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The Linden Tree
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Mrs Tilia speaks

In the course of Time, Stories and Legends have been written about our Folk Tree Linde in galore; much of what is said allows a look at erstwhile Cultures and their ways, their meaning of Life, their Traditions, their Folklore.

Perhaps the engagement with our Predecessors as well as previous civilizations may inspire us modern and so forward-oriented people to recognize the meaning and origin of our thinking, acting, even Life itself and... make some contemplation possible ?
Mrs Tilia is in any case a 'witness of Time' - and its constant change - and invites her human siblings to listen to her.
As a tour guide, she can tell us a lot of her wisdom from the 'lindian' consciousness and perspective and, who knows, provide a piece of advice for Life on our way...

With this Tree-portrait, I wish to express my utterance that we humans encounter Trees with mindfulness and reverence, as In the old Days again.
Brother (sister) Tree of the Plant-kingdom is a living being whose body is bound to a place, but whose Spirit is free and migrates.

I'd like you to invite to follow me, exploring in an in-depth journey the Linden and her so far mostly unrecognized wight.

parsifalrain, June 29                                                                                               

As an introduction, let us start our voyage with a book-excerpt, translated from German to English
'Living Trees and protective Spirits'

"The general view that the Tree is inhabited by a Spirit being whose Life is bound to that of his birth Tree, which dwells within it, but can also sometimes leave it in order to wander freely in its environment in an ethereal form similar to humans or animals, is firmly rooted throughout the earth, regardless of era, Culture, religion, politics, philosophy or fashion.
This view is one way of dealing with other forms of Life.
Do you stop feeding your cat when you've been baptized?

While the Holy Groves dwindled under the influence of the owners of religious and secular power, individual Trees or even smaller groups retained the status of Free Trees for a long Time, which should not be lumbered.

No one was allowed to harm such in any way.
Practical reasons for this increased - many Oaks and Beeches, for example, were indispensable for fattening pigs; Trees marking borders were also important (death penalty in medieval Switzerland for felling border Firs) - but other Trees, such as Yews or family Lime Trees, were simply 'untouchable' for older reasons that were not questioned.
'For those who live in Tree do not want to be felled', the Swedes said.

In Finland in the 19th Century, the Oak was called 'God's Tree' and Birch and Rowan were also kept sacred and planted by the rural population near the house.
A report from 1624 mentions a Grove in Sweden which should have been planted by a giant virgin (Nature).
In it stood a special Oak, the Gylde-Oak, where 'in the old days' much should have 'haunted'.
Still everyone who passed by greeted the Tree with homage:
'Good morning, Gylde!', 'Good evening, Gylde'.
Everywhere people spoke to the Tree creatures, to the Elder Woman (Mrs Ellhorn, Mrs Holle), to the Alder Woman, or to the Ash Woman, to name but a few.

Before the felling, loggers asked the Tree for forgiveness.
The early warning should give the Dryad the opportunity to change to another, younger Tree.
Due to the coincidental naming of the Ashtree (Ash) and Ash Wednesday, the Swedes were able to preserve the old Customs for Ash by declaring it the Ash Wednesday Morning Ritual.
Before Sunrise, because then 'the Spirits are active', the Elders went out to pour Water over the Ash Roots.
All these examples are presented in reports of the 19th Century in their present form - they were still very much alive.

The connection between Tree Spirit and Wood was gradually seen as the relationship between human thinking and the body, although the Dryad sometimes leaves the Wood and takes a 'trip'.
In Denmark, the Elder Dryads were known to walk around at dusk and take a look through the windows on occasion.
While Danish pastors lamented in letters the meaning of the mater sambuci (Latin for 'Elder Mother'), a North German colleague told of his youth in 1703.
At that time no one would have dared to cut an Elderberry, and if they had to cut him down, they would say a prayer beforehand: 'Mrs Ellhorn, give me something of your wood, then I will give you something of mine too, when it grows in the Forest'.

This willingness to one Day give Life to the generous Nature reveals the ancient understanding of Life and Death as a huge Cycle.
No wonder that the church could hardly bear such behavior and made every effort to change the situation.
The incessant explanation that all Nature Spirits were 'evil' ('demons and devils') slowly showed effect, the powers of the Tree Spirit, originally regarded as benevolent, were increasingly interpreted negatively.
The attitude changed from 'we thank the Spirits for their Blessings' to' the Spirits harm us if we do not appease them'.
The formulas for tree prayers changed accordingly in the direction: 'Here I sacrifice to you, do us no harm!'
Now the church could rightly free people from the burden of their superstition''.

Fred Hageneder: 'Der Geist der Bäume - Eine ganzheitliche Sicht ihres unerkannten Wesens' (The Spirit of Trees - A holistic view of their unrecognized Nature) - printed in German language.
Neue Erde - Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-89090-632-3

check here for the English edition: (?) The Spirit of Trees - Science, Symbiosis, and Inspiration


I'm often asked how to get closer to Nature and her beings best.
One path is the way of amazement and the opening of the senses to the beauty and wisdom of Nature.
And there are beings here that are most similar to humans - the Trees.

One 'speaks' to Nature - or elementary beings not in the literal sense, but grasps what they mean in a, hmmm 'super-verbally' conceptual space, so to speak on the level of ideas or pure concepts.
One must first learn through long practice to reach into this level and then translate those messages into our human language.
So, when I have a term at this higher level, then I look for the image that corresponds to it and then translate this image into the word term(s) of language.
These terms and ideas are absolutely concrete.
They also have something of logic, because many of the Nature entities have a tad of strictly logical.

Those who open themselves lovingly and with interest to Nature's creatures and connect with the beings who penetrate the Stones, Flowers, Trees and Animals, redeem the beings enchanted in Nature in a mysterious way through their interest.  
Whoever takes himself back and opens to his counterpart without his own intentions creates the space for the other being to be able to express himself.

Such conversations go on easier if I had something sour before because the sour has a waking gesture.
When you eat sour or bitter food, you wake up; (dried Juniper berries [acinum genus Juniperus] awaken - also the spirits).
Anyone who eats sweet food can consciously slip away a little.
Sweet things go in the direction of dreaminess, sourness and bitterness opens you so that the I can get through better.

For once we look behind the curtain of the physical world - so that we learn to appreciate anew the great service that enlivened Nature provides for us humans.

I hope that our journey with and about Mrs Tilia is an enrichment for you to understand the nature of the Lime Tree, the Trees par excellence, both in more detail and to reopen to Mother Nature.
And if on your next walk you no longer walk passively or unconcerned past the next Tree, but stop, look at her/him, open up and perhaps remember details of our journey together, then our Lime-Tree succeeded in building a small bridge between Nature beings and man.

image Fotalia.com (Isonsky)

Lime [genus Tilia], Limetree, Linden Tree (Family Lindenaceae or Tiliaceae) genetically overriding belonging to to the Mallow family [Malvaceae] (Angiosperme Plants)
common names
Linden, August Lime, Lime Tree, Bast Tree, Bast Wood Lime, Basswood, Hard Lime, Spring Lime, Summer Lime, Late Lime, Stone Lime, Forest Lime, Winter Linden, Linde

Mrs Tilia is not related to the citrus Fruit called 'Lime' [Citrus aurantifolia], family Rutaceae.

To get atuned, let us rest a little and listen to a melody played in an old English way by Jürgen Wagner
'Linden': ca. 3 Minutes https://yadi.sk/d/ENT3BTtv3XfY9c

The Lime Tree is one of the most beautiful and popular deciduous Trees in Europe.
However, we no longer find her in the Woods, but in parks, on roadsides, on village squares and meadows.
She grows throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere as Tree or Bush and in Asia and is hermaphroditic, having perfect Flowers with both male and female parts, pollinated by insects.

country lore (in case of thunderstorm)
Thou shalt abate Oak,
You should look for Beech -
If you just can't find Linden

Mrs Tilia agreed with me that without going into the more than 50 individual species worldwide, I would like to try to make the Cultural and Mythological depth of this Tree accessible to the gentle reader.

The Lime Tree has always been considered one of the most important Tree species in European Cultural History.
It has long been the favorite Tree of the people and is not a Tree of the 'arrived', the establishment, such as Oak or Ash.

