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Magical Correspondences 

"Heed the North wind's mighty gale, lock the doors and trim the sails;
When the wind comes from the East, expect the new and set the feast;
When winds from West blow o'er thee, departed spirits restless be;
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss thee on thy mouth."

Depending on your tradition, or location upon the Earth, you may recognize varying properties associated with four cardinal directions. Some Chinese and Native American cultures recognize five principal directions. These are North, East, South, West, and Center.

Some, such as  Gaelic and Celtic cultures recognized seven elements and directions; these being North, East, South, West, Above, Below, Within. The Cardinal directions represented the Elements of Earth, Sea, Sky, and Fire, along with three additional levels of  Spirit. Depending on who you ask, the Spirit levels may be considered to be Light, Life, and Love, OR Light, Dark, and Soul.

The most common argument among Pagans and Wiccans is whether the Element of Air should be associated with the direction of North, or with East. Some folks choose to designate the directions with the elements based on what is naturally occurring from their vantage point. For example, there may be a mass of land, globally speaking, to the east of where they reside, and a large body of water to their north. In this case, they may choose to designate the Elements in this way: North as Water, East as Earth, South as Fire, and West as Air.

In my tradition, partly because I have already learned the Elemental Correspondences in this way and also live in the Northern Hemisphere, I choose to designate North as Earth, East as Air, South as Fire, and West as Water.

Native Americans seem to have a more "natural" perspective based on daily occurrences within the universe as shown in one example below:

The East is honored as a source of beginnings, awareness, spiritual wisdom, and vision. With the rising of the warming sun, a greater spiritual awareness develops within us. We can feel creative wisdom growing.

The West brings conclusions, stability, physical wisdom, grounding, and goals. As the sun sets, we're left focused upon Earth. In this focus, we can feel our own bodies mingling with the mass of Earth as we understand completion and the returning cycles of life.

The North improves mental wisdom, discovery, and logic in an illuminating fashion. Knowledge accumulated through our lives is purified, as if a swift breeze blew away all dust and confusion. We prepare for intellectual illumination as these winds sweep into our awareness. It seems that gusts of enlightened, intellectual processes of "knowing" blows into our lives.

The South is aligned with love, emotional wisdom, trust, faith, and empathy. We're submerged in the feeling of undulating emotions as if diving into refreshing waters. The flow of our blood moves steadily in rhythm with the waves pulsing within every other being. We're able to experience whole love and unity.

Days of the Week
Sunday:  Ruled by the Sun, Sunday is best used for masculine issues, ambition, career, goals, health,strength, protection, spirituality, and success. Corresponding colors are yellow, gold, orange, and amber.

Monday: Ruled by the Moon, Monday is best for magic involving home, family, pets, peace, healing, fertility, feminine issues, psychic development, divination, astral travel, and dreams. Corresponding colors are white, silver, ivory, pearl, lavender.

Tuesday:  Ruled by Mars, appropriate spells and magic include those dealing with business, work, confrontation, partnership, protection, sex, courage, bravery, gardening, and passion. Corresponding colors are red, pink, and orange.

Wednesday:  Ruled by the planet Mercury, Wednesday is best for issues of communication, creativity, healing, wisdom, legal issues, divination, astrology, studies. Corresponding colors are purple, silver, and magenta.

Thursday:  Ruled by Jupiter, spells and magic relating to money, prosperity, holidays, travel, business, growth, self-improvement, wealth, health, generosity, and luck are best performed on this day.  Corresponding colors are any metallic colors, blue, green, turquoise, white, and purple.

Friday:  Ruled by Venus, Friday is best utilized for magic involving love, friendship, affection, harmony, reconciliation, romance, beauty, and socializing. Corresponding colors are green, pink, white, rose, and coral.

Saturday:  Ruled by Saturn, spells and magic relating to binding, debts, justice, karma, discovery, protection, longevity, home, and endings are best done on this day. Corresponding colors are black, gray, brown, blue, red, and white.

