Muin – The Vine

Muin (pronounced ‘MUHN’)
Represents letter(s): M
Divinatory meaning: Insight, introspection, contemplation
Associated Tree/Plant: Vine
Healing Properties: Grape leaves may be used to make a tea for treating hepatitis. Wines made from grapes aid digestion. Grape leaves may be used to make poultices for treating arthritis symptoms, headaches, and fevers. Wine may be used as a base for mulling various different herbs and spices for many healing purposes. For example, wine mulled with cloves relieves nausea and eases strep throat.
Magical Uses: Vine 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. The vine is associated with the Druid ‘thanksgiving’ of Mabon, which celebrates the birth of the Divine Child. Vine magic is therefore magic associated with imagination, inspiration, music and poetry. Using grapes in ritual and magic will attract prosperity and wealth.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Manannán, the Mabon

Qwert – The Apple

Qwert (pronounced ‘KWEIRT’)
Represents letter(s): Q
Divinatory meaning: Love, beauty, passion
Associated Tree/Plant: Apple
Healing Properties: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples naturally cleanse the bowels, and are good for the heart. A tea made from the bark of the apple tree can reduce fever and serves as a stimulant. A poultice made of crushed and/or boiled crabapples can help reduce scarring and swelling. Crabapple tea can help cure hangovers.
Magical Uses: Apple 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. Apples are a symbol of eternal perfection and beauty. An apple cut in half will reveal a pentacle. For this reason, apples are considered to be sacred to the Goddess. Apples are often used for divination. Bobbing for apples is a form of divination. Once you have your apple, if you put it under your pillow, you will dream about the person you will marry. It is said that an apple peel tossed over your left shoulder will form the first letter of the name of your true love. Apple magic is associated with shamanistic journeying and the Otherworld as well. ‘Avalon’ means ‘The Isle of the Apples.’
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Cailleach, Abellio

Coll – The Hazel

Coll (pronounced ‘CULL’)

Represents letter(s): C

Divinatory meaning: Inspiration, creativity, talent

Associated Tree/Plant: Hazel

Healing Properties: Powdered hazelnuts can be mixed with honey or mead to help a cough. Tea of hazel leaves can ease a fever, and help to reduce menstrual cramps. Hazelnuts are a good source of vitamins and minerals.

Magical Uses: Hazel 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. Hazel wood is good for manifestation, for seeking wisdom, and for reconciliation. The hazel tree is known as the Tree of Wisdom. The Salmon of Wisdom is said to have grown wise from eating hazelnuts. Hazel rods are used for dousing. Hazels are said to grow on the borders between this world and the Otherworld, and therefore contain the wisdom of both realms. To harvest hazel at its peak of magic, do so at twilight on Samhain Eve. Cut hazel branches with a flint rather than with a knife.

Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Danu, Fionn

Tinne – The Holly

Tinne (pronounced ‘CHIN-yuh’)
Represents letter(s): T
Divinatory meaning: Movement, action, activity
Associated Tree/Plant: Holly
Healing Properties: Holly berries are poisonous, so do not ingest them! Press fresh holly leaves to extract the juice, and use this juice to treat jaundice. Tea made from dried holly leaves is used to treat fevers. It is also effective for gout, bladder infections and congestion.
Magical Uses: Holly has an amplifying effect on magic. To add an extra ‘zing’ to your magic works, incorporate a holly sprig. Spears and arrows made of holly are said to always find their mark. During a full moon, soak a branch of holly overnight in water. Sprinkle this water around the house for purification and protection. This water is especially helpful in

protecting infants. Holly bushes are said to repel unfriendly spirits and negative influences. Holly is the traditional decoration for Alban Arthan/Yule. To make your dreams come true, pick nine holly leaves while remaining completely silent. Wrap these leaves in a pure white silk or cotton cloth, then tie nine knots in the cloth. Sleep with this bundle under your pillow.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Lugh, Macha, the Holly King

