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Taking a walk through nature is not only refreshing and energizing, it can
also be a magickal and healing experience when you walk among the trees.
In the early years of mankind, trees were regarded as special beings, no
doubt because of their size and majesty. Apart from being the home of
animals and birds, trees embody a spirit and, even today, some folks leave
offerings to that spiritual presence. In India, most local shrines are
constructed under trees. Native American and European Shamans
believe that trees possess curative powers. Different trees are
said to have particular magickal and medicinal properties. In these
pages you will find a list of trees and the healing qualities that they
are said to possess, along with a few uses for them in tree magick.
- Don Mcleod
The Magickal Properties of Trees
Acacia: Symbolizes purity, air, and used in initiations, psychic workings, and protection. Also viewed as a Mother tree, the gum from it symbolizing menstrual blood. Tree of the Egyptian goddess Neith, Osiris, Astarte, Ishtar, and Diana.
Alder: Sacred to the god Bran. Represents resurrection, rebirth, and fire.
Almond: divination, clairvoyance, wisdom, money, loans, business.
Apple: healing, prosperity, love, peace, happiness and perpetual youth. Represents water. Associated with Venus, Hercules, Diana, Apollo, Hera, Athena.
Ash: Represents water,the Universal Mother and the source for unborn souls. Traditional Yule log. Used in healing, protection and sea magic. Associated with Poseidon, Neptune, Woden, Thor, and Mars.
Aspen: Used for phyllomancy (divination by leaf rustling) and for protection.
Birch: Sacred to Cerridwen and represents new beginnings and births. Used forprotection, fertility, purifications and blessings.
Cedar: Used for purification, prosperity, and longevity. Represents earth, spirituality and self control.
Coconut: purity, chastity, healing
Cypress: Used for Maypoles, easing losses, healing, past life workings, and protection. Represents earth.
Elder: A witch tree and often used to make wands. Used for healing, love, protection, and prosperity. Sacred to the goddess Hel. Represents air. Associated with Venus.
Elm: Represents primordial female powers. Used for protection.
Fig: fertility, strength, energy, health
Fir: Symbolizes youth and vitality. Used in prosperity magic.
Hawthorn: Called the May tree. Represents water and the White Goddess Maia. Used for female sexuality, cleansing, marriage, love and protection.
Hazel: Sacred to witches and the Celtic sea god Manannan. Often used to make all-purpose wands and used in fertility, divination, marriage, protection, and reconciliation. Symbolizes female wisdom and air. Associated with Artemis and Diana.
Holly: Represents fire. Used for protection.
Lemon: divination, healing, chastity, neutrality
Linden: Used for prophesies and protection.
Maple: Used for love and divination.?Oak: Used for healing, strength, protection, masculinity and for fertility magic. Represents fire. Associated with Dagda, Dianus, Jupiter, Zeus, Cybele, Rhea, Janus, Cernunnos, and Herne.
Mulberry: knowledge, divination, wisdom, the will
Oak: healing, strength, money, longevity
Olive: peace, fruitfulness, security, money, marriage, fidelity
Orange: love, marriage
Palm: Metaphor for Osiris's penis. Used for male fertility, strength, and virility.
Pine: Symbolizes immortality and represents earth. Pine cones represent fertility. Used for purification, health, fortune, fertility, and prosperity. Associated with Pan, Attis, Venus, and Cybele.
Rowan: Used for protection, healing, and strength. Represents fire.
Willow: Represents water. Used in moon, wishing magic, healing, protection, enchantments, and easy delivery of babies. Associated with Artemis, Persephone, Hecate, Ceres, Hera, and Circe.
The Curative Properties of Trees
Ash: Brings peace of mind. Warts rubbed on the bark will be absorbed into the tree.
Beech: Reduces swellings and skin inflammations. Helps to balance mental health.
Birch: The bark helps to heal wounds and burns.
Cedar: Cleanses negative atmospheres.
Oak: Brings vitality and long life.
Sassafras: Eases problems with the digestive system. Burying money near the roots of a Sassafras tree brings prosperity.
Pine: A renewal of energy can be obtained by sitting under a pine.
Willow: Adds vital energy to the elderly and the sick. Smoke created from burning the wood of a willow tree can soothe and guide the souls of the dead.
Wood for Talismans and Wands
Apple: Love and passion.
Birch: Sacred to the Goddess and the feminine principal.
Evergreens: Immortality and long life.
Grapevine: Joy and intoxication.
Hawthorne: Purification and fertility. Sacred to faeries.
Hazel: Wisdom, divination, and insight.
Holly: Brings power and a winning energy.
Oak: Sacred to the God and the masculine principal.
Rowan or Ash: Life and protection for the home.
Willow: Death and magick.
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Druid Sacred Trees
Alder: A whistle made of Alder is the basis for the old superstition of whistling up the wind.
Apple, Domestic: Apple cider can be used as a substitute for blood.
Ash: A tree sacred to the Druids that was used to make the wands of Shaman.
Birch: The bark was used for purification, especially during childbirth.
Blackthorn: A tree sacred to the Druids whose thorns were used in negative magick.
Broom: Also known as Scotch or Irish Broom, it’s burned at the Spring Equinox for purification and protection.
Cedar: Ancient Celts on the Mainland used it’s oil to preserve the heads of enemies that were taken in battle. It can also be used to draw earth energy and to ground yourself by placing the palms of your hands against the ends of its needles.
Cherry, Wild: Chips of the wood or bark were burned during the Celtic festivals.
Elder: A tree, sacred to the Celtic White Lady and the Summer Solstice. The Druids used it to both bless and curse. Elder wands drive out evil and negativity. Standing under an elder tree at Midsummer, like standing in a ring of Faery Mushrooms, will help you to see the Little People.
Ferns: The Druids classified ferns as sacred trees. Uncurled fronds of the male were gathered at Midsummer, dried and carried for good luck. All ferns are powerful protection plants and faeries are especially attracted to them.
Fir, Silver: Also know as the Birth Tree. Burning needles, or sweeping around the bed with a branch, blessed and protected a mother and her new baby.
Furze: Also known as gorse or whin. The flowers of this tree were associated with the Spring Equinox.
Hawthorne: Wands of this wood have great power.
Hazel: Faeries are attracted to hazel. Healing wands are made from its wood, as are water divining rods.
Holly: Because of its red berries and evergreen leaves it’s sacred to the Winter Solstice.
Juniper: The berries were used in incense, along with thyme.
Oak: A Druid holy tree. The oak was the king of trees in the grove. Magick wands were made of its wood. Oak galls, sometimes called “Serpent Eggs”, were used in magickal charms. Acorns gathered at night held the greatest fertility powers. The Druids and other magickal practitioners listened to the rustling leaves and the wrens in the trees for divinatory messages.
Pine: The pine was known as one of seven chieftan trees of the Irish. Burn the needles inside for purification. To purify and sanctify an outdoor ritual area, brush the ground with a pine branch.
Rowan: Its seed are poisonous! A Druid sacred tree that is also sacred to the Goddess Brigit. A very magickal tree used in making wands, rods, amulets, and other magick objects. A forked rowan branch can help find water. It is believed to be a powerful charm against evil spirits.
Willow: One of the seven sacred trees of the Irish. The willow is a moon tree, sacred to the Goddess. Its groves were considered so magickal that priests, priestesses, and artisans sat among the trees to gain eloquence, inspiration, skills, and prophecies.
Yew: The berries of this tree are poisonous. It is sacred to the Winter Solstice and the deities of death and rebirth. The Irish used it to make dagger handles and bows.
to make dagger handles and bows.