The Celts believed that many trees where inhabited by spirits or had spirits of their own. This idea most notably applied to any tree with a strong aura around it. They also believed that certain trees had a healing influence on humans. From this ancient respect for the power of trees came the expressions 'touch wood' and 'knock on wood'.
Temple of Apollo at Delphi - The Oracle Delphi -
The High Priestess
She can see things other people can't see.
- an I know, you know situation. That which has been hidden must come to the light, a want to bring balance to a situation. Silence can be golden when dealing with some people. Use your intuition. Guidance can come from someone trustworthy. Hidden knowledge.
Hazel 8/6 to 9/2 I am a salmon in a pool
Hazel, the tree of wisdom and learning, adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
Ninth month of the Celtic Tree calendar, August 5th - September 1st - Hazel . Hazel, the tree of wisdom and learning,
Hazel/apple: Coll (C) Moon of the wise, Crone Moon, trees symbolizes manifestation, spirit contact, protection and fertility. Tree of wisdom, tree of immortality. The hazel is an important food producing tree. The prized hazel nut(filbert) was sacred to witches and the sea god, Manannan. It is symbolic of female wisdom. Bards claimed the knowledge of rhymes, epic tales, the secrets of magic, and poetic inspiration came from eating the cared hazel nut. The hazel later became known has witch hazel.
Hazel Lore: The Celts regarded the hazel as the tree of knowledge and it’s nuts were believed to be the ultimate receptacles of wisdom. This is woven into the fabric of celtic society and culture. The most prolific legends come from Ireland. Macoll one of the three earliest rulers name means son of Hazel. In the Irish triads it is record that the punishment from felling either a hazel or apple tree was death. The Salmon of wisdom received the gift of wisdom at the Connla Well were the nine sacred hazel trees each dropped a hazel nut into the water . On swallowing these nuts the salmon received became the recipient of all knowledge.
Hazel: Divination marriage and protection. Skills in poetry divination and meditation, inspires others. Hazelnut: Symbolizes attraction, loss of inhibition or will power or drowsiness
Hazel Moon: Feminine Moon of the Wise; Crone Moon
Manifestiation; Spirit Contact; Protection; Fertility
Finn MacColl, in turn, gained gifts on insight from eating the salmon. To open the door for creative inspiration, why not enlist the help of the hazel tree during its month! Gather nine hazel nuts, a hazelnut-scented candle, and small fabric bag. Carve the coll/hazel symbol on the candle and paint the symbol on the bag. Light the candle and recite the following charm nine times, each time dropping a hazelnut in the bag. When you're done, tie the bag closed with nine knots, and keep it nearby when you are working on any project that could benefit from some added inspiration.
HAZEL FAIR AND BLESSED TREE,
HAZEL NUT SMOOTH AND LOVELY,
AWAKEN WITHIN ME INSPIRATION,
CREATIVITY FROM LIFE'S CAULDRON.
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For divination, paint or engrave the symbols on one side of some flat sticks. Ice cream sticks or tongue depressors work well for this purpose. The symbols can also be drawn on cards and read as you do tarot. Choose seven sticks without looking. Concentrate on your question while holding them in both hands. Then gently toss them on the ground or floor in front of you. The closest sticks represent the present; the farthest represent the future. Any sticks that touch or overlap have a direct and enhanced influence on each other.
The Ogham signs may also be carved into candles or used in writing out requests to be presented to the gods during rituals.
Coll - Hazel
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.