ColorsWhite:  Truth, purity, the Goddess, protection, cleansing, divination, healing, peace, spirituality, higher self, innocence, contacting the Gods, and clear vision. White is the balance of all colors and may also be substituted for any other color.
Sabbat:  Yule
Zodiac:  Cancer
Weekday:  Monday
Planet: Moon

Black:  Discord, evil, negativity, confusion, banishing, protection, repelling negativity, binding, shape-shifting, leaving a relationship, negates all colors and energies, invocation, acknowledging grief, and forgiveness. Burning a black candle with any other color dissolves negative energies. Use for hex-breaking, repelling, binding, and healing very powerful illnesses.
Sabbat:  Samhain
Zodiac:  Scorpio and Capricorn
Weekday:  Saturday

Gold:  Worldly achievement, wealth, recognition, playful humor, long life, safety, masculine power, happiness, wealth, the God, enlightenment, enhances communication, and attracts the power of cosmic influences. Yang.
Sabbat:  Ostara and Litha
Zodiac:  Leo

Silver:  Astral projection, clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, feminine power, divination, the Goddess, awakening psychic powers, dreams, visions, intuition, communication, stability. Yin.

Silver-Blue:  Deep wisdom, psychic awareness.

Red:  Determination, action, energy, element of Fire, lust, vibrancy, strength, physical health, courage, sexual passion and potency, pleasure, power, career goals, driving force.
Sabbat:  Yule and Imbolc
Zodiac:  Scorpio and Aries
Weekday:  Tuesday
Element:  Fire
Planet: Mars

Rose:  Compassion for self and others, humor, love, romance, drawing higher mystical powers, opening the heart, forgiveness, joy, endurance, stability, security, strength.

Pink:  Affection, romance, morality, nurturing, honor, rekindling trust, planetary good will, caring, healing of emotions, peace, attracting new friends or lovers, quiet sleep, love, partnerships of emotional maturity. Used in rituals to draw affection.
Sabbat:  Imbolc

Orange:  Fertility, self-esteem, confidence, creative growth, business goals, property deals, ambition, career goals, justice, legal matters, general success, abundance, action, and energy.
Sabbat:  Samhain, Lughnasadh, and Mabon
Zodiac:  Gemini
Planet: Mercury

Peach:  Gentle strength, joy, rejuvenation, restoration.

Yellow:  The Sun, intelligence, mental exercise, memory, logical imagination, improved concentration, accelerated learning, element of Air, breaking mental blocks, gaining approval, cheerfulness, endurance. Used in rituals requiring Solar energy, and for persuading another person.
Sabbat:  Mabon, Lughnasadh, and Ostara
Zodiac:  Gemini and Leo
Weekday:  Sunday
Element:  Air
Planet: Sun

Green:  Fertility, healing, luck, monetary success, element of Earth, gardening, tree and plant magic, prosperity, personal goals, growth, abundance, good harvest, money, earth Mother, employment matters, harmony.
Sabbat:  Yule, Ostara, Beltane (dark green), Litha
Zodiac:  Taurus and Cancer
Weekday:  Friday
Element:  Earth

Dark Green:  Greed, jealousy, ambition; counteracts these influences in ritual.

Greenish-Yellow:  Jealousy, anger, discord.

Sage Green:  Calming, emotional healing.

Blue:  Depression, discover truth, good fortune, wisdom, communication, creativity, inspiration, expand mental horizons, create confidence, spiritual inspiration, success, protection, element of Water, moving gently, calmness, harmony, clarity.
Sabbat:  Litha
Zodiac:  Libra and Sagittarius
Weekday:  Thursday
Element:  Water

Royal Blue:  The color of loyalty, promotes laughter.

Light Blue:  Tranquility, patience, health, use for devotional or inspirational meditations, spiritual color which brings peace to the home.
Zodiac:  Aquarius

Turquoise:  Creativity, awareness, meditation.

