Pine Ailim (Elation)
Ailim corresponds to the letter A in the Ogam alphabet and is associated with the Pine/Fir tree. This symbol represents clarity of vision, awareness and understanding.
Ailim pronounced: AE-luhm
Element: Air, Fire
Powers: Ailim brings high views and long sight which give warning and clarity.
Keywords: Elation, ecstasy, enthusiasm, awe, high views and long sight, perspective, understanding, great realizations, emotional expression.
Deities associated with Pine: Osiris, Cybele, Dionysus/Bacchus, Erigone, Icarius, Pitthea, Pittheus.
Interesting Spiritual Information: Pine gives us high views and long sight, seeing ahead over long distances, giving a clear view of what is beyond and yet to come, learning from past mistakes, to take care in choices. Objectivity, perspective, secrets, foresights. A dawning of understanding of something that we are part of. If guilt is felt, use it to clear the slate with those you have hurt and renew your relationship. As the guilt is released, you will find that creativity comes forward in abundance. It has a very powerful and refreshing energy and is fast effective. Pine radiates Chi, nourishes the blood, strengthens the nervous system and helps contribute to long lives. They help nurture souls and spirits.
Ogam Healing: Balance; Brings you great realizations; Calmness; Centred; Creativity; Divine –harmony; Elation; Ecstasy; Emotional expression; Enthusiasm; Fears; Feelings of guilt; Forward planning; Nurturing spirituality; Giving you good perception of events/ people/ situations; Restorative after a long illness; Nervous system; Common circulatory disorders; Chronic bronchitis; Excellent for getting fast energy and conserving it; Flu; Pneumonia; Increasing body immunity; Broken bones; Inflammations, bruises, swellings; Relieves the muscles; Arthritis; Other joint diseases; Antiseptic and disinfectant; Detoxifying…
More Medical information and in-depth healing suggestions can be found in my book The Beginners Book of Ogam Tree Healing, or by attending one of my workshops.
Folklore: In ancient Greece, the pine was sacred to Dionysus/Bacchus mythology surrounding the vine and wine making, most probably as a fertility symbol. The Corinthians, were ordered by the Delphic Oracle to worship the pine along with Dionysus as a god. As a symbol of royalty the pine was also associated with the Greek goddess Pitthea. The pine was the sacred tree of the Mithraic cult in ancient Rome. During the Roman holiday of Saturnalia (Dec. 17-25th), they would decorate pine trees with ornaments (made in the image of Bacchus) such as oscilla, and little clay dolls known as sigillaria. For the Romans the pine was worshiped during the spring equinox festival of Cybele and Attis. Because it was an evergreen tree the pine would have symbolised immortality.