Plant Helper: Birch
For millennia, indigenous wisdom has taught us that the green
growing things offer healing.
The BIRCH tree is a harbinger of new beginnings and births. Nigel Pennick, in his Celtic Oracle, tells us that the birch was the first tree to grow again after the last Ice Age. How the sight of its vivid green leaves emerging in spring must have cheered early people! And did you know that birch trees can grow from fallen twigs? BIRCH is a vital, fertile ally for all kinds of new beginnings.
Give some time today to think of the new projects or enterprises you wish to infuse with energy in your own life. If there are birch trees near where you live, visit them and see if there are any fallen branches or bits of bark that you could gather. You may want to write a word or two about your intention on this bit of bark to keep as a reminder of the power of Birch.
A painting or photograph of a stand of birches with their graceful springtime leaves will hearten you with their freshness after the long winter. Every spring offers us the opportunity to connect with the vital energy that drives growth and rebirth, even when everything has looked dead for a long, long time.
By Cait Johnson, co-author of Celebrating the Great Mother (Inner Traditions, 1995).