Open the Door

Knock, Knock 

CELTIC TREE MONTH

From June 10 – July 7. 

Oak  ~ D’Duir ~ Door. 

The Tree of Life. Strength. Stabiliser. 

The Oak brings ~ Wisdom. Health. Luck. Prosperity. Protection. Endurance. Courage. Self determination.

A gateway to new understanding. 

OPEN THE DOOR
Great spirit of Oak, 
grant we courage and wisdom.
Knowledge and strength, 
in making our decisions.

And in each fortunate
and blessed opportunity.
We pray; your power of 
protection and security. 

May we enter the doorway, 
into your noble graces.
Which lead us towards,
ethereal and sacred places. 

May we listen in patience  
and clarity to your stories. 
In the kingdom of awareness 
and of your beneficent forces.
Victoria Healing ~ 8.6.2021
Open the Door: D’Duir  

References:

THE KING OF TREES

‘The Celtic word for Oak is “Duir” and the name “Druid” comes from a combination of the word “Duir” and the word “wyd” which means “to know.

Recognised as the trees of shamans; The doorway leading between the worlds. A portal to the divine.

Oak groves were used as sacred places of worship before churches came to be and the Druids are named after this holy tree’ ~ Heather Luna. The Oak and the Acorn

OAK TREE SYMBOLISM

Exploring Celtic Meaning Oak Tree and the Ogham: The oak is considered a cosmic storehouse of wisdom embodied within its towering strength.

Celtic Meaning: Oak Tree Symbolism in Ogham on Whats-Your …

SEVENTH MOON

The Oak Moon is the seventh Moon, also known as The Moon of Strength and is associated with  the Summer Solstice (in the Northern hemisphere) and the Winter Solstice (in the Southern hemisphere).

https://www.kathycrabbe.com/blog/2009/06/the-celtic-year-oak-moon

THE BATTLE OF THE TREES

The medieval Welsh poem Cad Goddeu (The Battle of the Trees) is believed to contain Celtic tree lore, possibly relating to the crann ogham, the branch of the ogham alphabet where tree names are used as mnemonic devices.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_sacred_trees   

CRANN OGHAM

In Welsh tradition Gwydion and Math use the flower of oak with broom to fashion the beautiful Blodeuwed

https://justsayins.wordpress.com/2021/04/21/the-tree-of-life/    

https://justsayins.wordpress.com/2019/04/15/beginnings-to-ends/

I believe in the magic of trees
 
Magickal properties:
‘Use Oak twigs fashioned into a pentagram as a decorative amulet, to protect your home, car or wherever you place it. Witches who work with the Fey, will find their efforts enhanced by using an Oak as portal. Oak faeries are brave and strong and if you ask respectfully, they can confer endurance” ~ Witches and Witchcraft. com 
 

The Tree of Life

The theme this week is Earth Day.  

Have you started making  plans to support Earth Day on April 22nd?

‘The tallest Oak in the forest, was once just a little nut, that held its ground’ 

Top Image: England’s Tree of the Year

A 1,000-year-old hollow oak, reputed to have hidden Robin Hood from the Sheriff of Nottingham, had been voted England’s tree of the year

https://www.theguardian.com/…/nottinghams-major-oak…

Image: Celtic Tree of Life ~ Jen Delyth, Celtic Art Studio

CELTIC TREE MONTH

From June 10 – July 7. 

Oak  ~ D’Duir ~ Door 

The Tree of Life. 

The Oak brings ~ Endurance. Courage. Self determination. A gateway to new understanding. 

http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Oak.htm 

Did you know?

If you carry an acorn in your pocket, it will bring you good luck.

Or catch a falling Oak leaf before it hits the ground, then you’ll stay healthy the following year.

Circles of Life

Little Easter Witches

‘I wave a twig for a fresh and healthy year ahead; a twig for you, a prize for me’

LITTLE EASTER WITCHES  
Hungry smiles spread across their faces,
wishing to share in your good graces.
A treat for them, a blessing for you,
a fun tradition, of Easter witches crew. 

Cute freckled noses, red rosy cheeks,
visiting your home, to trick or treat.
This Easter Sunday be prepared;
with chocolate egg favours to share. 

When they knock, throw open the door,
greet them gladly, in stillness of hall. 
A prize of willow branch and rhyme take,
these good fortunes of home  will make. 
 
Return their favours with candy treats,
memories of their visit darling and sweet.    
Be witched and charmed in an instant,
Spellbound of little Finnish witches wisdom.

