|Month of Hawthorn
In general, Oak can be used for protection, strength, success and stability, healing, fertility, Health, Money,
Potency, and good luck. The different varieties of Oak will lend their own special ‘flavor’: Red Oaks energy is
has a very earthy feel, and is useful for grounding. Acorns can be used specifically to attract the opposite
gender, increase income and prosperity, or can be used for their divinatory powers. Oak is the tree known as
“The King of the Grove” and was one of the sacred three: ‘Oak, Ash & Thorn’. The worship of the Oak tree
may have come from the fact that the acorn was one of the main food sources of the nomadic tribes of
prehistoric Europe. In mystic lore the acorn often represented the supreme form of fertility – creativity of the
mind. Acorns are used to increase fertility (of projects or ideas, or in matters of human reproduction) and to
ease pain. Symbolic of immortality, acorns are especially sacred to the Samhain season, and they can be used
to decorate the altar in the fall. The Oak is a holy tree and is the lord of truth. There is a tradition that the
voice of Jupiter may be heard in the rustling of its leaves. It is said that at the summer solstice the future can be
divined by listening to the wind as it blows through the branches of an Oak tree. Oak is also a very powerful
herb for protection. The Oak has protected England through the use of its timbers for the building of ships.
off lightning or creatures that go bump in the night. Acorns can be carried in a pocket or charm bag to protect
the bearer from storms, from getting lost and from evil intent. An oak leaf can worn at the breast, touching the
heart, and it will protect the wearer from all deception and the world’s false glamour. A handful of Oak leaves
put in the bath water will cleanse the bather both in body and in spirit. Acorns are carried for immortality
and longevity, to preserve youthfulness, for fertility, and against illness. Three acorns can be made
into a charm for youthfulness, beauty and attainment in life. The three acorns should be tied and bound with
the mage’s own hair, blessed under the new moon and the full moon, every month of the year, and then the charm
should be worn. It is said that if you can catch a falling Oak leaf you shall have no colds all winter. When a sick
person is in the house make a fire of Oakwood and warm the house with it to ‘draw off’ the illness. Acorns can
be planted in the dark of the moon to bring financial prosperity. Acorns can also be placed near windows
or hung from window shade pulls to bring luck to a house. This custom originates from the Vikings and
Druids because of the strength of the oak tree and its ability to attract lightening. They can also be carried to
bring good luck. The Oak is a male wood which is ideal for the construction of any tool that needs the male
influence such as Athames, certain wands and staffs. The wood of an Oak tree can also be used to make
staves, or Religious Idols. The midsummer fire is always Oak and the need fire is always kindled in an Oak log.
When gathering Oak, be sure to pour wine on the roots of the tree to thank it for allowing you to take a part of
it. Acorns should be gathered in the daylight, and leaves and wood by night. A waning moon is the correct time
to harvest Oak.
Masculine. Parts Used: Wood, leaves, bark, acorns.
Oaks are known for astringent tonics and therefore tea made from Oak is a good remedy for hemorrhoids.
White Oak bark tea helps in sinus infections since it helps unglog congestion. Acorns can be peeled and
used to make various homeopathic potions used to treat alcoholism, bad breath and constipation.
History & Lore
The word Duir, comes from the Sanskrit “Dwr” meaning “door”, and is the door to the three worlds
of the Shaman. The Oak is associated with the element of fire and is ruled by the sun. Oak has
been considered sacred by just about every culture that has encountered the tree, but it was held in
particular reverence by the Celts and the Norse because of its size, long life, and acorns. The
Druids were said to have worshipped in Oak-groves in Gaul. In Druidic times at “Yule” all fires
were extinguished, the Druids then lit the new season fires using Oakwood as Yule logs, and all of
the people would start their fires from this source. The Oak tree is sacred to Brighid, the Dadga,
Dianus, Janus, Rhea, Cybele, Hecate, Pan, and Erato. In the Vatican, there are statues of the
goddess Artemis (often as a perpetual youth) wearing a necklace of acorns. The acorn was under
the protection of Cybele (the goddess of Nature). The Oak is also frequently associated with
Gods of thunder and lightening such as Zeus, Jupiter, Thor, and the Lithuanian God Perkunas.
This association may be due to the oak’s habit of being a lightening-magnet during storms. Specific
oak trees have also been associated with the ‘Wild Hunt’, which is led by Herne in England and by
Wodin in Germany. King Arthur’s Round Table was said to have been made from a single slab of a
giant oak tree.
Robert Graves, The White Goddess 1948
|CELTIC BIRTHDAY TREES
June 10th ~ July 7th
The Robust Nature
Courageous, strong, unrelenting,
independent, sensible, does not love
changes, keeps its feet on the ground,
person of action.