Almond has a very sweet natural being. Aids in self protection.
Almond also helps with fruitfulness, and stands for virginity.
The fairies love almond trees.*
It is an old English custom to drink to the health of the Apple
tree with a good glass of cider all in hopes of encouraging the
tree to produce a good crop next year. Apple also helps with
fertility. The apple tree symbolizes youth, beauty and
innocence. Apple juice can be used to infer strength and beauty.
The leaves are a useful focus in spellweaving. The apple wood
makes good staves. Apple's personality is Motherly/weak-willed
is opposite. Element:Water
Ash is a healing wood. It is also used for protection. The Ash
is considered to be the father of trees. The Ash is the tree of
sea power, or of the power resident in water. Special guardian
spirits reside in the Ash; This makes it excellent for absorbing
sickness.Snakes have an innate fear of the ash and avoid it. Ash
is an excellent wood for purification. It is good at removing
and cleansing internalized strife and conflict. Ash is good in
any spell or working involving mental and emotional
purification. Ash wood is a good conductor of power and thus
makes good wands. Ash's personality is Charming/egocentric is
opposite. Element: Air
Aspen is an excellent wood for spoken spells. It brings the
wizard eloquence. Aspen's personality is Caring/insecure is
opposite. Elemental: Water
Beech is an excellent wood for charms. A Beech Wood wand will
bring the wizard luck. Beech symbolizes stability and flow of
energy. It is an incredible conductor of energy, but doesn't
hold energy very well. It is sometimes used for Druidic groves
if oak is not available, though oak is preferred.
With the exception of the mysterious elder, the Birch is the
earliest of the forest trees. The Birch is used extensively in
cleansing rituals. Throughout Europe, Birch twigs are used to
expel evil spirits. Birch rods are also used in rustic rituals
to drive out the spirits of the old year. Birch is used also
stands for Birth, healing, Lunar workings, and protection. Birch
wood is a useful tool in spells involving structures, support,
shielding, warding, and cleansing. Birch's personality is
Happy/immature is opposite. Element: Air
Cedar is a protective wood. It will protect the wizard against
evil. It is also used for money and love charms. Cedar is
exceptional at repulsing energies and protection. It is best
used to ward or to drive off negative influences or spirits.
The Coconut is feminine and very fertile. The shell represents
the womb, and the milk, fertility. Coconut also helps with
protection from negative psychic forces.
The cypress tree was seen as a sad tree or tree of mourning. It
was often used to build funeral pyres. Cypress wood is extremely
resistant to water. Cypress containers can successfully contain
water elementals, air elementals, and most spirits.
This tree represents charm and finesse. It can be used to
enhance one's social abillities and increase one's personality.
The dogwood flower is a good cleanser of wounds, and its scent
is a relaxant.
Ebony is the most powerful wood for wands. Ebony gives the user
pure, unlimited power.
A waterside tree, the Elder has white flowers that bloom to
their peak in midsummer thus making the Elder an aspect of the
White Goddess. The Elder is also said to be the crucifixion
tree. The inner bark and the flowers have long been famous for
their therapeutic qualities. The elder also stands for
banishment, magical art and the waters of life. Elder's
personality is Intelligent/unfortunate is opposite. Element:
The elm tree is a dark and brooding tree. It was often planted
in tainted or uncleansable areas to warn off others in the area.
Elm can be used in any spells that cause depression or darkness.
It can dull the senses and works well in spells dealing with
The eucalyptus is a nurturing, protecting, life-giving tree. It
can sometimes symbolize sloth due to the fact that its foliage
is a narcotic. It contains quite a bit of moisture, and thus
could easily have a connection to Water. Small doses of
eucalyptus are highly effective. It can be used to numb or
invoke sloth in others. It can protect the body from certain
poisons. When mixed with certain other herbs, eucalyptus can
make a high body-sustaining potion.
The Fig is androgynous. The fruit representing the feminine and
the triple lobed leaves suggest the masculine force. The fig
also stands for balance.
Fir symbolizes malleability, cleverness, and the ability to
change. It is a good wood for magic involving physical
structures, forms, and shapeshifting or other changing magics.
Hawthorn (Thorn) Witchthorn
or May Witch. It is a generally unlucky tree and its name,
translated from the Irish Brehon Laws, had the meaning "harm".