'Where would a Lime Tree be in German lands - and certainly it is in others countries as well - under which there would not be a settee or next to which there would not be a chapel? The beauty of her structure, the flysheet of her shadow and the sociable humming in her branches invite'.

- Adalbert Stifter

Like all deciduous Tree species, the Lime Tree appears in geological history in the Cretaceous period 130 million Years ago and therefore outlasts human History by eons.

The Lime Tree has a very special significance for humans.
From the Forests, she was brought to the villages and cities where she could grow excellently as a single Tree.
This gave man a 'motherly' Tree personality, with Heart-shaped Leaves, sweet Blossom scent and expansive crown, which has a special attraction and gives a feeling of comfort.
(Although Trees of the same species like to live together 'in families' out of all kinds of' 'practical considerations', she is not particularly fond of the neighborhood with other Linden Trees).

Already in the early Days, the Celts surrounded their places of worship with Winter Lime Trees.
The importance of the Linden as a Tree of lovers can still be found today in many Folk Songs and Customs confirmed:

'where we gather neath' the Tilia Trees, at evening time' ...

... or in the Middle Ages Walther von der
wrote about Love under the Linden
video: by Dulamans Vröudenton from Salzburg/Austria (in english, deutsche Übersetzung von Mittelhochdeutsch hier)


'… and sweetly sang the nightingale' (tandaradei)

and Heinrich Heine said,

'Look at this Lime Leaf! You will find it - shaped like a Heart, - that's why the lovers - also preferably sit under Lime Trees'.

In the old German card game first mentioned in 1472, the Linden Leaf shows the free peasantry.
In the 16th Century, the physician Lonitzer wrote in his New Kreuterbuch:

'Linde has the name [from her] 'Limelike-ness'
(lime-) in the sense of 'soft' or soothing)

The Lime Tree or a Leaf of her is considered an icon of justice, Love, Peace and loyalty and has a very
special meaning in German-speaking countries as a sign for the formidable values Homeland and Family, as a place of Community.
Aside from that, she's a symbol of the free status of landowners and cattle breeders.
1852 there were decrees of the royal government of Upper Bavaria for the protection and replanting of Lime Trees.
Burial grounds and monuments were and are often shadowed by Linden Trees.
In 1991 an imperial Lime Tilia Pallidia was planted in the Thuringian town of Niederdorla, the topographical center of all of Germany, as a sign of German reunification.
Also in memory of the reunification an imperial Lime Tree was planted near the Reichstag on October 05, 1990.

Franz Schubert - Der Lindenbaum (Winterreise, D.911,5)


Further Linden were planted along the former inner-German border to commemorate the peaceful changes within the GDR.
Nature and environmentalists use her as symbols, such as BUND Nature Conservation in Bavaria, which was founded in 1913.
To cut down an old Lime Tree without good reason would probably still give rise to indignation today.  

'If we see riders halting under the Lime Tree, this would be a sign of Peace.
Because under the Lime Tree we tend to drink, dance, be happy, because Mrs Tilia is the Tree of Peace and Joy'.

- Martin Luther

The (Summer) - Lime is the Plant that, with her flowering, announces the Full Summer in the physiologically and biologically based 'Phenological Seasons'.
In many villages she can be found in the village square (if there is not already a shopping center replacing the Linden as the former meeting place for conversation and relaxation).
You are welcome to sit down here, she is also a wonderful shade provider.
As the original Tree of our formerly great Culture, the Lime tree is connected to Venus.
And Venus is Aphrodite.
The Indo-Germanic language root 'lentos' emphasizes - in contrast to the firm Oak with his enormous tap root - her special flexibility and elasticity, her feminine grace.
Lime Trees have a so-called Heart-root, which carefully embeds itself in the soil via several main roots.
What the Oak embodies in male symbolic power, the Lime shows on the other side:
She stands for femininity, sweetness, fertility, Summer, cheerfulness, beauty and Love.

A strong Earth energy emanates from Mrs Tilia, and it is no coincidence that the power of the Dragon has found its pictorial expression in the name Lindwurm (Lindworm).
With its pristine Dragon power it guards Mother Earth at the foot of the Lime Tree.

In the Eifel, the 'May-marriage' auctions for Maids took place under the Lime Trees at the (annual) parish fair (Kirchweih), where a man was able to buy the privilege of going to all Feasts with this Maid for a Year.
If it turned out during the Year that the Maid was not worthy of this award (no virginity!), the Linden was 'scrubbed'; that is, the lawn or the pavement around the trunk had to be renewed.

In Germanic Mythology, her heart-shaped Leaf is associated with the Goddess Freya, an allegory of Love and Fertility.
From the Freya Lime Tree, by the - forced catholization, this name was transformed to 'Marian Lime Tree', more to this below.

Who does not know the scent of Lime Blossom ?
A vivid impression of the beguiling effect comes during the Lime Blossom Season in June, when crowds of humming insects populate the nectar-rich Flowers of the Limes to form a cosmic body of sound.

'Nature is wasteful in the number of Flowers. A Lime Tree is full of them'.
image: banarama.files

Basswood, the Folk Tree
Social life took place around the village Tree.
In earlier times, court was held beneath Lime Trees.
The squabblers were - infatuated with the Lime Blossom fragrance - to reach out and join hands in the village Feast.
Some judgments ended with the final formula:

'Given under the Linden … !'

In some villages are still such courts and dance Linden (for weddings and other Festivals in the Wheel of the Year)
More here and here.

Markedly court Trees are called 'Femelinden'.
Meetings of the local councils were also held under their roof.
They took decisions, held elections, administered taxes and governed the people.
It was also the Tree of gathering and exchange of messages.

Many of the Linden Trees react very sensitively to car exhaust fumes and really suffer from air pollution, which is why nowadays some ancient Linden Trees have disappeared on village squares and crossroads.

Mrs Tilia can live for more than a thousand Years due to her special ability:
Although she become rotten at an early stage and cavities form inside, she forms inner Roots from the Treetop down that feed on the Tree's own decomposition products.
These inner Roots can become so thick that they in turn fill the cavity created by decay with wood mass and a new bark.
Thus an aging Lime tapers again.
And again, this is a sign of the Cycle of Life: Birth, Growth (Regeneration), Death.

This brings us to the healing properties and benefits for the people
Linden wood is soft, light and long fibrous with a fine structure.
Due to its softness and elasticity it is particularly suitable for carving and turnery and has been used since long for images of saints and altars.
It was used for making wooden shoes, bowls, spoons and other household appliances as well as for the soundboards of pianos and organs.
Due to its properties, it is excellently suited as carving wood and also has its main use there.
In our Forests but she is no longer planted because her wood does not achieve good prices.

'The Lime Tree radiates cordialness and warmth in her appearance'

Accordingly, the healing effect of her Flowers and Leaves, which can alleviate some pathological complaints'.

Lime bark can be used well for Smudging Ceremonies and also provides bast for tying and twining, clothing, bowstrings, beehives and saddlery.

The Bark of the Lime is rich in bast fibres, which can be easily removed in strips.
Since time immemorial, this woody shell has been placed in cold water, similar to flax production.
This allows pure bast to be separated, dried in the Sun and then processed.

please note:
Always consult a doctor before using healing remedies and read disclaimer at the end of my abstract.

Mrs Tilia is an outstanding Sunlight collector
Lime Blossom Tea and honey products as well as fragrance essences and cosmetics are extracted from this Tree.
Especially young Lime Leaves are mild, nutritious and tasty and can be used in salads.
One only has to consider that Lime Leaves suck liquid.
Older Leaves are no less valuable, but require more chewing work.
The Leaves of the Linden Tree were already known in antiquity as a medicine:
Hardly anything is as strongly underestimated as the positive properties of the Plant dye chlorophyll.
It contains Sunshine - Light energy: Biophotons that encourage the body in many Life-supporting processes.
They transfer high-quality Light energies from the Cosmos straightforwardly into cells and tissues of the body and sustainably promote cell respiration and cell metabolism.
Chlorophyll also significantly supports the precise function of the brains, the nervous, hormonal and cellular systems.
Wherever it is present, there is always cell-available, cell-permeable (and thus organically) iron and magnesium.
The stronger the colors, the more iron, the richer the green, the more magnesium.
As early as 1913, the chemist Richard Willstätter recognized that chlorophyll is able to build up living substances from dead matter with the help of the Sunlight stored in it.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1915 for his work in analyzing the molecular structure of chlorophyll.

