Tree of Intuition - Fine Ironwood (Pock Ironwood)

The Fine Ironwood essence may enhance receptivity and intuition, and may bring focus, clarity and perspective. This essence may assist us with seeing the “bigger picture” and with gaining a new perspective of the status quo. The Fine Ironwood may aid in connecting with your inner wisdom and with opening the crown chakra so that the third eye is illuminated with cosmic consciousness.

Fine Ironwood

This essence enlightens the third eye chakra.

Affirmation: My inner sight is illuminated by Divine wisdom. I see through the lens of Love and Light.

Corresponding Colour: Indigo

Supportive Essences: The Wild Peach essence may act as a supportive essence to the fine ironwood – particularly if the fine ironwood essence is being used to address a long-standing imbalance and an “awareness crisis” has arisen. An awareness crisis is an intensification of negative feelings or old patterns of being. It is the soul’s way of calling our attention to these old blockages that need to be acknowledged, blessed and released.

Fine Ironwood

Botanical Info
The Fine Ironwood (Pock Ironwood)
Chionanthus foveolata
Family: OLEACEAE

Learning about how this tree grows in nature, brings further appreciation of its essence:

An evergreen, the pock / fine ironwood can range in size from five to thirty meters in height depending on its habitat. It occurs along the coast of South Africa on hillsides, wooded ravines, lowland forests and dune scrub. Sprays of small, sweetly scented white flowers appear from late winter to spring. The flowers are followed by fleshy, ovoid, purple-black fruit that germinate readily. The fruits are enjoyed by numerous bird species. A member of the olive family, this is a tough, wind-resistant tree – perfect for coastal gardens and hedging.

At Platbos this is one of the hardiest of all the forest trees. Its seedlings often carpet the dry forest floor for years, patiently waiting for a gap in the canopy and a good winter rain to fuel their upward growth. The timber of the trees is pale in colour with streaks of dark brown. It is strong and heavy. The outer bark is a soft silvery-grey. Wind-fallen branches are gathered at Platbos and hand-crafted into unique and beautiful pens, pendulums and pendants.

One of the tree’s common names, “pock ironwood” comes from the little pock marks that dot the central veins of the leaves. Inside these little hollows live minute microbes that live symbiotically on the leaf surface, cleaning them of debris and mold.

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