Green Man Tree Oracle: Ivy ~ Gort

Green Man Wisdom ~ Strength comes from accepting support This week comes the penultimate card in our look at this fantastic Oracle deck: it’s the Ivy, with the Ogham name of Gort.  The wise words of the Green Man about this plant is rather apt. Ivy uses, needs and provides support throughout its life and in truth, can be a pain when it gets out of control, as any gardener known. Once it gets going, it’s strong, hard to get rid of and forever green. In the winter, it’s often paired with the Holly, for the ever greenness of it. The Ivy reminds us that help can come in many forms, but first, we have to acknowledge that we need the support. Whether it’s asking for help from friends, work colleagues, spiritual resources or in doing the house-hold chores, someone to drive you somewhere, someone to fetch you some shopping or even make you something to eat. We believe we’re independent creatures, that we can and ought to, stand alone. But I don’t feel we are: we’re better when we’re stronger, work as a team and when we allow others to help us, to support us, we gain strength. Just…

Green Man Tree Oracle: Holly ~ Tinne

Green Man Wisdom ~ Energy fuels every action This week we have the ever green Holly come and join us. I learn from reading this that Holly burns the hottest of all the woods, creating a passionate fire. Fires can be created for all sorts of reasons. There’s the physical for heat, warmth, food. The others are passionate and emotionally related. Image a set of scales if you wish: On one seat, you’ve got actions that are fuelled by anger, creating war like situations like Aries stomping around the Planet. At the other end, you’ve so intense a feeling that dynamic changes are felt by everyone. Holly urges us to take action, but to temper our actions, consider the possible implication of doing so, not letting your heart rule your head and not burning yourself out by travelling at 100 miles an hour all the time. Holly helps us find the passion to commit to a project, be it new or old, but to temper our actions and channel them into useful actions. Take the opportunities as they arise, be inspired by the fiery nature of the Holly. I look forward to seeing the Holly in my house during mid-winter.…

Green Man Tree Oracle: Alder ~ Fearn

Green Man Wisdom ~ Defence keeps clear the territory This week, the tree for protection and defence come out to join us. It’s assigned to the fourth month in the Celtic Tree Calendar (March 18th – April 14th) and comes to us not a moment too soon, judging by some of the stuff I’m hearing and reading from friends! It would not surprise me to find that quarter staffs were made from Alder branches, given how strong they are, that they’re used for protection and defence. The trunks of alder trees were often used in town wall defences in Norman times (if I recall my history lessons of Norman forts and castles correctly) so the whole defence thing comes out in force. You yourself know when your territory and authority are being challenged. Your instincts create a flight or fight mentality: If you don’t find, fight and defend your own power, you’re dishonouring yourself as you’re giving it away. Hand it to your adversary on a plate. The Ogham for this card is also rather aggressive. It’s stabby, fork like, almost like three arrows being fired off at once. Here it is, off to the right. For me, this tree…

Green Man Tree Oracle: Beech ~ Phagos

Green Man Wisdom ~ What lies beyond the threshold? I’ve remembered to post up the Green Man Oracle for this week, which is rather good!  I’ve been reading about the Beech tree from the book. To start with, I didn’t know that it was the “Queen of The Woods”, the partner if you will, to the more male Oak tree. The Beech tree is all about thresholds, crossing over, stretching yourself, not staying with the known and familiar. Refusing to confront what lies beyond the threshold can cause a stagnant condition. The Ogham for this card is interesting too. That’s the small, grid like image to the right (over there) whilst the image to the left is of the card itself. The gift of the Beech Tree Oracle in a reading suggests that the challenge that lies across the threshold is met. In doing so, you will gain experience from the unknown. Also, at this time, seek revelation and increase your knowledge. I found it rather syncretistic that when I write-up this post, images of a Lenormand deck in production by the same artist as the Green Man Tree Oracle, (Will Worthington) are being shown to me via Facebook. Specifically,…

Green Man Tree Oracle : Scots Pine ~ Ailm

Green Man Wisdom : Seek an Overview It has been some time (June I think) since the wisdom of the Green Man Tree Oracle has come to join us here in The Wildwood. To be fair, I’ve not picked the deck up because I tidied it away and it took the Riviera Tarot Conference to get me to pull it back out again. Since today is the 1st of November, I’d like to say: Happy All Saints Day. It’s not just a Christian belief, it’s a Pagan one too and whilst there may be some argument as to whether one came before the other in this region of the world, I frankly don’t really care! (In the tone of Mavis from Corrie) The Green Man Tree Oracle offers us the following for November. I can hardly believe it is November already. Where has the year gone?! I seem to have done a 4 of Arrows and just slept, though I know fine well I have not. I may have blinked though! I read from the book that the Celts considered it especially appropriate to burn a Scots Pine Log on the night of the Winter Solstice, which is Yuletide. That’s…

