The Tree Story
Oriental Plane Tree (Open Sociability) – Platanus orientalis
This tree can live for many thousands of years and the old ones are found only in Greece and the surrounding Eastern Mediterranean. Their branches droop toward the earth in a protective gesture before bending skyward again. The periodic shedding of bark is a way of emitting pollution.
The Greek word broad and large is platys. The Greek word for village square is plateia. The square is the only “broad and large” space in villages where people can gather. In every village square across Greece there is an ancient plane tree, (platanus), shading a kafeníon or a taverna . Most villagers pass through the square at least once a day. It is a local social center, where people greet and exchange news. It is the heart of the village.
This essence resonates with the Heart Chakra. From this place, we reach out to others, share our generosity, open ourselves to intimacy, find compassion, and nurture unconditional love. It brings us a sense of equilibrium and balance.
For those whose hearts are closed to others; there is no compassion. They cannot reach out because of some past betrayal from which they are unable to recover. They cannot find peace within or without. They might become automatons, as a way to compensate, or perhaps become control freaks. The truth, however, is that behind the frenzied deadpan, cut off from the world, they are sitting on a mountain of unrecognized pain. Behind the need to control is a grieving, out of control being.
Oriental Plane Tree might be paired with 12, Cypress.