The Birch Tree

The Birch tree is nature’s little multitasker with a dash of mystique. With ties to the Norse goddess Freya, it symbolises rebirth, healing, fertility, and protection. Its slender white trunk stands tall while its leaves whisper, ‘I see you. I’ve got your back.’

So what’s the buzz about Birch? Well, this tree radiates energies of renewal and cleansing, making it a VIP for rituals centred on new beginnings. When you’re stuck in a rut of the old and want to kickstart the new with a burst of vitality, Birch is your go-to buddy. Like a cosmic car wash for your spirit, Birch will rinse away the stagnant vibes and get you all nice and shiny for a new adventure.

And what about its folklore or traditional uses? Birch is also the first tree of the Celtic Tree Alphabet (known as the Ogham), and because the Celtic new year begins on Samhain it was tradition to burn Birch branches as a way to clear out old energies. Plus, because of its fertile powers, it’s also a great addition to any Beltane blessings you might be planning.

Now, there’s a bunch of ways you can weave some Birch magic into your craft. First of all, if you’re lucky enough to have one standing tall in your area you can go and visit it and soak up its wisdom in real time. Otherwise you can buy dried leaves or twig bundles online to mix in with your spells. It’s great for fire rituals, making talismans of protection, fertility magic, and any form of cleansing. A Birch besom is the perfect tool for cleansing and purification.

Jenna is a pagan and lifelong student of history. She's the potion expert at High Priestess, and also designs tarot decks, oracle decks, and powerful ritual oils.