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Postby Fitheach » 29 Jul 2007, 18:34

Thank you, Dryadia2!
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Re: Ogham Studies - Beith (Birch)

Postby Serpentia » 19 Nov 2010, 13:17

While I see this here, can we turn that autoprune off for this Study Group? I think it would be a shame if these wonderful posts are lost. The contributions in here provide me with a wonderful insight into how other People see these trees and are a real treasure house of tree lore that I try to add to. Thank you!

Every day when I come to the forum I now ask to be guided to one tree to finish my studies, and today it was Birch. Birch I consider one of my trees, it is very typical for Germany wherever you go, really, being a beauty of the colder climates. I particularly love old birches - well, at 46, I actually feel like one of them because my spirit is young while my bark.. well, never mind :-) (or was that bite and bark, now...)

Seriously, though, old Birches with their black bark and their large circumference are a spectacular sight and for me stand for the inner youth you can retain as you grow older. But Birches are not really friendly - their branches and leafes really are whips and they do strip other young trees who grow in their vicinity of their leaves with them, causing them often to die or grow stunted. That is why they are so short-lived, else all of this continent would be covered with them!!

In Siberia, the natives make drinking vessels out of her bark. I wish I had bought one of them during my trip to a museum lately!

There is nothing like the light that falls through the gently weaving branches of the Birch when the sun is high, though. She is the Dancer in the Woods, the lighthearted soul on a journey with no particular goal in mind.

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Re: Ogham Studies - Beith (Birch)

Postby Huathe » 19 Nov 2010, 16:30

Serpentia,

I agree. The autoprune should not be used here. Some things like this are to significant to be deleted over time. These poems and studies concerning trees are awesome and worth saving!
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Postby Serpentia » 23 Dec 2010, 08:05

Copied from another thread, but relating to the Birch:

You know what I love? Old trees.. not far from where I live is Germany's probably oldest tree, a Linden Tree that may be 1200 years old. We don't have many old trees hereabouts; part of that is due to the massive use of wood during the middle ages, part of it is the Christian missionaries who are actually and really famous (!) for chopping down the old trees venerated by the "barbarous hordes" - as in, my ancestors, may their reincarnations be many!!

Yews, oaks, Linden, obviously, they all grow to be old. But most fascinating to me are old Birch trees. Birches, as you sure know, don't get very old. If they see 60 or 70 years,they're ancient. And then they turn black, with the trunks deeply gorged, fissures deeper than any oak. And yet the leaves are still dancing in the wind and the whole tree gives off an air of "I may be old in years, but I remain young in spirit."

As I get older, too, I can appreciate that very much. Being a spring hare (born on Easter Sunday), my birth tree is the Birch and so we grow old and stay young together, and that is beautiful.

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Re: Ogham Studies - Beith (Birch)

Postby Tuar_Ceatha » 30 Jan 2011, 15:37

Blessings and peace,

Naturally I have been working with Beith this month and I am leaning on Blamries great book Celtic mysteries.

I've also been looking at a full translation of the Auricept na n'eces but I don't see the word Ogham of Cú Chulainn in the translation I have access to.

Is that included in the Auricept? Or is it from some other source?

I appreciate your guidance.

humbly,

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Postby Huathe » 30 Jan 2011, 20:40

Birch trees, mainly River Birch, Black Birch and Yellow Birch are common here in the NC mountains. The high altitude forests over 4500 feet are often dominated by them. Up that high, Yellow Birch is the most common.

Here is a picture taken at over 5000 feet in the Craggy Gardens area in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC.

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Postby Susanne » 30 Jan 2011, 21:43

Absolutely beautiful H.E.! Your picture makes me yearn for the green of Spring to arrive! :D
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Postby Huathe » 31 Jan 2011, 00:10

I took this picture on 6/9/2007. The leaves were not quite fully on the trees and the forest floor is carpeted with a type of lush grass common to the high-altitude boreal forests of the southern Appalachians.

Yes, I yearn for spring too!
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Postby Serpentia » 31 Jan 2011, 08:48

That IS beautiful.. birch woods look quite different here in Germany, not anywhere so lush and rich.

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Postby DaRC » 31 Jan 2011, 12:07

That's a great photo Hawthorn_Ent - a lovely piece of woodland.

There's not many placecs here in Sussex where you get a woodland full of Birch, usually they're mixed with other trees - my favourite recollection is one typically greyish winter day, looking down at the woodland where the silver of the trunks contrasted with the purplish haze of the branches. My companions and I noted that we tend to think of winter as lacking colour but there is a subtlety with the Birch.
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Postby Huathe » 31 Jan 2011, 19:21

That IS beautiful.. birch woods look quite different here in Germany, not anywhere so lush and rich.

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The high-altitude Southern Appalachians get an abundance of rainfall in the warm weather months and a fair amount of snowfall in the winter. This makes for lush growing conditions, plus clouds often wreath the highest peaks, especially those over 6000 feet. Some areas can approach the conditions of a temparate rainforest biome.

The lower valleys don't receive near as much rain, especially on the plateau in which Asheville and Hendersonville rests. Asheville is located in a rain-shadow from the higher mountains running from the northwest to the southwest. Rain is often lessened or exausted on those peaks before reaching here.
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Postby Crimson Stormfire » 03 Feb 2011, 01:01

i grew up in the Appalachians, in west virginia, {no jokes, i heard em all} very old magic lives in those mountains ....loved it moving back to them soon as the stones there sing, the brooks teem, and the trees always have secrets to whisper, and the winds always have jokes to tell.

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Postby Susanne » 13 Feb 2011, 14:06

Here is a picture of a yellow birch on the hill behind my house taken in early Spring a few years ago. I love these trees not only for their beauty but resilience as well (among other things!). The saplings will grow over rocks & stumps of other trees & have their roots exposed like a twisted gnarled sculpture. Wonderful creatures! :D
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Postby Huathe » 13 Feb 2011, 20:01

Suzanne,

Very nice! How tall is it?
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Postby Susanne » 16 Feb 2011, 11:49

I'd say about 30 or so feet tall. I am blessed to live on 10 wooded acres that are a mix of northeastern hardwoods of beech, birch & maple. The birches are the yellow birch & white (paper) birch.
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Postby reilz81 » 25 Mar 2011, 03:48

so is beith a particular birch or just any because ive been looking into the properties of birches and there seems to be a few different types

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Postby DaRC » 25 Mar 2011, 10:49

Originally the Birch would have been the Silver Birch native to Britain and Ireland
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but I think, given the spread of druidry, it would have to be your local native Birch, if there is one.
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Postby reilz81 » 28 Mar 2011, 02:18

thanks for that DARC i think im going to keep my research on the other birch's never know when it may come in handy most have simular properties except theres one that has a noxious oil in the bark


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