Copyright © 1985, 1986, 1988, 1994 Cainteanna na Luise
This guide is intended as a "quickie" reference for use in such things as decorating capes, jewelry, etc. It should not be used in ritual except with caution. There are no one-to-one equations, no "system" such as in Hermetic Magic! (e.g. compass points do not form a "cross"). Many attributes or associations "turn on" only in specific contexts Those marked with "!!!" have the strongest "slants" toward the associations; in all nuetral contexts will associate with those listed.
All associations are for Irish Druidism as attested in Irish language texts. Due to the Norse and Christian invasions, many of these have, in medieval folk-tales, or in modern times, drastically different associations (tuathal - counterclockwise, was associated with "tuath", "tribe" - with the idea of the tribe as the basis of society, and "countryside" - nature, not town, as the sourse of wealth; however, in medieval and modern times "tuathal" means "wrong-headed"). Many "NA" have associations in medieval or modern Ireland.
A final note: in both modern and ancient Ireland a black cat is good, not bad, luck. A white cat is bad luck.
acorn - abundance adza - St.Patrick alder - % apple - love, happiness arrow - NA ash - !!! - battle, austerity, asceticism aspen - % axe - NA bag - treasure, misfortunate, lottery bat - NA bear - NA bee - prosperity beech - % - potency, thanksgiving bell - Christianity belt - % ("in my belt" means challenge) berry (general) - health birch - % - cleansing black - % blackthorn - % blindness - % - musical/poetic ability, prophacy blue - !!! - protection (dark blue, light blue - NA) boar - !!! - warrior bodhr n - % bonfire - see fire book - NA brown - % - strength bull - !!! - war butterfly - NA calf - sexually attractive/active young man cape (only rainbow/blue, hoodless) - druidism cape (with hood) - Saint Patrick cat - % cauldron - %-! - abundunce, healing, poetic insight cave - the Otherworld centre - see east chalice - NA chariot - warrior chicken - stupidity circle - NA cliff - magical borders clockwise - !!! - opening cloud - % cord - NA counter-clockwise - !!! - binding, return to sourse cow - !!! - female beauty, abundance crane - danger cross - NA (a cross for Christianity was introduced, see cape, staff, bell) crossroads - NA crow ("hoodie") - death cup - NA deer - wilds (see also stag) dog - see hound dolmen - % door - % dragon - NA eagle - NA earth - %-! - (only combined with sea/sky) binding/breaking the worlds east (at) - stability, centre [sic] east (from) - NA eel - % egg - NA eight - NA elder - shape-shifting, hosting (of SĦdhe) equinoxes - NA eye - see one-eyed-ness fire - !!! - membership in tribe five - social/mundane fulness flower (in general) - beauty fog - !!! - magic, the Otherworld four - NA foxglove - beauty, the p£ca furze - see gorse garlic - NA (used only as food) goat - NA gold - % (magically far less important than silver) gorse - difficulty green - % (the colour spectrum is divided differently in Irish) grey - % grove - NA (except as "wildwood"; generally isolated trees had more power) hare - sexual potency harp - !!! - Ireland, music as magic, authority hawk - freedom hawthorn - quest, trial hazel (nut) - !!! - poetry, magic, wildwood hill - % - (isolated - authority, as part of group - NA) holly - % - trickery honey - see bee horse - strength hound - !!! - valour hurley (stick) - youthful warrior island - % ivy - NA knife - NA knot (as opposed to "knotwork) - NA knotwork - % (must be asymmetrical, ideally composed of 1 or 3 bands) lame-ness - % musical ability left-hand - see counter-clockwise lightning - % magpie - druidic magic mirror - NA mistletoe - NA (this plant is not native to Ireland) moon - % - night mouse - NA (except as "little thing") mugwort - protection mushroom - NA nine - !!! - magic fulness north (at) - NA north (from) - magic origin (not arrival) nut (general) - wisdom oak (common only) - hospitality, tradition oak (sessile only) - law one - NA (although three, five, and nine relate to wholes) one-eyed-ness (esp. left) - !!! - magic prowress one-handedness (esp. left) - magic prowress otter - % - (loosely Otherworld) owl - % ox - % - labour passage grave - the Otherworld pentacle - NA pentagram - NA phallus - % pig - see boar, sow pine - % pipes (music) - % plain - % - civilisation plough (star constellation only) - Fianna, magical origin (se North) plough (tool) - NA poplar - % quartz - % rainbow - NA (rainbows are a common daily occurance in Ireland) raven - !!! - battle, death (% favourable) red - !!! - war, political authority right-hand - see clockwise ring (finger only) - % - (on thumb for king, middle-finger for druid) ringfort - authority rose - NA round tower - NA rowan - !!! - protection, magic, rejuvination salmon - !!! - poetic wisdom, life-force salt - NA scythe - NA sea - %-! - (only combined with earth/sky) binding/breaking the worlds seven - !!! - hierachy sheep - NA shield - protection ship - % sickle - NA silver - authority six - NA skull - NA sky %-! - (only combined with sea/sky) binding/breaking the worlds snake - NA solstice(s) - % south (at) - NA south (from) - mortals (origin, not arrival) sow - greed spear - % speckledness - !!! - druidism, the Otherworld spider - % (called "little wild ox") spindle (tree) - % spiral - see clockwise, counter-clockwise St. Johnswort - protection staff (only with "cane"-like handle) - Christianity stag (7-tines) - !!! - mastership, kingship stag (other than 7-tines) - % - wildwood star (in sky) - % - night (see also plough) stone (small, etc.) - % stone circle - % stone, standing - % - memorial of glorious death sun - % - (the sun is female in Irish) sun-burst - Fianna swan - !!! - Tuatha D Danann swastika - NA sword - % - warrior symmetry - stagnation, impoitence ten - NA thirteen - NA thistle - NA three - !!! - binding thumb - % thunder - % tides - % toad - NA tooth - % torc - authority, freedom tree - no meaning by itself, see by species triangle - NA trident - NA triscele - see clockwise, counterclockwise twilight (esp. evening) - !!! - the Otherworld two - NA (all even numbers are viewed as "weak" - see symmetry) unicorn - NA valarian - health wand (hazel only) - magic water - crossing borders waterfall - % wave - %-! ("Ninth Wave" only - eternal return) weasel - the Otherworld well (spring) - health, inspiration west (at) - entrance (but doors were on the east - see east) west (from) - NA wheel - NA white - baren-ness, empty-ness willow - % wind - %-! woad - % wolf - % wren - hidden-ness yarrow - health yellow - !!! - thanksgiving yew - !!! - primordality, life/death
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