origins: In ogham the holly is
known as "Tinne", meaning "fire". From it we get the word "tinder"
because it is a dense, stable wood which will burn when freshly
The holly is considered to be
protective against evil spirits and was especially powerful if
gathered for this purpose on Midwinter's eve. It was also used for
Magickally, the holly
represents life as it is green all year round. It is also a masculine
tree of warrior magick and spiritual strength. It calls upon the
seeker to recognise inner strengths.