Carrying Ash grants the bearer the ability to see how all worlds can live in harmony and allows the bearer to travel between them, Revered as the world tree in Nordic mythology the mjestic ash reigns. With branches reaching to the heavens , roots in the underworld and huge trunk and lower branches gracing the earthly realm the Ash contains all the worlds knowledge within it’s being. Odin the king of the Nordic Gods gave his eye to attain the wisdom of the three worlds that the Ash tree holds. The Celts believed the Ash to hold power over water and used it to keep them safe on long sea journeys. Use sh to protect when travelling, to banish confusion, harness energy, balance and positivity.
Folklore and Mythology
The ash tree was thought to have medicinal and mystical properties and the wood was burned to ward off evil spirits. In Norse mythology, ash was the 'Tree of Life' and the first man on Earth was said to have come from an ash tree. Even today it is sometimes known as the 'Venus of the woods'. In Britain, druids regarded the ash as sacred and their wands were often made of ash because of its straight grain.
In both Native American and ancient Greek traditions the first men we're said to be born from the Ash tree.
Yggdrasil, the World Tree in Viking mythology, grew on an island surrounded by the ocean, in the depths of which the World Serpent lay. This ash tree's trunk reached up to the heavens, and its boughs spread out over all the countries of the Earth. Its roots reached down into the Underworld. A squirrel ran up and down the tree carrying messages from the serpent gnawing at the roots to the eagle in the canopy, and back. A deer fed on the ash leaves and from its antlers flowed the great rivers of the world. A magical goat grazed by the tree, and its udders dispensed not milk but mead for the warriors in Odin's Great Hall. The gods held their councils under the canopy of their guardian tree.
The wood of the Ash makes an ideal fuel. It's Latin species 'Fraxinus' actually means firelight. The old rhyme
'Ash will burn dry or green, Makes a fire fit for a queen'
is absolutely right.
Ash is one of the traditional woods used as the yule log.
The passing of an infant or child through the deliberately split trunk of a sapling was once regarded as a cure for rickets , hernias, broken bones, weak limbs, and other ailments throughout Britain. As the tree trunk healed so did the ailment.
The Ash Tree Nymphs or Meliae were created by the blood that fell on the earth when the Titan Cronus killed his father Uranus, in his effort to overthrow him. The mankind of the Age of Bronze were said to have originated from the Ash Tree Nymphs.
Uses of Ash
People have worked with ash timber for years. It is one of the toughest hardwoods and absorbs shocks without splintering. It is the wood of choice for making tools and sport handles, including hammers, axes, spades, hockey sticks and oars. An attractive wood, it is also prized for furniture.
The young, green, immature seeds of ash are edible and have also been used in herbal medicine.In the 19th century ash was commonly used to construct carriages, and Britain’s Morgan Motor Company still grows ash to make the frames for its cars.
Ash trees can live to a grand old age of 400 years – even longer if coppiced, the stems traditionally providing wood for firewood and charcoal.