13. Transmutational

Transmutational means simply to change one thing into another. This can apply to an entire range of possibilities from one’s present circumstances to shape shifting.

Name: BETULA spp.

Toxicity: not known

B. nana (Dwarf Birch)         Continent: North Temperate Zone    Habitat: I

B. pendula (Silver B.)          Continent: Eurasia        Habitat: I

B. pubescens (Downy B.)   Continent: Eurasia        Habitat: I

Applicable Plant Components:bark, herb, flower, wood, twig, root

Sanctificational: bark, cambium, wood
Invitatory: bark
Convocational: bark
Fortificational: flower
Intensificational: herb, twig
Harmonical: bark, twig, cambium
Pacificatory: bark, herb
Reconciliatory: bark, herb, wood
Reversional: herb, flower
Theurgical: bark
Transmutational: bark, herb
Prolongational: bark
Amoristic: herb, twig, wood, flower, root
Protectant: herb
Tutelary: bark
Vulnerary: bark, herb, root
Providential: wood
Plenitudinal: cambium, bark, herb
Plenarial: bark
Ensurant: herb
Divinatory: twig
Affixal: herb
Resurgent: wood, ashes from bark
Anecdotal: Betula is used in tanning and rendered into fire drills, drums, lodges and baskets (roots). Flutes are created from the bark for calling quarry. Ancient people inscribed their history on Betula bark, making it the guardian of that imperative. Phallic maypoles are usually Betula trees. Betula is entreated to enhance clarity, motive and focus, as well as to strengthen the image of intent and guard against its diffusion. It protects against lightning and thunder and is frequently planted near homes for that purpose. Betula is an aid or guide in remaining on one’s chosen path. It is associated with rebirth and accepting the challenges of it. Betula summons an understanding that the circumstances of one’s former life were necessary for personal growth and releases impediments that limit progress. It has a highly cyclical nature and is known as an agent of birth, death and rebirth; Betula is offered at burial sites with that in mind. As Deer Medicine it is associated with abundance and rebirth or access to other worlds. As an amoristic medicine Betula is associated with sexual desire, fertility and nurturing. Betula placates spiritual pain including that that might be related to the past. Smudge or steam repels malevolent spirits and sets up a protective shield against their return. It is good luck medicine related to love and history.

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