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Mother’s Day

Struggling to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day? Here are some fantastic gift ideas for you.


Birch ‘Lady of the woods’.

Symbolising growth, renewal, stability, initiative and adaptability.

Birch is one of the first trees to come into lead and is a representation of the emergence of spring. Eostre the Anglo Saxon goddess of spring was celebrated around and though the birch tree between the spring equinox and beltane.

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple ‘baby’s hands’.

Symbolising peace and serenity, a symbol of grace. Beauty and magnificence, representing pure elegance and an educated sense of tastefulness. Unusual and complex individuals with great creativity, as well as people who seek out new experiences.

The Japanese Maple is known as “momji”. The word has two english translations. The first is “baby’s hands”, and the the second is “becomes crimson leaves”.

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The Mighty Oak.

One of the most loved trees in the world, a symbol of strength, morale, resistance and knowledge. Associated with honor, nobility and wisdom.

Throughout the major cultures of Europe the oak tree has been held in high esteem. Sacred to Zeus, Jupiter, Dagda, Perun and Thor. Each of these gods had dominion over rain, thunder and lightning, and it is no coincidence that oak trees appear to be more prone to lightning strikes than other trees.

Christmas Last Posting Dates

Recommended last post dates 2018

Royal Mail have published their recommended domestic and international last posting dates for Christmas 2018.

UK Service – Tuesday 18th December for Royal Mail Signed for 2nd Class. Thursday 20th December for Royal Mail Signed for 1st Class.

International Service. Our international service is tracking and signature.

Tuesday 4th December – Africa, Middle East

Friday 7th December – Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (Except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Saturday 8th December – Caribbean, Central and South America

Monday 10th December – Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand

Friday 14th December – Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA

Saturday 15th December – Finland, Sweden

Monday 17th December – Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland

Tuesday 18th December – Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

Halloween jewellery ideas

Looking for some festive Halloween jewellery? Let us help you choose the perfect item with some Tree Lore and Magic.

Halloween Jewellery

Real Birch leaf necklaceBirch magical properties.

Birch is associated with purification, protection and exorcism, and represents renewal, rebirth and beginnings as it is the first tree after Winter to come into leaf.

To ward off the evil eye, tie a red ribbon on the branch of one of these lovely trees. To exorcise people and animals by gently striking them with the twigs of this tree. The wood was once used to make cradles as the wood would protect the young one within as well as boughs hung over the child to keep them from being enchanted by the Little People.

Birch will also protect against lightning. The branches were marked with ogham and carried for protection in small pouches as well as given to newlyweds for fertility. In Wales, the Birch is a tree of love, and wreaths are made out of the branches and twigs as tokens of love. When beginning a new project or journey, call upon the powers of the Birch as it is also a tree of new beginnings and new view points. Birch rods are used in protection spells and carried to protect from malicious magics (crossing/hexing) or even mundane situations/people. Shop for Birch jewellery.

Real Holly leaf necklaceHolly magical properties.

Holly can be used in consecration and in spells for material gain, physical revenge, beauty, protection (esp. against lightning), luck and dream magic.

Holly can also be utilized in any ritual relating to death and rebirth, and seasonal mysteries. Because holly burns very hot, it is suitable for any fire festival.

Holly wood makes very good wands which can be used to banish unwanted entities, and command evoked spirits. Holy planted near a home is said to repel poison and protect from witchcraft and lightning. The wood has the power to tame animals and the flowers to freeze water. Herbal water made with holly has protective properties.

Holly brought into the home at Yule invites the faerie folk to shelter with you in the cold of winter, but these greens must be burned on Imbolc in order to ensure they don’t stick around causing trouble all year. But a small branch should be retained and hung outside the house to protect it from lightning.

In the Scottish tradition, holly branches outside the house are considered a strong ward against evil, and it is unlucky to burn holly under any circumstance. Shop for Holly jewellery.

Real Maple leaf earringsMaple magical properties.

Maple is feminine in nature and associated with the moon and Jupiter and the elemental energies of water.

