Tree-Lore

Tree-Lore

Tree-Lore

Here are just a few trees and their meanings below

Birch
Known as the tree of rebirth, spring and fertility. Oil from the bark was often used for skin conditions and depression. People were once “Birched” to drive out evil spirits while twigs were given to newly weds to ensure fertility. Witches would use Birch twigs bound with Ash for their broomsticks or besoms. Birch has been known to curemuscular pains and the sap used for wine, beer and vinegar. Birch suggests dispelling negative energies and influences while preparing for a fresh start or new beginnings.

Rowan
Rowan can be planted near houses to protect from evil influences and is used for dowsing also deflecting spells. The Cornish and Scots carried an equal sided cross of Rowan to protect them from harm.
Wands were placed over doors to ensure good fortune. The Rowan is known as a tree belonging to the Faery. The wood was used for bows after the Yew which was their first choice. When sliced in two the berries reveal a pentagram symbol of protection. Hence the tree will protect from enchantment and trickery and enhance strength with courage.

Alder
Wood used for creating magical whistles and flutes. Another Faery tree sacred to Bran therefore oracular and used for divination. When submersed in water the wood hardens making it ideal for bridges and underwater supports. When felled the tree literately bleeds turning from white to red. Medicinally the Alder would be used to rid people of fleas and boils. This tree will protect and aid awareness of difficulties, often offering solutions and direction towards a resolution while teaching us to trust in our intuition.

Willow
Staves cut from the Willow were used for fencing, roofing for houses and lunar wands. Sandalwood and Willow bark aided in conjuring spirits forth from the Otherworld. Willow also helps to soothe those who felt bitter or jealous. Pregnant women would lay cloths underneath the tree to catch the leaves and ensure an easy birth. The water loving Willow symbolises the rhythms of the circle and the female.

Ash
Wood from the Ash is still used for Druid’s wands and staffs as Nuinn (the Ash) links the inner and outer worlds. Twigs were placed in circles to protect from snakes while witches would use the Ash as handles for their broomsticks. Children would be passed through the tree’s branches to protect and cure them from illness. Leaves of the Ash were placed under pillows to induce prophetic dreams or in bowls of water to ward off illness.

Hawthorn
The Hawthorn offers psychic protection for the traveller. The twigs would be used as a cure for depression and to protect from misfortune when taken inside. The powered seeds were used as a cure for gallstones. This Faery tree was often used for walking sticks and fires. Also, the Maypole around which Celts would dance at Beltane celebrating the onset of summer – a later introduction to the Celtic festival. The Hawthorn talks of cleansing and protection with the ability to see past ignorance and create strength. Hawthorn may be employed to dispel negative energies and curses while enhancing protection.

Oak
Folklore suggests that if the Oak blooms before the Ash there will be a good harvest. The Oak is considered to be the king of the trees and guardian of the realms held sacred by the Dagda. Celtic Druids venerated the Oak and would ceremoniously cut the mistletoe from it’s branches with a golden sickle. Acorns were said to protect from lightening hence they can be found in medieval building carved into staircases etc. Medicinally the Oak is known to heal gout and bleeding gums. The tree of learning, Druids (duir-doorway) would tutor the young underneath it’s branches. Like the lightening which strikes the Oak it warns us to expect the unexpected throughout life’s journey.

Holly
Carried by Celtic men for good luck. The Holly eases thoughts of jealousy and mistrust while protecting from evil spirits. Reputed to tame wild animals, bairns were bathed in water from the leaves to protect them from harm. The Holly will Indicate a balance and strength needed to overcome challenges. An excellent tree for retaining energies and warding off unwanted influences or attentions with the knowledge of when to fight and when to defend.

Hazel
The Hazel’s forked twigs are still used for divination and seeking water along with other treasures. Druids carried staffs made from the inspirational tree, while the nuts were savoured by poets seeking the muse. Hazel pins were used to protect houses from fire and the trees as shade from the sun, Hazel can also cure coughs. By opening yourself to this tree you will be lead to the wells of divination, poetry and healing and perhaps allowed the ability to inspire others with wisdom. The Hazel is known as a tree of learning and teaching.

Apple
Avalon is said to be the isle of the Apple trees and unicorns apparently live beneath them. This tree provides a sacred food of the Gods and Goddesses for the likes of you and I. The blossoms are used for perfume and apples in the making of cider. A love spell (not recommended without the full consent of both partners) is created by sharing an apple with your lover. Blossoms were thrown at newlyweds for blessing and protection. The Goddess Brighid muses with poets underneath the Apple tree’s branches. As they associate with her triple aspect and choice. Commoners were once granted land by allocation of the Apple tree’s fruit.

Vine
Sacred to the deities, grapes are used in the making of wine allowing those who participate to speak with truth (as they see it) and to release their inhibitions. Also used to stimulate prophecy in the seers by permitting them to reach deep within their inner self with intuition acting as a guide. When used in moderation the Vine helped to speed inner development for those who retained some responsibility for their actions.

Ivy
Carried by women for good luck and used to aid fertility. The Ivy when used correctly heals headaches, muscle cramps and assists in the art of prophecy. Symbolic of the soul’s journey and the spiral towards the self. The Ivy encourages assistance towards others in their search, so that in turn they may assist you. Ivy is known for opening minds and developing the group soul which may lead to both joy and success.

Reed
Growing by the waterside the Reed is used in the making of instruments flutes, pipes, and music. The Celts would thatch their roofs with Reed to protect from the winter months and to ward off evil spirits. Reed assists in finding the correct path and bringing order out of chaos, while taking charge of a situation. Also used as thread by the weaver.

Blackthorn
Witches would choose this tree for their broomstick handles, Blackthorn is also used for making walking sticks. It’s thickets were employed as barriers or fences to keep people and evil spirits out.
The berries were added to wine enhancing the flavour. The Blackthorn is symbolic of a cleansing period which may be somewhat unpleasant.
The thorns are sometimes used in piercing waxen images and may bring hardship upon either the practitioner or the recipient. A strong tree which offers courage and strength towards facing a situation.

Elder
The twigs of the Elder enable the wearer to see spirits and experience visions. Justice was dispensed by the Druids under this tree. Medical uses include a cure for epilepsy, warts and toothache. Flutes made from Elder held the power to enchant spirits, while berries provided wine. Tea was brewed from the flowers for cleansing the blood.
Damaged branches re-grow signifying the circle of life and rebirth, new beginning from the old.

Silver Fir
High views and long site summarise the Fir tree attributes quite nicely. Sometimes used as incense and in the construction of building interiors along with musical instruments. For a weather witch, the cones warn of wet weather and foretells when a dry season approaches.
Offering a clear perception of the present and the future, it’s wood is used for shape-shifting and magic involving change.

Heather
Once cut and dried the Celts utilised Heather for fuel and it’s blossoms for the making of tea, while honey gathered by bees provided nourishment. As bees travel in relation to the sun it is also regarded as a messenger, indicating healing and contact with the spirit realms and suggests listening to the inner self. Druids recognise Heather as part of a cure for all illness, whether mental, of the body or spiritual.

Furze
Used for alleviating despair and for money spells due to the gold flowers, along with psychic protection. Another who is visited by thebees throughout the year. Cattle would be set to pasture amongst fields of Furze, horses and deer would also visit to feed upon it.
Celts would and still do burn fields of Furze cleansing the way for new growth and gathering the elements together. This would involve the tribe who shared in their gain while preparing for the future.

Poplar
Utilised for arrows, spears and shields The Poplar foretells of wet weather by turning it’s leaves and is said to attract money. Poplar is also (at times) burnt by practitioners to aid astral projection.
Growing beside the river the Poplar talks to those who listen about challenge and how to succeed against adversity. Offers a positive outlook when opposing material strains in your journey.

