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Katydid's Site Index

Beth-Luis-Nion Tree Calendar
Solar Trees
Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar
Sacred Celtic Trees and Woods
Creating A Magickal Tree
Using Tree Magick
Tree Magick
Trees and Creation
How Pussy Willows Got Their Name
Success With Resin Sapping
Trees are Ancient Life

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 Utility, 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)
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
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 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. Celtic Trees Described
Alder This tree was sacred to the Druids. The pith is easily pushed out of green shoots to make whistles. Several shoots bound together by cordage, can be trimmed to the desired length for producing the note you want and used to entice Air elementals. The old superstition of "whistling up the wind" began with this custom.
Apple 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 and as 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.
Beech Beech wood is close grained and easy to work with - smooth and even surface. Beech medicine can tell you about yesterday and how it is relevant today. Handling old objects or visiting a place connected to your past will bring understanding of people, incidents, reviving the memories within that are needed.
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." Burn this 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 a stream or other flowing water, saying: "Message of love, I set you free, to capture a love and return to me." Remember.. It is unwise to use this incantation and ritual directed toward a specific person as that would violate the rule. If a love is to come to you, 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 in the 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 the Spring 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 and shoots calms the wind. Be cautious if you plant Broom however, it will quickly multiply!
Cedar Also known as the Tree of Life, Arbor Vitae, Yellow Cedar. Ancient Celts on the mainland used cedar oil to preserve the heads of enemies taken in battle. To draw Earth energy 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 and Midsummer 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. Music on 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 with Mother and Earth Goddesses, and was said to be the abode of faeries, explaining Kipling's injunction; "Ailim be the lady's tree; burn it not or cursed ye'll be". Elm wood is valued 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 distance to 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 protect the 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.
Grove The Tree of All Knowledge. The grove represents a sacred place where all is linked and becomes clear. Helps you look beneath the surface of things, whether situations or people. Medicine works with your hidden knowledge, helping you to manifest it at the appropriate time.
Hawthorne 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 and marriage spells.
Hazel Wands Hazel Wands made of this wood symbolize white magick and healing. Forked sticks are used to find water or buried treasure. If outside and in need of maigckal protection quickly draw a circle around yourself with a hazel branch. To enlist the aid of plant fairies, string hazelnuts on a cord and hang up in your house or ritual room. Magically, hazel wood is used to gain knowledge, wisdom and poetic inspiration.
Heather Used for Solitary healing work (going within). Heather along with mistletoe create powerful healing medicine in both spiritual and physical aspects.
Holly A beautiful white wood with an almost invisible grain; looks very much like ivory. Holly is associated with the death and rebirth symbolism of winter in both Pagan and Christian lore and is important to the Winter Solstice. In Arthurian legend, Gawain (representing the Oak King of summer) fought the Green Knight, who was armed with a holly club to represent winter. It is one of the three timbers used in the construction of chariot wheel shafts. It was used in spear shafts also. The qualities of a spear shaft are balance and directness, as the spear must be hefted to be thrown the holly indicates directed balance and vigour to fight if the cause is just. Holly may be used in spells having to do with sleep or rest, and to ease the passage of death. A bag of leaves and berries carried by a man is said to increase his ability to attract women.
Honeysuckle Helps you to distinguish what is real from what is false, and what is of real value on your journey. The honeysuckle will help you tread safely - remaining true to your quest.
Ivy Represents the spiral of the self and the search for self. The maze of the labyrinth is also linked to Ivy, since it symbolized the wondering soul, circling inward and outward, seeking nourishment from within & without leading you to enlightenment. A wonderful aid if helping others on a spiritual journey.
Juniper Its berries were used with thyme in Druid and Grove incenses for visions. Juniper grown by the door discourages thieves. The mature berries can be strung and hung in the house to attract love.
Mistletoe Also known as Birdlime, All Heal and Golden Bough. It was the most sacred tree of the Druids, and ruled the Winter Solstice. The berries are poisonous! Bunches of mistletoe can be hung as an all-purpose protective herb. The berries are used in love incenses.
Oak Oak has been considered sacred by just about every culture that has encountered the tree, but it was held in particular esteem by the Celts because of its size, longevity, and nutritious acorns. The oak was the "King of Trees" in a grove. Magick wands were made of its wood. Oak galls, known as Serpent Eggs, were used in magickal charms. Acorns gathered at night held the greatest fertility powers. The Druids and Priestesses listened to the rustling oak leaves and the wrens in the trees for divinatory messages. Burning oak leaves purifies the atmosphere. It can be used in spells for protection, strength, success and stability; the different varieties will lend their own special 'flavour' to the magic.