Purple:  Power, astral travel, spiritual power, self-assurance, divination, business progress, ambition, psychic protection, third eye insight, hidden knowledge, psychic ability, remembrance for parted loved ones, prevention of nightmares. Element of Spirit. Use for deeply connecting with spiritual world, influencing people in high places, and increasing psychic power. Burning purple and white candles together to neutralize the effects of karma and ego.
Zodiac:  Sagittarius
Weekday:  Wednesday
Element:  Spirit

Indigo:  The color of inertia, use for ending situations or stopping people, in rituals that require a deep meditative state, or that demand Saturn energy.

Violet:  Strength, success, idealism, psychic revelation. Properties similar to Purple for spiritual awareness.

Magenta:  Combination of Red and Violet which oscillates on a high frequency. This color energizes rituals requiring immediate action, high levels of power, or spiritual healing.

Lavender:  Promotes calming, motherly awareness and consciousness, dignity, spiritual-shielding, and intuition.

Gray:  Compromises, neutrality, stalemate, invisibility, settling negative emotions, negativity. Useful for contemplating complex issues during meditation. During magic, gray often promotes confusion. Also used for neutralizing a negative influence.
Zodiac:  Virgo

Brown:  Uncertainty, hesitation, pet protection, ideas and balance, locating lost objects, influence friendships, home protection, special favors, money. Used to dispel sorrow, for grounding, to improve powers of concentration and study, and to expand financial success.
Sabbat:  Imbolc and Mabon
Zodiac:  Capricorn

Copper:  Use in career maneuvers, fertility in business, professional growth, passion, money matters.

Ivory or Beige:  Harmlessness, neutrality, and balance.

Numbers1. The Universe, singularity, the One, identity, independent, the source of All.
2. Duality, balance, companionship, balance of energy, receptive and projective energy combined, the God and Goddess.
3. The triple Goddess and/or God, fertility, creativity, activity, results, and growth. The Lunar phases; the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects combined.
4. The four elements/directions, the winds, the seasons, stability, security, building, health, and control.
5. The fifth element of spirit, the senses, the pentagram, challenges, passion, conflict, energy, destruction, experience, renders evil spirits powerless.
6. Doubling of three. The God and the Goddess. Offers balance, harmony, luck, fortune, and adds power to ritual workings.
7. Mysticism, spirituality, power, magic, meditation, secrets, clairvoyance, intuition, and sacredness. The planets known by the Ancients.
8. The number of Sabbats, number of the God. Eight is the double of 4 and the cube of 2 and brings about strength, perfection, karma, stability, health, inner strength, good will, and prosperity.
9. Comprised of 3 x 3, nine is a powerful number for the God and Goddess. It is sacredness, accomplishment, high spirituality, and releasing energy into the Universe.
13. The number of Esbats; a fortunate number.
15. A number of good fortune.
21. The number of Sabbats and Esbats in the Pagan year; a number of the Goddess.
28. A number of the Moon; a number of the Goddess.

Alder (Masculine) Sacred tree of Celtic Astrology from mid-March to mid-April. Druids associated this tree with the fox. Its' Ogham letter is F. Magical Properties: Alder wands are used for spells and magic rituals dealing with charisma, journeys, self-confidence, bravery, supervisory skills, and spiritual growth. Also used in spiritual protection.

Apple (Feminine) The apple wand is symbolic of fertility, peace, plenty, and joy. This tree is sacred to Venus, and the Celtic Goddess, Rhiannon. The Ogham letter Q is assigned to this tree. Apple is a said to be a staple food of the elves and fairies. Magical Properties: A powerful choice when working with fairy magic. Apple aids in the propagation of skills, and is often used in love or fertility magic. Promotes peace, harmony, and visions.

