Monday, 15 December 2008

Winter Solstice Trees - Silver Birch

The Silver Birch is the first tree of the Celtic Tree Ogham. It is the first tree to colonise new ground and so, signifies new life, new beginnings, birth and opportunity.
Birch twigs were used to sweep out the old years' spirits and make way for the new.
(Info. from Sacred Celebrations by Glennie Kindred)

My picture above, shows little stars made from Silver Birch bark.

There is one there for all of the friends I've made through my blog,

one for each of you ,

to wish you 'new beginnings and opportunity' in the new year to come.

15 comments:

Jolly Good Yarn Girl said...

wow those stars are gorgeous - scissors???

Hermes said...

Thank you, that's lovely.
Seasons greetings.

Paula Hewitt said...

what lovely stars. the birch bark reminds me of paperbark trees here in Australia
wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New year too.

Heather said...

What a lovely thought and what beautiful little stars. I am fascinated by ancient myths, legends and facts about trees and it is very interesting to find that sometimes things we still do today originated way back in history. Seasonal Greetings to you and yours, and have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Danielle Barlow said...

They are so beautiful!
What a lovely gesture - I look forward to the turning of the year, and wish you a wonderful 2009.

annette emms said...

Jolly good yarn girl -thanks but no, they came in a little pot, already cut out!

Hermes - thank you kind Sir!

Paula - Thanks. I'm enjoying reading about your Christmas preparations !xx

Heather - Many blessings to you Heather! May your Christmas be wonderful!.x

annette emms said...

Danielle - Thank you, have a lovely time .x

Lisa said...

such beautiful stars! What a wonderful treasure for the season!

annette emms said...

Lisa - welcome and thankyou!

Jo Horswill said...

Oh Annette, these are magical...wishing you all the very best wishes too.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I adore these wonderful wooden stars! Thank you, and Edward and I hope you are enjoying the happiest of seasons!

annette emms said...

Jo and Pamela - Thanks and good wishes to you both!

Penny said...

haWt wonderful stars, I dont think my silver birch produces any bark that i could cut into stars. Love your blog and all that is in it.
You must be pleased with all the fairy shoes that were made after your pattern was in Stitch, I am still working on a few more.

lynne h said...

my dear annette, thank you! here it is the solstice and i'm popping in just under the wire to wish *you* beautiful new beginnings in the new year. may it be a bright, magic filled one! xo

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

Brightest Blessing to you!

What lovely stars! I love Celtic lore so much, thank you for sharing!

Cat