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Magickal Uses of Woods


Magickal Uses of Woods

Taken from the ancient Celtic tree alphabet.

Individual trees of particular species have been revered, the kind varying with the divine force represented. The symbolism of the woods are very important in the construction of any magical tool.



OAK
The oak tree is the tree of Zeus, Jupiter, Hercules, The Dagda (The Chief of the Elder Irish gods), Thor and all other Thunder Gods.
The royalty of the Oak needs no enlarging upon.
The Oak is the tree of endurance and triumph, and like the Ash, is said to count the lightning's' flash.
The Oak is a male wood which is ideal for the construction of any tool that needs the male influence such as Athames, certain wands and staffs.
The midsummer fire is always Oak and the need fire is always kindled in an Oak log.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Endurance, triumph, strength, power, dominion, prosperity, sacrifice, guardian, liberator.

BIRCH
With the exception of the mysterious elder, the Birch is the earliest of the forest trees.
The Birch is used extensively in cleansing rituals.
Throughout Europe, Birch twigs are used to expel evil spirits.
Birch rods are also used in rustic rituals to drive out the spirits of the old year.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Controlled by the Lunar influences. Birth, healing, Lunar workings, and protection.

HAZEL
The Hazel is a tree of wisdom.
In England, all the knowledge of the arts and sciences were bound to the eating of Hazel nuts.
Until the seventeenth century, a forked Hazelstick was used to divine the guilt of persons in cases of murder and theft.
We have retained the practice of divining for water and buried treasure.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Wisdom, intelligence, inspiration, wrath.

ALDER
The Alder is the tree of fire.
In the battle of the trees, the Alder fought in the very front line.
It is described as the very "battle witch" of all woods, the tree that is hottest in the fight.
From the alder, you can make three different dyes, red from its bark, green from its flowers, and brown from its twigs; this symbolizes the elements of fire, water and earth.
The Alder wood is the wood of the witches.
Whistles may be made of this wood to summon and control the four winds.
It is also the ideal wood for making the magical pipes and flutes.
To prepare the wood for use, beat the bark away with a willow stick while projecting your wishes into it.
The Alder is a token of resurrection.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Controlling the four winds, banishing and controlling elementals, resurrection. Making magical dyes.

IVY / VINE
The Ivy was sacred to Osiris as well as to Dionysus.
Vine and Ivy come next to each other at the turn of the year, and are jointly dedicated to resurrection.
Presumably, this is because they are the only two trees that grow spirally.
The Vine also symbolizes resurrection because its strength is preserved in the wine.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: (VINE) Faerie work, Joy, Exhilaration, Wrath, Rebirth. (IVY) Fidelity, Constancy, Love, Intoxication.

YEW
The Yew is known as the death tree in all european countries.
Sacred to Hecate in Greece and Italy.
Yew wood makes excellent bows, as the Romans learned from the Greeks.
This strengthened the belief that Yew was connected with death.
Its use in England is recalled in Macbeth where Hecate's cauldron contained:"... Slips of Yew, slivered in the moon eclipse."
The Silver Fir of birth and the Yew of death are sisters.
They stand next to each other in the circle of the year and their foliage is almost identical.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Destructive workings concerning death. Not recommended for magical tools "...for I am the tomb to every hope."

ROWAN
The Rowan is seen as the tree of life.
It is also known as Mountain Ash, Quickbeam, The Witch or Witch Wand.
In the British Isles, Rowan is used as a protection against lightning and magical charms of all sorts.
In ancient Ireland, the Druids of opposing forces would kindle a fire of rowan and say an incantation over it to summon spirits to take part in the battle.
The Rowan is also used for many healing purposes.
The "Quickbeam" is the tree of quickening.
Another use was in metal divining.
In Ireland, a Rowan stake was hammered through a corpse to immobilize the spirit.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Divination, healing, astral work, protection.

ASH
The Ash is sacred to Poseidon and Woden.
The Ash is considered to be the father of trees.
The Ash is the tree of sea power, or of the power resident in water. Special guardian spirits reside in the Ash; This makes it excellent for absorbing sickness.
The spirally carved druidical wand was made of Ash for this purpose.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Sea power, karmic laws, magical potency, healing, protection from drowning.

