needs money and acknowledgment , hates loneliness, passionate lover that can't be satisfied, is loyal, loses his temper easily, is undisciplined and careless.

Use : to my knowledge it was only used for it's high decorative value, and maybe also as a lightning conductor because a tall Cypress near one's house deflects the lightning on him. In Provence, it is a tradition to plant one at the entrance of great estate as a welcome symbol.

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xThe Oak. (bravery)

The pedunculate Oak dominates, with the sessile or durmast Oak (Q. Petraea), the broad-leaved forests of the temperate zone. Their original areas coincide in most of this zone. But the peduculate Oak rather represents the plains tree, they are rarely present higher than 1000 m of altitude, whereas the sessile Oak covers uneven and higher areas. To this pair, we can add the downy Oak (Q. Pubescens) that lives in the hotter areas of meridian Europe, Mediterranean and Minor Asia.

Symbolism: of a robust nature, courageous, strong, implacable, independent, reasonable, doesn't like the change, likes to keep his feet on the ground, a person of action.

Use : the european Oaks are not only a typical ornament of our landscapes and a dominant feature of our forests, but they also represent ligneous tree species of a high economical value. Their well known wood has many uses. On the top of it, the bark of the common sessile Oak offers an important substance for the pharmaceutical industry. It contains almost 20% of tanning material, starch, red stains, etc. It is mainly used in dermatology, treatment against chronic diseases, veterinary art, as well as in skin tanning. Acorns are edible, but we don't eat them today because they are very bitter, it's simply because we have forgotten that if we soak it in water for a long time this bitterness disappears.

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x The Sorb. (delicacy)

It's a tree quite similar to the service tree, but it's fruits are different.

Symbolism: full of charm, cheerful, talented without being selfish, likes to attract attention, loves life, the bustle, the activity and even the complications, is both dependent and independent, has good taste, is artistic, passionate, emotional, is good company but does not forgive.

Use : it's wood is tough, it was used in the mill's gears and in the cart's hubs. When the vine used to froze people made a sorb wine, called "cormé" in France. The teeth of the "toothed crowns" of the mills (called "alluchon" in France) were made of sorb wood. The cart's hubs and all the wooden parts that rubbed in gears were made of this solid wood, as well as in most planes of carpenters.

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  xThe Maple-tree. (spirit independence)

The Maple-tree, symbol of Quebec, is very widespread in the forest populations, especially in the continental european mixed forests, in particular on the embankments. It's deciduous and opposite leaves, with sharp edges, comprises 3 to 7 crenate lobes. The hardy Maple-tree has plain green leaves on both faces, that turn, in autumn, into orange, almost red. The young shoots and the petioles produce, after a wound, a white milky liquid. It's inflorescence in corymbs are formed of many flowers and they are, usually, standing. It's fruits, double winged samaras have almost horizontally opposite wings.

Symbolism: is out of the ordinary, is overflowing with imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, desires passionately to live new experiences, is sometimes nervous, has several complexities, has a good memory, learns easily, has a complicated love life, wants to impress.

Use : The Maple-tree is not only pleasant to look at, but economically very important; it's wood is used in the manufacturing of furniture and music instruments, which provoked it's early introduction outside it's original continent, first in England, later in the United States.

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The Lime tree (doubt)

In the Northern hemisphere, live about forty kinds of Lime trees. They easily form hybrids between themselves. Thus, the number of Lime trees already identified is much larger. Today, it is difficult to find little leave Lime trees or large leave Lime trees in the european forests and valleys, but we can much more easily find their hybrid there, the common Lime tree (T. X vulgaris). They are majestuous, tall trees, reaching up to 130 ft (40m), that have several uses in wood sculpture as well as in the manufacture. This ligneous tree species is very important in apiculture.

Symbolism:calmly accepts the sometimes difficult lessons that life imposes on him, hates fights, stress and work, doesn't likes laziness and inactivity, is soft and is easily relented, makes sacrifices for his friends, has many talents but doesn't has the necessary persistence to develop them, complains and moans often, is very jealous but is also loyal.

x Use : the Lime tree flower is among the most prized means of the popular medicine that has used it for centuries in order to heal chills or "calm down the nerves". The reagent agents are, in this case, most probably carbohydrates. The Lime tree flower is also used in allopathic medicine, most often for respiratory tract diseases.

