By Isabella @TheWandCarver
The tree of peace. Extend the Olive branch to your enemy in good will and peace-making. The dove with the Olive branch in its beak [Old Testament, Ark]. Irena, the Goddess of peace, daughter of Zeus and Themed, was always depicted with an Olive branch in her hand. Later, in periods of war, the couriers of peace were sent holding a symbolic olive branch in their hand. But that is where it ends, it is merely a symbol of peace, not a magickal power of the Olive tree. However, Olive is so much more, and we shall explore what it can do for us. Still, it will never hurt to hang an Olive branch above your doorway so that all whom enter will know your home is a place of peace and good will.
The Olive tree is the tree of the Autumnal Equinox. It is a tree of logic, reason, and rationalisation. I would believe that anybody born on that day would possess those qualities. The olive tree was the tree of balance by the Celts. For this reason, they devoted the day of **23rd of September to it as that date is the day which has the same duration as the night.
**23 September is Autumn Equinox; 21 September is beginning of Mabon
Olive branches, as well as being a symbol of peace, can be hung over the door to protect the household from evil, or upon the chimney to keep the house from being struck by lightning. When carried, the leaves bring good fortune. They also bring prosperity and security in love and business.
Dreaming of an Olive tree means you will have great happiness. Dreaming of planting one indicates an upcoming marriage. To dream of eating Olives means a happy domestic life.
The tree of Athena, mighty goddess of Wisdom is a symbol of prosperity and abundance. Use the leaf of Olive tree to bring balance between you and the earth. Also, you can use it in healing spells.
You can always use the leaves in leaf magick. Use it for one of its correspondences such as protection or wealth in a leaf spell or you can always use them in poppets and sachets.
Olive oil is a traditional anointing oil to aid in healing, and it was used in ancient times as fuel for temple lamps. When eaten, olives are said to induce fertility and sexual potency in males, and lust in both men and women. Remember what I said in another blog about fruits and veg shaped like body parts are helpful to keeping those body parts in good health? I should think I need say no more.
Scott Cunningham wrote: On an olive leaf, write Athena’s name. Press this against the head or wear on the body and it will cure a headache.
The value of Olive oil to the health is widely known for centuries. Thus, the olive tree symbolises power and health. Moreover, this symbolism is entirely accurate since olive trees lead quite long lives.
Olive oil bolsters the immune system and helps to protect against viruses. Olive oil has also been found to be effective in fighting against diseases such as: cancer, heart disease, oxidative stress, diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis.
Olive is antiseptic, astringent and is known to lower blood pressure and fevers.
The Romans, of course, used Olive oil to cleanse their skin as part of their bathing ritual.
Mediterranean women with their glorious glossy hair have known for centuries the value of applying warm Olive oil to revive dry lifeless hair.
A little anecdote about Olive leaves: Kew’s Herbarium, Kew Gardens in London, contains a wreath of folded olive leaves, which was found in the sarcophagus of King Tutankamen, and is over 3,300 years old.
Planetary: Mercury, Moon, Sun
Zodiac: Aquarius, Aries, Leo
Element: Air, Earth, Fire, Water
Powers: Healing, Fertility, Potency, Fidelity, Protection, Immortality, Prosperity, Success
Deity: Amaterasu, Athena, Apollo, Minerva, Ra, Pele, Zeus, Horus, Hercules
Folk Names: Olivier, Itm, Mitan
Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs (2nd Ed.), Scott Cunningham, Llewellyn, 1984
Life Among the Olives – The Magic of Olive Trees, by Dr Vera Sengeeva
Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes