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Nuin (pronounced ‘NOO-un’)
Represents letter(s): N
Divinatory meaning: Wisdom, knowledge, learning
Associated Tree/Plant: Ash
Healing Properties: Ground ash bark can be used to build the immune system, and to purify the liver and kidneys. Cut ash leaves in the early spring and make a tea. This tea is a mild diuretic that helps with weight loss. The syrup of the flowering ash can be used as a laxative.
Ash bark can make an infusion that is a mild diuretic. The bark also has astringent properties, and may be used to treat arthritis. An infusion made of burnt ash bark can reduce fever, treat kidney and urinary infections, and get rid of intestinal parasites. Ash bark tea may also be used to treat symptoms of malaria.
Magical Uses: Ash is the tree of rebirth and reincarnation. In Norse mythology, the ash is considered the World Tree (Yggdrassil). This tree was said to be the axis about which the world rotates. In Norse mythology the Nornir, a trio of Goddesses who spin the Web of Wyrd, are said to dispense justice while sitting under an Ash tree. Since Ash is the World Tree or the Tree of Life, it has the power to unite the realms, as its roots go deep into the earth and its branches reach high into the heavens. Since ash unites this world with the otherworld, sleeping with an ash twig under your pillow can give you visions and clairvoyance.
Druids often made their staffs of ash because of its straight grain. Since ash unites the realms, it is a symbol of balance, and the center of druid magic lies in finding the balance between the opposing forces of chaos and order.
Wands of ash are particularly good for calming chaos and for magic involving transformation and transsubstantiation. Ash is also good for repelling snakes. Use a branch of ash and brush the area lightly with it to keep them away.
If you burn ash wood at Yule you will attract prosperity in the coming year. Since the Ash tree is associated with the Web of Wyrd this tree is also a symbol of deep and mystical self-knowledge. To know the ash is to know yourself.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Gwydion, the Mórrígan