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(Dec 24th - Jan 20th)
Female * Gentle in nature, supportive allies, devotion to beliefs, strong desire to make others happy. Enhance in growth and development. Represents the common, everyday labor. Hardy and protective, bitch thrives. It is the herald of new beginnings. Brooms made from birch were used to beat out bad spirits. Maypoles, Yule logs, and new cradles were often made from birch. It is also said to wear birch to prevent a kidnapping by the faerie.
Jan 21st - Feb 17th
Female* Considered sacred amongst Scottish tradition. Associated with St. Brigid. Arts, healing, smithing, spinning and weaving. Fairies were said to hold their revels beneath these trees. The twigs are placed in doorways to protect against misfortune and evil spirit. It is protection against sorcery. Rowan also symbolizes death ad rebirth and has been used on funeral pyres. Excellent for divination, invoking spirits and rites of purification. One of the nine sacred woods.
Feb 18th - March 17th
Gender Fluid* Associated with enchantments, extreme transformations, and agency in ones destiny. Useful for placing a Geis (a prohibition or commandment) on someone. Resolution through conflict. Possibly the tree of Yggdrasil. Cosmic Axis. Journeys into the shamanic world. Nymphs were said to dwell within these trees.
March 18th - April 14th
Male* Useful for conjuring assistance from another realms. It invokes protection of the self, divination and healing. It has connections with ones tribal ancestry and may be useful for getting advice or council.
April 15th - May 12th
Female* Used during religious processionals. Considered sacred to many chthonic deities and thus is useful for funeral rites. Inspiration, artistic endeavors, eloquence and prophecy. Sometimes symbolic of the more fearful aspects of the goddesses. Overcoming weakness brought by fear, such as fear of death, panic attacks and or to assist in self nurturing.
May 13th - June 9th
Female* Used for marriage boughs and suggestive of sex. This tree is considered sacred to faeries and was once though to be unlucky as witches made their brooms from it. Some even attributed it as the place of pagan altars. Some attribute wish granting properties to the tree, while others consider it foolhardy to risk disturbing it in any way. It also shares an affinity with lightning and is thought to protect from storms.
June 10th - July 7th
Male* Seen as the most sacred of trees, it is known for it’s endurance, longevity, strength and steadfast. It is seen as sacred to many gods and noted for it’s power. It is the gathering place for druids. It is held as a tree of sacrifice, both metaphorical and literal. Pieces were often put in houses for good luck. It is often seen as a source of spiritual illumination and a source of shamanic power. It is a tree with avenging force, known for punishing those who insult it or take from it without asking due permission.
July 8th - Aug 4th
Intersexed* A tree of hope of renewal and rebirth. It is eternally green even in the depths of winter, and is as such a symbol of continuing endurance in the worst of conditions. It has significance as a fertility plant, prompting declarations of affection. The berries are seen as female while the prickly leafs are viewed as male. Being whipped with the bough was seen to bring good luck, perhaps because being whipped by a prickly switch was enough bad luck for a year!
Aug 5th - Sep 1st
Male* Mystic inspiration and wisdom, the tree which helped give birth to the Salmon of Knowledge and Inspiration. A mead is though to be made from these nuts that which will give prophetic powers. It has strong associations with intelligence and foresight. It also has some significance as a wood of authority, said to put things in order. Votive offerings can be hung in it’s branches. It is also the preferred wood for divining everything from water to the future of young lovers.
Sep 2nd - Sep 29th
Female* Connected to joy and exhilaration. Useful for shamanic journeys. It is considered deeply unlucky to eat the berries after Samhain. Brambles are often said to protect the gates to the realm of fairies.
Sep 30th - Oct 27th
Female* Progress over time. Ivy is slow but steady, breaking down the strength of stone. It is the poets crown. It is thought to prevent intoxication. It is thought to be an emblem of fidelity, as well as a means of keeping one from getting drunk. It is a hardy plant.
Oct 28th - Nov 24th
Male* This is a wood of creative impulses as it has been used for mats, instruments, papyrus and writing implements for thousands of years. As such, Reed has it’s roots in emotional and sympathetic magic. It can be used to discover things hidden beneath the surface. It can be burned when tied with a yellow cord to prevent gossip and may be used as a talisman to encourage eloquent speech in children.
Nov 25th - Dec 23rd
Female* Not even one twig of this tree should be harmed for fear of angering it’s spirit. Witches were closely associated with it and thought to ride it’s branches. Bathing in the green juice of the wood is thought to grant sight of the unseen. Standing under one at Samhain might cause you to see the fairy host. Nine pieces hung on a thread are thought to create protection. Twigs hung in a cross are thought to protect livestock.
Male* Useful to alleviate guilt, regret and resentment. It can be burned to help purify a space. The cones and nuts are considered a fertility charm when worn. A pine wand is said to ward off evil influences and the oil is used for cleansing illness in the air.
Male* The golden flowers are useful for protection during conflict. It was used in Beltane fires and seen to protect against sterility. Closely associated with the sun, it is a reminder of optimistic thinking and focus. It can help one remain constant even in dark times and to apply ourselves. It is a plant of creativity and well being.
Female* A plant of maturity, heather is used in a variety of magic involving consummation, luck, ritual work, spirit conjuring and rain making. It is seen as a protective charm against rape and other violent crimes. This plant is useful for meditation. It represents solitude and peace within ones self.
Male* A tree of triumph against impossible odds. It is the tree sacred to those in the autumn of their life and has a close connection to chthonic deities for funeral rites. It is known for it’s ability to conquer and defend, as well as to promote success. Poplar is a reminder of transitions and natural progression.
Male* A tree of reincarnation and resurrection, Yew is regarded as a tree of everlasting life. It is an ancient, with new branches springing from the old. Staffs were used for inscribing names and Ogham. They are associated with churches and churchyards.
Female* Associated with everything from witchcraft to the fall of man. Apples exist are through out nearly every mythos, most often noted as symbols of youth, immortality, and vitality. It’s skin can be used in divination and it’s meat can be used to carry spells or curses. They are customarily a part of many feasts as the star of their seeds is a symbol of witchcraft.
Male* A tree with a somewhat dark reputation. It is the keeper of dark secrets and is linked with warfare, death and wounding. It is often used for binding and cursing. The thorns are used for poppets and when carried as a staff can be used to cause great mischief. It can also be a wood for great and powerful protection as it has been used for cudgels and it’s brambles are impenetrable. It is also a herald of dark deities taking up a place in your life. It helps one accept the necessity of death in life.
Male* If one collects Mistletoe, it must never touch the ground. It is a plant held most sacred by the Druids for it’s eternal ability to remain green even in the dead of winter. It’s berries, being white, resembled sperm, and is considered a useful charm against impotence. It is propitious regarding declarations of love
Female* Noted for it’s ability to ensnare thieves. Dreaming about juniper is said to mean one will e a person of great importance. It can be quite useful during evocations or during a house blessing or purification.