Two days this week I've gone to school for grandparents lunch day. Twice this week my grandchildren have led me to a tree at recess they play under each day. Yes, a little willow tree still working to grow into a full fledge beauty.
I remember as a child moving into a new home in the country to find one of these beauties in our front yard. It remained there until a lightening strike one summer. I remember loving to play under it and had to smile when I seen my grandchildren also enjoyed the calmness of playing under a willow tree :)
Today, I know that willow trees attract a spiritual connection with the heart. Allowing one to contemplate their past to allow it to help their future. It inspires dreams, with their long flowing branches and graceful appearance. Hiding beneath its long concealing branches one can seek out inner vision and understand how to apply it to one's life.
As I watched the youngsters play this week, I had to smile. To them, it's just a tree. Somewhere to gather with friends or sit against and read a book. To me, I saw a place full of laughter, secrets to be told, and a place to bond with others. A place where dreams are formed, ideas followed out.
This was the third time this week willow trees had come to mind. As I walked around my sister's pond, I mentioned how beautiful a willow tree would look on the banks. Her massive oak tree (her tree of life) filling one side and a willow filling another corner would be oh so amazing.
When something comes to mind once, I smile and believe it is just a passing thought to brighten my day. If something comes a second time, I take a bit more notice but still smile at the thought. When something comes to mind a third time, I know there is a message from my dearest Lady and I must pay heed to what this message is.
So today, when I found myself yet again under the branches of a willow tree, I took notice.
First, I am an air sign, so watching the breeze move through the branches of a willow tree reminds me to be flexible yet stay strong.
With these reminders showing themselves the week of the full moon, makes me take heed a bit more. Ancient Celtics use willow wood in ritual to enhance psychic abilities, which makes perfect sense to me during this time in my life.
I often get my most creative ideas around water. What is more beautiful than a willow tree on the banks of lake, pond, or river. So I know to be ready for the creative energy to flow.
With the symbolism of the willow and the full moon, I also know to be more aware of my intuition. I need to carefully listen to my gut over the course of the next month and act and react accordingly.
I'm a firm believer in things don't just happen, they happen for a reason. With everything transpiring in my life right now, everything about this makes sense to me. Being more playful, as well as, allowing things to flow through me and from me. The willow tree, the full moon, all of this holds meaning in my life.
They say to truly learn in this world one must sit still and listen to what is around them. This does not always mean the chatter of those around us, but sometimes it means what the Spirit is trying to tell us.
Growing in faith is not always book learning, but learning to sit quietly and listen with your heart, regardless of the faith you follow. Strengthening your bond with your Lord and Lady, your Creator, your God, or Goddess is what is the most important for your soul.
There comes a time in our lives when we crave this teaching from our spiritual side. Heeding to its call is all that matters. We take tiny steps, absorb the teachings, and then apply them to our lives.
As I grow within my spiritual self I can clearly see those things of my past that no longer serve me. When they try to creep back into my world, which I believe firmly are tests to see how much we've learned, I recognize them and also their outcomes more easily today than I once did and realize I've outgrown them.
What is most important to me today is the peace this life has to offer. Sure, chaos tries to break through, and for a moment I allow it to have it's time, it's called balance :) But today, I don't live there for months upon months. I seek out my peace and reclaim it.
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!