I didn’t choose this tree to be where I tap into my Norse roots. It chose me. It stands far back in my wild woods in a sacred meadow where only those that need to go deeper venture.
It’s purpose, I’ve come to learn is to set me free.
I call it my Odin tree. My Yggdrasil. This meadow that houses ye ‘ole elm tree has become my heart, family, tribe, ancestors…my lover. Here, I am free to play, love, laugh, explore, create, be amazed.
Here, I get to let go of all my inhibitions, my judgements. I listen for the messages and act on inspiration climbing, crawling, rolling around with camera in hand. It was the first place I ever stopped to rest when I began exploring these woods over three years ago. I remember rounding the bend in the trail on a mid-morning walk, lost in my thoughts, probably pondering my sorrows. When I looked up this beautiful green leafy tree glowed under a yellow sun. It stuck out like a ancient temple amongst all the evergreens. It was breathtaking, serene, powerful. It was the keeper of its domain and the center of the meadow’s Eco-system.
The only thing I could do was walk right up to it and wrap my arms around its trunk and squeeze. I noticed a low hanging sturdy branch that begged to be hung from with glee. When I finally was relaxed enough, I laid in the grass on my back at its base and stared up into its sky reaching branches. I was only just beginning to embark on my study of the runes then. This was way before I began handcrafting my own rune sets. I recognized the script as the symbols used in the ancient Norse alphabet unveiled themselves in every branch and twig. And, in the trunk of this magnificent tree, I swear I saw a one-eyed bearded man staring down at me.
Now, this is where I spin until I am dizzy or an unassuming prickly pear cactus half buried by sand pushed over it in recent monsoon rains pierces my soft tender bare foot.
In this sacred meadow is where I can hug my Odin tree………..and it hugs back!
Here, dandelions bloom and seed and wait for me to make wishes. And it is here that I can actually see and feel them coming true!
Here, I find my true North Node and the meaning of life is reflected in my outer world the exact same way it feels in my inner world.
Here, I am FREE. FULL. ALIVE and GRATEFUL.
This ancestral home is where I am spiritually, emotionally, physically, and creatively RICH.
It is here, under my Odin tree, that I learn exactly why I am on this earth. My purpose revealed and without hesitation or doubt or fear…….I become confident in my wisdom gained and intuitively understand what I am supposed to do with it.
Here……….Crow calls back in approval, affirming my reality.
I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I only wish to continue adding more of “Here” in my life.