Just yesterday, my partner, Ted, and I took a summer walk in the historic town of Lexington, Missouri, and we encountered the most beautifully lush, sprawling, purple-leafed trees. It turned out they were a variety of beech (Fagus)! Who knew?
In the past beechnuts have been an important food source for humans and livestock, though they’re not popularly employed for this purpose at the present time.
Healing Our Deepest Wounds
The compassionate beech is ruled by the planet Chiron, associated in astrology with the concept of the “wounded healer.” Magically, the beech supports us in finding, shedding light on, and eventually healing the source of our deepest pain. While this can be excruciating, in terms of evolution, harmony, and personal growth, there is nothing better that we could be doing with our free time. Not to mention, it’s ultimately much less painful than perpetually avoiding and tiptoeing around our most fundamental issues.
If you’re ready to face your fears and uncover your deepest wounds, spend time alone with a beech. Relax, take some deep breaths, and open yourself up to this intention. Then freewrite in your journal about everything unhealed within your heart and allow yourself to receive guidance from the beech on exactly how to go about healing these things. Or if you’re already in the middle of such a deep-healing excavation, spending time with a beech will be like receiving a bolstering energy healing from a revered guru and master healer.
A very sensitive tree, beech bark doesn’t heal once scarred, and initials carved into his trunk never disappear. Additionally, the beech doesn’t thrive in polluted areas and can be especially susceptible to aphids and fungal infections. As such, he is a sympathetic ally for those of us who are empathic, allergenic, or just plain sensitive to harshness or negativity. To heal your aura, recharge your batteries, or to learn how to manage your sensitivity in order to exist more harmoniously in this modern world, spend time in quiet contemplation with a thriving beech.
Additionally, beech can be a helpful ally for those who would like to deepen their sensitivity and increase their openness to the thoughts, feelings, and needs of others. For example, if you feel that your tough exterior shell keeps you from manifesting a romantic relationship or connecting as deeply with others as you would like, spending time in quiet contemplation with a beech can help remedy this condition. Intensify the effects by placing your attention on your breath: simply notice as you breathe in and notice as you breathe out. When you notice that your mind has wandered from the breath, simply bring it back, over and over again, as necessary.
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