dave rowett wrote:
I've looked any many explanations for the staffs on the Poussin Shepherds of Arcadia. I've noticed a few things which may or may not have been spotted before that I think are interesting.
I wondered if anyone ever considered that the staffs are doing nothing more than pointing at something so I investigated the possibility.
The only things they point to really are two trees per se:-
One points to a tree with a thickish branch and the other to the foliage of another tree. What would the object of this exercise be? Well perhaps it is indicating that there is a certain tree which is an hybrid of two other trees. It is strange that inbetween the two trees mentioned there is another tree in the middle which is slightly yellow. But you will notice that the middle tree sits in sort of a vase made up of the shepherds garment and then the garment pours away from the tree as if something is flowing into the shepherd. Is Poussin interpreting the tree of life I wonder?
I remember reading about certain trees where you can graft one type of apple on to another or one type of rose onto another. It was while I was researching grafting that I came across the Glastonbury thorn. The Glastonbury thorn is a hybrid of two types of Hawthorn which produces a flowering tree that flowers in both December and March. It was created by grafting one species of Hawthorn onto the root stock of another species. I won't explain the legend of Joseph of Arimathea and Glastonbury because you already know about it.
Here are 4 pictures of various Glastonbury thorns.
I noticed something odd about this tree, it will not grow straight. It always seems to grow at an angle similar to the staffs on the Poussin painting. Apparantly, this is because it becomes top heavy because as a species, nature didn't intend it to exist.
So perhaps on the Poussin, the artist is telling us that the tree of life is a hybrid of two different trees perhaps from different regions but of the same species. I was reading about the blue apples last night in a long thread which took me all night to read. I wondered if there was a Hawthorn tree that has blue apples? I came across one called Crataegus bracyacanntha which has a common name - pomme bluei, native to America.
Maybe this mystery or part of this mystery is mixed up in the occult in some way which is what I was reading last night on here?
I hoped you liked this alternative viewpoint, it was enjoyable to research the thorn tree.
By the way, the hawthorne is a member of the rose family so I suppose that would tie in nicely.
Thanks to Hans for relooking at Dave's idea
I think you make a great point
Crataegus bracyacanntha which has a common name - pomme bluei, native to America.
blue haw, blueberry hawthorn.
USA (AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, OK, TX)
Blueberry Hawthorn, Blue Haw, Pommette Bleue,
The fruit of blueberry hawthorn is is an almost metallic bright shiny blue that ripens in August. This hawthorn is the tallest of the Texas species, and the only Texas hawthorn with blue fruit. It grows on rich soils in east Texas. Its leaves are almost mature by the time the flowers appear. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/ornamentals/natives/trees/Crataegusb1560.jpg
the Indians used the fruit
Unlike ordinary hawthorn trees, it flowers twice a year (hence the name "biflora"), the first time in winter and the second time in spring. The trees in the Glastonbury area have been propagated by grafting since ancient times
Prunus spinosa (blackthorn or sloe) is a species of Prunus native to Europe, western Asia, and locally in northwest Africa. It is also locally naturalised in New Zealand and eastern North America
Prunus spinosa has a tetraploid (2n=4x=32) set of chromosomes