Tree Stories

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” – Hermann Hesse

Welcome to Tree Spirit Wisdom, a nurturing, educational and inspirational place to renew your soul by connecting with the ancient wisdom of trees.

Trees are wise truth tellers who hold our personal and collective stories so we can remember our beginnings and that we all belong to each other.

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Amun Re kneeling with the Tree of Life (Ished) Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak. Built 2055 BCE

Trees show us how to live as they move through the seasons of year just as we move through the seasons of life. 

They sprout new life in spring (birth), spread their branches in summer (life), release their leaves in fall (death), and draw on their inner resources in winter (rebirth). This cycle repeats itself year after year providing hope for the future as we ground ourselves in the present. Eventually every tree experiences a larger more permanent physical death, just as humans do.

Once they are no longer able to breathe they gradually decompose and become one with the earth, but the wisdom of the tree lives on through its undying spirit and collective stories.

Trees stories are found in creation myths and mystery teachings in every culture throughout the globe.

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Luigi Garzi. The Birth of Adonis and the Transformation of Myrrha.

Trees have stirred our souls and ignited the imaginations of people throughout time.

The World Tree is known as the Axis Mundi, representing a giant tree positioned within earth’s magnetic core that defines the north and south poles.  The Anima Mundi is known as the World Soul.

Trees are reflections of our soul’s innate connection to nature and creation itself. By understanding our shared roots, we can rewrite the stories that have separated us into stories that unite us.

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Assyrian Tree of Life tablet – 865-860 BCE. Nimrud, North-West Palace, Room B.

I invite you to explore this site and learn about our shared roots through the stories of trees. You will find 78 individual Tree Spirit Wisdom stories as well as Tree Stories grouped by cultures.

“The Tree of Life lives within each of us, helping us awaken to our true nature. Let us reach out with branches of compassion, connect with each other through our shared roots, and hold space for all to grow and feel loved.” – Laural Virtues Wauters 

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