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Trees - Week III

Cedar
Cherry, Wild
Cypress
Elm
Eucalpytus
Juniper
Oak
Pine (Spruce & Fir)
Sandalwood
Willow

Cedar

Botanical Name:       Cedrus libani (Cedar of Lebanon), Thuja Plicata (Red Cedar), Thuja occidentalis (White Cedar), Cedrus Juniperus… Heavenly or God Tree, Tree of Life

Gender:                      Masculine…. Astrological: Sagittarius, Aries & Capricorn

Planet:                       Jupiter...also Sun

Element:                     Fire

Deities:                       Woton, Odin, Zeus, Jupiter, Irnini, Adad, Shamash, Astarte, Osiris, Shu`laawitsi

Origin:                         Thuja is latinized from Greek & means to fumigate, thuo to sacrifice…Global growth patterns, ranging from mountainous regions to swamps.  Magickal tools & boxes are often made of Cedar.

Powers:                      Protection, Exorcism, Knowledge, Renewal, Spell-Breaking, Healing, Visions, Success, Love, Purification, Money, Blessings, Consecration, Divination, Wealth, Strength, Banishing Nightmares

Substitutions:             Sandalwood

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Cherry, Wild

Botanical Name:       Prunus serotina…Virginia Prune, Black Cherry…Deciduous

Gender:                      Feminine…Astrological: Scorpio

Planet:                        Venus

Element:                     Air

Deities:                      

Origin:                         North America throughout the north, central & southern states. Flowers in early spring, fruits in August….Root bark collected seasonally, will not keep more than 1 year. Especially good for colds & coughs.   

Powers:                      Fertility, Gain, Love, Healing

Substitutions:           

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Cypress

Botanical Name:       Cupressus sempervirens…Tree of Death           

Gender:                      Feminine…Astrological, Aquarius, Capricorn & Virgo

Planet:                        Saturn

Element:                     Earth

Deities:                       Mithras, Pluto, Aphrodite, Ashtoreth, Artemis, Apollo, Cupid, Jupiter, Hekat,  Hebe, Zoroaster

Origin:                         Harvest  mid  October-December

Powers:                      Longevity, Healing, Comfort, Protection

Substitutions:             Juniper, Pine Needles

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Elm

Botanical Name:       Ulmus campestris /Slippery Elm…Ulmus fulva…Deciduous

Gender:                      Feminine…Astrological: Aquarius

Planet:                        Saturn

Element:                     Water

Deities:                       Odin, Hoenin, Lodr

Origin:                         Slippery Elm grows throughout theUnited States all areas, English elm has broader leaves and grows globally has very water resistant  properties.  Often magickal tools are made of Elm. 

Powers:                      Intuition, Love, Leadership, Growth, Divination…esp. weather, Understanding, Giving Thanks

Substitutions:           

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Eucalpytus

Botanical Name:       Eucalyptus globulus spp….. also called Blue Gum Tree, Dinkum, Fever Tree

Gender:                      Feminine…Astrological: Pisces & Cancer

Planet:                        Moon

Element:                     Water

Deities:                      

Origin:                         Indigenous to Australia, now grown in North & South America, India, Southern Europe.  Reduces fever, antiseptic both external & internal, disinfectant.

Powers:                      Healing, Protection, Consecration             

Substitutions:             Camphor

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Juniper

Botanical Name:       Juniperus communis….Enebro, Ginepro, Genevrier…Gin Berry

Gender:                      Masculine…Astrological: Aries, Leo & Sagittarius

Planet:                        Sun….also attributed to Jupiter

Element:                     Fire…

Deities:                      

Origin:                         Common where bands of limestone occur, US & Europe.  Harvest time varies depending on climate…late autumn. Wood used in magickal tools/boxes also has insect repellant properties. 

Powers:                      Protection, Anti-Theft, Communication, Success, Health, Good Luck, Money, Happiness, Exorcism, Loneliness, Leadership, Marriage, Blessings, Animals, Aphrodisiac, Gain, Strength, To keep Secrets

Substitutions:            Pine , Cypress

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Oak

Botanical Name:       Quercus robra (red), Q. tinctoria (black), Q. robur (English)

Gender:                      Masculine

Planet:                        Sun…also *Jupiter

Element:                     Fire

Deities:                       Dagda, Dianus, Jupiter, Thor, Zeus, Herne, Janus, Rhea, Cybele, Pan, Erato, Brigid, Hecate, Hathor, Mars, Hercules, Jove, Picus, Cernunnos, Taraa, Allah, Jehovah, Hou, Janicot, El, Taranis, Belenos, Donar, Perkunas, Diana, Egeria, Mary, Erato, Egeria (the nymph)* Dryads are oak fairies & nymphs live in oak trees*

Origin:                         Venerated by Greeks, Romans, Druids throughout the ages.  The name said to be Celtic…quer (fine) & cuez (tree).  Harvest wood in winter, acorns in late fall.  The galls on oaks are formed by insects and used for tanning & dyeing purposes.        

Powers:                      Protection, Health & healing, Luck, Love, Potency, Understanding, Spirituality, Fertility, Money, Safety, Virility, Magic, Opposition, Courage, Retention

Substitutions:           

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Pine

Botanical Name:       Pinus spp./ N.O. Pinaceae….Turpentine, pitch, tar & varnish are all products of various pine/spruce/fir

Gender:                      Masculine…Astrological: Aries, Scorpio & Aquarius

Planet:                        Mars

Element:                     Air

Deities:                       Cybele, Pan, Venus, Attis, Dionysus, Bacchus, Astarte, Sylvanus

Origin:                         Global tree with a wide variety of species, fast growing & hardy.

Powers:                      Tranquility, Spiritual Growth & Development, Peace, Growth, Healing, Fertility, Protection, Exorcism, Money, Grounding, Calming, Confidence, Focus, Luck, Power, Stress, Safety in Travel, Stopping Violence, Love, Understanding, Wisdom

Substitutions:             Juniper

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Sandalwood

Botanical Name:       Santalum album

Gender:                      Feminine…Astrological: Pisces, Leo & Cancer

Planet:                        Moon

Element:                     Water

Deities:                       Venus, Innana

Origin:                         India …the government there has a monopoly on it’s exportation.  

Powers:                      Protection, Washes, Healing, Exorcism, Spirituality, Sleep, Grounding, Muses/Teachers, Wisdom, Understanding, Divination, Visions, Environment

Substitutions:            Cedar

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White Willow

Botanical Name:       Salix alba……Also called “ Witches Aspirin” & “ Tree of Enchantment “

Gender:                      Feminine…Astrological: Cancer & Taurus

Planet:                        Moon also *Venus

Element:                     Water

Deities:                       Artemis, Ceres, Hecate, Persephone, Hera, Mercury, Belili, Belinus, Masauwah

Origin:                         North America, North & Central Europe.  Harvest throughout the summer months. 

Powers:                      Love, Divination, Protection, Healing, Anger, Calming, Release, Breaking bad habits, Spirituality, Understanding, Prevents Nightmares

Substitutions:           

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