Enchanted Fairy Garden - Magic Fairy Flowers and Trees
In the enchanted world of fairies, flowers and trees have important fairy uses - in the everyday lives and in the fairy magic that they provide. Explore the fairy folklore.

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MAGIC FAIRY TREES
ELDER trees offer protection to fairies from negative spirits. They may become offended by the misuse of the wood from the elder. Folklore advises to never lay a baby in an elder wood cradle or fairies spirit the baby away or pinch them so that they bruise. 

   Elderberry wine is considered fairy wine. Drinking it is said to enable you to see fairies. Add dried elderberries to an incense mixture that you burn to attract fairies to a gathering.

   The word Elder is derived from an old Anglo-Saxon word ‘aeld’ meaning fire, an association given to the Elder because of its use. The soft pith of an Elder branch pushes out easily and the tubes formed were used as pipes for blowing up fires, later Elder bellows were made for same effect. From this came the folklore name Pipe-Tree - and the belief that the most resonant horns were made from Elder trees grown in areas away from human habitation and away from the sound of a cocks-crow. Popguns and whistles had long been made from the Elder.

HAWTHORN is also known as Witches Tree. Along with the Oak and Ash, when growing naturally together these three will make a natural place where fairies can easily be seen. A grove comprised of those three trees is believed to be the perfect habitat for fairies, and an excellent place to catch sight of them. Pixie Pears is another name for hawthorn berries.

   Hawthorn was once used to decorate May poles. At one time hawthorns were believed to be Witches who had transformed themselves into trees. Witches have long danced and performed their rites beneath the thorn. Hawthorn has long been used to increase fertility. Because of this power it is incorporated into weddings, especially those performed in the spring. Call on the Goddess Áine or the Goddess Brigit while holding a hawthorn branch or wand of hawthorn to increase fertility. Fishermen should carry some hawthorn and call on the Gods Manannan and Lír if fishing at sea, or Nechtan if fishing inland.

   The leaves, curiously enough, are also used to enforce or maintain chastity or celibacy. The leaves are placed beneath the mattress or around the bedroom for this purpose. Worn or carried it promotes happiness in the troubled, depressed, or sad. Call on the Goddess Grian to bring some sunshine and happiness into your life.  

   Hawthorn protects against lightning, and in the house in which it resides, no evil ghosts may enter. It is also powerful for protecting against damage to the house from storms. In the past most Witch's gardens contained at least one Hawthorn hedge.

 

OAK is the king of the forest.  Oak trees are safe havens and homes for many varieties of fairies. Oakmen are created when an oak stump sends up shoots. One should never take food offered by the Oakmen, as it is poisonous. enchanted garden - folklore fairyFairies cherish the Great Oak and use the acorns for decoration, celebrations and use the tops for hats. The leaves are used in the autumn celebrations. There are some families of fairies who live in the Great Oaks. Hundreds of faeries have been found to live in the oldest Oaks. There are fairies to be found in every Oak tree, the health of the surrounding environment plays a major role in determining the number of fairies that actually inhabit the Great Oak.

     Planting an acorn in the dark of the moon ensures that you shall receive money in the near future. Carrying an acorn increases fertility and strengthens sexual potency. Carrying a piece of Oak draws good luck.

 

ASH has healing properties in fairy folklore. Ash is a sacred tree to the Druids. The ash was made into wands used for healing, general or solar magic. It was believed that children with crooked bodies, legs or arms should be passed through young ash trees. If the tree grew tall and straight, so also would the child.

 

APPLE was regarded as the fruit of immortality in Celtic Mythology. The Welsh 'Avalon' means 'Apple Island'. The fruit or bark of apple trees can be used in fairy magic, especially for love spells.   Cúchulainn followed the trail of a magical apple to gain his freedom in one story. Connla the son of Conn is fed an apple by a fairy lover which sustains him but also makes him fall hopelessly in love with her. One of the tasks of the children of Tuirenn is to retrieve the magical apples of the Hesperides.

 

BLACKTHORN is used for creating magical wands. Magic wands made from blackthorn can be used for many purposes. When a blackthorn magic wand is carried, it confers protection from evil, can be used for wishes. Also good for divining rods.

HOLLY is an excellent protective herb, Holly guards against lightning, poison and evil spirits. Planted around the home it protects it and its inhabitants from mischievous sorcerers. When thrown at wild animals, holly makes them lie down quietly and leave you alone, even if you don't hit them with the plant. Holly water (infused or distilled) is sprinkled on newborn babies to protect them. Holly is also carried to promote good luck, especially by men, since the Holly is a 'male' plant. It is also hung around the house for good luck.

 

MAGIC FAIRY FLOWERS
HEATHER lights the flame of fairy passions and may open the gates between the fairy world and our own. Make an offering of Heather on "Beltane" eve to attract good fae to your garden. It is the Midsummer Tree of the Summer Solstice.
 

PANSIES may be used in fairy love potions. Folklore says that humans should never pick a pansy with dew on it. It is said to cause the death of a loved one, and if you pick one on a fine day you will invite it to storm.

 

PEONY seed necklaces were used to protect children being kidnapped by fairies, although with the limited fairy contact today this practice is rarely used. 

Take a nap among the POPPIES to bring fairies into your dreams or wear a sprig of THYME to increase your ability to see the wee ones. Thyme may also be planted by the doors and windows of your house to invite the fairies to come inside. 

The sweet smell and soft petals of ROSE attract fairies to your garden. A popular love spell uses roses. Sprinkle rose petals under your feet and dance on them softly while asking the Faery for a blessing on your magic.

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