Updated: Apr 3, 2019
Yew trees on the sacred British Isles are very special. Most ancient sites for worship have a yew tree on or near them and this is no accident as their wisdom and help in divination has been recognised throughout the times. Yews are also a symbol for longevity due to their ability to sustain themselves for very very long. The oldest Yew tree, and most likely the oldest tree in Europe, is in the St Cynog’s churchyard at Defynnog near Sennybridge, Powys and it has been confirmed to be 5000 years old. Visiting this Yew is still on my to-do list as I am sure being in its presence must be an interesting experience. Our human life expectancy is not quite as long what a yew can achieve – at least not yet.
It’s no coincidence that most churchyards in the British Isles have a Yew or two somewhere that usually are much older than the church. The explanation for this is simple. It was part of quite a questionable process to convert pagans into Christianity to simply build a church in the place of their worship such as near a Yew tree. Luckily some churches nowadays do understand this and they do take good care of the Yew and allow meditation and other types of tree worship take place. One such example is St Mary and St Peter’s Church near the Long Man of Wilmington in Sussex. The Yew there is another great one to visit and the Church there has an interesting stained glass window too.
The Compton Dundon Yew Tree near Glastonbury is a very beautiful ancient Yew possibly being over 1700 years old. Her deep wisdom is available anyone willing to sit silently by the tree for a while. I have seen creation stories and other ancient information streaming from her to my consciousness but also very practical guidance too. Certainly, if you need a bit of advice just go and sit by this Yew tree or by any ancient Yew really. Standing People, Dryads or just Trees are wonderful spiritual beings, often overlooked, so visiting trees also encourages a better relationship with these wonderful guardians of our planet Earth and helps the planetary transformation. So please go and hug a Yew tree now.
To find a Yew near you is very very easy. Just go to a website called Ancient and Veteran Yew Trees which helps you to locate your nearest Yew in few clicks.
Read also my article about my initiation to Standing People for more tips on how to communicate with trees.