Ancient White Cedar
(Verterum Thuja occidentalis)
Common names: Northern White Cedar, Eastern White-cedar American Arborvitae, Eastern Arborvitae, False Cyprus
Indications: Helpful when your world is becoming smaller and smaller because you are afraid to risk trying something unfamiliar or uncomfortable. Encourages tolerance and growth.
Change freaks us out. It's a fact that for most it is scary to move into the great unknown even when Mother Nature is literally kicking at your little rump to get out of the nest and learn to fly already! “But mom, I just got my room set up the way I like it!” You whine!
More than likely you never intended to limit your life and experience, you just stopped challenging yourself at some point and become complacent with the way things were. So you may feel comfortable but the question is: is that enough?
Life as it turns out….happens. Everyday is a new day and everyday you will be met with a new opportunity if you just choose to step up to meet it.
These Ancient White Pines are no newcomers to living in a challenging world. Facing high winds and long bitter winters some choose to grow on the edge or even off the side of sheer vertical cliffs here in Lake Huron's Georgian Bay. Hundreds of years old they have grown strong by adapting to the elements. There are trees here just six inches tall and no bigger round than your index finger that have been found to be over three hundred years old.
The Ancient White Cedar teaches that time moves on and we must learn to adapt and embrace our changing culture and the evolving dynamics of our environment in order to create a valuable life experience and learn to not only survive but also to thrive.
Common throughout Northwestern Ontario, the eastern white cedar is most often associated with cool, moist, nutrient-rich sites, particularly on organic soils near streams or other drainage-ways, or on calcareous mineral soils. She commonly grows in association with balsam fir and tamarack in the boreal region.
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