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Palm leaves are synonym with the Beach and rainforests, in which for me at least represent the summer from Bealtuinn to Litha along coastal waters and on the islands. Not neglecting the beauty of Queensland rainforests here in Australia. Magickly, palms...
... are more symbolic to me more than anything else but Im sure there is native pacific tribes who are more on it regarding its magickal use. In my searchings (just as everything else of pagan or nature magick arena) Semites which include the nons indoctrinated through christ insanity as well as their branch of its Catholicism has also made latter claims just as it does tiringly of all the other pagan or native nature and symbols.
In magick work and symbolism the tree is one of strength, even making an appearance in one of the later coats of arms on my maternal family tree 'Castillo' which was the later translation of the earlier 'Castle' being of old druid lineage that settled and established the Castilian southern part of Spain.
Symbolically, I lean to the Egyptian ancient understanding of the palm tree in which was part of Europe and which was were my mother's ancestors adding to the mystery schools before settling in Spain (before it was called Spain) In Egypt then, the palm represented immortality. The palm branch is a symbol of victory, triumph, peace, and eternal life. The tree originated from what I have read ancient Near East and the Mediterranean world. But do question this statement, due to this trees presence here in the southern hemisphere and with the islander parts. The palm (Phoenix) was also sacred in Mesopotamian religions.
Characteristically unlike many other trees, the roots can fare well in both very wet as very dry soils. Generally, preceding the heavier storms, the soil gets very wet. Some palm trees shed their leaves on purpose if there is a storm, this means it gets less top-heavy and the wind can exert significantly less force on the top.
When it comes to the farming of oil palm trees I agree with scientists that it is extremely bad for the ecosystem. Due to the fact that palm oil production is said to have been responsible for about 8% of the world's deforestation between 1990 and 2008. It is in this light that I try my best to avoid anything made with palm oil as a consumer.
With that little background, one can now see and feel how they can use the palm leaves as deco in the home and if non fresh leaves are available there is always the faux version like these babies I picked up from Spotlight for 60c and that are actually foam placemats. The Palm leaves are something I love to use when the weather turns in the summer seasons personally hence Bealtainne and Litha additions to my modern craft additions.
As part of my first box haul for Samhuinn season gone in 2018, I scored these placemats for summer themed table settings for the later coming summer tides. From the chapter 'kitchen dine linens'
By Druid & Witch of the old ways,
And Priestess of the Morrigan, Ravenmor Fox
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