XVI. Eucalyptus – Tower

Eucalyptus – Tower – Obstacle

Genus: Eucalyptus – Family: Myrtaceae

The idea of being struck by lightning and facing life’s challenges head on is the insight of the eucalyptus tree. It encourages us to break through the obstacles that block us from moving forward by moving through our fears so we can tear down the walls of illusion that separate us from our soul’s desire.

Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia, where Centurion, the tallest known flowering tree on Earth resides. Fossils have been found that date them back to at least 21 million years ago.

Eucalyptus reminds us to honor the path we have taken and the wisdom we have gained over the course of our life. The wood of eucalyptus is high in resin and very dense. The bark sheds seasonally, reminding us to shed what no longer works for us. By shedding what holds us, we break through old patterns and habits.

Most eucalyptus are evergreens whose leaves are covered in oil glands. Eucalyptus oil is highly flammable. They are known to promote fire because their oil is so volatile and combustible. Eucalyptus trees can literally explode causing catastrophic firestorms.

Eucalyptus oil, distilled from its leaves, is used for cleaning as industrial solvents, as antiseptics and in deodorizers. Eucalyptus oil is used as a decongestant that can help us clear our sinuses. Eucalyptus essential oil can be used to clear the air in our homes or offices.

There are over 700 species of eucalyptus, including Rainbow Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus deglupta. As the colorful outer bark peels away, continual ribbons of color are revealed to take its place.  This unending display of color and renewal encourages us to trust that life is continually revealing itself through a process of renewal.

Message: The spirit of eucalyptus wants us to stand in our power and visualize a new way of being. Now is the time to draw on our inner resources to help us overcome whatever obstacle is in our path. The element of fire associated with eucalyptus signals a time to make dramatic changes in our life, it also reminds us to cleanse our space, especially if we are holding onto clutter that is blocking us from moving forward.

Blocked: Not attempting change, fear of failure prevents us from making change, which in turn blocks us from moving forward. This can feel as if we are trapped in a situation that is impossible to overcome. Now is a time to see through the illusion of feeling hopeless and helpless by taking action to improve our self.