Friday, November 4, 2011

Fairy Trees - Some Folkore, Legends And Myth, Or Could This Be True ???


Greetings All Lovers of Fairies, Folklore, Magic and Myth ... and the Enchantment of Trees! This post if all about fairies and tree lore ... and I have some recommended books for you also! So welcome to my enchanted Queendom Of Fae and enjoy.



Some say Fairy Folk can be found in mushroom circles, in pine forests, in hollows of oak trees and amongst the acorns, pine cones and Autumn leaves. Milkweed pods are sure to lead you to the wee ones. Dew drops, primroses, running streams are regular homes for the Fae & Gnome. Almost all kinds of tree found in the Celtic countries have been thought to have special powers or to serve as the abode of the fairies, especially the magical trio of oak, ash, and thorn. Next in rank are the fruit-bearing trees apple and hazel, followed by the alder, elder, holly, and willow. The esteem given different trees varies in different parts of the Celtic world; on the Isle of Man, the phrase ‘fairy tree’ denotes the tramman [elder]. D. A. MacManus devotes a chapter to Irish fairy trees in The Middle Kingdom (London, 1959). You can find this and some other books that may be of interest to you regarding folklore, legends, and myth of the fairy and sacred trees just below.
You should easily be able to find these books at your local library to see if this would be something you would want to purchase. That's what we do. We love to go to and support our local libraries. It is a fun experience and we are always surprised to find that the place is very busy.


Just below is a picture of my Sparkle Fairy surrounded by mystical fairy trees. In my Enchanted Fairy World the trees are very magical indeed and look and feel and smell nothing like you have ever experienced except perhaps in your dreams. Be that as it may, all of our beautiful and enchanting trees in this world are just as magical if we just lift the veil from our eyes and really see them.


* Oak * Legend tells us that "Faery folks are in the oaks". Oak trees are believed to provide safe havens and homes for many varieties of faery. OAK is the king of the forest. Oak trees are safe havens and homes for many varieties of fairies. Oakmen are created when an oak stump sends up shoots. One should never take food offered by the Oakmen, as it is poisonous. Fairies cherish the Great Oak and use the acorns for decoration, celebrations and use the tops for hats. The leaves are used in the autumn celebrations. There are some families of fairies who live in the Great Oaks. Hundreds of faeries have been found to live in the oldest Oaks. There are fairies to be found in every Oak tree, the health of the surrounding environment plays a major role in determining the number of fairies that actually inhabit the Great Oak. Planting an acorn in the dark of the moon ensures that you shall receive money in the near future. Carrying an acorn increases fertility and strengthens sexual potency. Carrying a piece of Oak draws good luck.
* Ash * has healing properties in fairy folklore. Ash is a sacred tree to the Druids. The ash was made into wands used for healing, general or solar magic. It was believed that children with crooked bodies, legs or arms should be passed through young ash trees. If the tree grew tall and straight, so also would the child.
* Hawthorn * Hawthorn Tree is one part of the sacred triad of trees that are said to be sacred to the Faery. Oak, Ash, and Thorn, when growing naturally together, create a place where it is easy to see the Fey. Hawthorns were once believed to be the abode of spirits which was that of a dryad or tree faery. A grove comprised of those three trees is believed to be the perfect habitat for fairies, and an excellent place to catch sight of them. Pixie Pears is another name for hawthorn berries. Hawthorn was once used to decorate May poles.
*Apple * The bark of apple trees or the fruits themselves have the power to transport a true-hearted seeker to the Otherworld. APPLE was regarded as the fruit of immortality in Celtic Mythology. Apple was also known as the home for Unicorns. The Welsh 'Avalon' means 'Apple Island'. CĂșchulainn followed the trail of a magical apple to gain his freedom in one story. Connla the son of Conn is fed an apple by a fairy lover which sustains him but also makes him fall hopelessly in love with her. One of the tasks of the children of Tuirenn is to retrieve the magical apples of the Hesperides.
* Alder * The Fae of the Alder have been known as the " dark Faeries". They are very protective. When they leave their trees this Faerie will take the form of a Raven.

* Elder * Elder is said to offer protection to the faeries from negative spirits. They may become offended by the misuse of the wood from the elder. Folklore advises to never lay a baby in an elder wood cradle or fairies spirit the baby away or pinch them so that they bruise. Elderberry wine is considered fairy wine. Drinking it is said to enable you to see fairies. Add dried elderberries to an incense mixture that you burn to attract fairies to a gathering. The word Elder is derived from an old Anglo-Saxon word ‘aeld’ meaning fire, an association given to the Elder because of its use. The soft pith of an Elder branch pushes out easily and the tubes formed were used as pipes for blowing up fires, later Elder bellows were made for same effect. From this came the folklore name Pipe-Tree - and the belief that the most resonant horns were made from Elder trees grown in areas away from human habitation and away from the sound of a cocks-crow. Popguns and whistles had long been made from the Elder.

* Birch * This is sometimes known as the" Lady of the Woods".


As always, Peace, Happiness, Health, And Abundance to All !



13 comments:

Magic Love Crow said...

Hello my friend! What a great post! So much wonderful information! I have copied some of it, so I could have it ;o) Thanks so much and have a great day!

ArtSings1946 said...

You are so welcome !

Witchy said...

I love this post! We have a lot of oaks in our yard as well as an apple tree. I often leave offerings under this one oak tree which has a flat rock embedded in thr ground underneath it. I think it is just the perfect little place to put gifts for them. Much love and light to you my dear.

ArtSings1946 said...

Oh, oak trees are very sacred ... but then they all are. Peace and Happiness,

Witchy said...

Oh I forgot to mention that your new fae art print is lovely just like all of them. :) Yes Oaks are very sacred and I feel a special love for them. I do love maples, birches, willows, and apple trees as well. Okay so I guess I can't help but love all trees. *hugs tree*

Witchy Cats said...

Ahh, love this post my sister! I am definately a believer. BTW, have you ever seen the movie, "Photographing Faeries"? It is pretty cool actually (atleast I thought so).

I also wanted to let you know that you are a recepiant of The Wiccan Life second prize give-away (the Yule Wreath Set). If you take a look at my post about the winners, you will see why! I am so happy that I could include you afterall and please contact me at your best convienance!

Brigheat Blessings always,

Kim

megansbeadeddesigns said...

I love learning about faeries! Thank you for the wonderful post. Your blog is so... pretty. *sigh*

Love it!

Drea said...

What a lovely bit of lore! Thank you for sharing. I've bookmarked it so that I can refer to it easily :)

PS. Found you via the Faeteam threads on Etsy

ArtSings1946 said...

Thanks to all for your lovely comments .. I really appreciate them all and they make my day!

Peace and Happiness to ALL !

ArtSings1946 said...

Thank you Auntie, for your most thoughtful comment. I love your quotes ... as I am a "quote" person myself.
Peace and Happiness Always !

eveningsky said...

I have the book "Whispers in the Woods' I enjoyed this article. Thanks for sharing

Enchanted Garden said...

Thank you for that information on magical faery trees :) I will post a link to your blog from my facebook page so my fairy friends can read it :)

ArtSings1946 said...

Thank you so much Enchanted Garden....I love your blog and will be following it with much fairy interest. Hugs and Fairy Joy,