Monday, July 25, 2016

Carpe Diem #1006 Poplar

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Again a short episode, but I think it's long enough to inspire you. Today we are looking at the mysterious poplar. It is said that Christ's Cross was made from poplar wood and that's why the sound of the leaves sounds like crying, because the poplar remembers what his wood has done to Christ.

in the breeze
poplar leaves tremble in sadness -
Christ Consciousness

© Chèvrefeuille

Let us take a look at the spiritual meaning of the poplar:

The White Poplar flourishes beside rivers, in marshes and in other watery areas. The pith is star shaped. The upper leaves are green, the underside is silver. The wood was used in the making of shields. Leaves move with every puff of wind. It is commonly referred to as the talking, whispering and quivering tree. The Anglo-Saxon rune poem seems to refer to the poplar as being associated with the rune berkano. Heracles wore a crown of poplar leaves when he retrieved Cerberus from Hades, and the upper surface of the leaves was thus darkened from Hades' smokey fumes. 
In Christian lore, the quaking poplar (aspen) was used to construct Christ's cross, and the leaves of the tree quiver when they remember this fact. The Poplar's ability to resist and to shield, its association with speech, language and the Winds indicates an ability to endure and conquer.
Poplar Leaves - the messenger of the gods
It is said that through the leaves of the poplar the gods are talking to us and we just have to listen closely to that whispering, because the gods always have something to say to us.

whispering poplar
the gods of nature are talking
listen, just listen

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until July 30th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, a new Tokubetsudesu, back in time, episode, later on. For now ... go outside ... listen to the voice of the gods through the leaves of the poplar and let them inspire you.

1 comment:

  1. Carpe Diem Challenge # 1006 Poplar:

    autumn wind
    poplar leaves shiver
    in a crow's shadow