Owl month- 23rd November - 21st December. The Long Nights Time. Direction - North by West. Element: Fire with Earth. Plant - Mistletoe. Mineral: Black Obsidian. Function: To change.

R - Ruis, the Elder Tree Month (November 25th - December 23rd) 13th Moon of the Celtic Year – (Nov 25 – Dec 23)
Latin name: Dwarf Elder – sambucus ebulus; Elderberry – sambucus canadenis.
Celtic name: Ruis (pronounced: roo ish).
Folk or Common names: Lady Elder, Elder, Elderberry, pipe tree, bore tree, bour tree, Eldrun, Hyldor, Hyllantree, Ellhorn, Sambucus.
Parts Used: Bark, leaves, flowers, berries, wood.
Herbal usage: The Elder has many medicinal uses, and can be used to treat over 70 conditions. The bark can be used fresh for headaches and to promote labor, or can be dried and powdered and used in small doses as a diuretic. The leaves and flowers can be made into drinks, poultices and salves. Elderberry flower water is useful for soothing sunburns. The berries are safe to eat when eaten ripe, and they can be used to make wines, jams and teas.
Magical History & Associations: The Elder is a tree of Venus and is associated with the element of air. The bird associated with the month of Elder is the rook, the color is blood-red, and the gemstone is dark green malachite. The Elder also is associated with Black Horses, Ravens, and Badgers. The Elder is linked to the eternal turnings of life and death, birth and rebirth, and creativity and renewal. It represents the end/beginning and beginning/end. It is sacred to the deities of Bran, Venus, Hel, Callech, Holda, the White Goddess, the Great Goddess, and Pryderi (The Celts believed that it was during the time of Elder that their sun or solar spirit was held prisoner, just as Pryderi was forced into exile). The Elder is the Old Crone aspect of the triple Goddess, wise old energy at the end of the year’s cycle, and is sometimes called the “death tree” because of this. Funerary flints found in megalithic long barrows were Elder leaf shaped, suggesting the association of Elder with death goes back a long way. Elder is also called the “witch’s tree” and certainly the village hedge-witch would have used the elder in healing and Magick. The Elder is also associated with a dryad (tree spirit). Early European legends tell of a dryad called Hylde-moer, The Elder Tree Mother, who lives in the Elder tree and watches over it. Should the tree be chopped down and furniture made of the wood, Hylde-moer would follow her property and haunt the owners. Similar tales tell that if a child’s cradle were made of Elder, Hylde-moer would pinch the child black and blue and give it no peace or rest, therefore it is considered unlucky to make a cradle out of Elder wood. The Elder is also seen in a negative light by the Christian religion, since Judas supposed to have hanged himself from an Elder tree and the cross used to crucify Jesus was supposed to be made of Elder.
