Oak Tree Symbols and Meanings
Oak Tree the Doorway to
mysteries Guardian of histories.
Oak Tree Meaning Symbolism
Solid protection, Magical strength, security, truth. A crossing of boundaries between one place and the next. Ability to see the invisible or be invisible. Inner knowledge. Ability to bar or open the way. Endurance, maturity, nobility, goodwill.
Rules over the summer months and this tree were and still is sacred to the Druids. Lessons were taught beneath their spreading branches in sacred groves of Oak trees. The post-glacial Indo-European cultures lived in the era when great oak forests covered most of their territory. It was used extensively for housing, firewood, and weapons and the bark was used for tanning hides and their clothing, etc.. These people were called ‘The People of the Oak’ because of their reverence for this tree and their dependence on it, and consequently many religious associations developed all around Europe from these times.
It was often associated with the leader of the gods – Zeus, and with Thor and Jupiter as it stood majestically, high above all the other trees in the forest. To connect with the feminine energies of the tree, make an acorn necklace and invoke Diana. These Gods help us to share accumulated acorns of wisdom with others and to be strong like the oak and wise, tough and resilient.
The Divine Spirit is the great Oak.
The sentient beings are parts of the roots, trunk, limb, twigs and leaves of the tree.
The common Celt can work with and connect to the various parts of the tree,
but only the Shamans connect to the whole tree.
Ogham Oak Tree Medicinal and Magical Uses
The powdered oak bark can be used as a snuff to stop nosebleeds. A strong decoction of the oak bark is good to stop chronic diarrhoea. Oak branches, leaves and acorns make an astringent tonic due to their high tannin content. A tea of the Oak tree bark can be used for coughs and as a gargle for sore throats and applied externally to ulcers and bruises. Make a poultice of the root and bark and apply it to swollen joints.
The Oak tree is thought to lead the way to the truth, especially about past layers of action. The roots representing the past, the trunk the present and the branches the future. The roots of the tree grow as deep as the tree grows high, which makes them above all, a symbol of balance. Balance is always the thing we strive for as followers of the way. The energy of the Oak restores will and self-determination and gives us courage and endurance to do the necessary work. Oak spirits, dryads, were depicted as wizened old men with a strong humorous presence. The Dagda carried an oak club and a harp of oak to call the four seasons. He is associated with the element of earth.
The oak tree itself is strong and durable. Oaks are providers. They give of their excellent wood and feed the people and the animals with their nuts. They attract the attention of the highest gods as evidenced by their tendency to attract lightning yet they are not blasted by the stroke. They have their heads in the clouds and their roots firmly planted in the earth.
For Druids, Oaks symbolise the ideal way of life.
Duir Meaning Oak Tree
Place an acorn in your pocket when you go for that all-important interview or meeting. It will bring you good luck. If you are quick enough to catch a falling oak leaf before it hits the ground, you will have good luck as well as good health. The dew of the oak tree is said to be a magical beauty aid. Remember that “Duir” means gate or door – so watch for those unexpected opportunities and take advantage of them. © by Druid Priestess Jyoti Eagles – Ogham Cards