Metaphysical Properties Of Ash
Official Name: Fraxinus excelsior
Other Names: Nion, Asktroed, Jasen Beli, Freixo
Deities: Uranus, Poseidon, Thor, Woden, Neptune, Mars, Gwydion
Metaphysical Powers: Protection, Prosperity, Sea Rituals, Health
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore of Ash
To the ancient Teutons, the Ash represented Yggdrasill, or the world tree, which was their conception of the universe and was much revered.
Carve a piece of ash wood into a solar cross (equal-armed) and carry it as a protection against drowning while at sea.
It is used in sea rituals, for it represents the power that resides in water.
Ash trees are considered to be protective. A staff of ash hunger over the door wards off malign influences, and at one time, a garter made of the green bark was worn as a protectant against the powers of sorcerers and conjures.
If you burn ash wood at Yule, you will receive prosperity.
Poppets may be carved from the roots of Ash.
Healing wands are sometimes made of ash wood.
A few Ash leaves placed in a bowl of water next to the bed, left overnight, will prevent illnesses. The water should be discarded each morning and repeated each night.
Ash trees are prone to lightning strikes, making the tree associated with the elements of fire and air.
Druid wands were often made of Ashwood because of the straight grains. Nemesis used Ashwood to represent the justice of the Gods. In Celtic lore, the Ash tree is the World Tree. According to Hellenic legend, the Meliae were ash tree nymphs. The trees and their nymphs appeared from drops of blood when Cronus castrated Uranus. Later, they acted as nurses to the infant Zeus.
Several traditions mention Ash for making wands and staves, and it is mentioned in some sources as a traditional wood for making besoms.
Spiritual cleansings can be done with its leaves chips of the wood. It has been used as protective amulets. It is a symbol of stability and security. Ash does not tolerate those who rely solely on spirituality, forgetting the other side of life.
Ash is used in sorcery and magic, making use of this plant, breaking spells, spells, and expelling malign presences (astral larvae, adverse thought forms).
Smudging with this is an excellent defense from attacks of occult and malefic influences. Traditionally it is considered the best wood for making healing sticks and talismans.