THEME 14. Lights in the foliage

I am me no-one else to be
and I exist even when my eyes are closed,
and youre still a dream you can say what you will,
cause Ill be a tree and just listen to the wind,
and no-one else will know
my love is really there.
- tree spirit

Tree spirits vary in size and intellect. We now regard some tree spirits and sorts of elementals found in the gardens.

New Norfolk Island Pine

Deva of the New Norfolk pine tree

This tree is near the Kiosk and not far from Tennyson Lawn. It has an aura typical of other pine trees but more advanced in many ways. The physical etheric body reveals a lithe looking spirit with body inside the 25 metre tall tree. It has orange white with silver needle-like energy lines to the outer bark of the tree. This forms an auric nimbus of lustrous radial lines out from the trunk. A closer look shows the spirit has arms of about 4 metres each that it moves as would a human.

On days low on sunlight the tree spirit is quite still, introvert and reflective. When I attune to the deva I sense its concern for the birds and their nests, and of keeping peace within the tree generally. The chakras of the spirit, clearly seen, coincide with the longer branches of the tree.

There are three main chakras in tree devas, just as there are seven in humans, and five in animals. There are of course many smaller chakras too. In tree devas these chakras often take on a symbol shape, say as a cross or a triangle. The level of progress of the deva shows as an occult fact sustaining the symbol.

The astral colours are very pink and lime green with electric flashes of yellow-white, and the aura exhibits a diagonally upward reaching radiance. The mental plane aura is a sharp arrowhead in most cases, reaching from a point above the tree, raying into the earth at its base. The mental aura houses always a symbol, an archetype that the tree represents. The aura is very compact and intensely charged with outflow of force-lines extending from the chakras within the tree spirit. An archetype symbol exists in trees at the base of the trunk. (see Heline [3, 4]) In a pine tree the symbol has a part at the top and one at its base. The light in the top symbol shows the spiritual progress of the tree. The Norfolk Island Pine here has a glowing nimbus round a fiery vee-shaped crown, angled up from the eyes. In a very advanced pine tree, most of the light has shifted from lower to the upper symbol.

I quote now from my direct observation on 28 April 1986:-

Sunlit, today the Norfolk Island Pine Deva briskly guides life in its lawn. It stretches out in blessing its two arms each 4 metres in length, sprinkling light onto a group of rowdy school-children. Its face is joyous rapture that these mischievous kids are in its presence. It expresses in its aura a zestful benevolence in brilliant sun-gold with slightly green striations thrilling through the lens of its aura onto the children. The Deva is acutely aware of all life on Tennyson Lawn and the small circular gardens thereon. It sends a conscious blessing to each creature large or small in the nature spirit realms, as if it has singled out each grass-blade. The effect is a steady blaze fanned across all lawns into the trees and touching each shrub. On closer view I see it sent carefully to specific places.

After this amazing sight I stood with left hand on my heart, and sent blessing with my right hand to the Deva. Then the Pine Angel sent from its arm a ray of light several hundred metres, touched a passing Sylph that instantly flew to appear in front of me. As it hovered there, its aura grew inflating from the energy of my blessing. After this, the Sylph flew gently from tree to tree, shrub to flower, under guidance of the Pine Tree Deva, to spread energy and not waste a drop. In turn each nature spirit nourishes the lesser ones in its charge, and so on down the ranks.

This shows some of the typical work of the New Norfolk Island Pine spirit. On Tennyson Lawn near B Gate are three pines that do similar work in league. Not so regal as the Norfolk Pine deva, they still work ably with passing sylphs and have a strong tie to the columns of fairies going skyward from the Rockery. Tennyson Lawn has many fine eucalypts whose tree spirits radiate light into the ethers in an important way. Of note are the Separation Tree and its comrade red gum by the waters edge of the lawn. The Norfolk Pine deva works also with the Kiosk Angel to burn up toxic thought-forms from human emotions. These are part of just being human, and stick as astral litter in the shrubs.

Moreton Bay Fig Tree Spirits

These are huge trees found at a few places in the gardens, notably at the low end of the Fern Gully and by the south-west arm of the Ornamental Lake. A few years back just in summer, but now all year round, they house fruit bats. They feed from the ample fruit these trees hold, and by day hang inverted in the top branches.

The tree spirits are khaki and orange and are huge beings who hold communes of thousands of small nature spirits in their confines. Some of these are directly a product of the energy of the tree. Others seem distinct but use the shelter and protective energy embrace of the tree spirit. The fig tree spirits talk often with each other using thought language. They show much self-interest, so if a passer by seems hostile to the trees they are not welcome. The spirits try to drain their energy or to make them feel uneasy and leave. However, if a visitor seems to them friendly the tree spirit greets them with an open heart. When this happens the colonies of the little elfin creatures will creep nearer, cautiously at first, then openly they bask or play with or near the person. These trees seem to enjoy the presence of small children who play, or lovers who stroll through the paths under the tree canopies.

