Metaphysical Properties Of Hawthorn Berries
Official Name: Crataegus oxacantha
Other Names: Bread and Cheese Tree, Gaxels, Hagthorn, Halves, Haw, Hazels, Huath, Ladie's Meat, May, May Blossom, May Bush, Mayflower, Quick, Thorn, Tree of Chastity
Deities: Cardea, Flora, Hymen
Metaphysical Powers: Fertility, Chastity, Fishing Magic, Happiness
Ritual Uses of Hawthorn Berries
- Hawthorn was once used to decorate Maypoles.
- At one point in time, Hawthorns were believed to be Witches who had transformed themselves into trees.
- Witches have long danced and performed their rites beneath the thorn.
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore of Hawthorn Berries
- Hawthorn was used to increasing fertility and therefore were incorporated into spring weddings.
- Leaves were placed beneath the mattress or around the bedroom to enforce or maintain chastity or celibacy.
- To ensure a successful fishing trip, carry it in a sachet in your pocket.
- Hawthorn is sacred to the fairies and is part of the tree fairy triad of Great Briton: "Oak, Ash, and Thorn," and here all three trees grow together. It is said that one may see fairies.
Hawthorn is used for treating heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. Hawthorn is also used to treat tapeworm and other intestinal infections.
*May interfere with digitalis medications.
Hawthorn Berries has had a history of being used during spring weddings as a way to increase the fertility of the married couple. Placing Hawthorn Leaves around a bedroom is said to decrease the sensations of Lust, while placing Hawthorn Berries around the bedroom in some practices is used to increase the sensations and desires of Lust.
Fishermen have been known to carry Hawthorn Berries with them when headed out fishing for luck in a successful trip.
Those wishing to make an offering to the Fey should consider using Hawthorn Berries as the Hawthorn is said to be one of three sacred trees to them.