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
Qwert (pronounced ‘KWEIRT’)
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 (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