We sometimes forget how closely integrated we are with nature. We are reciprocal parts of the one puzzle. This interconnection is very clear at the historic Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina where the ancient trees empathize and comfort those who mourn and those at bodily rest. It is the energy of the Mother, compassionately bowing down to comfort those in need. At a time such as now, it is good to affirm our support from universal spirit. Here is the live oak – symbol of strength and wisdom – that graces the entry fork of the cemetery.
This much loved live oak is believed to be over 900 years old. That places her birth around 1119 A.D. – the time of the Crusades and the founding of the Knights Templar. Just recall how many changes, joys and sorrows this compassion tree has experienced over her lifetime! Nature’s creatures…native peoples…life as a central tree of a large Southern Plantation…life as part of a planned beautiful cemetery founded in 1849,,, life suddenly changed into a battlefield and campsite during the Civil War…people born, loved, fought with, died, mourned for…she has seen it many times over and her compassion runs deep,
She lives at a pivotal juncture – the point of a Y between three areas of this dignified graveyard that harbors the hopes and tears of so many…soldiers, statesmen, mothers, children lost too soon. The weight of history, of much sorrow in many lives, gives a somber energy to the vast 92 acre graveyard. And yet the graveyard is also a profoundly spiritual site. Its deep silence has helped so many over the years come to terms with the temporary nature of the human body. It is a place where the living can sit in silence and inwardly detach themselves from the cares of the body. It is a place where many have sat and focused on that which is eternal – love, compassion, peace, spirit…
Over her life, this tree has grown into a life form of great strength, character and compassion. She embodies the compassionate energy of spirit as it descends to comfort those in sorrow. Today she bows down towards the ground, a soft mother’s face and outstretched arms sending compassion to all who pass by or who reside in this city of the dead. Just like humans, there are many aspects to her being and some of these are carved by nature into her vast body. Shown here are just a few of the many aspects of her character.