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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:49 pm


white tigress maple

thoughts run off to camp fires, unexpected cold spell in northern india, heating devices and air pollution.
such is daily news and facing it all, in solitary confinement and social containment.
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:52 am


YGGDRASIL

In the Germanic spiritual tradtion, Yggdrasil is the cosmic World Tree or "Tree of Life". It is a gigantic tree that rises out of the Well of Wyrd ("Destiny") and gives the universe its basic infrastructure which binds together all of the Nine worlds of the universe. These Nine Worlds rest within its roots or branches and due to this the World Tree often serves as a conduit for travel between the worlds. Yggdrasil is often spoken of as an ash, though it was thought to have needles like a yew and also bore fruit. More likely than not the tree cannot be compared to any mortal species of tree, but may, indeed be a combination of them all.
The name Yggdrasil literally means the 'Steed of Yggr' i.e. the horse of Odin, since Yggr ( "Terrible One") is one of Odin's many names. This name refers to the nine nights Odin is said to have spent hanging from the World Tree as a self-sacrifice in order to find the Runes, as described in the Havamal (although the tree is not explicitly identified as Yggdrasil):
"I hung on that windy tree for nine nights wounded by my own spear.
I hung to that tree, and no one knows where it is rooted.
None gave me food. None gave me drink. Into the abyss I stared
until I spied the runes. I seized them up, and howling, I fell."

The gallows are sometimes described in Old Norse poetry as the "horse of the hanged." and the Germanic custom of hanging sacrificial victims from trees was probably in reference to this myth. In 1950, the preserved corpse of the so-called "Tollund Man" was found in a peat bog in Jutland. The excellent level of preservation made it possible to deduce that he had been ritually hanged and respectfully consigned to the bog, not more than a hundred yards from where a ritually hanged woman had been previously found.
Another interpretation of Yggdrasil, with some etymological difficulties, is "yew-column", associating the tree with the Eihwaz rune.
Fjölsvinnsmál, a poem in the Poetic Edda, refers to the World Tree as Mimameid ("Mimir's tree"). Yggdraisil is also known as Lerad (ON: Læraðr) a tree whose leaves and twigs reach down to the roof of Valhalla and provide food for the goat Heiðrún ("Heatlth Rune")and the stag Eikþyrnir ("Thorny Oak") that both live on the roof.
Three roots supported the trunk, with one passing through Asgard, one through Jotunheim and one through Helheim. Beneath the Asgard root lay the sacred Well of Urd ("Fate"), and there dwelt the three Nornir, over whom even the gods had no power, and who, every day, watered the tree from the primeval fountain so that its boughs remained green. Beneath the Jotunheim root lay Mímisbrunnr, the spring or well of Mimir ("Memory"); and beneath the Helheim root the well Hvergelmir ("the Roaring Cauldron").
Ásgard, Álfheim and Vanaheim rested on the branches of Yggdrasil. The trunk was the world-axis piercing through the center of Midgard, around which Jotunheim was situated, and below which lay Nidavellir or Svartálfheim. The three roots stretched down to Helheim, Niflheim and Muspelheim, although only the first world hosted a spring for Yggdrasil.
On the top of the World tree perched a giant eagle, (with a hawk upon its forehead named Vedrfolnir ("wind breather"), who blew the winds over the worlds with his mighty wings. The Niflheim root of Yggdrasil are gnawed at by the dragon Nihogg ("Vicious Blow"). The messenger of the World Tree (and thus between the worlds) is the squirrel Ratatosk who scurried up and down the tree between Nidhogg and the eagle, forwarding insults between them. There were also four stags feeding on the bark of Yggdrasil: Duneyrr, Durathror, Dvalin, and Dainn.
Yggdrasil is also central in the myth of Ragnarok, the end of the world. The only two humans to survive Ragnarok (there are some survivors among the gods), Lif and Lifthrasir, are able to escape by sheltering in the branches of Yggdrasil, where they feed on the dew and are protected by the tree
"The bellowing fire will not scorch them;
it will not even touch them,
and their food will be the morning dew.
Through the branches they will see a new sun burn
as the world ends and starts again."

Yggdrasil apparently had smaller counterparts as the enormous evergreen of unknown species that stood at the Temple at Uppsala and Irminsul, which was an oak venerated by the Heathen Saxons and which was said to connect heaven and earth. The Old Norse form of Irmin was Jörmun and interestingly, just like Ygg, it was one of Odin's names.
Rain was held to be the dew dropping from the World Tree. Two old German synonyms for clouds, Wetterbaum (Weather tree), and Regenbaum (Rain Tree) are said to attest to this.

URDARBRUNN Urðarbrunnr or the Well of Wyrd lies at the base of the World Tree. There lies the dwelling place of the Norns as well as the thing stead or assembly area of the Gods. The Well of Urd is from Norse Mythology as the well in Asgard which fed one of the roots of the Yggdrasil. Also near the well in a hall are Three Norns (or Nornir) that tend the well - Urd ("Fate"), Verdandi ("Present"), and Skuld ("Future"), the Germanic Goddesses of fate. They weave the destiny of all who live into the tapestry of fate by the root of the great tree, and attend to the needs of the Yggdrasil.
Alternative names & spellings:

Irminsul, Mimameid, Lerad, the World Tree
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:30 am

many tears shed abroad

thanks for retrieving the part of soul
not in balance with what must be home

treading its soil with just so much
caution
sacrifice in the name of retribution
compassion with future generations

peace may have come
side effects grave
still

many tears shed abroad
the best i could find\!!
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:21 pm



The Ceiba tree was very significant to the Mayans who believed that a Ceiba connect earth and heaven and that spirits ascended to heaven by climbing vines that hung from it branches.
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:07 am

^how to "worship" like this again?
how to unite in this original spirit without getting "sidetracked"?
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:15 pm

a picture from the frozen baltic sea
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:33 pm

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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:11 pm

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ2tluarzZs&feature=related
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:31 pm


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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:46 pm

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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:16 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czs3kBqsavA&feature=channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alAiENqhRxM&feature=PlayList&p=FF921BC9844EFF19&index=0&playnext=1


imbolc = in the womb
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:52 am

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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:58 am

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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:40 am

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did you know that today is the beginning of
Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
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create your own prosperity consciousness
and plant the seeds this month
in your career, relationships, and more
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or... (check second hand...)
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:26 pm

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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:36 am

worship

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73WCKk3dX3s
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:35 am

implicit, no x
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:13 am

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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:19 pm

\!!
alight
the sense of hearing
and the balance when standing
on one's own two feet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLrtUIe435Q&feature=related

off balance is when
i can no longer be sure i even exist
seems that has happened
more often than not
in our past

tell me it ain't so
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:28 am

ahh.. did you know................?
here's the 'tree of the year 2010' which you might find a very delightful choice.


cherry sunny Smile

one should add, eventually. spring's not in full swing yet.
\!!
ahh.. the time it takes..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keF-KYKKYeI
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:49 pm

mist - clouds - nebulae
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:18 pm

so far only a picture
outside in
adorable looks
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:44 am



from a window in
an old peoples' home


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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:58 pm


irish trees \!!
céad míle fáilte romhat!*

* a hundred thousand welcomes to you!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFlKx3YPL5I
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PostSubject: Re: In worship of the trees   Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:27 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OTKgoZJoek&feature=related

oak tree typically bent by the mistral

this appears to come with a mistral ()

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