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h’Uath (pronounced ‘OO-ah’)
Represents letter(s): H
Divinatory meaning: Results, consequences, repercussions
Associated Tree/Plant: Hawthorn
Healing Properties: The berries of the hawthorn have been used to treat irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and chest pain.
Infusions of hawthorn leaves and berries may be used as a tonic to help with heart problems, angina, and poor circulation. The berries contain Vitamins C and B complex. Juice from the berries of the hawthorn have been known to help with kidney stones, bladder problems and indigestion.
Druids use hawthorn tea as a tonic to provide vigor to elders. This tea is made by steeping dried hawthorn berries in boiling water for about twenty minutes. The resulting infusion can be sweetened with honey for an added boost.
The leaves and blossoms of the hawthorn may be made into a tea to relieve anxiety. This tea also helps to improve the circulation and to increase appetite.
Magical Uses: Hawthorn is known as the Queen of the May or The Faery Tree. The hawthorn blooms in May, and its blossoming signifies the beginning of the Beltane season. The hawthorn is one of the trees of the sacred Druid triad of oak, ash and thorn; thorn being the hawthorn. In this triad the oak represents sovereignty, the ash represents the sacred world tree that is the web of life, and the hawthorn represents the divine and magical power of the fey.
Hawthorn is one of the nine firewoods to be added to the Belfire for the festival of Beltane (May 1). The Nine Sacred Woods of the Belfire are birch, oak, rowan, willow, hawthorn, hazel, apple, grapevine and fir.
In ancient times, and even to this day, hawthorn was planted by those who couldn’t afford to build fences to keep their herds in place. Its thick and dense branches created an effective barrier to keep livestock in place. Because of this property, hawthorn is used in ritual for protection and containment.
Hawthorn magic is the magic of protection, especially for the weak and powerless. Hawthorn branches are used in ritual purification. Hawthorn is another tree sacred to the Faeries. It is said that if you find a spot where oak, ash and thorn (hawthorn) are growing together, you will see Faeries there.
Hawthorn blooms in May. Its white starlike blossoms make beautiful crowns for Beltane revelers. If you weave hawthorn branches into a laurel, and leave them out under a full moon, it is said that the Faeries will come and dance around them. Such a crown that the Faeries have danced around will bring luck to anyone who wears it.
Hawthorns are the traditional cloutie tree. A cloutie is a piece of colored cloth or ribbon that is used in ritual blessing. The cloth or ribbon is dipped into a sacred spring, well, or stream and hung on the branches of the hawthorn as a blessing or a prayer.Hawthorns have also been used to bless weddings, and traditionally, Maypoles are made of hawthorn.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Belenus, the Modron