Tree Planting Ritual

 
by Jennifer Cram (19/11/2019)  |  Categories:  | Naming Ceremonies | Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Rituals |
Tree being planted by two
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The ancient Celts believed that we all derive from trees and that our date of birth is interconnected with qualities found in nature. They thought that the season we were born in is privotal to the formation of our individual traits and tendencies. And that's why they linked each of the thirteen lunar months, representing the cycles of the moon to one of the sacred Celtic trees.

Even today,
trees are regarded to be powerful symbols of growth and strength. They are planted to commemorate significant events - Royal visits, opening of new public buildings, anniversaries of important historical events, births, and as memorials.

The planting of a tree during a wedding, naming ceremony, or memorial ceremony is a powerful ritual. Easy and simple if you are holding the ceremony in your own home. If holding it elsewhere the planting can be symbolic, in a pot, with the tree to be transplanted into its permanent location later.

Wedding Ceremony Unity Tree Planting

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One way to include a tree planting in your wedding ceremony is as a unity ceremony, that is, an expression of joining two lives. Adding soil from each of your childhood homes is one way to express this, but make sure that you don't transport fire-ants or other nasties with the soil. But just the act of planting a single tree and then watering it together makes your intention to work and grow together visible to your guests.
Make sure you have a photograph taken next to the tree every anniversary to acknowledge and celebrate how your relationship has grown and flourished in lockstep with the tree.

You can also choose a suitable tree for your location, and have your celebrant draw the comparison between your intentions for your marriage and the qualities of the particular tree species

Naming Ceremony Tree Planting

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Including a tree planting in your child's naming ceremony can provide a meaningful symbol if you choose a tree based on your hopes for your child - such as an olive tree for peace or an oak tree for strength. Or, if you wish, you could plant the symbolic Celtic tree that represents the month your child was born. If choosing a flowering tree, choose one that flowers around the time of your child's birth, or if a fruit tree, one that you harvest around that time.

Trees as Memorials

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Planting a tree as a memorial, or giving a bereaved friend a sapling to plant in memory of their loved one, is both a celebration of the person and an acknowledgement of the wheel of life.

Celtic Tree Signs

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    Birch - The Achiever (Dec. 24 – Jan. 20)
    Rowan - the Thinker (Jan. 21 – Feb. 17)
    Ash - the Enchanter (Feb. 18 – March 17)
    Alder - the Trailblazer (March 18 – Apr. 14)
    Willow, the Observer (Apr. 15 – May 12)
    Hawthorn, the Illusionist (May 13 – June 9)
    Oak, the Stabilizer (June 10 – July 7)
    Holly, the Ruler (July 8 – Aug. 4)
    Hazel, the Knower (Aug. 5 – Sept. 1)
    Vine, the Equalizer (Sept. 2 – Sept. 29)
    Ivy, the Survivor (Sept. 30 – Oct. 27)
    Reed, the Inquisitor (Oct. 28 – Nov. 24)
    Elder, the Seeker (Nov. 25 – Dec. 23)

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