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A Sacred Tree & People from Another Planet.

I first saw it on a #GreekIsland, and then encountered it in many of my journeys in many corners of the planet and in several varieties. This is a tree that can perform miracles, and it has been used from the vast ancient world and has a highlighted place in Hippocratic medicine. The beautiful Cedar tree.

Spending time with my cedar tree!

Cedar trees are ancient and have been used for their medicinal quality for thousands of years. They come in many varieties, from the giant cedar of the rainforest, the #cedar of the Himalayas, the Lebanon cedar, or the common juniper which has many subvarieties and is the one used by Hippocrates. All of them have a common characteristic. They can heal your body, your soul, and your space.

#Tip: The word “Cedar” is a name that claims divinity. But how can a simple word be relative to God, sacredness, and the creation?!

The ancient Greek poet Homer, tells us of a wood that when burned is used for its aroma and its medicinal properties. So it is named Cedar (Kedros, Greek: Κέδρος, Latin: Cedrus) from the words “Kaíō “ (Greek: Kαίω) which means to burn, united with the word "Dendreon" (Greek: Δνδρεον), which means tree. So basically it means the tree we burn for its properties.

WORDS: Ke+dros (ce+dar)

IN GREEK: Kaíō + dendreon

MEANING: Burning+ wood

It is not random that the Himalayan cedar is called "cedar deodara". The locals of course started that by eventually calling it "Deodār" (देओदा). This is the latest Hindu transformation of the word. The first word was "deo-dara" and has two components. It comes from the Greek God Zeus, (Geek: Ζεῦς), which is Theos (Greek: θεός, Latin: Deus), and means God which has become "Deva" in Sanskrit. And from the Greek word "Dendreon" (Greek: Δνδρεον), which, as we said, means tree and becomes "Dāru" in Sanskrit, which means tree and wood. In the birthplace of the Himalayan tree, the word becomes deva-dāru ( देवदारु ) basically meaning divine tree or the tree of the Gods.

But its divine character is also portrayed by the very ancient Greek root of its name. We will first find the tree mentioned by Orpheus (Orfeas) many centuries BC, in Homer (Omiros) and also in the great ancient Greek botanist Theophrastus (Theofrastos), in Hippocrates (Ippokrates), and later in the Greek pharmacologist Dioscorides (Dioskourides) by the name of "arkephthos" (arkefthos, Greek: ἄρκευθος). This comes from the verb "Arkeo" (Greek: Αρκέω) which in modern Greek literally means I am enough, but in ancient Greek, it means also I am powerful, I repel.

#Fact: All the parts of the Cedar tree are used to REPEL various illnesses and harmful bacteria & bugs.
A beautiful Cedar in Britain

But what is the magical story of its name and origins?

The root "Ark" (Greek: Αρκ) is used here as it is also used in "Arktos" (Greek: ᾰ̓́ρκτος) which means the North, the north pole, but also the bear and the Ursa Major known also as the Great Bear and Ursa Minor. According to the myth, Ursa Major is the divine Arcadian (Arkadian, Greek: Αρκάδια) nymph Callisto, which means the most beautiful. She is basically the most #beautiful Goddess Artemis, and she was transformed into a bear by the Goddess Hera. She then was sent to the sky by Zeus for her protection. Ursa Minor is the son of Zeus and Callisto, Arcas (Arkas, Greek: Αρκάς), from whom Arcadians (Arkades, Αρκάδες) were named after. Ursa Minor has the third brighter visible star, Arcturus (Arktouros, Greek: Ἀρκτοῦρος), the Polaris star as we know it, which means the guardian of the bear and was first referenced in the works of the Greek poet Hesiod. He wrote that the star is rising fifty days after the winter solstice in his book Works and Days.

Check out the commonality of these words even if you don't understand them.

Look at them as images and

you will discover the secret behind them.

So what does all this have to do with our cedar tree?!

Arcadia (Arkadia, Greek:) was the first city on Earth that was inhabited by the Arcadians before there was a moon. They were the first descendants of Pelasgus, the son of Zeus, and the first mortal woman, Niobe (Niove, Greek: Νιόβη). Pelasgus then slept with the divine Oread nymph Cyllene (Kyllene, Greek:) and she gave birth to Lykaon, the king of Pelasgia. Pelas + gia

Pelago=Ocean + Gaea=Earth.

The king of all the Ocean and all Earth.

