Talk about this for synchronicity (don’t you just love these moments!) I just found this information posted:
The Apple appears in the lore surrounding many beliefs.
The Norse Gods were said to eat apples from a tree in the garden of Asgard to retain their youth and strength. The Christians believe that the fruit eaten in the Garden of Eden was an apple. The Greek God Melanion (also known as Hippomenes) used apples to win a race against Atlanta and thereby make her his wife. The Greeks also regarded apples as one of the fruits of Diana and this was continued by the Romans in respect of Venus. The Celts held that a branch laden with apples would enable a person to visit the underworld, and for this reason apples often appear on the altar at Samhain. If you cut an apple open across the centre you will find that the core forms a five pointed star similar to the pentacle.
Apples are used in spells for love, healing and, as cider, to encourage growth in the garden. Sharing an apple which you have jointly consecrated with your partner will ensure a happy relationship, and this should be repeated at every New Moon. To encourage growth in the garden sprinkle cider onto the soil after it has been turned over. To drive out illness cut an apple into three parts, rub them all over and bury the pieces separately. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has some truth, as eating apples helps the liver and digestive system. Drinking apple juice or rough cider also prevents the formation of stones. And eating one last thing at night is said to cure sleeplessness.
I was thinking about the Celts belief as this is my tradition – the apples appearing in my visions are emphasising my need to venture forth into the Underworld – the dark places of my psyche – in order to heal. The article also talks about apples used for healing and growth in the garden – think ‘mental and emotional’ garden here. In order to get my ‘spiritual garden’ healthy I need to venture forth into the Underworld. A scary thought but absolutely necessary.
And so today I venture forth to my therapy. Of course I don’t want to go, I never want to go, but the time has come to take up the reigns of courage again and set forth.
Today I drew Petrified Wood from my Crystal ally Cards. I thought the information from the book was worth sharing here:
Under the roots of an ancient grandmother tree is the source of the Universe. This is the image of ‘Beginnings’.
Petrified Wood is a mineral, usually Agate, that has replaced the wood of ancient fossilized trees, retaining their shape, texture and even their growth ring pattern. Trees are the chieftains of the Plant Kingdom, towering above the earth with their roots sunk deeply into the ground. Trees sing to the wind and the sun, and learn much of other beings by offering them shelter, food and safety.
Trees symbolise the deep and ancient beginnings of all things. On their Earth walk they learn much of the beginnings and endings within the spiral of life. They grow from the seeds of their forefathers, and fertilise their children with their bodies when they depart. When trees become fossilized they have ‘turned’ to stone, the knowledge and understanding of these beings is preserved in the energy patterning of the stone that has taken their form.
All of us have our roots or beginnings. When we become incarnate and enter the physical world we choose our parents, our culture and the ancient memories of our ancestors that will be stored in the DNA of our bodies. It is with these choices that we form the basis for our physical experience. The energy of Petrified Wood enables us to access those beginnings, which are stored on a cellular level and draw strength and knowledge from our ancestors and lineage.
By exploring the roots and beginnings of our bodies and cultures we can empower ourselves through the ancient codings of instinct and intuition. We can ‘speak’ to those who went before and gain wisdom from them.
Delving into these ancient cellular memories allows us to move forward as well. We are the forefront of a new civilisation on Earth. By utilizing the memories of our peoples, we can integrate the lessons that they learnt and avoid the mistakes that were made in the past.
This is a time for all people to come together in peace and harmony, without regard to race, colour, religion or beliefs. As we move forward into this time of harmony and Light, we will find the ancient roots that are common to all. With the understanding of these tribal ways, we can create a touch stone, a place of common ground, that we can use to build a new life together on the planet. By seeing where we have come from, we are able to move into a brighter future and toward a new day of honouring the earth and each other.
Affirmation: The roots of my experiences nourish me deeply.
Source:The Crystal Ally Cards by Naisha Ahsian