Green Man Tree Oracle : Blackthorn ~ Straif

Green Man Wisdom : Magic is everywhere

And as I work on the Oracle Card for the coming week, the song from Queen (A kind of magic) now goes around my head but my initial thought is: Oh yes, I already know that! The question though is: Do I pay attention to knowing that? My answer is: sometimes.

Blackthorn ~ Straif

However, like most people who are busy with life, work, children, house, conferences, we forget to take a step back into ourselves and sink deeply into the ever-flowing stream of our magical dreams.

Thanks again to The Goddess Tree for an amazing source of information. I see from the first page of the book that the Blackthorn has a strong ability to foster waking dreams. From the Goddess Tree site, I see that it’s very associated with Morrigan, as she is the Goddess for battle, fertility and strife. Her name has two meanings, Great Queen and Phantom Queen. Morrigan is not a Goddess I have personally done any work with.

It’s got strong magical links beyond Morrigan as Wizards used to carry staffs made from the wood and in parts of Ireland, it’s considered bad luck to carry a blackthorn staff. Now, it’s said that the blackthorn flowers / blossoms at midnight on Christmas Eve. In Burnham-On-Sea, it is commented that Jesus landed with a saint in Burnham and travelled to Glastonbury and that each Christmas, a decoration of blackthorn is sent to Her Majesty for the Queen’s table decoration for Christmas morning.  Blackthorns sister plant is the hawthorn, another tree of Morrigan. They were often grown together, and while hawthorn was often wound around the maypole, the blackthorn decorated the top of the maypole itself.

Ogham ~ Straif

Until now, I had no idea that blackthorn was part of the hedge of thorns preventing the prince from reaching Sleeping Beauty unscathed. I did have some inclination that the thorny crown upon Christ’s head at his crucifixion was blackthorn.  Thorns from the blackthorn were used in magic to pierce wax models of poor unfortunates and as such, only adds to the darker side of the blackthorn.

The fact (or more accurately, the information I have from the Goddess Tree website) is that this tree is sacred to the Luantishees. They’re a type of fairy, from what I can gather from a Google search. I never knew there was more than one type of Fairy! You do learn something new all the time.

So this week, what are we being asked to remember? For me, it’s to reconnect with my inner magical self, to remember that what I cast or wish for has a darker side and element to it. It’s also a case of learning lots of things all the time, different sources, collecting and massing information.

And as for waking dreams? Yes, I get those. I shall have to add Blackthorn to my garden list of trees to plant. Enjoy your week of strife and inner contemplation. I am in for a good week, aren’t I?

 

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