The Standing People, Part 1, Addendum

The ancient Hebrews during the early days of worshipping Yahweh, also
worshipped the Goddess Asherah, whose name means Grove. In the synogogues an
"asherah" was placed beside the altar; a wooden representative of a tree. Later
the
asherah was banned from within the sanctuary, and placed outside the door. It
became forbidden for Jews to bring a tree inside the house during midwinter
celebrations. Interesting that Christian faiths carried this tradition forward
with the Christmas Evergreen.

Raised Jewish atheist by my Marxist parents, I still always loved Christmas
and the Christmas Tree. My mom, a closet pagan in spite of herself, could not
resist the tradition of the gifts and the tree every year when I was growing
up. "This is all very pagan you know," she would laugh as we decorated and
carolled. She was a scholar and knew how true that was...

To me the decorated Christmas or Solstice Tree, it's branches laden with
sparkling jewels and fruitlike balls, with piles of beautiful packages
underneath
looks like the Goddess Herself, all dressed up for the holiday and giving
birth to Her gifts to us...

The Solstice Tree in the Celtic Tree calendar is not one of the thirteen moon
trees we have been discussing here... it is one of five trees that represent
five solar points on the wheel of the year. These five are considered to be
the vowels of the tree alphabet, while the thirteen moon trees are all
consonants.

The Goddess utters time and manifestation through the language of Her trees...

In awe,
Shekhinah

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