Some Holy Wells are decorated with strips of cloth and objects left by visitors. These gifts are votives presented to invoke the special healing qualities of the well.
With the continued increases of energy we are at a stage when we need to leave gifts at the Beacon Springs and Wells to heal them in order to balance these energies. Many of these springs and wells are hidden away or even forgotten within our landscapes. It will take a while to find and spend time with them to help in this healing process.
In the meantime the New Energies are building up in the water based energy lines via these springs and wells. They will continue to have the potential to cause a great deal of disruption.
A solution to help calm these energies has been revealed by fellow Tree Guardians, often working alongside others with a strong connection to Earth Energies.
As part of a project to reclaim our rivers, last year, a special ceremony took place on the water meadows of the River Frome in Frome. I was asked to check the energies before and after the event. After the Despacho Ceremony a powerful energy field was created on and around the river.
A Despacho is an Andean prayer bundle similar to a mandala. It is a work of Sacred Art, born of your deepest prayers and longings that you bring to your life. In Spanish, despacho literally means “dispatch or shipment”. We dispatch our prayers to Mother Earth, to the Sacred and to the mountains (Apus in Quechua) with great respect and honour and ask that they be answered.
Each despacho is different, reflecting the intimate connection to the one who is offering prayer. Breathtaking in its physical beauty, a despacho ceremony is a journey to the soul of nature, an organic process where, in deep reverence, we offer our most heartfelt prayers for deep healing.
In November another Despacho Ceremony took place on the River Thames in London. This ceremony took place alongside the Extinction Rebellion event where thousands took over five London bridges. South of the Houses of Parliament in the gardens the despacho was created. Placed on a raft of willow it was floated on the Thames.
Though the combination of the Despacho and so many with strong connections to Earth Energies a massive energy field was created. This energy field is re-opening up long forgotten and hidden energies which have the potential to transform London.
I have shown the map of this energy field to a fellow Tree Guardian.
Her immediate reaction to this new energy field is a place of New Ideas. It will have the potential to change lives by opening up and expanding our consciousness.
She agreed with my concerns that these powerful energies will also cause turbulence as they get stronger. The energies of the rivers tend to be constrained so they will need to be released.
At the Winter Solstice the New Energies entered at these energy centres on the Frome and Thames as well as Beacon Springs and Wells.
A fellow Tree Guardian received the a gift of a rose quartz which she then placed in the stream above her house. This gift opened up an another entry point for the new energies.
A large ceremony will create a large energy field but a simple visit to a river or stream to place a gift seems to be just as effective. The energies around it will not be as strong but it forms another means of easing the arrival the new energies.
In the coming years we need to leave gifts at known and unknown places along streams and rivers to calm the water.
Energies that were slowly leaching away over time are now returning to re-awaken the Earth. During the last two Winter Solstices new energy has arrived to strengthen the underlying energies of the Earth.
At the 2016 Winter Solstice this energy connected with the vertical vortexes that are above and below the Beacon Trees which have been hidden and forgotten within our landscapes.
Not only were these powerful trees energised but other trees which have a close association with us were also re-awaken to become the Tree Devas who strengthen our biosphere.
At the 2017 Winter Solstice the energy arrived to travel deeper into the earth below each Beacon Tree and create more Tree Devas. But something else was energised!
When I map out the many energy lines which travel below us I find Beacon Springs and Wells as well as the Beacon Trees. Like the Beacon Trees these important energy points in the landscape have been lost or forgotten over time. They are the direct connections to the water based energy lines that pass below us. These bands of energy are tidal following the phases of the Moon. Like the tides at sea these energy bands consist of water and moisture. Up until the last Winter Solstice these energy bands only followed the levels of the water below us. At the Solstice this all changed when the new energy entered the energy lines via the Beacon Springs and Wells. They became swirling vortices of energy transforming the energies below and around us.
Those of us who have a connection with earth energies will have noticed this dramatic change. Some will have felt disturbance as these energies stir up and clear any negative energies that surround us.
This is only the beginning of this re-awakening as there is more new energy to come.
Now is the the time to immerse ourselves within the natural world around us so we can benefit from this increase in earth energies. One positive move we can make is to seek out trees that have had little contact with us. Time spent in their company ensure that they will become Tree Devas at the next Winter Solstice.
The New Energy that arrived at the Winter Solstice has not only re-energised the Beacon Trees but it has also brought about a change in other trees.
A local tree with strong energy is now surrounded by the same golden light that spirals around the cone of energy that envelopes the nearby Beacon Tree. The canopy of the tree, its trunk and roots below are a ball of golden light. This has happened to all the trees that have a strong association with us through connections to individuals and communities.
As well as the ball of light they also have energy fields around them. They vary in size depending on their contact with us and all the other creatures. For Example: an oak in a local community woodland has a large energy field as it has become a meeting and storytelling tree.
Whereas the Beacon Trees are male trees all these trees are proving to be female. They may not have the power of the Beacon Trees but it is clear that they are the ‘Tree Devas’, The Shining Ones who help strengthen the earth and the biosphere.
The energy that surrounds the Tree Devas fluctuates with the phases of the moon. It spirals out from the tree, a day at a time, and reaches the edge of it’s overall energy field after seven days. Then the energy retreats day by day rising up into the biosphere.
In the myths and legends, as well as the foundations of world beliefs, the Tree
Devas have played a crucial role in our connection to the natural world.
In The Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh oral tales which are a combination of fact and folklore, the young knight, Peredur, comes across the following:
‘On the bank of the river he saw a tall tree: from roots to crown one half was aflame and the other green with leaves’.
