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Entries Beth-Luis-Nion Tree Calendar Solar Trees Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar Sacred Celtic Trees and Woods Using Tree Magick Go To Top Katydid's Random Madness Home Page Beth-Luis-Nion Tree Calendar Tree ~ Entity ~ Moon ~ Dates ~ Nickname ~ Aids in ~ Sabbat Birch ~ Beth ~ 1st Moon ~ Dec 24 – Jan 20 ~ Moon of Inception, Moon of Beginnings ~ Protection of children and Purification Rowan ~ Luis ~ 2nd Moon ~ Jan 21 – Feb 17 ~ Moon of Vision, Astral Travel Moon ~ Healing, Empowerment ~ Imbolc (February 2nd) Ash ~ Nion ~ 3rd Moon ~ Feb 18 – Mar 17 ~ Moon of Waters ~ Prosperity, Protection, Healing Alder ~ Fearn ~ 4th Moon ~ Mar 18 – Apr 14 ~ Moon of Efficacy or Moon of Self Guidance ~ Completeness, Spirituality ~ Ostara (Spring Equinox - March 21st) Willow ~ Saille ~ 5th Moon ~ Apr 15 – May 12 ~ Witch's Moon, Moon of balance ~ Love, healing, protection, fertility ~ Beltane (April 30th) Hawthorne ~ Uath ~ 6th Moon ~ May 13 – Jun 9 ~ Moon of Restraint or Moon of Hindrance ~ Fertility, peace, prosperity Oak ~ Duir ~ 7th Moon ~ Jun 10 – Jul 7 ~ Moon of Strength, Moon of Security ~ All positive purposes ~ Litha (Summer Solstice - June 21st) Holly ~ Tinne ~ 8th Moon ~ Jul 8 – Aug 4 ~ Moon of Encirclement, Moon of Polarity ~ Protection, prophecy, all magick for animals ~ Lughnasadh (August 1st) Hazel ~ Coll ~ 9th Moon ~ Aug 5 – Sep 1 ~ Moon of the Wise, Crone Moon ~ Manifestation, protection, fertility Vine ~ Muin ~ 10th Moon ~ Sep 2 – Sep 29 ~ Moon of Celebration ~ Prosperity, protection, healing, inspiration, spirituality ~ Mabon (Autumn Equinox - September 21st) Ivy ~ Gort ~ 11th Moon ~ Sep 30 – Oct 27 ~ Moon of Buoyancy. Moon of Resilience ~ Healing, protection, cooperation, exorcism Reed ~ Ngetal ~ 12th Moon ~ Oct 28 – Nov 24 ~ Moon of the House, Moon of Truth ~ Fertility, love, protection ~ Samhain (October 31st) Elder ~ Ruis ~ 13th Moon ~ Nov 25 – Dec 22 ~ Moon of Completeness ~ Prosperity, healing, banishing, exorcism ~ Yule (Winter Solstice - December 21st) Go To Top Katydid's Random Madness Home Page Solar Trees Tree ~ Entity ~ Season ~ Dates Yew ~ Idho ~ Winter Solstice ~ Dec 23rd Silver Fir ~ Ailim ~ Winter ~ Dec 24 – Mar 20 Furze ~ Onn ~ Spring ~ Mar 21 – Jun 20 Heather ~ Ura ~ Summer ~ Jun 21 – Sep 22 White Poplar ~ Eadha ~ Autumn ~ Sep 23 – Dec 22 Go To Top Katydid's Random Madness Home Page Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar Since time began the tree has been recognized as a symbol of life and regeneration and to some of sacred knowledge. To primitive man the tree and its by-products were a source used in all aspects of life. It offered Shelter from the elements, Food from its fruit, Heat from a fire, Clothing from its bark and Tools as well as Weapons from its wood. Little wonder then that the tree evolved as one of the earliest symbols of reverence to worship. Of old the Oak tree was thought to have been the primary symbol of worship and then other trees were given prevalence. Trees in general were believed to have been the God incarnate. Kings, Queens, Emissaries, Priests and Priestesses all carried branches of Oak (or those of the other sacred trees) as symbols of their authority. The Staff (also made from rowan, walnut, birch and beech) became a symbol that the bearer was an emissary of the gods. Tree symbolism was common throughout continental Europe and the British Isles and appears in the lore and mythology of many cultures. Some believed that giant trees supported the World, others like the Greco-Romans believed that the Gods themselves transformed into trees. The Celts and Teutons believed that the first human beings were descendant from trees. In many Pagan beliefs the tree was considered magical, it’s roots extended beneath the earth and beneath the earth was a realm of great mystery. This was the Underworld, the predominant place of the God and ancestral spirits. But so did a trees branches bare fruit and reach up into the heavens another realm of great mystery and the predominant place of the Goddess, where the physical manifestations of both the God and Goddess could be seen in the Sun, Moon and Stars. Birds were thought to be the messengers of the gods and they often nest in trees to rear their young, so the trunk of the tree itself became a bridge between the worlds. The old mystical belief of 'as above, so