Sacred Tree Profile: Sassafras’ Medicine, Magic, Mythology and Meaning

Sadly we don’t have this here 😦 would be wonderful to test the tea 😉

The Druid's Garden

The fall months are coming and the leaves here are just beginning to turn.  Apples are starting to ripen, nuts are starting to fall. And with a quiet walk through the fall woods, you might be lucky enough to see a sassafras (sassafras albidum) in her fall splendor. She will be decked head to toe in yellow, orange, red, purple, and magenta; an old sassafras tree in full fall foliage is certainly a sight to behold. With her wavy trunk and twisted branches, Sassafras makes no apologies about her ability to stand from the crowd.  Her four variable leaf patterns (mittens (right or left), single leaves, double mittens) help show her flexibility and charm. While Sassafras is not present in the traditional Ogham or other Western Magical Traditions as she is distinctly an American magical tree, she is a powerful tree with much to offer us.

An ecoprint I made of the variety of sassafras leaves An ecoprint I made…

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Hawkweed Hoverers

Great 🙂

rambling ratz

In keeping with our tradition of having more plants blooming on the paths than in the borders, the paving cracks are bursting forth with these cheery yellow hawkweed of cat's ear

Hawkweeds are related to dandelions and are members of the Asteraceae family, genus  hierakion. The name is derived from the Greek word for hawk, hierax, folklore has it that hawks drank the juice of this plant to sharpen their eyesight.  There are many different species of hawkweed and a great deal of variation within them. The only one that I can confidently identify is the orange hawkweed, Pilosella aurantiaca, commonly known as « fox and cubs ». It is a beautiful wildflower that is in the RHS top 400 perfect plants for pollinators.Photo of fox-and-cubs

The delightfully named mouse ear hawkweed was a folk medicine for coughs. The apothecary to James I, John Parkinson, also suggested it as a sedative for horses, ‘Mouseare’…

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Paisley, a city of culture

Paisley Power

Congratulations to Paisley, Scotland for being short-listed for the UK City Of Culture 2021. I’m looking forward to some exciting paisley pattern projects related to this in the next few years. BBC News: « This Renfrewshire town, population 76,000, is perhaps most famous for the Paisley print – the intricate, colourful designs that were inspired by Kashmiri patterns in the 18th Century and popularised in the psychedelic 1960s. »

Paisley is great place with an incredible history. I have included some images of Paisley to give you a quick impression of the town. The definition of a city is « a large town ».

Gargoyle on Paisley Abbey

This is one of the gargoyles on the outside of Paisley abbey. There is one particular gargoyle that resembles Alien from the film of the same name.

Advertising Hoarding in Paisley Scotland. Photo by Patrick Moriarty

Even though the town made the paisley pattern popular…

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