Celtic Sacred Trees
(Northern Hemisphere Calendar)
The druids/celts calendar uses trees to mark the year & their zodiac and although these are centred round the northern hemisphere year which is the opposite to us in the southern hemisphere knowing these trees and their associated traits can be helpful when you need their specific traits in your energetic work.
Alder - The trailblazer associated with the element of air and often used to make whistles to call this element.
Apple - The cider from the fruits of this tree can be used as a substitute for blood or wine in energy works.
Ash - The Enchanter used to make wands for healing, general and sun related magicks. The leaves are used for educing psychic dreams by placing them under the pillow.
Bay Laurel - This is the same tree that the leaves are used in cooking, as a magickal plant the leaves are used to induce psychic visions and are associated with the triple goddess. It also counteracts negativity and self restriction and will help to induce inspiration and visions when placed under the pillow.
Birch - The Achiever associated with romantic love and also known as the lady of the woods best gathered on the new moon for energy works.
Blackthorn - Also known as Sloe, thorns used in candles to repel negativity and negative people in cord cutting or repelling energy works.
Broom - Also known as Irish & Scotch Broom is associated with the spring equinox, purification, protection and as having healing powers through its diuretic shoots.
Cedar - The tree of life, associated with earth, the earth element, also known for its preserving qualities (cedar oil), effective for grounding and earth energy magicks.
Cherry (Wild) - The Black Cherry with chips of the tree used in festivals usually buried during festivities.
Elder - The Seeker, Elderberry, Lady Elder, Ellhorn or White Lady tree associated with the midsummer solstice and used to interact with Faye/Fairies. Wands made from this tree are often used to repel negativity, flutes made from have the same properties.
Eyebright - Used to enhance and promote clairvoyance.
Furze - Also known as Gorse (this is a prohibited weed in most parts of Australia), this plant is associated with the spring equinox with its wood and flowers burnt for protection and to offer strength during times of stress and conflict.
Hawthorn - The Illusionist, known as the May Tree with wands of this plant highly regarded as powerful.
Hazel - The Equalizer, symbolizes pure magicks, healing, divination, effective for instant protection when drawn around you and wands from this tree are powerful protectors.
Holly - The Ruler, sacred winter tree associated with the Winter Solstice used for decorating during Yule, is a protector and it repels negativity.
Ivy - The Survivor and poisonous is connected with the winter solstice, used for decoration during this time and is seen as a protector when ground close to the house.
Juniper - Berries are used in incenses to induce visions.
Mistletoe - Also known as Birdlime, Golden Bough this is highly regarded by the Druids and is associated with the winter solstice. The berries are poisonous however are used in love incenses and is hung in bunches for protection.
Oak - The Stabiliser, Tanner's Bark and king of trees, one of most frequent woods in wand making, the acorns are associated with fertility and as an incense it purifies.
Pine - One of the seven Irish chieftain trees, often the needles are used for purification in incense, the cones and nuts associated with fertility, is also used in cleansing baths, to purify and sanctify a sacred space and as a symbolic cleanser using the branches as a broom to sweep away negativity.
Reed - The Inquisitor, used to divine answers.
Rowan - The Thinker, this is also known as the Mountain Ash, Witchwood and Sorb Apple. Rowan is sacred to the goddess Brigit, when used for wants, rods and magickal tools it is powerful and pure. The berries are especially magickal but highly toxic so do not ingest or cause to be absorbed through the skin. All parts of the plant are used in divination, for contacting the ancestors and offering strength during duress.
Silver Fir - The birth tree used to protect babies and mothers during childbirth where the needles are burnt as a blessing to both mother and baby.
Willow - The Observer the bark of this plant is what aspirin is derived from, a tea made from the bark has the same effect. This plant is associated with the Moon sacred to the White Lady, it offers inspiration and divination.
Yew - Sacred to the winter solstice, it symbolizes rebirth and transition, the berries are toxic and should be handled with care and caution and are also associated with ancestral contacts.