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6th Lunation: March 21 – April 17
WELCOME TO THE SIXTH MONTH OF THE CELTIC TREE LUNAR CALENDAR – Hawthorn
The Hawthorn Tree or Faery Tree. When I first learnt about the Hawthorn Tree and did my first meditation with it in 2013, I wrote a message that the faeries gave me whilst at the tree. It wasn’t until writing this blog post that I revisited my notes. The message they gave me was this: ‘Your world is about to turn upside down and we are busy clearing the path, but don’t step through the door yet.’ Um, wow. Looking back, it was 3 months after I wrote that, that I broke up with my partner, moved to Mount Tamborine and my life literally re-modelled itself. I didn’t realise it at the time, but looking back, it was exactly the push I needed to get me moving….
What strikes me this month around is that I am again at the threshold of rebirth. I have just started a new job and moved house. I am in the process of unpacking my new place, finding a spot for everything and acquiring new furniture to accommodate all my stuff. Thankfully this rebirth has been a lot kinder to me than the other one, but the thing to note here is that the Hawthorn month represents change, cleansing and rebirth also. You see, when we understand nature more wholly, we can begin to understand how we also work through the cycles. Coming into Autumn (in Australia), it is also a time of letting go of the old and making a nice homely nest to be able to rest and relax in through winter.
The tree itself has thorns, which make it a good protector and is often grown in hedges or rows to use as a barrier. A tree you can call on when in need of any type of protection or to take some time away from external influences. They can grow up to 400years old and can live in a variety of conditions, making them a very hardy tree. The red berries it produces are edible and in Herbal Medicine are valued for their effect on the heart. They have beautiful white or pink flowers, which are able to pollinate themselves.
They are very sacred trees in Britain and Ireland because of their connection to the faeries, where the fae have always been respected and believed. I have done much study in this area also and when you take away the romanticised hollywood perception of what the fae are, which stems from the Victorian era, you will understand that in fact it is very believable and once you start working with their energies, it will open up such an enriching part of your work.
Hawthorn is used when it’s time to cleanse and let go of things that no longer serve you. It may be belongings, ideas, people or attitudes. Cleansing always makes room for a fresh new energy to come into your life. Even the smallest changes can have a massive impact on your life. Look around you and see what you really don’t need or where you have clutter and tidy it up or throw things out. The way in which you discard of what you no longer need is also important. Recycle, up-purpose or donate to charity what you no longer need. Let go of things by being mindful of the lesson they have taught you and give your thanks for the wisdom gained.
Being a tree that helps with heart matters, you can, under supervision from a qualified professional, be prescribed Hawthorn. It helps the heart pump more efficiently and in Chinese Herbal Medicine, the heart is where you carry Joy. If you are lacking Joy in your life, your heart energy may be in need of a boost. You can call on the spirit of the tree to help you with matters of the heart. If your heart relates to joy, ask the tree to help you find joy in your life so your heart can be full again. The heart is such an important part of our body, physically, energetically and spiritually. The heart chakra is how we interact with our external environment and nature. Finding joy within our lives makes us feel alive and by calling in the tree’s healing energies and by using it’s protective qualities as well, we can take time out to do some inner work of finding what brings us joy.
Visualising Hawthorn Trees at your front or back doors will also offer you protection or envisioning them around you when you feel you need a buffer from people or situations. But let’s not forget it’s connection to the Fae also! Going back to working with the heart makes sense for me that this tree is connected to Faery. For the fae only work with people of a pure heart. If you really want to deepen your connection to other realms like Faery, communicating with trees, the Sidhe etc, this is imperative. You cannot deceive them, they sense whether you have a pure heart or not. They are pretty fed up with the Human Race and I’m sure you can understand why. But there are a few that haven’t given up on us completely. So let’s take a trip to meet the beautiful Hawthorn Tree in the following meditation…..
If you’ve been following along for a few months of these blog posts, you will know the Tree of Life grounding exercise I do at the beginning of every meditation. This is a grounding exercise and I do it before any spiritual work I undertake. I will be leave that up to you to do before the meditation. If you need to download it or haven’t got a clue what I am talking about, don’t worry! Get it HERE.
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