Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.
— E.F. Schumacher
Oak trees have a long and varied magical history. The oak is the “King of Trees” and has been considered sacred by just about every culture. The Celts held the oak in particular esteem because of its size, longevity, and nutritious acorns.
To the Druids, the oak is one of the sacred three: Oak, Ash and Thorn. It is used in magic for positive workings dealing with male issues, fidelity, ancestry, lightning, weather, storms, longevity, power, balance, success, money, strength, love, protection, the sun, healing, endurance, dominion, sacrifice, triumph, financial success, fertility and good luck. To name but a few!
Carry a piece of oak to protect yourself from evil, or carry an acorn to prevent illness. An acorn stuck in your pocket or carried in a purse can also protect you from storms, from losing your bearings and from evil intent. An oak leaf worn at your breast, touching your heart, will save you from all deceptions.
An acorn should be carried to bring luck and ensure a long life, and an acorn kept at each of your windows will keep lightning out. Acorns can also be hung in windows to protect the home from just about any other kind of threat.
Wear an acorn around your neck to bring good luck, or else carry three acorns with you, and you will have a charm for youthfulness, beauty and success in life.
Legend tells us that “Faery folks are in the oaks.” Oak trees and groves are believed to provide safe havens and homes for many kinds of the Good People. Alliances made with the Oak Faeries can awaken visions of your future. However, never eat any food that is offered to you by an Oakman – since it is sure to be poisonous.
An old oak leaf Faery spell says that a maiden who is in love should place within her and her suitor’s shoe a single oak leaf. Then, they should go together to a lonely place in the meadows or woods. If they both will wait there and contemplate their love, and declare it to one another as evening falls and the stars come out, they will, if their patience is good, behold the Faery host as they come to dance and play in the wilds.
Oak is a time-honored ingredient for love and love divination. If you wish to know whether you and your present beloved will marry, take two acorns, and under the Full Moon, name them for yourself and your lover. Then, drop them into a crystal bowl of well water. If they stay close to one another, as though knit by a bond, you will be sure to marry, but if they float away from one another, that is a sign that the bond will end.
Tomorrow, I’ll share a few more suggestions for working with Oak’s extensive and ancient forms of magic.