'The Linden
The powerful chose the Oak,
The eagle, lions on top of that
The people planted a Lime Tree
They met there and had rest

People used to dance to some of the Festivities
Her roof sheltered all of the guests
Her scent awakened their Hearts
And has delighted Lovers
The village courts met there
And she was happy to be consulted
A Tree of Life was in the middle
Wasn't the Deity here with her?

She alleviated the needs of the sick
She stood by side of the sad
She protected house and farm, Family
With the lonely, she was à deux'
- Jürgen Wagner

The Lime represents a motherly, warm being.
She spreads her arms wide to receive the man in her bosom.
Mrs Tilia is a symbol of cordiality, security and nest warmth.
With these characteristics she has conquered the sympathy of the people since earliest Time.

Of all indigenous Tree species, the Linden Tree helps us to awaken the dormant Nature in us - and to take a path of healing due to her deep, parable-like collective memory of human beings.

It is not for nothing that the German word 'Linderung' (alleviation) is anchored in vocabulary.
In times of unrestrained overexploitation of Nature, she really offers us comfort and protection under her buzzing canopy of leaves:

'When we gather neath' the Tilia Trees'.
'No fairer Land
There is no land, near and far,
More beautiful than ours at this time
When we gather
Neath' the Tilia Trees
As night falls...'


How deeply Tilia is rooted in Folk Life is also shown by the large number of field- and Family names.
The Linden Tree gave her name to many towns, villages, streets (and restaurants) and also went into many coats of arms as an adjunct of bravery and victory, as well as into those of some German noble families.
About 1100 villages have their name in the German-speaking area: Lindau, Linden, Lindenwood or Lindenthal.
Linz is the Linden-grove, Leipzig comes from Lipkso and means Linden-site.
Linn near Brugg owes its name to a Centuries-old Tree that is still alive today.
The Celtic and Old French 'til' is the origin of place names in western Switzerland such as Tilliez, Montillez or Muntelier.
Lindner, Lindacher, Lindenfels, Lindenberg, Terlinden, Lindström are common surnames...
Even different names of girls remind of the Lime Tree: Gerlinde, Gieslinde, Sieglinde and many more.

In former times there were numerous avenues, which had existed on both sides with Tilia Trees, street names still point to it today:
'Unter den Linden' or 'Linden Avenue'.
With increasing road traffic, however, the population of Lime Trees declined sharply - they do not tolerate car and industrial exhaust fumes, and atrophy.

in Sweden, Families had their protection Trees.
The Linné, Lindelius and Tiliander Families derived their names from the same three-stemmed Lime Tree.
When the Lindelius ceased, one of the shafts dried up; after the last daughter of the famous botanist Linné had died childless, the second did not shoot out any more, and when the Tiliander family died out, the whole Tree passed away....
For the Nibelungen hero Siegfried, too, the Lime Tree was a Tree of fate: 'as Siegfried bathed invulnerably in the blood of the slain dragon, a Lime Leaf clung to his shoulder, preventing complete protection, and under a Lime Tree he died from the hand of the fierce Hagen'.

The botanical name is related to the Greek tilos, fiber.
The richness of bast fibres in the Bark is a speciality of the Lime Tree.
The pile dwellers once woven their clothes of linen fibres and Linden bast.
Lime bast porridge was used to ease (lindern) burns.

Today there are reinforced concrete-multi-purpose halls in the villages; in former Times there were Lime Trees.
The Village-Lime Tree (Dorflinde) is defined in Meyer's dictionary of conversation:
'The Summer Lime Tree, which often only blooms at the age of 15-30 Years, was the classic center of the villages, the meeting point in the place where people's social Life took place'.
In some places she was even converted into a 'dance hall' - the wide branches of the 'Dance Lime Tree' were formed - often over Decades - into horizontal wreaths of Branches.
Boards were laid over it, along with railings, ladders and supporting posts - and the outdoor dance hall was ready.

'It was already full around the Linden and everything was already dancing, how great'

wrote Goethe.

The Linden gave shelter from thunderstorms and evil spirits.
Forms of disease were transmitted to the Lime Tree (sympathetic Plant) i.e.:

'Gout flow, thou shalt stand, thou shalt go by, shall disappear, like the foliage of the Linden'.

An oath was sworn under Linden, where the court took place and where deliberations were held.
Many documents prove the old 'judicum sub Tilia', which was practiced until the end of the 18th Century.
It was believed that the pure Truth came to Light under the sacred Tree.

'Blood-Linden' bear witness to unfair convicts:
The legend of the Blood-Linde from Wiesbaden-Frauenstein/Germany
Near Wiesbaden stands a huge Linden Tree at the Frauenstein Castle, from which the Legend goes that once sadness took place in its place.
A young Lady loved a lad who was not coequal to her, and often met him strolling outside the castle in the evening, in a shady spot near the castle wall.
Then her hard and proud father perceived these meetings, was furious, surprised the lovers and slew the lover with his own hand.
The daughter broke a young Linden-Sprout, stuck it through the running blood of her lover in the ground and never again spoke a single word to her father.
Every Day she cried for her slain lover, but Linden's Sprout struck Roots and shoot and became a Tree, and as long as the grieving lover lived and cried, blood flowed from the Linden-Tree's branches as someone tore off a Leaf or Branch.
But no one did that anymore, for the people stood in awe, and so the Blood-Linde grew to a mighty height and thickness, and four men can barely embrace the Tree.
- Ludwig Bechstein - Deutsches Sagenbuch, Leipzig, Georg Wigand, 1853
(Today the age of the Lindentree is estimated by the Nature Conservation authority at 800 Years).

did you know that the Lime Tree is a Plant with play-value ?
When you're out and about with children in the great outdoors, you can engage them in simple games that we've played as children, pointing out the beauty of Nature in the most beautiful colors:
The smaller Winter Lime, one of the best bee pastures, offers good carving lumber; the Fruits of the larger
Summer Lime can be used as small 'helicopters'...
In both Lime Trees, the matt-green Leaves turn bright-yellow in Autumn.

The Germanic and Slavic peoples regarded the Linden next to the Oak as a sacred Tree whose wood was used for ritual cremation of the dead.
As said above, the Oak, however, has generally always been attributed to the authorities and was never ever the Tree that inspired Mankind.
In German-speaking countries this function was performed by the Linde.
People lived with her.

According to Sigmund Freud, in the dream interpretation (oneirocriticism), Lime stands for healing and as a place of strength to recharge one's batteries.

In Legends, Linden Trees often appear as a meeting place for the so-called 'Witches'.
In the course of Christianisation, the Freya Lime Tree became the Marian Lime Tree, to which pilgrimages also took place, where some 'Leaves possessing sacred power' were taken along.
The Lime Tree was considered in the Middle Ages as the holy Roman empire's bee pasture and stood under strict spell, because at that time honey was the only sweetener.
The wax was also used for altar candles, writing tablets or seals.
Even today, the catholic church demands beeswax for the sacrificial candles and the Lime Tree is an important beekeeping Plant for apiculturists.

My grandmother had a wall hanging in the veranda with the song 'Am Brunnen vor dem Tore' on it.
We used to sing it with her when we were kids.


The Linden Tree in the art of healing

'The Water burned from the Flower is highly praised against the falling addiction [epilepsia] of the young children: but if one wants this potion a little bit stronger one should add one third of peony Water (peony) [Paeonia officinalis]. It is also used otherwise against the stroke, dizziness and other cold behaviors of the brain. If the stroke has hit, take Lime Blossom Water and black cherry water (black wild cherry) [Prunus avium ssp. Avium], mix them together and drink one ounce each time (about 0.03 liters). This Water drunk, is good for the diseased intestines, is given by some also for the stomach. The Water of Lime Blossom exterminates the patches in the face'.

