The Importance of Trees
Sacred Oak in Pennsylvania
The Importance of Trees in Life
One of the things that are important in life that you don't know that you will miss so much until they are gone are trees. They are something that holds the world together. Without them there would not be the same balance in nature. You can't tell what the season is at all without the trees.
One of the worst things about selling your land I think is about the trees. The trees very well may be cut down also when you sell a farm or other property. That is why "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov is so sad. They start to chop down the cherry trees when the place has been sold. It is a bad feeling to have trees go.
I just saw another item about trees for the Mohawks. When they were having the trouble at Oka about the land dispute, part of it was about sacred pine trees growing there. The trouble was about a burial site on the land and the town of Oka wanting the land. It would make it worse to lose sacred pine trees there. All of the trees are really important to the Native Americans and they love them.
Other people love trees also. I think there are trees that are sacred to people from about every country. It started as history began and people had trees to look at and wonder about.
If you don't have trees around, you can feel as if something is missing in your life. I know in cities they still have parks with trees in them. It just is not the same as in the great outdoors where you see all of the trees. Still it is something to have trees there in the park. People need something to look at as they go through their day.
One of the saddest things can be not finding a Christmas tree. Every year around Christmas there is a big race to find a Christmas tree. If someone cannot find one or it is not that good, the person loses out. It is a bad feeling.
We used to be able to go out on the farm and find the tallest tree that we could for our Christmas tree. We had the pick of many acres and trees to look for it. Later they sold a lot of the trees. It is a very bad feeling not to have it all anymore so you can go back there.
Tree Protest in Massachusetts about Willow Tree
Disputes About Trees
The tree dispute on the video above is about a willow tree in Massachusetts. It was on private property and being cut down. The neighborhood did not want it to go. They were all upset about it.
There have been many disputes about trees being cut down. One of the latest ones was in Los Angeles. They had some trees there in a district by the Los Angeles Airport there. They were bringing in one of the shuttles from the space program. They were going to cut the trees down to make room for it. Many were upset about the trees being cut down. There are not really that many trees that you see in Los Angeles. it is naturally a desert area.
Saving the Redwoods Protest
- Tree-sit protest of Caltrans bypass continues south of Willits - Redwood Times
Recent tree protest against cutting down redwoods 2/2013 in California
- Julia Butterfly and The Stand that Changed the World Sacred Fire Community
She protests the redwoods being cut down in California.
The Yew Tree in Britain
Trees in Other Countries
Trees were of course, sacred to the Celts. One of the trees they thought sacred was the hawthorn tree. The Celts gave different meanings to all of the trees. The willow was another sacred tree. The oak was a very sacred tree and held in the greatest esteem.
The hawthorn is called a fairy tree in Scotland and other countries. The oak and ash can also be favorites of the fairies. People are still afraid of angering the fairies in Ireland over the trees and their circles, etc.
The video here is showing the yew tree. It is in many churchyards in Britain. It was a sacred tree to them. It was sacred before the Christians came to the area.
Another tree shown here is in Thailand. It has colored strips on it. They are to send messages for the sacred tree. They are also wishes.
The Dance Trees in Germany were considered to be very important trees also. There they are making a connection between the Earth here and Heaven above. It is part of what trees do. You are part of the Earth as you look at the trees. Also the tree reaches up and you too reach up to the sky.
The milo is a sacred tree in Hawaii. They were forbidden to be used by commoners in the olden days in Hawaii. It was also sacred in Tahiti and used near religious places.
The acacia tree was sacred a long time ago in Egypt. It was also a sacred tree to the Hebrews. Noah was supposed to have made the arc out of it. Then it had meaning also for the Christians as is shown in the link on it here. It is thought by some to have been used for the crown of thorns for Jesus. It may also have been used to make the cross.
There is more info on sacred trees and the history of them on the links.
Wishing Tree in Thailand
Milo tree of Hawaii
Finding Your Own Tree
You can find your own tree by if you are lucky finding a tree in somewhere that you know. You can buy a tree also if you like.
For many, it all goes by memory. That is something also. If we just have a memory it is something for us to remember always. A picture can certainly help to remember a favorite tree. It is all that some of us have in the way of trees.
There are also paintings. There are some beautiful paintings that have been made so that we all have something to remember them by. It is a whole world that we can just see there and enjoy forever in a sense.
Trees are something that we can teach our children to remember and to preserve. They are something that we need in life. They are an important part of the environment. The trees being cut down in the Amazon now are changing what is happening in the world.
The Fairy Trees
Clearcutting in California
Martha's Vineyard Pagoda Tree
Cherry Tree Heaven
Movies about Tree Protests
"Clearcut" with Graham Greene
There was a movie called "Clearcut" with Graham Greene from 1991. It was about a protest in Canada with native people about cutting down the trees. It is for a lumber mill. It was a fictional story. Graham Greene plays a character that is native and is helping the lawyer there. He is really a nature spirit. It goes a bit far about him getting back at the guy that wanted the trees cut down. I think it was not seen widely, but it was a very good movie.
Clearcut means that they have cut all the trees down in an area and nothing is left. It is what they do when they want to build in an area a lot of the time.
"The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekhov
The family in Russia has fallen on hard times. They need to sell their estate with the cherry orchard. The cherry orchard is a symbol to them of everything good in life that they have lost. The people that have bought the house come in and have people cut down the cherry trees.
This hub is evergreen. The trees will be around for a long time to come.
I think you can just feel the life of the trees from the pictures.
Movies about Trees
Tree of Life
Sacred Trees in Different Countries
- Sacred Places: Trees and the Sacred
Sacred trees throughout history
- The Symbolism of Freemasonry: XXVIII. The Sprig of Acacia
The Symbolism of Freemasonry, full text at sacred-texts.com The acacia is sacred to many cultures.
- Celtic Sacred Trees and Woods
Information about ancient Celtic knowledge and spirituality. Sacred Trees and Woods.