IV. Oak – Divine – Nature
Genus: Quercus – Family: Fagaceae
Oak reminds us of our inner strength and integrity as we reconnect with our divine nature. This is a time of revisiting our roots in order to heal old stories and wounds.
Oak trees, which can live to be a 1000 years old, literally gave birth to one of the most epic stories of our divinity. As early as 2000 BCE, the oaks of Dodona, in Epirus Greece, were seen as oracles that imparted wisdom through the sound of wind rustling in their leaves. This sacred grove was associated with the great mother goddess Gaia.
By 800 BCE, the Oaks of Dodona were affiliated with the Greek gods Dione & Zeus. Dione (Latin-dios & PIE-dei) is the feminine counterpart to Zeus (Latin-deus & PIE-deiwos). Their names are interrelated with the Sanskrit words Devi Mata (divine mother) & Dyeus Pater (divine father) as the “shining ones in the sky.”
In 300 BCE, the King of Epirus claimed the Oaks of Dodona as his religious center. He declared them to be the earthly dwelling of Zeus, as the “divine father.” Oak trees soon became symbols of the sacred masculine. By 380 CE, the remaining oak at Dodona was destroyed by the Roman church for its pagan “nature-based” roots.
In 360 CE, the Latin Bible was translated into the Germanic Gothic language. The Hebrew names of Elohim, El, Elat, Adonai and Yahweh were transformed into one word “God.” This singular name was inspired by the Germanic words gheu, ghuto and gudan meaning “to invoke the winds.” The Germanic people revered oak trees as divine beings, the sound of wind blowing through their branches was their “voice.” The Hebrew names Elon and Elohim are also synonymous with oak.
In 717, Christian reformer St. Boniface, chopped down Thor’s Oak near Frankfurt, Germany and forced the tree worshipping Saxons to convert to Christianity. Charlemagne, who was crowned the first Holy Roman Emperor in 800 CE repeatedly ordered the destruction of sacred oaks to stop the spread of these ancient stories that inspired the word “god.”
The spirit of oak is held deep within in our collective memory. It asks us to listen to the sound of the wind to remember our divine nature.
Message: The oak spirit reminds us to tap into the power of words by listening with our mind and opening our heart. This signals a time of stepping into our power with honesty and integrity. By owning our voice, we gain a clearer sense of what we need to accomplish and how. By choosing our words wisely we are able to stand strong yet remain open, even in the face of adversity.
Challenge: Focusing of what can others do for us versus working together for the common good. Being rigid, hard and close-minded.