PINE
External symbol of life and immortality.
It is one of the few trees that are androgynous.
It was also worshiped by the ancients as a symbol of fire because of its resemblance to a spiral of flame.
It is regarded as a very soothing tree to be near.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Strength, life and immortality, rejuvenation

WILLOW
The Willow was sacred to Hecate, Circe, Hera, and Persephone, all death aspects of the Triple Moon Goddess, and was often used by the Witches in Greece.
The moon owns it.
Female symbol.
It is the tree that loves water most and is sacred to the Moon Goddess who is the giver of dew and moisture, generally.
The Willow is the tree of enchantment.
Can be made into a tool to make wishes come true.
MAGICKAL PURPOSES: Moon magic, psychic energy, healing, inspiration, and fertility

ELDER
A waterside tree, the Elder has white flowers that bloom to their peak in midsummer (as is also true for the Rowan) thus making the Elder another aspect of the White Goddess.
The Elder is also said to be the crucifixion tree.
The inner bark and the flowers have long been famous for their therapeutic qualities.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Witchcraft, banishment, magical art, waters of life.

HAWTHORN
The Whitethorn or Hawthorn or May Witch takes its name from the May.
It is a generally unlucky tree and its name, translated from the Irish Brehon Laws, had the meaning "harm".
The Goddess, under the name Cardea, cast spells with the Hawthorn.
In many cultures, the month of the Hawthorn (May) is a month of bad luck for marriages.
The Hawthorn blossom, for many men, has the strong scent of female sexuality and was used by the Turks as an erotic symbol.
The monks of Glastonbury perpetuated it and sanctified it with an approving tale that the staff of Joseph and the Crown of thorns were made of Hawthorn.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Purification, enforced chastity, male potency, and cleansing.

HOLLY
Holly means "holy".
The identification of the pacific Christ with the Holly is poetically inept as it is the Oak king, not the Holly king that is crucified on a T shaped cross.
The Holly has many uses from making a dye from its berries to being used as an aphrodisiac.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Holiness, consecration, material gain, physical revenge, beauty

WHITE POPLAR
The tree of the Autumn Equinox and of old age, is the shifting leaved
White Poplar, or Aspen, The shield makers tree.
Heracles bound his head in triumph with popular after killing the giant Cacus (the evil one).
The Black poplar was a funeral tree sacred to the Mother Earth.
Plato makes a reference to the use of Black popular and Silver Fir as an aid in divination.
The Silver Fir standing for hope assured and the Black Poplar for loss of hope.
In ancient Ireland, the coffin makers measuring rod was made of Aspen, apparently to remind the dead that this was not the end.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Hope, rebirth, divinations.

ALMOND
Almond has a very sweet natural being. Aids in self protection.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Fruitfulness, virginity

APPLE
It is an old English custom to drink to the health of the
Apple tree with a good glass of cider all in hopes of encouraging the tree to produce a good crop next year.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Fertility

COCONUT
The Coconut is feminine and very fertile.
The shell represents the womb, and the milk, fertility.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Protection from negative psychic forces.

FIG
The Fig is androgynous. The fruit representing the feminine and the triple lobed leaves suggest the masculine force.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Balance

MISTLETOE
The mistletoe was sacred to the Druids and to the Norse.
It was considered to be the great healer and has both male and female qualities.
It was so well regarded by the Norse (because it was sacred to Freya) that they refused to fight in the vicinity of Mistletoe.
The custom of hanging Mistletoe in the house to promote peace comes from this. Generally regarded today as a symbol of love and purity.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Love, fertility, sexual potency.

PALM
Is regarded as particularly powerful because of its incredible durability and because it is self renewing, never changing its leaves. Aids in rejuvenation.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Resurrection, and the cycle and matrix of life

PEACH
The Peach is an emblem of marriage.
MAGICKAL ASPECTS: Abundance, fruitfulness, happiness.


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Thank you for sharing, Tana. I have an affinity for "wood" (no joke intended) and actually found a few references that I was not previously aware of.

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Thank you very much for sharing this! I'm always interested in the mythology and history behind why types of wood and herbs are traditionally associated with certain aspects. This was more informative than many other references I've found.
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Tana,

Yes, this is a very clear and concise overview, my thanks for posting.

Willow has been my special tree for some time, I have had several magical experiences involving willows and reading through the aspects above I can resonate with your words. I even made a staff/stang from my willow a few years ago, this too came with special experiences. Traditional Witches, particularly Brit, will no doubt remind me that willow is not the chosen wood for such use, but in my limited capacity, both in knowledge and execution, I will state that for me there is no reason why I cannot or should not utilise said wood for the purpose I believe I was caused to understand at the time.

