sacred plants

Sacred Plants: Trees, Flowers, and Fruit

Sacred Plants

“Albert G. Mackey calls attention to the fact that each of the ancient Mysteries had its own peculiar plant sacred to the gods or goddesses in whose honor the rituals were celebrated. These sacred plants were later adopted as the symbols of the various degrees in which they were used. Thus, in the Mysteries of Adonis, lettuce was sacred; in the Brahmin and Egyptian rites, the lotus; among the Druids, the mistletoe; and among certain of the Greek Mysteries, the myrtle.

“As the legend of Chiram Abill is based upon the ancient Egyptian Mystery ritual of the murder and resurrection of Osiris, it is natural that the sprig of acacia should be preserved as symbolic of the resurrection of Chiram. … The mystery of the evergreen marking the grave of the dead sun god is also perpetrated in the Christmas tree. …

“The pomegranate is the mystic fruit of the Eleusinian rites; by eating it, Prosperine bound herself to the realms of Pluto. The fruit here signifies the sensual life which, once tasted, temporarily deprives man of immortality. … Among the ancient mysteries, the pomegranate was also considered to be a divine symbol of such peculiar significance that its true explanation could not be divulged. It was termed by the Cabiri ‘the forbidden secret.’ Many Greek gods and goddesses are depicted holding the fruit or flower of the pomegranite in their hands, evidently to signify that they are givers of life and plenty.” ~Manly P. Hall

Sacred Trees and Flowers

Everyone is aware of certain animals being sacred to some ancient civilizations, and even some present ones. The sacred cows of the Hindus and the supposed worship of cats by the Egyptians come to mind. But plants, including trees, were just as often sacred symbols in the ancient mysteries.

According to a landscaping site, the top ten tres that were considered sacred by one group or another are Willow Tree, Ash, Oak, Cypress, the Bodhi, Witch Tree (Little Cedar Spirit Tree), Lebanese Cedar, Baobab Tree, and the Christmas Tree. Wikipedia lists Oak, Ash, Apple, Hazel, Alder, Elder, and Yew as sacred to the Celts. To Christians, the symbolic “trees” called the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil are the best known sacred trees. There are many reasons why a particular tree may be considered sacred, and I won’t cover all of them, but here are a few reasons:

  • Evergreen trees are considered sacred as symbols of eternal life
  • Fruit trees may be sacred as symbols of plenty, and the food from God, which is Light
  • Strong trees like the oak may be considered sacred as symbols of strength and determination.

With flowers, we know that the lotus is probably the most recognized sacred flower. It symbolizes, when opened, the awakened soul. It is also a symbol of purity. The sunflower is also symbolic of the sun, and therefore a symbol of the sun god and Light, including the Light of the Spiritual Sun. The rose is often a symbol of God or Divinity. The lily, especially white varieties, symbolize purity and chastity. Continue reading “Sacred Plants: Trees, Flowers, and Fruit”

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The Hidden Properties in Nature

“The unexplained mysteries of nature are many and of those presumably explained hardly one may be said to have become absolutely intelligible. There is not a plant or mineral which has disclosed the last of its properties to the scientists. What do the naturists know of the intimate nature of the vegetable and mineral kingdoms? How can they feel confident that for every one of the discovered properties there may not be many properties concealed in the inner nature of the plant or stone? And that they are only waiting to be brought in relation with some other plant , mineral, or force of nature to manifest themselves in what is termed a ‘supernatural manner.’ ~H. P. Blavatsky

Quantum2A lot more has been learned since Blavatsky wrote this around a century ago. Not just scientists, but other types of researchers have found previously hidden properties in plants and minerals. Likewise, much has been learned about mineral properties, as well as some new ones being discovered. Yet we still cannot say we know everything about the properties of plants and minerals, and probably never will. Many of these undiscovered properties are those which exist at a level beyond the simple chemical/physical. Continue reading “The Hidden Properties in Nature”

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Happiness for All

“It may be a distasteful notion, this bringing down of happiness so low as to the animal world—making it over, as then we must, even to the vilest of them and not withholding it even from the plants, living they too and having a life unfolding to a term.

“But to begin with, it is surely unsound to deny that good of life to animals only because they do not appear to man to be of great account. And as for plants, we need not necessarily allow to them what we accord to the other forms of life, since they have no feeling. It is true people might be found to declare prosperity possibly to the very plants; they have life, and life may bring good or evil; …

“Those that deny the happy life to the plants on the ground that they lack sensation are really denying it to all living things.” ~Plotinus

Plant1Plotinus wrote this around 1,800 years ago so he was not familiar with recent research which indicates that plants react when they are injured, or other plants or animals are killed or injured. Although some more recent research came to a different conclusion, one experiment doesn’t necessarily cancel out the other one, especially when the latter ones were conducted by a TV show with an obvious prejudice as they are called Myth Busters. More experiments are needed that are done by neutral parties. I do know that some wine producers play music for the vines to get better tasting wine and a Tequila maker I visited this spring in Mexico plays music to mellow the aging mix while it is in a tank. Continue reading “Happiness for All”

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