Tu B’shvat is also called Rosh HaShanah La'Ilanot (Hebrew: ראש השנה לאילנות), literally New Year of the Trees. Ecological awareness is highlighted this month and traditionally, trees are planted to celebrate.
Trees have so much to teach us. Just as we experience many cycles through life, a tree cycles annually through the different seasons. As we start to move from winter and into springtime, imagine the preparation trees will go through.
With your Well Circle, or in your journal, consider some or all of these questions:
Over the next month, take a walk around your neighborhood or a place nearby that has trees. It could be the lawn at the museum, a park, or even your front yard. Try to visit a place that you will see at least a few times a week. Find a tree there and follow the tree over the next month.
Walk by the tree, have a cup of tea with the tree, read the tree a poem, and begin to notice how it changes over time. Be in relationship with this tree and also bring this tree inside as a reminder of the preparation we embark upon as we awake from hibernation.
Some ideas on how to do this:
If you have an altar, put this creation on it as your daily reminder of the blossoming taking fold. Let the tree’s essence live inside you and your physical space this month as we plant seeds for our future.