Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Emblem of Renewal

12" x 12"
Acrylic and Mixed Media on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

From "The Celtic Meaning of the Birch Tree":
Listen closely and you will detect whispers of transformation and growth in the midst of the birch groves within your soul.
The birch is highly adaptive and able to sustain harsh conditions with casual indifference. Proof of this adaptability is seen in its easy and eager ability to repopulate areas damaged by forest fires or clearings. Bright and beautiful, the birch is a pioneer,courageously taking root and starting anew to revive the landscape where no other would before.
This is a powerful metaphor for our lives. The birch asks us to philosophically go where no other will go (voluntarily or otherwise). The birch asks us to take root in new soils and light our lives with the majesty of our very presence. The birch sings to us: "Shine, take hold, express your creative expanse, light the way so that others may follow."
Paradoxically, while the birch is a brilliant symbol of renewal, it is also symbolic of stability and structure. Associated with the sun, the birch facilitates passion, energy, as well as growth.
Birch serves as a perfect igniter as it will start to burn even when damp. This makes it a prized fire starter over most other wood types. Here again, this makes for a perfect analogy. The birch asks us to serve our fellow man with a fire in our hearts. In this respect, the birch reminds us that even if our spirits are dampened by the set backs in life, we can always catch fire from the spark of passions that drive us to divinity.


  1. wow - what a beautiful post and painting! Love your work and so appreciate you commenting on mine!

  2. How fitting. The Birch. Thank you for that mythos/history of the Birch. Oddly enough in a place i frequent often to photograph, to reflect, to contemplate life, there are three ancient withered Birch trees. Scarred by time and the elements yet still fierce and strong, and beautiful in that way aged beings who have lived well are.

    doc rob


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