Duir – The Oak

Duir (pronounced ‘DOO-er’)
Represents letter(s): D
Divinatory meaning: Power, strength, endurance
Associated Tree/Plant: Oak
Healing Properties: Oak leaf tea is an astringent good for treating kidney infections and hemorrhoids. Oak bark tea can ease a sore throat. A tea made from the bark of the white oak is an effective decongestant. You may either drink the tea, or inhale the steam from a boiling pot of bark. Crushed acorns relieve constipation, and may help ease the cravings of alcoholism.
Magical Uses: Oak 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. Oak magic is the magic of strength, success and stability. The oak is known as the ‘King of the Forest’ or ‘King of the Grove,’ and the word ‘Druid’ may have come from the Gaelic word for ‘oak.’ Oaks are especially sacred to the Druids, and the tree represents wisdom. Acorns are used to decorate altars for Samhain, as they represent rebirth. Carrying three acorns in your crane bag is said to promote health and long life, and to prevent illness. If you catch a falling oak leaf in autumn, you’ll have no colds all winter. A statue of a God or Goddess statue carved of oak is especially powerful.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Taranis, The Dagda, Cerridwen, the Oak King

 

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

Nuin – The Ash

Nuin (pronounced ‘NOO-un’)
Represents letter(s): N
Divinatory meaning: Wisdom, knowledge, learning
Associated Tree/Plant: Ash
Healing Properties: Ground ash bark can be used to build the immune system, and to purify the liver and kidneys. Cut ash leaves in the early spring and make a tea. This tea is a mild diuretic that helps with weight loss. The syrup of the flowering ash can be used as a laxative.
Magical Uses: In Norse mythology, the ash is considered the World Tree (Yggdrassil). Wands of ash are particularly good for calming chaos. Ash is also good for repelling snakes. Use a branch of ash and brush the area lightly with it to keep them away.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Gwydion, The Mórrígan

Saille – The Willow

Saille (pronounced ‘SAHL-yuh’)
Represents letter(s): S
Divinatory meaning: Intuition, hidden knowledge, introspection
Associated Tree/Plant: Willow
Healing Properties: Willow sap is effective in removing facial blemishes. The sap may also be used to treat dandruff. Willow bark is an effective pain killer, as it contains the active ingredient in aspirin. Chewing the bark or making an infusion of it releases this healing power. The bark is also an astringent, and may be rubbed on the joints to ease arthritis pain. The juice of the bark is also effective in treating heartburn, and as a diuretic.
Magical Uses: Willow 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. Willows are the sacred tree of the Moon Goddess. It is the tree of dreaming, intuition and deep emotions. Willows are linked with powerful moon magic, and with sexual energy of a feminine nature. The early spring festival of Imbolc is this tree’s time to shine.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Blodeuwedd, Brighid

Fearn – The Alder

Fearn (pronounced ‘FAIR-n’)
Represents letter(s): F
Divinatory meaning: Endurance, perseverance, adaptability
Associated Tree/Plant: Alder
Healing Properties: Tea made from alder bark can be used to treat coughs, toothaches and diarrhea. Boil crushed alder bark and use the juice to relieve itching from poison ivy. A poultice of alder bark relieves swellings and sprains.
Magical Uses: The alder is sacred to the Faeries. Its name comes from the word elder,’ and is derived from the Elder Kings; i.e., kings of the Fey. Since the alder is sacred to them, Faeries are said to protect it, and they may often be seen in the form of ravens in its treetops. Gateways to the Faerie realm are rumored to exist in the trunks of alders. The alder is the tree of Ostara. Some traditions decorate alder trees with ribbons and flowers for this holiday.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Bran, Ostara

Luis – The Rowan

Luis (pronounced ‘LWEESH’)

Represents letter(s): L

Divinatory meaning: Protection, security, safety

Associated Tree/Plant: Rowan

Healing Properties: Crush rowan bark, boil it, and save the juice to be drunk as a cure for upset stomach. Rowan bark is an astringent. The juice of rowan berries can be used as a laxative.

Magical Uses: Rowan 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. If you slice a rowan berry, you will reveal a miniature pentacle. Because of this, eating rowan berries puts you in contact with Otherworld and the Unconscious. The rowan tree is associated with the element of fire and with the Sun. Irish Druids sometimes called the rowan the ‘Tree of Life.’ Rowan has been used to bless cows. First you cut a rowan branch at dawn, then brush a cow’s back with it.  After this, decorate it with white ribbons and eggshells, and fasten it to the barn door. This protects the cow. Planting a rowan tree on a person’s grave will keep that person’s spirit from wandering the Earth.

Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Taranis, Brighid

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