Tree of Nativity
Birthday of the Divine Child, the King of the Waxing Year - December 23rd
First vowel of the Ogham alphabet - Ailm
Element: air, fire
Symbolism: Birth, Abundance, Health, Fertility, Fortune, Love
Birds: Crow, Jackdaw, Raven
Deity: Artemis, Ariadne, Rhea, Cybele, Druantia, Erigone, Dionysus, Bacchus, Merlin, Pan. Attis
Runes: Ken, K
Folk Names: Windmill Palm, Blume (dragon's blood)
Attracting prosperity, purifying ritual areas and new homes, helping "stay the course" during difficult times.
A pine wand or pine cone kept on the altar wards off evil influences. Carry pine cones to increase fertility and have a vigorous old age. Floor washes with pine oil cleanse a space of negativity and ward off illness. Throw pine needles into winter fires for protection, or burn pine incense for purification and divination. Place pine branches over the bed to keep sickness away, or to aid the ill.