Heckate’s sacred tree of death is said to root in the mouths of the dead & release their souls. A very small amount may burned outside shortly after Yule in your New Year’s cleansing ceremony. Associated with death and rebirth, it is appropriate for funeral wreathes and memorial plantings. Likewise, it is appropriate for decorating for Yule, as the winter solstice represents the cusp between the season of life and the season of death.
Although the practice is not recommended, yew may be burned during spells to raise the dead. Their spirits will be trapped within the smoke until you release them.
Yew is associated with divination and astral travel and anything that relates to communication or travel between realms. The wood is also very attractive in form and coloring. This makes it especially useful for making runes, Ogham sticks, frames for scrying mirrors, talking boards and other divination tools, but it should not be used for goblets or any dishes that will be eaten from. People have died from drinking wine stored in yew barrels!
THIS PLANT IS POISONOUS USE WITH CAUTION. Yew is an evolutionary link between conifers and deciduous trees. It has needles but no cones. Yew foliage is poisonous to people and livestock. The fruit flesh is harmless but the seeds are very toxic.
Wildcrafted in the Canadian Pacific Northwest by the Witch.