The Elder Tree
On the Celtic calendar, the Elder Tree represents the month , November 23 to December 25.
.An Elder is a flowering shrub which yields purple berries. The berries make a strong wine and jelly. The flowers are used by herbalists in remedies for colds. The branches have the power to keep evil spirits out of houses and are sometimes used to make magic wands. It is said that a wise women can disguise themselves as elder trees. If cut, a ghost of a woman will appear, wounded from the blade, then recover from the damage. The Elder tree symbolizes second sight and the unexpected.
In the Battle of the Trees, the Cad Goddeu, the Elder is ranked as a shrub.
WITH THE ELDER SLOW TO BURN, AMID FIRES THAT SINGE
In God form, The Elder tree represents Morrigan, a Mighty Queen, viewedas the Death aspect of the Triple Goddess. The Morrigan, is one of the three war goddesses, the other two being Newman and Mach, in Irish mythology. She protected the little people of the Tuatha de Danaan. The Morrigan fell in love with Cuchulain, but was rejected by him.
The Elder tree is related to the Hanged Man in the Tarot deck. It is a mysterious card which contradicts itself in many ways. The lesson of the Hanged Man is, to move forward in life one must stand still. When we most want to act we should wait, live in the moment and surrender to the experience suspending the expectation of the outcome.
The Hanged Man signifies that one needs to prepare to make some sort of sacrifice in life to achieve something that is of great value.
Settle your back against an Elder tree if possible. Burn white beeswax candle for protection, peace and harmony. Relax yourself. Feel the oxygen enter your lungs and the carbon dioxide, without effort leaves your being. Say, Spirit guide; bless this time, and this place, and who I am with you. Every moment I am alive, is one like none other. I cherish the moment, see each one as magical second in my journey called life. Thank you for your support. For all your blessings. I pledge to use my personal will, for the greater good.