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The suit of Earth in this deck has us meeting and learning from the physical beings of this beautiful planet, and from nature herself. In this case, it is trees that we are called on to learn from. Trees link the otherworld, the upperworld and the underworld. So, they act as portals to the different spirit realms. Their life cycles remind us, too, of the turning of the Wheel of the Year.
Forests are strange: they can be a place of refuge, from weather for instance. And yet they can also be fearsome places, where shadows make us jump and we sense the unknown. Here, we see both sides of the forest: a well-lit glade that invites us in, and the dark, shadowy side, where gnomes crouch as though hiding.
I'm not sure I'll have a chance to go walk in nature today, much though I'd like to. Still, even while sat at my computer, I'll be doing some research into nature, trees and animals for a project I'm working on. So, perhaps that's my way to commune with nature, even if at second hand...
I am grateful for the wealth of information on trees, as well as from trees.