CYPRESS (Cupressus sempervirens)
Folk Name: Tree of Death
Deities: Mithras, Pluto, Aphrodite, Ashtoreth, Artemis, Apollo, Cupid, Jupiter, Hekat, Hebe, Zoroaster
Powers: Longevity, healing, comfort and protection.
Ritual Use : The ancient Minoans worshipped the cypress as a divine symbol, and spread the cult to Cyprus from Crete. Cypress wood was used to make coffins in Egypt.
Magical Uses : Cypress should be used at times of crisis, especially at the death of a friend or relative. It eases the mind and allays grief if worn or carried to funerals. The tree is quite protective when grown near the home and boughs of cypress are used in protective and blessing capacities. Since the cypress is the symbol of eternity and immortality, the wood has long been carried to lengthen life. To make a healing wand of cypress, slowly cut, over a three-month period, a branch from a cypress tree. This is known as a "healing stock" and should be used only in healing rituals. Make passes over the sick person, touch the afflicted area and then plunge the tip into a fire to cleanse it. Also used in invocations to the gods. The root and cones of the cypress are also healing, as is the greenery when dried and burned as incense. Throw a sprig of cypress into a grave to give the deceased luck and love in the hereafter. A mallet of cypress wood was once used to discover thieves, but as far as is known, the exact procedure is lost.