Magickal usage: The month of Elder includes the Winter Solstice, which is celebrated as the Sabbat of Yule, a day to mark the return of the Sun. Therefore, calling upon the Sun God or Goddess is good to do during this month. Elder has the Magickal powers of Healing, Visions, Faery Magick, Spirituality, Cleansing, Sleep, Exorcism, Offering, Love, Protection, and Prosperity. Elder is often used to produce visions. At Samhain, the last of the Elderberries were picked with solemn rites. The wine made from these berries was considered the last sacred gift of the Earth Goddess, and was valued and drunk ritually to invoke prophecy, divination and hallucinations. Elder twigs were woven into head-dresses to enable the wearers to see spirits. The Elder is very useful in Magick dealing with Nature Spirits and the Fae. Wood spirits are said to live in Elder forests, and wood elves are said to come to listen to music played by flutes made with Elder wood. The Elder has strong protective qualities. Tiny twigs of Elder or dried Elderberry can be worn in a bag around the neck as a charm for protection against physical or psychic attack. As a protection against evil (and later against witchcraft) Elder branches were hung in doorways of houses and cowsheds. Elder can be used to bless a person, place or thing by scattering leaves and berries to the four directions, and over the thing or person being blessed. It is said that if you stand under an Elder tree, you will never be struck by lightening. Elder was also buried in graves to ward off evil spirits, and is considered protection against earthbound, “physical” spirits like vampires. Elder as Vampire-Repellent is older folklore than the lore about garlic. When you put Elder on a threshold or windowsill, you can force a vampire to count over the thorns and the berries until morning comes, because vampires are obsessive-compulsive about counting things. Also, Elder blossom were worn at Beltane to signify witchcraft and magic, and Elder twigs can be used to undo evil magic. Elder is a traditional wood for making Magickal tools, like besoms and wands. It is said in Irish folklore that it is Elder and not Ash which is used by witches for their magic ‘hobby horses’ and besoms. Justice was often dispensed under an Elder, so the hilt of a coven sword was often made of Elder wood. Elder is also a good wood to use to make Protective Wands. There are very strong superstitions about not cutting down or burning an Elder (maybe caused by a fear of releasing the tree’s Hylde-moer – or maybe out of a deep respect for the tree), so be sure to remember to ask the tree if it will allow you to take a branch. It is traditional to say this before you cut a branch:”Lady Ellhorn, give me of thy wood,
And I will give thee of mine,
when I become a tree.” 
Some people like to leave a small gift of some kind when they do harvest a branch – or you can do something practical like untangling the tree’s ivy, clearing up around the trunk, watering in dry weather, or tidying up trash from around the tree.
Show all items in this set…

Similar Styles

  • Lunatishees
    Similar set
  • Faux-Leather Owl-Accent Satchel
    More info
    Brand from China: BeiBaoBao. Color: Magenta, Materials: Polyurethane, Size: Width: 19cm, Height: 18cm, Thickness: 8cm;, Care: Wipe Clean
  • La Llorona
    Similar set
  • Givenchy Wool/Leather Long Moto Coat
    More info
    Givenchy. Wool/Leather Long Moto Coat. Givenchy wool and leather moto coat. Snap band collar; long sleeves with zip cuffs. Ribbed moto panels at shoulders and arms. Asymmetric double-zip front with welt pockets. Seamed, yoked back with rounded bottom panel. Paneled construction with tiered back. Double-belted side detail. Dropped welt hip pockets. Hem falls above knee. Lambskin. Made in Italy.
  • Olympian
    Similar set
  • Jennifer Lopez Leopard Chiffon Maxi Dress
    More info
    You'll love the dramatic allure of this petite Jennifer Lopez leopard-print maxi dress. PRODUCT FEATURES Bold leopard print Surplice neckline Long sleeves with slits Lightweight chiffon construction Lined Coordinating sash FIT & SIZING 57-in. approximate length from shoulder to hem Maxi styling Elastic waistband High front slits FABRIC & CARE Dress & lining: polyester Machine wash Imported Size: XL PETITE. Color: Beige/Khaki. Gender: Female. Age Group: Adult. Material: Polyester/Chiffon.
  • BCBGMAXAZRIA Dale Ombre Plaid Jacquard Flounce Skirt
    More info
    Print Make a charming statement with the black-and-white plaid print of this timeless silhouette. Designed to sit at the waist and hit below the knee, the slim-fit skirt is decorated with romantic lace applique and finished with a refined peplum hem. Concealed back zipper closure. Self: Cotton, Polyester, Spandex jacquard. Trim: Nylon lace. Lining: Cotton, Nylon, Spandex poplin. Washable, dry clean recommended. Imported. Size 6 measures approximately 26.25” from waist to hem. Banded waistline, sits at the waist. Hits below the knee. Slim fit. True to fit, take your normal size. Model shown is 5’9” (175cm) and is wearing a US size small.
