The Living Wisdom of Trees: A Guide to the Natural History, Symbolism and Healing Power of Trees (Hardcover)
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A definitive guide to the sacred place trees hold for cultures around the world, exploring the natural history, folklore and symbolism that give each genus of tree its unique character and fascination
Throughout time, trees have stood as sentinels, wise yet silent, patiently accumulating their rings while the storms of history have raged around them. Trees and humankind have always had a symbiotic relationship. Throughout the centuries trees have offered us shelter from the cold and the heat. They have provides us with a multitude of nutritious fruits, leaves, flowers and roots for food and medicine. They have given us wood with which to make our tools, weapons and toys, not to mention timber for houses, fences, boats and bridges. But perhaps most significant of all, trees have provided us with fuel for fire, which, once it was tamed hundreds of thousands of years ago became the engine of civilization. Trees are our strongest allies.
The Living Wisdom of Trees is a richly illustrated guide to the human significance of 55 trees, from alder (Alnus) to oak (Quercus), looking in particular at their botanical characteristics; their place in world myth, magic and folklore; their healing properties; and their practical contribution to society. Featuring beautiful hand drawn evocative illustrations, The Living Widsom of Treesis for all who seek acquaintance with the fascinating lore and the profound spiritual wisdom of trees.
About the Author
Fred Hageneder is a harpist, graphic designer and author. He is co-founder of Friends of the Trees, a registered charity which aims to protect trees in sacred settings. His books include The Spirit of Trees, The Heritage of Trees: History, Culture and Symbolism and the acclaimed:Yew - A History.