Key features of the tree letters

Calanais

Consonants

B

Beithe/ Birch

lightness, whiteness, pioneer, betulin, wealth of fungi, durable bark, birch tar, bladder, Cernunnos, wildman of woods, giant, silver wells, handfesting, maypole, bark hats

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L

Luis/ Rowan

rose, light, berries, humus, parasorbic acid, vitamin C, coughs, doorways, protection, earth and heaven, runes life rod, Dubhros

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N

Nuin/ Ash

beneficial, healer, humus producer, disinfectant
Brigit, Epona, Uffington, Odin, spears, cloud-maker, Imbolc

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F

Fearn/ alder

rivers, wet ground, oxygen, nitrogen, drains, blood, crannogs, piles, sticky, cones, Bran, raven, protection for britain, Niamh, Rough Else, blood, wooden goddess

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S

Seile/ willow

leaning, waterproof, storms, regenerate, pollarding, salicin, aspirin, moon owns it, Helice, sacred to poets, witches, wryneck

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H

Huath/ hawthorn

hedgerows, carving, windbreak, insects, haws, heart, Beltane, Olwen, protective, springs, Maia, Sleeping Beauty, Culhwych, Thomas the Rhymer

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D

Duir/ oak

long life, strength, insects, lightning, thunder, electrical currents, doorman, druid, summer solstice, Janus, oracle, Dodona

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T

Tinne/ holly

shade, evergreen with leaves, strong high quality wood, fevers and colds, christian symbolism, Tannus, Gawain and Green Knight, waxing and waning, bull with club foot

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C

Coll/ hazel

human settlements, youth, divination, skin irritations, magic nut, Connla's Well, nine, Bush Barrow lozenge, caduceus, salmon of wisdom, Taliesin

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M

Muin/ bramble

rose-like, arching canes, lateral shoots, larvae, basketry, binding, protection, leap-frog, Osiris, exhiliration, taboo, Michaelmas

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G

Gort/ ivy

blocking light, decoctions, sinusitis, spleen, wild, toxic, pubs, resurrection, ivy girl

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P

Peith/ guelder-rose

water-elder, sterile flowers, translucent, cramp bark, swollen glands, Samhain, Ukranian beauty, ngetal or reed

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R

Ruis/ elder

Rebalancer, nettles, nitrogen, treats infection, Frau Holle, guardian, death

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The Vowels

A

Ailm/ pine

red bark, survivor, light, symbiosis, undulating, pitch, tar, resin, incense

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O

Onn/ gorse

spiky, exploding, fretted webs, uncertainty, nitrogen-fixer, eithne, travelling, kissing season, beltane, overcome adversity

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U

Ur/ heather

heathland, adorn, homestead, thatch, brooms, heather ale, heathen, flame of passion, Malvina, charm, good luck

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E

Eadha/ aspen

suckers, attracts fungi, trembler, remedy for fear, underworld journey, shield defence, gives confidence, shifts perception, accursed by righteous

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I

Iodh/ yew

no resin, poisonous, immortal, layering, resurrection, yew bows, over 5,000 years, tumulus, bluestones, Odin, yew island, Iona, Glastonbury, Danu

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The Hidden One

Q

Queirt/ apple

8,000 varieties, common root, Silk Road, staple food, fertility, discord, trojan war, hesperides, garden of eden, hidden

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