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Hawthorn Spines, Spikes, Thorns, Needles on Branches

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For sale are seven branches from a hawthorn tree (believed to be Latin name crataegus mollis). The longest measures approximately 7 and 1/4 inches and the shortest measures approximately 3 and 1/4 inches. There are a total of 22 needles. The longest of the needles measures approximately 2 inches in length and the shortest 3/4ths of an inch. In diameter the branches average 3/16ths of an inch.

The needles could be harvested for multiple uses (celtic, wicca, voodoo, sewing, fishing etc.). Or, of course, they could just be left as is for display.

The hawthorn tree is also known as the May Apple tree and the "May Flower" is a symbol of hope (hence the ship name "Mayflower")

Hawthorn is one of the sacred trees of Wicca and witchcraft and is associated with "Beltane" celebrations. Beltane honors the Sun god Belenus whose festival originally commenced on the first day the Hawthorn tree blossomed

Following was taken, in part, from Wikipedia:

The hawthorn has been regarded as the emblem of hope, and its branches are stated to have been carried by the ancient Greeks in wedding processions, and to have been used by them to deck the altar of Hymenaios. The supposition that the tree was the source of Jesus's crown of thorns gave rise doubtless to the tradition among the French peasantry that it utters groans and cries on Good Friday, and probably also to the old popular superstition in Great Britain and Ireland that ill-luck attended the uprooting of hawthorns. Branches of Glastonbury Thorn, (C. monogyna 'Biflora', which flowers both in December and in spring, were formerly highly valued in England, on account of the legend that the tree was originally the staff of Joseph of Arimathea.

In Celtic lore, the hawthorn plant was used commonly for rune inscriptions along with Yew and Apple.

Serbian and Croatian folklore notes hawthorn is particularly deadly to vampires, and stakes used for their slaying must be made from the wood of the thorn.

In Gaelic folklore, hawthorn 'marks the entrance to the otherworld' and is strongly associated with the fairies.

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Hawthorn Spines, Spikes, Thorns, Needles on Branches


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  • Materials: hawthorn wood, hawthorn branch, hawthorn needle, hawthorn spike
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