Thursday, March 3, 2011

Celtic Tree Lore – The Ash


The Ash is often called the tree of enchantment and magic. What a perfect tree to represent this time of year. February 18th thru March 17th is the time of the Ash. It is a time of rebirth and renewal. It is the time before spring when the crocus and daffodils are starting to peek out of the earth. It is a time when the Bradford pear trees as well as the dogwood are covered in a coat of white flowers. It is a time when the animals begin their mating dance bringing forth little ones in the near future. It is a time of newness.

The Ash also shares this time with the Astrology sign of Pisces. Both are considered water signs. Being water signs, the trait of emotions come into play often. Both are not fond of criticism and often do not handle it well.

The Ash is often referred to by the phrase, "by oak, ash, and thorn". The Druids believed that the great oak represented the male energy, the Hawthorn (or thorn), the feminine energy, and the ash balanced the two. When one found the three trees growing closely together, this area was a special place. It was thought that the faery could be seen as well if one  communicated with them in such locations.

10 comments:

Kristen said...

You know I love these posts. I will keep my eyes open for the new energy!

Hugs

Moncha said...

The ash is a wonderful tree. It gets very big though. I have one in my backyard. I'm sad to say I have cut it's branches. It became so big and I was afraid of the neighbours reaction. They would get less sun in the garden, so before I had to remove it completely, we have reduced it and are now waiting for the tree to come to life again.
Have a great day.

joanne May said...

I love the Ash. It is a beautiful strong tree and I can understand why it would represent balance.
It was lovely to visit here to see your post today and thank you Lora for visiting me too!

Eliza said...

Great post, I'll be waiting for my tree later this month
:-) Love the picture.

young-eclectic-encounters said...

So glad to have found your blog. Wonderful posts and I think the swap is a delightful idea. i have never participated in one before but please sign me up.
Johnina :^A

Róisín said...

Such a truly beautiful post! Thank you, I really loved this :)

jess said...

Very excited about having found your blog! Thank you for sharing about the Ash - I did not know that, but it is most fitting given the space I am in. Looking forward to reading more here :)

eimear brennan said...

Lovely, that's really interesting about the three trees together, thanks!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

I always look forward to your Celtic Tree Lore posts. And this one was no exception. I am definitely looking forward to newness. :) Theresa

Epiphany Star said...

What a beautiful ash in the photo (I do love big old trees, which is why I live in the Redwood Forest). Very interesting about the balance of oak, ash and thorn being a "portal" for the sacred and magical world of the nature spirits :) I love your Celtic Tree Lore! Have a Blessed day :)