Here’s a wonderful Council Tree I discovered, in a private residential enclave in Mann’s Choice, Pennsylvania. Thought you would enjoy seeing some images of it.
A Council Tree is a “courthouse” tree where nature spirits bring issues to be arbitrated by a council of nature spirit elders. The council meeting set up includes an area where nature spirits of various types will gather, as the audience, to hear the petition of various nature spirits regarding such issues as rights and responsibilities, including claims of negligence of duty. There are frequently many types of beings memorialized in its structure.
The close ups below are two images of a deer head, and below that an inner earth portal overseen by a guardian nature spirit with a pointed chin and horns. The portal guardian operates much the same way as the Foo dogs and guardians at the Chinese temples. No one enters without their permission!