Maple is excellent for wands, staffs and maypoles. Maple is useful in moon magic and in spells related to travel, learning and decision-making, especially in matters related bringing about or dealing with change. Maple is also useful for spiritual healing.

Maple syrup may be used in Kitchen Witchery for love spells and spiritual healing, i.e. soothing the psyche. Shop for Maple jewellery.

Real Oak leaf earrings

Oak magical properties.

As the month of Duir has the summer solstice in it, the Oak is a powerful symbol of Midsummer.
Money, success, strength, fertility, stability, health, healing, potency and good luck.
It is said that the voice of Jupiter can be heard in the rustling of the leaves. At midsummer, the future can be divined by listening to the wind in the leaves.

Different types of Oak will lend slightly different properties to magical workings. Red Oak is fiery, White Oak is for solidity and strength, Brown Oak is earthy and is used for grounding (Brown oak is English white oak that has been stained by a fungal infection.)

Oak is known as the “King of the Grove”; a holy tree; the lord of truth and is one of the three sacred trees “Oak, Ash & Thorn”. Worship of the Oak may stem from the early nomadic Europeans using acorns for food. The acorn is seen as the representation of the supreme form of fertility and creativity of the mind; as such, they are used to increase fertility of both projects and ideas and human reproduction, and also ease pain.
Acorns can be used to attract someone of the opposite sex, used for divinatory powers, and to attract prosperity and wealth. Acorns should be planted during the Dark moon to attract prosperity.

The Waning moon is the right time to harvest Oak, during the day for Acorns, and at night for the leaves and wood. Offer wine to the Oak’s roots as thanks for allowing you to take a part of him. Because of its ties to immortality symbolism, acorns are sacred to the Samhain season and are often used in fall decorating.

It is a very powerful herb for protection; England is said to be protected by the Oak when using its timbers to build their ships. It is also used as a boundary for its protective qualities. Acorns placed in windows will ward off lightning and beings that would scare us at night; they will also attract luck. Acorns can be born in pockets to ward off storms, to prevent the bearer from getting lost, and protect from evil intent.

They are also carried as charms for immortality, longevity, fertility, to ward off illness and preserve youthfulness. Three acorns can be made into a charm to attract youthfulness, attainment, and beauty in life. This charm should be bound with the maker’s hair, and blessed at every Full and Dark moon of a year, and then worn.
A leaf worn on the neck and next to the heart will allow the wearer to not be deceived by the world at large.

A few leaves in bath water will cleanse body and spirit. If you catch a falling leaf, it is said you will not be sick for the winter. If a sick person is in your house, light a fire of Oak wood to draw out the illness. Because the Oak is a male tree, athames, and certain male-aspect wands and staves should be made of its wood. The wood is also used to make religious idols. Shop for Oak jewellery.

Real Pine cone earringsPine magical properties.

The pine tree represents rebirth and immortality and strength in adversity, overcoming hardships through optimism and inner strength. I feel it’s a solid Saturn tree, though most folks seem to feel Mars for it. The plant itself seems to correspond to the element Fire because of the resin and its quickness to burn as well as its protective and transformative nature, though its scent is quite Earthy. I’ve also seen Air.

Pine cones represent masculinity (even though they are essentially the womb of the tree) and fertility and may be used to tip wands and staves. They are used in midwinter or yule decor, as are pine branches, wreaths and entire pine trees.

A pine branch hung over the door will invite joyful energy inside and a pine branch hung over a bed will ward against illness. Burn pine needles and pine cones to protect your hearth. Use a pine branch like a broom to brush away negative energy from your home or from surfaces (like your altar) and objects.

Use pine oil in your wash water to wash away troubles that have been disturbing your household, including illness or just general doldrums. Meditate under a pine tree or walk through a pine forest to get a new perspective on a situation and emerge with a renewed sense of purpose. Shop for Pine jewellery.

Real Rose leaf necklaceRose magical properties.

