Heather isn't the only flower connected with good fortune. Many people believe that growing a rowan tree near your home can ensure a happy household and keep evil spirits away. Good fortune will be given onto the residence where a rowan grows on its own, while those who chop down a rowan tree will bring bad luck upon themselves. However, it is not recommended to kill rowans because their fruit is used in some magical practices.
Rowan grows well at higher elevations, which is why it is so popular in Scotland. Because rowans are such a strong symbol of protection in Scottish tradition, it was thought that cutting them down would only bring ill luck. However, like most trees, if you do want to destroy a rowan then be sure to cut all the way through to the ground or the heart will not be affected.
This tree is widespread around Buddhist shrines as a sign of happiness, wealth, longevity, and good fortune. While not necessarily unlucky in and of themselves, having one planted near a house is considered unlucky. The reason for this is that trees take life seriously (or at least fig trees do), so if you hurt this one, it will tell its friends not to come to visit.
The best way to avoid bad luck is not to cut down trees inside a house boundary. If you must cut one down, the best time to do so is during a full moon or on New Year's Day.
Fig trees like water but not too much - they don't like standing in puddles. So when it rains, let them drip-dry before reattaching their roots. Too much moisture can cause fungi to grow in the soil surrounding the trunk of the tree, which can lead to disease.
If you live in an area where there are snakes, don't plant fig trees. They attract snakes who eat the birds who eat the fruit and then be eaten themselves. Before you say it doesn't apply to ours, consider that Buddhism encourages us to respect all living things, even animals. No Buddha has ever been known to eat meat so even vegetarian monks and priests cannot drink the blood of slain creatures.
It is unlucky to burn willow wood. Weeping willows with branches growing up instead of down were considered even more unfortunate, and it was recommended that they be taken down. A Greek saying states that if men pass a water willow, they must stop and sniff it. They'll lose their sweetheart if they don't.
The willow tree is known for bringing good fortune, especially in marriage. It is believed that if you cut down a willow tree, you will eventually marry again. However, if you chop down three willow trees, you will be married three times over.
It is thought that willow trees will move if they are not planted near a body of water. This is because willow roots go deep into the ground and need to connect with moisture otherwise they will die. If there is no water nearby, then these roots cannot connect with moisture and so will die. The trees themselves are not moving; it is only their position that changes when they grow back.
Burning willow wood is said to bring misfortune because willows emit toxic chemicals when they suffer damage from insects or other causes. When this happens, the wood becomes poisonous. People who make matches from willow wood should wear gloves to prevent becoming sick too.
It is recommended that you avoid burning willow wood because of this toxicity. Instead, let the wood dry out and become white-colored brittle sticks.
Some think that if you harm or chop down one of these trees, you will be cursed for the rest of your life. There are also several anecdotes in Ireland about roadworks being delayed because fairy trees were in the way. Workers would refuse to come into contact with the tree. Most of the time, routes have been rerouted to avoid the tree.
It is not known exactly how many species of fairy tree there are, but it is estimated that they represent a quarter of all European deciduous trees. They can grow up to 110 feet tall and have trunks as thick as 6 feet. The main branches turn red in fall and provide excellent firewood. Some people claim that the wood is full of holes and is no good for building things, but this is not true. The trees are used for various purposes including food and fuel.
Fairy trees belong to the genus Dendromecon. There are three species in Europe: the common dendromecon, which is found from Sweden to Greece; the American dwarf mocker, which is limited to southern England and Wales; and the Bohemian spruce, which is native to the Czech Republic.
People have been cutting down fairy trees for timber and firewood since at least 1350. In fact, some believe that we would still be living under grass roofs if it weren't for fairy trees! The wood is much sought after by artists because of its light color and distinctive taste.
In Norse mythology, the rowan tree is also known as the tree from which the first woman was created (the first man being made from the ash tree). According to legend, it rescued the god Thor's life by bending over a fast-flowing river in the Underworld that was about to sweep him away. The rowan tree is also believed to protect against witchcraft and evil spirits.
In Celtic mythology, the rowan tree is associated with love and beauty. It is said that if you sleep under a rowan tree on Midsummer's Night, you will find true love. In Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, it is traditional for young people to go out into the woods at night with only their eyes covered so they can see where the fairy folk ride through the trees.
People have used the rowan tree for spiritual purposes since ancient times. In the Northern Hemisphere, people make offerings of food and drink to honor the dead under the belief that this will cause good spirits to help them find new life. In Europe, people place coins under a rowan tree on the first day of January to bring them luck for the year ahead.
The rowan tree has been important to humanity for many reasons over time. It is no wonder then that when we need protection, we turn to the rowan tree. Today, the rowan tree is found across the world in different forms of culture, most notably as an emblem of hope.