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Love this....Many Thanks for sharing.
I have the most beautiful willow in my garden Its has donated a wand to me.....such power, such energy....
I just love :chakrahearts: wood (pun very much intended lol).
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winter night
Jun 17 2011 01:07 PM
thanks for this Tana - very interesting!

- my mums uncles used to gather willow and make baskets from it, to use and sell.
I have always had a love for hand made baskets anyway, and would love to make a willow basket one day!
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Hi All.

Some of this is redundant, but I found a few more wood properties at http://www.tennesseehardwoodpens.com

Wood is a remarkable substance…a gift from nature itself.
Nearly every culture throughout history has attributed magical properties to wood. Some hold one
type of wood to be sacred while others to believe that all wood has magical properties.

Apple
Magical Properties: Indicates choice which must be made between similar and equally
attractive things: fertility, love harmony, beauty and healing magic.

Ash
Magical Properties: Intelligence, wit, communication, knowledge, curiosity. Aids in communication and
learning. The wood of poets and scholars. Promotes love and health and protects against unwanted change.

Birch
Magical Properties: Patience, organization, leadership skills, diligence, loyalty and the calming of emotions.
Allows one to create, to exert willpower and achieve positive results. Excellent for wealth, luck, and goals.

Cedar
Magical Properties: Communication, information, protection and preservation. Aids in feeling at home with one’s spirituality.

Cherry
Magical Properties: An extremely earth-centric wood and has very grounded energy. Very level-headed and
non-impulsive. Helps to see the here and now, think clearly, and act upon rationality rather than emotion.

Chestnut
Magical Properties: Possesses healing powers and has magical properties that bring success and love.

Cypress
Magical Properties: Cypress can be used for healing and longevity and is said to provide comfort and protection.

Dogwood
Magical Properties: Wishes, secrets, loyalty and protection. The fire of passion, desire and will. Associated with
fertility and sexual attraction, happiness and comfort.

Elm
Magical Properties: Endurance, fertility, and horticulture. Adds stability, grounding and focus.
Majestic and expansive, rooted and wise.

Lilac
Magical Properties: Is good for dealing with romance, love, and passion. Excellent for intellect, communication
and mental concentration. Enhances sexual pleasure and provides protection during travel.

Mahogany
Magical Properties: Very focused on fertility and growing. Also enhances intuition, strengthening bonds with blood relatives.

Maple
Magical Properties: Used primarily for spiritual healing and is also a travelers wood. Allows one to focus
in on the choices in any situation, eliminating luck and chance. It enhances intellectual pursuits and learning.

Oak
Magical Properties: Truth, steadfast knowledge, protection. An excellent healing wood that helps
center the mind. Helps promote observation and intuition.

Osage Orange
Magical Properties: Named after the Osage tribe of the Great Plains region, this wood was used for bows
and other items. It is extremely spiritual in nature and aids in the pursuit of goals and passions.

Pear
Magical Properties: Best used for healing, especially for those with a passion to heal. It brings
creativity, inspiring energy to the home. Represents money and prosperity.

Purpleheart
Magical Properties: Enhances energy dealing with creativity and knowledge. Best dealing with health issues
and especially useful in eradicating negative energies that create strife in the home.

Walnut
Magical Properties: “Introspective.” It is not for those with flights of fancy, but rather for those who
seek to explore his or her own personal energy and the “here and now.”

Zebrawood
Magical Properties: Moon, love, luck, wisdom, creativity and beauty. An excellent tool in
dealing with love magic and anything relating to feminine energy or the moon.
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Great info. I just got more ideas for trees to plant in my yard.

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I didn't know that willow was under Hecate. That's really cool. This list is pretty thorough, too. Really useful.
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Many thanks for posting, different types of wood has always held an interest with me from a craftsman point of view and it's always interesting to learn new aspects of each species.
If working with some types of wood you have to be careful - teak for instance if you cut yourself while working it will make the wound go funny.
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Does anyone know anything about the Hornbeam tree and its wood? I've asked all over the place. I have a beautiful, enormous Hornbeam tree just outside my front door and two branches were recently thrown off in a storm and landed across my door. I'm sure they were given to me for a reason. All I know is that it's very hard wood with a pearly-white inner grain.
I'll probably decorate the 'walking stick-size' piece. The other branch is perfect 'staff' length. I wondered if anyone knows of magical uses/properties for Hornbeam - or perhaps it's known by another name elsewhere...
Please ignore spelling/missing letters: I've got false nails on.
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I think Ironwood is another name for Hornbeam, whether that helps any I don't know.
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I think Ironwood is another name for Hornbeam, whether that helps any I don't know.