Roses are associated with Aphrodite, Adonis and Eros. Rosewater is a protective agent worn on clothes. Rose petals can be added to charms against the evil eye. White roses worn at weddings will bring happiness and security to the couple.

Roses are used traditionally in love spells. It is great in incense and potpourri. Thorns can be used to mark wax figures. Rosehips can be carried for general good luck or strung like beads for luck in love. Rose hips can also be used as offerings to encourage friendly spirits to take up residence. Shop for Rose jewellery.

Hopefully this has given you lots of Halloween jewellery ideas!

Maple leaf meaning.

Maple leaf meaning.

History of use in Canada.

Maple leaf.By the early 1700s, the maple leaf had been adopted as an emblem by the French Canadians along the Saint Lawrence River. Its popularity with French Canadians continued and was reinforced when, at the inaugural meeting of the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste in 1834, the maple leaf was one of numerous emblems proposed to represent the society. Speaking in its favour, Jacques Viger, the first mayor of Montreal, described the maple as “the king of our forest; … the symbol of the Canadian people.”

Canada FlagThe maple leaf slowly caught on as a national symbol: in 1868, it was included in the coat of arms of Ontario and the coat of arms of Quebec, and was added to the Canadian coat of arms in 1921. Historically, the golden maple leaf had represented Ontario, while the green maple leaf had represented Quebec. In 1867, Alexander Muir composed the patriotic “The Maple Leaf Forever”, which became an unofficial anthem in English-speaking Canada. From 1876 until 1901, the leaf appeared on all Canadian coins, and remained on the penny after 1901. During the First World War, badges of the Canadian Expeditionary Force were often based on a maple leaf design. The use of the maple leaf as a regimental symbol extended back to the 1800s, and Canadian soldiers in the Second Boer War were distinguished by a maple leaf on their sun helmets. In 1957 the maple leaf colour on the Canadian arms was changed from green to red – some maple leaves are commonly red even in spring as they bud & no seasonal colouring has been assigned heraldically.

The maple leaf finally became the central national symbol with the introduction of the Canadian flag (suggested by George F. G. Stanleyand sponsored by M.P. John Matheson) in 1965, which uses a highly stylized eleven-pointed maple leaf, referring to no specific species of maple. Earlier official uses of a maple leaf design often used more than 30 points and a short stem. The one chosen is a generic maple leaf representing the ten species of maple tree native to Canada—at least one of these species grows natively in every province.

The maple leaf is currently used on the Canadian flag, logos of various Canadian-based companies (including Canadian subsidiaries of foreign companies and small businesses with only local operations) and the logos of Canadian sports teams. Examples include Air Canada, McDonald’s Canada, General Motors Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL franchise, the Toronto FC soccer club, and Wendy’s Canada (using the maple leaf in place of the normal apostrophe found at U.S. locations). It is also used by the Federal Government as a personification and identifier on its websites, as part of the government’s wordmark.

Since 1979, the Royal Canadian Mint has produced gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion coins, which are officially known as Maple Leafs, as geometric maple leaves are stamped on them. The Trans Canada Highway uses a green maple leaf.

Other uses.

The Italian city of Campobasso was known as “Canada City” or in a minor way “Maple Leaf City”, since during the Second World War, Canadian troops invaded the city and freed it from the Germans. Moreover, the city has a huge variety of maples which can be found even in the streets.

The U.S. city of Carthage, Missouri is nicknamed “America’s Maple Leaf City.

It is one of the featured symbols on the emblem of the Pakistani province of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, along with several other regional institutions due to the tree’s prevalence in the area.

The city of Chehalis, Washington was known as “The Maple-Leaf City”.

The city of Hornell, New York is known as “The Maple City”.

The mascot of Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, is the Maple Leaf and the nickname for Goshen College sports teams is the Maple Leafs.

In Estonia and Lithuania, inexperienced drivers are obliged to have a green maple leaf sign visible on the vehicle, serving a similar function that a P-plate does in some other countries.

The maple leaf was also featured on the coat of arms of Sammatti, Finland.

Shop for Maple leaf jewellery here.