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Qwert (pronounced ‘KWEIRT’)
Represents letter(s): Q
Divinatory meaning: Love, beauty, passion
Associated Tree/Plant: Apple
Healing Properties: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are high in fiber and naturally cleanse the bowels, and are good for the heart. A tea made from the bark of the apple tree can reduce fever and serves as a stimulant. A poultice made of crushed and boiled crabapples can help reduce scarring and swelling. Crabapple tea can help cure hangovers. Apples are also high in anti-oxidants, which help to slow the aging process.
Juice from the fruit of the apple is used to make apple cider, which may be enjoyed in either fermented or unfermented varieties. Vinegar made from apple cider has a wide range of applications in folk medicine. The acid in apple cider vinegar is a potent antibiotic. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar to clean open wounds over 2000 years ago. It may also lower blood sugar, help with weight loss by reducing appetite, and improve blood circulation and give you a more healthy heart.
Magical Uses: The apple of the original ogham of the British Isles was the crabapple, but as ogham lore has spread throughout the world, qwert has come to represent any local apple variety.
Apple 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. Apples are a symbol of eternal perfection and beauty. An apple cut in half will reveal a pentacle. For this reason, apples are considered to be sacred to the Goddess.
Cut an apple in half so that such a pentacle will be revealed, rub it on warts and blemishes of the skin, and bury it under a full moon to remove those warts and blemishes.
Apples are often used for predicting the future. Bobbing for apples, a favorite Halloween tradition, is a form of divination. Once you have your apple, if you put it under your pillow, you will dream about the person you will marry. It is said that an apple peel tossed over your left shoulder will form the first letter of the name of your true love. Apple magic is associated with shamanistic journeying and the Otherworld as well. ‘Avalon’ means ‘The Isle of the Apples.’
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Cailleach, Abellio