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The Magick of Ash
Gender: Masculine; Planet: Sun; Element: Fire
Magickal Powers: Protection, Prosperity, Sea Rituals, Health
Ash has been used in many magickal ways over the centuries. Sailors of old carved an equal-armed cross from Ash to carry whilst at sea to protect against drowning. Ash is used in many sea rituals as it represents the power which resides in water.
The leaves of the Ash can be used to encourage prophetic dreams by placing them under one’s pillow or in a sachet. The leaves may also be scattered to the four directions to protect a house and/or property.
The Ash tree, as are many trees, is considered to be very protective. A staff (such as a Shaman’s staff) carved from Ash, placed over a doorway, wards off malign influences. Ash is also said to ward off snakes, as they will not crawl over its wood. However, Ash attracts lightening, so please don’t stand beneath one during a thunderstorm!
Ash wands (which we do make!) are often made for healing. Ash wood is burned at Yule to receive prosperity in the coming year. Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you can burn Ash chips (35g resealable packets are sold on our Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/SpeakingofWitchWands) in an incense to achieve the same result. Ash is also used in poppets for all the various powers it brings (as listed above).
*Some information is from Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magickal Herbs, by Scott Cunningham 1985-97, Llewellyn