Hawthorn Trees and Cardinals

dievca grew up surrounded by Hawthorn Trees. The joy of the spring flowers, the Cardinals peeking out into the Winter through the lethal-looking thorns~

cardinal-in-a-hawthorne-tree

The Celtic meaning of the hawthorn tree deals with balance and duality. The hawthorn is full of contradictions, none of which went unnoticed by the soul-minded Celts.

It was considered a bad omen to bring its hawthorn branches inside the home. This is largely due from the smell of cut branches was much the same as decaying flesh (indeed, the chemical components are the same). Here we see life-giving aspects as well as associations of death within the same symbolic tree.

The hawthorn is imbued with male energy, yet it is historically a symbol of fertility and associated with the female goddess aspects (mother, maiden, crone).

What do all these contradictions mean? The hawthorn is a standing testament to the idea of duality; it is a perfect depiction of the concept of yin and yang.

The Celts understood the power of balance. They also knew that what could not be attributed to specific outcomes (as sometimes evident in the dance of contradictions played out by the hawthorn) indicated a great source of magic. In other words, that which cannot be explained has immense power.

The hawthorn is to be respected in all its diversity and duality. It is a symbol of union of opposites, and serves as a message for us to be more accepting of the unconventional.

Master and dievca are a union of opposites, therefore the Hawthorn tree is the perfect symbol of their relationship.

smartwool-cardinal-sweater smartwool-cardinal-socks

 

The Cardinal: is a magnificent bird with a life span of up to 15 years. It is said that they symbolize hope,  joy,  health, rejuvenation and celebration.  For those who choose to hold the Cardinal dear – you are a special type of person – rare, energetic, and always willing to care for those in need.

dievca hopes she is that person. Maybe, maybe not – but she does hold the Cardinal dear….a remembrance of her childhood. Dear enough that dievca purchased something, well, kinda cheesy. But the sweater and socks make her smile and her Mother loved it.

Master? not so much.

dievca’s Sweater and Socks are from Smartwool and are inspired by Charley Harper’s National Park Service poster series. (Yes, she removed the red buttons / sewed up the placket. Who wants buttons on their hips?)

when-a-cardinal


9 Comments on “Hawthorn Trees and Cardinals”

  1. 🙂 That’s the Muscleheaded Blog’s National Bird – the Red Bird ! 🙂

  2. ktee says:

    The Cardinal is the state bird of seven states, including my home state. When we spotted Christmas cards with a Cardinal on it, we had to get them. Since we don’t live there anymore, it was a nice reminder. It was also nice to learn a little bit about the Cardinal. Thanks dievca!

    Ktee


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