I am going to begin a section on trees and their magikal properties. You can use this information for your magikal purposes and for writers can use them for your stories.
Derived from the trees Gaelic Irish name of fearn, the place name of Burrisnafarney in Ireland mean “the borough of the alder plain,” Mullafernaghan means “hill of the alder,” and Cloughfern means “stone of the alder.” In the second branch of the Welsh Celtic myth, The Mabinogion, Gwern’s (the son of Branwen and Matholwch) name means alder.
Medicinally, alder has been used as a substitute for quinine, as well as to reduce fever and inflammation. Alder has also been used to treat parasites such as lice. It’s inner bark is a natural pesticide. Since ancient times in Europe and North America, it’s bark, twigs, and flowers have been used for dyes (brown, green and red) and its wood for smoking meats.
The wood from young alder trees is easily worked. Mature alder wood is attractively tinted and veined. In Scotland, where alder is frequently used for making chairs, it is called Scottish mahogany. Alder has been used for barrel staves, spinning wheels, bowls, spoons, cigar boxes, clogs (in Holland and Lancashire, England) and fish weirs. One reason that alder has been considered magikal is due to the way it’s cut wood changes from white to red. Alder logs retrieved from bog’s have the colour but not the hardness of ebony.
Alder has an interesting relationship with the three elements of air, water and fire. Young, green branches can be easily turned into whistles by cutting both ends and pushing out the pith with a smaller stick. These hollow branches can be cut to various length and tied together to create “Pan” pipes. Whistles made from this would are said to be magikal and can summon the four winds.
Alders thrive near streams, but alder logs are water-resistant and have been used for pilings (most notably in Amsterdam and Venice). Alder branches have been used for divining rods, which are sometimes called “wishing” rods.
Concerning fire, alder does not burn well as fuel, but an excellent grade of charcoal can be created from it. According to Elizabeth Pepper and John Wilcox, people doing ceremonial magik were at one time advised to burn incense on alder charcoal.
Alder is a healer for its companion trees in the aftermath of trauma such as a flood, logging, or mining operations as noted by the seventeenth-century poet, William Brown, who wrote: “the alder, whose fat shadow nourisheth/each plant sets near him long flourisheth”. This is scientifically explained by alder’s ability to enrich soil with nitrogen, which trees and other plants need for healthy growth.
Powers and attributes:
Banishing, divination, foundation, guardian, healing, intuition, protection, rebirth, resurrection, transformation.
Elements: air, water, fire
Celtic Calendar Dates: March 18 – April 14
Letters: F, V, GW
Rune Character: I Name: Is Letter: I
Rune character: Name: Man/Mannaz
Feng Shui Sectors: Centre, East
Goddesses: Cailleach Beara, Bronwyn, Freya
God’s: Bran, Manannan Mac Lir, Proteus
Other beings\characters: Archangel Raphael, elves, faeries, Gwern, Gwydion, Taliesin
Celestial Bodies: Mars, Venus
Gemstones: Beryl (see green), Ruby, Serpentine
Wildlife: Fox, Herring gull, hawk, Raven, Seagull
Other Trees: birch, hazel, hornbeam, Willow
Other Associations: evolving spirit; leadership; the pentagram; Saturday; North; Celtic peasant\common tree
Spellwork and Ritual: banishing rituals and spells; protection spells; healing spells and meditations; water, wind and general weather magik; divination, especially’s scrying; moderation of the four elements
Source: Whispers from the Woods by Sandra Kynes
The Celtic Tree Zodiac is based on the ancient idea that the time of our births is pivotal to the formation of our personality and behavior. The spiritually savvy Celts, particularly the druids were expert observers. Over time, they recognized that a child born within a certain season would develop certain qualities. Further, the druids observed patterns in the color and shape of a persons life according to the motions of the moon (their calendar being based on a lunar year being 13 months) and the season in which we are born. Below is listed the Tree characteristics of the Alder.
Alder – The Trailblazer
March 18 – April 14
If you are an Alder sign within the Celtic tree astrology system, you are a natural-born pathfinder. You’re a mover and a shaker, and will blaze a trail with fiery passion often gaining loyal followers to your cause. You are charming, gregarious and mingle easily with a broad mix of personalities. In other words, Alder signs get along with everybody and everybody loves to hang around with you. This might be because Alders are easily confident and have a strong self-faith. This self-assurances is infectious and other people recognize this quality in you instantly. Alder Celtic tree astrology signs are very focused and dislike waste. Consequently, they can see through superficialities and will not tolerate fluff. Alder people place high value on their time, and feel that wasting time is insufferable. They are motivated by action and results. Alders pair well with Hawthorns, Oaks or even Birch signs