Tree Spirit figure with three herbs (TS030)
This particular Tree Spirit has raven feathers, quartz crystal, an antler tip and garnet eyes. It also has a trio of herbs - mugwort, woad and vervain - added inside the leg which are sealed inside with a plug of blackthorn wood.
Mugwort has long associations with divination and prophetic dreaming, woad has ancient connections with the Celts, and vervain has long been considered to be a sacred herb of cleansing and purification.
New to Spirit of Old, these Tree Spirit figures are our version of pieces which have been known since prehistoric times. They go by a multitude of names - God-Dollies, Idols, Ongons ... yet the idea is far older than even the earliest names. They have a deep connection to nature and our ancestral past. This is our take on these figures, an ancient idea brought forward for use in modern witchcraft.
The figures are a physical representation of a nature spirit. They are suitable for placing on an altar or for using as an altar centrepiece. The pieces are perfect for holding during meditation and also for ritual use.
The main wood is ancient yew root from a windfallen tree. The Tree Spirits are individually dressed using seasonal natural materials from the plant, bird and animal kingdoms, along with threads of silk, hemp, waxed cotton or linen, and either Irish hessian sacking or silk cloaks. The sacking and silk is left with a slightly frayed raw edge to fit in with the natural feel of these figures. Each figure will be dressed slightly differently and the materials used will incorporate a selection which will vary to bring together the many energies of the woodland.
Overall, the plant materials may generally include dried rosehips, dried berries from hawthorn, rowan, holly or elder and sometimes sloes from blackthorn. Also, bundles of hawthorns and of blackthorns, acorns from English oak and sometimes Holm oak, oak galls, beech masts, birch twig bundles and pine cones.
Hanging medicine bags are filled with dried mugwort, vervain and sometimes motherwort, elderflowers and elderberries, sometimes also rowan berries. In folklore, vervain is known as a sacred cleansing and purification herb. Mugwort has been used for millennia to aid clairvoyance, lucid dreaming and astral projection. Our ancestors are said to have drunk tea made from the leaves, to have used it in incenses and smoked it to induce visions.
Raven, crow, tawny owl and swan feathers may be added, and also carefully sourced raven and crow feet, deer and hare bone, boars' tusk and red deer antler. Crystals such as garnets or quartz are used with some of the figures and some may include carved mistletoe or bog wood beads and, occasionally, natural ochres.
For countries outside of the UK, customs charges may be payable. These are outside of our control.
A general information sheet is included with the figure.
Size: 5.75 inches/15 cm tall (approx.)
Item no: TS030
Postage and packing (as a single item):
Within the UK - £5
International - £12
For orders containing multiple items, the postage and packing costs will automatically be combined to help to reduce it as much as possible.