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Furze

O~Ohn~ The furze is a yellow-flowering shrub that grows profusely on the open moors and hillsides of Great Britain. It blooms year around, although its densest bloom is in the spring and early summer. Its flowers are rich in pollen and nectar, and give off a strong sweet honey/coconut scent. They are a favorite of honey bees. A decoction can be made of the flowers for the treatment of jaundice and to cleanse the kidneys of stones and obstructions.

Foxglove

The source of the modern heart drug Digitalis, this is a Poisonous plant and can have seriously dangerous results if taken internally. DO NOT INGEST!!Associated with the Little People and Otherworld beings. Plant Foxglove near your front door to invite the Faery in. Put a dried sprig of Foxglove in a talisman to keep you surrounded in Faery light.

Cloves

Their magickal properties include banishing evil (exorcism), clearing your head, protection, love, and money. Burn cloves as an incense to draw wealth and prosperity, drive away hostile and negative forces, produce positive spiritual vibrations, and purify the area in which they are burned. Wear or carry cloves to draw members of the opposite sex to you. Using cloves in your magickal spells is said to ensure that your magickal intention is realized.

Fir, Silver

Also known as the Birth Tree. Burning needles or sweeping around the bed with a branch blessed and protected a mother and her new baby.

Clover

A sacred Faery plant, clovers of all kinds will attract them. Lay seven grains of wheat on a four-leafed clover to see the Faery.

Ferns

Uncurled fronds of the male fern were gathered at Midsummer, dried and carried for good luck. All ferns are powerful protective plants and faeries are especially attracted to them.

Cinnamon

Is a wonderful herb to either burn as an incense or make into a sachet. Fill a green or gold sachet with Cinnamon to draw money and success or to use as a healing charm. A purple sachet can be used to increase your magickal and/or psychic powers. A pink or red sachet of Cinnamon can be worn, carried with you, or placed under your bed to draw love or to promote lust. Use a white sachet filled with Cinnamon to increase your spirituality and to confer protection.

Elder

Druidic Alphabet - R (Ruis). The elder tree can grow to thirty feet in height, and is covered with a light brown bark with deep ridges and groves. Its leaves are broad and oval in shape, and it has a tiny white flower with five petals and a sweet scent. In autumn it is covered with bunches of black berries which are used to make wine and jam. Rich in vitamin C, a tea from the flowers is also used for the treatment of coughs and sore throat. Boiled leaves can be used in a mixture for the relief of pain in the ears. A distillation made from the flowers is used a skin cleanser, a cure for headaches and treatment for the common cold. The bark can be dried and used as a laxative. Used to make Faery wine, these berries can be burned on a fire to invite the Good Folk to a gathering. Make a homemade brew of Elderberry Wine and you are sure to have some thirsty visitors. It is said that if a human drinks the wine, she will be able to see the Faery. If a human should drink Elderberry wine from the same goblet as a Faery being, he will be able to see them forever after. Standing under and elder tree at Midsummer, like standing in a ring of Faery Mushrooms, will help you see the Little People. Often confused with the alder and sacred to the Elder Goddess or Crone, the Caillech, who was Hel, queen of the underworld. Naturally, the elder became known as a witch tree. Spirits of the pagan dead, once called Helleder, were said to be imprisoned in elder wood. They would be transformed into avenging demons and would haunt and persecute anyone who cut down an elder tree to make furniture. Moreover, a man who fell asleep under an elder tree would have visions of Hel's underworld, which Christians converted into hell. Elder made witches' 'travel-broomsticks.' Yet the healing magic of Hel's tree was not entirely forgotten. Medieval folk believed that a wreath of elder leaves worn as a collar would cure every pain in the neck. Folklore holds that it is unlucky to use Elder wood for a child's cradle, which should always be made out of Birch for a new start and inception. In the Celtic moon calendar, the Elder rules the thirteenth month. This is, in fact, a short three-day period, a 'make-up' month, ending in Samhain, the last night of the year and known as Hallowe'en. The new year, on the1st November, and the month of the Birch follow on after. The Elder, with its distinctive, easily hollowed, pithy stems, is a tree of regeneration. It regrows damaged branches readily and it will root and grow rapidly from any part. It was considered unlucky to bring elderwood into house. Elder is a witches tree and whoever approached it after dark was at its mercy. The scent of the flowers was said to poison anybody who slept beneath it. The Druids used it both to bless and curse. Elder wands drive out evil and negativity. Elder is said to offer protection to the faeries from negative spirits.

Ash

N~Nuin~Ash The ash tree has deeply penetrating roots and tends to sour the soil, which makes it hard for any other plants to grow around it. Its branches are thick and strong . The ash can grow to one hundred and thirty feet high. The March tree has distinctive black buds and its seeds grow in bunches, each with a long, thin wing. It grows in all climates, but tends to do best in soil that is rich with lime. Its white wood is excellent for burning, and was often used for oars, ax handles, and was a favorite of the Celts when making spears. An old Christmas custom is to burn an ash faggot bound with green twigs on the hearth, making a wish as each bond snaps. Unmarried girls can also choose a bond the one who's bond parts first will be the first to marry. The ash tree was credited with magical properties which would cure a child of hernia or rickets. Before sunrise the naked child was passed through a cleft trunk that was then bound and sealed with clay. As the trunk healed so did the child. To cure a lame animal a hole was bored in an ash and a live shrew sealed inside it. As the shrew dies and the tree healed the animal recovered. The world tree is an ash, or is known as "The Cosmic Ash." It appears in Norse mythology as Yggdrasil (or the tree of Odin.) and it spans the universe, with its roots in the lower world and its branches supporting the heavens. In Celtic cosmology it connects the three circles of existence - Abred, Gwynedd, and Ceugant - which are sometimes interpreted as the past, present and future (or as confusion, balance and creative force.) Use ash a substitute for Rowan as a protection against fairies.

Club Moss

Only the priest or priestess could were allowed to gather club moss. The plants and spores were collected in July and August for use in blessings and protection.

Apple

All apple trees are descended from the crab apple, which was likely the tree mentioned in the tree Ogham, as it grew wild in the British Isles and across much of Europe during the time of the Druids. The apple represents choice and the letter Q (Quert) in the druidic tree alphabet. The apple has long been a symbol of fruitfullness. The rhyme 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' probably comes from a Norse myth in which apples were given to the Gods to stave of old age. Apples were used to discover who a girl would marry ; the apple was peeled and the complete peel thrown over the shoulder, if it formed a letter then this was the initial of her future husbands name. 'Wassailing' - a ceremony to ensure a good apple crop is still performed in the West country usually on Twelfth night. The felling of an apple tree was unlucky and to leave the last apple on a tree meant a families death. The wood of the apple tree is good for both burning and carving, and poultice made from roasted for boiled apples removes burn marks from the skin, and eases inflamed eyes. It is also known to be good for the bowels and for sufferers of asthma and other lung ailments. The bark of apple trees or the fruits themselves have the power to transport a true-hearted seeker to the Other world. Burn the bark as an offering to the Good Folk on Midsummer's night. Also used in Faery love spells.