Tree removal ritual

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Tree removal ritual

Postby kevinscot » 12 Oct 2014, 23:12

Hi Everyone,
I was asked if there were any rituals in the druid tradition when someone needs to remove a dying oak tree. I gave some suggestions, like thanking the tree for all it has given, telling stories of what the tree has meant to the family, possibly saving a piece of the tree to be carved, and ritually planting a new tree.
Are there any specific rituals for when a tree needs to be removed?

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Re: Tree removal ritual

Postby ShadowCat » 13 Oct 2014, 08:27

I think you've given some great suggestions.

Have you combed through this site yet?
http://www.druidry.org/library/trees
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Re: Tree removal ritual

Postby Sciethe » 18 Oct 2014, 11:38

Quite often when a tree is dying it will seed heavily, in this case acorns obviously. Growing on a new individual from a seed and introducing it to its parent before removal is a great ritual. I've done this one. You just need the acorn... and a place to plant the young tree.
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Re: Tree removal ritual

Postby gwendolyng » 22 Oct 2014, 19:37

This is a very good question. I live in northern Michigan, USA, and all of the ash trees in our forests here are being annihilated by the a bug called the emerald ash bore. My husband and I noticed it last winter. Since then, we've been watching these beautiful trees slowly die. It is absolutely heart wrenching. I would love to have a ritual or something to honor them and bid them good-bye.
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Re: Tree removal ritual

Postby kevinscot » 01 Nov 2014, 17:26

Thanks for the responses. I especially like the idea of planting the acorn and I will definitely go through the tree archives.

Gwendolying, I live in Southeast Michigan and I have also witnessed the devastation that the EAB has caused. Not only the damage to the ash trees, but to the impact on the surrounding ecosystem due to the rapid loss of so many trees. Many counties are now deploying a parasitic wasp to combat EAB, but who knows what consequences might result from releasing yet another non-native species.


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