below' came from trees. The tree has two equal parts, the top that reached into the heavens – 'as above', and a virtually identical part that reached deep down into the earth – 'as below'. This refers to the belief that whatever is in the unseen world is replicated and manifest in the physical world (one of the basic principles behind all magic). As the tree physically unites the heaven with the earth, so the Goddess and God became one. In folklore many pagan gods sacrificed themselves on trees, an act that reunited them with the 'all that is' and the afterlife of reincarnation. In some traditions it was believed that only women could enter the afterlife (known to some as 'Tir-na-nog', or the 'Land of the Forever Young') and that man must first be reabsorbed into the womb before passing on. The tree with its all-reaching circle of life, death, earth and sky fulfills this symbolism. Nature spirits and elementals are believed to dwell in trees, normally indisposed to helping humans, they could under certain circumstances be partitioned to aid in magic and to communicate with deities. Tree fairies lived high up in the branches watching out for children and laughing at human folly, while gnomes the earth elementals were said to make their homes in the roots of oak trees. There they could watch out and protect all of earth’s creatures. Trees were also used to bind and trap evil spirits. This was normally done through the use of prayers and spells. In folklore trees were often planted over the graves of evil magicians and wicked witches to keep their spirits from returning and harassing the living. It was believed that the trees roots trapped their souls beneath the earth in that realm of great mystery. While trees have always been considered sacred, much of their associations have been credited to the ancient Druids. It was the Druids’ that developed the practice of tree magick particularly in relation to healing and divination. They also standardized the annual Celtic calendar and codified the ancient Ogham alphabet by allocating a sacred tree to the 13 new moons, 4 solar seasons, and the Winter Solstice of each year. A contemporary version of this ancient calendar/alphabet, the Beth-Luis-Nion calendar, was reconstructed by Robert “von Ranke" Graves (author of The White Goddess) from an ancient poem called the “Song of Amergin". The Beth-Luis-Nion calendar begins at the Winter Solstice (21st–23rd December) and is based on the 13 lunar moon phases of the year. Each moon phase is calculated as having 28 days, which start and end on a New Moon. The five solar trees are named for the 4 seasons of the year, with the fifth representing the day of the Winter Solstice (13 moons phases x 28 days = 364, add one day for the Winter Solstice = 365 days of the year). Using Gaelic names for each tree, the first letter of each tree forms the consonants of the Ogham alphabet, while the first letter of the solar seasonal trees form the vowels Go To Top Katydid's Random Madness Home Page Sacred Celtic Trees and Woods To the Celts and many other peoples of the old world, certain trees held special significance as a fuel for heat, cooking, building materials and weaponry. In addition to this however, many woods also provided a powerful spiritual presence. The specific trees varied 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 could grant it a central place in the folklore and mythology of a culture. Even our modern culture finds that certain trees capture our imagination. The mighty oak, the mystical yew and so many others are reminders of the power that trees have on our lives. Trees are living things, filled with the essence and energy and of the Elementals and Mother Earth with an aura of power which is visible to those who are in total balance and harmony. The lore which surrounds a particular tree or wood often reflects the power the old ones sensed and drew from their presence. You can create your own, albeit more modest but nevertheless magickal, world tree in your garden. You can use any tree or a large bush as long as it has plenty of branches. Indoors, you can use a large ornamental tree or bush. Alternatively, use large, stripped-wood branches indoors or set them in soil. Wherever it is located, you magickal tree acts as a protective force to repel harm from your property. You can start the tree with just one or two items. You will need some