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Ogham name: Muin

Full moon: 10th September

Planetary ruler: Venus

Deities: Tuatha De Danaan

Druidic animal: Swan

The Grape Vine required care to bear fruit in the cool Celtic climate and became a symbol of sacred knowledge and spiritual intuition.

One of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, the Grapevine is more of a shrub than a tree. Nonetheless it was sacred to Anglo-Saxons, Celts, Druids, and anyone else who managed to grow it. A long living plant the vine was revered by our ancestors not least because the wine that could be produced from its fruit has long been a universal drink, but also for its connection to longevity and health. Even in Christian teachings Noah is said to have planted a vineyard after he survived the great flood. Grapes and raisins are often used in spells to enhance mental ability, as well as in all forms of abundance spell from financial to fertility. It may be used for death and rebirth, garden magic and freedom of spirit rites. During many rites in many cultures wine is blessed, although we do share ours with our elementals by leaving an offering after the rite. Although unsuitable internally for inflammatory conditions the sugar in grapes acts rapidly to increase strength and repair waste in fevers. The seeds and leaves are astringent and may be used to stop haemorrhages and bleeding when boiled and made into a poultice with barley they may be used externally to cool inflammation of wounds. Because it is associated with nature, the underworld and reincarnation, the deities linked with vines are numerous including the Tuatha De Danaan.