A basic guide to the magical qualities of common trees…..I do not think there are many more magical things than walking through a woodland, finding a natural wood tunnel, the smell, the quality of light and the sense of something old and otherworldly….
Apple Tree – A happy edition to any garden, but you will need two trees within close range to get apples so they can pollinate each other. Apple Trees are associated with fertility, longevity and healing and there are many folklore references to the apple tree in relation to faeries, creativity and a general association with other worlds. I recently stayed in a very old Welsh cottage with 2-3 old Apple trees in the garden and they were very magical indeed, they had a very strong presence with their gnarled, twisted branches, I loved them. A wonderful tree to use a small branch of when in blossom.
Ash – It seems catastrophic to think that the Ash tree is under such terrible threat from ash dieback disease that it could be wiped out in Europe. Such a majestic and beautiful tree it is unthinkable that it could be gone. Magically Ash is associated with strength, willpower, protection and wisdom and I truly hope these properties manifest in those trying to find a solution to keeping the Ash alive and well.
Birch – The tree traditionally used to make the broom part of broomsticks! Hence the Birch is associated with cleansing, protection and purification. Cradles also used to be made of Birch wood, probably for this very association.
Rowan – One of my favourite trees as Rowan is my sons name, who is only a couple of months old. The Rowan tree is a small attractive tree with white five petal delicate flowers and bright red berries in Autumn. Also,known as witch wood, hornbeam and mountain ash. The Rowan is often associated with the Druids and my favourite Rowan fact is that it apparently makes the best wood for Vampire stakes. Properties for the Rowan are improving psychic awareness, divination (good for dowsing rods also) healing and protection.
Yew – A mainstay in old churchyards all over the country the yew tree is poisonous and has long held associations with death. Sylvia Plath’s The Moon and the Yew Tree is a favourite poem of mine. The Yew Tree is incredibly hardy, living for hundreds if not thousands of years and as such is associated with endurance, rebirth and the connection between ourselves the other world and our ancestors.
Never take wood from a tree without asking permission and giving thanks afterwards, try to take already fallen branches if possible. It’s simple to connect with the energy of a tree, just be near to them, be still and open.