Yew
Transformation, reincarnation, eternal life and immortality sums up the attributes of the Yew tree. The Yew is never planted near grazing beast’s due to the poisonous nature of this tree. Druids would sleep under the Yew to receive visions from the vapours given forth by the leaves during the summer months. Signals a rebirth of the self as the new tree grows from within the old ancient trunks. By letting go of the old the new-sprung brings peace of mind.

Spindle
The Spindle provides powered fruit employed as an insecticide, while its wood is used for spindles, bobbins and knitting needles. It’s red and yellow dye is also used for decoration of materials and for makeup. Standing for honour and community spirit this unselfish tree helps to cleanse old wounds. Its nature suggests that you tend to your obligations and the requirements of others.

Honeysuckle
Connected with the lapwing in Celtic lore and also known as the Woodbine. Honeysuckle resembles the growth patterns of the Ivy and the search for the self. The Honeysuckle encourages us to reach for those desires sought and ignore distractions, while remaining true to the values and beliefs held. The sweet scent of the Honeysuckle signals joy in the search for the self.

Beech
Beech may be applied to swellings and scabs for healing purposes.
Symbolic of wisdom and used to ensure wishes yield results. The wood of the Beech is employed for furniture making, writing tablets and basket work. This tree is also used for spells involving cleansing and warding. In listening to the Beech the ability to learn from past experiences becomes apparent, while respecting the inner voice.


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If any man be vain of his knowledge, thinking himself wise, let him but visit the ” world of insects,” and question himself which is the greatest, his knowledge or his ignorance.


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Our Wiccan Rede Full Version

Wiccan rede full version

Wiccan rede full version

Here is our Wiccan Rede (Full Version) there is also a short version on this website for you. A good idea to place both in your book of shadows

Our Wiccan Rede Full Version

Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.

For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.

Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,
let love and light be our guides again.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,
and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfs bane.

When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek.

Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God’s
insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.

Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning. White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.

Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.

Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.

As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it’s now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.

When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magick rite.

Four times the Minor Sabbats fall use the Sun to mark them all.
When the wheel has turned to Yule light the log the Horned One rules.

In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached its height time for Oak and Holly to fight.

Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you’ll be.

Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you’ll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.

With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.

Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.

These Eight words the Rede fulfil:

“An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”


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Each species of birds in the woods sings a different tune; but the principle which causes them to sing is the same in each. They do not quarrel with each other, because one can sing better than the rest.


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Imbolc Ritual

imbolc ritual

imbolc ritual

Imbolc Ritual for your book of shadows

Gather a white candle and your Imbolc candle purification oil and a representation of the season such as a cut out of a snowflake, or if you have it, real snow.

Imbolc Ritual

Place these items on the table that you plan to use as the altar.

With a sharp object, scratch you’re your wishes for the new season into the candle wax.
Anoint the candle with three drops of the oil by massaging them into the writing on the candle and recite these words:

“This is the time of the feast of torches,
when every lamp blazes and shines
to welcome the rebirth of the God.
I celebrate the Goddess,
I celebrate the God;
all Earth celebrates
Beneath its mantle of sleep.”

Light the candle and recite these words:

”All the land is wrapped in winter.
The air is chilled and frost envelops the Earth.
But Lord of the Sun,
Horned One of animals and wild places,
unseen you have been reborn of the gracious Mother Goddess,
Lady of all fertility.
Hail Great God!
Hail and welcome!

Stand before the altar, holding aloft the candle. Gaze at its flame.

Visualize your life blossoming with creativity, with renewed energy and strength.
Your ritual is now complete. Celebrate with a simple feast with friends and family.

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If you wish to progress on the road to perfection, take lessons in love. Learn to love the highest, and you will be attracted by it.


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Belly button divination

Belly button divination

Belly button divination

Belly button divination also known as Omphilomancy

This form of divination takes two forms. One is based on the interpretation of the belly button.