Thanks, G. That gives me another word to Google. That tree is the most magnificent thing; it has a cycle of blossom/foliage/seed that seems to produce so much energy you can almost hear it.
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CelticGypsy
Jun 17 2011 10:54 PM
My gosh, this is a great Post ! We have wood that grows up here and it native to this area, in the marshes and slews near lakes and rivers. It is called Willow Wood. But it's not from the WillowTree, or resembles one at at. It grows up with thick limbs and doesn't resemble what one would naturally surmize as a Willow Tree. It doesn't get very tall at all, and the wood is strangely beautiful, most wood crafters make canes out of them. It has a serpentine nature to it.

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My gosh, this is a great Post ! We have wood that grows up here and it native to this area, in the marshes and slews near lakes and rivers. It is called Willow Wood. But it's not from the WillowTree, or resembles one at at. It grows up with thick limbs and doesn't resemble what one would naturally surmize as a Willow Tree. It doesn't get very tall at all, and the wood is strangely beautiful, most wood crafters make canes out of them. It has a serpentine nature to it.

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Gypsy


It is a great thread, isn't it. I was way into adulthood before I realized just how precious wood is in all its prolification and diversity. I suppose some of us, as children, are led to believe that if something is plentiful then it isn't valuable. Among all my boxes of very cheap and tangled jewellery, I've got some wooden beads and bangles (and in particular a wooden ring that cost £1.99 that I wear a lot). I always enjoy the warmth of wooden jewellery and the fact that it's been alive and still holds and transfers its own unique energy to the wearer.
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It has a serpentine nature to it.

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Snakewood?
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CelticGypsy
Jun 18 2011 12:13 AM
I was told the story of this when I asked what kind of wood this was, and was told it's Willow Wood. I trust the gentleman who told me, as he is a wood smith, and creates beautiful things out of wood. But it's not from a Willow Tree, that I am accustomed with. They don't grow into trees perce, but lovely winding wood. This was made as a cane, but I love the face on it, reminded me of a serpent and the wriggles they can do. lol.
Regards,
Gypsy

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I've always wondered about Australian trees....I was told once that all that was required was a psychic to work out the cone/vortex energy patterns in the trees and from that the correspondences would fall out. I can't say that helped me much....It is possible to make guesses based on analogous functions of course but Aboriginal technical culture was mesolithic and so the Neolithic/Bronze/Iron age wood uses which may shed light on the magical character of trees are missing and here in the south-east very little of Aboriginal culture survived the genocide.......
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The topic is good, but the descriptions are so general.In order to use a tree in a magic ritual, you must understand it's connections.Some specific facts I would like to find from others:


Ash wood is the only kind of wood immune to magic.A local witch knew a spell with which she could stop the plows in their tracks(they still plow with horses in Romania).She took one blade of grass for each of the plows she saw on the fields in front of her, she stomped on them holding them at the same time with her thumb and uttered a spell - all the plows stooped in their tracks except one, to which she said : "That one has a piece of ash wood in it's structure, and no charm works over it."

Maybe some of you know abut willow knots - they are homes to spirits and are used in many spells.But fir tree knots are also used in Romanian magic - (fir tree is the most revered tree in Romanian folk tradition ) - the legend goes like this : God created the Fir tree pointing towards the sky - but the Devil approached it and gave it a bark of skales like a snake.The Fir tree cried, God came back and smeared its bark with incense so it will sooth (the Orthodox Church here use fir raisin as incense ) .The Devil came and nailed a nail in the Fir tree (the hard knots found in it's wood) - The Fir tree cried and God came and gave it twigs in shape of crosses and sharpened it's needles so that the Devil can't approach it anymore.The Devil came back but he could not approach it, so he set the Fir tree on fire with the help of a she wolf and made it darker than the other trees .The Fir tree cried to God and God came to put the flames out and mad it evergreen.Sorcerers still use the knots in fir tree, "devil nails", when performing black magic .When a burial without a body is due (drowned that have not been found etc ) a dressed fir tree is placed in the coffin (also unmarried persons are ritually married with a fir tree so that the unappeased soul that never knew love don't kill someone from his/her the village).