Pine The Pine tree is an evergreen, its old title was "the sweetest of woods." It was known to the Druids as one of the seven chieftain trees of the Irish. Mix the dried needles with equal parts of juniper and cedar and burn to purify the home and ritual area. The cones and nuts can be carried as a fertility charm. A good magickal cleansing and stimulating bath is made by placing pine needles in a loose-woven bag and running bath water over it. To purify and sanctify an outdoor ritual area, brush the ground with a pine branch.
Reed Helps create spiritual weapons - gives you direction. Best when used before beginning healing work or soul retrievals.
Rowan Also known as Mountain Ash, Witchwood and Sorb Apple has long known as an aid and protection against enchantment. Sticks of the Rowan were used to carve Runes on. Rowan spays and crosses were placed over cattle in pens and over homes for protection. Its lovely red berries feed the birds in winter. The berries have a tiny pentagram on them and are especially poisonous. The pentagram is the ancient symbol of protection. The Rowan tree indicates protection and control of the senses from enchantment and beguiling. The Rowan was sacred to the Druids and the Goddess Brigit. It is a very magical tree used for wands, rods, amulets and spells. A forked Rowan branch can help find water. Wands are for knowledge, locating metal and general divination.
Spindle Represents the completion of tasks. Ability to complete something to its end, no matter how difficult. Good for progressing in certain areas of your life which are of difficulty to you
Vine This is used in the development of prophetic powers, best when used while trying to reach deeper state of consciousness and when doing healing work.
White Poplar This tree aids in concerns with earthly and material aspects of Life. Also with finding the spiritual determination to face hardship we have to endure. This tree has the ability to resist and to shield, also an ability with languages and speech with close relationship with the winds.
Willow Also known as White Willow, Tree of Enchantment and Witches' Asprin. Once of the seven sacred trees of the Irish, a Druid sacred Tree. The willow is a Moon tree sacred to the White Lady Its groves were considered so magickal that priests, priestesses and all types of artisans sat among these trees to gain eloquence, inspiration, skills and prophecies. For a wish to be granted, ask permission of the willow, explaining your desire. Select a pliable shoot and tie a loose knot in it while expressing what you want. When the wish is fulfilled. return and untie the knot. Remember to thank the willow and leave a gift.
Yew Also known as English Yew and European Yew. Another important tree to the Winter Solstice and the deities of death and rebirth. It is a beautifully smooth, gold-coloured wood with a wavy grain. The Irish used it to make dagger handles, bows and wine barrels. The wood or leaves were laid on graves as a reminder to the departed spirit that death was only a pause in life before rebirth. All parts of the tree are poisonous except the fleshy covering of the berry, and its medicinal uses include a recently discovered treatment for cancer. The yew may be the oldest-lived tree in the world. Ancient yews can be found in churchyards all over Britain, where they often pre-date even the oldest churches. There are some convincing arguments for it being the original 'World-tree' of Scandinavian mythology. The Yew may be used to enhance magical and psychic abilities, and to induce visions.
Creating A Magickal Tree 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. 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. Tree Magick Sacred and magickal trees are found in the religions and mythology of almost every culture. Trees form the link between earth and sky, because they have their roots in soil and their branches in the air and were originally regarded in creative form of the Earth Mother. In early forms of religion, people believed that trees were themselves deities, a belief that gradually gave way to the idea that the spirits of deities or nature essences live within the tree. In Japan, temples have been built around sacred trees for more than two thousand years. Here it is believed that Mononoke, the magickal life force, is concentrated in trees and rocks.The Japanese Cryptomeria and the evergreen Sakaki trees are especially rich in this force and are often used for building sacred shrine. The tree itself is incorporated into the central pillar so the indwelling power of the nature deity might bless the site. In parts of Sweden until quite recently, a guardian tree, often Elm, Ash or Lime, was planted close to farms or small settlements and it was forbidden to take even a leaf from this tree. Pregnant women used to embrace the tree to ensure an easy delivery. Trees have also been associated from Africa o Eastern Europe with the spirits of fertility, who regulated rain, sunshine and good harvest. In Germany and France, in some agricultural areas, large leafy branch or even a whole tree, decorated with corn ears or the last corn sheaf, adorns the last wagon of the harvest. It was traditionally set on the roof of the farmhouse or barn for a year to ensure future good harvest. In India, sacred trees are still visited in order to ask for blessings, especially for fertility, from the indwelling spirit or deity: food and flowers are left at the tree shrine and offering ribbons are tied to the tree. The Celtic Druids worshipped not in temples, but in groves of trees. These natural sites may have predated the Celts by thousands of years; and still in Wales, Brittany and Cornwall the trees are hung with ribbons, trinkets and petitions for healing and blessings. Trees and Creation In the Norse Tradition, Yggdrassil, the world tree supported the nine realms of existence. At the top was Asgard, the home of the Aesir, the principle deities, led by Odin and his consort Frigg. This level also contained Vanaheim, the kingdom of the wind, fertility and sea gods, with whom the Aesir fashioned an uneasy