Friday, February 5, 2010

Trees 101: Brambles and Vines

While we may not consider brambles and vines trees according to the modern definition of what constitutes a tree, the ancient Celts classified anything with a woody stem or stalk just that. Consider blackberry or grape vines, or even ivy, for example. Vines tend to grow in the shape of a spiral and the spiral is symbolic of the Goddess and the unending continuation of life. Wine, essential to so many rituals, is made from blackberries and grapes. Imbolc is the Goddess Brigid's sabbat and it is customary to use blackberry wine in rituals for this sabbat and anytime you choose to honor her.

One of the nine sacred woods of the sabbat fire, vine represents joy. It has many medicinal uses. The leaves of the blackberry vine may be dried and made into a tea used to cure gout and the leaves may also be used in a poultice to treat burns. If you find a bramble bush with a natural arch to it, crawl through the arch backwards and then forwards three times, going as close to east to west as you possibly can, and you will be cured of boils, acne, whooping cough and rheumatism. Grapes (and raisins) increase fertility and hone mental powers.

Dreaming of blackberries or grapes that are still on their vines means abundance, success and prosperity. As such, use blackberries in spells to increase wealth. Grapes may also be used for money spells. Place a bunch of them on your altar while working your magick.

Vines and brambles vibrate to a feminine energy and the element of water. They are ruled by the planet Venus and the Moon. Use these plants in rituals to enhance psychic abilities and deepen levels of conciousness, for grounding, for celebration and to access the faery realm.

Photo courtesy of photofinger on flickr.


The Wizardess epi said...

Right...possibly the Trees 101 comment should go here. :) What is/are your sources? Or is this wisdom you have collected over the years? And thanks for checking out my blog.

Victoria said...

I use a bit of everything! I highly recommend "Whispers From the Woods" by Sandra Kynes. I also have borrowed from Scott Cunningham, from a bunch of books I've read through the years whose titles long escape me and even some lore I've had passed down orally. If it's interesting or quirky, I try to remember it!

And you're welcome- your blog is lovely!

faerwillow said...

~beautiful post as always...such wisdom and knowledge you share...i am off to find whispers from the woods...thank you so for sharing..may you have a blessed day filled with only great delights~