Folktales

Wells

BUTTONS, BRAS AND PINS (The Folklore of British Holy Wells) By Rowan First published at Lughnasa...

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Henbane

Henbane is one of the legendary "witch" plants, renowned in folklore for its claimed magickal...

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Alder

The alder is a very ancient tree that has grown in the British Isles for thousands of years. The...

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Apple

All apple trees are descended from the crab apple, which was likely the tree mentioned in the tree...

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Ash

N~Nuin~Ash The ash tree has deeply penetrating roots and tends to sour the soil, which makes it...

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Betony

Stachys is a genus of about 300 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants and shrubs in...

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Birch

The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree in much of Europe. It is one of the...

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Blackthorn

The blackthorn has a long and often sinister history, associated with witchcraft and murder, but...

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Catnip

Nepeta is a genus of about 250 species of flowering plants in the family Lamiaceae. The members of...

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Cedar

Ancient Celts on the Mainland used cedar oil to preserve heads of enemies taken in battle. To draw...

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Cinnamon

Is a wonderful herb to either burn as an incense or make into a sachet. Fill a green or gold...

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Clover

A sacred Faery plant, clovers of all kinds will attract them. Lay seven grains of wheat on a...

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Ferns

Uncurled fronds of the male fern were gathered at Midsummer, dried and carried for good luck. All...

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Yew

I~Ioho~Yew The yew tree lives the longest of all of the trees of the Celtic Tree Ogham. They are...

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Yarrow

A wonderful herb to use in love spells! Also works to draw courage and to purify (exorcism). Drink...

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Wormwood

An accumulative poison! A Druid sacred herb which was very magickal as well as sacred to Moon...

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Willow

S~Saille~Willow The willow in the Tree Alphabet, stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life....

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White Poplar

E~Eadha~White Poplar Of all the trees of the Celtic tree Ogham, the white poplar is most concerned...

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Vine

M~Muin~Vine The grape vine governs the month of August, the month in which the festival...

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Trefoil

Also known as shamrock, or searaog. A Druid sacred herb, which symbolizes all triple deities....

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Tree Lore

Certain trees are considered to be under the protection of the 'fairies', and to destroy a fairy...

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Cloves

Their magickal properties include banishing evil (exorcism), clearing your head, protection, love,...

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Club Moss

Only the priest or priestess could were allowed to gather club moss. The plants and spores were...

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Elder

Druidic Alphabet - R (Ruis). The elder tree can grow to thirty feet in height, and is covered with...

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Fir, Silver

Also known as the Birth Tree. Burning needles or sweeping around the bed with a branch blessed and...

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Foxglove

The source of the modern heart drug Digitalis, this is a Poisonous plant and can have seriously...

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Furze

O~Ohn~ The furze is a yellow-flowering shrub that grows profusely on the open moors and hillsides...

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Hawthorn

Druidic Alphabet - H (Huathe) The Hawthorn is a rather small tree that grows with a dense, many...

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Hazel

C~Coll~Hazel The hazel tree presides over the month of July. Hazel trees frequently grow as a...

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Heather

U~Ur Heather is often connected with death and completion in the Celtic tree Ogham, but its name,...

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Holly

T~Tinne~Holly Holly is male, and symbolizes paternity and fatherhood, and the fight. With the Ivy...

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Oak

D~Duir~Oak The oak was a central tree to the Druids, and is the king of the forest. Our modern...

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Peony

Peony seeds were once used to protect children from fairies. A garland of the seeds were placed...

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Peppermint

Peppermint makes a wonderful tea to increase your psychic ability (drink some before reading the...

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Pine

Sacred to the Druids, the pine was known as one of the seven chieftan trees of the Irish. Burn the...

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Lavendar

Wonderful for use in love spells. Lavendar has long been known to be a particularly attractive...

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Mistletoe

Mistletoe the most sacred herb of the Druids, a traditional Christmas symbol, it was revered by...

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Moss

IRISH MOSS -- This herb is great to use in spells for money, luck, and protection. You can carry...

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Primrose

When planted in a garden or hung dried on the front  door, primroses will attract the company...

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Pussywillow

or Great Sallow - Deciduous shrubs and small trees of the northern hemisphere, of several...

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Roses

Roses attract the Faery to a garden. Their sweet scent  will lure elemental spirits to take...

