Holly is an evergreen shrub native to europe with over 400 varying species. Typically they have dark green spiky leaves growing from their branches along with small clusters of red berries Iconically it is used at Christmas time as a decoration. Romans sent boughs of holly and gifts to their friends during Saturnalia.In heraldry, holly is used to symbolize truth. Although birds like holly berries, they are not healthy for humans or pets. Holly wood was used by the ancients in the construction of spear shafts, and as the spiny leaves show, it is well prepared for battle. In some parts of England and Germany, holly trees are referred to as 'he' and 'she', those with prickly-edged leaves being male, while the smooth-leafed variety signified a female tree. Whichever type was brought in determined whether the man or woman would rule the household in the coming year.
In Magick Holly can be used in consecration and in spells for material gain, physical revenge, beauty, protection, luck and dream magic.In the Scottish tradition, holly branches outside the house are considered a strong ward against evil, and it is unlucky to burn holly under any circumstance. In the north of England, holly was used for divination by dreams. In one ritual, leaves from a She holly were placed under the pillow for prophetic dreams. Holly can also be utilized in any ritual relating to death and rebirth, and seasonal mysteries. Because holly burns very hot, it is suitable for any fire festival.Holly wood makes very good wands which can be used to banish unwanted entities, and command evoked spirits.Holly planted near a home is said to repel poison and protect from witchcraft and lightening. The wood has the power to tame animals and the flowers to freeze water.
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