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by Fire_Opal

(Querus alba)
Gender: Hot
Planet: Sun
Element: Fire
Associated Deity: Dagda, Dianus, Jupiter, Zeus, Thor, Hercules, Herne, Cerridwen, Cernunnos, Janus, Rhea, Cybele
Parts Used: Leaves, Wood, Fruit (acorn)
Basic Powers: Fertility, Protection, Longevity
Specific Uses: The most sacred and royal of all the trees. Magical rites are often performed in groves of oaks, and the most powerful mistletoe grows on these trees. Burn oak leaves to purify the atmosphere. The wood makes excellent all purpose wands. The acorn is a fertility nut of the highest powers, being carried to help conceive and to promote sexual relations. It is also worn or carried to preserve youthfulness, and to ward off illnesses. Hung in windows, it protects the house. Several hundred years ago Witches wore necklaces of acorns to symbolize the profile powers of nature. This was especially popular during the winter months, when such a reassurance was comforting among the deep snows. Men carry the acorn to increase their own sexual attractiveness and prowess, or to cure impotency. When you gather leaves, acorns or branches, pour a libation of wine on the roots of the oak. Gather the acorns during the day, leaves and wood at night. Fell oaks only in the wane of the Moon.