Time spent with a tree is never time wasted.

This is my tree….well it’s not my tree obviously, it’s in my local park. And it’s not just my tree, I have seen numerous people hug and ground themselves under the spread of this great Oak.

There is a benevolent energy around this tree and I have spent many a moment talking to and listening to this tree.

Today, I asked it for help, to lend me some strength and take some of the hurt, pain, anger and stress I am carrying away.

With my eyes closed and my forehead against the trunk, I pleaded with the Oak. After a few moments I realised my racing thoughts were slowing and my focus was being redirected towards the sounds of children laughing and squealing in the primary school down the way a bit, I could hear and identify the sounds in the tree above me, the chattercliffe of annoyed squirrel (as I had the dog with me), the different chirps and calls of the different birds in the branches……..for a few moments there was calm………and then the dog barked at the squirrel he could see but not reach!

The moment had passed, but not before the tree did what I had asked and helped.

I am now carrying about the park, my load a little lighter…..time spent with a tree is never time wasted!

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Imbolc

Wishing to you a blessed Imbolc!
The wheel is turning, the sun is gaining strength and starting to warm the earth, life is starting to show itself again.

With personal trials and tribulations lately, making the effort to mark Imbolc felt like a chore today, one I really couldn’t be bothered with – I did after all have a birthday cake to make in between driving shifts! However, it would have annoyed me if I didn’t make the effort so I did…..and I am glad I did.

I decided to plant some seeds, in reality as well as planting some new ones/ideas for the coming year.

I cut down some loo roll tubes to make mini plant pots (that will break down when planted out) to start some seeds off early indoors.

I have so many saved seeds that it was just a lucky dip as to which envelopes got picked!

As the sun starts to warmth the earth, I wanted represent this on my altar by having candle in some earth symbolically warming….but managed to smash my lovely glass dish!

Impressed I wasn’t! 

This is what I came up with instead…

The candle will still warm the earth and then I can plant something up with the earth tomorrow. 

With Imbolc traditionally being a Fire festival I wanted a small fire tonight too, I thought I could have some self examination, plant new seeds of personal growth and shed what doesn’t serve me, so I wrote out 4 of each option, positive aspects I want to nurture and grow and negative aspects that I wanted rid of,  thinking that if I throw them in the fire, my wishes will be consummed by the flames and and carried on the breeze.

It’s been too long since I have had a fire out the back, it’s only a small fire bowl bit it’s plenty big enough to get a flame (and a smoke) fix!

I love this image…..I can see a bird!

It’s the letter K in this one!

Once the flames die down,  I love the play of light as the breeze moves over the embers, almost like there are invisible flames dancing.. 

Suitable smoked (don’t you just love the smell of wood smoke?) I came indoors for something to eat and to light the candles on my altar…

I am now sat here writing this post, (being squashed by the dog!) feeling glad that I made the effort to acknowledge the turning of the wheel as we move closer to a season change. 

So as this evening draws to a close, I hope you have had a lovely Imbolc if you mark it and may the sun continue to warmth the earth and signs of Spring continue to show!