peace, and Alfheim, home of the light elves. On the middle level was Midgard, the land of the humans. They shared this level with Jotunheim, the land of the frost giants and Nidavellir, the realm of the dwarves, who guarded their treasures and made artifacts for the deities. The lowest realm was divided between Niflheim and Hel, realms of the dead and Svartalafheim, home of the dark elves. In Eastern Europe as well as in Asia the mythological world tree was considered the axis of the world with the pole star at the top. Shamans, the magickal priests or healers of indigenous peoples worldwide, climb this tree in a trance to reach other realms. Look up through the branches of a very tall tree on a starry night and you will see how this belief came into being. The tree appears in numerous creation myths. In one Maori legend, the tree was the first thing to appear at creation and on it grew countless buds that contained all created life. A number of Native North American creation myths tell how the first humans climbed pine or fir trees from the underworld and broke through on to the Earth. In Viking myth the first man was fashioned by Odin and his brothers from an Ash (Aesc) and the first woman from an Elm tree (Embla). The gods found the trees while walking on the seashore. How Pussy Willows Got Their Name Many spring times ago, according to an old Polish legend, tiny kittens were chasing butterflies along the edge of the river and fell in. The mother cat, helpless to save them, started crying. The willows at the river's edge swept their long, graceful branches into the water towards the kittens. The kittens gripped the branches tightly and were rescued. Each springtime since, goes the legend, willow branches sprout tiny fur-like buds where the tiny kittens once clung. Success With Resin Sapping Ever run into a situation where you need the resin from a certain tree and cant find it? I have. I also go through a lot because I use it as a binder in my incenses and I like to use the appropriate resin so as not to disalign my energies. This is how I do it: {Don't forget to ask the tree you sap permission to do so!} Ensure the tree you select will sap well. Look at where branches have fallen; are the wounds covered with dry sap? Is there sap at seemingly random points on the tree? You have a sapping tree. If you are unsure, poke a small hole in the tree and come back in a week, if there is sap there, you have a winner, if not, find a different type of tree. You may end up having to bite the bullet and buying some. Once you have a sapping tree wait until the conditions are right. Perfect conditions are late February to early march. The tempiture should have been around the 40's for several days prior. Most of us may not live in a place where this will happen, or need it at another time of the year. I recommend waiting for the coldest couple of days, and begin the sapping early in the morning, at first light or earlier. Look for dry sap on the tree that you can collect. If there is none, or not enough, follow steps 4-5, if there is enough "natural sap" do not follow steps 4 & 5. "Wound" the tree , be sure to thank the tree, ensure the cut goes to the beginning of the heartwood so you know you have penetrated the sapwood. make SURE that the wound is no larger than 1" Return each week until the sap covering the wound has dried, or you can collect it while wet, and let it dry. Your choice. Once you have collected enough dry sap you have 2 choices: 1: grind the sap into a powder on the spot (see step 9 for details) or homogenize (make all of the sap one consistency, color, etc.) if you just grind it go to step 9. If you decide to homogenize, continue. You must homogenize to make bar resin. Place all dry sap in a glass bottle (with all labeling removed). Place the bottle directly on the stove and set it to a low heat. Heat until all sap has mixed and is uniform in color and has no major chunks (small ones are usually ok). The sap should have been boiling for a while now. If making bar sap, pour into a mold/onto wax paper and let dry, you are done. For powdered resin, continue. Pour resin onto a plastic bag or wax paper and allow to dry. To ensure the resin is dry, cover with COLD ice water for a while and dry COMPLETLEY. To grind you will need a mortar and pestle. Ensure resin is COMPLETLEY DRY. Clean you mortar and pestle immediately prior to grinding. Ensure it is bone dry. Smash the sap lobes/bars/plates in to smaller pieces then grind as usual. A little will stick to the sides, just scrape it off with a spoon. (be sure to clean your mortar and pestle afterwards) You are done. Trees are Ancient Life Trees are ancient life forms measuring time in a manner very different than we do. A single aged tree may have seen several human generations pass in its own time. A genus, grove or group of one specific type of tree is even more venerable, often watching over many other forms of life as they live and die throughout its existence. Gingko and dawn redwood grew in the shadows of the dinosaurs. Honey locust and papaw knew the touch of mastodons and giant ground sloth harvesting its ripened fruits. So then to work with these great beings is in a few woods "not to rush" It is obvious that one should always be respectful of the natural world and the life that is reflected in every miracle nature presents to us whenever invoking thier energies (see my drums). This is particularly important when working with trees. If you are impatient, hurried or fixated on the outcome of the work may be better to seek a different form of Earth energy to engage in. The bond between human and tree is built slowly, across the full turning of the seasons, and with patience attention to detail. Trees like people are individuals. Every bur oak or wild plum possesses a unique personality. You may well find that you can bond and identify with one individual of a species and not with another. List of Magick Celtic Trees
Tree Celtic Descriptions
Alder A water-loving tree, the God linked with this tree is Bran the blessed, is for spiritual protection & prophecy.
