Magickal Uses of Oak
Magickal Uses of Oak
The Oak tree has many magical properties including fertility, balance, protection and strength. This tree is also useful in spells to promote power, success, truth, strength and courage.
Traditionally Oak wood was not just burnt at midsummer, but also at Christmas or Winter Solstice. The charcoaled remains are said to protect against lightening and the ashes were strewn on the fields to increase fertility.
Many parts of the Oak were valued for their counter magical properties. In the old days, the evil doings of nasty witches and devils were much feared, for they caused men to loose their virility and women to become sterile and they made the milk dry up in humans and animals alike. Feeding Oak leaves to the cattle or pinning sprigs of Oak on the door could prevent these witches and daemons from carrying out their evil deeds.
HISTORY, LORE AND MAGICAL USES
Oak trees are an image of endurance, vigor and sturdiness. Naturally, our ancestors associated it with the king of the Gods, Jupiter/Zeus/Thor, the God of thunder and lightening, a deity who embodies the qualities of strength, power and potency. The majestic Oak trees were considered his earthly abode. Oak trees are said to extend as far below the ground as they reach up into the heavens, thus encompassing Underworld and Heavens alike. In Norse/Germanic mythology Thor/Donar/Wodan is a shamanic God who traverses these realms on his eight-legged stallion ‘Sleipnir’. When he passes we hear the noise of his mount’s thundering hooves as he gallops through the skies.
Planetary Associations: Jupiter and Mars
Deity Associations: Herne, Wodin, Perkunas, Jupiter, Cybele, Rhea, Pan, Erato, Hecate, Dianus, Janus, and Brighid. The oak is the tree of Dagda, Chief of the Elder Irish Gods.
Folklore and Legends: Tradition says that acorns are gathered by the light of the day, while the wood and leaves are harvested during the light of the moon. Pour fertilizer, water, crystals, or wine on the roots to thanks the tree for their sacrifice.
Acorns should be placed in the window to ward evil. Also acorns hung in the window from the sill are said to bring prosperity and luck to the home.
A handful of oak leaves in a bath will cleanse the water, allowing rejuvenation of body and spirit.
White oak bark teas can break up congestion. Acorns are said to treat constipation. Teas made for the oak bark in general are said to provide relief for hemorrhoids.
Oak wood fires are said to draw off illness and disease.
Some old scripts purport of a charm made of three acorns, the casters hair, bound and tied, blessed under a new moon and a full moon, for a full year, will provide a charm to last a lifetime.
Nordic and other legends also say that the Oak tree is the gateway to the three worlds of the Shaman.
Wearing an oak leaf on the chest next to the heart is said to protect the wearer from lies and deceit.
Legend says that King Arthurs Round Table was made from a Giant Oak Tree.
So remember the Mighty and Majestic Oak the next time you prepare a spell, ritual, or focused meditation. The tree has much to offer as we make our journey in this realm.
Strong Masculine energy. Oak is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology 10 June to 7 July. The
Druids associated the oak with the Wren. Closely aligned with the elements Earth, Water, and Spirit . The Oak is considered to be the most powerful and the most sacred to the Druids. Wizards consider this the most amplified wood to use to in spells that work with time and counter spells. Sacred to the Irish God Dagda.
Magical Properties: Truth, steadfast knowledge, protection. Oak wands bring vitality and long life. To the ancient Celtic people, oak was the protector, provider, benevolent king of the trees. Utilized as a healing wood, and very will grounded considering its strong connection to the earth. This wood helps center the mind, allowing it to focus on the task at hand and ignore distractions. Oak help promote both observation and intuition. Oak magic inspires bravery, presence, leadership skills, prosperity, and strength.
Gypsy tradition tends to hold the same truths about oak, as did the Druids. The oak groves are sacred and spell weaving in a grove assured success of that spell. In these same groves it was possible to commune with the fairy realm, for the oak is home to many a Fae. Many warriors used oak as a protective talisman, as their armor was “padded” with oak not only for the strength of the wood, but because the wood is magickal. Wonderful gypsy traditions include a child’s game during the fall to catch the falling leaves of the oak; each one that is caught assures a surprise during the winter moons. Plant an acorn during the waxing moon and it is said to draw gold to you. According to tradition, carrying an acorn on your person will bring luck and fertility to all your projects. Druids carried acorns in their pockets for luck.
An ancient Welsh belief is that good health is maintained by rubbing your hands on a piece of oak on Midsummer’s Day, while keeping silence. The dew under oak trees is a magical beauty aid.
In Voodoo: The bark of all species of OAK, but especially the WHITE OAK (Quercus alba), is believed to be spiritually efficacious in removing crossed conditions. It is said that burning WHITE OAK bark chips with Mistletoe, Rue, and Wahoo Bark will keep away evil. WHITE OAK bark is also brewed into tea by spiritual root workers to take a jinx of a client. The client is bathed by rubbing vigorously from the neck downward while prayers are said, and then allowed to air-dry, without a towel. Likewise, WHITE OAK bark chips and Mistletoe are burned together to smoke jinxed clients. This incense is also said to remove unsettled spirits or ghosts from a house or place of business.
The Oazk Bath:
A spell for attracting good luck and cleansing the spirit.
a handful of oak leaves (cleaned under running water), lemongrass oil, and one acorn (as perfect as possible).
On the new moon, fill a bathtub with warm water and put the oak leaves and a few drops of the lemongrass oil into the the water. Hold the acorn in your hand and say these words:
Cleanse my spirit, cleanse my soul
Enrich my life with a happiness whole
Holding the acorn in your hand, climb into the bath and lay down, breathing in the scent of the oak leaves. Think of the oak tree — strong, secure and beautiful. Think of your life in that way – safe and secure. That night, sleep with the acorn under your pillow. The following morning, take the acorn out into the sun and let it soak up the warmth of the golden sun. Wish good for yourself, your family, your friends and your neighbors. Put the acorn in your pocket and carry it around with you all day so that it will soak up your personality. Then, in the evening, put the acorn in a special and safe place. Whenever you feel your luck waning, repeat the spell.
Spell For Male fertility:
Hold an acorn in the palm of your dominant hand and direct your energy into it as you say your incantation. Afterwards, carry it with you for nine days and then bury it in the ground.
Whispers from the Woods, by Sandra Kynes
Oak twigs bound together with red thread into a solar cross or a pentagram will make a mighty protective talisman for the home, car, or in your desk or locker at work.
“Oaken twigs and strings of red
Deflect all harm, gossip and dread.”
Charm of the Oak:
This spell is intended as a way to connect to the deep wisdom and knowledge embodied in the oak tree. It’s a more spiritual and somewhat intangible spell than most others. All you need is:
• 4 acorns
• Small bag of brown fabric
• Patchouli oil
• A brown or green candle
Best if you can collect the acorns yourself. Anoint the candle and the acorns with oil, and light the candle. While you hold the acorns in your hands, repeat the following:
Growth and wisdom
Mine indeed Visualize a mighty oak tree, and all the things it may have to teach you. Place the acorns in the bag, and leave it near the candle. Let the candle burn out on its own, and leave the bag somewhere where you will see it every day. Opportunities to gain new knowledge will soon present themselves