Friday, March 25, 2011

Celtic Tree Calendar: The Month of the Hawthorns

According to the ancient Celtic Tree Calendar, this period between March 21st to April 17th is the month dedicated to the hawthorn tree. This tree represents cleansing, purity and chastity because it is in preparation for the rebirth and union that accompanies the celebration of spring’s arrival. The ancient Britons believed that this month was a vital preparatory period in anticipation for Beltane on May 1st. The image of a virgin maiden with a unicorn companion represents this period and reminds us of the importance of purity.

Spending time with the hawthorn tree can help us to reach a deep spiritual understanding in our lives and once again find the love in our hearts. Liberate your ability to love all, especially yourself. The Buddha once said, "You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." The hawthorn reminds us to trust our innocence and abstain from judging our naïveté. This month gives us the opportunity to serve our bodies, minds and souls with sacred respect. It allows us to reclaim our inner power and quiet ourselves in order to find strength. It is encouraged for one to observe a period of ritual cleansing, fasting, and meditation, as well as refraining from poor habits in order to reconnect with the divine.

It is said that this is the hawthorn’s message, “We anchor the world of mystery and magic to your world. We are sacred. We protect the temple. We remind you to keep yourself sacred…We welcome you to the world of enchantment.”

(Inspired by Sharlyn Hidalgo’s The Healing Power of Trees)

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