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 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
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
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