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x The Elm tree. (generosity)

The smooth Elm tree is very widespread in the alluvial deposits where we find it in mixed populations with the Oak tree, the Alder and the black Poplar. The Elm trees coexisted for thousands of years with undesirable hosts, the Scoltid coleoptera , and they always protected themselves against the invasions of parasite mushrooms that spread the dutch disease of the Elm tree (Ceratocystis ulmi) that the coleoptera transmitted to the Elm tree's conductor tissues. But in the first ten years of the XX° century the first great wave of the Elm's disease, the graphiosis, provoked by these mushrooms. It was only partially stemmed, and the second wave that occurred in the 60s and 80s provoked catastrophes. In 1975, some countries had to record the death of 98% of the whole of their Elm trees.

Symbolism: of a pleasant form, wears elegant clothing, has modest demands, tends to be unforgiving, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, faithful partner, likes to take decisions for others, generous, has a good sense of humor, is practical.

Use : The smooth Elm tree used to be a ligneous tree species of highest importance. It provided the cabinetmaking with a very valuable veneer thanks to it's characteristic texture.

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  xThe Fig tree. (sensibility)

It's a tree with a tortuous trunk, which sap is a white latex irritating for skin, reaching 33 to 50 ft (10 to 15m) high, that multiplies by cutting or drageonning. It is cultivated mainly in the mediterranean Basin. They are distinguished in two varieties : ~uniferous~, with only one fruit formation by year, in summer or autumn depending on the varieties, and ~biferous~ allowing two harvests. It starts producing during it's 4th year, reaching it's full production towards 12 years. The main producer european countries are Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Symbolism: very strong, a bit stubborn, independent, doesn't tolerate contradictions or controversies, loves life, his family, children and animals, somewhat fickle in society, has a good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, has practical intelligence and talents.

Use : the fleshy fruits (figs) are eaten fresh or dry. Not only a farmhouse in Provence without a fig tree !

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 x The Ash tree. (ambition)

The common Ash tree - 100 to 130 ft (30 to 40 m) high - is a basic ligneous tree species of the european forests. It is a part of the formations that like humidity, as the mixes of poplars and elms, it also forms populations in the valleys with poplars, alders and other species that live near watercourses. But it adapts so well that it's able to go up in other populations as for example, in the forests on rocky grounds. It's vigorous growth and the quality of it's wood are reasons of it's culture outside forests, often even on the remains of former residences. Thus, the Ash tree populations remain the only witnesses of former human presence in some places.

Symbolism: very attractive, lively, impulsive, demanding, doesn't care about criticisms, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with destiny, can be narcissistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and wise lover, sometimes lets his head overtake his heart, but takes the couple very seriously.

Use : the Ash tree was, with the red yew, the favorite wood of the bow manufacturers because of it's elasticity, and was sometimes cultivated with that only purpose.

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  xThe Beech tree. (creativeness)

The common Beech tree is a ligneous tree species that has simple and alternate leaves. This tree's bark is quite characteristic: it's big smooth silver-colored trunk is rarely cracked. There are about ten Beech tree's species naturally very widespread in the temperate zone of the Northern hemisphere. Also the number of fossils is about twenty, that lived, most of them, in the Tertiary. We can find yet today, in numerous countries, remains of «virgin forests», almost untouched, where dominates precisely the common Beech tree.

Symbolism: has good taste, worries about his appearance, materialist, shows a good sense of organization as regards his life and his career, is thrifty, good leader, sensible, doesn't takes useless risks, excellent life companion, is passionate for everything that keeps you in good shape (diets, sports, etc.).

Use : the Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) is used in music instruments for the pin-blocks, that are the part where are fixed the tuning pegs, for the jumpers, the wooden clamps.

