Cedar

Cedar – Faith – Six of Evergreens (Wands)

Genus: Cedrus – Family: Pinaceae

The essence of cedar speaks deeply to our soul. Its scent reminds us of our love for trees and how they impact our lives. Cedrusis an ancient Greek and Latin word used to describe a wide variety of trees based on their aromatic wood and needles.

The most legendary cedars are the Cedars of Lebanon, Cedrus libani, the sacred cedar wood that was specified in the building of King Solomon’s Temple, almost 3000 years ago. This temple was the original home for the Ark of the Covenant that is the cornerstone of the Judeo-Christian faith.

Atlas cedar, Cedrus atlantica, is native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The Egyptians used cedar wood in their embalming process to purify the body and soul and to make exotic perfumes. It was burned as a sacred incense by the Greeks and Romans.

Cedar forest in Lebanon

Atlas cedar is the source for Cedarwood essential oil, a woody scent that is used to heighten spiritual awareness.

Cedrus is native throughout the Mediterranean and the western Himalayan Mountains. There are only four “true” cedar species: Lebanon cedar, Atlas cedar, Deodar cedar and Cyprus cedar. All “Old World cedars” belong to the Pinaceae family.

These “Old World” cedars can be identified by their long straight needles and complex cone structure, which resemble an egg. Cedars are most closely related to fir trees and have been prized for their decay-resistant, insect-repelling aromatic wood.

In 1753, Carl Linnaeus officially began the process of identifying separate genera for conifers, especially cedars.

Because of the aromatic nature of most evergreens the name “cedar” remains on many “New World” species even though they are not botanically considered “true” cedars. These “new world” cedars include: juniper, Juniperus (called eastern redcedar), arborvitae,Thuja (called western redcedar & eastern whitecedar) plus Calocedrus decurrens, called incense cedar. These “New Worldcedarsare all members of the cypress family, Cypressaceae.

Message: We are being reminded to have faith during a time of struggle. By staying true to ourselves everything will eventually sort itself out. By living in a world of absolutes, we limit our ability to see the bigger picture or appreciate the opportunities that are available to us now. The saying that “life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” clearly applies. This is a time to reconnect with our core purpose to believe in our self and the laws of nature.

Challenge: Lack of faith in yourself or others. Exhibiting controlling or hoarding behavior. Having a scarcity mentality that nothing will ever work. Focusing on the negative in the positive.