Used by diviners searching for metal or water, but will only work reputedly if made of forked wands which are cut on St. John's eve/night. Could also be used to seek out treasure, but pity the thief up to the 16th-century who could be identified by use of hazel twigs.
Diviners in search of water hidden underground are known to often use forked branches taken from the Hazel tree traditionally called ‘Wishing Rods’ (also Apple, Beech and Alder). (See Mystical WWW Trees & Divining Methodology).
An ancient belief says that God gave Adam the power to create any animal he wanted after being banished from Eden or Paradise. To create the animal Adam had to strike the sea with a rod made of Hazel. The first animal that he created was the sheep but Eve saw this and created a wolf. It immediately attacked the sheep, and in order to control the wolf Adam created a dog. The dog overcame the wolf and harmony was restored.
Adorning the hair with individual twigs or with ‘Wishing Caps’, made of Hazel twigs is a custom followed in many countries. It was thought that if a person made a wish whilst wearing a wishing cap the wish would be fulfilled.
Hazel nuts were also believed to possess mystical powers and could be used in divining. The nut is believed to be at its strongest on Hallowe’n night, which was traditionally called ‘Nutcrack Night’ in England (UK). Lovers were recommended to use this to gain foresight into the relationship.
‘Two hazel nuts I threw into the flame,
And to each nut I gave a sweetheart’s name.
This, with the loudest bounce me sore amazed,
That, with a flame of brightest colour blazed.
As blazed the nut, so may thy passion grow,
For ‘twas thy nut that did so brightly glow.’
‘Some merry, friendly, countra folks
Together did convene,
To burn their nits, an’ pu their stocks,
An’ haud their Halloween
Fu’ blithe that night.’