h’Uath – The Hawthorn
h’Uath (pronounced ‘OO-ah’)
Represents letter(s): H
Divinatory meaning: Results, consequences, repercussions
Associated Tree/Plant: Hawthorn
Healing Properties: The berries of the hawthorn have been used to treat irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and chest pain. The leaves and blossoms of the hawthorn may be made into a tea to relieve anxiety. This tea also helps to improve the circulation and to increase appetite.
Magical Uses: Hawthorn is one of the nine firewoods to be added to the Belfire for the festival of Beltane (May 1). The Nine Sacred Woods of the Belfire are birch, oak, rowan, willow, hawthorn, hazel, apple, grapevine and fir. Hawthorn magic is the magic of protection, especially for the weak and powerless. Hawthorn branches are used in ritual purification. Hawthorn is another tree sacred to the Faeries. It is said that if you find a spot where oak, ash and thorn (hawthorn) are growing together, you will see Faeries there. If you weave hawthorn branches into a laurel, and leave them out under a full moon, it is said that the Faeries will come and dance around them. Such a crown that the Faeries have danced around will bring luck to anyone who wears it. Hawthorns have also been used to bless weddings, and traditionally, Maypoles are made of hawthorn.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Belenus, Modron