The Magickal Beech Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

tree ogham alphabet with phagos

Beech Ogham, Phagos is marked in red. 

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.


Beech-trees Daily Mirror

A stand of Beech trees – The Daily Mirror

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

Birds: Bluebird

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


About Isabella

Everything worth knowing, I learned from my Nana. I'm a sixty-six year old cunning woman who practises a solitary English hedgewitch life in as near the old ways as I can. I do not sacrifice small animals, neighbours, nor eat children. I'm more interested in visiting my ancestors on hedgewalks. And, I am owned entirely by my lovely feline companion, Pippa [Lady Philipa Cattington].
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2 Responses to The Magickal Beech Tree

  1. Anthony Caprara says:

    Man made climate crisis, is exactly that, a man made up story.
    Did you bother research your doom fear porn comment?
    The beach tree thrives in climates warmer than the UK, that alone is obviously apparent, since
    France is lousy with them.

    In North America forest consisting of mostly beach trees surround Washington dc
    A climate considerable warmer than the UK and France
    where normal ( non climate crisis hysteria ) summer temps easily reach 103f or 40c

    Either you knew this
    Thus were lying to drive an agenda
    Or you didn’t
    Which reveals rank laziness at best or just an astonishing ignorance,
    Either way there is a credibility crisis, better to worry about that …

    ego sum flexilis
    vos sunt gluten
    quidquid voluntate tua,
    fac illis intentiones sunt bona.
    ipsi currentis off me
    et reditum auxit 3 temporibus ad adherebit ad vos

    Oh, and the hawk, should she appear, she is a free agent.


    • Isabella says:

      Oh, Anthony, you actually gave me quite a laugh. You’re correct, a lot of places have much higher heat in summer than the UK in normal scenarios but this was truly a shocker of a heat wave. You can read clearly in the same paragraph that the excessive heat caused drought which exacerbated the damage to the Beech trees. And, if you would like something to back this up, here is a link for you to follow And, I would imagine in Washington DC there are plenty of irrigation systems in place to keep those Beech trees quite well quenched in the heat. It matters not that I did not interject this information which you have so kindly brought to us here as it was not what I was speaking of anyway. But here you go – I am letting your speak your truth. I don’t appreciate being called a liar, however, although lazy, I might be compared to some… and although I disagree with you completely about Climate Change, I thank you for your time in reading my blog and warmest blessings to you and yours.


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