birch tree

    Birch is a tree.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Betula alba

    Common name: birch

    Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.

part used:

    Part Used (birch leaf): Dried leaf.

    Part Used (birch bark): Dried, powdered bark.

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magickal correspondences and uses:

    Gender: feminine (traditional western European magickal gender)

    Magickal uses: used to invoke Venus for love and beauty spells.

    Magickal substitutions: Rosemary usually may be safely substituted for any herb in magick spells and rituals. Roses may safely be substituted for any flower.

Magical Uses
cleansing. New beginnings, birth, Protection, Exorcism, Purification

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ritual uses:

    Nine Woods: Birch is one of the nine woods traditionally placed in the traditional Wiccan Witchcraft balefire. From one version of the Wiccan Rede: “Birch in the fire goes; To represent what the Lady knows.”

ancient myths and beliefs:

    Welsh men would let a woman know he was interested in her by making her a gift of a birch garland. If the woman felt the same, she would make and give him a garland of birch in return.

    The Birch Moon or Beth (B) Moon is the first month of the Beth-Luis-Nion Celtic (Druidic) calendar, running from December 24 to January 20.

deities associated with birch:

cautions and contraindications:

    Cautions and contraindications: Birch is believed to be safe.

    Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden.

See also: herbs and trees.

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