of the following: A witch ball or colored-glass fishing float that reflects the garden and shines in sunlight. These are both protective and empowering. Witch balls resemble huge Christmas baubles and come from the American folk tradition. You can make one by painting a glass sphere with metallic paint or buy one from a New Age shop or website. Fishing floats make a transparent glass are on sale in antique stores or garage sales, but increasingly in gift shops and houseware stores. Hang two or three of them from the tree. Mirrors. These need only be small to reflect the flow of the life force round the garden and repel all harm. You can use ordinary round mirrors or Chinese lucky Bagua mirrors that display the old Chinese symbols for eight natural forces that together energize the universe and our lives. Convex ones that curve outwards are especially protective. Outdoors, nets of seeds and nuts or fat balls bring wild birds to the tree. This is especially important if the tree itself is not living. Symbols of fertility and prosperity. Fill small raffia baskets with long handles with coins, sparking crystals like yellow citrine and clear crystal quartz or dried herbs like sage, rosemary and thyme that bring abundance to the garden with your home. You can often buy ornamental baskets set with wooden or ceramic fruits and flowers. Look in ethnic stores. Small metal birds (you can sometimes buy them made of recycled metal). They will gleam in the light and encourage the circulation of positivity. Feathers on cords to encourage positive change and the free-flowing life force. Seasonal flowers, again especially important if the tree itself is not living. These can be weaved into circlets or use as garlands secured with twine. Keep these fresh and replace regularly. Sun catchers, crystals or polished glass stones on chains. Ribbons tied on the tree for different wishes. Secure the ribbon with three knots on to the tree and make your wish. Use ribbons that are not synthetic. Use the following list when choosing the colors of items to put on to your magickal tree. Blue: Justice, career, travel and house moves. Brown: Animals, property, finances and officialdom. Green: Love and fidelity, for gradual increase in health, alternative healing, prosperity and to heal the planet. Orange: Creativity and fertility. Pink: Children, new or first love, peace, peaceful dreams and reconciliation. Purple: Psychic awareness, peace, alternative healing and for protection. Red: Passion and change. Yellow: Learning and anything that needs to happen fast or temporarily in your life; also for conventional healing. Katydid's Enchanted Kingdom Home Page Using Tree Magick You can use trees in magick in countless ways, the most basic by touching a tree with both hands, palms flat against the trunk and asking for its particular powers to enter you. This is another way of tuning into the different strengths of various trees. Collect twigs from different trees or small hand-carved items made of the different woods and use them as charms to bring the powers you need into your life. You can empower these with salt, incense, candle flame or water if you wish, though the natural wood is already powerful. Craft fairs are an excellent source of small hand-carved items, as are ethnic stores that give a fair price to crafts people. Carry a different wood when you need its particular strength. You can also burn incenses and oils made from different trees (where possible, use natural plant products) and state aloud nine times the power you seek from the tree fragrance as you write your needs in the air with the smoke from an incense stick. You can eat seeds, nuts and fruits from different trees or use products made from the blossoms in your bath to absorb the magickal strengths into your life. Natural tree, as well as flower and herbal products used in the kitchen give your home protection and harmony – and are much better for the environment than many of the alternatives. Finally you can burn two or three of the woods in a fire dish, barbecue or open fire to release the qualities you need. Create chants or a simple phrase or two incorporating the names of the chosen trees and what you seek from them. Sections Katydid's BOS Index Katydid's Class On The Basics Katydid's Festival Index Katydid's Graphic Section Katydid's Personal Section Katydid's Spells Katydid's Zodiac Signs