Symbol of Abundance - Juniper
Life in the forest completely freezes in the short December days. This half-tree-shrub is very useful.
Essential oil, secreted by needles and fruits of juniper, has a pronounced bactericidal effect. In North America, the Colorado Indians transferred patients with severe tuberculosis to the juniper thickets, since they believed that this method of treatment was most effective. Juniper cleans the air in the suburbs of large cities. During the plague epidemics, the premises were fumigated with lit branches of juniper, and the threads from which the wounds were sutured were sterilized with oil from it. And if the barrels for pickles are steamed with juniper branches, then pickles, mushrooms, cabbage will not spoil for a long time.
Juniper grows in the mountains of Tajikistan, which locals call juniper. A rite is associated with it, similar to those that are known among many peoples under the name "veneration of the May tree." In early spring, Tajik youths, having performed a cleansing ablution, went to the mountains and chose a juniper tree. They sprinkled wine and oil on it, under it they ate bread and fruit that they brought with them, after which they cut the tree and carried it to the village. There they were met with music and singing.
The tree was set on a stone near the river, and a fun holiday began - with dancing and sacrificing a goat. After the holiday, the villagers made a general bath in the river. Each took a branch of the ritual tree and carried home. Some of the branches of the woman were doused with water and wine and put on the fire, and one branch was sprinkled with flour and hung up to the ceiling, where it hung for a year until the next holiday. Maypole in the image of archa was a symbol of abundance.
Juniper is especially beautiful on the Muhu island in Estonia. In general, the beauty on this island is fabulous. Gray boulders of the ice age are located throughout the island in a chaotic mess. Pyramidal dark green junipers lead round dances between them, many of them are taller than a person’s height. At their foot spread glades covered with emerald green grass. In this grass, yellow primroses, lilac loves, pink cat's feet, white lilies of the valley and many other flowers bloom in clusters. And junipers guard this reserved beauty with their sparkling branches. No one else is around, only the sea is making noise nearby. Who will guard and protect the juniper?