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 live to be 1000 years old, literally gave birth to one of the most epic stories of our divine nature. 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 of oaks were associated with the great mother goddess Gaia..
By 800 BCE, these oaks were considered sacred to the Greek gods Dione & Zeus. Dione (Latin-dios & PIE-dei) is the feminine counterpart to Zeus (Latin-deus & PIE-deiwos). Their names are related to the Sanskrit words Devi Mata (divine mother) & Dyeus Pater (divine father) as the “shining ones in the sky,” the word deity (god – Sun/Moon/Star) derives from them.
In 300 BCE, the King of Epirus claimed the Oaks of Dodona as his religious center. He declared it to be the earthly dwelling of Zeus, the “divine father.” Oak trees soon became symbols of patriarchal rule. By 380 CE, the one remaining oak at Dodona was destroyed by the Roman church for its pagan (country) roots.
In 360 CE, the Latin Bible was translated into the Germanic Gothic language. The original 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.” Oak trees were seen as divine beings by the Germanic people, the sound of wind blowing through their branches and leaves 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 and the fact that their roots gave birth to 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 so we can reconnect to the divine nature of our voice.
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.