- recommended Tabernaemontanus (Jakob Dietrich) in 1625.



collecting tips
The Tree Blossoms for a few days between June and July, then everything must go quickly:
After harvesting or collecting - depending on whether it is your Tree or you are in the Wild - you dry the Flowers, until they take on a yellow-green color.
(Picking and quickly on the shade, laid out on a linen cloth, dry).
The mature, open Flowers exude an incredible fragrance and indicate that they should now be picked in just four Days.
The concentration of active ingredients is highest during this time.
Do not just collect the single Flower, but also the almost translucent Bract.
Only pick as much as you need for a Year, because the healthy ingredients volatilize on prolonged storage.
Since the Linden Flowers are very sensitive to Light and air, you should dry them quickly and keep them in dense and light-protected - or in dark glasses.
From the end of May you can pick their tender Leaves, from July their flowers and later, when the Seeds have turned brown, these too.

that's how the Linden Tree will help you
The diverse healing range of Linde is really impressive (mentioning just a few fields of operation)
rheumatism, lumbago and gout pain relieving
migraine and headache
stomach and abdominal pain
lowers blood pressure
soothing to cough
anti-inflammatory for sore throat
preventively to increase the immune defense
refreshing and against hot flashes during menopause

In Naturopathy, Lime Blossoms are used to prevent colds, are an important remedy for flu and fever; a Tea of Lime Blossom drives sweat, stimulates appetite, has a nerve-soothing, anxiolytic and -> therefore sleep-promoting effect, in rheumatism (the Lime can also help when conjuring – (invoke) the Tree in gout), lumbago, indigestion, as well as kidney and bladder stones.
Lime blossoms are also antispasmodic.

Lime Blossom Tea
A 'House Tea' from the Lime Blossom is prepared from granny's pharmacy, which can also be mixed with other Herbs.
The Lime Blossom Tea, which is popular with children and adults, tastes very mild and smells like the Flowers at the time of collection.
Add 10 g dried or fresh Lime Blossoms to boiling Water and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
Pour through a sieve in cups and sweeten with real bee-honey.
Drunk hot in Winter and cold in Summer, it is very refreshingly garnished with Peppermint Leaves [folium Mentha piperta].
If you double the amount of Flowers, it is a shvitz healing potion for colds.
The anti irritating-cough effect is due to the amount of mucilage contained in the Lime Blossoms.
It also contains high levels of essential oils, manganese, tannins, Vitamin C, Vitamin P (which is important for the energy balance in the body cells, it inhibits inflammation and detoxifies the body).

Caution: Long-term applications with Lime Blossom Tea (over 6 to 8 Weeks) should be avoided, as sensitive persons could react with nervous heart complaints.
Generally, no Tea preparation should be drunk for more than 6 to a maximum of 8 Weeks as it may lead to an accustoming effect.
It is therefore worth considering whether taking a Tea that has not achieved the desired result even after 6 Weeks is effective and whether another Tea preparation or other form of therapy would be appropriate.
However, in case of prolonged symptoms, I strongly recommend to consult an experienced physician, Homeopath or alternative practitioner in Naturopathy !

Lime Blossom Syrup
To do this, boil 840 g of brown sugar in 1.5 L of water.
Add 150 g organic honey and a handful of fresh lime blossom.
Allow the syrup to cool.
Add 2 slices of organic lemon and 30 g of citric acid (drugstore or pharmacy) and leave to soak in a cool, dark place covered for 5 days.
Then strain the syrup into dark bottles.
Closed tight, it lasts about ½ year in the fridge.
source of this recipe

Lime Tincture
To make a Lime Blossom Tincture yourself, pour a double-grain or wine spirit over Lime Blossoms in a screw cap glass until all parts of the Plant are covered and leave the mixture closed for 2 to 6 Weeks.
Strain and pour into a dark bottle.
Take 10-50 drops of this Tincture once to three times daily.
If the Tincture is too concentrated for you, you can dilute it with Water.

a Tincture is a Herbal extract with the help of alcohol.
You can either use a commercial double grain with 40% vol or, slightly more expensive, buy 70% or even 90% alcohol in the pharmacy.
For cost reasons, I usually use the common double grain myself and I am very satisfied with it.
Such a self-made Tincture lasts for one Year without any problems, with cool storage much longer.
    Collect a glass full of Lime Blossoms.
    Pour a high-proof clear liquor (e.g. double grain or vodka) over it until everything is covered.
    Close the glass.
    Put it in a sunny, warm place
    Wait 10 Days to 6 Weeks (the longer it stands, the stronger the Tincture becomes)
    Filter the Tincture (e.g. with coffee filter).
    Pour it into a dark bottle.
    Label the bottle with content and date
    (Important: it is very easy to forget what is inside when there is no label on it).
You can then take 3 x 10-50 drops of the finished Tincture.
Or use the Tincture in ointments or gels.

external applications
Linden Tea or diluted Tincture can be used externally in the form of Compresses (Envelopes), Baths or Washes.
With this kind of application one can promote the healing of wounds.
Linde is also used externally against furuncles and other abscesses - Envelopes with Lime Blossom Tea can promote ripening.

Ablutions with Lime Blossom Tea
The facial wash with unsweetened, lukewarm Lime Blossom Tea is suitable for the treatment of inflammatory skin and helps to a rosy complexion.

a Bath with Lime Blossoms has a relaxing effect (boil the Flowers, strain, add the liquid to the Bath Water).
Suitable (also) for smudging mixed with Marigold [Calendula officinalis], Raspberry [Rubus idaeus] and Coltsfoot [Tussilago farfara].

Linden as a Life-facilitator
The simplest use is the addition of Lime Blossoms -and Seeds on bread or in salad.
You can also cut young Leaves into small pieces and use them in desserts such as quark and yoghurt or add them to your smoothie.
But her Flowers, Leaves, Seeds and Bark can do much more !
Find out what !

the Lime for inhalation
Inhalation with Lime Blossoms helps with colds, catarrh or a mild bronchitis.
For an optimal effect you can use the following mixture with other medicinal Herbs:
Mix 40 g Lime Blossoms, 30 g Camomile Blossoms [Matricaria chamomilla, syn.: Matricaria recutita], 15 g Sage Leaves [Salvia officinalis] and 15 g Thyme Herb [Thymus vulgaris].
Use three tablespoons each of this mixture and pour over 500 ml of hot, non boiling Water.
Used three times a Day, inhalation quickly provides relief.

Lime Blossom Oil ...
... is a mild care product for the treatment of inflammatory skin areas, sunburn, inflammations in the genital area and haemorrhoids.
Mix 1 handful of dried Lime Blossoms (and/or Seeds) in a dark colored glass jar with 2 deciliters of organic almond or native olive oil extra and place in the heat or simply in the Sun for 10 Days.
Then filter off and fill into sterile bottles.
If necessary, the inflamed skin or mucous membrane areas can be gently rubbed with this oil in the morning and evening.

Elixir of the Lime Tree
Each Tree has an individual vibration potential, similar to the radiance of ornamental Flowers and Wild Flowers.
Similar to the production of Bach Flower Essences, these subtle energies of the Trees can be impregnated in aqueous media.
Such incorporeal vibration essences are often a valuable help in case of pathological disorders and emotional crises of Humans.
They are used in therapy according to the homeopathic principle 'similar things are cured with similar things'.
This can positively influence emotional discomfort, disharmonious internal states and mood disorders in forms of illness.

The treated person returns to his inner center, feels more balanced and harmonious.
However, the prerequisite is the choice of the correct therapeutic oscillation pattern.
For this, the symbolic Tree characters must be analogized with the individual disposition of the human being.
Related to the Lime Tree, the Tree symbolizes friendly, calm, composed, gentle, yielding (well in the sense of flexibility), warm-hearted, well-disposed, accessible, diplomatic, sociable personalities with a congenial charisma.

In their open, tolerant and casual manner, however, they can often be deeply hurt and offended by today's dominant raw, selfish lifestyle of modern society.
A Linden Tree Elixir is recommended for the elimination of emotional complaints and disturbed well-being.
It has the power to bring back and harmonize the snubbed emotional levels.
From the Linden Tree Essence (available at Fortisana, Gütschstrasse 6, 6312 Steinhausen, Switzerland, Tel. 041 740 22 86) 5 drops are taken every 2nd Evening diluted in a little Water before going to bed for 4 Weeks or longer.
More information about the effect of Tree Elixirs can be found in the peerless but written so far only in German book by Doris and Sven Richter 'Der Geist in den Bäumen spricht...'
(name of the book translated 'The Spirit in the Trees speaks...', Joy-Edition, Steinhausen ISBN: 3952128910

see also 'Tilia - die Lindenessenz in der lebenskundlichen und der energetischen Spagyrik'
('Tilia - the Lime Essence in Life and energy spagyric poetry')
(Only recently has a Google account been required to access this page - I'm very sorry !!)


