Shamanic/Spirit Desert Plants

Since the dawn of human society, trees have been viewed as having souls or spirits, the soul being the ''vital principal'' or the ''breath of life'' that is found in every living being. 

Among the ancient tribes, deities were associated with a variety of trees, including the pines and cedar, Butum, the tamarisks, and the Acacia. The tribes worshiped these sacred trees, which were often planted or naturally growing near sacred wells, gorges, and other holy sites or tribes crossings.

(Right) Among todays bedouins, sacred trees are still considered as places where spirits reside. Not only these trees protected from cutting, but they are honored with green cloths, hairs, Henna and even stones. 

Among some gulf state tribes the Ausaj Bush is considered to be under the special protection of Spirits. 

(Left) For the Karak tribes of Jordan the Dome is considered to be protected by holy spirits at the Village of Bethan (Left Photo). It is never cut nor are branches even broken from it. It is believed that anyone injuring it will be followed and tormented.

''The Biblical Inhabited Tree''

(Right) Dom Acacia tree or Sidr tree ““Ziziphus spina-christi” with its fruits "dome". The Sidr tree is also called Christ Thorn.

The Bani Hameda tribe is said to be seen under a Dom Acacia tree in Wadi Al Mougeb while the elder was putting on its trunk oil and geeh. (According to A. Boulois Nouman, in his book KamSat Awam Fe Shark Al Urdon,  written in the early 1920’s)

(Left) The Tourfa tree “Tamarisk” which grows in wet and saline habitats in the desert.  This tree was mentioned repeatedly in the Bible. Abraham has been recorded to have planted Tamarisk tree (Genesis 21:33). In Samuel 31:13 it is mentioned that bones were buried under the Tamarisk tree. Osiris the Egyptian God was involved with the sacred Tamarisk tree. The myth speak of Osiris’s coffin after being killed rested at the base of a tamarisk tree. then the tree encircled the coffin by its trunk after growing. Among some bedouins, the Turfa “tamarisk”, is a holy tree. Some Bedouins believe that as you pass a Turfa tree at night when the wind is blowing, you can hear the branches whispering, “Allah, Allah.”

(Right) Ratam, (Retama Raetam) , a white Broom shrub,  it has white fragrant flowers bloom during early spring. In the old testament this is the shrub in which Hagar hid her son Ishmael, after her rejection by Abraham. The bedouins tie the tip of the branches for protection during their journey down to Wadi Araba.

The Balsam Plant - Myrrh Plant
So what is special about these sacred trees? What is it that makes a tree sacred? It is possible, these trees contain bio-chemically active substances that, if ingested, are able to induce heightened levels of awareness and altered states of consciousness. These effects are similar to the effects of the Soma tree, growing in the Amazon forest - the “Ayahuasca”.  It is believed that when taken in a sacred manner it becomes a medium through which a Divine Being can act upon those, participating in the ritual. This opens the doors of communication between the mind and the subtle realms of existence, and allows the participants to become consciously aware of planes of existence beyond the material, three-dimensional reality.

Since ancient times many sacred trees were used as a source of psychotropic drinks. When consumed, these drinks helped to achieve various states of transformed consciousness, helping to facilitate spiritual insight.

Each tree can also become sacred through the recognition of power that it expresses. This power may be manifested in the form of altered states of consciousness, food, shelter, and medicine that the tree provides. The trees become symbols of life, abundance, creativity, generosity, energy and strength.

 (Right) The right photo for a Syrian Rue bush, a small desert shrub plant known by the bedouins as Harmal and also Harjal.   Before Islam, the Harmla plant was worshipped by communities that lived along the caravan routes, who associated it with the moon deity ''Asfand''. This plant was known from Asia Minor, across to India and Northeast Tibet, as a medication and a love potion. According to one theory, harmala was the base of the ''Drink of the Immortals/Soma'' in ancient times.

(Left) Nabatean Harmala plant depiction in Seq Al Bared near Petra. 

(Right) Nabatean Morning Glory plant depiction. It seems like the ancient nomadic desert tribes in Arabia used The Syrian Rue ''Harmala'' and other trees or plants to make some kind of a brew drink. This kind of brews has been used in by ancients for millennia in order to heal, divine, and to worship. The Harmala Plant and The Acacia Tree combination can be similar to the well-known active ingredient of the Ayahuasca brews of the Amazon in South America. 

The Acacia Tree and the Midianites

(Right) Harmla seed amulet for the protection of the evil spirits made by Bedouin women - to be hung by the tent.  The Bedouin Story of the Harmala Plant

The Relationship of Spirits to the Crystalline Mineral Structure
 and Plant kingdom, A channeled Information. 

The principles of Channelling


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