Next up is "Traditional Witchcraft for the Woods & Forests" (Melusine Draco). This volume is set up seasonally, & has a sub-title of 'A Witchs' Guide to the Woodland with Guided Meditations & Pathworking'. I have an affinity with trees (their presence grounds me & gives great joy), however, guided meditations can be difficult given the distractions within this current household.
Quote #1: "It is said that the forest knows all & is able to teach all; that the forest listens & holds the secret of every mystery." (Page 8, paragraph 4)
This I well believe: that the older the forest, the more knowledge, & danger, within. When I touch bark, I can feel the sap flowing within. When the winds blow, if all is quiet within, I can hear their words (although the translation is more emotional than verbal!). When I walk in a forest, I am never alone.
Quote #2: The list of Native Trees (U.K.) written of, is like a meditative chant for me when spoken: Alder, Ash, Aspen, Beech, Birch, Blackthorn, Box, Cherry, Crab Apple, Elder, hornbeam, Juniper, Lime (Linden), Maple, Oak, Scots pine, Strawberry tree, White Beam, Wild Servbice tree, Willow, Wych Elm, Yew. (Pages 16-37)
Visual: "...here in the chill, monochrome British woodland...Winter light has more variety than in summer, with its subtle shades of grey & green & brown....pale, liquid dawns, fiery sunsets; low rain-filled clouds in all shades of grey; gossamer-fine mists..." (Page79, paragraph 2)
Here writes a person who has taken many a walk. I very much wish that I could join her.