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TREE MAGICK

Bind yourself to your Tree

 

Trees are ancient beings. They are keepers of the life force. 

They receive nourishment from Mother Earth and Father Sun. 

To gain power from a tree and to receive the same magical energy which they possess, 

remove three hairs from your head and tie them together with ordinary garden twine. 

Go to a wooded area where you won’t be disturbed. 

Walk around until you find a tree you’re attracted to. 

It should represent the powers you’re looking for: 

a pine tree for longevity, or an oak tree for strength, etc. 

Tie your bundle of hair to a longer piece of twine. 

Wrap the twine about the tree trunk and tie as you say,

“With hair and twine, my strength is yours, and your strength is mine.” 

You and your sacred tree are now bound, from toe to crown. 

~James Kambos

THE POEM OF THE NINE WOODS anonymous


THE POEM OF THE NINE WOODS

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Nine woods in the cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.

Birch into the fire goes, to represent what the Lady knows.

Oak gives the forest might, in the fire brings the God's insight.

Rowan is the tree of power, causing life and magic to flower.

Willows at the waterside stand, to aid the journey to the Summerland.

Hawthorn is burned to purify, and draw faery to your eye.

Hazel, the tree of wisdom and learning, adds its strength to the bright fire burning.

White are the flowers of the apple tree, that brings us the fruits of fertility.

Grapes that grow upon the vine, giving us both joy and wine.

Fir does mark the evergreen, to represent immortality unseen.

Elder is the Lady's tree, burn it not, or cursed you'll be.

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ASH

BIRCH

BIRCH

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Fraxinus americana
The World Tree; Tree of Life


Third month of the Celtic Tree calendar, February 18th - March 17th


Third consonant of the Ogham alphabet NION

Tree Magick

by Gillian Kemp

A Tree of Life. 

You are strong enough to stand alone 

and triumph over difficulties 

like the rugged Ash 

tolerating nothing poisonous 

within its strongly branched shadow. 

The medicinal sap within its buds and bark 

show that you have the power 

to easily remedy a situation. 

You firmly cling to what you know is right, 

just as the dense, fibrous roots of the Ash 

grasp the earth that  holds them. 

You are safe from harm in the same way 

that when the Ash is cut down, 

it revives easily and springs up 

as a young sapling. 

You may soon be spreading your wings 

and taking flight to new pastures, 

like the winged Ash seeds carried 

by the winds of Fall.


  Ash Tree 

Influence

BIRCH

BIRCH

BIRCH

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Betulaceae
The Lady of the Woods

First month of the Celtic Tree calendar, December 24th - January 20th

 First consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Beith   

Tree Magick

by Gillian Kemp 

"Your life is potentially graceful and well balanced like 

the slender Silver Birch. 

Mother Nature presides over this tree, bringing maternal protection, a deepening relationship with your mother, and the encouragement to learn new skills. Babies' cradles were made of Birch, signifying that an idea will materialize if it is nurtured. 

Like the Silver Birch, which grows almost anywhere its seeds fall, you will make the most of opportunities. 

The traditional witches' Birch broom implies a fresh sweep around Hallowe'en, and magical miracles as if by luck.  Purity and Springtime, symbolized by the silvery-white bark, indicate happiness..


 The Silver Birch Tree

Birth

ELDER

BIRCH

HAWTHORN

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Sambucus canadensis

The Elder Mother; The Queen of Herbs


13th month of Celtic Tree calendar,

 November 25 - December 21


13th consonant  of the Ogham alphabet - Ruis


Tree Magick

by Gillian Kemp 

Your life becomes charmed because 

the Elder tree, superstitiously nicknamed 

"Elder Queen" and "Good Mother" 

protects trees, fairies, and you from harm. 

You may draw strength from advice rooted 

in bonds with your mother or grandmother. 

Just as the pith when dipped in oil and burned can be lit and put to float in a glass of water, new light will be shed on a matter you are reflecting upon. As the Elder flowers of Spring depart as ripe, purple berries in the Gall, the significance of what you put in reveals what you might expect. A dream may bring a prediction, should you fall asleep under and Elder tree.


 The Elder Tree

Protection

HAWTHORN

HAWTHORN

HAWTHORN

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Crataegus oxyacantha

The May Tree


Sixth month of the Celtic Tree calendar, 

May 13th - June 9


6th consonant of the Ogham alphabet
Huathe (Hoo-ah) - H

Tree Magick

by Gillian Kemp

All will be well for you. 

The Hawthorn has magical powers to ward off evil. 

A happy turning point is forecast. 

At dusk on May Eve, candles are lit on the Hawthorn, 

or May tree as it is also known, to welcome Summer. 

Bright gifts bringing happiness are coming; so, too, are positive signs. An upsetting situation is improving because the Hawthorn tree offers numerous medicinal remedies. But this twiggy thorny tree, with its white-stalked flowers with red anthers, also advises caution. Christ's crown of thorns was said to be of Hawthorn and, being the color of blood and bandages, traditionally it is unlucky to bring May blossom into the home.

