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Juniper

If you dream about juniper berries you may be in store for the patter of tiny feet, or an heir or some wonderful news, but if you dream of the tree itself bad luck will arrive at your door. During the plague juniper fires were kept burning to ensure there was enough smoke to drive away the demons.

It is thought that is the Juniper tree that was used, when in the Flight from Egypt, as told in the bible, the infant Jesus was saved from King Herod’s purge of all first born, and has been associated with being able to ward off illness, negative forces and evil. In Wales (UK) a traditional belief has it that cutting down a Juniper tree will result in the woodcutter's death the next year.

A goblin of the Jupiter tree, called ‘Frau Wachholder’ was traditionally invoked to make thieves return the goods they have stolen. This female demon could be approached if the person had lost something belonging to them. The method given was described as requiring the inquirer to find a Juniper tree or bush. Once there it was necessary to separate one of the branches and then bend it over to the ground weighting it down. Having done this the inquirer should call out to the thief. The thief will appear with the stolen article(s). To return the thief simply let go of the branch.

Mystical Trees