Ash (Feminine and effeminate Masculine energy are present from mid-February to mid-March). Ash is closely aligned to the elemental Earth, and is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology. Greeks associated this tree with Neptune and Mercury. The Druids associated this tree with the adder. The Nords held this tree sacred to Woden (Odin). The Ogham letter N is assigned to the Ash. Magical Properties: The Ash wand is excellent for increasing mental focus and balance, communication, intelligence, wisdom, and curiosity. Use to remove mental blockages and aid in understanding. Ash is the wood of the warrior, writer, poet, and scholar. Promotes spiritual love, and health, and protects against unwanted change.

Basswood Sacred to the Greek Goddess Aprhodite and the Celtic Goddess Arianrhod (Goddess of the Stars, and Queen of Heaven). Some associate this with the Celtic Tree of Life. Basswood is related with the element of Air. Magical Properties: Basswood wands are used for creative endeavors, star magic, enlightenment, love, attraction, healing, and enchantments.

Beech (Masculine) Beech is closely related to the Oak and is associated with the Greek God, Apollo. The Celts used the nut of this tree to fodder the sacred swine. Norse tradition says that tablets of Beech were used to make the very first writing tablets for the runes, producing strong magic for working with the Nordic runes. Magical Properties: Beech wands are used in divination. Beech is said to reduce swelling and skin inflammations, help to balance mental health, and promote aspiration, desire, and victory. Beech is a sacred wood of the summer solstice.

Birch (Masculine) Birch is a sacred tree in Celtic Astrology from December 24th to January 20th. It is one of the first trees to naturally establish within cleared forests, therefore, it is considered a tree of new beginnings. Birch is closely aligned with the element of water. It is assigned the Ogham letter B. Magical Properties: The Birch wand is used in many cleansing rituals, and is a symbol of rebirth, renewal, and diligence. Some use this wood to aid in the calming of emotions. The bark helps to heal wounds and burns. European cultures have used birch twigs to expel evil spirits. Some utilize birch "rods" in rituals designed to drive out spirits of the old year. Influenced by the Moon, it is used in Lunar spells, healing, birth, and protection.

Cedar Associated with the Greek Goddess Persephone during her detainment in the Underworld. Also associated with the Celt Goddess Sezh that watches over the realm of fertility, herbs, and trees. Used by King Solomon, one of the greatest mystics of all time, in the building of the temple in Jerusalem. Magical Properties: A Cedar wand will cleanse negativity from the atmosphere. Used for the creation of sacred spaces. Related to longevity, protection, and preservation. Often used to summon helpful spirits during rituals and invocations.

Cherry (Both feminine and masculine) Artemis, Morrigan, Tyr, Mars, Aries, Herne, and Ambash all consider this wood sacred. Associated with the elemental Earth. Magical properties: Cherry wands contain grounded energy and are centered. They provide Earth energy that is unwavering and solid. Cherry is used in ritual to stabilize and focus, for intuitive insight, and to overcome obstacles. Excellent choice for divination or medium work, as well as healing, and love magic. Cherry is suited for use in hunting magic, working with animals and familiars, eroticism, unification of covens and groups, spells of detection, and amplifying spell work.

Elder (Masculine) Elder is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology from November 25th to December 23rd. The Elder is said to be the tree used in the crucifixion of Christ. Associated with the Celt Goddess Cailleach Beara and the Raven. The phrase "Elder be the Lady's tree, burn it not or cursed be" would lead one to conclude it is sacred to the Goddess. It is assigned the Ogham letter R. Magical Properties: Elder wands are most often used in Fairy Magic, banishment, magical arts, protection from evil, imagination, change, spiritual cleansing and healing.

Elm (Feminine) Often referred to as "The Home of the Fairies". It is known to for its ability to ward off lightning. Associated with the Great Goddess in crone stage. Relative to the elements of both Earth and Air. Magical Properties: Use of Elm wands is strong in magic for endurance, fertility, horticulture, passage through death and the phases of life, rebirth, and invocation of the Goddess. Elm adds stability, grounding, and focus to spell working.

