Aspen, or White Poplar, is the tree of the Autumn Equinox, personifying great experience of the old age. Aspen is shifting-leaved; and when the wind blows, it makes a peculiar noise, which resembles soft tinkling or murmuring. Due to that, this tree is often referred to as the talking, whispering and quivering tree and is said to have connection with agility in speech. It is sometimes believed, that Aspen was used to construct Christ's cross, and the leaves of the tree quiver when they remember this fact.
At first sight, Aspen gives an impression of delicate and tender wood, and in many respects it is indeed so. Its inner nature is rather of 'words', not of 'heroic deeds'. But in the subtle art of eloquence, Aspen is beyond any comparison. This wood has a light and easy temper, and is completely devoid of dark thoughts and strong passions. At the same time, Aspen is not silly or thoughtless: though being indifferent and absent-minded, it has extremely good perceptive abilities. Aspen can see the world 'from a bird's eye view', like a large blueprint, and with its lucid mind and great experience can easily understand it. It sees all doings in their integrity, as the completed process. The problem is, that Aspen is usually not interested in them, preferring his own fantasy to the real 'material' life.
It is important to mention, that Aspen, despite its detachment, is not a weak or faint-hearted. It is well-known for its ability to banish evil spirits or negative energies: many vampire stories mention that the only weapon which can stop these beings is aspen stake.
In magic, Aspen is used in spoken spells and in divinations. In is also favoured for flying charms and for bringing a successful completion to a process. Moreover, this wood is good for strengthening the agility in speech and language, and can also help in attracting wealth.
Keywords: light and easy nature, Autumn, old age, completion, integrity, preparing for leaving this world, agility in speech, eloquence, spoken charms, flying, detachment, free from strong passions, clear vision, banishing evil spirits.
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