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(Date Posted:01/25/2009 00:58 AM)
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SPECIAL TREES

Each tree is a healer, but there are a few special trees that appeal to the human condition because of the special properties they bare. The trees below are especially symbolic and have been throughout history.

1. The Apple Tree- the custodian of wisdom and sign of the soul. Freya, the goddess of wisdom walks through heaven dispensing golden apples to the gods which will give them the gift of wisdom and understanding. To grow an apple tree in the garden is a happy omen. The druids believe that apple trees grow in the Celtic paradise. The day of the apple tree is Friday (Freya`s day) and it`s star is Venus. King Arthur was taken to the Vale of Avalon, the Apple Vale to heal his wounds. The apple tree man dwells in the middle of the apple trees. He is the guardian of their fertility and the fairy protector of the spirit of the goddess.

2. The Oak Tree- The tree of truth. It is ancient and wise and has an old spirit. An important tree for the druids. The mistletoe of the oak tree has many magickal properties. It is also a marriage tree. Symbolic of the marriage between the god and the goddess. If you dance around the oak tree and wear some of its leaves you will have a long and happy marriage. It is said that if there is a question in your heart that you cannot find the answer to then go to an oak tree and embrace it and ask the spirit of the oak tree to answer your question. If you should know then the oakman will send you a prophetic dream.

3. The Rowan Tree- The tree of vision,healing,psychic powers,also known as, Wicken-tree,Wild Ash, Witchbane, Witchen, Witch wood and Tree of Life. Sticks,twigs and branches of the rowan tree help in aid and protection. Rowan is associated with witchcraft. Runes were carved with sticks from a rowan tree. It is associated with the colors, red and gray. It is also a tree held dear by Druids and the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Rowan is also used during rites of the 2nd moon - the vision moon for rites of knowledge and divination. This is based on the Celtic calendar of the 13 moons and represents the Moon of astral travel and vision, healing and empowerment. Rowan bark will dye fabric grey. It can flavor liqueurs/cordials, and can be used to make ale. Rowan was special tree for me at one time.

Witch tree, rowan tree, pretty mountain ash,
Protect me right well from storm, flood and flash;
Now do I beg of thee some wee twigs and leaves,
And pri`thee turn from me all harm and grief.

4. The Bay Tree- the tree of healing. It is associated with masculine principles (and therefore a tree of the Lord), and medicine,music, and the rays of the sun. The bay protects dwellings and gardens. Bay leaves crowned poet,heroes and important men. Grow a bay tree near your house for it protects your dwelling and wards off illness. When a baby is born it is lucky to celebrate by planting a bay tree for the baby`s sake. Never plant a bay tree where vines grow.

5. The Hazel Tree- The tree of wishes and tree of the star goddess. It is associated with the Celtic goddess of the stars, Arianrhad, whose image was seen in the stars of the constellation we now know as the constellation of the Corona Borealis. The hazel is called the tree of wishes because it has the power to grant the hearts desire.
TREE SPIRITS

Tree Fauns- male tree spirits. Are said to be kindly, wise and reserved. Open to sensitive women and may court their souls.

Tree Nymphs- female tree spirits. Are said to be more playful and adventurous with humans. May fall in love with a human man.
HONORED FAERIE TREES

1.The Bramble Tree- fairies love the bramble tree because it is wild and protects the penetration of secluded sacred fairie clearings.

2. The Ash Tree- it is said to be an ancestor of humankind. In Greece powerful families were believed to have come from ash trees. Norse Gods populated their sublunary world with a newborn race by breathing a human soul and spirit into an ash tree. In Norse myth, the most sacred ash is Yggdrasil, which is believed to be the entire support structure of the universe. Today in certain places people will leave tokens of human hair hanging from an ash tree in the hopes their wishes, hopes and desires will be granted.

3.The Lilac Tree- it is the fragrance of the lilac tree that is considered magickal. The fragrance is believed to carry humans into fairyland and the supernal world. English tradition considers the lilac to be an unlucky flower to be brought into the house because it is associated with death. This was perhaps fear of the power of the fragrance of the lilac. It is really quite a beneficiary tree. It`s flowers can be eaten and used as a tonic for the nervous system.

4. The Pine Tree- the tree of the sun. Its old title was "the sweetest of woods".The scent of Pine is useful in the reduction of guilt. The pine was also sacred to the sea-god Neptune (Poseidon) and to Bacchus (Dionysus).

5.The Broom Tree- as you can imagine, the properties associated with the broom tree is that of astral travel and flight.

6. The Silver Birch Tree- associated with Lammas tide on August 1,the light of the stars, the moon and the sun. It is a symbol of summer ever returning. It is said the birch is the mother of the oak tree because in prehistoric times it was the birch that prepared the earth floor for the majestic oak to be born. It is said the fairies love this tree in the springtime.


7. The Alder Tree- associated with water. The catkin bearing alder resist decay in its watery habitat. The water spirits, the undines love this tree as well as the unicorn. The leaves of an alder tree can be made into a tea to treat kidney problems.

8. The Holly Tree- symbol of the life force, vitality and immortality. It is considered a lucky tree to grow in the garden because it wards off negative energies. The shiny green leaves represent the vitality of life even in the coldest of times and is used in Yule for this reason. It is lucky to burn dried holly branches but not if their still green. The male holly tree the prickly one) and the female holly tree(the smooth variegated one) are inhabited by respectfully the holly man and the holly woman.

9. The Juniper Tree- considered a protective tree and unlucky to cut down a juniper tree. The tree has an abundance of healing properties. Infusions can be made to treat kidney and liver troubles, arthritis, dropsy and help the elderly.

10. The Hawthorn (Whitehorn or May Tree)Tree- this is the most sacred tree to the fairies probably because it is so wild,uncompromising and fragrant. If you sit under the thorn tree on may day eve,samhain eve and midsummer eve you can commune with the fairies. Make a ball of last years foliage tied with a white ribbon and burn it in a bonfire on new years day to rid yourself of troubles. Start fresh in the new year then by making yourself a ball of fresh thorn branches and leaves and keep it to be used in the next years bonfire.It is said that when Joseph of Arimathea came to Glastonbury (one of my fav place on earth!, I used to wish to be married in Glastonbury at one time and they have the best pre-Raphaelite shop and the best candle shop in town) he brought a white hawthorn with him and planted it in Wearyall Hill.

11. The Elder Tree- People used to think it was unlucky to bring any part of an elder tree into the house because it would bring a death in the family. It actually has a feminine soul. It is magickal, healing and fragrant. If planting an elder tree in the garden remember it likes to be protected and hidden. In fact all the fairy trees like to be planted at a distant from others.
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