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Sacred Celtic Trees - Part Five
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The sacred Celtic trees are rich in mythological history and have inspired many traditions in folklore. The Juniper, Lime and Oak, are the fifth in the list of sacred Celtic trees.
For the ancient Celtic culture, trees were an important asset to their way of life. They provided shelter, firewood, tools, weapons, dyes and medicines; were important to their ancient rituals, and the mythological meanings are still sometimes applicable in societies around the world, today.
The essence of Juniper has long been considered a purifying cleanser and as a protector against dangerous forces. Juniper berries were used by the Celtic cultures, along with Rue to cleanse and fumigate the house prior to the celebrations of May Day. Today, people who follow these traditions rub Juniper oil into their hands.
The Lime tree is also linked to the Oak tree. In some Celtic cultures, men made sacrifices to the Oak tree to ensure good crops, while women did the same with Lime. This suggests that the Oak was regarded as masculine, and the Lime as feminine. Today, lime flowers are used to make a light and refreshing drink.
The slow growing Oak tree is known as the, ‘King of the
Forest’. With its huge height and wide girth, the Oak tree represents strength, courage and wisdom. The Druids revered the tree and held meetings in Oak groves. In the Ogham alphabet, the word ‘duir’, which means ‘door’, is linked to the Oak, and therefore links the tree as the doorway to knowledge and wisdom. The Oak tree is also linked to the Summer Solstice, and its wood fuelled the sacred Midsummer fires.