The Ash Tree
On the Celtic calendar, February 18 to March 17, is the month of the Ash tree. In the Cad Goddeu, the Battle of the Trees, the Ash tree is ranked as a peasant:
CRUEL WAS THE ASH TREE-TURNS NOT ASIDE A FOOT-BREADTH, STRAIGHT AT THE HEART RUNS HE.
The Ash is a genus of trees of the olive family. The tree is known for its growth spurts. The Ash tree has special importance among those trees valued for magical properties. The tree is a protector. The wood is used in many wands and staffs for psychic strength and healing. The Ash tree is sacred to the Celts. The Ash tree is known as the Father tree and symbolizes Gwydion in God form. Gwydion went through an emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical re-birth as he matured and emerged through the metamorphosis an adult. An entire sequence of events was completed before Gwydion had confidence for his chosen line of mastery.
In the Tarot deck the ash tree is represented by the Major Arcana card, World. The World card indicates that all is right. A guarantee that everything is moving according to an intended arrangement. There is worldly knowledge and attainment that is after many tests and lessons past. Destiny unfolds at its proper pace as the goals of the future are pursued. It takes time for an entire sequence of events to be completed before one master’s contentment. The World card signifies successful completion of a project, the end of one phase of life and the start of another.
Affirmations are very powerful. Words repeated over and over again can alter thinking. In a persistent mind, obstacles will gradually move aside. Simply stand before the Full Moon, two days before, night of, two days after, breath in deeply the cool air to center yourself. Repeat thirteen times or as often as needed: Bless this time, and this place and who I am with support from unseen powers that dwell in the pure white light. I am where I should be, tomorrow will come. I'm never done, a smile is my reward.