 The Hawthorn Tree

Transformation

HAZEL

HAWTHORN

HAZEL

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 Corylus
Tree of Knowledge


Ninth month of the Celtic Tree calendar,

 August 5th - September 1st


Ninth consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Coll


 Tree Magick

by Gillian Kemp 

The answer to a dilemma is imminent. 

The Hazelnut is a magical tree for relaying messages, which is why a Y-shaped Hazel branch is used for divination. 

You will crack a situation: 

the Hazelnut tree bestows powers of wisdom, symbolized by the cracking of the nutshell to get to the nourishment inside.  The nut and shell also represent the heart 

within the body and female fertility, because the nut is like a baby inside a mother's womb. With such life-giving qualities, this tree is an auspicious sign that love and new projects have the magical ingredients for success. 

Male and female flowers, being borne on separate trees, 

forecast a lover's meeting.


The Hazelnut Tree

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ROWAN

HAWTHORN

HAZEL

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Sorbus Aucuparia

The Lady of the Mountains


Second month of the Celtic Tree calendar, January 21st - February 17th


 2nd consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Luis 


Tree Magick  

by Gillian Kemp

"The Rowan Tree forecasts a bright future for you. 

Red being the color of fire, Rowan means "flame." 

What you need will gravitate toward you in the same way that the Rowan's red berries give it power to attract birds. Patience is indicated by the life-giving properties of energy and protection that the Rowan symbolizes. 

There is a sign that something is coming soon, because the Rowan is one of the first trees to bud. May Poles are made from the Rowan, so flirtations and romance are forecast. A merry-go-round begins, bringing people together by magical charm. The Rowan also brings protection, as it has always been used to make amulets to guard against evil and ills."


 The Rowan Tree

Attraction

WILLOW

WILLOW

WILLOW

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Salix alba

Tree of Enchantment, Tree of Witcheries


Fifth month of the Celtic Tree calendar, 

April 15th - May 12th

Fifth consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Saille


Tree Magick  

by Gillian Kemp

Your fertile inner strength, like that of the Willow,  is your inexhaustible flexibility to bend around obstacles.  Your desires can be woven into shape, as the Willow's pliable shoots are used to make baskets.  Magic wands are made from Willow, so what you have in mind has all the magical ingredients for success.  You can tell your secret to a Willow and make wishes.  The male and female catkins, which grow on separate trees, signify a lovers' meeting for you.  The bright-green leaves of Spring forecast celebrations, fresh opportunities, and speedy growth.  The honey-bearing catkins symbolize the wisdom of spiritual self-improvement, and sweet things for you


The Willow Tree 

Wisdom

OAK

WILLOW

WILLOW

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Quercus

The Mighty Oak


Seventh month of the Celtic Tree calendar, 

June 10th - July 7th


Seventh consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Dui


Tree Magick

by Gillian Kemp

Good Fortune, or something of great importance that you will treasure forever, gravitates towards you. You will have many good luck opportunities and may already have realized one great wish. There is no end to the fulfillment of many more dreams.

Your blessing cannot be prevented, because heaven and fate have preordained your great success. 

If you sit under an Oak tree, you may see an angel sent to give you a message. You may instead hear an answer whispered in the rustling of the Oak's leaves or its hollow trunk. 

Like the Oak, you are hardy and anchored by a network of roots. Those destined for you will come.


 

OakTree 

Strength

PINE

WILLOW

PINE

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Pinus

Tree of Nativity


Birthday of the Divine Child, the King of the Waxing Year - December 23rd


First vowel of the Ogham alphabet - Ailm


Tree Magick

by Gillian Kemp

Sunshine and happiness, 

destined to fill your days, 

may begin with a celebration. 

The evergreen Pine, a

lways decorated at this time of year, 

anticipates Spring. 

News or a meeting will be as equally bright 

as the Yule Log's pure-white flame 

that represents eternal life. 

A new start is imminent and 

misunderstandings are resolved, 

signified by the purifying sap of the tree, 

which smells of fresh new life. 

You may expect permanence in love, 

as the evergreen needles appear in pairs. 

Even in old age the tree is green and vital, 

indicating long life and 

undiminished marriage bliss. 

Strength is on your side, 

represented by pine cones.


 Pine Tree 

Eternal  Love

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Additional Information

 

Celtic Tree Calendar

Beth (Birch) December 24 to January 20

Luis (Rowan) January 21 to February 17

Nion (Ash) February 18 to March 17

Fearn (Alder) March 18 to April 14

Saille (Willow) April 15 to May 12

Uath (Hawthorn) May 13 to June 9

Duir (Oak) June 10 to July 7

Tinne (Holly) July 8 to August 4

Coll (Hazel) August 5 to September 1

Muin (Vine) September 2 to September 29

Gort (Ivy) September 30 to October 27

Ngetal (Reed) October 28 to November 24

Ruis (Elder) November 25 to December 22

December 23 is not ruled by any tree for it is the traditional day of the proverbial "Year and a Day" in the earliest courts of law. But in Modern Time PINE is the Tree for the Day

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