:) YES! I'm still talking about trees!!! Well, if you watch the Judi Dench docu I posted yesterday, you'll understand why!! Seeing trees in a different light just reinforces all the things both myself and Ian do (and have done for many years) and know and teach! Science has finally caught up with this Earth and it's magick!!
So, yesterday I talked about grounding and how important it is....if you want a little refresher on the deeper why's to this, here's the link to a vlog in December where I explained this in depth! So, I won't go over that ground again :) What I do want to touch on today is how Guardian Trees work their magick and why it's important to ask permission from them before you enter a woodland! Yes, I'm serious!! Asking permission from the Guardian Tree is no different to knocking on someone's front door! Knowing what we know now about the 'Tree Internet' as I call it - the tendrils which connect ALL trees in a woodland (and all over, I don't doubt!!) - it makes sense to ask permission to enter and ask for the woodland to show you their secrets!! If you don't ask, it won't show you ;)
So, how do I know which trees are the Guardian Trees??
You will find at the entrance(s) to the main area of woodland there will be one (or sometimes two) very large trees - like sentinels - these are the Guardian Trees, and it's these trees that you ask permission from before entering the woodland. You may see other Gateways too, as you get familiar with this way of seeing the world - for instance, before the Guardian Tree in our Enchanted Woodland, there is a Hawthorn Gateway - a Hawthorn either side of the path, which belongs to the Fae, the Fairy Folk - Hawthorn is their tree, their domain, so if you see this, and you feel that you wish to connect with Fae energy, then leave an offering :) Something else which can be seen when you really look is Oak and Hawthorn together, creating Gateways, and Oak and Holly too :)
Ok, then, how do I connect to the Guardian Tree and ask for permission?
Do what is comfortable for you - so touching the tree, hugging or just sitting with the tree will let it know you are there. As far as words go - and you can say them in your head or out loud - they can be as simple or elaborate as you wish them to be! For example, the other day when we went to our Woodland, these words came to me:
"May you grant permission to me
To walk here and visit your family,
Knock three times if you agree"
Sometimes I will hear a knock, or feel a vibration or sometimes it's a feeling, so there's no right or wrong way to 'feel' this :)
Other wording might be something like this:
"May I come in?"
"Grant me permission to enter this woodland"
"Give me permission to enter this woodland and show me your secrets"
You can use any of these or come up with your own words :) You'll find that when you sit quietly these words will come easier, and with practice too!
So, here's a challenge for you....go and seek out the Guardian Trees of your nearest woodland and ask permission to enter! See what happens! Then take a stroll around and see what you can see - a camera is always handy here as sometimes we don't see the majickal energies with our own eyes!
Happy Woods Walking!