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The Walnut tree. (passion)

The Walnut tree is from 33 to 100 ft (10 to 30m) high, with a either continuous, either forked top. It's a ligneous tree species with a very high historical value. It's phylogenetic origins are very old. Fossilized species even lived during the Cretaceous and the Tertiary on the present territory of Northern Europe, and they were only ousted by the cold of the Glacial period. The beginnings of the Walnut tree culture are located somewhere in the Caucasus from where it came first in the mediterranean zone, then towards north of the Alps. To determine today in nature the native walnut trees is almost impossible, although it is probably possible that they grow in Greece, Minor Asia, Iran, Afghanistan and even, according to some specialists, on the banks of the Tisza in Hungary.

Symbolism: implacable, surprising and full of contrasts, often narcissistic, can be aggressive, is generous, vast horizons are available to him, can have unexpected reactions, is spontaneous, has a limitless ambition, no flexibility, is a difficult and uncommon partner, is not always loved but often admired, unequaled strategist,very jealous and passionate, makes no compromise.

x Use : this fruit tree - that is one of the biggest existing - gives us during all his life excellent fruit from which is extracted a delicious oil, but is also one of the most beautiful wood one can use in cabinetmaking, either as grain wood either as burrs, that we usually call Grenoble burrs or roots. One can even use its leaves that contain folium juglandis that is used in some medicine. This substance provokes astringent reactions. It is used in gastric diseases and in dermatology. The Walnut tree was in Antiquity the symbol fertility. It's very name comes from the ancient Greece, it is derived from the nut's shape, compared to Jupiter's gland.

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x The Hazel Tree. (extraordinary)

The Hazel tree is spontaneous in the whole Europe, in the North it goes as far as 63° of latitude and, in the East, as far as Armenia. During the post-glacial era, the Hazel tree represented the dominant ligneous tree species in the coppice of the spruce forests. In some places, the Hazel tree populations even prevented the spruce forests' renewal to instead form homogeneous populations : one can find evidence of that in the pollen traces conserved in peat layers.

Symbolique : charming, little demanding, very comprehensive, knows to make good impression, passionate defender of the social causes, popular, of a changing humor, is a capricious lover, honest, a tolerant partner, has a precise sense of judgment.

xUse : The Hazel tree is not only searched for it's famous hazel nuts, for which were formed several cultivation fields, but also for it's easy-carving wood, flexible and resisting: it was used in basket-making, in cooperage, as well as in cane and crosspieces manufactory. When I was a child, it was with that wood that I made my bow arrows, in the past I could have said: "what child didn't ?" but alas ! today it isn't the case.

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xThe Apple Tree. (love)

The Apple tree is considered as the oldest fruit tree. It is indeed true, at least as regards Europe and the Caucasus region, as show the vegetal remains found in the vestiges of the Neolithic. We suppose that those weren't yet neither from the intentionally cultivated species nor from the Central Asia Apple tree species, brought into Europe already at that time, but well from a european forest ligneous tree species, the wild Apple tree (M. sylvestris). It is only later, during the second millenniums before our era, that appear in Europe better forms of apples, which shows an intentional selection and, maybe even, influence from other species, this time introduced with intention.

Symbolism: frail, has a lot of charme, has a good seduction and attraction power, has a pleasant aura, likes to flirt, is adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, loyal and loving partner, is very generous, has scientific talents, lives only for today, is a carefree and imaginative philosopher.

x Use : a precious gift by it's fruit and cider, from which is made, by distillation, the delicious calvados (apple brandy distilled in Normandy). The number of apple tree varieties cultivated today is about 10 000 that are only looked after (some species already since several hundreds of years) of a vegetative manner, by cutting. An old saying says that if you eat an apple once a day you will never go to the doctor, and live hundred year old.

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x The Olive Tree. (wisdom)

The Olive tree, always green and with its wonderfully silvery leaves, lives in France in the areas surrounding the Mediterranean, where a wild species is indigenous, but als in Spain, in Italy, in the Middle-East and in North Africa. It has been successfully established in America. If it is left to vegetate, it often takes a pyramidal form. The radicular System of the Olive tree forms under the trunk a ligneous stump in which it accumulates stocks. The Olive tree is almost immortal, since when it is cut out it keeps growing up from the least remaining of it's stump and this indefinitely. In Saint Paul de Vence (France) an Olive tree is said to be 2 000 years old and myself I had two orchards of Olive trees planted respectively 4 and 15 centuries before.