He was the father of Callisto. Pelasgians, that were then named Arcadians, after Callisto's son, were born before the moon even existed; before there was the circle of the earth the moon, and the sun as we know it today. They were named pre-moon people, "Proselini" as mentioned in the ancient texts (pro+selini, pre+moon, before the moon, Greek: Προσέληνοι, Προ-σελήνιοι ) by historian Herodotus and many others.

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The Great Bear Constellation

On Earth, there were two hostile to man continents, the north, full of ice, close to "Arktos", and the south, the desert, a land of fire. And there was also an island in the middle, covered with mountains. For them to come and live here, Zeus slept with the divine Nymph Maea (Maia, Greek: Μαία, meaning: midwife) and she gave birth to Hermes (Ermis, Greek: Ερμής).

Hermes's mission was, together with his son Logos (meaning Speach, Greek: Λόγος), to create the place that would hospice the humans that will come from the universe, the sons of Pelasgus, the Pelasgians. He chose the island and he opened its mountains so that the waters could come and support life; He commanded the #elements to stop fighting. To stop being just #water and #fire in a war. So he gave the mountains to the #Nymphs (water deities). And so the island became the land of the "bears", Arcadia and its people were named Arcadians after their divine leader Arcas. The island was the Peloponnese in Greece, and the area of Arcadia is in central Peloponnese. It had great mountains like mount Kyllini (from the nymph) and amazing magical trees like "arkephthos"- cedar.

Cedar forest in Japan

But why all the fuss about this name and the root and the history since we only want to learn about a tree?

So let's wonder... if the Arcadians are the first people according to the writings, is it maybe that our tree, the divine ARKephthos, is the first or one of the first trees, or maybe a life-giving tree?

If you can observe the letters you will understand how everything in our universe is related to each other and how can a simple tree can teach us the birth of our own existence. The letters A, R, and K in Greek are used in specific words that always have relevant meanings. The letter A is used as an initial, in words that relate to the initiation, the beginning, the start; like the word Archi (archē, Greek: Αρχή) that literally means the start. This is why it is the first letter of the alphabet and we use it in expressions like "he is an alpha male" etc.

The "river" derives from the letter R which means flow>

The word R is always used when the flow is implied like in the word “rhoe” (Greek: ροή) meaning the flow, or the verb “rheo” (rhéō, Greek: ῥέω) meaning to flow, or the Goddess “Rhea” (Rhéā, Greek: Ῥέᾱ) mother of Zeus from which life on Earth begun to flow.

Another example is the verb “rhezo” (rhézō, Greek: ῥέζω) meaning to act which implies the flow of action, and the word Radio (Greek: Ράδιο) which presumes that something will flow, like energy, waves.

The letter K is used as an initial when something is implying the down under. Like the word "Kato" (Greek: Κάτω) which literally means down, or "Katevaeno" (Greek: Κατεβαίνω) which literally means I am coming down or going towards a lower level, or even the word "Katoiko" (Greek: Κατοικώ) which means I inhabit, I live inside the house, so I am down in a confined in a space. and also the verb “Kathimae” (káthēmai, Greek: κᾰ́θημαι) which means I sit down.

I hope you could get a glimpse of the mathematical reality of the letters. You can observe the imaging of the letters in every case mentioned above, and this will give you the whole perception.

According to the letters Arcadians (ARKadians) are the initial flow that came down, the island Arcadia (ARKadia) is the place that received the initial flow that came down. But from where? From ARKtos, the North, the bear, from Callisto. Her descendants are the initial flow that came down.

And our tree? It is ARKepthos, the initial flow that brings down the energy. The tree is actually named by the Arcadians and today you can find a unique cedar forest in mount Parnon especially the species Juniperus Drupaceous.

So what is the divine power of this so very ancient tree?

*Danai Fassouli is a writer, artist, self-development, Feng Shui and ancient physiognomy consultant, and a healer traveling around the world with the sole purpose to decode the ancient sacred truths and use them for her personal development as well as to spread them to all women and men that want to work for their own health of the mind, body, and soul. Contact Danai for consultation here.

*The articles are purely informative and do not replace the nutritionist; doctor and/or the psychologist and generally any specialist in physical and mental health.

1. Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica, (D,156): "Cedar is dedicated to the God Apollo..."
Ancient Greek Text: "Η άρκευθος δένδρον τι ακανθώδες Απόλλωνος ίδιον, ως ιστορείται εν τω τρίτω των εις Μουσαίον αναφερομένων" (Σχόλια εις Απολλώνιον Ρόδιον, Αργοναυτικά Δ΄, 156).
2. Theophrastus, Equity into Plants, (3,3,1): "Arkefthos grows in high altitude along with fir, pine..."
Ancient Greek Text: "΄Ιδια δε τα τοιάδε των ορεινών, α εν τοις πεδίοις φύεται, ελάτη, πεύκη, πίτυς, αγρία, φίλυρα, ζυγία, φηγός, πύξος, ανδράχλη, μίλος, άρκευθος." (Θεόφραστος, Περί φυτών ιστορίας 3, 3, 1).
3. Theophrastus, Equity into Plants, (1,9,3) "They keep their leaves..."
Ancient Greek Text: "΄Εστι δε τα μεν αείφυλλα, τα δε φυλλοβόλα. Των μεν ημέρων αείφυλλα ελάα, φοίνιξ, δάφνη, των δ αγρίων ελάτη, πεύκη, άρκευθος." (Θεόφραστος, Περί φυτών ιστορίας 1, 9, 3).
4. Theophrastus, Equity into Plants, (3,4,5): "...the new fruit includes the old fruit...and if it stays on the tree it becomes dry..."
Ancient Greek Text: "Ταύτα μεν ουν μετριωτέραν μεν έχει παραλλαγήν. Πάντων δε πλείστην η άρκευθος και η κήλαστρος και η πρίνος. Η μεν γαρ άρκευθος ενιαύσιον έχειν δοκεί. Περικαταλαμβάνει δε ο νέος τον περυσινόν. Ως δε τινές φασιν, ουδέ πεταίνει, διε ο και προαφαιρούσι και χρόνον τινα τηρούσιν. Εάν δε εά επί του δένδρου τις, αποξηραίνεται». (Θεόφραστος, Περί φυτών ιστορίας 3, 4, 5).
5. Theophrastus, Equity into Plants, (5,7,4): "It is used to build ships"
Ancient Greek Text: "Οικοδομή δε πολλώ πλείον, ελάτη τε και πεύκη και κέδρος, έτι κυπάριττος, δρυς και άρκευθος." (Θεόφραστος, Περί φυτών ιστορίας 5, 7, 4).
6. Theophrastus, Equity into Plants, (9,1,2): " makes resin and gum from its tears..."
Ancient Greek Text: "Η δε υγρότης των μεν πάχος έχει μόνον, ώσπερ των επωδών. Των δε και δακρυώδης γίνεται, καθάπερ ελάτης, πεύκης, τερεβίνθου, πίτυος, αμυγδαλής, κεράσου, προύμνης, αρκεύθου, κέδρου, της ακάνθης της Αιγυπτίας, πτελέας και γαρ αύτη φέρει κόμμι πλην ουκ εκ του φλοιού, αλλ΄ εν τω κωρύκω, έτι δε αφε ων ο λίβανος και η σμύρνα, δάκρυα γαρ ταύτα και το βάλσαμον και η χαλβάνη." (Θεόφραστος, Περί φυτών ιστορίας 9, 1, 2).
7. Pedanius Dioscorides (Greek: Διοσκουρίδης ο Πεδάνιος, Pedanios Dioskourides), On Medical Material, (1.75)
"Arkefthos is big or small... it's also a diuretic and it sends away the bad spirits as smoke. The fruits are the size of the rat's stool, the leaf is round, straight, and has a vivid smell, it's sweet in taste when chewed when medium hot and squeezed is good for the stomach and with alcohol good for a cough and maladies of the heals spasms and seizures."
Ancient Greek Text: "΄Αρκευθος. Η μεν τις έστι μεγάλη, η δε μικρά. Αμφότεραι δε θερμαίνουσι και λεπτύνουσι. Εισί δε και ουρητικαί, θυμιώμεναι δε θηρία διώκουσι. Του μέντοι καρπού ο μεν τις κατά καρύου Ποντικού το μέγεθος ευρίσκεται, ο δε κυάμω ίσος, στρογγύλος δε και ευώδης, γλυκύς εν τω διαμασάσθαι και υπόκιρρος, αρκευθίς καλούμενος, θερμαντικός μετρίως και στυπτικός, ευστόμαχος, ποιών προς τα εν θώρακι και βήχας και εμπνευματώσεις και στρόφους και θηρία πινόμενος. ΄Εστι δε και ουρητικός, όθεν και σπάσμασι και ρήγμασι και υστερικών πνιγομένοις αρμόζει".
8. Pedanius Dioscorides (Greek: Διοσκουρίδης ο Πεδάνιος, Pedanios Dioskourides), On Medical Material, (5,36 ): "From the produce, the fruit of the big cedars wine can be made and from the smaller arkefthos the same".
