Casting Instructions for 'Correspondences-Trees'
1.The Bramble Tree-fairies love the bramble tree because it is wild and protectsthe penetration of secluded sacred fairie clearings.
2. The Ash Tree-it is said to be an ancestor of humankind. In Greece powerfulfamilies were believed to have come from ash trees. Norse Godspopulated their sublunary world with a newborn race by breathinga human soul and spirit into an ash tree. In Norse myth, the mostsacred ash is Yggdrasil, which is believed to be the entire supportstructure of the universe. Today in certain places people will leavetokens of human hair hanging from an ash tree in the hopes their wishes,hopes and desires will be granted.
3. The Lilac Tree-it is the fragrance of the lilac tree that is considered magickal.The fragrance is believed to carry humans into fairyland and the supernalworld. English tradition considers the lilac to be an unlucky flower to bebrought into the house because it is associated with death. This was perhapsfear of the power of the fragrance of the lilac. It is really quite abeneficiary tree. It`s flowers can be eaten and used as a tonic for the nervous system.
4. The Pine Tree-the tree of the sun. Its old title was ''the sweetest of woods''.The scent of Pineis useful in the reduction of guilt. The pine was also sacred to the sea-godNeptune(Poseidon) and to Bacchus (Dionysus).
5.The Broom Tree-as you can imagine, the properties associated with the broom tree is that of astraltravel and flight.
6. The Silver Birch Tree-associated with Lammas tide on August 1,the light of the stars, the moon andthe sun.It is a symbol of summer ever returning. It is said the birch is the motherof theoak tree because in prehistoric times it was the birch that prepared theearth floorfor the majestic oak to be born. It is said the fairies love this tree inthe springtime.
7. The Alder Tree-associated with water. The catkin bearing alder resist decay in its wateryhabitat.The water spirits, the undines love this tree as well as the unicorn. Theleaves ofan alder tree can be made into a tea to treat kidney problems.
8. The Holly Tree-symbol of the life force, vitality and immortality. It is considered a luckytreeto grow in the garden because it wards off negative energies. The shinygreen leavesrepresent the vitality of life even in the coldest of times and is used inYule forthis reason. It is lucky to burn dried holly branches but not if their stillgreen.The male holly tree the prickly one) and the female holly tree(the smoothvariegated one)are inhabited by respectfully the holly man and the holly woman.
9. The Juniper Tree-considered a protective tree and unlucky to cut down a juniper tree. Thetree has anabundance of healing properties. Infusions can be made to treat kidney andliver troubles,arthritis, dropsy and help the elderly.
10. The Hawthorn (Whitehorn or May Tree)Tree-this is the most sacred tree to the fairies probably because it is so wild,uncompromising and fragrant. If you sit under the thorn tree on may day eve,samhain eve and midsummer eve you can commune with the fairies. Make a balloflast years foliage tied with a white ribbon and burn it in a bonfire on newyearsday to rid yourself of troubles. Start fresh in the new year then by makingyourselfa ball of fresh thorn branches and leaves and keep it to be used in the nextyearsbonfire.It is said that when Joseph of Arimathea came to Glastonbury hebrought a whitehawthorn with him and planted it in Wearyall Hill.
11. The Elder Tree-People used to think it was unlucky to bring any part of an elder tree intothehouse because it would bring a death in the family. It actually has afeminine soul.It is magickal, healing and fragrant. If planting an elder tree in thegarden rememberit likes to be protected and hidden. In fact all the fairy trees like to be planted at a distant from others.
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