That Magical Tree {January 2017}


Birch  –   Beith Ogham letter B … Ruler of the 1st Lunar Month 24th December – 20th January Powers:  Purification, A Guardian of New Beginnings, Bringer of Hope, 

The Druid tree symbol for the Bards

– ‘The Goddess Tree’ – ‘The Lady of the Woods’,  the Birch tree, Betula Pendula is the bringer of promise, light, and new beginnings.

  An elegant native of British woods, of all Northern European countries and of North America, the birch is tall, up to sixty or so meters in height, with a slender pale trunk. It grows in clearings, preferring sunlight, but is not fussy about soil and is very hardy although not especially long-lived.
The birch is known as a ‘Pioneer Tree’ – meaning that it can restart the colonization of woodlands after long-term natural disasters.

Its soft green deciduous leaves have serrated edges and are held on thin branches which move and bow in the breeze. Its striking white, peeling bark gives it a faery-like beauty in all its seasons.

As the sap rises in early March, it’s possible to cut the bark, tap the trees and use the sweet liquid collected neat and cold as a water, or as the basis for a birch wine or beer. (Find out how to tap for birch sap in the bushcraft video below).

  In early spring the small male flowers develop into long catkins (pictured right) and the female flowers grow into tiny cones (pictured left).

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