The Poem of the Nine Woods

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Nine woods in the Cauldron go,
burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch into the fire goes.
To represent what the Lady knows.
Oak gives the forest might.
In the fire, brings God’s insight.
Rowan is a tree of power.
Causing life and magic to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand.
To aid the journey to Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify,
and draw the faerie to your eye.
Hazel, the tree of wisdom and learning
adds its strength to the fire burning.
White are the flowers of the Apple tree
that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow full upon the vine
giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen
to represent immortality unseen.
Elder is the Lady’s tree,
burn it not or cursed you’ll be.

– Author Unknown –
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