Blackthorn: The Blackthorn is a wintery tree. The fruits, known as sloes, ripen and sweeten only after the first frosts. The white flowers open early, often before the leaves appear. A cold spring was traditionally known as "a blackthorn winter." Black-barked and with vicious thorns, the Blackthorn forms dense thickets when given the opportunity to spread. The Gaelic word "straif" has links with the English "strife."
✯ Blackthorn, Ogham name Straif, rules the Dark half of the year. In Divination it represents strife, obstinacy, stand up for your rights, assertiveness. The Blackthorn stick or "Shillelagh" is the traditional walking stick of the Celt, doubling at need as a cudgel, combining supportiveness with the role of a weapon! .:☆:. Shop: The Goddess & The Green Man ✯