Lori's deliciously luxurious Need Fire "Old European Witchcraft"™ blend of NINE SACRED WOODS master crafted by WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY® contains select barks, twigs and heartwoods of alder, apple, ash, birch, cedar, hawthorn, rowan, white oak and white willow. Deeply infused with Lori's original blend of NINE SACRED WOODS OIL.
Cast into your prepared heat safe cauldron as a special ritual incense or use as a bonfire fire throw. "Nine woods in ye cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow ..." - Wiccan Rede
In this blend, the sacred woods and their traditional pagan correspondences:
Alder - clearing, protection, shielding
Apple - immortality, healing, wholeness
Ash - transformation, prosperity, health
Birch - female energy, birth, renewal, herald of change
Cedar - money, protection, cleansing
Hawthorn - Celtic Druid, fertility, happiness, fairy and nature magic
Oak - male energy, endurance, confidence
Rowan - life, power, success, protection
White Willow - intuition, divination, witchcraft, mastery
This 9-woods blend CONTAINS ROWAN.
This listing is for ONE 4.5x3 inch "Pocket Packet"™ of Nine Sacred Woods.
In my NINE SACRED WOODS blends, I have been asked why I use Apple wood (in deference to Idunn and her golden apples) instead of Holly wood (in deference to the Holly king).
Ancestral IDUNN's golden apples, a Proto-Indo-European origin story.
Modern apple trees (Malus domestica) are cultivated worldwide, the most widely grown are species from the genus Malus. The tree originated in Central Asia from its wild ancestor Malus sieversii.
In modern reference, Central Asia is a subregion of Asia that stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China and Mongolia in the east, and from Afghanistan and Iran in the south to Russia in the north. The region consists of the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In prehistoric times, this region was inhabited one of my genetic ancestral clans, known today as the Yamnaya culture.
The people of the Yamnaya culture were likely the result of a genetic admixture between the descendants of Eastern European Hunter-Gatherers (EHG) and people related to hunter-gatherers from the Caucasus (CHG), an ancestral component which is often named "Steppe ancestry", with additional admixture of up to 18% from Early European Farmers. Their material culture was very similar to the Afanasevo culture, and the populations of both cultures are genetically indistinguishable. The Yamnaya culture is identified with the late Proto-Indo-Europeans, and the Pontic-Caspian steppe is the strongest candidate for the Urheimat (original homeland) of the Proto-Indo-European language.
Both my father's paternal haplogroup (I2) and my mother's maternal haplogroup (U5) have been found in remains associated with the Yamnaya culture. As an ethnic European, I also have significant autosomal genetic ancestry originating from this ancient population. My mother's maternal haplogroup (U5) has also been found among the remains associated with the Afanasevo culture (materially linked with the Yamnaya culture).
Haplogroup R1b, especially subclades of R1b-M269, is the most common Y-DNA haplogroup found among both the Yamnaya and modern-day Western Europeans. Additionally, a minority are found to belong to haplogroup I2 (my father's paternal haplogroup) They are found to belong to a wider variety of mtDNA haplogroups, including U (my mother's maternal haplogroup), T, and haplogroups associated with Caucasus Hunter-Gatherers and Early European Farmers.
The material connection of the Yamnaya and Afanasevo cultures is particularly interesting to me personally as my U5 maternal genetic lineage is common to both. The Afanasevo culture occupied the South Siberian areas of the Minusinsk Basin and the Altai Mountains. The Altai Mountains are famously known for the Altai Cave in which the first remains of Homo denisova were found. This could explain in part why I, as a European, have Denisovan genetic ancestry per genetic testing.
An observation of mine - the close similarity of the word "apfel" (Old Germanic, Old English, Proto-Indo-European derived word for apple) to Afa[nasevo].
Additionally linking ancestral Idunn and her golden apples to the Afanasevo (also spelled Afanasievo and Afanasyevo) culture is the information that the Afanasevo culture is named for nearby mountains called the Afanasiev mountains, meaning Afanasiev's mountain. Afanasiev is a Russian name which means "immortal", similarly as is Idunn associated with immortality. Interestingly as well, the name Afanasyev is etymologically also connected to the Greek name Athanasios (also meaning "immortal"), where in Greek legend, the eleventh labor of Hercules was to bring Eurystheus golden apples.