300 Years she comes, 300 Years she stands, 300 Years she passes (vernacular)
A Tree veteran is the Wolframslinde in Ried, Lower Bavaria.
The poet Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170-1220) is said to have written his 'Parsifal' in her shadow.
Other today existing, listed (as a historic monument protected) Tree veterans stand as living witnesses of past times, big with fate.
Many have survived wars, forces of Nature, climatic episodes *) or Epidemics **) and are provided with appropriate wound marks and scratches.

the Linden literary
A literary and delicious recipe to 'find lost time' comes from Marcel Proust, who dipped the sound of a (petite) madeleine in Linden Flower Tea, which was key to the lost time of his childhood (-:

The Linden Tree is suitable for carving Hearts in her ... (which will surely hurt a bit) ... to let future generations know who planted the Tree (or as we manifested this wonderful Tree in our garden-paradise and that we really loved each other)

*) Climate epochs of the last 1.200 Years
a warm period from the 9th to the 11th Century, the Medieval Warm Period and the Medieval Climate Optimum (with multiple Harvests each Year)
a cool climate from the 14th to the 19th Century, the Little Ice Age, and
 again a slightly warmer phase in the 20th Century until about 1970. (watch the short video The Coming Ice Age - Climate Hysteria Circa 1978)

**) During the European plague pandemic from 1347 to 1353 following a sudden, unexpected Little Ice Age - as historians estimate, 25 million people lost their lives - a third of the population at that time - not counted Asia and Africa.

Thank you for accompanying Mrs Tilia and me in our ethnobotanical trip, she really enjoyed our journey.
It is up to you to regard Tilia as a natural wonder and turn to advantage what you may have experienced during the course of this excursion.

'Our whole world is traversed by countless natural, astral and spiritual beings.
These beings do not want to be ignored by man, but recognized and considered.
And they have a lot to tell!'

- Wolfgang Weirauch

This information is supplied without liability, limit or warranty.
Please note - this healing recipes may be subject to change and are without guarantee – always contact a Medical doctor before the application !
The information in this article has been carefully reviewed by me.
However, I decline any liability for any damage or consequences arising from the use or misuse of the information I have provided.
I do not give any medical advice.
If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.

Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the Nature conservation authorities.
Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !
Remember – you can only harvest something which belongs to you !

all images from Wikipedia, Wikimedia or self-made unless otherwise stated


Lindenblattsalat sorgt für Erstaunen
(Lime Leaf Lettuce provides astonishment)

Lied der Linde
(prophetisches Gedicht, das im Jahre 1850 im hohlen Stamm einer tausendjährigen Linde bei Staffelstein im oberen Maintal in Franken/Deutschland gefunden wurde) (Song of the Lime Tree - in German - a prophetic poem found in 1850 in the hollow Trunk of a thousand year old Lime Tree near Staffelstein in the upper Main valley in Franconia/Germany)

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - June
Summer Solstice - Litha - June 21

Reapers Festival - Lammas – Lughnasad
Plants in the Wheel of the Year - July and August

deutsche Version hier


The Linden Tree by Parain on Scribd


'I find very reasonable the Celtic belief that the souls of our dearly departed are trapped in some inferior being, in an animal, a Plant, an inanimate object, indeed lost to us until the Day, which for some never arrives, when we find that we pass near the Tree, or come to possess the object which is their prison. Then they quiver, call us, and as soon as we have recognized them, the spell is broken. Freed by us, they have vanquished death and return to live with us'.

- Marcel Proust (1871–1922)

the Linden Tree in our garden which we have manifested

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Der Sonnentanz - Sun Dance-Ritual (deutsch - englisch)
Category: Nature
Tags: Sommersonnenwende Summer Solstice Litha Sonne Sun Heilung Healing Schamane Shaman Tanz Dance Jahreskreis Wheel Ritual

Für ein Sommersonnenwende-Ritual wollen wir alle unsere Aspekte, von allen Ebenen und Schichten der Existenz, also von allem was ist, in einem Raum zusammenführen, dort mit der Sonne angleichen, ausrichten und die Seele in der Welt durch Verstand, Körper, Geist, Denken und Handeln manifestieren.

Sobald wir in der Spirale sind, tanzen wir den Tanz der Sonne, und das gibt uns die Möglichkeit, bekannt zu machen, was wir wollen, was wir ins Leben rufen, in unser Leben ziehen wollen um ein kraftvolles 'Zeichnen des Sonnenrituals' zu schaffen, das über die Ebenen und Schichten hinweg wirkt, um es praktischerweise hier in diesem Leben sichtbar werden zu lassen.

