Trees were hugely significant to the ancient Celts. They believed different kinds of trees served different mystical purposes that helped them through their lives.
The Aspen Tree
It was believed to have the power to communicate with the next world. The Celts also believed that the wood from the tree would protect them from spiritual harm.
The Elder Tree
Sacred to the Celts and they believed it protected them from evil spirits. However, the Christians took a very different view.
The Hazel Tree
Sacred to ancient Celts and it was punishable by death to chop one down. The Romans and Greeks associated it with intelligence.
The Heather Tree
Covered the hills of Ireland with purple and white colours. It had many practical uses for the Celts and also mystical qualities.
The Holly Tree
Has played a key role in many cultures. Druids believed it had protective qualities while Christians believe it was part of Jesus’ crown of thorns.
The Christmas plant was a considered sacred by the druids and was thought to ward off evil, restore health and bestow fertility.
The Oak Tree
Has always been used for building things due to its strength. It was also thought to be associated with thunder and lightning.
The Rowan Tree
Very sacred to the Druid Celts. They believed it symbolised death and buried it with their dead to protect them from evil spirits.
The Scots Pine Tree
One of the oldest tree species in existence. It symbolises many things including; eternal life, fertility, prosperity and vitality.
The Vine Tree
Introduced to Ireland by the Romans. The Irish later built vineyards wherever they went in the world.
The Yew Tree
Associated with longevity and resurrection. It was revered by both the Druids and the Christians.
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