|Color of the day: Crimson
Incense of the day: Carnation
Ever since King Charles II of England hid in an oak tree to protect himself from political enemies during the 1600s, this day has been known as Oak Apple Day. Images of oak trees, acorns, oak leaves, and branches are displayed everywhere. The oak tree has had a long association with magic since the days of early Britain. Any part of an oak tree can be used in fertility, health, protection, or good luck spells. Here are two such spells. For good fortune, bind together two oak branches with red ribbon to form a cross and hang them outside your home. To bring a wish into your life, take three branches each of oak, hawthorn, and ash. Tie them together with raffia or twine. Think of your wish and cast them upon a fire to release the spell. Or keep your bundle of wood and burn it in a ritual fire at Litha, the Summer Solstice.