Oak has been considered sacred by just about every culture
that has encountered the tree, but it was held in particular reverence by the
Celts and the Norse because of its size, long life, and acorns. The Druids were
said to have worshiped in Oak-groves in Gaul. In Druidic times at
"Yule" all fires were extinguished, the Druids then lit the new
season fires using Oakwood as Yule logs, and all of the people would start
their fires from this source. The word Duir, comes from the Sanskrit "Dwr"
meaning "door", and is the door to the three worlds of the Shaman. Lore
indicates the spiritually advanced Celts would access the ethereal planes of
higher thought (psychic vision or soul-thought) by "opening the oak
door." Oak is the tree known as "The King of the Grove" and was
one of the sacred three: 'Oak, Ash & Thorn'. The worship of the Oak tree
may have come from the fact that the acorn was one of the main food sources of
the nomadic tribes of prehistoric Europe. In mystic lore the acorn often
represented the supreme form of fertility - creativity of the mind. The Oak is
a holy tree and is the lord of truth. There is a tradition that the voice of
Jupiter may be heard in the rustling of its leaves. It is said that at the
summer solstice the future can be divined by listening to the wind as it blows
through the branches of an Oak tree. Oaks are also used as boundary markers for
their protective qualities. Acorns placed in a window can ward off lightning or
creatures that go bump in the night. Acorns can be carried in a pocket or charm
bag to protect the bearer from storms, from getting lost and from evil intent.
An oak leaf can be worn at the breast, touching the heart, and it will protect
the wearer from all deception and the world's false glamour. A handful of Oak
leaves put in the bath water will cleanse the bather both in body and in
spirit. Acorns are carried for immortality and longevity, to preserve
youthfulness, for fertility, and against illness. Three acorns can be made into
a charm for youthfulness, beauty and attainment in life. It is said that if you
can catch a falling Oak leaf you shall have no colds all winter. When a sick
person is in the house make a fire of Oakwood and warm the house with it to
'draw off' the illness. Acorns can be planted in the dark of the moon to bring
financial prosperity. Acorns can also be placed near windows or hung from
window shade pulls to bring luck to a house. This custom originates from the
Vikings and Druids because of the strength of the oak tree and its ability to attract
lightning. They can also be carried to bring good luck. When gathering Oak, be
sure to pour wine on the roots of the tree to thank it for allowing you to take
a part of it. Acorns should be gathered in the daylight, and leaves and wood by
night. A waning moon is the correct time to harvest Oak.
The Oak tree is sacred to Brighid, the Dadga, Dianus, Janus,
Rhea, Cybele, Hecate, Pan, and Erato. In the Vatican, there are statues of the
goddess Artemis (often as a perpetual youth) wearing a necklace of acorns. The
acorn was under the protection of Cybele (the goddess of Nature). The Oak is
also frequently associated with Gods of thunder and lightning such as Zeus,
Jupiter, Thor, and the Lithuanian God Perkunas. This association may be due to
the oak's habit of being a lightening-magnet during storms. Specific oak trees
have also been associated with the 'Wild Hunt', which is led by Herne in
England and by Wodin in Germany. King Arthur's Round Table was said to have
been made from a single slab of a giant oak tree. In Baltic mythology, the oak
is the sacred tree of Latvian Pērkons, Lithuanian Perkūnas and Prussian
Perkūns. Pērkons is the god of thunder and one of the most important deities in
the Baltic pantheon. In the Bible, the oak tree at Shechem is the site where
Jacob buries the foreign gods of his people (Gen. 35:4) . In addition, Joshua
erects a stone under an oak tree as the first covenant of the Lord (Josh.
24.25-7). In Isaiah 61, the prophet refers to the Israelites as "Oaks of
Righteousness". In Slavonic mythology, the oak was the most important tree
of the god Perun.
The Oak Tree is the tree of truth. It is ancient and wise and has an old spirit. The mistletoe of the oak tree has many magickal properties. It is also a marriage tree, symbolic of the marriage between the god and the goddess. If you dance around the oak tree and wear some of its leaves you will have a long and happy marriage. It is said that if there is a question in your heart that you cannot find the answer to then go to an oak tree and embrace it and ask the spirit of the oak tree to answer your question. If you should know the answer it will be send to you in a prophetic dream. The oak is frequently associated with Gods of thunder and lightning such as Zeus and Thor. This association may be due to the oak's habit of being hit by lightening during storms.
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