*First posted on speakingofwitchwands.net, September 2013
by Isabella @TheWandCarver
Many of you may or may not be aware of the magickal properties of many trees. For instance, did you know that the Cypress tree has a “folk name” of “The Tree of Death”? It is thought to be so because at one time in Egypt, coffins were made of Cypress wood. However, funnily enough, one of the magickal properties of Cypress wood is longevity! If one carries it on their person, in a pocket or worn as jewellery, it is said to give long life and protection. Cypress is also comforting in times of sorrow, such as the death of a friend or loved one as it eases the mind and allays grief if carried to the funeral. Many deities hold sacred the Cypress such as Mithras, Aphrodite, Hekate, Cupid, Apollo and others.