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Hazel, the tree of wisdom and learning,
Adds its strength to the bright fire burning.

Green Man Tree Oracle

Tree of Knowlege
Ninth month of the Celtic Tree calendar, August 5th - September 1st
Ninth consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Coll

Planet: Mercury
Element: Air
Symbolism: Wisdom & Divination, Poetry & Science,
Playfulness & Enchantment, Healing Arts
Stone: Topaz, Pearl
Birds: Crane
Color: Orange
Deity: Hermes, Aemgus, Artemis, Diana
Folk Names: Coll

Medicinal properties:
To clear a stubborn cough, finely powder the nuts and mix with water and honey.
The leaves can be used in teas to treat such ailments as varicose veins, circulatory problems, fevers, diarrhea and excessive menstrual flow.
Hazelnuts are a good source of protein, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Magickal properties:
Wands made of this wood symbolize white magick and healing. Forked sticks are used to find water or buried treasure. If outside and in need of magickal protection quickly draw a circle around yourself with a hazel branch. To enlist the aid of plant fairies, string hazelnuts on a cord and hang up in your house or ritual room. Magically, hazel wood is used to gain knowledge, wisdom and poetic inspiration.
Hazel wood is excellent for making all purpose magickal wands.
Weave hazel twigs into a crown. Put this on your head and wish very hard. Your wish may come true!
Twigs of Hazel are placed in window frames to protect the house against lightning, and three pins of hazel wood driven into your house will protect it from fire.


Wakening from the dreaming forest there, the hazel-sprig
sang under my tongue, its drifting fragrance
climbed up through my conscious mind
as if suddenly the roots I had left behind
cried out to me, the land I had lost with my childhood -
and I stopped, wounded by the wandering scent.

- Pablo Neruda


by Liz and Colin Murray

As well as poetic skill, this Ogham card represents intuition, the power of divination leading straight to the source. Hazel twigs have traditionally always been used for divining because of their pliancy and affinity with water.

So the Hazel embodies many talents: Poetry, divination and the powers of mediation. Through the guidance of this card, these talents can also be a channel for creative energies, especially that which allows you to inspire or increase these capacities among others, through your work, interests and pursuits. The Hazel, in fact, allows you to be a catalyst of transformer, working though the promptings of intuition to bring ideas to the surface.


The Hazel Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker

The Fairy Bible

by Teresa Moorey

Hazel Fairy

Hazel is a mercurial sprite, deeply wise, a bringer of insight and flashes of inspiration. This fairy can help you to find knowledge in a very individual way, and to develop your intuition, so that you can see deeply into many things.

Hazel holds the secrets of the earth, and can teach about dowsing and the currents within the land, known as ley lines. She also encourages meditation and confers eloquence on those who respect and honor her.


I Dance for the Plants

I dance for the plants
for their sacred geometric forms
their heart shaped petals
their star-formed patterns
their spirals, their circles and their cells

I dance for the plants in the Universal Hall
and I see that we are all seeds scattering
infused with sacred patterning
within this holy place
we are flowers emerging
from the cosmic seed case

I dance for the plants
wild Gypsy dances dervishing and spiraling
my steps are Celtic, Middle Eastern,
Indian and African
for they are all the same
invoking life upon this earth
invoking the growth of plants with every step

I dance for the plants
and see I do not dance alone
we are all plants dancing
and this garden is our home

Margot Henderson 2005, and We'Moon'07


Wednesday August 5, 2009 Full Moon in Aquarius
Thursday August 13, 2009 Waning Half Moon in Taurus
Thursday August 20, 2009 New Moon in Virgo
Thursday August 27, 2009 Waxing Half Moon in Sagittarius

Celtic Moon sign - Hazel Moon

The hazel produces its nuts in fall, after having spent the year building the inner strength to protect them. The shell of this nut is so hard, in fact, and contains its treasure so well, that is was the inspiration for the phrase "in a nutshell." Born under the sign of the hazel tree, you also have an inner treasure to offer - the fruits of your knowledge. Your wisdom and ability to communicate ideas make you capable of transforming the thoughts and opinions of others. Be careful how you wield your word-wizardry.
Written by Kim Rogers-Gallagher, and Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook 2000

Born under this sign, you are wise and have the ability to communicate ideas, making you capable of transforming the thoughts and opinions of others. This is the best time of year to focus on gaining wisdom and absorbing knowledge. Cast spells to heighten your senses and concentration.

Hazelnut Tree, The Extraordinary: charming, undermining, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody and capricious lover, honest and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

The air surrounding hazel trees is said to be magically charged with the quicksilver energy of exhilaration and inspiration.
To dream of a Hazelnut tree predicts wealth as well as unexpected good fortune.
This is the best time of year to focus on gaining wisdom and absorbing knowledge.

Cast spells to heighten your senses and concentration.


The Faces of Womanspirit
A Celtic Oracle of Avalon
by Katherine Torres, Ph.D.

Hazel, Strong and Wise
We salute your guiding light
We salute your knowing hour.
It does give us might.


I honor the energy of hazel, the tree of wisdom.
I will heed my own inner intuitions, and will be wise and informed in my choices.
So mote it be.


Pray Peace

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from Moon Bee Acres

There is a branch for you to sit upon with a beautiful view.
Climb up into her arms, and stay for a spell.
Feel her roots, her bark, her branches, her leaves.
She is shade, shelter, a home, a hide-away.
She is an escape.
She rocks you to sleep in your hammock.
She holds up your birdfeeder, your wind chimes, and your decorations.
She embraces anyone who loves to climb.
In the spring she offers life, and in the fall she gives her own.
She does not judge.
She just is.


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