Green Man Tree Oracle : Blackthorn ~ Straif

Green Man Wisdom : Magic is everywhere And as I work on the Oracle Card for the coming week, the song from Queen (A kind of magic) now goes around my head but my initial thought is: Oh yes, I already know that! The question though is: Do I pay attention to knowing that? My answer is: sometimes. However, like most people who are busy with life, work, children, house, conferences, we forget to take a step back into ourselves and sink deeply into the ever-flowing stream of our magical dreams. Thanks again to The Goddess Tree for an amazing source of information. I see from the first page of the book that the Blackthorn has a strong ability to foster waking dreams. From the Goddess Tree site, I see that it’s very associated with Morrigan, as she is the Goddess for battle, fertility and strife. Her name has two meanings, Great Queen and Phantom Queen. Morrigan is not a Goddess I have personally done any work with. It’s got strong magical links beyond Morrigan as Wizards used to carry staffs made from the wood and in parts of Ireland, it’s considered bad luck to carry a blackthorn staff. Now,…

Green Man Tree Oracle : Willow ~ Saille

Green Man Wisdom: From harmony comes inspiration I’ve not pulled a Green Man Tree Oracle for a few weeks, I’m sorry! But this week, I feel the need to and we have the Willow to come and greet us. And the wisdom straight from this tree is rather remarkable. The first piece if information I find in the book is that everyone needs harmony: without it, we are fragmented, pulled apart, conflicted. I found this rather fantastic image (it’s linked to the givers site, Underneath the Sycamore, who runs a Tarot Journal. This was published in August 2011) and having sat underneath willow trees before, it is rather peaceful under there, half hidden in the daylight. Fantastic place to sit and think and bring harmony to inner self, though it has been some years since I was able to do that, I will say! I don’t see many willow trees around these days, though there are the odd one or two here and there at various parks, usually near water. That is not surprising though, this tree loves the water, it likes having its feet wet. That explains the Celtic name of Saille, pronounced sahl-yeh. Willow bark has been long used…

Green Man Tree Oracle : Gorse ~ Onn

Green Man Wisdom : Fertility wakes a fire in the mind I often associate Gorse with the Scottish Highlands. I recall camping up there one spring and seeing the lowlands just covered in the yellow golden gorse. I had been away for a long time and had totally forgotten what gorse in flower looked like. I’ve just read the book on gorse and my first thoughts, before I had read the first paragraph, was: We’ve just covered this in the latest Tarot Blog Hop!! I hadn’t associated Gorse with fire, mental stimulation, fertile thoughts or anything along those lines. Gorse though, is damn vigorous. I think I’ve some growing between my greenhouse and the log pile. So now, when I look at it, I shall remember that it is supposed to encourage us to listen to our creative instincts and to tend the fertile garden of our imagination. John claims that we can find happiness and the answer to all sorts of problems this way! The only thing is, I have trouble now, working out which voices in my head are my guides and which one is my own! I feel my guides more than I hear then, hence why…

Green Man Tree Oracle : Yew ~ Idho

Green Man Wisdom : Perseverance leads to achievement The Oracle tree this week is a tree I see in the park every day. I walk underneath several of them as I enter my local park, often with the dog and youngest child for our daily walk, come rain, wind, snow or shine. Of course, I prefer shine at this time of year. The Yew tree is associated with transformation that arises after death, according to the book. It may be a real death or is probably more metaphysical than anything else. However, I have associated it with the bows archers use, and their arrows. Archers are persistent, they deal with change in the form of making arrows and their bows: No two are ever the same. However, the two concepts are linked, the physical and metaphysical, in the way that change, however it is bought about, can be just as important as the need or determination to change. (My thanks to MysticFamiliar.com for their image) The Yew tree goes back further than legends indicate, even if Tristan and Isolt from the Arthurian Legends are separated from each other in this life, they find each other in death. It is said…

Green Man Tree Oracle : Elder ~ Ruis

Green Man Wisdom : From sacrifice comes restoration The Oracle card this week is a tree I actually recognise the name of, but would not (again!) know it if I came across it in the park whilst walking the dog or encouraging the toddler to burn off some of that exuberant energy they have at two and a half! The key divinatory meaning with this card is sacrifice. Not giving up something in the sense of a martyr, or out of fear or appeasement, but in the sense of sacrificing something to make space in our daily lives for the divine. Sacrifice is a way of being generous and unselfish, giving to the whole of the universe. However, I feel we have to start with ourselves, before we can give out. If we’re not being generous to ourselves and allowing ourselves to be restored, we can give nothing back to the Divine. There may be things to loose, but there is plenty more that might be gained from the Universe, often in greater measure or better for it. This might also mean a change in direction, but it could be that you’ll be blessed may times over. The Elder tree…