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Tree properties - Holly

Botanical name: Ilex aquifolium

Name 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 felled.

Folklore: 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 divination.

Magickal uses: 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.

 

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