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Elder is one of the most magical of all trees. It is sacred to all luna goddesses and is known as the Tree Of Life And Death. Elder branches have a pithy hollow inside - and so can be used to breathe/blow through. These "Elder Straws" therefore are used in Traditional English witchcraft to breathe life into a poppet, talisman, amulet or other spell work - these can then be used for blessing or cursing. There is a special ancient rhyme that must be recited to an Elder Tree before any wood is cut from it. Why take the risk when we have follow the correct process of asking permission, blessing and thanking the Tree! Our Elder grows around the large pond at our covenstead - and from which we also gather and dry berries for the apothecary.