duir

Celtic Name

Duir; the seventh moon of the Celtic calendar

Dates

June 10 - July 7

Medicinal Usages:

Oak is well known for its astringent and antiseptic properties and has been used as a tonic for a long time. Bark can be made into a tea to heal hemorrhoids.

When given with chamomile flowers, it helps eases intermittent fevers.

Very useful when there are chronic diarrhea and dysentery problems, a decoction of 1 oz of Oak bark in 1 quart water, boiled down to a pint and drank in wine glass size portions will aid the bowels.
This decoction is also used externally as a gargle to help sore throats, and as a fomentation (warm or hot liquids that are applied to the body to ease pain; like a poultice). Can also be injected for leukorrhea, and applied to bleeding gums, or hemorrhoids.

Acorns can also be peeled and be used to make potions to treat alcoholism, bad breath and constipation.

Associations:

The word “Duir” comes from the Sanskrit “Dwr” which means “Door”. It is the door to the three worlds of the Shaman.
Fire; Sun; wren, black, white carnelian, moonstone, Yulefires, Yule Log, Brighid, The Dagda, Janus, Dianus, Cybele, Rhea, Pan, Erato, Hekate, Zeus, Jupiter, Thor, lightning, thunder, The Wild Hunt, King Arthur's round table.

Magical Uses

As the month of Duir has the summer solstice in it, the Oak is a powerful symbol of Midsummer.
Money, success, strength, fertility, stability, health, healing, potency and good luck.
It is said that the voice of Jupiter can be heard in the rustling of the leaves. At midsummer, the future can be divined by listening to the wind in the leaves.

Different types of Oak will lend slightly different properties to magical workings. Red Oak is fiery, White Oak is for solidity and strength, Brown Oak is earthy and is used for grounding.

Oak is known as the “King of the Grove”; a holy tree; the lord of truth and is one of the three sacred trees “Oak, Ash & Thorn”. Worship of the Oak may stem from the early nomadic Europeans using acorns for food.
The acorn is seen as the representation of the supreme form of fertility and creativity of the mind; as such, they are used to increase fertility of both projects and ideas and human reproduction, and also ease pain.
Acorns can be used to attract someone of the opposite sex, used for divinatory powers, and to attract prosperity and wealth.
Acorns should be planted during the Dark moon to attract prosperity.
The Waning moon is the right time to harvest Oak, during the day for Acorns, and at night for the leaves and wood. Offer wine to the Oak’s roots as thanks for allowing you to take a part of him.

Because of its ties to immortality symbolism, acorns are sacred to the Samhain season and are often used in fall decorating.

It is a very powerful herb for protection; England is said to be protected by the Oak when using its timbers to build their ships. It is also used as a boundary for its protective qualities. Acorns placed in windows will ward off lightning and beings that would scare us at night; they will also attract luck. Acorns can be born in pockets to ward off storms, to prevent the bearer from getting lost, and protect from evil intent.

They are also carried as charms for immortality, longevity, fertility, to ward off illness and preserve youthfulness. Three acorns can be made into a charm to attract youthfulness, attainment, and beauty in life. This charm should be bound with the maker’s hair, and blessed at every Full and Dark moon of a year, and then worn.
A leaf worn on the neck and next to the heart will allow the wearer to not be deceived by the world at large.

A few leaves in bath water will cleanse body and spirit. If you catch a falling leaf, it is said you will not be sick for the winter. If a sick person is in your house, light a fire of Oak wood to draw out the illness.

Because the Oak is a male tree, athames, and certain male-aspect wands and staves should be made of its wood. The wood is also used to make religious idols.

A soothing greenish-blue light illuminated the interwoven mesh of the rounded huts which housed the nimbly swimming creatures. Dark eyes looked out of peaceful faces, each with a tenderness that held no discrimination regardless of what they looked upon. As a quaggan calf swam past, half of a fish protruding from its’ wide mouth, it patted the worn leather covering the ankle of the unconscious red-haired girl that its’ elder held in both blubbery arms.

 The elders gathered, flips of their broad tails bringing them rapidly in line with one of their own that held a human. Discussion was quiet and halted when threads of crimson trailed into the water, wafting from the swaying locks of blood-red hair drifting about the girl’s pale face. One stubby hand was pressed on the human’s pale forehead. Another adjusted the rusty aqua breather that had been clumsily put over her nose and mouth. Without further talk, the quaggan gathered, one helping the other bear the human into one of the small huts that served as their homes and shelter. 

 Without thought of personal gain nor what offenses humans had done them in the past, leaving the villagers to fend for themselves against the incursion of krait, the quaggan began acting to save the life of the girl discarded on the rocks by one of her own kind.

A magical tradition is first and foremost a toolkit: a set of methods and tools for making things happen. It’s not a cultural fashion statement, a historical reenactment, or a role-playing game, and if it becomes one of these things, it usually stops being effective magic. Judging systems of magic on the basis of their historical authenticity, ironically enough, is also one of the most historically inauthentic things a mage can do, because ancient magical traditions borrowed things from other cultures just as enthusiastically as modern ones do. Since magic is about making things happen, this makes perfect sense, because what matters in a magical system is simply whether or not it works.
—  The Druid Magic Handbook: Ritual Magic Rooted in the Living Earth by John Michael Green
OGAM Duir - Oak

Duir (Oak)  - 10 June - 7 July: Belteinne to Alb. Heruin

[Pronounced: Doo-er]       (…& My Birth Tree!!!!…)


Fire of Fire
Meaning: Endurance, established strength and power, maturity, nobility, protective force of goodwill. Change for the better.
Reverse Meaning: Unbefitting behaviour, weakness, confusion. Abuse of strength due to position.
Color: Black
Bird: Wren
Animal: Stag
Tool: Cask/Small barrel
Art: Druidry
http://www.druidry.org/library/trees/tree-lore-oak

Agriculteurs : la crise se poursuit

Une petite centaine d'agriculteurs tiennent ce mardi 2 février un barrage filtrant entre Cahors (Lot) et Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne). Tous souhaitent des mesures fortes pour sortir de la crise, comme des prix plus élevés pour le lait et le porc et des allègements de charges pour être plus compétitifs. Ces demandes ont été présentées ce mardi à François Hollande par Xavier Beulin, patron du premier syndicat agricole. Il affirme avoir eu l'oreille du président, mais sans réponse concrète. “On appelle au calme, on appelle aux responsabilités des uns et des autres, mais ne me demandez pas de duire aujourd'hui à des gens qui perdent 6 000 euros chaque semaine de rentrer chez eux. Ce n'est pas possible aujourd'hui”, a commenté Xavier Beulin de la FNSEA.

Des manifestants déterminés

Le message a été reçu par les manifestants qui se disent déterminés à poursuivre leurs actions. D'après eux, il s'agit d'une question de survie pour leur activité.

“Ce ne sont pas des subventions de pacotille qui vont réussir à résoudre quoi que ce soit. Il faut que l'État nous laisse travailler et surtout qu'il resserre par rapport à une Europe qui ne marche pas”
, témoigne un agriculteur. Ils espèrent des décisions du gouvernement dans les prochains jours.



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