Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tree Lore: Monkeypod

The name sounds so strange, but I do like the lore that goes along with this tree - not to mention the tufts :)

Elemental Association: Water, Air
Astrological Signs: Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio, Aquairius, Gemini, Libra
Ruling Planet: Neptune, Pluto
Gender: Male
Monkeypod - also commonly known as the Raintree - is a popular ornamental tree.  It is often used for shade and flourishes well in tropical climates with an impressive, spreading crown.  In Hawaii it can flower any time of year with spindly pink clusters that look like powder-puffs caught in the canopy of the tree.  This tree loves to be in the sun and its fruit is an edible nutrient for various birds and wildlife.
The Hawaiin Monkeypod wood has often been a popular choice for carving figurines of various gods such as Kan, Ku, Lono and Kanaloa, often referred to as Tiki Gods or statues.  In New Zealand, the tree is said have sprung from the leaves which fell from the crown of Hatu-patu, god of the winds.
The Monkeypod gained it's alternate name of Raintree because according to legends, water has been claimed to fall from underneath its leaves even in the driest of weather.  Though this phenomenon has legendary status, it is a very real occurrence.  Due to the ability of this tree to rapidly condense ambient moisture in the air, the trunk is sometimes found to drip with water.
Magical tools made from this wood will be good for use in celebrations and festivities.  It may also act as an excellent conduit for invoking the weather to one's favor.  Having an air of mystery, it will also assist with puzzle and riddle solving.
The Monkeypod is a cheerful and majestic tree whose canopy provides a sprawling shelter to any who come beneath it.

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