Saturday, 25 January 2014

The Ent

Ents, also known as talking trees, are rarely encountered and its a great privilege to actually see or talk with one.
Oracular Trees are attributed with the ability to speak to individuals, especially those gifted in divination. In particular, Druids were said to be able to consult Oak trees for divinatory purposes, as were the Streghe with Rowan trees.

The word "Ent" was taken from the Anglo-Saxon (Old English) word ent, meaning "giant". Ents are probably the most ubiquitous of all creatures in fantasy and folklore, perhaps second only to dragons, most famously known now as the Ents in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth stories.

Perhaps not quite Ents, but the Cad Goddeu (The Battle of the Trees) medieval Welsh poem preserved in the 14th-century manuscript known as the Book of Taliesin refers to a traditional story in which the legendary enchanter Gwydion animates the trees of the forest to fight as his army. The poem is especially notable for its striking and enigmatic symbolism and the wide variety of interpretations this has occasioned particulalry by Robert Graves in his book The White Goddess.

I made a short animation based on the Cad Goddeu - 
Taliesins Battle Of The Trees;

In Ireland a tree may help a person look for a leprechaun's gold, although it normally does not know where the gold is.

According to Greek mythology, all the trees in the Dodona (northwestern Greece, Epirus) grove (the forest beside the sanctuary of Zeus) became endowed with the gift of prophecy, and the oaks not only spoke and delivered oracles while in a living state, when built into the ship Argo the wood spoke and warned of approaching calamities.
The rustling of the leaves on an Oak tree was regarded as the voice of Zeus.

The Greek Talking Elm: Philostratus spoke about two philosophers arguing beneath an elm tree in Ethiopia which spoke up to add to the conversation.

The Indian Tree of the Sun and the Moon: Told the future. Two parts of the tree trunk spoke depending on the time of day; in the daytime the tree spoke as a male and at night it spoke as a female. Alexander the Great and Marco Polo are said to have visited this tree.

In Hugh Lofting's 1928 novel Doctor Dolittle in the Moon, the lunar flowers and trees are intelligent and capable of communication by using scents, the sounds of wind through branches, etc.

Imbued with Earth wisdom gathered over their very long life spans, the Ent is a friend to consult on all serious matters, but dont expect a hasty answer for as J.R.R.Tolkien explains of the Ent “My name is growing all the time, and I’ve lived a very long, long time; so my name is like a story. Real names tell you the story of the things they belong to in my language, in the Old Entish as you might say. It is a lovely language, but it takes a very long time to say anything in it, because we do not say anything in it, unless it is worth taking a long time to say, and to listen to.”

Blessed Be the Ent and Ent Friends xx ~

Saturday, 11 January 2014

The Environmental Serenity Prayer

As a species we are creating destruction of our planet, its delicately balanced ecospheres and fragile biodiversities around the world. Our addiction to Oil and to consumption of world resources and rapidly declining creatures presents the behaviour of a species wildly out of control. 
To remedy this we need to change our ways and to help others do the same, to protect and nurture the nature that supports us. To consume less, with greater enironmental and ethical awareness, to pollute less, to conserve and protect the world as a prerequisite for living upon and within it.
Here is my Environmental version of The Serenity Prayer to hopefully inspire others to walk the path with a heart and to help heal the Earth.

Gaia grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
The brevity of a beautiful day and my time upon the earth,
The harshness of the seasons and futility of a world without mirth.
Of people who are foolish, the heartless and the cruel,
The death of all our loved ones - natures immutable rule.

Gaia grant me the courage to change the things that I can;
Such as impatience with ignorance in all its forms -
Consciousness raising to basic humanitarian norms,
Respect for our ancestors bones and sacred circles of stones -
Spiritual diversity imbues this life with mysterious meanings unknown,
Saving ancient forests and trees who make the air that we breathe -
Our narrow parameters of existence enabled by evironments we need,
Getting rid of greenhouse gassess and anthropogenic emissions -
By curbing industrial air pollution and such short sighted commissions,
Offsetting offsetting because lifes microhabitats are rare -
And cannot be replaced at goblin markets of biochemical fare,
Forgoing fracking - both public and secret -
That earth be safe without carcinogenic chemical seepage,
Dropping dioxin toxins and plant pesticide armagedon -
By fostering farming that is safe to the seventh generation,
Barring gene splicings and science fiction mutations -
By supporting a sustainable world built on ecological foundations,
Rescinding radiation, nuclear-atomic aberration -
For sunlight and windpower and possibly clean fusion salvation,
Ommitting oil spills from oceans by choosing -
Other forms of energy and greater care using,
Abandoning xenoestrogens in birth control pills -
And countless strange medecines that do not cure our ills,
Ending genocide and ecocide in all of its forms -
By supporting green business that all survive lifes storms,
Not a call for new luddites and progress avoiders,
But rather for compassion, so please come and join us.

Gaia grant me the wisdom to know the difference today,
To take personal action in every small way -

Choices I make to give and to take,
To understand the consequences and blessings,

c. Titus.L 2014