ILX AQUIFOLIUM or I. OPACA
FOLK NAMES: Aquifolius, Bat’s Wings, Christ’s Thorn, Holy Tree, Holm Chaste, Hulm, Hulver Bush, Tinne
POWERS ASSOCIATED: Protection, Anti-Lightning, Luck, Dream Magic
-Protects against lightning, poison, and evil spirits.
-Planted around a home, it protects the inhabitants from mischievous sorcerers.
-When thrown at wild animals, it makes them lie down and leave the thrower alone.
-Distilled or infused holly water is sprinkled on infants to protect them.
-Men carry holly, because holly is a male plant, the corresponding plant for women, is Ivy.
-Holly is hung around to home during Yule for good luck.
-Legend says that if one collects nine smooth (not spiky) holly leaves in silence at midnight on Friday, and wraps them up in a white cloth, using nine knots to tie the ends together, and places the bundle under one’s pillow, their dreams will come true.
-When carried, leaves and berries of holly are said to heighten masculinity.