Symbolism: likes the sun, the heat and the soft feelings, balanced, avoids aggressions and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, has a well developed sense of justice, sensitive, grandiloquent, doesn't feel jealousy, likes to read and likes to be surrounded by sophisticated people.

x Use : the beneficial effects of the olive oil are too numerous to be described, simply know that it is proven that the populations that consume it are in better health, and live longer, than those who don't consume it. It is useful to know that if one drinks a tablespoonful of olive oil before a drinking session, one can't be drunk.

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The Pine tree. (the particular)

The black Pine tree includes a vast whole of subspecies that live mainly southern Europe. It's borders, to the north, are Austria and southern Carpathians, to the east, Minor Asia and the Crimean peninsula, to the west, it reaches Spain and France. It is cultivated almost everywhere in Europe. It is an important substitute ligneous tree species, especially for dry areas and for the areas threatened by the industrial activity. In the cultures, it appears since 1759.

The corsican pine, forms great forests on Corsica. It is the highest of the black pines; it is 130, or even 160 ft (40-50m) high, and is noted by it's conical airy top, it's well straight trunk and it's long (4 to 6 inches - 10 to 15 cm), ash green needles. These ones, grouped by two, can be straight or twisted . The trunk, that becomes grayish with the age, carries shining brown branches. The cones, being 1 to 3 inches (4 to 7cm) long, are made of many light brown scales.

An anecdote about this tree:

" The time when the english navy was the best in the world, thanks to this pine. What made the fragility of ALL the other ships, is that not having tall trees on their territories, they had to make masts, in ''two'' pieces that, even if firmly assembled, broke at the first hit by a cannonball. The english, having understood the fragility of this assembly unfit for war battleships, were the ONLY ones to make the masts of their ships, in ONE SINGLE trunk, that they obtained, in the ONLY place they could find trees perfectly straight and very tall: these famous Corsican pines of my island ! " Raphaël

Symbolism: loves to have pleasant people around him, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, is very active, natural, a good companion, rarely friendly, falls easily in love, but his passion disappears quickly, renounces easily, everything is disappointing until he finds his ideal, is trustworthy and practical.

Use : in spite of it's quite slow growth, the corsican pine has been successfully used in siliceous areas reforestation (in Sologne-France). It's wood, heavy and durable, is used in the manufacturing of furniture and roof structures.

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  x The Fir Tree. (the mysterious)

This ligneous tree species, very important for the european forests, forms tall trees from 100 to 200 feet (30 to 60m) high with a straight and slender. Their pyramidal narrow tuft becomes more obtuse at the top with time. The natural diffusion area of the pectin Fir tree is the largest among all the Fir trees of Europe. Originally, it was a tree species of high longevity that could live from four to five hundred years and produced a considerable quantity of wood. These specimen high of 200 feet (60m) could provide up to around eighty cubic yards (60m3) of wood. But, today, it is almost impossible to find such a big Fir tree. The first mentions about the Fir tree's decline appeared at the beginning of the XIX° century, but a very fast worsening occurred during the twenty five last years. The causes of this decline are numerous, one of which is of course the acid rains.

Symbolism: is of an extraordinary taste, is dignified, sophisticated, loves everything that is beautiful, is of a changing mood, stubborn, has egoistic tendencies, but is careful for the people who are close to him, is rather modest, very ambitious, talented, hard-working, an unsatisfied lover, has several friends, several enemies, one can count on him.

Use : apart from the famous Christmas tree, it is in all it's varieties the species the most abusively exploited by man to produce paper pulp, thanks to what the boreal forest is almost destroyed !

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  xThe Poplar. (incertitude)

What is more beautiful than the Poplar leaves rustling at the slightest breeze of wind ? It's a tree tall of about 30m, with a majestic top, well broad. It is also remarkably hardy. The group of the white Poplars forms diodic ligneous tree species with fast growth. The poplars have only, either male flowers, either female flowers, but we can multiply them in cultivation quite easily and keep them as clones. The male and female flowers have, at their base, a kind of a slanting and glandular small dish, and they form inflorescences of the kind of the catkins. The male catkins of the white poplar are quite thick, 1 to 3 inches (3 to 7cm) long, their flowers have around 7 stamens with pink anthers. The female catkins are shorter, their verticiles are red-brown, not much ciliate, they have two red styles and two yellow stigmas. They bloom, like most poplars, at early spring, in march and june.

