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Tree Magic and Myth

Updated on September 28, 2012

Ancient Tree Magic Still Surrounds Us Today...

Since ancient times the Celts and Druids have revered trees as sacred and were central to their daily lives and customs. Each tree was endowed with its own magical qualities and divine powers. For example the Oak is a father figure, and its wood is used to forge weapons, staffs and light large fires; whereas the Hazel is the seen as the mother tree, her wood is used as a divining rod to find water or to pass judgment on the guilty, for she is thought to be wise.

I hear the wind among the trees

Playing the celestial symphonies;

I see the branches downward bent,

Like keys of some great instrument.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Ash Tree

Tree of The Sea

November and May's tree is Ash. The Ash is considered to be the father of trees.

Symbolizes intellect, karmic laws, magical potency, healing, protection from drowning.

- 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.

-The seeds of the Ash have been used in love divination. If the seeds did not appear on a tree the owner was said to have been unlucky in love, or a future venture would not be successful. Finding a leaf by chance, success was doubly assured if the Ash leaf was kept or worn by the person.

- Fresh ash leaves kept under the pillow stimulated psychic dreams. In the North of England it was said that if a woman placed an Ash leaf in the left shoe, she would meet her future spouse immediately.

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Cypress Tree

Faithfullness

The Cypress Tree represents those born in January, and July.

It is associated with the god of the underworld, Hades.

The Cypress represents the unselfish need to sacrifice for others.

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Hazelnut Tree

Extraordinary Wisdom

The Hazel tree represents individuals born in the month of March or October.

Its symbolism includes the Mother, hidden wisdom, intelligence, inspiration, fertility, healing and divination.

A forked stick of Hazel was once used to determine the guilt of accused prisoners.

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Oak Tree

Brave/Royal

March 21 is the day of the mighty Oak.

A symbol of the Father, the Oak represents endurance, triumph, strength, power, fire magic, prosperity, fertility, sacrifice, and the guardian.

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Rowan Tree

Tree of Life

The Rowan tree is thought to be the original "Tree of Life" . It represents April and October and is known for aid and protection against enchantment.

- Sticks of the Rowan were used for carving Runes.

- They were also used in the art of metal divining.

- Sprays and crosses of Rowan were placed around farm animals and over doors of homes for protection from evil forces.

- The Rowan's red berries have a tiny pentagram etched within them. The pentagram, an ancient pagan symbol of protection, is one reason why it has been called the "Witch's Tree"

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- The Rowan tree is said to empower psychic energy and aide in exorcisms.

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Weaping Willow

Melancholy

The Willow tree represents March or September, its symbolism includes the Mother, magic, the moon, healing, inner vision and dreams.

- It is sacred to the Moon Goddess.

- The Willow is an enchanted tree and can make wishes come true.

- Ancient Egyptians and Native Americans used the leaves and bark of the Willow for aches and fever because they contain salicylic acid, also known as aspirin.

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      Gadfly 2 years ago from Olde London Towne

      Gadfly here writing under the 'nom de plume' of Lantokey. A lantokey is the sacred oak groves located near a fresh water spring handy for the Druids to meet for ritual. The trees in my habitate are horse chestnut (some 150 years) and an occassional elm but when i can escape to the countryside my woodlands consist of beech with the odd spruce.