BIRCH

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.

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