Symbolism: very ornamental, isn't much self-confident, brave only when necessary, needs to be with pleasant and good-willing people, is very selective, often lonely, can feel great animosity, is artistic by nature, is an organizer, has a philosophical tendency, reliable in all situations, the couple is very important for him.

Use : The Poplar is a currently underestimated tree because it is our common material for crates and had been it for a long time for our matches ! While we used to appreciate it especially for the long robust beams it gave us for our roof structures. An american variety draws a star, divine symbol, in it's heart, when it is cut. For that raison the native indians consider it to be the sacred Axis of the world that links the Earth to the Sky, and it becomes the central pillar of the Sun Dance, when the warriors hang themselves to tear their flesh up as an offering to Wakan Tanka.

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  xThe Weeping Willow. (melancholy)

The weeping Willow was the most planted Willow in France in the last century. Despite it's name, it probably originates from China. Long ago widespread in Orient, this species was brought to Europe in 1692. In France, most subjects are females, male heads are rarely planted. Besides, hybrids resulting from cross breeding of salix babylonica with salix fragilis, salix alba or other species are preferably cultivated, because these forms are either more vigorous, either more decorative than those of the original weeping willow

Symbolism: beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very grandiloquent, likes everything that is beautiful and of good taste, likes to travel, is dreamy, troubled, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is difficult to live with, demanding, has good intuition, suffers in love but sometimes finds a partner that is an anchoring point for him.

Use : aspirine is extracted from it's bark. The native indians considered the red willow's bark as sacred, grinded and turned into powder then mixed with with tobacco, "sage", and with dried corn leaves, it was one of the ingredients of their "tobacco": the Kinnikinick.

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III - Trees and men.

 

Passed on by Dominique T:

" Man is too much similar to the tree for this particularity to exist only by chance. His own destiny is linked to those of the trees, that, by the symbolism that was given to them by the tradition, calmly accomplish their function of tutelary spirit.

A medium-sized pine pushes in the ground a network of first size roots that can be 3 to 9 yards (3 to 8m) long. From those ones start three hundred other second-rate roots; from each of these roots start again three hundred more third-rate roots. This division repeats itself about sixteen consecutive times. The last roots are only some lines long. The length of this radicular system can reach approximately 250 000 miles (400 000 km).

Many are the trees that, for maintaining of the life on earth, are more worth than the men who cut them.

The area occupied by the roots of the forester trees holds, over one single meter deep, 2000 tons of water by hectare (=2.5 acres). When the forest is cut, the mosses and the roots die, the ground loses the greatest part of it's accumulation capacity and it's plasticity. The rain digs out the land when flowing, the wind absorbs the humidity, the forest's action disappears.

The tree hides the forest. It is the reflection of a power that surpasses it, differently dense, deep and mysterious: the Green Man. Archetype of the unity between man and nature, he is the angel at the Occident's window, survivor from the legendary Greenland, the Green Country. "

Gabriel Yacoub

 

The Green Man is alive.

The Green Man is alive.

He is soft, he is green, he is stronger than you.

He sleeps on the moss.

He is an endless scream that pierces the abysses of time, and the rain and the wind, and many other screams. He learned to hide, in the middle of the clear springs, in the bottom of the flourished waters of the undergrowth ponds, between the smooth trunk and the rough bark of thousands of trees and thousands of forests, in the middle of the poets words and the stones of our cathedrals.

Nose in the air, feet on the ground in the Great Green.

His presence meets a pressing need : to see rather than to be seen.

The image of the Green man reveals the wisdom and the calmness of the silent vegetation.

Thus he watches over at the pediment of the romanesque, gothic or Byzantine temples, hanging to the walls of the the great cathedrals of the old Europe.

It's the Jester, the Nicholas, the Withsome-wood, the little man of May, the Sylvan of the branches, Jack-in-the-Green.

