06 h’Uath – The Hawthorn
h’Uath (pronounced ‘OO-ah’)
Represents letter(s): H
Divinatory meaning: Results, consequences, repercussions
Associated Tree/Plant: Hawthorn
Healing Properties: The an infusion of the berries of the hawthorn has been used to treat irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and chest pain. The leaves and blossoms of the hawthorn may be made into a tea to relieve anxiety. This tea also helps to improve the circulation and to increase appetite.
Magical Uses: Hawthorn is the original “clootie tree.” a Clootie is a small strip or ribbon of cloth tied to a tree branch, usually to ward off the faeries or to invoke the blessings of the Gods. The thick, shrublike properties of the hawthorn led it to be called the “poor man’s fencing” because those who could not afford to fence in their pastures planted hawthorns around the perimeter instead to keep their livestock in place and the faeries at bay.
Hawthorn is one of the nine firewoods to be added to the Belfire for the festival of Beltane (May 1). The Nine Sacred Woods of the Belfire are birch, oak, rowan, willow, hawthorn, hazel, apple, grapevine and fir. Hawthorn magic is the magic of protection, especially for the weak and powerless. Hawthorn branches are used in ritual purification. Hawthorn is another tree sacred to the faeries. It is said that if you find a spot where oak, ash and thorn (hawthorn) are growing together, you will see faeries there. If you weave hawthorn branches into a laurel, and leave them out under a full moon, it is said that the faeries will come and dance around them. Such a crown that the faeries have danced around will bring luck to anyone who wears it. Hawthorns have also been used to bless weddings.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Belenus, Aine