By Isabella @TheWandCarver
The Beech tree, for the Celtic Birth Tree Calendar enthusiasts, will disappoint as it is an Ogham tree, but not of a particular month, but for the entire year. The Ogham for Beech is Phagos [encased in red on the Ogham Tree chart] and is simply an additional consonant. Those whom are studying the Ogham alphabet will be pleased. Beech is often called The Tree of Learning.
Sadly, in Britain, The Queen of Trees since the Ice Age may be extinct before long due to global warming. Research has revealed that the damage inflicted on Beech trees during the record breaking scorching summer of 1976 has impacted forests throughout the UK. The effects of the 1976 drought have lasted to the present day and expect future changes to UK forests may be sudden and put many of our most iconic Beech woods at significant risk.
The King of Trees in the UK is Oak, by the way.
Beech trees have inspired the building of cathedrals, its leaves used for nourishment, and its seeds used to make coffee in Germany. A very important tree all round, but it seems not many people realise how magickal a tree it is. Beech is linked with time, wisdom, and knowledge but especially written wisdom, as the Beech was used in thin slices to write upon and to form the very first books. Whatever material words were inscribed upon, they took on the power and magic of the gods which is why the Beech tree was held in such awe. Writing made knowledge manifest into the physical world and therefore allowed that wisdom to be passed on to future generations. Beech can help us make wishes, by scratching your wish upon a piece of Beech and then burying it. Say a simple spell or prayer as you are giving it back to the earth and then it will begin to manifest in your life. Some say you should carry small pieces of beech bark in your pocket for luck and success and that a Beech wand will open channels of communication with the God/Goddess.
Medicinally, Beech is used for skin problems and the “tar” from Beech is in provenly effective remedies for psoriasis eczema. Preparations made from bark could reduce fever.
Planet: Mercury, Saturn
Element: Air, Earth
Symbolism: learning, knowledge, understanding, sustenance, preservation
Colour: light blue
Deity: Ogma, Thoth, Hermes, Mercury, Odin, Cronos
Folk Names: copper beech, white beech
The tops of the beech tree
Have sprouted of late,
Are changed and renewed
From their withered state.
When the beech prospers,
Though spells and litanies
The oak tops entangle,
There is hope for trees.
excerpt from “Battle of Trees” by the Bard Taliesin,
interpreted by Robert Graves
Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings x
Battle of the Trees, Robert Graves