The energies of sacred trees has been drawn on since ancient times, to enhance
magic, used as talisman and carried in charm bags. Harness the energies of
the sacred woods to help you in your magical workings.
- Believed to be the tree of the fairies and sprites according to
ancient folklore. Sitting or standing under an Elder tree whilst
meditating is believed to increase psychic ability.
Beech - According to ancient Folklore, growing a beech tree in your garden
will bring both emotional and financial prosperity. Touch a beech tree to
draw on the prosperous energies it holds. Place a bowl of beech nuts in
the wealth corner of the home to encourage financial gain, carve your wishes on
a beech stick and bury the stick to encourage the wishes to come true.
Carry the wood or leaves to enhance creativity.
Birch - Believed to be partnered with the Oak. Where the beech grows,
the oak will be close by. According to Folklore, keeping birch leaves in a
pocket or charm bag will attract true love. Burn the wood for purification. It
is believed that touching something possessed by evil spirits with Birch, will cause the
spirits to leave.
Cedar - The tree of strength. Connect with a cedar tree to draw on it's
energies for inner strength. Burn Cedar wood in incense for purification,
carry cedar in the purse, or keep in a till to draw money.
Cherry - Despite it's beauty, the cherry is believed to have a bad effect on
relationships. According to folklore, a cherry tree growing in the garden
will cause will indicate stormy relationships, and the blossom bought into the
house before May will create arguments. It is however, a good tree for financial stability.
Chestnut - The chestnut has strong love and loyalty energies. Keep them
in the home to stop a partner from straying.
Elder - The Goddess tree. Believed to add potency all magical workings
- especially those concerning Lunar energies. Place elder berries under
the pillow for a peaceful sleep, hang elder over doorways and windows to
ward off evil, carry elder berries to protect from negative energies. Grow
Elder in the garden to protect the household from sorcery. It is considered very
bad luck to burn Elder.
Elm - Carry elm leaves to increase self-esteem and confidence and to attract
Hawthorn - Strongly associated with fertility, the hawthorn was often used
decorate May poles and incorporated into handfasting blessings and Spring
rituals. Carried, the hawthorn is believed to bring happiness and often
used in healing magic to overcome depression and sadness. Sacred to the
Fairies, hawthorn is often used in Fey magic.
Holly - The Guardian. Grow holly in the garden to ward off evil
spirits, lightning damage and to offer protection against evil spirits.
Holly is believed to attract love, and hung around the home at Yule for good
luck during the coming year. Infused or distilled, holly water was used by
our ancestors to sprinkle of the heads of newborns to offer protection.
Oak - The sacred tree of the Druids, the wood is often carved into amulets and talismans. The oak wood is carried to protect the bearer from harm. Carry an acorn to encourage fertility, carry the wood to draw luck to you, use in rituals concerning endurance.
Rowan (Mountain Ash) - Carrying, or adding Rowan leaves to incense, is
believed to increase psychic powers, carrying the berries is believed to speed
up recuperation after illness and are often used in healing spells and sachets.
Two Rowan twigs tied together with red thread, to form a cross shape is often
used a protection amulet. Rowan trees are believed to flourish on land
made sacred by Druids.
Walnut - Draw on the Walnut tree energies for wisdom and fertility
Willow - Sacred to the Moon Goddess, connect with the willow to receive her
blessings. Willow is often used in healing magic and the wood made into
wands dedicated to lunar magic. Traditionally, witches brooms or magical
brooms are bound with willow bark.