09 Sep 21 by justatest
After cutting away the upper branches and about to fell the trunk at it´s base, the tree whispered to me ¨Stop, that´s enough now¨ and added that it would reveal a secret if I allowed it guide me thereafter.
The tree is located next to a place of pilgrimage now occupied by the Middle-Eastern Christian religion but which nevertheless in ancient times was overseen by Celtic Druidesses or Women Priests of native spiritual tradition.
Rather than simply chopping it down for firewood, I followed the suggested forms of the tree using a chainsaw to incise a helix the length of the trunk; the base of which revealed the spiral´s source as a delicate vulva-like opening.
It seemed that the helix was a form distinct from the tree, somewhat like a spiraling sexual energy or a new life in itself which at first slowly and meanderingly progresses it´s upward rise.
If the twist of the climbing spiral represents her offspring, then mid-way along the trunk emerged the shape of a breast symbolizing nourishment and succour provided by the mother to her young.
The tree´s heart here would then reflect that mother´s love.
Bypassing both heart and breast, the direction of the helix changes (from spiral clockwise to anti-clockwise) as if to indicate a newly-acquired sense of self and a growing independence from maternal protection.
Once the upward spiral attains maximum growth, it then divides and separates like offspring into individual and unique characters who, emboldened with their mother's care, spontaneously spring bravely free, up and out into the world.
In conclusion, the secret of the tree as willed by the ancient Druidess turns out to be a simple allegorical celebration of bringing the next generation into the world, along with all the hopes and dreams which that inspires.
Additionally, I believe that she looks askance and incredulously across the meadow at the cloying religiosity of the current Christian occupants with their deference to a repressive state of virginity.
*The region being known for it´s
Plein Airartists, this painting of a tree is my contribution to that genre.