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PostSubject: Trees thought to attract fairies~ ty Lou   Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:37 am

taken from http://flock-of-fairies.com



ALDER

The Alder is often associated with faeries who are said to like to dance under the trees when they are flowering. Carrying Alder twigs or flowers acts as a charm for communicating with the fey. Alder are also protected by water spirits.


APPLE

Burn the bark as an offering to the Good Folk on Midsummer's night. Also used in faery love spells. To ensure good harvests, leave the last apple of your crop for the Apple-Tree-Man (a spirit that lives in orchards).


ASH

The Ash is often called The Unicorn Tree, because unicorns are supposed to be fond of the tree. To catch a glimpse of a unicorn, carry Ash wood or leaves. Placing Ash berries in a cradle prevents the child from being traded for a changeling.


BIRCH

"On a switch of birch was written the first Ogham inscription in Ireland, namely seven B's, as a warning to Lug son of Ethliu, to wit, 'Thy wife will be seven times carried away from you into fairyland or elsewhere, unless birch be her overseer." - Robert Graves, The White Goddess. If the spirit of the birch tree (The One With the White Hand) touches a head it leaves a white mark and the person turns insane. If it touches a heart, the person will die.


BLACKTHORN

Held sacred by fairies. The Luantishees are blackthorn fairies.


ELDER

It was a British belief that placing a child in an elder-wood cradle could cause it to be pinched black and blue by fairies. Elder is said to offer protection to the faeries from negative spirits. Elder Sometimes is a witch disguised as a tree. Burning elder wood is dangerous since it invites the Devil. Wood spirits are said to live in Elder trees and wood elves are said to come to listen to music played by a flute made with Elderberry wood.


HAWTHORN

also known as Witches' Tree, is one part of the sacred triad of trees that are said to be sacred to the Faery. Oak, Ash, and Thorn, when growing naturally together, create a place where it is easy to see the Fey. Hawthorns were once believed to be the transformed bodies of Witches, who had shapeshifted into tree form. It is more likely that the spirit seen in the Hawthorn was that of a dryad or tree faery.


OAK

Legend tells us that "Faery folks are in the oaks". Oak trees are believed to provide safe havens and homes for many varieties of faery. In British folklore ancient, hollow trees (called bull oak in England, bell oaks in Scotland and Ireland) are trees that stood in old sacred groves. They were often believed to be the home of spirits, elves, fairies or demons. You were supposed to turn your coat or cloak inside-out to neutralize their magic: "Turn your clokes For fairy folks Are in old oakes." Oakmen are created when a felled oak stump sends up shoots. One should never take food offered by them since it is poisonous.


ROWAN

Rowan berries were often regarded as magickal and were the food of the Tuatha De Danaan. If a rowan tree should take root in your garden, then your home and all who dwell therein are blessed, for the garden is under the special protection of the fairies. Should you happen upon a flourishing rowan which is most bountifully hung with cluster upon cluster of delicate red berries, then you may be sure that some saintly soul lies buried close by. Rowan protects against bad spirits. Used in butter churns so that the butter would not be overlooked by Faeries. Bewitched horses may be controlled by a rowan whip. Druids used rowan wood for fires with which they called up spirits whom could be forced to answer questions when rowan berries were spread over the flayed hides of bulls.


WILLOW

The wind in the willows is the whisperings of a fairy in the ear of a poet. It is also said that the Willow tree can uproot themselves and stalk travelers at night, muttering at them.

From Flock of Fairies

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