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i have had an affinity for oak trees since a boy

Postby druidinthemist » 14 Nov 2014, 11:02

i have had an affinity for oak trees since i was a young lad. i went to them instinctively. what is their signicance for a modern day druid. thanks,jim

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Re: i have had an affinity for oak trees since a boy

Postby PeteBranduir » 14 Nov 2014, 12:04

The most widely believed etymology for the word druid is that it means "the wise of the oak", stemming from the observation that the druids of old tended to work in the vicinity of oak trees.
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Re: i have had an affinity for oak trees since a boy

Postby DaRC » 14 Nov 2014, 13:29

Have a look here at the continuing importance of the oak tree in the British countryside
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/learn/ ... glish-oak/
and within the modern British psyche. The term as "strong as an oak" is still in common usage.

Within the ancient Irish (Brehon) laws trees were protected according to their importance. The Oak was one of the Noble trees - demanding a higher price if illegally cut down
http://www.forestryfocus.ie/social-envi ... ehon-laws/

They are one of the keystone trees to a British deciduous woodland, so their importance in Druidry is still high.
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Re: i have had an affinity for oak trees since a boy

Postby WildOak » 27 Nov 2014, 20:36

There is also this:
http://www.druidry.org/library/trees/tree-lore-oak

There are a lot of good articles available for free on the website there.

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Re: i have had an affinity for oak trees since a boy

Postby druidinthemist » 10 Dec 2014, 07:50

across the street from my home is a paved walking path that follows the edge of a rather large creek. it is a beautiful walk year round. I was finding oak leaves blown to the ground along this path, but could not locate the tree no matter how hard i searched. this past fall i located a whole row of oak trees--small ones, but beautiful ones. now i have a source for my oak leaves that i fill my medicine bag with and hang on my bedside for peace and good fortune. the mystery is solved. j.


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