Asherah And The Tree Of Life  

Posted by Stella Clark

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Asherah is the oldest of the Canaanite Goddesses; She is also known as Mother Goddess, the Giver of Life. She has always been associated with trees, and many of Her pictures characterize Her as being the "Tree of Life. "Her images have been discovered in temples, on hilltops, and in the sacred groves. She is often represented by carved or plain peices of wood. Her figurines alwayshave full breasts and many show Her with Her hands cupped beneath them... which is suggestive of nurture and plenty.

She is mentioned many times in the Old Testament, and we find Her named in the Book of Joshua as one of the "false gods" against whom the Hebrews waged war upon their invasion of Canaan, their promised land. Here, the Hebrews discovered a fertile land albeit with a thriving Goddess religion, so they set out to destroy it. However, this destruction was not always successful, and many aspects of Asherah's cult were instituted elsewhere...even into the Temple of Jerusalem. Many subsequent kings tried alternately to destroy Her and then to restore Her for many hundreds of years but Her legacy lived on...and when the people of Judah were exiled into Egypt, Jeremiah laid blame on the false idol. It was then that the people then spoke back and stated that it was wneh they stopped giving offerings to the Goddess that their troubles actually began.

The Goddess Asherah reminds us ot the strength and rootedness that can never be destroyed nor taken away from us. We can reflect on Her sacred groves, and the energy of the Earth will allow us to grow upwards and outwards. If we find ourselves feeling unsteady, rootless, or unsure of where to place ourselves, we can be inspired by the solid earth that is Asherahs' and by Her "Tree of Life."

"SIT OR STAND WITH YOUR BODY EXTENDED AND ERECT. BREATHE DEEPLY AND WITH A RHYTHM. FEEL YOUR SPINE BEGIN TO STRAIGHTEN...NOW, IMAGINE THAT YOUR SPINE IS THE TRUNK OF A TREE....FEEL YOURSELF AS TALL AND STRONG....FEEL YOUR FEET CHANGE INTO ROOTS...STRONG, HEALTHY AND DEEP....BRANCHES FROM THE TOP OF YOUR TREE NOW BEGIN TO SWEEP DOWNWARDS, AS A WEEPING WILLOW MIGHT, TO TOUCH THE GROUND BELOW. YOU WILL FEEL THE ENERGY OF THE EARTH PULSING AROUND YOUR ROOTS....PULL THAT ENERGY TOWARD YOU....FEEL THE POWER WHICH IS NOW MOVING INTO YOU...EACH BREATH YOU TAKE DRAWS THE POWER FURTHER UP, INTO YOUR SPINE, THE TRUNK OF YOUR TREE...THE POWER OF THE EARTH RISES UP TO THE CROWN...FEEL THE ENERGY AS IT MOVES FROM THE CROWN OF THE TREE DOWN THE BRANCHES, TO RETURN TO THE EARTH. "

"TAKE A DEEP BREATH. FEEL THE ENERGY TRAVEL BACK INTO THE GROUND...NOW, RELAX."

"BLESSED BE ASHERAH!"

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