It's great to see this topic still has legs/roots ;-)
Zyla's recent post reminds me that I should be out there finding new trees to establish relationships with. Here I am spouting off about the wonderful and powerful trees I've encountered and they are but a tiny fraction of the great trees and great TYPES of trees to be discovered. I was particularly intrigued by the trees encountered by people who don't live in the northern hemisphere and those are species that I am totally unfamiliar with - again reminding me that there's more to go and see all over the world.
Something must be rubbing off on the people around me, because my friend Kal has taken up the mantle of "tree hugger" in the last year, and has begun a relationship with an oak tree that sits alongside the Nine Stones Close stone circle on Harthill Moor in Derbyshire. You can read about his experiences with this powerful tree here [http://www.hedgedruid.com/?p=7058
I have my own little tale to tell of an oak tree on a nearby hillside. The hillside is regularly visited, being a local attraction, but for some reason the local council decided to hack back one of the hill's oldest and most incredible oaks. There were two oaks that intertwined and formed a shelter, a hide-away within which one could shelter from rain. The shelter at the heart of the oaks even had a handy low branch seat! Anyway, one of the oaks got cut down and the other was severely cut leaving only one side of it remaining! I know! Can you imagine any possible justification for that? I was livid and heart-broken when i was called by the tree to come visit one evening.
I healed the tree on that occasion and months later went back to check how it was getting along. It was barely and slowly recovering. The tree thanked me for my intervention and I responded that it was my "duty" now that I was a trainee hedge druid. When I noticed that the grass on the hilltop was parched and dangerously dry I asked the spirit of the hill whether it would welcome me performing a rain ceremony (even though I had never done one before). I got a positive response, so I engaged the half-oak tree in helping to make the magick happen. With its help, and centred on an earth energy power centre I called down the rains. The next day nothing much had changed - it was still hot, but maybe slightly more humid. I had to go away for a week at that point, but while I was away I heard that England had had torrential downpours of rain in the North West, replenishing the reservoirs and re-vitalising the land. It was still heavily overcast when I got back too, a week later.
Surely nothing more than an inevitable consequence of a natural cycle in the weather, I'm certain, but to me it felt rather odd. I was humbled by the intervention of this once and possibly still powerful tree. Had we actually triggered something to change by working together? Who knows? It means nothing now to anyone except me and the tree. But it showed me the possibilities of working with a powerful and ancient tree with whom one had achieved a lasting rapport. This is something I will attempt again when the need arises.