Bei allen Vorhaben, insbesondere bei der Umsetzung spiritueller Dinge ist die Absicht ent-scheidend.

~~~~~~~ parsifalrain, June 21

For a Summer Solstice Ritual, we want to bring together all our aspects, from all the levels and layers of existence into one space, to there, align with the Sun and manifest the soul in the world through mind, body, spirit, thought, and action.

Once we are there - in the center Spiral - we dance the Dance of the Sun, and this gives us a chance to make it known what we want, what we want to manifest, what we want to draw into our Lives and create a powerful 'drawing of the Sun' Ritual that works across the levels and the layers, to manifest right here in this Life, most practically so.

In all projects, especially in the implementation of spiritual things, the intention is cruical.


Der Sonnentanz - Die Sonnenspirale - Ein Sommersonnenwende-Ritual (deutsch - english)

Dieses Sommersonnenwende-Ritual kann auf drei Arten durchgeführt werden -

  • für eine Person in einem großen Raum,
  • für eine Gruppe von Personen in einem entsprechend größeren Raum und
  • für eine einzelne Person oder Gruppe von Personen, die eine Tischplatte und repräsentative Stellvertreter (Avatare) verwenden.

Es sollte also jede Menge Sommersonnenwende-Spaß für alle geben – parsifalrain, 21. Juni

Die Sonnenspirale: Der Tanz des Sonnenrituals
Energie-Magie-Ritual für die Sommersonnenwende

Zuerst grenzen wir unseren Raum ab.
Dieser gehört entsprechend der gewünschten Version proportioniert.

Genügend Platz sollte vorhanden sein, genug Raum, um auch die Außenseite des Kreises zu umrunden und in der Mitte des Kreises zu stehen/sitzen/tanzen.

Je mehr Menschen teilnehmen, desto größer muss der Kreis sein.

Ritualdiagramm der Sommersonnenwende 1 - Umriss des Sonnenpentagramms

Beginne mit der Planung eines Pentagramms mit der Spitze nach oben.

Markiere die Ecken des Pentagramms und die Mitte, zeichne dann einen Kreis über die Eckpunkte des Pentagramms und  markiere die fünf Eckpunkte (wie im Bild mit den 6 Kreuzen).

Sonnenspiralen-Diagramm - Sonnenwende-Ritual-Diagramm 2

Zeichne nun fünf Spiralen und eine größere, die mittlere Spirale.

Es ist wichtig, dass alle, die an diesem Sommersonnenwende-Ritual teilnehmen, bequem in die mittlere Spirale passen und sich in ihr bewegen können; das ist genau das Gleiche, ob Du das alleine, mit einer Gruppe oder auf einer Tischplatte mit Avataren (Verkörperungen von Personen durch z.B. Figuren) tust.

Jede der fünf äußeren Spiralen steht für eine Reflexion der Sonne, die auch eine Reflexion der Seele ist.

Für ein Sommersonnenwende-Ritual wollen wir alle unsere Aspekte, von allen Ebenen und Schichten der Existenz, also von allem was ist, in einem Raum zusammenführen, dort mit der Sonne angleichen, ausrichten und die Seele in der Welt durch Verstand, Körper, Geist, Denken und Handeln manifestieren.

Sobald wir in der Spirale sind, tanzen wir den Tanz der Sonne, und das gibt uns die Möglichkeit, bekannt zu machen, was wir wollen, was wir ins Leben rufen, in unser Leben ziehen wollen um ein kraftvolles 'Zeichnen des Sonnenrituals' zu schaffen, das über die Ebenen und Schichten hinweg wirkt, um es praktischerweise hier in diesem Leben sichtbar werden zu lassen.

Das ist also Teil 1 des Sonnen-Sommer-Sonnenwende-Rituals, das den Sonnenkreis erschafft.

2. Segne und aktiviere den Sonnenkreis.
Wenn der Kreis in seiner tatsächlichen Größe ist, gehe im Uhrzeigersinn um den Kreis herum und lade alle ein, die bei dieser Gelegenheit mithelfen wollen.
Alles, was nötig ist, um einen Kraftkreis zu aktivieren kannst Du nach Deinen eigenen Vorstellungen tun, oder Du kannst folgendes wachrufen, heraufbeschwören:

Kreis der Sonne,
Ich gehe mit dir
Kreis der Sonne,
Ich erschaffe dich,
Kreis der Sonne,
Ich wecke dich.

NB. Bei der Tischversion bewege stattdessen Deine Hände über den Kreis.

Sonnenspiralen-Ritualanleitung für das zaubrige Sommersonnenwenden - Ritual

3. Von oben beginnend, nimm Deinen Platz in der ersten Spirale ein und beschwöre (bete): 'Alles, was ich weiß'.

Nimm Dir einen Moment Zeit, um den Nachklang geschehen zu lassen, dann geh zur nächsten Spirale und rufe aus 'Alles, was ich fühle'.

Nimm Dir einen Moment Zeit, dann gehe zur nächsten Spirale und rufe 'Alles, was ich denke'.

Nimm Dir einen Moment Zeit, dann geht es weiter zur vierten Spirale, 'Alles, was ich tue'.

Nimm Dir einen Moment Zeit und gehe dann zur fünften Spirale, 'Alles, was ich liebe'..

NB - Wenn Du dieses Ritual mit vielen Menschen durchführst, lass sie alle zusammen auf der Kreislinie stehen, und sagt diese Beschwörungen (kannst auch Gebete sagen) gemeinsam, nach innen, zur Mitte der Spirale gerichtet.
NB - Sind in der Tischversion mehr als eine Person beteiligt, so lasse, während Du singst die anderen
 Personen mit ihren Figuren im Kreis Richtung Mitte bewegen.

4. Nun gehe in den Kreis und singe: 'Alles, was ich weiß, alles, was ich fühle, alles, was ich denke, alles, was ich tue, alles, was ich liebe'.
Gehe in den Kreis und singe, bis Du spüren kannst, wie sich die Kraft aufbaut und der Wunsch steigt, Dich nach innen hinein 'zu winden', in Richtung der Mitte.

NB - In der großen Gruppenversion führt eine Person den Kreis der Teilnehmer spiralförmig in Richtung der Mitte.
NB - In der Tischversion, wenn mehr als eine Person beteiligt ist, lasse alle Teilnehmer beim Bewegen ihrer Stellvertreter abwechselnd in Richtung der Mitte ziehen während Du singst.

5. Halte an wenn Du in der Mitte bist.
Erfühle im Mittelpunkt des Kreises die Energie der Spirale und wenn Du bereit bist, sage: 'Alles, was Ich Bin'.
Lasse die Resonanz verblassen und wiederhole: 'Alles, was Ich Bin'.
Und zum dritten Mal: 'Alles, was Ich Bin'.

6. Jetzt spricht eine Person die Sommersonnenwende-Sonnenspiralen Beschwörung(sformel)

Unsere Sonne, unser Stern, der so hell leuchtet.
der uns Leben gibt, der uns Licht bringt.
heute Abend feiern wir deinen Namen
um mit dir zu tanzen sind wir heute Abend gekommen.
von nah und fern, von Ost und West,
von Norden und Süden, und was ist das Beste?
(ist), dass wir uns zu dir bringen.
Geben und Nehmen in Harmonie
deine Segnungen in dieser heiligen Nacht.
in Gold, in Licht, in Wahrheit und Recht.
Du strahlst über uns, goldenes Licht.
du strahlst am Tag, du strahlst in der Nacht,
und unsere Herzen spiegeln deinen Glanz wider.
wahre goldene Herzen sind deins und meins.
Wahre goldene Herzen, wahrer goldener Geist,
wahrer goldener Körper, alles mit-einander,
jetzt bereit, Arbeit und Liebe zu machen,
ermächtigt von unserem Stern oben,
unser Zentrum, unsere unsterbliche Seele,
die uns sicher hält und uns gesund macht,
unser Zentrum, Herz und Seele aus Gold,
unser Reichtum, unsere Kräfte, unsere unbeschreibliche Liebe.
Und wenn die Sonne auf unser Land scheint.
dann verstehen wir voll und ganz
dass jeder von uns als Stern geboren wird
eine Sonne ist, was wir wirklich sind.
eine Sonne, die segnet, so klar scheint.
bringt Leben und Liebe zu nah und fern.
Also lasst uns die Sonne feiern.
also lasst uns in die Sonne treten.
so lasst uns die Kraft der Sonne schöpfen.
und jetzt hat der Sonnentanz begonnen....

7. Und jetzt tanzt.
Tanzt auf die alte Art und Weise.
Nutzt diese Gelegenheit, damit jeder - Gott, Engel, die Kräfte, die da sind, alle hilfreichen Geister, die Meister des Ortes, Natur- und Elementarwesen, alle Aspekte, Ebenen und Schichten von Euch selbst, Eure Vorfahren, deren Vorfahren und wer auch immer - weiß, wer Ihr seid und was Ihr von diesem Leben wollt.

Erlaubt es Euch, ausgelassen, ausdrucksstark und emotional zu sein.

Das Sonnentanz- Ritual.mp3 (zu Beginn obiges Gebet in englisch, danach schamanisches Trommeln)

Auch in der Tischversion ist es eine gute Idee, jetzt aufzustehen und zu tanzen.

Wenn dies nicht möglich ist, sollte jemand eine Tanzmeditation leiten, um sicherzustellen, dass der Tanz stattfindet, denn das ist es, was das Ritual anregt, katalysiert und 'versiegelt'.

Beginne im Zentrum zu tanzen, dann lasse Dich den ganzen Kreis tanzen, und dann aus dem Kreis heraus; der Kreis und die Außenwelt sind durch den Tanz verbunden und werden ein und dasselbe wie ... höchste Harmonisierung all der Ebenen.

Ein paar andere Tipps: Orangensaft ist ein gutes Getränk, oder etwas mit Orangensaft, wie Bucks Fizz, oder Sangria, oder eine magische Zubereitung die Du oder ein Gast selbst gemacht hat.

Alle goldenen Dinge, auch gelb und orange sind großartig, ebenso Nahrung und Getränke in diesen Farben, die vor, während und nach den Sonne-Sommer-Sonnenwende-Feiern aufgetischt werden, genauso Honig, Sonnenblumen, Apfelwein, Brandy, Whiskey, Bier, goldener Weizenkuchen, Kuchen mit Zitronen- oder Orangenglasur, eben diese Art von Dingen.

Die Sonne, das Gold, die Manifestation, unsere Seele, unsere Körper und unsere Hände; die Länder, in denen wir leben, unsere Liebe, Familie, Beziehungen, unsere Fülle und Fähigkeit, Realität zu schaffen - das ist es, worum es bei der Sommersonnenwende geht, und dieses Ritual wird eine wunderbare Gelegenheit bieten, Eure persönlichen Wünsche und das was Ihr von Euren Leben erwartet auszudrücken: in dieser heiligen Nacht der Sommersonnenwende.

alternativ: Heilende Sonne

Heilende Sonne ist ein sehr einfaches aber sehr schönes Gebet, Zauberspruch, und auch ein Lied.

Mach Deine eigene kleine Melodie dazu und singe es, um selbst das kleinste bisschen Sonnenschein in eine mächtige Heilungskraft zu 'verzaubern'

Heilende Sonne,
mit deinem Licht
erweckst du mich.
Heilende Sonne
mit deinem Licht
erreichst du mich.
Heilende Sonne,
mit deinem Licht
erwärmst du mich.
Heilende Sonne
mit deinem Licht
