Powerful wood that can be relied upon as a source of might behind words. Alder wood talismans provide strength to words. The wood provides the authority of verbal skills and strengthens spell casting. It is believed to have the power of divination, especially in the diagnosing of diseases. As it is associated with both the Moon and Mars, and Water and Fire, there is an obvious connection with the balance between the emotions and with actions. It’s also used when you need to face all that you’ve avoided recently.
Because of its fantastic dyeing properties, it has strong associations with spinning and fabric making.
Because it is a tree that allows access to the faerie realms, it is not good fortune to cut one down, as it is a charm against malevolent fairies. Water sprites are said to protect the tree, so again, be wary of cutting it down.