Having already consulted Balamirs for the the meaning of the Ogham recently, I have skipped it today. Instead I went online looking for new sources with different information. Of course I went to EcoEnchantments which has been a page I have been borrowing my pictures for the Ogham from and read through their information which was largely about growth of the tree and medicinal uses. I then ended up on Modern Curio which talked about the tree representing the Crone which recalled for me the Wiccan Rede and the following excerpt:
“Elder is the Lady’s tree
Burn it not or cursed you’ll be.”
However, both sites talked extensively about how self generating the Elder Tree is. The Modern Curio says:
“Elder is a tree that constantly regenerates, and thousands of years of trees can sprout in the same spot. Because of this, it is a symbol of change, spiritual growth, and the ability to endure whatever challenges you may be facing. It is a tree that reminds us of the wisdom of the ancestors, or the elders – and of past experiences that make us who we are today.”
Today during meditation I was really struggling with all the thoughts and ideas I was being bombarded with around my current project. I stopped meditating two times to record voice memos about the ideas I had in my attempt to shut down my brain. When I read about the self generation of the Elder tree, I saw all these ideas as little elder trees springing up through the cracks in my meditative practice and through my spiritual life in general. It is as if this project wants to plant itself everywhere.
This sounds cool. Unless it is your meditative practice these ideas are popping up in. It is actually overwhelming and trying to be the recipient of such constant ideas. There is no time to flesh one idea out before another is settling into try and take root. I begin to worry that some ideas will not flourish because I can’t pay them attention. Which is why the Crone in my mind is associated with this tree. Only a wizened old woman could handled such an abundance of ideas and growth. So only in conjunction with the goddess can I handled this bombardment of ideas.