The Goddess, under the name Cardea, cast spells with the
Hawthorn. In many cultures, the month of the Hawthorn (May) is a
month of bad luck for marriages. The Hawthorn blossom, for many
men, has the strong scent of female sexuality and was used by
the Turks as an erotic symbol. This tree stands for
purification, enforced chastity, male potency and
cleansing.Thorn symbolizes strife and harshness. It is an
excellent tool for protection as its energies work well for
defense. Thorn is used to dispell energies, especially negative
energies or curses, and excells at banishing strife. Hawthorns'
personality is Passionate/ruthless is opposite. - Element: Fire
Hazel is favored as one of the best woods for an all-purpose
magical wand. Carrying hazel will make wishes come true.The
Hazel is a tree of wisdom. In England, all the knowledge of the
arts and sciences were bound to the eating of Hazel nuts. Hazel
wood can be used for divining for water also. It stands for
Wisdom, intelligence, inspiration, wrath. Hazel's personality is
Generous/deceptive is opposite. Element: Water
This tree symbolizes attraction (the nut can be used to make an
aphrodisiac), loss of inhibition or willpower, and drowsiness.
It is used to make sleep potions, aphrodisiacs, and potions to
inhibit the will or remove inhibitions.
Holly is the strongest of the protective woods. It is used to
guard against evil. Holly means "holy". The Holly has many uses
from making a dye from its berries to being used as an
aphrodisiac. It stands for Holiness, consecration, material
gain, beauty. Holly symbolizes combat, defense, and a "look but
don't touch" beauty. It is also used as a life symbol. Holly is
good at holding and storing energy, but does not work well with
energy flow. It is also useful in glamours and warding. Holly's
personality is Determined/insensitive is opposite. Element: Fire
Hornbeam is a lucky wood. It brings good fortune to the Wizard.
It is very good for spells. It's powers and attributes are
lifting/removing the unwanted, prosperity, protection, spiritual
love, strength/stamina. Element: Water. Zodiac is Taurus and
Celestial body is Saturn. It's energy is feminine. Use in
rituals that mark life transitions and banishing spells. Bach
flower remedy: Against feelings of exhaustion and tiredness from
IVY / VINE
Vine and Ivy come next to each other at the turn of the year,
and are jointly dedicated to resurrection. Presumably, this is
because they are the only two trees that grow spirally. The
Vine also symbolizes resurrection because its strength is
preserved in the wine. The Faeries love Ivy and it stands for
joy, exhilaration, wrath, rebirth, fidelity, constancy, love and
intoxication. Ivy's personality is Ambitious/unfortunate is
opposite. Element: Earth, air and water. Energy is feminine.
Powers and attributes are fertility, good luck, growth, healing,
protection, resurrection, transformation and vitality. Zodiac is
Gemini and Celestial body is Saturn. Ritual is celebrating and
honoring the balance of light and dark, life and death.
Juniper has been used for many purposes for a long time, for
perfumes, soaps, cosmetics, furniture and was even believed that
burning Juniper during childbirth would protect a baby from
being taken by the faeries. This may have come from a story
connected with the infant Jesus during the flight from egypt,
when Juniper was burned for protection against leprosy, the
plaque and other illnesses. In opposite, it was also believed
that if a person cut down a Juniper tree they would die within a
year. Powers and attributes are cleansing, healing, love and
protection. Elements are earth and fire. Celestial body is the
Sun. Energy is masculine. Ritual is for attracting a lover using
dried berries on a string as an amulet, good luck in childbirth,
attraction spells and dispelling negativity.
Mahogany is known for its ability to withstand lightening
strikes. It has strong protective qualities.
Maple is a favorite wood for magical wands. It is the wood of
longevity. Maple is a happy tree. It often symbolizes
attraction, luring, drawing in, or bringing things together. It
has very positive energy, and is used to attract attention or
lure positive spirits in magic.
The mistletoe was sacred to the Druids and to the Norse. It was
considered to be the great healer and has both male and female
qualities. It was so well regarded by the Norse (because it was
sacred to Freya) that they refused to fight in the vicinity of
Mistletoe. The custom of hanging Mistletoe in the house to
promote peace comes from this. Generally regarded today as a
symbol of love and purity. It also stands fertility and sexual
Oak is a potent magical wood. It adds potency to all charms,
particularly health and money charms.The Oak is the tree of
endurance and triumph, and like the Ash, is said to count the
lightings'flash. The Oak is a male wood which is ideal for the
construction of any tool that needs the male influence such as
Athames, certain wands and staffs. The midsummer fire is always
Oak and the need fire is always kindled in an Oak log.Oaks also
stands for endurance, triumph, strength, power, dominion,
prosperity, sacrifice, guardian and liberator. Oak symbolizes
wisdom, strength, and endurance. Oak is extremely versatile and
can be used in many areas of magic. The wood is good at both
storing power and conducting it, thus making good staffs and
wands. Oak can be used in spells involving authority, majesty,
power, strength, wisdom, or endurance. Oaks personality is
Fatherly/dominating is opposite. Element: Fire
Is regarded as particularly powerful because of its incredible
durability and because it is self renewing, never changing its
leaves. Aids in rejuvenation. The Palm stands for resurrection,
and the cycle and matrix of life.
