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This is a stunning piece of gnarled and tangled Holly, perfect to display on your altar as a representation of the Holly King or male aspect of the divine, or on a nature table as a wonderful example of the artistry of Mother Nature. All I've done to it is round and smooth all the branch ends and brush off any loose bits on the bark before giving it a coat of oil to protect and nourish the wood. I'll be perfectly honest and say that, as far as I can see, it has no practical purpose whatsoever, but it's just so beautiful that I couldn't bear to use it to light the fire with! I'm sure you'll find, as I have, that you can't stop picking it up and turning it over in your hands to examine it in detail... and there's certainly a lot of detail to examine! :-)
Both the Holly tree and the wood are held to be sacred, so it’s a good choice for consecration. It has a strong association with fire, and signifies the virtues of balance and directness. It is closely linked with combat and is said to bring courage and protection whilst fighting for a just cause and also to ward off evil spirits. It is good for magic to do with material gain, and is said to enhance beauty. It can also be used in spells for physical revenge.
Size: Four and a half inches by three inshes by two inches.
110mm x 76mm x 52mm.
It will come with a list of the magical properties of the wood, a picture and care instructions. Shipped in a sturdy box to ensure safe delivery.
Please be aware that some countries do not allow the importation of any wooden items that still have the bark attached. It is up to you to ensure that an item is not in breach of the customs regulations of your country before you buy.
For a full list of the woods I might have available as well as their magical properties, associated folklore and a bunch of other stuff, check out my blog at: http://www.mazedasastoat.blogspot.com/
All my items are, by their very nature, unique. They are grown, not made. They are all formed from twigs and branches lost naturally by the native trees in and around the perimeter of my totally organic garden. The wood is collected, identified, and sorted, then smoothed into the right size and shape for that particular piece. Finally, each item is given at least two coats of organic vegetable-derived oil to protect and nourish the wood. This oil contains no chemicals or preservatives and is exactly as it comes from the press. I will not cut trees to get the wood, and if I’ve used prunings I’ll say so. I will not use power tools of any kind, and I certainly won’t use any artificial chemical substances such as stain, dye, paint, or glue. Everything will be given another coat of oil before dispatch, wrapped in paper, padded with shredded paper when neccessary and posted with their relevant literature in a stout tube, a custom made box or a high quality padded envelope to ensure safe arrival. All packaging materials are recycled/recyclable, so please dispose of them thoughtfully.