The folklore and legends surrounding the hawthorn tree is quite large, and goes back many centuries, especially in Europe and the British Isles. The most famous hawthorn in Britain is the Holy Thorn of Glastonbury, which grows at Glastonbury Tor, the supposed resting place of King Arthur. According to legend, the tree was grown after Joseph of Arimathea, upon arriving at Glastonbury Tor, thrust his staff into the ground, and from this the tree grew. Although the original is no longer there, several of its supposed descendents still grow there. When it blooms during the winter, a sprig is traditionally sent to the Queen, who is said to decorate her breakfast table on Christmas morning. Hawthorn fruit has long been used as a food and medicine in Europe; particularly Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Many clinical studies have been conducted on hawthorn over the past 20 years with great promise. The berry is a yellowish brown to wine-red, oval, wrinkled, and berry-like fruit (actually a pome).
Hawthorn was well known to the early North American settlers, who learned how to use the leaf, flower and fruit of the small tree. In spring, the young leaves were harvested as vegetables and the flowers used to make beverages and tonics. In winter, the berries provided sustenance and nutrition when food was scarce.
Today, hawthorn leaf and flower is used in tea blends and to make infusions and extracts.
In magick, Hawthorn is ruled by Mars and Fire. It is an herb of power, often used in rituals of Beltane for power and fertility and because of that it is often incorporated in spring time weddings. It was also carried as a sachet by fishermen in olden times to promote a good catch. It is also said to protect against evil spirits, especially when guarding children's rooms. Hawthorn is also a sacred herb of fairies, and is often left as offerings to them.
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