CLACHA BRATH - TALKING STONES:
The cambium is developed most in trees. The cambium is the thin layer of tissue between bark and wood stem. The cambium is the growth area that causes the increase in the diameter of stems - the magical part of the tree that produces wood. The Heart or Soul of the tree - the source of all life, the seat of emotions, the inner part of anything is found in the center.
The conscious of the tree runs up the center and is the part that guides.
Trees possessing the power of speech is a tradition among the Celtic culture, as much as mythology surrounds trees. Clacha Brath-Talking Stones, are two stones painted with a personal symbol and placed within the heart of an Oracle Tree.
Talking Stones serve as the vocal cords in the hollow and accessible hole in the trunk.
To create Talking Stones go to a place where Earth and Water meet and find two stones/pebbles equal size that, when struck together, produce a pleasing sound and vibration you respond to. Clean the chosen stones/pebbles with rain water then leave them to dry in the sun. Take your time to design a simple personal symbol using runes or the ogham or paint a picture to represent your magical name (maybe a name given to you by a parent or friend during childhood).
Take a stroll to your Oracle Tree. Day or night, whenever the time is right for you. Burn jasmine incense-to be successful in magic at the base of the trunk. Hold the stones/pebbles in your left hand and place the hand against the bark, and then greet the tree. Invite the invisible energies to combine with yours. Speak words that will allow the tree to know your intentions.
To give the Oracle Tree a voice: place the Talking Stones in the middle of the hollow in the very old tree, within the heart of the tree, and then place your hands on the bark.
The tree is a channel to communicate with non-worldly beings-spirits, gods or goddess or the tree could communicate of their own accord. Formulate a question to either non-physical being or the energy of the tree for a yes, no, or unknown answer. Make an appeal to a higher power such as ancestral spirit, god, goddess or tree. An invocation of establishing conscious ties with those aspects. Say what you want to say to express your purpose. Allow your intentions to flow from your heart. Lean your cheek on the bark and listen for the stones to strike together with an answer.
1. knock is yes, 2 knocks is no, 3 knocks is unknown
Break hand contact with the tree and step back. Thank the Oracle Tree for the information and say a heartfelt goodbye. You know magic is real. You dared to seek to penetrate and interpret the secrets, currents of existence by communing with the natural, unseen energies.
Remember to record everything you felt, heard and saw in your Book of Shadows.
MERRY WE PART, 'TILL MERRY WE MEET AGAIN")