Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) dwells on the edge of forests and is often called the Dark Crone of the Woods. Straif is the Irish name of the fourteenth letter of the Ogham alphabet ᚎ, represented by Blackthorn. Blackthorn has a sinister reputation, associated with warfare, wounding and death. However, this is also a plant of guarding, with Witches carving the runic symbol for thorn on a Blackthorn stave for protection.
What does Blackthorn symbolise?
- Secret Keeping
- Shadow work
There is a small Blackthorn shrub in my garden, one my partner planted beneath the oaks that overhang our fire bowl. The end of our garden is feral and wild, and the Blackthorn guards the entryway as the more domesticated garden begins to fade into woodland. It is from this small shrub that I have life-cast both the Blackthorn Earrings and matching Blackthorn Pendant.
Armour yourself with solid silver blackthorn, crossed in protective warding. This tree is sacred to the darkest wilds within us all.
Adorn yourself with blackthorn earrings, daggers to ward your spirit against modern perils.
Blackthorn in mythology and folklore
Blackthorn has a sinister reputation and to many it often represents the dark side of witchcraft and magick. It is a sacred tree to the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess, and is associated with the Waning and Dark Moon. Blackthorn is also known as keeper of dark secrets.
Blackthorn is linked with wars, wounds and death, and sacred to the Scottish Crone Cailleach - the Divine Hag. Her time begins on Samhain, when she leaves the mountains and walks across the lands bringing winter storms, snow and Death.