Manzanita offers the wisdom of Goddess lore,
Latin: Arctostaphyos manzanita
The beautiful roots of Her ancient core.
My body sings as I dance Her Truth,
My body is beautiful in age and youth.
Color(s): White to pink
The Fertility Goddess, Venus of Willendorf. Revered as the embodiment
of sacred cycles of life and death, her emblem of fertility—a full,
round body, pregnant with the possibility of new life and creativity—was
the hallmark of ancient matriarchal societies—a timeless, symbolic
representation of the Universal Mother Goddess.
An evergreen with crooked deep reddish purple branches, silvery-green
leaves and white to pink bell-like flowers. Its tiny fruit, resembling
apples, turn from white to deep red.
Manzanita brings harmony to body and soul, helping to uplift our
attitude concerning body image, assisting people suffering from eating
disorders of any kind, and helping those sensitive, spiritually-attuned
souls who find the body cumbersome
Healing: The Venus of
Willendorf and the dancing Goddess figures in Manzanita tree greet you,
honoring the feminine spirit that resides with you. You are being
mirrored by the Universal Mother who asks that you see yourself as she
sees you - as an incarnation of divinity. Perhaps you need to tap your
roots a bit closer to the Earth in order that you may fully take
pleasure in your glorious body. As your body cycles through its many
seasons, contemplate the Manzanita as a symbol of feminine
transformation: its bark peels from its lovely branches after its
ripened fruit has fallen to Earth, and like the snake, it then begins a
new cycle of rejuvenation. The female body is nature's treasure, for
without Her many symbolic deaths and regenerations, humanity would
surely perish. We must once again learn to respect our female bodies,
nourish them well, and love them fully, if we are to honor the Great
Goddess who gives Her abundant Love to all.
'May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.'
The Universal Heart Center