BETULA PENDULA, B. PUBESCENS, B. LENTA, B. ALBA
FOLK NAMES: Beithe, Bereza, Berke, Beth, Bouleau, Lady of the Woods
POWERS ASSOCIATED: Protection, Exorcism, Purification
-Used to exorcise spirits by gently striking possessed people or animals with twigs.
-Russians used the birch for protection. They tied red ribbon around the stem of a birch to rid themselves of the evil eye and protect against lightning.
-Traditional witches brooms were made of birch twigs.
-Cradles were once made of birch wood to aid in protecting helpless infants.
-Birch trees are also connected to the art of making/working with runes.
-To attract love, one can write a love attracting rune on the wood and throw it into a river, or burn it.