A young maiden gazes at a Hawthorn tree. She may find in its hidden spikes, the heady fragrance of its flowers and the glow of its ruby berries, delightful Faery love. In its branches dwell invisible creatures, as tricky as generous, realizing wishes for whom possesses a pure heart.
Width: 29.7 cm
Height: 42 cm
Material: Paper x weight
A3 Poster representation of an acrylic painting of a Maiden and a Fairy Tree by Elena Danaan
The Hawthorn is the male Fairy Tree, as the Elder is the female one. When Hawthorn blossoms in bountiful beauty, its white flowers sing the time of Bealtaine, ancient festival of the start of Summer and of Love. Since the ancient times ofthe Celts, Hawthorns are revered as highly sacred. Those who bring Hawthorn branches inside a home invite misfortune, and cursed are the foolish ones who dare to harm or even cut down a Hawthorn tree! Hawthorn is associated with protection, love & marriage, health, prosperity, fertility, purification, fishing, magic, purity, inner journeys, intuition, female sexuality, cleansing,and happiness. The fey (Earth spirits / Fairy Folk) are said to especially like Hawthorn since it is sacred to them. The wood from the Hawthorn provides the hottest fire known and wands with the greatest power. The blossoms are said to be highly erotic to men. Its leaves and blossoms are also used to create a tea to aid with anxiety, appetite loss and poor circulation. The Greeks and Romans saw the hawthorn as symbolic of hope and marriage, but in medieval Europe it was associated with witchcraft and considered to be unlucky.