Lammas – Odin

It has been stated that during Lammas the Norse god Odin hung from the world tree known as “Yggdrasil” for nine days and nights so that he might be granted wisdom. Yggdrasil was an ash tree, and since Odin’s act the ash tree has been known for it’s divination and knowledge. The Ash Tree is very sacred to the god Lugh, who is celebrated at Lammas. Because of its close association not only with the Divine but with knowledge, Ash can be used with for any number of spells, rituals, and other workings.

Some traditions of magick believe that the leaf of an Ash tree will bring you good fortune. Carry one leaf of a ash tree in your pocket, the leaves that have an even number of leaflets on it are especially lucky.In some folk magic traditions, the ash leaf could be used to remove skin disorders such as warts or boils. As an alternate practice, one could wear a needle in their clothing or carry a pin in their pocket for three days, and then drive the pin into the bark of an ash tree as the skin disorder will appear as a knob on the tree and disappear from the person who had it.

The spear of Odin was made from an Ash tree, according to Norse Legends. It is believed that Newborn babies in the British Isles were sometimes given a spoonful of Ash sap before leaving their mother’s bed for the first time. It was believed this would prevent disease and infant mortality.Five trees stood guard over Ireland, in mythology, and three were Ash. The Ash is often found growing near holy wells and sacred springs. Interestingly, it was also believed that crops that grew in the shadow of an Ash tree would be of an inferior quality.

In some European folklore, the Ash tree is seen as protective but at the same time very malevolent. It is said that if anyone who does harm to an Ash can find themselves the victim of unpleasant supernatural circumstances.In northern England, it was believed that if a maiden placed ash leaves under her pillow, she would have prophetic dreams of her future lover. In some Druidic traditions, it is customary to use a branch of Ash to make a magical staff. The staff becomes, in essence, a portable version of the World Tree, connecting the user to the realms of earth and sky.

It is believed that if you place Ash berries in a cradle, it protects the child from being taken away as a changeling by mischievous Fae. We are surrounded every day by trees that serve our Magickal needs my brothers and sisters and our inner selves.

Rev. Bella Isis Shay