The Holly Tree (Ilex Aquifolium)
Tree of Sacrifice
Date harvested: 13th July 2018 (Holly New Moon); Bodmin Moor area
Harvest method – Ritual with offering
Tree Calendar Period – 8th month of the Celtic Tree calendar which is July 8th to August 4th
Eight consonant of the Ogham alphabet T TINNE T
Colour – Red
Element – Fire
Planet – Mars and Saturn
Gender – Masculine
Bird – Starling
Crystal – Ruby, Bloodstone
Sabbat – Lughnasa – Celtic festival of the Sun God, Lugh
Truth, prophecy and clear wisdom
Guards against mischievous spirits.
To the Druids, in the first two centuries AD, Holly was second only to the Oak in its power and spiritualism. Holly represents personal sacrifice in order to gain something of greater value.
This wand has been “treated” with beeswax polish following the debarking and sanding process; it also has the following herbs inserted into the handle.
Mugwort – For strength, protection and cleansing
Vervain – for Protection and purification
Yarrow – for clearing negativity and easing fears