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The Magical Fairy Hawthorn Tree

Hawthorn <code></code>BlossomOne of the main fairy or faery trees, is the hawthorn. There are other names for the hawthorn such as mayflower or mayblossom and my mother used to call it the ‘bread and cheese tree’ and she and her brothers and sisters would eat the young buds and leaves from it on the way to school on the Isle of Man. She would never bring it into the house as it was unlucky to do so.

Lone trees or groves of three or more trees are said to be the most magical. Although known for its mayblossom, nowadays the hawthorn blossoms in April or May and occasionally in March.

Offerings are frequently left at a faery hawthorn on Tara Hill, County Meath, Ireland.

As faeries inhabit the tree it is said to be unlucky to cut it down or dig it up. In Ireland there are tales of lone hawthorn trees bleeding or bad luck coming to the folk who destroy them. Roads are generally directed around them and farmers cultivate around them.
There are many associations of this tree with portals or gateways.

Thomas the Rhymer a thirteenth-century Scottish bard was sitting under the Eildon tree which was thought to be a hawthorn, when he saw a lady riding towards him wearing clothing of grass-green silk and velvet, and with fifty-nine silver bells hanging from her horse’s mane. He thought she was the Queen of Heaven but she informed him that she was the Queen of Elfland. He rode away with her on her milk-white horse and after forty days and forty nights they reached the Otherworld where he became her lover. While there, the Queen of Elfland gave him an apple as a reward which in return gave him a tongue that never lied, and the gift of prophecy. He returned to the mortal world after seven years.

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