No matter what you feel about the time on our present calendar of December 25th, you probably enjoy lighted well-decorated trees. Ever wonder why? It isn't just cultural....

    A tree of any kind decorated during the time of the Winter Solstice has pretty much always been a symbol for the rebirth of the soul. Called the Tree of Light by many ancient cultures, it was said that each light on this representative of the Tree of Life was for an individual soul. And whether you are conscious of it or not, some part of you still responds to this ancient Tree of Lights, what it says to you, what it makes you remember and even long for.

    Trees themselves are ancient and complex symbols, in general representing strength that perseveres and endures, and your rate of growth and stage of development, spiritual and otherwise. (See Session 91, TREES: SYMBOLS IN YOUR DREAMS, AND OUT.)

    As archetypes, all trees represent the Cosmic Tree, the Axis Mundi, the World Axis or Center; the entire manifestation unfolding from a single small seed; the synthesis of Heaven, Earth, and Water; access to and correct use of Solar powers and energies; the Great Awakening; the Great Mother, the matrix and power of inexhaustible shelter and nourishment; the mouthpiece of Divinity; the Tree of Life; the Tree of Knowledge.

    Any variety of Evergreen symbolizes everlasting life, immortality, the undying spirit. And Pine trees are the second highest conductor of tree energy on this planet, Redwood the highest. Pine is cleansing, healing, calming, and symbolizes straightness in your growth patterns, uprightness in action and standing, strength of character and durability.

    Pines are ancient symbols of courage, faithfulness, and longevity, and emblems of many deities and teaching masters, including the Buddha. Pine was the tree sacred to Attis, Dionysos, Atargatis, and Cybel and was hung with gold and silver bells, ornaments, gifts and offerings, the tree then burned after the ceremony. But the fir tree of Woden gave gifts back to those who honored his sacred tree. Wonder what all that says about our modern love of artificial trees?

    Burning the Yule Log is a very old custom and most often represents the death of winter and the rebirth of the sun. The Yule Log was usually Pine or Oak and ivy was wound around it to symbolize the dying god and his continuing cycle of renewal and rebirth. This one isn't just from Merry Old England - it goes back at least as far as Osiris and Dionysus.

    So our Christmas Tree isn't just something to stuff presents under. It is the representative of souls; a symbol of the Winter Solstice and Tree of Life; the renewal of the year with its fresh beginnings, new possibilities, the strength and courage to use your potentials; and a beautiful visual reminder of who you really are, where you're from, and why you're here. Remember that while you enjoy its light.

    See you next week. In the meantime, have the happiest of holidays, and the best in everything you do.

[Excerpted in part from Letters From Home: A Guide to Symbols - Awake or Dreaming available from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1885975023 and at your favorite bookshop.]

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