NAME : Oak
GAELIC NAME : DAIR
LATIN NAME : Quercus robur
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Duir
Jove's Nuts Juglans
MEDICINAL PART : Bark
PLACES OF ORIGIN : Ireland & Europe
HABITAT : Most areas
with deep soil.
DESCRIPTION : Oaks grow as tall as 60 to 150 feet high, with a trunk diameter
up to 8 feet. It is the King of the forest The bark is pale gray and the leaves have
rounded or finger-shaped lobes. The oak forests of ireland
FLOWERING PERIOD : June - July
Since the Oak was a source of food for the people of Ireland, Britain, and Europe it was
respected far back into history. It was an important tree to the Druids and
would normally take place in the presence of an Oak. Idols were fashioned from oak for
magic ceremonies and the Oak was of prime-importance to Witches who often
rituals beneath this tree.
A tree as long lived and as strong as the Oak offers protection from
Magic. Two twigs bound with red cord to make an equal-armed cross, makes a potent safeguard
against evil. It should be hung in the house.
Acorns placed in windows guard against the entrance of lighting, and a
piece carried protects its bearer from all harm. Carry an acorn against illness and pain,
immortality or longevity, and to preserve youthfulness.
Planting an acorn in the dark of the moon ensures that you shall
receive money in the near future. Carrying an acorn increases fertility and strengthens
sexual potency. Carrying a piece of Oak draws good luck.
Myths & Legends Associated with the Oak
Gablach - Brehon