Ancient Greek text: Γίνεται δε και εκ του καρπού των μειζόνων κέδρων οίνος. Δει δε τω χοεί του γλεύκους ημιμναίον κεκομμένων των κεδρίνων μείξαι, ηλιάσαι εφ’ ημέρας μ΄ (40), μετά δε ταύτα διυλίζειν και μεταγγίζειν. Γίνεται και ο εκ των αρκευθίδων και καρπού ομοίως τω κεδρίτη, τα αυτά ποιών». (Διοσκουρίδης, Περί ύλης ιατρικής 5, 36).
9. Hippocrates, On Gynecology (Diseases of Women),(B,83): ...drink arkefthus in case of red blood flow...or roast deer antler, make a powder together with raw barley flour and five cedar seeds, and add dry black-dark red- wine..."
Ancien Greek Text: "...Άρκευθος, Φίδα ρόου ερυθρού ποτόν αγαθον.....η ελάφου κέρας , κατακαιειν, τριβην δε και ωμηλυσιν συν κεδρισι πεντε. οινος συν τοισδεσσιν αυστηρός μελας μιγνυται". (Ιπποκράτης περί γυναικείων, Β', 83)
10. Bhattacharyya, A., La Marche, V. C., & Telewski, F. W. (1988). Dendrochronological reconnaissance of the conifers of Northwest India. Tree-Ring Bulletin, (48), 21-30.
11. Tewari, D. N. (1994). A monograph on deodar: Cedrus deodara (Roxb.) G. Don.
12. Shackley, Myra (1 October 2004). Managing the Cedars of Lebanon: Botanical Gardens or Living Forests? Current Issues in Tourism. (4–5): 417–425.
13. Leviticus 14:1–4
14. Welcome to Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church's Homepage.
15. Isaiah 2:13
16. Erman 1927, p. 261
17. Cromer, Gerald A War of Words: Political Violence and Public Debate in Israel, 2004, p. 58
18. Willan, R. G. N. (1990). The Cyprus Cedar. Int. Dendrol. Soc. Yearbk. 1990: 115–118.
19. Chandra Shekhar Nautiyala, Puneet Singh Chauhana, Yeshwant Laxman Neneb, Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria, Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Volume 114, Issue 3, 3 December 2007, Pages 446-451
20. Abdolali Mohagheghzadeh, Pouya Faridi, Mohammadreza Shams-Ardakani, Younes Ghasemi, Medicinal smokes, Journal of Ethnopharmacology 108 (2006) 161–184
21. Pausanias, Book 8, Arcadia, 5, Stymphalus,
22. Dictionary from Hesychius of Alexandria (Ancient Greek Grammarian): "The Nymphs of Arcadia were also called to be from the pre-moon era."
Ancient Greek text: "Αι νύμφαι της Αρκαδίας απεκαλούντο και αυτές προσελήνιδες", Λεξικό του Ησυχίου Αλεξανδρέως.
23. Souidas, Souda Lexicon: "Herodotus calles Arcadians proselelini, meaning the ancients before the moon existed".
Ancient Greek Text: "Προσέληνοι Ηρόδοτος τους Αρκάδας ούτω λέγει, τουτέστιν αρχαίους προ της σελήνης", Σούδα, το λεξικό του Σουίδα.
24. Hillary Stewart, Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians
25. Plutarch rights about life on the moon and before the existance moon: "... as Kastor said, it is a symbol of the life on the Moon... because she existed from the very ancient era... apart from those who were Arcadians because they lived before the moon
Ancient Greek text: «Διά τι τας εν τοις υποδήμασι σεληνίδας, οι διαφέρειν δοκούντες ευγένεια φορούσιν; πότερον, ως Κάστωρ φησί, σύμβολον έστι τούτο της λεγόμενης οικήσεως επί της σελήνης και ότι μετά την τελευτήν αύθις αι ψυχαί την σελήνην υπό πόδας έξουσιν, ή τοις παλαιοτάτοις τουθ' υπήρχε, εξαίρετον, ούτοι δ’ήσαν Αρκάδες των απ’ Ευάνδρου Προσελήνων λεγομένων».
*Translation from Ancient texts by Danai Fassouli.
*The original ancient texts are used from Kedros Publishings (GR)


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