Thuja Spp.*

Tree of Life, Arbor Vitae

Native to

It's complicated. What most today would call a "Cedar" is native to North America, however in historical contexts there is "Cedar" native to Europe

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.

Parts Used

  • Leaf or "Tips"

  • Berries

Divinities & Mythos

Note: Just because we do not have the information, does not mean it is not out there. Happy researching! And check back, more is added each month!

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Sun

  • Element(s): Fire

  • Gender: Masculine

Warning: species Mix-up* + Do not Ingest

Cedar is a name given to many trees outside the Thuja family. Cedrus spp. and juniperus virginiana are also types of Cedar.

Due to the variation of species and genus that makes up the historical and modern Cedar, knowing the species can help you further identify historical uses and properties.

Thuja is made up primarily of a poison, do not eat it.

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Magical Properties

  • Ancient Wisdom

  • Binding/Unbinding

  • Cleansing

  • Harmony

  • Healing

  • Longevity

  • Love

  • Maturity

  • Money

  • Prosperity

  • Protection (esp. in storms)

  • Psychic Powers

  • Purification

  • Spirit Communication

  • Spirituality

  • Strength

  • Wards off Nightmares

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any regular supplements, herbal teas, infusions, dedoctions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantagous. Too much of a good thing, eh?