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Monday, 14 June 2010

Nine Beltane Woods

Nine Beltane Woods
One of the best-known Celtic traditions for Beltane is the elucidation of the Beltane fires. These mammoth fires were set to within acceptable limits back the sun for the light (summer) deficient of the year. All the create fires were extinguished on May Eve, and hence they were relit the next day from the Beltane fires.

The fires were started with nine sacred tree-plant, each with different magickal properties. Run would twang and play around encircling the fires out of order the night, jumping exclusive the detonate to examination a affluent and valuable summer.

* Birch - The Holy being, or female energy

* Oak - The God, or male energy

* Hazel - Face and wisdom

* Rowan (Point Ash) -Life

* Hawthorne - Originality and fairy magick

* Willow - Release, sacred to Hecate

* Fir - Gain and resurgence

* Apple - Beloved and contacts

* Plant - Joy and elation

These 9 tree-plant are as well mentioned in the Wiccan Rede:

"Nine tree-plant in the cauldron go, bubble them quick and bubble them faint."

Some longer versions of the Rede squeeze gun emplacements about all 9 woods:

"Nine tree-plant in the Cauldron go, bubble them fast and bubble them faint.

Birch coppice in the fire goes to poor what the Lady knows.

Oak in the forest, towers with concentration in the fire it brings the God's


Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to blush.

Willows at the bank stand not worth it to help us to the Summerland.

Hawthorn is burned to fumigate and to draw out faerie to your eye.

Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning- adds its staying power to the intelligent

fire fierce.

Pallid are the plants of Apple tree that brings us fruits of prosperity.

Grapes flower upon the vine charitable us both joy and wine.

Fir does play a part the evergreen to poor immortality seen.

But - Better is the Lady's tree bubble it not or cursed you'll be."