Also, everyone around here knows one rule about fir trees in a settlement - if you have just one fir tree on your property you must cut it down or plant at least another next to it - If you do not, it will bring gloom and sorrow to that place , because itself it's full of sorrow missing it's brothers (like all solary things, it can not live apart from it's community of brothers, and if you sit under it you can actually "hear" it's cry after sunset).Again, the sorcerers here bury things at the roots of such trees but not for good purposes (to bring someone grief and loneliness).Some use such lonely fir trees to attract money, but this practice is erroneous - along with the drawing of money you also get no satisfaction from these money.

They are many other such tales, and consequently uses for many other magical trees like elder tree, wall-nut tree, poplar etc.
[sorry for my English]
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You are preaching to the choir.
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Another thing I do not see mentioned is not just the lore and customs regarding trees, but the memories of trees. Accessing the memory of the tree and it's roots and working with the spirit of the plant in that respect, not just for practical magical workings.

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Another thing I do not see mentioned is not just the lore and customs regarding trees, but the memories of trees. Accessing the memory of the tree and it's roots and working with the spirit of the plant in that respect, not just for practical magical workings.

M

I am going to post something related, that I hope some will find useful, although I do not understand what a "tree memory" means...
In my tradition we do not communicate with the spirit of the trees.There are a few exceptions though, namely if it is a very thick old tree, especially an oak tree.Then they say that tree is the home of powerful spirits and rituals are held around it - they take the form of supplications and prayers while knotting red ribbons around the trunk and around twigs.Offerings of worm milk, bread and honey are left under the tree.The rain water gathered in their hollows are used for healing .The process of communication directly with these spirits - question/answer, it's not as easy as modern spiritualism has led some to believe.People, even initiates, can not communicate with the spirits of any place or tree as they please and without any offerings of appeasement - from what I know about "bunele" meaning "the good ones" that live in some trees
, they are not necessarily easygoing , they are wise and with a very strong sense of justice and honor,but sometimes vindictive and harsh with "trespassers",especially those living in walnut trees (they say if you cut a young walnut tree the trunk of which is smaller in circumference than your own waste the spirits will harm your health ) , oaks and elder trees. They are not necessarily prawned to answer kindly to questions that we may have.In order to communicate with them you have to tame them. This was done in the past by burring the afterbirth of the child at the roots of a tree chosen secretly, but no one does that anymore.Today sorcerers that want to tame an old tree inhabited by spirits in order to use them to help with their magic, start on the Black Friday before dawn to bring milk in which they poured 3 drops of blood from their small left finger for 40 consecutive days - they pour the milk at its roots and recite certain spells.Also it is recommended that your clean hair and fingernails be buried at a certain distance around it. You must sit under it and and say prayers with your head touching the roots - some are shown in daydreams certain signs that they must carve on a twig that was broken from the East part pf the tree, by hand at the moment of sunrise and not cut (you can carve it at home afterwards but never using iron)- there is a spell also here recited.That twig is latter used to as a sort of magic wand to make all kinds of things and also put under ones pillow to communicate with the spirits through dreams.So mostly , they are the ones that communicate to us.They say you must never approach such trees wearing metal, especially iron - they are bothered by that.There is much to say about it..
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CelticGypsy
Jul 25 2011 02:37 PM

I am going to post something related, that I hope some will find useful, although I do not understand what a "tree memory" means...
In my tradition we do not communicate with the spirit of the trees.There are a few exceptions though, namely if it is a very thick old tree, especially an oak tree.Then they say that tree is the home of powerful spirits and rituals are held around it - they take the form of supplications and prayers while knotting red ribbons around the trunk and around twigs.Offerings of worm milk, bread and honey are left under the tree.The rain water gathered in their hollows are used for healing .The process of communication directly with these spirits - question/answer, it's not as easy as modern spiritualism has led some to believe.People, even initiates, can not communicate with the spirits of any place or tree as they please and without any offerings of appeasement - from what I know about "bunele" meaning "the good ones" that live in some trees
, they are not necessarily easygoing , they are wise and with a very strong sense of justice and honor,but sometimes vindictive and harsh with "trespassers",especially those living in walnut trees (they say if you cut a young walnut tree the trunk of which is smaller in circumference than your own waste the spirits will harm your health ) , oaks and elder trees. They are not necessarily prawned to answer kindly to questions that we may have.In order to communicate with them you have to tame them. This was done in the past by burring the afterbirth of the child at the roots of a tree chosen secretly, but no one does that anymore.Today sorcerers that want to tame an old tree inhabited by spirits in order to use them to help with their magic, start on the Black Friday before dawn to bring milk in which they poured 3 drops of blood from their small left finger for 40 consecutive days - they pour the milk at its roots and recite certain spells.Also it is recommended that your clean hair and fingernails be buried at a certain distance around it. You must sit under it and and say prayers with your head touching the roots - some are shown in daydreams certain signs that they must carve on a twig that was broken from the East part pf the tree, by hand at the moment of sunrise and not cut (you can carve it at home afterwards but never using iron)- there is a spell also here recited.That twig is latter used to as a sort of magic wand to make all kinds of things and also put under ones pillow to communicate with the spirits through dreams.So mostly , they are the ones that communicate to us.They say you must never approach such trees wearing metal, especially iron - they are bothered by that.There is much to say about it..