This, a glimpse into Nordic custom of globe, 
quite unlike but similar to our own. 
Victoria Healing ~ 1.4.2021
Little Easter Witches


Reading:

The witches recite a traditional rhyme at the door: 

‘I wave a twig for a fresh and healthy year ahead; a twig for you, a prize for me’

‘Virvon, varvon, tuoreeks terveeks, tulevaks vuodeks; vitsa sulle, palkka mulle’ __ Finland) 

https://finland.fi/life-society/wandering-witches-welcome-finnish-easter/

‘Happy Virvonta’

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virvonta

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finland

Image: Finnish Sisu 

 

Celtic Tree Month

Willow ~ The Tree of Enchantment

From April 15 – May 12. 

Hang loose

 

 

 

Ashes to Ashes

 

ASHES TO ASHES
 From roots firmly planted in ground,
 entwined in earth’s heavenly surrounds.
 Courting flashes of lightening strikes,
 dear hallowed tree of sacred rites.
 

 World tree Yggdrasil of Druids staff,
 what you offer will come back.
 Pillar of strength, balance and fertility,
 magickal inspirations of ingenuity,
 

 Awareness of your self in the world,
 is how interconnectedness returns.
 Like casting stones into a pond,
 creating ripples swirling on and on.
 

 I am a spirit tree said the Ash,
 ‘what you offer will come back’
 Stand headstrong, in eye of storm,
 into conflicts, never be drawn.
 

 Be grounded and of belonging,
 this is how spirit of light gets in.  
 Victoria Healing ~ 25.2.2021
 ASHES TO ASHES  

Celtic Tree of the Month

Ash ~ Feb 18 to March 17 

Ogham Name: Nion. Meaning Heaven. 

Tree Meaning: Connection, Wisdom, Surrender 

Ash is the world tree, Yggdrasil. This is a symbol of passage between the worlds, creativity and connections, as the world tree connects us all. It reminds us we should be mindful of our actions because for each action there is a consequence that can effect others as well as ourselves. 

References:

http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Ash.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yggdrasil

https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_tree

Journey through Yggdrasil

Yggdrasil Midgard (Old Norse: “Miðgarðr”) “middle earth” is located in the middle of the world, below Asgard. Midgard and Asgard are connected by Bifrost the Rainbow Bridge. Midgard is surrounded by a huge ocean that is impassable.

The Ocean is occupied by a huge sea serpent, the Midgard Serpent. The Midgard serpent is so huge that it encircles the world entirely, and biting its own tail. Odin and his two brothers Vili and Ve created the humans from an Ash log, the man and from an elm log, the woman.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midgard#Old_Norse

Image: Magic Sojourner

Spell Tree

 
SPELL TREE

She tapped her finger against her lips
 casting a rune made of Rowan twigs.
 Charms that were carved into staves,
 drawn to express emotions and create. 
 

 Magical, whispering Rowan tree of power,
 causing happiness and magic to flower. 
 Protector from the witches evil eye,  
 or the dead lingering on when they die. 
 

 Red berry tonics, of flame and fire,
 what does your heart and soul desire?
 Psychic powers, for spells of healing, 
 You will find all negative forces receding.
 Victoria Healing ~ 21.1.2021.
 SPELL TREE 
Image: The Art of Brian Kesinger 

CELTIC TREE MONTH

From January 21 – February 17. 

Rowan Tree, (Luis) ~ Protection and inspiration.  Also known as Witch Tree, or Wicken Tree. 

Ogham Tree Meaning: Vision. Healing. Transformation. Connection. 

This is a time to freely express yourself both emotionally and creatively. Remember that you are only responsible for your actions, not other peoples’ reactions to them; Be aware of negative influences around you Give yourself the time and space to let new thoughts and ideas arise in you, take time out to clear your mind so that you also have the mental space to facilitate this.

Rune staves, sticks upon which runes were inscribed, were cut from the Rowan tree.

Welcome in the New

 
 WELCOME IN THE NEW
 She is fragile and gentle but strong,
 that is where many get her wrong.
 Ancient wisdom, forever young at heart,
 Birch tree in Ogham, heralds a new start.
 

 Aches and pains may heal and be gone,
 from the magical properties of this one. 
 Healing tonics when gathered; delicious. 
 cradle for baby and yule for Christmas.
 

 Spiky green leaves, silver white bark, 
 kindling of passions ignited from spark.
 Sweep away the old, welcome in the new,
 this is what Birch tree means to me and you.
 

 Twigs used for brooms, or tinder of fire,
 what then, flames your hearts desires?
 Victoria Healing ~ 15.12.2020.
 WELCOME IN THE NEW

CELTIC TREE MONTH

From December 24 – January 20. 

Birch Tree ~ The Achiever. 

