My vision is to bring a series of Tree Wisdom Banners into the world, that is ceremonially co-create with the tree spirits themselves. In this process, I offer my eyes and hands to the trees and invite them to communicate through the creative journey I embark on. I describe how you can listen to trees further down below.
Each image is designed to acts as a portal that allows the observer to directly connect with the essence of a particular tree spirit. Different size prints and wall-hangings are available on my Etsy page. They can be used as sacred altar decorations and totemic art for ceremonial spaces.
So far I co-created a banner with the Oak, Birch and Beech tree. For regular updates on the Tree Wisdom Banner series, you can subscribe to my newsletter (see below) and follow me on Facebook and Instagram.
Listening to trees
Questing for inspiration is one of the core aspects of druidic shamanic practices. For the creation of the Tree Wisdom Banners, I open a ceremonial space using the Wheel of the Year altar cloth. I set intentions, pray and invite the trees, whilst carefully listening to messages and impulses. Working with the subtle energies of trees can be deeply transformative in the sense that they show us aspects of our own psyche, that might need integrating or rebalancing.
When I go out to get to know a tree, the first thing I do is to slow down and drop into my body. Because I consider trees as conscious and sentient beings, I introduce myself and ask if I may sit under its branches. The response comes from the gut: warm expansion means yes, contraction means no.
Once I’ve settled in, I use all senses to experience the tree. I look at the overall shape, tiny little details, hear the wind in its leafs, feel the texture of the bark and moss and taste it’s berries if it’s safe to do so. I pay attention to what’s happening in my body, my emotions and my mind and notice how this tree makes me feel different compared to another tree, an open landscape or a house for example.
Every species of tree has a specific signature and each individual tree within it too. Oak is always Oak, but two Oak trees are never exactly the same. There are also variations within the tree’s flow of life force according to its lifespan and the cycle of the day, moon and year.
Once I established this sense of connection, I can drop in deeper by using observation-based drawing and/or intuitive drawing to let the tree express something to me. From this initial moment of connection and communication, the seed idea of a new banner starts to grow into a fully formed piece of art.
These and other techniques are amongst the tools I pass on during my workshops.