Hawthorn (Masculine) Hawthorn is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology from mid-May to early June. Considered sacred by the Celtic summer flower maiden Olwen, it is also associated with the owl. The Hawthorn is assigned the Ogham letter H, and is sacred to Aquarius and the wind lord Vashaan. It was often planted around the perimeter of a cottage for protection, and it is believed that fairies live in the hedges of Hawthorn (especially if near Ash or Oak). Associated with the element of Air. Magical Properties: Hawthorn wands open insight, provide psychic protection, encourage creativity, aid in the development of self confidence, patience, and purification. The wood is often used to make charms, for banishment of evil spirits, weather working, concealing magic, chastity, male potency, and fairy magic.

Hazel (Feminine) Hazel is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology early August to early September. Associated with the Ogham letter C, and the elements of Fire, Air, and Water. Magical Properties: Artistic ability, magical knowledge, and optimism are provided by the enchanting use of Hazel. The energy of Hazel wands promotes love and creativity allowing a person to move beyond self-serving modes of existence. Hazel is the bringer of change. Hazel also promotes creative expression, eloquence, and art of all types. This was the most common wood used to create wands in the ancient Celtic traditions. Also used in magic spells for wisdom, creativity, intelligence, navigation, inspiration, and wrath.

Hickory (Masculine) Sacred to the Celtic God Lugh and the Greek God Apollo. Hickory is closely related to the Oak and many of the same properties apply to both. Magical Properties: Use this wand in magic to seek direction, abundance, wholeness, and general acquisitions. It can aid in developing leadership skill, and creating an influence of presence.

Honey Locust Loved by the fairy because of its thorns which are believed to protect fairy clearings.

Magical Properties: A mighty wand of protection and bindings. Use while working with the fairy realm. Some use this wood with spells that deal with beauty and physical appearances.

Holly (Feminine) The sacred spear of Odin was made of Holly. The Roman god Mars rules over this mighty wood. Related to the elemental Earth and given the Ogham letter T. Associated by Druidic tradition to the grand majesty of the Unicorn. Magical Properties: Purity, strength, logic, power transfer, protection. It is said that a man who carries the leaves and berries of Holly is irresistible to women. Since the story of the rulership of the Holly King and the Oak King deal with cycles and rebirth, it is often used in magic to ease the loss of loved ones as they pass. It also carries properties needed to promote sleep, physical revenge, abundance, and beauty.

Ivy (Masculine) Persephone considers this wood to be sacred. Druids related this to the Butterfly. Guinevere (the fairy bride) rules over this wood which is given the Ogham letter G. Magical Properties: Determination, strength, optimism, spiritual growth. Ivy is a fine wand for protection against wayward spirits and angry elementals, ensures success in business, and for all new endeavors. When Ivy is seen in visions, it is considered a warning.

Lilac A favorite of the forest nymphs. Lilac is sacred to the Greek Twins Gemini. Associated with the element of Air. Magical Properties: Lilac wands are good for magic dealing with romance, love, and passion. A superb choice when working magic in the realm of intellect, communication, and mental concentration. Enhances sexual pleasure. Lilac provides protection during travel. When dealing with illusion magic or divining arts, this wood is a good choice.

Maple (Both Feminine and Masculine) Libra and Virgo consider this tree to be sacred. Associated with the elements of Spirit and Water. The great horned owl is the sacred bird of this tree.  Magical Properties: Some cultures primarily use Maple wands for spiritual healing. Maple is a traveler's wood. It enhances intellectual pursuits, learning, and communication. Use in spells geared toward art, beauty, binding, and abundance.