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Rowan

L~Luis~RowanThe rowan, or mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia L.) thrives in poor soils and can...

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Thyme

A Druid sacred herb. Repels negativity and depression. Wearing thyme will increase your ability to...

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St. John’s Wort

A Druid sacred herb. The Celts passed it through the smoke of the summer solstice fire, then wore...

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Silver Fir

A~Ailim~Silver Fir The silver fir, from the family  'Abies,' is a variety of pine that grows...

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Sandalwood

Sandalwood has many magickal uses, including protection, spirituality, exorcism, healing, and wish...

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Sage

This is useful for protection, healing, wealth, fulfilling wishes, and spells to increase...

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Rosemary

This is a wonderful all-purpose herb that you can't afford to be without! Rosemary can be used as...

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Reed

Ng~NgEtal~Reed or Broom The broom is a wide, bushy shrub that grows in abundance in the British...

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Mugwort

A Druid Sacred herb. Was placed in barns to protect cows from the influence of faeries. The herbs...

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Ivy

G~Gort~IvyThe ivy is not considered a tree, but depends on a host tree for support. Ivy belongs to...

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Honey Fungus

Honey fungus or Armillaria is a genus of parasitic fungi that live on trees and woody shrubs. It...

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Banshee

The banshee is a type of fairy known both in Ireland and Scotland. In Scotland she is sometimes...

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Boggart

Household spirits from the north of England, and similar to brownies and bogies, although their...

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Brownie

The best known of the industrious domestic hobgoblins. The brownie's land is over all the North of...

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Peg Powler

Peg Powler

Peg Powler is a hag, who dwells in the River Tees. Although the crown of green tresses is normally...

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Pooka

Variants: phouka, puca No fairy is more feared in Ireland than the pooka. This may be because it...

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Oakmen

Oakmen are male dwarf faeries who are the guardians of sacred oak groves. They are not very...

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Fairies

Time and Age The passage of time for faeries is clearly not the same as it is for mortal men. Some...

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Gentle Annis

The weather spirit responsible for the south-westerly gales on the Firth of Cromarty. The Firth is...

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Gentry

The most noble tribe of all the fairies in Ireland. A big race who came from the planets and...

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Wichtlein

Wichtlein behave in much the same way as goblins. They announce the death of a miner by tapping...

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White Ladies

The use of White Ladies for both ghosts and fairies is an indication of the close connection...

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Tylwyth Teg

(terlooeth teig) . Tylwyth Teg is a general name for the fairies in Wales, it means the 'fair...

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Trows

Trows (Alternatively trowe; a Scots term for troll)  live on the Shetland and Orkney...

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Aes Sidhe

The Hosts of the Sidhe or Hollow Hills. The inhabitants of the Otherworld. They were thought to...

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Bean-Nighe

(ben-neeya)  She occurs both in Highland and Irish tradition as one of the variants of the...

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Bean-Tighe

Sometimes called the “King of the Dead”. He is similar to the Ankou in that he collects souls upon...

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Black Annis

A blue-faced hag, akin to the Cailleachs Bheare and Bheur, who eats people. She is supposed to...

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BODACHAN SABHAILL

(botuchan so-will) 'The Little Old Man of the Barn'. A barn Brownie who took pity on old men, and...

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Bogies

'Bogies, 'Bogles', 'Bugs', or 'bug-a-boos' are names given to a whole class of mischievous,...

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Bogles

Generally evil-natured Goblins although they are more disposed to do harm to liars and murderers....

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Bwca

The Welsh name for the Brownie. Often mischevious and fond of playing pranks on humans. He is...

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Knocker

The Knocker, Knacker, Bwca (Welsh), Bucca (Cornish) or Tommyknocker (US) is the Welsh and Cornish...

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Robin Goodfellow

(Anglo-Celtic) Since, if you "speak of the Devil" he will appear, Puck's euphemistic "disguised"...

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Walpurgis Night

Walpurgis Night is a traditional Pagan holiday, Roman Catholic Saint's day, and Satanic [1]...

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Beltane

April 30 / Mayday is celebrated on the first of MayPronounced "bel-ten-ya" or "bel-chen-ya"...

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Celtic Year

Whatever names we give to them now many of our modern day festivals owe their existence to...

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Imbolc

February 1"Imbolc" is from Old Irish, and may mean "in the belly", and Oimelc, "ewe's milk", as...

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