  • Sir Robin Hode
    Similar set
  • Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection Cashmere Double-Face Two-Tone Wrap Coat
    More info
    Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection. Cashmere Double-Face Two-Tone Wrap Coat. Our exclusive coat in double-face woven cashmere with contrast facing. Oversized shawl collar; wrap front. Long sleeves with slit cuffs. Belted to cinch waist. Loose fit. Cashmere. Dry clean. Imported.
  • Fall Gold
    Similar set
    More info
    Lend an exquisitely glam finish to a polished shirt with this eye-catching snake sequin pencil skirt. Sits above waist. Banded waistline. Snake sequin-detail panel at front. Pencil. Hits below the knee. Exposed center back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Self: Nylon lace. Contrast 1: Rayon, Nylon, Spandex ponte. 2: Polyester mesh. Lining: Polyester, Spandex jersey. Hand Wash. Imported.
  • be bad
    Similar set
  • Accessorize Owl Across Body Bag
    More info
    Twit-twoo! Our owl across-body bag is detailed with appliquéd features, heart-shaped eyes and scalloped feathers, and finished with an adjustable shoulder strap.
  • for the guys
    Similar set
  • Gabriella Rocha Hannah Chiffon Dress Women's Dress, Pink
    More info
    This beautiful dress offers a stunning silhouette that flatters any figure. Surplice wrap neckline. Eye-catching floral print adorns the airy chiffon. Three-quarter blouson sleeves. Elastic waist with removable tie belt. Straight hemline on the flirty A-line skirt. 100% polyester. Hand wash cold, hang dry. Imported. Measurements: ; Length: 38 in ; Product measurements were taken using size SM. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
  • Burberry Sandringham Fit Cashmere Trench Coat
    More info
    A Sandringham fit trench coat in Italian-woven cashmere. The unlined design is slim with a tapered waist and can be worn belted for a close fit or open and relaxed. Heritage details include a storm shield and check undercollar.
  • inside warmth
    Similar set
  • Sparkle & Fade Strappy Chiffon Skater Dress
    More info
    Light + airy chiffon skater dress with an open back and skinny crisscross straps from playfully chic label, Sparkle & Fade. Cut in a fit + flare silhouette with a wrapped deep v-neck and a full circle skirt in a fully lined construction.
  • fall-ing in love
    Similar set
  • kate spade new york 'hawthorne lane owls monday' crossbody clutch
    More info
    Charming, owl-printed crossbody by day, chic and polished clutch by night, kate spade's versatile envelope-style bag features an optional strap and room for your essentials so you're ready for whatever the day-or evening-brings. Brand: kate spade new york. Style Name: kate spade new york 'hawthorne lane owls monday' crossbody clutch (Nordstrom Exclusive). Style Number: 5015078. Snap-flap closure; Three interior card slots; 14-karat gold-plated hardware; Custom-jacquard lining; Leather
  • not sari
    Similar set
  • BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway Kari Skirt
    More info
    Print Make an artful impact with graphic embroidered lace and sheer panels that create an elongating effect. Partially sheer. Concealed back zipper closure. Self: Corded geometric lace - cotton, rayon, nylon. Contrast: 1, Cotton, rayon, nylon lace. 2. Embroidery on polyester tulle. 3. Cotton, silk canvas. Lining: Stretch polyester crepe de chine. Please follow the care instructions on the attached label. Imported. Size 6 measures approximately 27.5” from waist to hem. Lightweight, non-stretch fabric. Sits at the waist. Hits mid-calf. True to fit. Model is approximately 5’9” and wearing US size 6.
  • Donna Karan Draped Belted Cashmere Blanket Coat
    More info
    Donna Karan. Draped Belted Cashmere Blanket Coat. Donna Karan cashmere blanket coat. Approx. measurements: 36.5"L center back to hem. Draped shawl collar; open front. Long sleeves; 22.5"L. Self belt closes coat at natural waist. Seam pockets. Relaxed silhouette. Asymmetric hem. Dry clean. Imported.

Love this look? Get more styling ideas