May – Magnolia

The month of May (Maius mensis) is named for Maia, the great Roman “mother” of spring, fertility and flowers. Magnolias are considered to be the ancient “mother” of all flowering plants on earth. In Greek, Maia means “lady or elder mother. In Latin, Maia is related to the words maius, maior, majus, magnus and maiores…

April – Apple

April, the second month of the ancient Roman calendar, received its name Mensis Aprilis, around 738 BCE. At that time, it followed March Mensis Martis (named for Mars, the Roman god of war and agriculture), as the first month of the year aligned with the Spring Equinox. The word Aprilis comes from the Latin word aperire,…

March – Fig

March is named for Mars, the Roman god of war and the guardian of agriculture. In Roman mythology Mars is the son of Juno and Jupiter and father to Romulus and Remus. Fig trees were sacred to Mars, Juno and his children. According to legend, Mars impregnated Rhea Silvia, the virgin daughter of King Numitor,…

February – Cypress

February is named for februum, which in Latin means “purify”. Februum is based on Februa, an ancient Roman purification ritual that honored the primordial Mother (Gaia, Isis, Hera, Rhea, Tera Mater, Cybele, Juno). Februa was originally held on the full moon before the new year, which began in the month of March. The months of…

January – Rowan

January is named for Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings. Janus had two faces: one looked to the past and the other to the future, he held a staff in his right hand and keys in his left. The name Janus (Ianus) means “door” in Latin. Similarly, Rowan trees (Sorbus) were planted in front…

Welcome to Tree Spirit Wisdom

Welcome to Tree Spirit Wisdom. My goal is to create a nurturing, educational and inspirational place for you to remember and renew your soul. I believe trees have been silently guiding us on our journey through life from the moment we each took our first breath. We are, in fact, intrinsically interrelated and interdependent with…

Autumnal Equinox

Autumnal Equinox “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” –  Albert Camus A time to release – Fall is the season that honors the natural process of death within the great cycle of life (birth/spring, life/summer, death/fall, rebirth/winter). The fall equinox is also “Nature’s Thanksgiving” as a time of harvesting what we have…