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Common Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
*Also known as European ash and Venus of the woods
White Ash (F. americana)
*Also known as Biltmore ash and cane ash
The common ash reaches eighty to one hundred thirty feet tall, and the white ash fifty to one hundred feet tall. They have straight gray trunks and dense crowns of foliage. The name ash comes from the color of the bark. Each leaf stem sports nine to thirteen leaflets that are lance shaped and slightly serrated. Small greenish-yellow flowers produce clusters of seeds that remain on the tree until spring when they are blown off. Also called keys, the flat seeds are oval and straight, unlike the maple seed, which is curved.
Collect a few ash keys for your altar and make a circle around the base of a candle upon which you have carved ash’s associated runes and/or ogham. Use this setup during divination sessions or to boost the energy of spells. Wrap a few keys in a soft cloth and place it under your pillow at night to aid in dream work. Ash provides connection with other realms, whether dreaming or journeying.
Light a candle inscribed with the ogham or any of the runes, and place it on your desk or workspace when seeking creative inspiration. Use the keys in protective spells and charms against any form of negative magic. Burn a small ash twig for love spells.
Ash is associated with all four elements, and its astrological influence comes from Mercury, Neptune, the sun, and Uranus. This tree is associated with the following deities: Ares, Belenus, the Dagda, Freyr, Frigg, Holle, Macha, Mars, Minerva, Neptune, Odin, Poseidon, and Thor. It is also associated with fairies and elves.
Figure 5. Ash is associated with the ogham Nion and the runes Ansuz,
Ehwaz, Gebo, Hagalaz, and Wunjo (shown left to right).