Its size and shape reveals the personality and fate of an individual. However as far as it would correlate to body reading, I would say that a deep “inny” would correlate to an introverted personality. An “outy” to more of an extroverted personality.

According to Dr Gerhard Reibmann, a Berlin psychologist and author of the privately published book “Centred: Understanding Yourself through your Navel”. He recommends that to tell how long you’ll live, go to a private, well-lit area and carefully inspect your own navel. Then compare what you’ve observed with the list of six navel types and their
associated characteristics.

1) The Horizontal Navel. This belly button is oblong in shape and spreads sideways across the tummy. People with horizontal navels are complex and highly emotional. This can take a toll on their health.
Average life expectancy: 68 years.

2) The Vertical Navel. Also oblong, this belly button stands on end running up and down along the tummy. It indicates a person who is self-confident, generous, and emotionally stable. Average life expectancy: 75 years.

3) The Outty. A belly button that protrudes outward indicates an optimistic person who approaches life with enthusiasm. Average life expectancy: 72 years.

4) The Concave Navel. This belly button is bowl-shaped or inward. It belongs to a person who is gentle, loving, cautious, sensitive, and prone to worry. People with concave navels are delicate. Average life expectancy: 65 years.

5) The Off-Center Navel. An off-centre belly button indicates a fun-loving, unusual individual who experiences wide emotional swings.
Average life expectancy: 70 years.

6) The Round Navel. This belly button is evenly shaped and circular. It indicates a modest, even-tempered person with a quiet, retiring personality. Average life expectancy: 81 years.

According to Chinese lore, the best belly button is a concave one rather than a protruding one.

The deeper the belly button the more children you will have. In these days of reliable contraception, the prediction relates more to the ability to have many children, rather than the inevitability.

Dreaming of your own belly button is traditionally associated with starting up a new venture, may be long-term benefits. Dreaming of someone else’s navel denotes a new love affair.

According to Indian Tantric lore, the belly button is also used to diagnose health problems. Following this system, the navel is where energy is received and processed coming in from the universe.

The belly button represents fertility. It is also a reminder of the connection between the generations. It connects you to your past and future. It is also seen being the “centre” of human beings.

The second form of omphalomancy is based on the umbilical cord. A Jamaican old wife’s tale holds that the number of knots in the umbilical bcord of a new-born baby. It shows how many more brothers or sisters are yet to come.


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Goddess Full Moon Ritual

goddess full moon ritual

goddess full moon ritual

Goddess Full Moon Ritual to try maybe even place in your  book of shadows

Pray to the Moon when she is round
luck with you shall then abound.
What you seek for shall be found
in sea or sky or solid ground.


This rite may be used for either New or Full Moon. The difference is in your meditation and mental attitude in preparation. Remember that the New Moon is a time of outward work and thought, building to the peak which is the Full Moon.

At the Full Moon, you should be preparing to lessen the outward flow of energy, bit by bit, until the period before New Moon, during which you are passive, building a pool of energy within you, in preparation for the New Moon.
The altar should be placed in the center of the ritual area. On it should be placed a rose or stick of incense on the eastern side, a red votive candle to the South; a cup of water on the West, and a bowl of salt or living plant on the North. Around your ritual area, you should place an unlighted candle at the cardinal point of each direction.
To begin your rite, enter your darkened temple, carrying one burning candle, white or lavender, with you.

goddess full moon ritual

Place it on the center of your altar, sit, and meditate on the meaning of the rite. When you feel the time is right, stand, and go to the eastern point, carrying with you, the burning taper. Light the votive at the eastern point and go to the southern, picturing, as you do, an arc of pure strong light curving from one candle to the next. Continue to the West, and then to the North, lighting the candles as you go, and then walk to your eastern candle again, having formed a circle of protective light surrounding the area in which you worship. Return to the center of the circle replace the candle on the altar, and

Say:

“My Lady of the Moon, who is called Diana,
Artemis, Levanah, Isis and by any other names,
I come to you to bring you my love and my devotion.
May you grant me the joy of your presence?”