The Green Man is careful, tall, old, smart, powerful, and green. Calm, he watches.

To approach, like the wolf in winter, up to the houses of men. The steam on the glass of their windows, the nose on the flame of their fire.

Benevolent, friendly and patient watch. Close watch. Humility.

The spirit must be sewn before to be cropped. The Green Man can save us. Let's sow ! Let's pay attention to his message. The time of the crop will come soon enough.

The twenty-first century will be green or it won't exist. I already pine for this new spring.

Gabriel Yacoub

" a little something about trees. I have, for two years, used the Kirlian spectrography for my medical diagnostics. I showed to people their photo explaining to them something very simple: when they had energy in the hands and not in the feet, they often told me "you know, I am a very "pedestrian" person".

Then I explained them thanks to the photo that on the contrary they weren't pedestrians and that they were like a tree without roots : too much busy with the exterior (too much mental) because if the exterior changed they were deeply moved, just as the tree without roots: too much wind : danger, not enough water: danger, too much water : danger, etc... then they spent their time to try to change the exterior while the only true way to "solidify" was to redo their roots by the Yin qualities of their being : creativity, intuition, sensibility, and to build their "interiority"... "

Cat

to be meditated on...

Find a tree

talk to that tree, touch it, hug it,

Feel it, sit down near it, let that tree feel

that you are benevolent and that you won't hurt it.

Little by little, the friendship will be created, and you will start

to feel that the tree's quality changes as soon as you arrive near it.

When you'll arrive, you will feel a immense moving energy on the tree's bark.

When you'll touch that tree, it will be as happy as a child, as a loved being.

When you will sit down next to your tree, you will feel a mass of things.

Soon you will be able to feel that if you come to the tree full of

sadness, your sadness will disappear in it's presence.

Only then you will be able

to understand

that you are

interdependent.

You will then

be able to

make your

tree happy,

the tree is

able to make

you happy.

The whole life

is interdependent.

That interdependence is called God, the Universe.

Michaella

 

The Green

To Go in that Way Is a Return to One-self

Because the Nature in You Counts all your Steps

Don't move from it, because your Life Is really there

This Green Wood Is in You, will never wither

It feeds on Pure Water, it feeds on You

To Respect that Wood is to protect your Roof

That Chalet is in You and Grows each day

Find it's Key, your Door will Open

The tree symbolizes - by its roots that thrust in our Mother-Earth, feeding on it's telluric energies and by its leaves pointing to the sky, receiving the cosmic energies - a Center of fusion of these energies that give him that exceptional Longevity. Making thus, the demonstration to MAN, of the possibility to Be a Tree of Life, enjoying that Longevity, by the Conscience, but more importantly, by the RESPECT of these energies !

'' The earth Talks to the roots, the sky Talks to the leaves ; and the tree, motionless and Attentive, being Centered on "her-self", Listens to their Advice and Learns how to Live old and strong''

"The soul that will make her mortal coil to press his ear on the trunk of a tree, will be able to Hear, the only Word it Knows that speaks to it's nourishing earth and it's celestial roof: THANK YOU ! "

Raphaël.

The simple faith.

Buddhist Sutra:

mâtâ yathâ niyam puttam

âyusâ ekaputtam anurakkhe

evampi sabba bhùtesu

mânasam bhâvaye aparimânam

Just like a mother at the risk of her life,

watches over and protects her only child,

we must, with a free spirit,

cherish all living things.

Webmaster's conclusion: I have the simple faith in the heart capacities of men, even if they are today stifled, because as this page proves it, they only demand to express themselves, so that I am convinced they will regain the upper hand over the destructive forces that, on the other hand, are close to their definitive and total END.
 The wisest way to set oneself free being the way of the Voluntary Simplicity.

 

xIllustrations took from "Vivre la Corse" by Emmanuel Saïller, author of admirable photos, book published by Editions Menges, Paris and the book "Le guide du Jardin" published by Grange Bâtelière.

Special thanks go to the following sites for their information :

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/pascal.grau/Les_arbres_de_France.htm

http://bricodeco.jeditoo.com/jardinage/brico12.html#Arbres

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