A surprisingly recurrent theme.
I’m happy to report that, unlike past years, my Christmas/Yule holidays were surprisingly pleasant.
Usually the Yuletide season is both physically and emotionally difficult for me, as I have been usually prone to depression and physical illness in the final months of the year.
But not this year.
For that I am grateful and I’m trying not to overthink it.
Another aspect of this Yuletide concerned abundance of gifts that involved a particular image.
And that was Yggdrasil…the Tree of Life.
It began my purchase of prayer beads from Beth Wodandis Designs:
I’d had my eye on these prayer beads ever since they were posted. Perhaps it was the color scheme (I love the earth toned palette and the feel of the madre de cacao wood beads*) but I vacillated on which I preferred — the silver or the goldtone tree pendant?
As much as I’ve always felt drawn to trees – and the concept of the World Tree especially – my brain has always wrangled with the concept of working with Odin/Woden.
Perhaps it is because I am a Lokean at heart, but I cannot deny that I’ve definitely felt drawn to the Tree. I will not deny the connections that I feel with trees symbolically and spiritually.
So, these beads arrived on December 21st.
And surprisingly, the Universe seemed to answer to my tree connections – in spades – because I then received two other gifts that specifically featured trees – if not the Tree – outright:
A large gift basket from my oldest son – a ‘gourmet picnic basket,’ no less – that featured this frame among its various contents:
Even my son pointed out that the inclusion of this little frame seemed random, as every other item in this gourmet picnic basket** was food/beverage related.
This basket contained a pair of wine glasses, a standard-sized bottle of red wine, a small assortment of gourmet cheeses, a cheese knife, a cutting board, two plates, a box of fancy English biscuits, a package of assorted organic wheat crackers, a pound of fine dark chocolate…and what we all thought was simply an elegantly folded pair of linen napkins, tied with a ribbon.
The frame was folded within the napkins.
The basket was store-bought and obviously pre-made.
It was definitely an unexpected, if somewhat odd surprise.
Then, a relatively new acquaintance — who knows very little of my spirituality, let alone my personal preferences — gifted me with this delicate ankle bracelet
…featuring (yet another) Tree of Life.
*My Loki prayer beads feature palm wood beads.
**And speaking of picnic baskets, watching the BBC’s Doctor Who Christmas episode, there was a delightful reference to
I kid you not
A picnic in Asgard.
Every one of the pieces is gorgeous! There is certainly as message there for you. Have a fabulous New Year.
Thank you! I was pleased with the gifts – though I’m still trying to process the message.
Thank you for your comment and best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2016 for you and yours 😃
To you and yours as well.
I’m happy to know that your holidays went well for you this year 🙂 I have also worked with the concept of Yggdrasil quite a bit – the result was that I wound up with the belief that the world tree is the empty space that runs between all the things that exist … like the roots that hold the soil together, and the branches that split the winds. This, then, is Ygg’s horse, the mystery Odin mastered travelling upon. I don’t think it is limited to Odin, though … while there may not be very many associations in the lore between Loki and Yggdrasil, this doesn’t rule out the possibility that he has his own familiarity with it. Perhaps this might be a good topic of conversation for you to strike up with Loki at some point … and if it should turn out that you are experiencing a bit of an ‘Odinic’ association, there would be nothing wrong with this, either … in the end, I think all the gods do, and it’s natural that we would, too 🙂 Besides, you have an Odin-guy hanging around in your blog … you are already associated, ‘Har, Har’ 😉
All of what you received, gift-wise, looks really nice! I think Beth has a rare talent with her creations … at the same time, though, I think a delicate ankle bracelet looks good in its own right, and even better when worn by a woman … and then there is the highly appropriate phrase printed on the picture in the frame (and the fact that it comes from one of your children). Three very profound gifts, indeed! One for the roots, a second for the trunk, and a third for the branches 🙂
I wish you and yours a good start in the new year!
Thanks for your comment, Stormwise 😃
It’s funny — I do associate Odin with the World Tree/Yggdrasil, but I have had visions of it wherein L was there too. It’s personal UPG which I may share one day, but as I said in the above comment to another, I still have some things to process about *that* message.
Thanks for the wishes — I wish you the health, happiness and success in the coming year and I thank you for provides me continual food for thought on my posts this year.
Be well and successful, my friend!