Oak (Strong Masculine energy) Oak is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology June 10th to July 7th. The Druids associated the Oak with the Wren. It is closely aligned with the elements Earth, Water, and Spirit, and assigned the Ogham letter D . The Oak is considered to be the most powerful and the most sacred to the Druids. Wizards consider this the most amplified wood to use to in spells that work with time and for counter spells. Sacred to the Irish God Dagda. Magical Properties: Truth, steadfast knowledge, protection. Oak wands bring vitality and long life. To the ancient Celtic people, Oak was the protector, provider, benevolent king of the trees. Utilized as a healing wood, and very well-grounded because of its' strong connection to the earth. This wood helps center the mind, allowing it to focus on the task at hand while ignoring distractions. Oak helps promote both observation and intuition. Oak magic inspires bravery, presence, leadership skills, prosperity, and strength.

Osage Orange (Masculine) Associated with the elements of Spirit, Earth, and Fire. Named after the Osage tribe of the Great Plains region. Magical properties: This wood is famous for its ability to repel household pests and resist rot. Use this wand in magic dealing with astral healing, spirit guides, and animal guides. This wood aides in the pursuit of goals and passions.

Poplar (Masculine) Plato makes a reference to the use of Black Poplar and Silver Fir as an aid in divination. Aligned with the elements of Spirit, Water, and Fire. Influenced by the power of Venus. Magical properties: Poplar wands have an incredibly diverse energy, allowing them to be an all-purpose choice for magical workings. The diversity of the energy in this wood makes it useful for evocation as well as banishment rituals. It is also strong when used for hope, rebirth, and divinations.

Sassafras Native Americans and early settlers considered sassafras to be a cure-all for numerous ailments. The root bark was once believed to be a curative, capable of treating everything from headaches to malaria, fever to liver problems, and stomachaches to colds. The wand was believed to increase hunger. The wood, which continues to be used in furniture, was often used in flooring and bedsteads because people believed the sassafras fragrance would drive away bedbugs and other pesky insects. Magical properties: Early settlers believed that beds made from Sassafras would repel evil spirits and give restful sleep. Burying money near the roots of a Sassafras tree is said to bring prosperity.

Vine (Masculine and Feminine) Vine is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology during most of the month of September. Druids associated this wood with the Swan. Considered sacred by the Tuatha De Danaan Gods of Irish Mythology. Magical Properties: Vinewood wands encourage spiritual initiation, joy, and excitement. They are used for Fairy work, rebirth, sacred knowledge, and authority.

Black Walnut (Feminine and Masculine) Black Walnut is closely aligned with the elements of Earth and Spirit. Walnut is sacred to the Gods Vashaan, Zues, Jupiter, Thor, and Vishnu. Magical properties: Black Walnut wands are used in magic dealing with teleportation, astral travel, weather working, averting lightning, powers of the wind and breath, and motivation.

Willow (Feminine) Willow is a sacred tree of Celtic Astrology from April 15th to May 12th. Willow is strongly aligned with the element of water and is associated with the element of spirit and the Ogham letter S. The Druids associated this tree with the hare. Diana, Hecate, Astarte, Ceridwen, Arianrhod, Rhiannon, and Omulan all considered this to be a very sacred tree. Magical Properties: Willow wands are strong in working with the Esbats and the cycles of life such as death, rebirth, change, and the will. It is a very emotional wood. Willow can add vital energy to the sick and elderly. Some say that burning willow can soothe and guide the souls of the recently deceased. Willow is believed to make the tool magical - rather than the other way around. It will align itself to the inner will of the party that shares its' energy. The stronger the will, the more effective the wood. Willow is extremely useful in healing. It is also good for love spells and rituals involving emotion. It strengthens the third eye, and is a great tool for divination as well.

Nine woods in the Cauldron go,
burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch wood in the fire goes
to represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest, towers with might
in the fire, brings God's insight.
Rowan is a tree of power
causing life and magic to flower.
Willow at the waters' side stand
ready to help us to Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify
and draw the faerie to your eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning
adds its strength to the fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree
that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow full upon the vine
giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen
to represent immortality.
But - Elder is the Lady's tree,
burn it not or cursed you'll be.