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Al Selden Leif - Pagan - Trees - Sacred Celtic Trees and Woods

Al Selden Leif - Pagan - Trees - Sacred Celtic Trees and Woods

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Sacred Celtic Trees and Woods
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To the Celts and many other peoples of the old world, certain trees held specialsignificance as a fuel for heat, cooking, building materials and weaponry. In addition tothis however, many woods also provided a powerful spiritual presence. The specific treesvaried between different cultures and geographic locations, but those believed to be"sacred" shared certain traits. Unusual size, beauty, the wide range of materials they provided, unique physical characteristics, or simply the power of the tree's spirit couldgrant it a central place in the folklore and mythology of a culture. Even our modernculture finds that certain trees capture our imagination. The mighty oak, the mystical yewand so many others are reminders of the power that trees have on our lives. Trees areliving things, filled with the essence and energy and of the Elementals and Mother Earthwith an aura of power which is visible to those who are in total balance and harmony. Thelore which surrounds a particular tree or wood often reflects the power the old onessensed and drew from their presence.
 
ALDER 
This tree was sacred to the Druids. The pith is easily pushed out of green shoots to makewhistles. Several shoots bound together by cordage, can be trimmed to the desired lengthfor producing the note you want and used to entice Air elementals. The old superstition of "whistling up the wind" began with this custom.
APPLE (Domestic)
Another sacred tree to the Druids. It is said that you may cut an apple into three pieces,then rub the cut side on warts, saying: "Out warts, into apple." Then bury the pieces andas the apple decays, the warts will disappear. Use apple cider in any old spells calling for  blood or wine. Apple indicates choice, and is useful for love and healing magic.
ASH
A Druid sacred tree. Druid wands were often made of ash because of its straight grain.Ash wands are good for healing, general and solar magic. Put fresh ash leaves under your  pillow to stimulate psychic dreams.
BIRCH
Known as Lady of the Woods, Paper Birch and White Birch. Carefully gather strips of the bark at the New Moon. With red ink, write on a birch strip: "Bring me true love." Burnthis along with a love incense, saying "Goddess of love, God of desire, Bring to me sweet passion's fire." The specific name of a god/goddess may be added. Or cast the bark into astream or other flowing water, saying: "Message of love, I set you free, to capture a loveand return to me." ***Remember*** It is unwise to use this incantation and ritualdirected toward a specific person as that would violate the rule. If a love is to come toyou, it must be of that persons free will to do so.
BLACKTHORN
Blackthorn is a winter tree. Its white flowers are seen even before the leaves in the spring.It is black barked with vicious thorns and grows in dense thickets. The wood is used inthe cudgel shillelagh and Blasting Stick. Its thorns are used to pierce waxen images.Blackthorn indicates strong action of fate or outside influences that must be obeyed.
BROOM
Also known as Scotch Broom or Irish Broom. It can be substituted for furze (gorse) at theSpring Equinox. The Irish called it the "Physician's power" because of its diuretic shoots.Sweep your outside ritual areas with it to purify and protect. Burning the blooms andshoots calms the wind. Be cautious if you plant Broom however, it will quicklymultiply....
CEDAR 
Also known as the Tree of Life, Arbor Vitae, Yellow Cedar. Ancient Celts on themainland used cedar oil to preserve the heads of enemies taken in battle. To draw Earthenergy and ground yourself, place the palms of your hands against the ends of the leaves.
 
ELDER 
Also known as Ellhorn, Elderberry, Lady Elder. Sacred to the White Lady andMidsummer Solstice. The Druids used it to both bless and curse. Standing under an elder tree at Midsummer, like standing in a Fairy Ring of mushrooms, will help you see the"little people." Elder wands can be used to drive out evil spirits or thought forms. Musicon panpipes or flutes of elder have the same power as the wand. Remember the words of the Rede. Elder is the Lady's Tree, burn it not or cursed ye be!
ELM
A slightly fibrous, tan-coloured wood with a slight sheen. Elm is often associated withMother and Earth Goddesses, and was said to be the abode of faeries, explainingKipling's injunction; "Ailim be the lady's tree; burn it not or cursed ye'll be". Elm wood isvalued for it's resistance to splitting, and the inner bark was used for cordage and chair caning. Elm adds stability and grounding to a spell.
FIR 
Fir is a very tall slender tree that grows in mountainous regions on the upper slopes. Fir cones respond to rain by closing and the sun by opening. Fir can see over great distanceto the far horizon beyond and below. Fir indicates high views and long sights with clear vision of what is beyond and yet to come.
FIR (SILVER)
Also known as the Birth Tree. The needles are burned at childbirth to bless and protectthe mother and baby.
FURZE
Also known as Gorse, Whin. Its golden flowers are associated with the Spring Equinox.Wood and blooms are burned for protection and preparation for conflict of any sort.
HAWTHORN
Also known as May Tree and White Thorn. Wands made of this wood are of great power.The blossoms are highly erotic to men. Hawthorn can be used for protection, love andmarriage spells.
HAZEL
Wands made of this wood symbolize white magick and healing. Forked sticks are used tofind water or buried treasure. If outside and in need of maigckal protection quickly drawa circle around yourself with a hazel branch. To enlist the aid of plant fairies, stringhazelnuts on a cord and hang up in your house or ritual room. Magically, hazel wood isused to gain knowledge, wisdom and poetic inspiration.

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