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Elder Tree
November 26th ~ December 23rd









The Knower
No ordinary person, full of insight and depth.
There's not anyone in this world quite like you.
Protective.  Soothing words flow like rivers.
tree, bore tree, bour tree, Eldrun, Hyldor,
Hyllantree, Ellhorn, Sambucus

Celtic Lunar Month Info
13th Moon of the Celtic Year
Color: deep red
Gemstone: Malachite
Element: Air
Planet: Venus
Bird: Rook

The month of Elder has winter solstice
occurring within it and is a powerful
symbol of Rebirth.
Herbal uses, history & folklore below!
with death goes back a long way. Elder is also called the “witch’s tree” and certainly the village hedge-witch
would have used the elder in healing and Magick. The Elder is also associated with a dryad (tree spirit). witch
would have used the elder in healing and Magick. The Elder is also associated with a dryad (tree spirit). Early
European legends tell of a dryad called Hylde-moer, The Elder Tree Mother, who lives in the Elder Early
European legends tell of a dryad called Hylde-moer, The Elder Tree Mother, who lives in the Elder tree and
her property and haunt the owners. Similar tales tell that if a child’s cradle were made of Elder, Hylde-moer
would pinch the child black and blue and give it no peace or rest, therefore it is considered unlucky to make a
cradle out of Elder wood. The Elder is also seen in a negative light by the Christian religion, since supposed
to be made of Elder.

Herbal Usage
Parts Used:
Bark, leaves, flowers, berries, wood
The Elder has many medicinal uses, and can be used to treat over 70 conditions. The bark can be used fresh
for headaches and to promote labor, or can be dried and powdered and used in small doses as a diuretic. The
leaves and flowers can be made into drinks, poultices and salves. Elderberry flower water is useful for soothing
sunburns. The berries are safe to eat when eaten ripe, and they can be used to make wines, jams and teas.

History & Lore
Elder has the Magickal powers of Healing, Visions, Faery Magick, Spirituality, Cleansing, Sleep, Exorcism,
Offering, Love, Protection, and Prosperity. Elder is often used to produce visions. At Samhain, the last of
the Elderberries were picked with solemn rites. The wine made from these berries was considered the last
sacred gift of the Earth Goddess, and was valued and drunk ritually to invoke prophecy, divination and
hallucinations. Elder twigs were woven into head-dresses to enable the wearers to see spirits. The Elder is
very useful in dealing with Nature Spirits and the Fae. Wood spirits are said to live in Elder forests, and
wood elves are said to come to listen to music played by flutes made with Elder wood. The Elder has strong
protective qualities. Tiny twigs of Elder or dried Elderberry can be worn in a bag around the neck as a charm
for protection against physical or psychic attack. As a protection against evil (and later against witchcraft)
Elder branches were hung in doorways of houses and cowsheds. Elder can be used to bless a person, place
or thing by scattering leaves and berries to the four directions, and over the thing or person being blessed. It is
said that if you stand under an Elder tree, you will never be struck by lightening. Elder was also buried in
graves to ward off evil spirits, and is considered protection against earthbound, “physical” spirits like vampires.

Sources
Robert Graves, The White Goddess 1948
dutchie.org
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