With the energies around Beacon Trees and Tree Devas the earth is being strengthened. We must seek out and spend time in the company of these trees to help us heal both the Earth and us.
The Fire Sculpture I created for, and fired at, this year’s Vernal Equinox proved to be the most successful sculpture to date. It has now become an annual event for family, friends and my fellow tree or spring guardians.
Using gash timber from our old hay store I created a three sided structure with a raised pinnacle which, as to order, disappeared inside once the fire developed a life of its own and roared away.
Just before everyone arrived a large white goose waddled down the lane and walked into the orchard. All the guests were greeted by a honking goose. The goose stayed for a few days sleeping on one of the raised vegetable beds.
The Vernal Equinox is a time of change so I encouraged my guests to bring an object, charm or totem to place on the sculpture so all the negative energy of the last year could be consumed by the fire. Since the arrival of the New Energy at the last Winter Solstice the trees have told me that we need to drop and ignore all the negative energy that surrounds us.
We need to take a more positive path through a deep reconnection with the natural world.
There have been no blogs for a while as I have been interpreting, checking and re-checking the new knowledge that has been revealed by the trees.
The New Energies that arrived during the last Winter Solstice have transformed the energy within the powerful Beacon Trees.
Over the previous four years at Winter Solstices, along with a combined Lunar Eclipse and Red Moon, the energies of these trees have been increasing. As well as the large energy fields around, above and below them they are surrounded by a vertical vortex of energy.
These spiralling vortexes are 36 heights above and below the ground. A height is measured from the top of the tree’s canopy to the base of its roots. The reasons for these vertical vortexes were revealed to me after strange experiences in Wistman’s Wood on Dartmoor and a shamanic drumming workshop. I was shown that when the New Energy arrived it would start to form a cone of energy just above the top of the vortex. The cone would then enlarge to form a larger spiral of energy at ground level and then an even larger one underground at the base of the vortex.
During the afternoon of the 2016 Winter Solstice the energy arrived in this form. The Beacon Tree that is my guide now has a cone of golden light surrounding it.
This energy is to strengthen the earth below and the creatures upon it. For those of us who have a strong connection to earth energies this will lead to new knowledge and strength. It will help us guide others in the path they need to take to cope with the changes that are on the way.
This New Energy has also arrived before at three other times in our past. Looking through timelines it is clear that the energies that have arrived in Beacon Trees have formed the foundations of our development and above all our thought.
They are the trees of Life and Knowledge!
We must now take advantage of these energies the trees are giving us to work with the earth and re-address its balance.
As the trees present us with a wonderful display of Autumn colours it is time to go out to view and celebrate them. As the leaves fall we can see and marvel at the structure of each tree. Place your hands on the trunk of a tree and follow the tactile map of the bark to reveal its history. After exploring the structure place your back on the trunk and face out from the tree. Open up your senses to the world around you. You will see and experience the world from the trees’ viewpoint.
Through the recent ‘Find a Tree’ exhibition, which I curated, it became clear that each of the ten artists who took part had developed a unique connection with their chosen tree or trees. It often led to some unexpected approaches in the representation of these trees.
‘Common Ground’, an arts and environmental charity, has explored and celebrated the different qualities of our landscape through artist-based community projects. One of these was the annual ‘Tree Dressing’ project where we were encouraged to decorate our favourite or special trees for the first weekend in December. This celebration of trees has historic and mythical connections in Britain, Europe and the world. When I worked as an art lecturer I often set this as a project for my students working on a large or small scale with local trees.
Elaborate Tree Dressings require a great deal of planning and if the tree is in the public domain you will need to seek the necessary permissions. If you want to decorate a tree keep it simple. Make something from natural, bio-degradable, materials which will eventually disappear if you do not take it down.
Small statements are just effective as the large ones.
I make totems from sticks, wool and twine which are hung from the lower branches of trees in the garden and orchard. One of the most successful student projects I ran was the creation of small totem figures in clay which were placed in the nooks and crannies of trees.
Be safe when putting your decorations on or in a tree and remember not to harm the tree or the creatures that have a close relationship with it.
From small beginnings we can revive ‘Tree Dressing’ to celebrate and highlight the very special living beings that surround us.
Find a Tree, Lay down below it, Or sit with your back to it, Close your eyes and Listen, Take in all the sounds and smells, Become aware of the world around you, After time you will become that Tree, When you leave Thank it, Never Forget the Time You Spent Together.
Find a Tree exercise No 1
When we spend time with a tree we help to increase its energy which is then maintained by all the other creatures that interact with it. After our close contact with a tree we leave feeling relaxed but also energised. Through regular visits to trees we can develop a better understanding of the natural world around us and our place within it.
Find a Tree or let a Tree find you, Look at it closely, Experience its smells sounds and textures, Then drawing or photograph it, Write a poem or song about it, Then in the future when you want to forget your cares, Look at your image, Recite your poem, Sing your song, and Remember the Time You Spent Together.
Find a Tree exercise No 2
Whether in word or image trees have been a source of inspiration for artists for centuries. The artist Piet Mondrian would never have discovered his unique form of abstraction if he had not studied the structure of trees. This is your opportunity to find inspiration from a tree.
The exercises were given to a group of artists. Their interaction with trees can be seen in an exhibition titled ‘Find a Tree’ at the Meeting House Arts Centre, Ilminster, Somerset from the 3rd to 29th of October 2016. On Sunday 9th of October in the gallery there will be a talk and an opportunity to meet some of the artists.