Hawthorn

6th Moon of the Celtic Year – (May 13 – June 9) (The Illusionist) – Passionate, well-spring of creativity, sense of humor. The Hawthorn has associations with protection, love and marriage, health and prosperity, fertility, purification, chastity, male potency, purity, inner journeys, intuition, female sexuality, cleansing, and happiness.

All hawthorns are associated with the Roman Goddess Flora. She was said to have used a hawthorn wand for her enchantments and hawthorn branches hung at windows as a protection and Celtic Goddesses Aine and St. Brigid with the Manx, Celtic God Manannàn Mac Leirr. The tree was also dedicated to the greek Goddess Persphone as a symbol of hope.

The tree essence cleanses the heart of negativity and stimulates love and forgiveness. The Hawthorn is the tree most representative of the struggles the Christian Church had in suppressing pagan beliefs and celebrations. Hawthorn is respected as a tree of enchantment under the protection of the faery realms. It guards wells and springs. Its beautiful flowers are said to help prayers reach heaven.

The excavation of pre-historic burial sites near to cave dwellings, has shown that hawthorn bunches were tied to the bodies of the dead although the purpose of this is unknown.

In folklore, a real fear of faerie folk was common, and the scraps of ragged cloth and other little trinkets tied on the branches were gifts to appease them. A lone hawthorn tree, growing on a hill, is a portal to the world of fairy and tales of abduction and re-emergence of mortals after a statutory seven years abound. They will be angered if damage is done or one has fallen. Often planted to mark and protect holy wells, these trees are still decorated, petitioned and venerated as ‘Cloutie Trees’ to this day. (Cloutie meaning rags or ragged cloth)

At Beltane, ‘The Greening’ – the symbolism of the hawthorn or May Tree as being able to ‘open the heart’ is not lost in the celebrations where fertility as seen in the old Maypole dances was key. Fertility for the people and for the land. The pole itself, in older pagan times was a symbol of male potency and new ones were cut and brought into the villages each year, ready to be decked with long ribbons and garlands of hawthorn as the center of festivities.

The Hawthorn is a prickly sort of plant with beautiful blossoms. Called Huath by the ancient Celts, and pronounced Hoh-uh, the Hawthorn month is a time of fertility, masculine energy, and fire. Coming right on the heels of Beltane, this month is a time when male potency is high — if you’re hoping to conceive a child, get busy this month! The Hawthorn has a raw, phallic sort of energy about it — use it for magic related to masculine power, business decisions, making professional connections. The Hawthorn is also associated with the realm of Faerie, and when the Hawthorn grows in tandem with an Ash and Oak, it is said to attract the Fae.

Ogham Alphabet: Uath
Meaning: Illusionist
Animal: Seahorse
Crystal: Topaz, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Calcite
Planet: Mars and Venus
Symbolism: Purification, sacred marriage, unity
Birds: Blackbird, Owl, Purple Martin
Color: Midnight Blue, Purple
Deity: Olwen, Blodeuwedd, Gardea, Hymen, Hera, Virgin Mary
Sabbat: Beltane, May Day
Folk names: May bush, May tree, quickset, thorn-apple tree, white thorn

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references: 1. rober graves, the white goddess, 2. https://www.thoughtco.com, 3. Celtic Oghms

6th Moon of the Celtic Year (May 13 – June 9) (The Illusionist)

The Hawthorne represents a passionate, well-spring of creativity, and a sense of humor. The Hawthorn has associations with protection, love and marriage, health and prosperity. It is associated with fertility, purification, chastity, male potency, and purity. Known to stimulate inner journeys, intuition, female sexuality, cleansing, and happiness. 

All hawthorns are associated with the Roman Goddess Flora most associated with flowers and Spring while her male-counterpart is Zephyrus. She was said to have used a hawthorn wand for her enchantments. The tree essence cleanses the heart of negativity and stimulates love and forgiveness. Hawthorn is respected as a tree of enchantment under the protection of the “faery” realms. It guards wells and springs. Its flowers are said to help prayers reach heaven.  

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