Here is a fundamental fact to understand about Time: Without Time there would not be anything material, no physical manifestations.
A few years back my daughter and I were in a minor car accident. The next day I felt jarred by the experience and decided I needed to go for a walk to ground myself. I was glad to be alive and deep into that appreciation as I walked along a dirt path surrounded by oak trees, wildflowers, green grass, a beautiful blue sky. As I observed the natural world around me in this vein of gratitude, I suddenly had the understanding that without Time, none of it would exist. There would be no flowers, no trees, no me, no you, no car accident, no walk the day after, none of it would be possible without the phenomenon of Time.
Many people are finding tree allies these days. It seems at this time on the planet the trees have much to say to humans. If you feel drawn to the trees but don’t know where to begin, here is a simple way to get started on deepening your relationship with them.
First, know that even trees that have been cut down are still here in spirit form. If there is a stump that is calling to you, do not disregard it. The spirit of the tree may still be there wanting to interact with you.
To form a relationship with one or more trees, begin by noticing which trees want to speak to you. You will know this by the trees you find yourself attracted to. Once you determine which tree or trees this is, make an offering of milk at the base of the tree. Tell the tree you wish to begin to form a relationship with it and if it has things to tell you, you are open to listening.
The Cimaruta is an ancient symbol and charm that represents the Streghe/Janarre (Italian medicine) lineage and is also seen to be a potent tool against the evil eye.
The symbol is a stylized sprig of the rue plant (ruta) with various charms hanging off of it, all representative of the craft in varying ways. On the Strega Tree Apothecary’s cimaruta logo hangs the moon, a key, the snake and a flower. We chose these for our logo as they represent the powers that we work with.
Theresa and Annie are a direct descendants of a Strega lineage through their great and great-great-grandmother on their father/grandfather’s Italian side This ancestress is a powerful ally in our work. All Strega Tree diviners are initiated into this lineage since they are initiated through Theresa, Annie or one of her mentees. Janarra is the deeper layer of this lineage.
Have you wondered what it might be like to talk to a tree, or a waterway and have it talk back. There is a pretty good chance that if you frequently visit nature, that an ally in the outdoors might be trying to get you to notice it. Here are some common signs that you are getting a nudge from spirit.
The most successful way for accessing what I call the shamanic realm are long, repetitive walks. It takes a while to develop a shamanic walk. You must walk the same walk with only some slight variation at least four times a week for a couple months before it can get to the point where you can begin to listen. In walking the same path everyday for an extended time, the environment, the way, the rhythm, become second nature so that there is nothing unexpected to worry about, no unknowns to wonder about, allowing you to relax and be deeply present to what is there, without and within.
We spend much of our time listening to the trees.
Strega Tree is a collective of diviners, medicine people, Goddess devotees from many traditions and backgrounds but we spend much of our time out in the wild listening to the trees. The trees are teaching us and guiding us how to walk the path: the path of our ancient ancestors, the path of truth. Many come and all are welcomed. There is much healing offered, many gifts to share.
This time has been foretold: The return of ancient medicine lineages to the planet. This is the time our great-grandparents knew would come, the time they have been waiting for, to return the lineages to the Earth, the ones they tucked away for a time such as this. Who will listen? Who will join?