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Gorse

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NAME: Gorse


GAELIC NAME:  Aiteann

 

LATIN NAME:  Ulex europaeus


COMMON / FOLK NAMES:  Broom Frey Furze Fyrs Gorst Goss Prickly Broom Ruffet Whin


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PLACE OF ORIGIN:  Northern European Highlands


HABITAT:  Hillsides Lower Mountain Slopes Bogland


DESCRIPTION:
  A densly packed prickly bush which spreads rapidly in waste areas, making a field totally impenetrable.  Grows to a height of up to 5 feet.  


FLOWERING PERIOD:  April onwards, yellow vetch-like flowers.

 

PROPERTIES:  

 

FOLKLORE: In Folklore it was said that the Danes (Vikings) could brew beer from the flower tops of Gorse. 

 

STORIES: The Leprechaun and Jack Fox

The Great Fight

MAGICAL PROPERTIES

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view of Ringfort now covered in gorse

GENDER:  Masculine
PLANET: Mars
ELEMENT:  Fire
POWERS:  Protectionc
Money

DEITIES: Dagda Áine Bel Grian

OGHAM LETTER: O onn

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gorse bush


RITUAL USES

Call on Dagda and Bel for protection while holding gorse branch or flowers.  Call on Áine and Grian for prosperity and success.  (Wear Gloves - It is very prickly!)

MAGICAL USES

If growing around your property will protect you from curses or hexes.  Provides a barrier which protects from influence of the Sidhe.  Made into a 'broom' to sweep away evil influences from your house, sweep from east to west chanting 'out with evil, from this house, as the sun travels bring us peace' 

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