empfängst du mich.
Heilende Sonne
mit deinem Licht
umarmst du mich.
Heilende Sonne
mit deinem Licht
erlöst du mich.


Nun noch einmal die erste Strofe wiederholen, oder einfach das ganze so lange singen oder beten, bis es von selbst aufhört und du dich viel besser fühlst als zuvor - schöne Sonnenwende (das Gebet gilt praktisch jeden Tag des Jahreskreises, vor allem ist es besonders wirkungsvoll etwa in der Zeit ab der Frühlingstagundnachtgleiche bis zur Herbsttagundnachtgleiche)


Der passende Tanz zur Sommersonnenwende ist der Spiraltanz.

Überall entstehen Spiralen, die mit der Schöpfung und Bildung der Welt in Verbindung gebracht werden.

Die Spirale zählt als das Labyrinth zu den ältesten Symbolen der Menschheit.
Die Spirale ist immer in Bewegung.
Darin gibt es keinen Stillstand.
Sie dreht sich, sie wirbelt, sie tanzt, sie nähert sich und bewegt sich wieder weg.
Bewegungslosigkeit ist ihr fremd.
Sie bringt versteinerte Beziehungen in Bewegung.
Es ist ein Symbol der Veränderung.
Vieles in der Natur ist strukturierte Spirale.

In diesen Tänzen bewegen wir uns spiralig in die Mitte und zurück.
Die Spirale kann aus Steinen gelegt oder mit Mehl markiert werden oder der Tanzleiter nimmt seine Mittänzer in die Hand und führt sie im Tanz zur Mitte.
In der Mitte wird für jeden Tänzer eine kurze Pause gemacht, dann ein bewusster Wechsel (Umkehrung) vollzogen und auch wieder aus der Spirale herausgetanzt.

Der Weg der Spirale ist hinein und wieder der Weg hinaus.
In der Mitte ist der Wendepunkt, Umkehr, Orientierung zum Neuen.
Altes kann zurückgelassen werden, wir kehren zurück (drehen uns um) und bewegen uns vorwärts ins Neue.
(Im Uhrzeigersinn Getanztes vermehrt, in der entgegengesetzten Richtung wird es angewendet, um etwas [Unerwünschtes] zu brechen, abzubauen).

Die rechtsdrehende Spirale ist also das Zeichen der Schöpfung, denn von einem Punkt an ist alles nach außen gerichtet.
Die linksdrehende Spirale ist das Zeichen der Rückkehr zur Einheit, denn von außen führt der Weg zurück zum Zentrum, (ins) Innere, also zu unserem Selbst.
Die Spirale ist daher ein Zeichen der inneren Umkehr der Menschen, seiner geistigen und körperlichen Erneuerung.
Außerdem symbolisieren Spiralen die Unendlichkeit.

Litha (die Sommersonnenwende) ist eine wunderbare Zeit um früh aufzustehen und den Blick auf die frühen Morgensonnenstrahlen zu richten.
Was für eine großartige Möglichkeit, den Sonnenauf- und den Sonnenuntergang zu beobachten und diesen längsten Tag des Jahres zu feiern.
Feiere  die Sonnenenergie in den Farben Gelb, Gold, Orange und Rot.
Das Wichtigste bei der Mittsommerfeier ist es, nach draußen zu gehen und die herrliche Sonne in der Natur zu genießen.



 Sun-Dance – a Sun Spiral Summer Solstice Ritual

This Summer Solstice 'Dance of the Sun' Ritual can be done in three ways -

  • for one person in a full size space;

  • for a group of people in a correspondingly larger space; and

  • for a single person or group of people using a table top and representative avatar/s.


So there should be lots of Summer Solstice fun for everyone


Summer Solstice Ritual

The Sun Spiral: The Dance of The Sun Ritual

Energy Magic Ritual For Summer Solstice


First, we need to mark out our space.

You need to scale this according to which version you want to do.


There must be plenty of room to walk around the outside of the Circle, and to stand/sit/dance in the Center of the circle.


The more people take part, the larger a circle must be made.


Summer Solstice ritual diagram 1 - Sun Pentagram outline

Start with planning out a pentagram with the point facing up.


Mark the corners of the pentagram and the center, then develop a circle from the pentagram, keeping the five corner markers in place.

Sun Spiral Diagram - Solstice Ritual Diagram 2


Now mark out five Spirals, and a larger Center Spiral.

It is important that all who take part in this Summer Solstice Ritual fit into the middle Spiral comfortably and can move about inside of it; that is exactly the same whether you are doing this by yourself, with a group, or on a table top with avatars.

Each one of the five outer Spirals stands for a reflection of the Sun, which is also a reflection of the Soul.

For a Summer Solstice Ritual, we want to bring together all our aspects, from all the levels and layers of existence into one space, to there, align with the Sun and manifest the soul in the world through mind, body, spirit, thought, and action.

Once we are there - in the center Spiral - we dance the Dance of the Sun, and this gives us a chance to make it known what we want, what we want to manifest, what we want to draw into our Lives and create a powerful 'drawing of the Sun' Ritual that works across the levels and the layers, to manifest right here in this Life, most practically so.

So this is Part 1 of the Sun Summer Solstice Ritual, creating the Sun Circle.


2. Bless and activate the Sun Circle.

If the Circle is full size, walk around the outside of the Circle in a clockwise direction and invite all who want to come and help on this occasion to take part.

You can do this according to your own ideas of what is needed to activate a power Circle, or you can evoke the following:


Circle of the Sun,

I walk thee

Circle of the Sun,

I create thee,

Circle of the Sun,

I awaken thee.


NB. On the table top version, move your hands over the Circle instead.


Sun Spiral Ritual instructions for the Summer Solstice Ritual


3. Starting at the top, take your place in the first Spiral and evoke: 'All that I know'.

Take a moment to let the resonance happen, then move on to the next Spiral and evoke, 'All that I feel'.

Take a moment, then move on to the next Spiral and evoke, 'All that I think'.

Take a moment, then move on to the fourth Spiral, 'All that I do'.

Take a moment, then move on to the fifth Spiral, 'All that I love'.


NB - If you are doing this ritual with lots of people, have them all standing on the Circle outline together, and say those things together, facing inwards.

NB - In the table top version, use your avatar if you are on your own as for the single person, if there are more than just you, say it together without moving the avatars around the Circle yet.


4. Now walk the Circle and chant, 'All that I know, All that I feel, All that I think, All that I do, All that I love'.

Walk the Circle and chant until you can feel power building and a desire rising to start spiralling inward, towards the center.

NB - In the big group version, one person leads the Circle and they lead the Circle spiralling towards the center.

NB - In the table top version, if there is more than one person involved, make people all take turns at

moving the avatars around and towards the center as you chant.


5. When you are in the center, stop.

Really feel the focus of the energy in the center of the Spiral and when you are ready, say, 'All that I am'.

Let the resonance fade and repeat, 'All that I am'.

And for the third time, 'All that I am'.


6. Now one person speaks the Summer Solstice Sun Spiral evocation:


Our Sun our star that shines so bright

that gives us Life, that brings us Light

tonight we celebrate your name

tonight to dance with you we came

from near and far, from east and west,

from north and south, and what is best

is that we bring ourselves to thee

to give and take in harmony

your blessings on this holy night

in gold, in light, in truth, and right.


You shine upon us, golden bright

you shine in day, you shine in night,

and our hearts reflect your shine

true golden hearts be yours, and mine.


True golden hearts, true golden mind,

true golden body all combined,

now ready to make work and Love,

empowered by our star above,

our center, our immortal soul,

that holds us safe and makes us whole,

our center, heart and soul of gold,

our riches, powers, love untold


And as the Sun shines on our land

so do we fully understand

that each of us is born a star

a Sun is who we really are

a Sun that blesses, shines so clear

brings Life and Love to far and near


So let us celebrate the Sun

so let us step into the Sun

so let us draw the power of the Sun


and now the Sun Dance has begun ...


7. Now, you dance.

Dance in the old way.

Take this opportunity to let everyone - God, angels, the forces that are there, all helpful spirits, the masters of the place, Nature- and elemental beings, all aspects, levels and layers of yourself, your Ancestors, their Ancestors, your progenitors and whosoever might be involved - know who you are, and what you want from this Life.


Allow yourself to be expressive and emotional.

Even in the table top version, it is a good idea to now get up and dance.

If this is not possible, someone should lead a dance meditation to make sure that dancing is taking place, because this is what energizes, catalyses and seals the Ritual.

Start dancing in the Center, then let yourself dance the whole Circle, and then out of the Circle, the Circle and outside being connected by the dance and becoming one and the same as the final aligment of the levels.


The Sun Dance - Sun Spiral Summer Solstice Ritual.mp3



Some other tips: Orange juice is a good drink, or something with orange juice, such as Bucks Fizz, or sangria, or a magic concoction of your own making.


All things golden, yellow and orange are great to include in food and drink served before, during and after the Sun Summer Solstice Celebrations, so think honey, sunflowers, cider, brandywine, whiskey, beer, golden wheat cake, cakes with lemon icing or orange icing, that kind of things.