The Peach is an emblem of marriage, abundance, fruitfulness and
External symbol of life, strength and immortality. It is one of
the few trees that are androgynous. It was also worshiped by
the ancients as a symbol of fire because of its resemblance to a
spiral of flame. It is regarded as a very soothing tree to be
near. Being an evergreen, standing for long life and
prosperity.Pine is everlasting (from its evergreen properties).
It induces clearness of thought with its scent and often
symbolizes survival as it can grow even in sub-zero
temperatures. Pine wood is useful in spells of preservation.
Pine incense is helpful in divining/scrying rituals and rituals
to clear the mind. Pine's personality is Outgoing/introverted is
opposite. Element: Earth
Poplar is favored for flying charms. Carrying poplar will also
aid in attracting wealth.
Redwood is a protective wood. It is also good for love and
The Wood of Rose has many magical qualities. It is used for
divination and love charms.
The Rowan is seen as the tree of life. It is also known as
Mountain Ash, Quickbeam, The Witch or Witch Wand. In the British
Isles, Rowan is used as a protection against lightning and
magical charms of all sorts. In ancient Ireland, the Druids of
opposing forces would kindle a fire of rowan and say an
incantation over it to summon spirits to take part in the
battle. The Rowan is also used for many healing purposes. The
"Quickbeam" is the tree of quickening. Another use was in metal
divining. In Ireland, a Rowan stake was hammered through a
corpse to immobilize the spirit. Rowan is also known for
divination, healing, astral work, protection. Rowan's
personality is Spiritual/fanatical is opposite. Element: Air
The sequoia is a majestic tree symbolizing eternity, longevity,
and vast wisdom. It can also symbolize endurance and strength.
Sequoia wood makes excellent Druidic staffs, as it is very good
at both holding and conducting energy. It can be used in spells
of fire resistance, and the sequoia seeds are an aphrodisiac.
The spruce is a versatile tree which grows quickly and is
dominant over its environment. It is an aloof tree and can
symbolize the North and coldness. The wood is good for
bargaining with Earth elementals as they especially like spruce
wood. Spruce holds and stores a large amount of energy. A living
spruce tree is an excellent ground.
The sycamore symbolizes growth, persistance, strength and
endurance. It is water resistant (though not as much as cypress)
and often grows where other trees cannot. To some Native
American cultures, the sycamore is a holy tree equivalent to the
oak in Europe. In magic, it is useful for spells involving
growth, and can be used in healing potions (especially those
with regenerative properties). It is also a good gift to give a
The Walnut's powers and attributes are change, fertility,
healing, inspiration intentions, new perspectives, protection
and wealth. Element is air and fire. Archangel Remiel and othe
beings are the Elves. It's energy is masculine and its
associated with the Zodiac sign Gemini, Leo and Virgo and the
Celestial bodies Jupiter and the sun. Ritual work and
meditations with the walnut deal with life transitions,
initiations, manifesting intentions into the physical realm and
The tree of the Autumn Equinox and of old age, is the shifting
leaved White Poplar, or Aspen, The shield makers tree. Heracles
bound his head in triumph with poplar after killing the giant
Cacus (the evil one). The Black popular was a funeral tree
sacred to the Mother Earth. Silver Fir as an aid in divination.
The Silver Fir standing for hope assured and the Black Poplar
for loss of hope. In ancient Ireland, the coffin makers
measuring rod was made of Aspen, apparently to remind the dead
that this was not the end. White poplar stands for Hope,
Willow is a feminine tree. It is favored for its general magical
uses. It has strong protective qualities and is good for healing
and love charms.The Willow was sacred to Hecate, Circe, Hera,
and Persephone, all death aspects of the Triple Moon Goddess,
and was often used by the Witches in Greece. The moon owns it.
It is a female symbol. It is the tree that loves water most and
is sacred to the Moon Goddess who is the giver of dew and
moisture, generally. It is a water-loving tree and is linked to
lunar rhythms. It is often a melancholy tree and can represent
sadness and quick growth leading to a quick end (some trees only
live for 20 years). In magical areas, willow has a great
influence over water and water elementals. It has the ability to
banish depression and sadness. The Willow is the tree of
enchantment. Can be made into a tool to make wishes come true.
Willow stands for Moon magic, psychic energy, healing,
inspiration and fertility. Willow's personality is Wise/bitter
is opposite. Element: Water
Yew is the Wood of Death. Used for its strength for bows in
Greek times.The yew tree is held sacred by the Druids because of
its symbolism of death and rebirth. The yew tree's branches grow
into the ground. Thus when the central trunk dies, the tree
lives on as the branches become trees. It symbolizes
transformation, great age, and reincarnation. Yew wood is good
in any rituals that use the preceding symbolism. Yew holds and
conducts energy very well, and yew is a good shield for magical
energies that directly hit the wood is reflected. Yew's
personality is Enduring/sanguine is opposite.
Tarot Card: Death - Element: Earth