Apple A dense, fine grained, rosy colored wood with a sweet smell. Apple is associated with choice. This is good medicine to use when your are having difficulty in making decisions, whether they are work or relationship oriented.
Ash The World Tree, it has deep penetrating roots which change the chemistry of the soil, making undergrowth difficult for other vegetation. Helps link the earthly and spiritual. Good medicine for meditation.
Beech A Beech wood is close grained and easy to work with - smooth and even surface. Beech medicine can tell you about yesterday and how it is relevant today. Handling old objects or visiting a place connected to your past will bring understanding of people, incidents, reviving the memories within that are needed.
Birch This tree is indicative of cleanliness & determination in overcoming adversity. Use when wanting to make a fresh start & ridding yourself of bad influences
Blackthorn A wintery tree. Fruits, known as sloes, only ripen after the first frost. The Gaelic word "staif" has links with English word "strife". Wood of Blackthorn is traditionally used with the Irish shillelagh. It represents the strong action of fate or outside influences in your life. Blackthorn should not be used by the novice.
Elder Linked to eternal turnings of life and death, birth and rebirth. It represents the end/beginning and beginning/end. Significant of creativity and renewal.. new beginnings.
Hawthorn A Small tree with dense, many-branched body. Best used for cleansing & chastity, bringing protection from the inner magical realms.
Hazel Embodies many talents: poetry, divination, and the powers of meditation. In Celtic tradition, the Salmon of knowledge is said to eat the nuts dropped into its sacred pool from this tree growing beside it. Each nut eaten by the salmon becomes a spot on its skin. In Europe and North America Hazel is used to gain knowledge, wisdom & poetic inspiration.
Heather Used for Solitary healing work (going within) Heather along with mistletoe create powerful healing medicine in both spiritual and physical aspects.
Holly A white-wooded tree with almost invisible grain, looks much like ivory. Holly is associated with the death and rebirth symbolism in both Pagan & Christian lore. In Arthurian legend, Gawain (Representing the Oak King of summer) fought the Green Knight, who was armed with a Holly club to represent winter. Holly medicine may be used with difficulties in sleep and to ease the passage of death.
Ivy Represents the spiral of the self and the search for self. The maze of the labyrinth is also linked to Ivy, since it symbolized the wondering soul, circling inward and outward, seeking nourishment from within & without, leading you to ENLIGHTENMENT . A wonderful aid if helping others on a spiritual journey.
Oak The Oak's place in Celtic lunar calendar is seventh among thirteen months. The Oak has protected England through the use of his timbers for the building of ships. Oaks are used as boundary marker. Oak medicine is best used for securing your pursuits, protecting while attaining your goals. It is essential protection for those less able, who require security in order to strengthen their characters.
Poplar (white) Concerns with earthly and material aspects of Life. Also with finding the spiritual determination to face hardship we have to endure. This tree has the ability to resist and to shield, also an ability with languages and speech with close relationship with the winds.
Reed Helps create spiritual weapons - gives you direction. Best when used before beginning healing work or soul retrievals.
Silver fir Used to bring knowledge of your present and past lives into now. The color sliver links you to your SILVER THREAD symbolizing your awareness of the progress of your spiritual journey. Best used when searching for gift of INSIGHT.
Vine This is used in the development of prophetic powers, best when used while trying to reach deeper state of consciousness and when doing healing work.
Willow Medicine stands for female & lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking like the alder. Offers protection against damp diseases & modern herbal Practioners extract salicin from the bark to be used to ease illnesses like rheumatic fever. The gift of fertility is also represented here.
Yew Mostly found in ancient cemeteries. In Breton Legen, the tree is said to grow a root into the open mouth of each corpse buried in the graveyard. This root is the symbol of rebirth. Good medicine when used in working with past life issues and regression.
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