Trees and Creation

In the Norse Tradition, Yggdrassil, the world tree supported the nine realms of existence. At the top was Asgard, the home of the Aesir, the principle deities, led by Odin and his consort Frigg. This level also contained Vanaheim, the kingdom of the wind, fertility and sea gods, with whom the Aesir fashioned an uneasy peace, and Alfheim, home of the light elves. On the middle level was Midgard, the land of the humans. They shared this level with Jotunheim, the land of the frost giants and Nidavellir, the realm of the dwarves, who guarded their treasures and made artifacts for the deities. The lowest realm was divided between Niflheim and Hel, realms of the dead and Svartalafheim, home of the dark elves.

In Eastern Europe as well as in Asia the mythological world tree was considered the axis of the world with the pole star at the top. Shamans, the magickal priests or healers of indigenous peoples worldwide, climb this tree in a trance to reach other realms. Look up through the branches of a very tall tree on a starry night and you will see how this belief came into being.

The tree appears in numerous creation myths. In one Maori legend, the tree was the first thing to appear at creation and on it grew countless buds that contained all created life. A number of Native North American creation myths tell how the first humans climbed pine or fir trees from the underworld and broke through on to the Earth. In Viking myth the first man was fashioned by Odin and his brothers from an Ash (Aesc) and the first woman from an Elm tree (Embla). The gods found the trees while walking on the seashore.

Tree Magick

Sacred and magickal trees are found in the religions and mythology of almost every culture. Trees form the link between earth and sky, because they have their roots in soil and their branches in the air and were originally regarded in creative form of the Earth Mother.

In early forms of religion, people believed that trees were themselves deities, a belief that gradually gave way to the idea that the spirits of deities or nature essences live within the tree. In Japan, temples have been built around sacred trees for more than two thousand years. Here it is believed that Mononoke, the magickal life force, is concentrated in trees and rocks.The Japanese Cryptomeria and the evergreen Sakaki trees are especially rich in this force and are often used for building sacred shrine. The tree itself is incorporated into the central pillar so the indwelling power of the nature deity might bless the site.

In parts of Sweden until quite recently, a guardian tree, often Elm, Ash or Lime, was planted close to farms or small settlements and it was forbidden to take even a leaf from this tree. Pregnant women used to embrace the tree to ensure an easy delivery.

Trees have also been associated from Africa o Eastern Europe with the spirits of fertility, who regulated rain, sunshine and good harvest. In Germany and France, in some agricultural areas,  large leafy branch or even a whole tree, decorated with corn ears or the last corn sheaf, adorns the last wagon of the harvest. It was traditionally set on the roof of the farmhouse or barn for a year to ensure future good harvest.

In India, sacred trees are still visited in order to ask for blessings, especially for fertility, from the indwelling spirit or deity:  food and flowers are left at the tree shrine and offering ribbons are tied to the tree.

The Celtic Druids worshipped not in temples, but in groves of trees. These natural sites may have predated the Celts by thousands of years; and still in Wales, Brittany and Cornwall the trees are hung with ribbons, trinkets and petitions for healing and blessings.

NASA Image of the Day for October 12th

Photographed by the Expedition 28 crew aboard the International Space Station, this image shows the moon, the Earth’s only natural satellite, at center with the limb of Earth near the bottom transitioning into the orange-colored troposphere, the lowest and most dense portion of the Earth’s atmosphere. The troposphere ends abruptly at the tropopause, which appears in the image as the sharp boundary between the orange- and blue-colored atmosphere. The silvery-blue noctilucent clouds extend far above the Earth’s troposphere.

Image Credit: NASA

Daily Astronomy Pic for October 12th

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2011 October 12


Saturn: Shadows of a Seasonal Sundial
Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, ISS, JPL, ESA, NASA  


Explanation: Saturn’s rings form one of the larger sundials known. This sundial, however, determines only the season of Saturn, not the time of day. In 2009, during Saturn’s last equinox, Saturn’s thin rings threw almost no shadows onto Saturn, since the ring plane pointed directly toward the Sun. As Saturn continued in its orbit around the Sun, however, the ring shadows become increasingly wider and cast further south. These shadows are not easily visible from the Earth because from our vantage point near the Sun, the rings always block the shadows. The above image was taken in August by the robotic Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn. The rings themselves appear as a vertical bar on the image right. The Sun, far to the upper right, shines through the rings and casts captivatingly complex shadows on south Saturn, on the image left. Cassini has been exploring Saturn, its rings, and its moons since 2004, and is expected to continue until at least the maximum elongation of Saturn’s shadows occurs in 2017.

