This beautiful May tree is thought to be 'unlucky', for it is associated with loss and painful change. Even its name has the meaning 'harm'. Nevertheless, Hawthorn shouldn't be seen as dark or destructive. The misfortunes, which it can bring, are in fact essential for the inevitable process of transformation and coming into age.

Hawthorn is clearly associated with youth and female sexuality. The most obvious example of this connection is Hawthorh's ability to charm men and awake their desires. But its significance for women, personified by this wood, is even greater: it means the end of innocence and the beginning of a new stage in girl's life, when she becomes a mature woman and wife. That's why this wood has mixed symbolism: on the one hand, it personifies virginity, chastity and young beauty, and on the other hand loss of these qualities. Since the implied change is inevitable, Hawthorn is often perceived as 'doomed', fatal wood. But it is not true: the disruption brought by it is always temporary; one must only let it go.

General aspect of Hawthorn's symbolism lays in revealing a new inner structure and gaining a new level in life. Not without reason this wood possesses such characteristics as ability to cleanse and purify as well as getting rid of what has already died or no more useful for growth.

In magic, Hawthorn is primarily used for love charms and strengthening beauty, as well as for inducing illusions and fogging the mind. It can be used in transformation and symbolical sacrificial rituals, in practices, dealing with slowing down or speeding up the time, in harming or damaging spells and even in long-term curses (such as spindle-curse from famous tale about Sleeping Beauty).

Keywords: change, inevitable transformation, fate, young beauty, chastity, end of innocence, coming into age, love charms, female sexuality, desire, harm, loss and misfortunes, gaining new abilities, revealing the new-grown inner structure, illusions.

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