Monday, February 6, 2017

The Magic of Trees by Tess Whitehurst review

The Magic of Trees
A Guide to Their Sacred Wisdom and Metaphysical Properties
by Tess Whitehurst
Llewellyn Publications (January 8, 2017)





Contents:
Part One: Orientation
Methods of Tree Magic
A Note on Gathering
A Note on Correspondences
Part Two: The Trees
Appendix A: Magical Uses Overview
Appendix B: Elemental Correspondences
Appendix C: Planetary Correspondences
Bibliography

There are 103 trees listed in the book, including coffee and sassafras. One thing I can see myself doing is coloring the beautiful black and white etchings of the trees.



I love coffee, so I am going to share some of the information regarding it.
Coffee was actually discovered by a goatherd who noticed his goats were all wired after eating the leaves!  He told his priest, who roasted the seeds and gave to monks who found themselves able to meditate and study way up into the night!  LOL
For Magic- Abundance, Goddess Energy and Productivity.
She gives a potion for wealth and the Magical Correspondences which are:
Element: Fire
Gender:  Feminine
Planet:  Mars

You will find the Magical Correspondences at the end of each Tree Definition.

Some of the things you will find in this book are beauty and fertility spells, uses for the wood for the various trees- which are good for dowsing and wands for example.  Which trees are good to use for making a broom or an instrument.  An Otherworld connection ritual, using cedar oil to clear space, which tree to use to attract animals and transform karma.  These are just touching the tip of the iceberg!

The Magical Uses Overview in Appendix A has a topic followed by which tree corresponds.




Appendix B holds the Elemental Correspondences information:
The first topic is Earth, followed by Apple, Banana, Buckthorn, etc.



The last Appendix is the Planetary Correspondences.
The first of these is Ceres, followed by the trees that relate- Alder, Chaste, Cinchona, etc.




The Bibliography is 10 pages long! I love it!


This book is well researched, well laid out and organized and easy to read.

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