Numerology Compatibility

Numerology Compatibility

Read on to know more about assessing the compatibility of one’s relationships with the help of Numerology…
Numerology is an ancient science of numbers. With Numerology, one seeks to explain one’s basic impulses and drives by converting one’s details such as the Name and the Date of Birth into numerical values. This is also useful to explain compatibility within relationships.

There are many online numerology websites which can give you Numerology compatibility reports for your relationships, which can be based on these ideas.

All numbers have certain characteristics and are friendly or unfriendly with other numbers. With this information, one can understand one’s relationships better and can receive guidance and understanding of each other’s nature.

Numbers, Their Meanings & Affinities

For the purposes of Numerology, the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are considered.

Given below is a summary of what each of these numbers stand for, and the numbers that they are friendly and unfriendly with.

One is the number of singularity, control, dominance, skill and will power.

1 is friendly with 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9; and unfriendly with 2, 6 and 8.

Two is the number of duality, co-operation, emotion, intuition, secrecy and diplomacy.

2 is friendly with 2, 4, 6 and 9 while it is unfriendly with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8.

Three is the number of creation, expression, love, affection and family life.

3 is friendly with 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and unfriendly with 2 and 4.

Four is the number of stability, discipline, a methodical nature, intellectual capability, and balance.

4 is friendly with 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 and unfriendly with 3 and 6.

Five is the number of travel, communication, new experiences, change and freedom.

5 is friendly with 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 and unfriendly with 2, 6 and 9.

Six is the number of rewards of hard work, harmony, community relations, beauty and rhythm.

6 is friendly with 2, 3, 6 and 9 and unfriendly with 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8.

Seven is the number of the intellectual, culture, invention, responsibility, and philosophy.

7 is friendly with 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 and unfriendly with 2 and 6.

Eight is the number of change, balance, transformation and endurance.

8 is friends with 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 and not friends with 1, 2, 6 and 9.

Nine is the number of enthusiasm, energy, quarrels, war and aggression.

9 is friendly with 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 9 while it is unfriendly with 5 and 8.

Example Analysis

Let us look at two people, whose dates of birth are 9th of July, 1980 and 5th of March 1981.

9th of July, 1980 is expressed as 9 + 7 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 0 = 34 and 3 + 4 = 7.

5th of March, 1981 is expressed as 5 + 3 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 1 = 27 and 2 + 7 = 9.

7 is a number of innovative and intellectual attributes. 9 stands for enthusiasm and aggressiveness. Also, the information above tells us that both these numbers are friendly with each other.

Based on this one would conclude that both these people would share a relationship based on mutual interests and may like to spend time talking about new things and doing activities that spur their intellect and enthusiasm.

Thus, this would be a mutually favorable relationship for both these individuals.


Based on this data one can look at what each number stands for and thus analyze the compatibility within relationships.

Also, while all this may be true, it is also wise to look at the underlying nature of each person and their emotional and psychological make-up to determine compatibility factors within a relationship.

Numerology, thus, stands as a guide towards explaining several of these characteristics and helps one attain a deeper level of understanding within one’s relationships.

By Madhavi Ghare

Your Daily Number for October 12th: 3

You may feel as if an important change is taking place within, but are not yet clear about its true nature. You are going through a transforming growth spurt, and may not have much patience with yourself. Don’t try to analyze what’s going on; just roll with it. Romance is highly favored today.

Fast Facts

About the Number 3

Theme: Expansive, Sociable, Dramatic, Diversified, Creative
Astro Association: Venus
Tarot Association: Empress

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for October 12th is 53: A Steady Pace

53: A Steady Pace

Hexagram 53

General Meaning: Like an ancient old-growth forest — where the subtle play of light, texture and shadows is the product of a process measured in centuries and inches — most things of lasting value develop gradually, at their own pace. The ability to learn from experience — one of humanity’s greatest capacities — implies constant yet gradual progress. The combination of stillness within and determination without are the essence of this dynamic. Good things sometimes sprout quickly; the truly delightful take much longer.

The principle of gradual development applies also to human relationships. For love and marriage or any important partnership to endure, progress must be slow but steady: slow enough to allow for the bonds to knit properly; steady enough to keep moving in the right direction.

You can’t expect to have everything all at once. Development must be allowed to take its proper course and allotted time; events must neither be rushed nor manipulated, but allowed to unfold naturally. In this way, you will come to enjoy long-lasting relationships and achieve success.

Today’s Tarot Card for October 12th is The Emperor

The Emperor

This Tarot Deck: Dragon

General Meaning: In the most practical terms, what has traditionally been called the Emperor card represents the highest leadership, a head of state or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the positive working out of affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.

The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits or appearances to the contrary.