If there is much to remark on such Tree Lore, would you post your experiances and knowledge ? A .. 'stand alone' post that all could thread too, would be welcomed.
Thank you !
Regards,
Gypsy
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I am going to post something related, that I hope some will find useful, although I do not understand what a "tree memory" means...
In my tradition we do not communicate with the spirit of the trees.There are a few exceptions though, namely if it is a very thick old tree, especially an oak tree.Then they say that tree is the home of powerful spirits and rituals are held around it - they take the form of supplications and prayers while knotting red ribbons around the trunk and around twigs.Offerings of worm milk, bread and honey are left under the tree.The rain water gathered in their hollows are used for healing .The process of communication directly with these spirits - question/answer, it's not as easy as modern spiritualism has led some to believe.People, even initiates, can not communicate with the spirits of any place or tree as they please and without any offerings of appeasement - from what I know about "bunele" meaning "the good ones" that live in some trees
, they are not necessarily easygoing , they are wise and with a very strong sense of justice and honor,but sometimes vindictive and harsh with "trespassers",especially those living in walnut trees (they say if you cut a young walnut tree the trunk of which is smaller in circumference than your own waste the spirits will harm your health ) , oaks and elder trees. They are not necessarily prawned to answer kindly to questions that we may have.In order to communicate with them you have to tame them. This was done in the past by burring the afterbirth of the child at the roots of a tree chosen secretly, but no one does that anymore.Today sorcerers that want to tame an old tree inhabited by spirits in order to use them to help with their magic, start on the Black Friday before dawn to bring milk in which they poured 3 drops of blood from their small left finger for 40 consecutive days - they pour the milk at its roots and recite certain spells.Also it is recommended that your clean hair and fingernails be buried at a certain distance around it. You must sit under it and and say prayers with your head touching the roots - some are shown in daydreams certain signs that they must carve on a twig that was broken from the East part pf the tree, by hand at the moment of sunrise and not cut (you can carve it at home afterwards but never using iron)- there is a spell also here recited.That twig is latter used to as a sort of magic wand to make all kinds of things and also put under ones pillow to communicate with the spirits through dreams.So mostly , they are the ones that communicate to us.They say you must never approach such trees wearing metal, especially iron - they are bothered by that.There is much to say about it..


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Unagal,

Oh so much detail of this sampling of tree lore you offer, what a wealth of custom and practice you have. I look forward to seeing more as you journey through this place.

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If there is much to remark on such Tree Lore, would you post your experiances and knowledge ? A .. 'stand alone' post that all could thread too, would be welcomed.
Thank you !
Regards,
Gypsy


Such a lore is too vast for me to compress in one post, but that wouldn't necessarily be the problem.I fear though that such a post would be premature and I don't want to start on the wrong foot with other members.I am willing to share anything that I can share, and in the case of tree lore there are no mandatory secretes.If anyone is researching a certain subject just ask and if I know something I will try to help :)
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CelticGypsy
Jul 25 2011 03:23 PM

Such a lore is too vast for me to compress in one post, but that wouldn't necessarily be the problem.I fear though that such a post would be premature and I don't want to start on the wrong foot with other members.I am willing to share anything that I can share, and in the case of tree lore there are no mandatory secretes.If anyone is researching a certain subject just ask and if I know something I will try to help :)


Oh now, this is not the time to be shy ! Pick a tree that you know personally of it's lore and properties, and post about it. Personally, I would like to see more about the Yew tree, it is a tree that interests me as of late. " Start out on the wrong foot "... dear ? You couldn't start out on the wrong foot here, tut tut on that thought. We are all Seekers, if you have wisdom in this area, please don't deprive me of getting to know you.:wink:
Regards,
Gypsy
Edited : Also, if memory serves me right, one of our Peers ( Absinthe ) was wondering about the Hornbeam or Hornbeen tree. We'd both be so pleased if you had knowledge you could share. Thank you Unagal.
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