The Sun, gold, manifestation, our soul, our bodies and our hands; the lands in which we live, our loves, family, relationships, our abundance and ability to create reality - that's what Summer Solstice is all about, and this Ritual will give a wonderful opportunity to express your personal desires and what you want in your Life on this Holy Night of the Summer Solstice.




a light version of the above - 'Healing Sun'

'Healing Sun' is a very simple but very beautiful prayer, spell, and a song.

Add your own little melody and sing it to 'enchant' even the smallest bit of Sunshine into a forceful Healing power


Healing Sun,

with your Light

you wake me.


Healing Sun

with your Llight

you reach me.


Healing Sun,

with your Light

you're warming me up.


Healing Sun

with your Light

you receive me.


Healing Sun

with your Light

you embrace me.


Healing Sun

with your light

you redeem me.


Now repeat the first stanza again, or simply sing or pray until it stops by itself and you feel much better than before - enjoy a beautiful Solstice.


(NB. 'Healing Sun' is valid practically every Day in the Wheel's Year, especially strong, particularly

effective in the Time from Ostara, the Spring Equinox to Mabon, Autumn Equinox).


read on below

Der Sonnentanz - Sun Dance-Ritual (Deutsch - Englisch) by Parain on Scribd



the following is taken from Summer Solstice - Litha - June 21 in BOLE:

The matching Dance at the Summer Solstice is the Spiral Dance.
Everywhere Spirals emerge are brought in connection with Creation and Formation of the World.

Woman Of The Earth (Spiral Dance -From the Mist: A Retrospective)


The Spiral counts as the Labyrinth of the oldest symbols of Humanity.
The Spiral is always in motion.
In it there is no standing still.
She turns, she twirls, she dances, it approaches and again moves away.
All static is a stranger to her.
Brings petrified relations in motion.
It is a symbol of change.
Much in Nature is structured Spiral.

In these dances we move Spiral-out to the center and-back.
The Spiral can be placed of stones or marked with flour or the dance leader takes his fellow dancers in the hand and leads them in the dance to the center.
In the center is carried out for each dancer a short pause, then made a conscious inversion and also danced out again of the Spiral.

The path of the Spiral is in, and again, the way out.
In the middle is the Turning Point, repentance, orientation to the New.
Old can be left behind, we return to (turn around) and move forward into the New.
(Clockwise danced multiplying, in the opposite direction it is applied to break something [unwelcome] down)

So, the right-handed Spiral is the sign of Creation, because from one point is all spread outwardly.
The left-handed Spiral is the sign of return to Unity, because from the outside, the path leads back to the center, (into) inside, so to our Self.
The Spiral is therefore a sign of inner repentance of men, his mental and physical renewal.
Moreover, Spirals symbolize infinity.

Litha is a superb Time for early rising and gazing at the early morning rays.
What a grand way watching the Sun rise and the Sun set and to celebrate this longest Day of the Year.
Celebrate solar-energy by decorating with yellow, gold, orange, and red.
The most important thing to do when celebrating Midsummer but is to get outside and enjoy the wonderful Sun.



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Is the Power to Heal Ourselves Increasing? Tags: healing Self healing Natural health

Is the Power to Heal Ourselves Increasing?

Jacob Devany, Guest
Waking Times

Researchers are perplexed by recent studies that have placebos performing very well compared to new and experimental pharmaceuticals. Meanwhile the science of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is echoing what mystics and shaman have been saying forever which is that we have untold powers to heal ourselves!


Spirit and science converging

This coming together between the spiritual and scientific communities shows an unprecedented opportunity for humans to embrace vibrant, healthy, thriving lives. Recent research on placebos comes from a McGill University and is published in Pain, the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain. I first learned about this in a wonderful article by Carolyn Gregoire in Huffington Post titled, Placebo Effect Puzzle Has Scientists Scratching Their Heads.




I highly recommend reading the entire article which shows how the placebo effect is exploding in the United States, but nowhere else. This may have something to do with the fact that the United States has 5% of the worlds population yet consumes 75% of the worlds prescription drugs ().

The ‘sugar pill’ is working

The analysis revealed that in U.S. trials conducted in 1993, pain medications were rated to be an average of 27 percent more effective than placebo pills. In the 2013 trials, however, the pain medication was only 9 percent more effective than the placebo. The difference wasn’t attributed to decreased effectiveness of the medication, but instead to a greater response to the placebo. In other words, the sugar pill has become nearly as effective as medication in alleviating pain. – Carolyn Gregoire in Placebo Effect Puzzle Has Scientists Scratching Their Heads.

The above study focused on pain-killers, but similar results have been observed for anti-depressants. With more than 1 in 5 Americans taking mental health drugs the number of people seeking alternatives and preventative measures continues to grow. Yoga, meditation, healthy diet, and exercise do not come in the form of a pill but tend to address the larger picture of wellbeing that is too often overlooked by the medical establishment.

Although placebo may not be a viable treatment option, there are other treatments that on average work as well as antidepressants, [such as] physical exercise and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. As far as we know, these alternatives don’t make people worse. – Irving Kirsch, Time Magazine

Tuning into our trauma

All of this points to the innate ability our bodies have to self-regulate, seek balance (homeostasis), and heal. You would think that we would be eager to listen to our own bodies when they speak to us through symptoms, yet we usually do the exact opposite by numbing the pain or ignoring what we feel. Peter Levine, author of Waking the Tiger, is an expert in trauma resolution and a lead voice in field of Somatic Experiencing, which invites us to tune in to our bodies as well as our emotions in order to reclaim our health.

Through hundreds of hours of client sessions, Levine began to witness how clients’ bodies told their stories of trauma, even if the clients had no specific memories. Once Levine guided them into the sensate experience of trauma, the body then took over and finished what was unprocessed, or incomplete. Clients receive the added gifts of increased body awareness, a stronger connection to self, a shift in deep-seated patterns, a more regulated nervous system, and a sense of mastery.


Why do humans need to be guided at all? The biggest obstacle is how inattentive and unfamiliar we are with our physical sensations. Our big, sophisticated brains constantly out-think and override our bodily needs. We are trained to ignore signs of hunger, pain, discomfort, injury, danger, as well as pleasure, saturation, and fulfillment. What’s astonishing is how forgiving and responsive the body is. As soon as we tune into it, shifts begin to happen. – Peter Levine


Peter Levine Speaks about Somatic Experiencing

Prescription of the future

The mind, our beliefs, emotions, and lifestyle play a much larger role in our wellbeing than we tend to recognize. While researchers are wondering how to avoid the dreaded monkey-wrench of the placebo effect in testing new drugs, the general public is recognizing that taking charge of ones health doesn’t need to always start with a call to the doctor or a new prescription.

As Carolyn Gregoire underscores in her Huffington Post article, “If the placebo effect continues on its current trajectory, American pharmaceutical companies may find it increasingly difficult to get consumers to buy new drugs.”

By learning the bodymind language of symptoms and illness you can learn what is being repressed or ignored in your psyche and emotions and the affect this is having on your physical body. – Deb Shapiro, author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind

Popular books like Your Body Speaks Your Mind are a significant indicator that a new paradigm in health is upon us. Science and spirituality, like the brain and body have lots to gain by embracing the wisdom that the other has to share. We are evolved enough to know that the answers we seek aren’t always either/or.

A balanced and holistic approach is a prescription for wellbeing. So keep your doctors number close by but also take the power of your health into your own hands. Your body will thank you for listening to it, your emotions will release freely when they feel welcome and your quality of life will increase. Placebos may not be the miracle cure after all, but what they might be showing us is that we already possess an untold capacity for self-healing.

About the Author

Jacob Devany is founder and director of Culture Collective, creative activist, musician, and producer.

This article (Is the Power to Heal ourselves increasing?) was originally posted at Uplift Connect, and is reposted here with permission.

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