21 Koad – The Tulip Poplar
Koad (pronounced ‘KO-ud’)
Represents letter(s): CH
Divinatory meaning: Achievement, accomplishment, victory
Associated Tree/Plant: The Order of the Elder Grove uses the Tulip Poplar for this letter. Some Orders use the aspen for this letter. These Orders generally refer to the letter as EV-uth when Aspen is used. Koad is the 21st letter of the ogham alphabet and the first letter of the forfeda.
Healing Properties: Use tea made of poplar buds for treating fevers. This tea is also useful in treating arthritis. An infusion of poplar leaves helps treat diarrhea. Poplar buds exude a sticky substance. This sap can be used as a stimulant. Make a tincture of this sticky sap from the buds for chest complaints or rheumatism. It is also high in vitamin C, and may be used to treat scurvy. Make a balm of the sap to heal bruises and swellings more quickly.
Magical Uses: Black poplar aids in divination. A wand or ogham fews made of black poplar will help you to see the future. Rune sticks carved of this wood will be powerful. The abilities to protect, shield, and resist temptations are poplar’s magical gifts.
Poplar also aids in overcoming fear. Carry a dried tulip poplar blossom in your crane bag to ward off fears and anxieties or carve a walking staff out of poplar for the same purpose.
Poplar buds carried in a bag worn over the heart can help to heal a broken heart. A charm made of poplar wood eases stress in the life of the one who wears it. Poplar wood is traditionally used for carving statues of the Goddess. If using poplar for magic tools, never let the wood touch the ground once harvested. This discharges its energy and will make it useless for your purposes.
Koad stands within all three realms and sees the past, present and future all at once. Poplar magic is good for attracting the sweet things in life. It is concerned with seeing the bigger picture.
The magic of the poplar is the magic of the Earth Goddess herself. To work with poplar is to work with the Earth Goddess, uniting the forces of chaos and order in perfect balance and in infinite diversity in infinite combinations.
Celtic Gods associated with This Tree are the Flower-Faced Welsh Goddess Blodeuwedd, and the Celtic Thunder God Taranis