Sacred Trees of the Fall Equinox
Druidic year was divided into thirteen months or 'Moons', and each was
named after a tree. Besides the thirteen moons, each of the seasonal
change days (the equinoxes and the solstices) had a special tree also.
Poplar - Populus Balsamifera; Trembling Poplar - Populus Tremuloides;
Balm of Gilead - Populus Candicans; Black Poplar - Populus Nigra.
Poplar - Popple, Alamo, Aspen; Trembling Poplar - American Aspen, White
Poplar, or Quaking Aspen; Balm of Gilead - Bombagillia.
Eadha (pronounced: "Eh' uh").
Bark and buds (sap)
can be used as a tonic, chiefly used in treating fevers. The infusion
has been found helpful in treating chronic diarrhea. Balm of Gilead
buds can be used as a stimulant or tonic. A tincture of them is useful
for complaints of the chest, stomach, and kidneys, and for rheumatism
and scurvy. The sap collected from the buds can be used to make a
healing ointment and can be used as an external application in bruises,
swellings, and some skin diseases. Teas can be made from the Poplar
buds and are useful in helping treat arthritis and rheumatism.
is generally a plant of Jupiter, Saturn and the Sun and is associated
with the element of water. Its color is rufous (red) and the bird
associated with Poplar is the Whistling Swan. The stones associated
with Poplar are Amber, Citrine Quartz, Sapphire and Swan Fluorite.
Poplar is known as the "Tree that Transcends Fear". Poplars symbolize
the magick of joy, the aging of the year, resurrection and hope. Poplar
can be used in magick done for success, protection and love. Balm of
Gilead buds can be carried in tiny red bags to help mend a broken
heart. Add some Balm of Gilead resin to your tinctures to enhance the
"fixing" of the scent and to offer some added protection to the
tincture. Poplar buds can also be carried to attract money and can be
burned as an incense to create financial security. Poplar buds are also
sometimes added to flying ointments.
Poplar is a good wood to
burn in balefires and ritual fires since it offers protection. Shields
can be made of Poplar since the wood is thought to offer protection
from injury or death. Poplar can be used in protection charms of all
kinds. The trembling leaves of the Poplar tree can be 'read' to divine
messages from the God and Goddess, and also from spirits that drift
The Poplar is the sacred World Tree of the Lakota
nation. For the sun dance ceremony, a Poplar is carefully cut and
lowered, then is re-erected in the center of the dance circle. While
being carried the Poplar must never touch the ground. Green branches, a
buffalo skull and eagle feathers were used to decorate the Poplar for
For more information on the Celtic tree Months or on tree magick:
"Year of Moons, Season of Trees" - by Pattalee Glass-Koentop.
"The Handbook of Celtic Astrology" - by Helena Paterson.
"Tree Medicine, Tree Magic" - by Ellen Evert Hopman.
"A Druid's Herbal" - by Ellen Everett Hopman.
Sandra Peterson © 2000