One of the best-known traditions especially in the Celtic paths of paganism is the lighting of the Beltane fires during a Beltane ritual.
The fires are said to be started with nine sacred woods that are based on the first nine trees in the Celtic tree calendar.
The fifth of these woods is:
The Hazel tree is said to be often used to make all-purpose wands. In many areas of Europe and North America the branch of the hazel tree was commonly used for what was known as ‘water-witching’. Today we refer to it as dowsing which is more commonly known for finding water with a forked stick. Recently though this art has turned towards communing to the spirit world or energy work.
Magickally the Hazel wood is known to aid in fertility, clairvoyance, divination, communication, marriage, divination, protection, luck, reconciliation, strength, gaining knowledge, intuition, wisdom and poetic inspiration.
Zodiac: Gemini, Leo, Libra, Virgo
Element: Air, Water
Goddesses: Aphrodite, Arianrhod, Artemis, Boann, Danu, Diana, Venus
Gods: Manannan, Mercury, Ogma, Thor
Planet: Mercury, Sun
*Some of this information was taken from Llewellyn’s complete book of correspondences by Sandra Kynes*
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