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Botanical Name: Crataegus oxyucantha.

Gender: Hot, Masculine.

Planet: Mars.

Element: Fire.

Deities: Cardea.

Folklore: Most likely plant to be inhabited by the Faeries. Twigs of hawthorn, oak and ash tied together with red thread give protection from faeries. One custom is to tie ribbons or rags to these trees at May Day as gifts for faeires.

Medicinal uses: A poultice of pulped leaves or fruit has strong drawing powers. Excellent for treatment of embedded thorns, splinters and also for Whitlow.

Magical properties: Make anti lightning charms from the wood. Tie up leaves in protection sachets, carry to ensure good fishing. Witches often danced beneath hawthorn trees.

Growing: Grows rapidly for first 15 years or so. For hedges grow in seed beds for 2 years then transplant into rows. Ready to plant into hedges at 4 years. Weeding improves growth significantly.

CAUTION: Taking large amounts of hawthorn may result in a dramatic drop in blood pressure which in turn may cause you to feel faint.  Children and pregnant or nursing women should use hawthorn only under the direction of a medical herbalist, or a licensed health care professional.

Herb of the Month: Hawthorn

Rune of the Month: Ingwaz

Featured in: Anglo-Saxon, Elder Futhark

English letter: NG

English translation: Ing

Gender: Masculine

Meaning: Male fertility, gestation, internal growth. Common virtues, common sense, simple strengths, family love, caring, human warmth, the home. Rest stage, a time of relief, of no anxiety. A time when all loose strings are tied and you are free to move in a new direction. Listen to yourself.

Energy for success. Romance and compatibility on a personal level. Contentment comes with this card on both a personal and business level. Gatherings will be happy. Convivial and monetary success is suggested. You feel it is possible to indulge yourself. You may contemplate purchase of property.

Image used is from the Medieval Scapini Tarot.

Card of the Month:  4 of Wands

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