|Month of Hawthorn
Hawthorn can be used for protection, love and marriage, health and prosperity, Fertility, Purification, are said
to especially like Hawthorn groves, since the Hawthorn is sacred to them. Hawthorn is one of the tree fairy
triad of Britain: ‘Oak, Ash and Thorn’, and where all three trees grow together it is said that one may see
fairies. The flowers are supposed to “bring fairies into the house. Solitary Hawthorn trees growing on hills or
near sacred wells act as ‘markers’ to the faery realm. It is said that a person should never cut a blooming might
mean being lost forever to the unknown, mystic faery world. Even today, in parts of Ireland and Wales, it is a
spring custom to braid crowns of Hawthorn blossoms and leave them for faeries, who come at night and dance
around them. This custom brings blessings to whoever left the crown. The Hawthorn blossom, for many men,
has the strong scent of female sexuality and was used by the Turks as an erotic symbol. Uses of Hawthorn in
fertility/sexual talismans include using the leaves under the bed to preserve virginity. Hawthorn has long been
used to increase fertility, and because of this power it is incorporated into weddings, especially those
performed in the spring.
Masculine. Parts Used: Berries, wood, branches, seeds, flowers.
The berries are used as a cardiac tonic. Since this is a powerful herb it is best not to be used alone, so mix it
with borage, motherwort, cayenne, garlic & dandelion flowers. Hawthorn leaves can be used as a substitute for
oriental green tea, the seeds can be roasted and used like coffee. Hawthorn makes a light, hard, apple-like
wood. Hawthorn usually doesn’t grow much bigger than a shrub, and is popular in England as a hedge plant.
The wood from the Hawthorn provides the hottest fire known. Its leaves and blossoms are used to create a tea
to aid with anxiety, appetite loss and poor circulation. The pink or white star-shaped blossom gives off a
musky scent – for many men, a strong scent of female sexuality. They are edible, sprinkled on desserts. Young
leaves (country name – pepper and salt) can be eaten in salads and sandwiches.
History & Lore
The Greeks and Romans saw the Hawthorn as symbolic of hope and marriage, but in medieval Europe it was
associated with witchcraft and considered to be unlucky. This seeming contradiction is to be expected from a
tree with such beautiful blossoms and such deadly-looking thorns. Hawthorne has a strong association with
water. It is a Masculine herb, associated with the planet of Mars and the element of Fire. Hawthorn is so
strongly associated with the Celtic May Eve festival of Bealtaine (Beltane) that “may” is a folk name for it.
Whitethorn is another name popular in Brittany, where the tree marks Fairy trysting places. Sacred
hawthorns guard wishing wells in Ireland, where shreds of clothing (“clouties”) are hung on the thorns to
symbolize a wish made. The Roman goddess Cardea, mistress of Janus who was keeper of the doors, had as
her principal protective emblem a bough of Hawthorn. “Her power is to open what is shut; to shut what is
open.” Hawthorn is also associated with the deities of Flora (orgiastic use), the White Goddess Maia, and
Hymen. There is an old legend which says that the first Hawthorn bush grew from the staff of St Joseph. The
Burning Bush of Moses is a variety of hawthorn, Crateagus pyracantha. Hawthorn is one of the nine woods
that is traditionally placed on the Bale-fire: “Hawthorn is burned to purify And draw faerie to your eye…”
Robert Graves, The White Goddess 1948
|CELTIC BIRTHDAY TREES
|May 13 - June 9
The Lovers Door
Fertile in many ways. Hope and
anticipation. Erotic vibrations
Purification comes naturally.
|Gaxels, Hagthorn, Ladies’ Meat, Mayblossom,
Hawthorn Quick, Thorn, Tree of Chastity.
Celtic Lunar Month Info
6th Moon of the Celtic Year
Gemstone: Lapis Lazuli
Bird: Night Crow
The month of Hawthorn is a good time to
clear away old habits and spiritual cobwebs.
Herbal uses, history & folklore below!