The actual fig tree spirit is like a living house inside the tree. It has complex and gnarled body shape but fits like a glove inside the complex form of trunk and thick branches. It has a type of yellow, green and orange hair with splashes of red throughout, and a large head in the middle to lower part of the tree where the main branches start from the usually short, broad trunk. Its closeness to the ground enables it to focus mainly on the earthy spirits in its roots and the local smaller trees and bush spirits. It has wide eyes and is able to turn about from inside the trunk. If passers by think they are being watched by the tree, they certainly are!

Oak Tree Spirits

Tree spirits are an enchanting study for the clairvoyant. Oak Lawn provides an ideal setting to learn about the auras, minds and ways of these wondrous beings. Oak trees may age to close on a thousand years so in the case of these gardens the tree spirits are relatively young. (100 years at most.) They yet have a maturity and poise that sets them apart from other trees.

The main deva of the Lawn is an Oak Tree spirit, but it does not inhabit a tree. It hovers amid a few trees near the Nursery and Workshop end of the Lawn. It is mainly orange in the etheric body and is taller than the nearby oaks. It sends a showery effect of light rays in all directions including under the ground, touching all the oaks branches, roots, etc. The effect is startling, for the breadth of intense light exactly matches Oak Lawn, which it colours astrally with its varied hues of rose-red, orange, yellow, and greens, with a gold bordering brown. The angels head is broad with eyes slanted oriental, as devic hair parts at the middle and streams with orange light from the forehead. The head is 5 metres wide but not well defined at the sides where the hair merges with the surrounds. Its body looks like a tree-trunk, and is a twisted mass of arm-like growths. Such arms also extend out the top of the trunk-body giving the deva its oak tree look-alike appearance.

Oak Tree Gnomes

On the astral plane, the tree spirit links closely to the emotional states of each plant, whether tree, grass or daffodil on the Oak Lawn. The astral picture is one of devic hues of rose-orange light for which the humans have added their colour to the plants. The astral aura of the Oak deva also has triangular leaf shapes of a glass-like texture that shimmer in the outer region of its aura. Also, it has spheres of pure white light visible in sizes ranged from 10 cm to about 2 metres. At a closer look, these are devas; some the higher selves of hundreds or thousands of tiny lives who dwell in the flowers and shrubs.

The main Oak Tree spirit is itself a type of higher self for millions of lesser lives. Some are the species of brownies that play at the base of the trees and circulate the vital energies through the trunks and branches.

The Separation Tree

This tree is where Melbournes first settlers gathered to celebrate the separation of the state of Victoria from New South Wales in 1851. As such it is an icon, although an aging one, for the state as a whole. At the time of the gathering the tree was already old; maybe 350 years. The tree spirit is itself now quite decrepit and old, but one can sense the overshadowing presence of the Deva of Melbourne. It still links to the tree in a minor way, having since 1851 had other more pressing work in the growth of the state.

A neat exercise in attunement is to sit near and travel into its aura. The deeper you fly the more insight into the surrounds and into the colony of Victoria. To know the spirit of this tree is to revisit the history of the city, and to step back in time to the stark vistas of marshes and floods from the Yarra. It is to know the plight of the brown eels, then a source of tucker for the Koori tribes of the area 100 to 500 years back. The tree was sentinel to the change, from land of mud and tall grasses to land of skyscraper and plush houses.

In spite of all this uplifting vision, the tree is not healthy. The spirit is silver with tinges of red and grey. It has a human-like expression but bears an aged grimace, as if life is a struggle. It also bears scars from infests of wasps years ago.

Small Cypress Tree Spirit

In the Herb Garden near Oak Lawn was once a pretty cypress tree. It grew in the small raised plot in midst of the central spokes of the garden paths that make up the garden. A few months later a sundial replaced the tree; the small shrub moved to the outer of the Herb Garden.

One day, several of us were on our rounds attuning to the devas when we saw the cute tree spirit in the cypress. The tree was only about 1.5 metres high at this time, and the spirit was equal in size. She was very girlish and wispy with strands of green, yellow and white in her hair. Her feminine body wears a grass skirt of similar texture to her hair. She dances around the tree in the paths raying out of the Herb Garden. Full of confidence and with a strength of health and vital forces, she straight away goes shy and hides when she sees our approach.

Deva of a young cypress tree


1. What are Angels, Fairies and Gnomes? | 2. The Angel Hierarchy in the Botanic Gardens | 3. The Main Angel of the Gardens | 4. The Angel of Princes Lawn | 5. The Angel of Southern Lawn | 6. The Angel of Eastern Lawn | 7. The Angel of Ornamental Lake | 8. The Angel of Central Lawn | 9. An Out of Body Experience in the Gardens | 10. Angels of the Skies | 11. A collection of Sylphs | 12. Messengers and Handmaidens | 13. The world of Fairies | 14. Lights in the foliage | References | Images of Botanic Gardens Angels | Angels slideshow with pix by Peter F Christiansen
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