YEW WHAT? Tis a devil of a thing, a death prediction brings. The church, graveyard and mythic tree, sound warnings each year on hallowe’en. Deep within roots of old Llangernwy Yew, Angelystor is waiting to call out to you. Fortune teller, to spirits of the dying, this ‘recording angel’ will be scrying. From ancient Druids, she is sent, foretelling the date of your life’s end. Whoever hears their name called there, is sure to die within the next year… Victoria Healing ~ 30.10.2020. YEW WHAT? Image: Llangernyw Yew Tree
From Welsh mythology, each year on Halloween the spirit is said to appear in the church and solemnly announces, in Welsh, the names of those parish members who will die within the year.
The Church at Llangernyw is itself centuries old, but the site it stands on was sacred thousands of years before it was built.
The meaning of Yew is a rebirth, which is quite fitting for the last traditional tree of the Ogham Alphabet. It means the completion of a cycle marking the ending of one phase and the beginning of the next.