Mentally divide the room into four quadrants by visualizing a line of silvery moonlight from the southeast to the northwest, and from the northeast to the southwest. Go the East, taking with you the rose or incense.

Say:

“Sweet Goddess
the gentle breeze is the touch of your loving hand,
the wind of storm a reminder of your strength.
The sound of the trees in the wind is your voice
and the fragrance of flowers borne on the wind is your gift of beauty.”

Place the rose next to the votive candle and then stand there as you picture the quadrant filling with moonlight. See the moonlight streaming quietly and gently into the room, filling the quadrant from center point to the edge of your circle. When this is complete, take the red candle to the South. Place the gift and see the quadrant fill with moonlight.

Say:

“Most loved Lady
the light of the candle is a guide along our path leading to you;
its warmth the reassurance of your presence and your love.
The light of the Sun is the knowledge you impart to us
driving out ignorance and those things which can survive only in darkness.”

At the West

“Lovely one the quiet pool is the serenity of your being.
The vast sea where life began on this planet
is the vast sea of your being whence all life came
its waves are the ebb and flow of the universe you rule.”

At the North

“Goddess of all, the fertility of the earth is a sign of your fertility, whence all life rose. The solidity and permanence are still of it are still less than yours.
The Earth’s fertility feeds our bodies, and your fertility feeds our souls.”

Go to the center of your temple, which is now filled with moonlight. Everything in the circle is touched by it, blessed by it, including you. Sit down and feel this moonlight around you. Know that it is the Goddess. Realize that you are in the center of a sphere of light that is half above and half above and half below where you sit.
Begin to breathe slowly and evenly, deep breaths that penetrate your whole body. When this rhythmic breathing becomes natural, imagine that the moonlight by which you are surrounded enters you, fills you entirely. With each exhalation of your breath, some of the essence of yourself leaves your body, and with each inhalation, the light enters you.

goddess full moon ritual

You are being filled ever so gently with this beautiful light. This light, which is the presence, the being of the Goddess, is within you as well as without. With each breath, you are less yourself and more the Goddess. When you are filled with light, filled with the Goddess, the shell of your body fades away. You have no body; there is nothing to separate you from the entire being of the Goddess. Nothing exists but the being of which you are apart. You have ceased to be a separate entity. You are nothing and everything. All that was, that is, and all that will be, you are. Enjoy this feeling as long as you like.
When you feel it is time, picture the outer shell of your physical body reforming, becoming solid again. It is being built out of the Universe of which you are a part. Now, as you continue your slow deep breathing, see the moonlight flowing out of your body, as gently and slowly as it entered. As it flows out, realize there is a difference. Because you have become one with the Goddess, with the Universe, your being has changed. As the moonlight flows out of your body, it takes with it a part of that which was yourself, now part of the Goddess, and leaves behind a part of the Goddess, forever now part of you. You become yourself again, solid as you were, but changed. You are surrounded by the presence of the Goddess, which now contains a part of yourself. Move again to the East. As you speak, and after, picture the moon- light in that quadrant flowing back to its source, leaving that quadrant as it was. Do this at each quadrant, until all the moonlight has returned to the Moon.

At the East

“My Lady, guide my thoughts.
Let them lead always closer to you.”

At the South

“Gracious Goddess, guide my actions.
Let them always help and never harm others or myself.”

At the West

“Lovely One, guide my emotions
Let them be healing and touched always by you.”

At the North

“Sweet Goddess,
let my mind always be fertile and strong
that I may grow always toward you.”

Return to the East to complete the circle and say:

“Queen of Heaven
I thank you for your presence,
both now and always.
My love and devotion are yours.
Blessed be!
All spirits who have joined me tonight may depart
with my love.
Return to your proper places.”

Walk again around your circle, but this time counter clockwise, extinguishing the quadrant guards as you go, and at the same time, mentally erasing the white line which surrounded your circle. When the candles are out and the circle gone, rap on your altar and say:

“So mote it be!”


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