Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk . by Alice B. Clagett

Photos taken on 18 November 2017, revised on 9 August 2019

Dear Ones,

I was walking in a graveyard near sunset about a week ago, and I noticed a very unusual tree trunk. I saw just about a zillion things in it, to do with death and dying and the occult teachings of the School of Theosophy regarding death and the afterlife.

It looks to me as if nature spirits … specifically, tree spirits … may have done this work. Here is the tree trunk …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 1: The Entire Tree Trunk,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 1: The Entire Tree Trunk,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Next I will show some cutouts of the tree trunk, and what I saw in them. The cutout below looked to me like the body of a man who has just recently ‘passed on’ to the afterlife …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 2A: Body of a Man Who Recently Passed On,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 2A: Body of a Man Who Recently Passed On,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 2B: Body of a Man Who Recently Passed On,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 2B: Body of a Man Who Recently Passed On,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

This next cutout looked like two guardian angels standing side by side, wings uplifted. Above them is the vague outline of a face, looking upward. This I take to be the astral face of the man recently deceased, which they are guarding and guiding onward during life after death …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 3A: Two Guardian Angels and the Astral Face of the Soul They Are Guiding,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 3A: Two Guardian Angels and the Astral Face of the Soul They Are Guiding,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 3B: Two Guardian Angels and the Astral Face of the Soul They Are Guiding,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 3B: Two Guardian Angels and the Astral Face of the Soul They Are Guiding,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Here is a larger cutout: The body of a man who recently passed on is middle left; the vague outline of an astral face is slightly above and to the right of the face of the corpse; and the two angels’ faces are slightly lower than the astral face. The angels’ wings are uplifted on the right, as if they were bearing the astral body of the Soul of the recently departed man heavenward …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 4A: The Corpse, and Two Guardian Angels Bearing the Astral Body Heavenward,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 4A: The Corpse, and Two Guardian Angels Bearing the Astral Body Heavenward,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 4B: The Corpse, and Two Guardian Angels Bearing the Astral Body Heavenward,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 4B: The Corpse, and Two Guardian Angels Bearing the Astral Body Heavenward,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

This next image, from the center portion of the tree trunk, appeared to me to have six faces in it: A man’s face expressing the agony of death throes; a man’s face expressing serene acceptance of death; a vague form that might be construed to be the ghost of a person; the face of a desire elemental, which looks like a fearful animal (a little like a hedgehog); and a small face and a larger animal figure reminiscent of household pets …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 5: Middle of Tree Trunk,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 5: Middle of Tree Trunk,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

From the above image, here is a detail showing the face of a man suffering in the agony of death throes …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 6A: Face of a Man Suffering in the Agony of Death Throes,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 6A: Face of a Man Suffering in the Agony of Death Throes,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 6B: Face of a Man Suffering in the Agony of Death Throes,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 6B: Face of a Man Suffering in the Agony of Death Throes,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

This next cutout shows the face of the man who has arrived at serene acceptance of death …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 7A: The Face of a Man Serene at the Moment of Death,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 7A: The Face of a Man Serene at the Moment of Death,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 7B: The Face of a Man Serene at the Moment of Death,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 7B: The Face of a Man Serene at the Moment of Death,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Here is another cutout showing a vague form that might be construed to be the ghost of a person …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 8A: A Ghost,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 8A: A Ghost,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 8B: A Ghost,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 8B: A Ghost,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

This next cutout from the image of the middle of the tree trunk looked to me like the profile of an animal … maybe a hedgehog, standing upward … the nose is to the top left, the open mouth and the squinting eye just below the nose.

This reminded me of the desire elemental longing for life in the human body to continue. But with death, it must wrap itself around the departing astral body, where it will only endure until the desires that animate the astral body naturally dissolve and fade away.

Then, according to the School of Theosophy, a ‘second death’ will occur … the death of the astral body … when the Higher Mental Body and the Lower Mental Body withdraw into a shell for refinement of Soul wisdom, until the time of the ego’s next incarnation …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 9A: The Desire Elemental, Released into the Astral Plane at the Death of a Man,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 9A: The Desire Elemental, Released into the Astral Plane at the Death of a Man,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 9B: The Desire Elemental, Released into the Astral Plane at the Death of a Man,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 9B: The Desire Elemental, Released into the Astral Plane at the Death of a Man,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Apparently, sometimes household pets, after passing on, spend time on the astral plane with the astral forms of their prior owners. Or possibly, the ghosts of people who really loved their pets summon up astral matter in the form of the pets they loved.

Here are the last two cutouts from the image of the middle of the tree trunk; I find them reminiscent of household pets. The first is a small face …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 10A: Small Animal Face,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 10A: Small Animal Face,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 10B: Small Animal Face,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 10B: Small Animal Face,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

This last cutout from the image of the middle of the tree trunk is of a larger, friendly animal such as a household pet …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 11A: Larger Animal,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 11A: Larger Animal,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 11B: Larger Animal,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 11B: Larger Animal,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Here is an image of the base of the tree trunk …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 12: The Base of the Tree Trunk,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 12: The Base of the Tree Trunk,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

At the base of the tree trunk, I saw two images: One, of an Earth-bound spirit or ghost, and then an image of decaying corpses, packed close together, returning to the elements of which they were formed …

Here is a cutout of the first of the two images: An Earth-bound spirit, ghost or sprite, hovering near the graveyard, and waiting for release from the Earth plane …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 13A: An Earth-Bound Spirit, Ghost or Sprite,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 13A: An Earth-Bound Spirit, Ghost or Sprite,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 13B: An Earth-Bound Spirit, Ghost or Sprite,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 13B: An Earth-Bound Spirit, Ghost or Sprite,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Here is the other cutout from the image at the base of the tree trunk. This one looks to me like decaying corpses, stacked close together, that are decomposing and returning to rest in Mother Earth …

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 14A: Decomposing Corpses,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 14A: Decomposing Corpses,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 14B: Decomposing Corpses,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faces in a Graveyard Tree Trunk, No. 14B: Decomposing Corpses,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Here are some images of the sky on that day, which I find more uplifting than talk of death and ghosts …

Image: “Sky above a Graveyard: A ‘Sun Dog’ Rainbow,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Sky above a Graveyard: A ‘Sun Dog’ Rainbow,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Sky above a Graveyard: Radiant Transformation,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Sky above a Graveyard: Radiant Transformation,” by Alice B. Clagett, 18 November 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Citation: “The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomena,” by Lieut.-Colonel Arthur E. Powell, Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, IL. Copyright The Theosophical Publishing House, London, Ltd. 1965.

Citation: “The Mental Body,” by Lieut.-Colonel Arthur E. Powell, The Theosophical Publishing House Limited, London, Great Britain, 1927.

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graveyard, afterlife, Theosophy, occult, death, dying, desire elemental, astral body, guardian angels, Angelic realm, earth-bound spirit, ghost, dying agony, acceptance of death, sun dog, tree spirits, nature spirits,  corpse,

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