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The Old Corpse Road Folklore Collective

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Sandalwood

Sandalwood has many magickal uses, including protection, spirituality, exorcism, healing, and wish fulfillment. Scatter sandalwood powder around your home to clear it of negativity. Use in healing and exorcism spells. Write a wish on a sandalwood chip and burn in your cauldron. As it burns it sets your magick flowing. Sandalwood mixed with Lavendar makes a wonderful incense which is intended to conjure spirits.

Seed Pods

Odd and even ash keys (seed-pods) were often used in divination.

Pussywillow

or Great Sallow - Deciduous shrubs and small trees of the northern hemisphere, of several varieties. They have downy leaves and twigs and bloom from March to May with fuzzy catkins that appear before the leaves. Pussy willows needs sun and good soil. They grow wild beside roads and streams, in marshes and at woodland edges.

Silver Fir

A~Ailim~Silver Fir

The silver fir, from the family  'Abies,' is a variety of pine that grows in the mountainous regions on the  upper slopes overlooking the lower  forests. Firs are known to grow to tremendous heights. Two silver firs planted by the Duke Of Argyll in the early seventeenth century stood untilrecent times, and reached heights of 124 and 130 feet.

The wood from fir trees is used in the making of furniture, and because of the straightness of the trunks, was used in the making of ship masts. It is a  source of turpentine, resin and tar, and a tea made from the shoots can be  used as a protection against urinary tract and kidney infections.

At one time, much of Scotland was covered with these great trees, but now  only small patches of them remain.

Primrose

When planted in a garden or hung dried on the front  door, primroses will attract the company of Faeries. If you have  them growing under your care, do not let them die! The Faery will be deeply offended by your carelessness.

St. John's Wort

A Druid sacred herb. The Celts passed it through the smoke of the summer solstice fire, then wore it into battle for invincibility. The people of Scotland wore it as a charm against faery influence.

Poppies

Said to invoke the Faery into your dreams.

Rowan

L~Luis~Rowan
The rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) thrives in poor soils and can colonize well in disturbed areas. In some parts of Europe, rowans are most commonly found around ancient settlements, either because of their weedy nature or because they were planted. Rowans flower in May. They grow to 50 feet and are members of the rose family (Rosaceae).  Its seeds are poisonious!

The rowan, which presides over the month of December, has a reputation as a protector against enchantment and evil spirits. Rune staves, (sticks upon which runes were enscribed,) were cut from this tree. Rowan wood was also used to divine for metal, as hazel twigs are used for water.

Along with several other trees, the rowan played a central role in Druid ceremonies. Sprigs of rowan were hung over the main door of the house, and often worn to ward off enchantment or  "the evil eye." In Wales, rowans were  planted in churchyards to watch over the spirits of the dead. Sacred to the Goddess Brigit. A very magickal tree used for wands, rods, amulets and other spell objects. A forked rowan branch can help find water.

Rowan is the supreme tree of protection, and is used for the churn staff, distaff, the pin of the plough and in many other domestic and agricultural implements. It is common to plant a rowan near the front door of the house, or near the byre door.

Pine

Sacred to the Druids, the pine was known as one of the seven chieftan trees of the Irish. Burn the needles inside for purification. To purify and sanctify an outdoor ritual area, brush thr ground with a pine branch.

Roses

Roses attract the Faery to a garden. Their sweet scent  will lure elemental spirits to take up residence close by. Roses  can be used in Faery love spells. When performing the spell,  sprinkle rose pet als under your feet and dance softly upon them

Peppermint

Peppermint makes a wonderful tea to increase your psychic ability (drink some before reading the Tarot, consulting runes, scrying, dowsing, etc.). Drinking Peppermint tea is also useful for healing (especially stomach aches), producing visions, and helping with sleep. The herb can also be sprinkled around your home for purification.