Alder Tree Meaning

Alder Tree Spiritual Meaning
The Ogham Alder Tree

Ogham Letters Meanings Alder Tree. The third letter of the Ogham tree alphabet is Alder (Fyehrn). Ogham Astrology Birth: March 18th – April 14th. Alder – sometimes known as the Goddess tree – is another protective tree, only this time it is a protection of the heart and the watery excess of emotion. It was used in battle in ancient times and known as the very battle-witch of all woods.

Alder Tree Spiritual Meaning

Alder tree likes to have wet feet. It is found on the edges of rivers and streams and is resistant to rot. In the older days, its wood was used to make roadways and tracks and any kind of construction where protection from dampness was required. It is associated with water spirits, especially the ‘white fairy horse’. Irish tradition claims that the first man was created from an Alder and the first woman from a rowan tree.

It is also associated with the protector god Bran whose nephew an Irish king, was named Gwern, the Welsh word for Alder.  In the “Battle of the Trees” by the poet Taliesin, Bran carried alder sprigs for protection.  The poem tells about the qualities of the tree and the Ogham in a way that only one who knew the code could understand.

Alder tree spiritual meaning ‘The White Goddess‘ discusses this Battle of the Trees and explains that in ancient times to know the name of the enemy’s gods was to be able to summon them and fight a battle of a different kind. There was a man and woman in that battle who unless their names were known and could not be overcome. A bit like the Rumpelstiltskin myth.

Medicinal Uses and Benefits Alder Tree

The part of the alder that is used internally is the inner bark, which is gathered by scraping the bark off a twig or branch with a sharp knife. (Not the trunk or you could kill it). A concoction (1 teaspoon boiled for 20 minutes) can be used for fevers, to stop internal bleeding and for hemorrhage in the lungs. Awash of the tincture can be used for external use to eliminate lice and scabies.  It is a blood purifier.

Call upon the spirit of Alder to help build a bridge in times of conflict, in order to avoid being storm-tossed on the oceans of passion.  Use the protective sacred-warrior shield of Alder to withstand tidal waves of fear anger and self-doubt. Let Alder build a raft floating you safely over a sea of troubled feelings. From within the sacred grove. © by Druid Priestess Jyoti Eagles 

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