- symbolic of strength gained by challenge
- was once hardened in flames and used as spears
- believed that when heated, holly was as strong as iron
- associated with the spirit of vegetation and the waning forces of nature, personified as a mythical figure called the Holly King.
- The Holly King rules nature during its decline from the mid-summer solstice (Litha - Jun 21st) through to the mid-winter solstice (Yule – Dec 21st). At each of the solstice Sabbats, the Holly King and his brother the Oak King engage in ritual combat for the attentions of the Goddess, from whence the victor presides over nature through the following half of the year.
- Magickal Uses:
- When planted around the home it protects the inhabitants and guards against lightening, poisoning and mischievous spirits.
- As a charm to enhance dreams, nine Holly leaves gathered on a Friday after midnight, wrapped in a clean cloth to protect against its needles, and tied up using nine knots was placed under a pillow to make dreams come true.
- Holly is used for magick associated with the element of fire and Holly incense is used to consecrate the athame.
- The Holly tree deity associations are with: Lugh, Tannus, Taranis and Thor.
Holly Spell (from Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook 2010)
If you wish to grow stronger from everyday challenges and overcome them, enlist the help of the holly spirit. As you gaze into the candle's flame, feel it filling you. It blesses you with the ability to face any challenges in your path with insight and strength.
You Will Need:
- A few holly leaves or other symbol of holly
- A Green Candle
- A needle or tool to carve with
- Carve the holly symbol on the candle.
- Light it and say:
I salute the blessed holly tree,
In justice's name I do decree,
As every challenge comes my way,
The flame will temper my swordplay.