Ogham Tree Meaning: Beginning. Renewal. Youth. Vision.

Birch is the first of the tree symbols, for the first moon cycle in the Ogham Tree Calendar. Known by the celts as Beith (pronounced ‘bay’) it is the symbol of new beginnings, regeneration, hope, new dawns and the promise of what is to come.

The druids carried birch bark with them as kindling.

http://www.ecoenchantments.co.uk/myogham_birchpage.html

Witch Tree

 “Elder tree, witch tree, 
 what have you there?
 Blessing, or curse,
 you’re not being fair. 
 

 Elder tree, death tree, 
 Mother of life, end and birth.
 Share your secrets with me,
 dear magical tree of the earth. 
 

 Elder Tree, medicine tree,
 charming, powerful and wise.
 wine berries and flower tea, 
 healing tonic, quiets demise. 
 

 Elder Tree, grandmother tree,
 what do you know?
 Burden, or safety,
 what fate will you bestow”? 
 Victoria Healing ~ 23.11.2020
 WITCH TREE  

CELTIC TREE MONTH

From November 25 – December 22nd

Elder Tree.Protection. Judgement. Transformation. Death. 

Celtic Tree Alphabet: Ruis. 

Meaning: Elder presents us with a mirror in which we must see ourselves truly reflected. Regret is healthy, and has a purpose in life when used to create a learning opportunity for ourselves. No one on this earth is perfect, and with every mistake comes the chance to learn valuable life lessons.

Beloved for its ability to protect one from witches, they’re also believed to be witches in disguise. Some of the lore praises and celebrates this beautiful tree. Other superstitions see it cast into a cursed role.

http://www.thegoddesstree.com/trees/Elder.htm

Medicine. Protection. Witches. 

To Reed

 TO REED
 Over your head, under your feet,
 a message to write, a tune to keep.
 Blessed be the wheat and reeds,
 at Samhain harvesting of the fields. 
 
 Sweetly scented floors to tread,
 a warm, comfy and snuggly bed. 
 Wheat straw and slender reeds,
 eco friendly for everyday needs.  
 
In memory, in story, in the end,
 we all have the flexibility to bend.
 Victoria Healing ~ 4.11.2020
 TO REED

CELTIC TREE MONTH

From October 28 – November 24

REED or WHEATSTRAW ~ Ngetal. Ng 

Represents flexibility and protection. Adaptability to bend with circumstances, rather than break. A symbol of cleansing, healing and vitality, ruled by self-reflection. Preparing to protect yourself through the long winter ahead.

The stems of reeds and leaves of rushes were woven into mats and baskets, used as writing quills, and made into whistles. A reed bed whispers and rustles its ancient stories into the wind and reminds us to listen to the ancestors.

Much of the symbolism and reverence for the reed comes from the Celtic storytellers and later the Welsh bards. In ‘The Book of Taliesin’

http://www.ecoenchantments.co.uk/myogham_reedwheatpage.html

Reed gained a reputation as a protective tree 

Source: https://ireland-calling.com/celtic-mythology-reed-tree/

Yew What?

 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 

Angelystor

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.

https://www.ancientpages.com/2016/05/29/llangernyw-yew-chilling-prophecy-of-the-oldest-tree-in-wales/

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.

https://thriveonnews.com/the-ogham-tree-lore-yew/  

Finding Faeries

hawthorn fairy

Guardians of sacred Lore and protection,
original purveyors in ‘charming’ reflections.
Chameleons of purity in their white flowers,
to creative red berries, flaming, empowered.
 
Healing medicine for herbal remedies,
a natural cure for blood pressure and heart disease.
Fragrant fruits, rich in medicinal vitamin c.
everlasting creators of protective therapies.

It is said that faeries may be found to dance and linger,
under the blooms of these magical haw bringers.
HAWTHORN Trees are blessers of love, luck and fertility,
budding in times of courtship and at birth ceremonies.
 
Original May Flowers, wound around ribbons of May Pole,
back when the legends of Celtic folk ways were told.
Victoria Healing ~ 13.5.2019
©A Way with the Faeries ~ Repost

CELTIC TREE MONTH
From May 13 – June 9th
Hawthorn ~ Illusionist. Balance of duality
Celtic Tree Alphabet: H ~Huath.
Meaning: Contradiction, Consequence, Relationships
This tree is good for clearing the air in communication.

Hawthorn – The Illusionist
May 13 – June 9

Hawthorn signs in Celtic tree astrology are not at all what they appear to be. Outwardly, they appear to be a certain persona, while on the inside Hawthorn’s are quite different. They put the term “never judge a book by its cover” to the test.

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