Tree Meanings

Tree Meanings

Alder is said to be beneficial when clearing out old emotions which are holding you back. It is especially good for the emotions of grief and sorrow. The tree often thrives near ponds, which can represent an emotion which is stagnant or not free-flowing. Alder helps to get things moving again on an emotional level. 

Almond can teach us patience and offers a reminder to appreciate what we have in life. All trees that offer food can give us information on things that we need to digest; the almond asks that you take your time in making the decisions around you now.

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Flower Meanings

Flower Meanings

There's an old tale of using flowers as a method of communication between lovers so they could go about their daily business without attracting too much attention to themselves. I think it’s a very sweet way to express a sentiment and think it’s a shame it doesn’t get used more often today. Finding meaning in the small things is what gives us pleasure, and this seems like a fairly simple yet effective way of injecting meaning into life.

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Animal Meanings

Animal Meanings

Elsewhere in the blog, you'll find more detailed meanings for a handful of animals but this is a more generalised post with keywords for over fifty birds, mammals, sea creatures, and insects. There are plenty of books in the New Age genre which look at the concept of power animals, although some new age thinking will get a little silly, and I wonder if this can be off-putting to those who are more pragmatic. If you have an aversion to fluff, you can find the meaning yourself by looking at the habits and characteristics of an animal or bird. 

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Walrus

Walrus

The Walrus came up in a dream a few weeks ago and since then I've been on a mission to find out the deeper meaning of his presence, or rather, his eruption from the water in front of my face. They're not the most attractive of mammals, and I'll confess to seeing them as cumbersome and characterless before I bothered to read up on these ancient looking pinnipeds. I mean come on, they're not the most attractive of creatures, are they?

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Panda

Panda

I've been reminded of a set of animal design dinner placement mats I had as a kid. One had an image of koalas, another was a giant panda, and I had the hardest time deciding between the two of them. I never used to like my sisters having either of them and would have a major tantrum if I didn't get to choose first. More often than not, the panda would win. They're a beautiful member of the bear family, and although they look cute and huggable, they are capable of being aggressive.

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