Yew


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20 Apr 2005, 22:56 #1

Does anyone know anything about the "Taxus
baccuta" known as the Yew tree?
All I found in our Main Reference Library on
it is in the Standing People thread:
Quote:
Yew:
Berries are poisonous. Sacred to the Winter Solstice and
the deities of death and rebirth. Irish practitioners use
it to make dagger handles and
bows.
I did have an opportunity to read more
technical information but I was wondering if anyone has
any "esoteric" (for lack of a better
word at the moment) information... Native American or
otherwise...?
My Grandmother planted
four of them in front of her house and now they're huge
trees (I've always called them "bushes"
though). They look like this:
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My Grandmother always told
us as children that the purdyful berries are poisonous,
but we had lots of fun splatting them on each others
faces Image
I read that the leaves of the Yew are now used
to produce a drug that stops cancer cell mutation
permanently, called taxol.
I
understand that they're considered sacred trees and
wondered why they are labeled as such ~ I mean, aren't
all Standing People sacred?
I also
read that Yew was also employed as a poison, used for
assassination, suicide, as an arrow poison, and cedar
rose even let me know that . . .
Quote:
Robin
Hood used a bow of Yew to win the Maid Marion, to whom he
was betrothed under the branches of a Yew. At his death,
he was buried beneath a Yew."
I've also read that Yew were planted in
graveyards as a form of protection from malevolent
spirits and that its needles (I call them 'leaves') are
used in rituals to communicate with the dead. I often
chew on the needles ('leaves') like a snack Image
According to some information I read, the dried leaves
are more toxic than young fresh leaves Image So... I
guess prolly shouldn't continue to munch on them, eh?
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Well, there's a book I just may order called
"The Yew Tree" but I wondered if anyone
has more particular information about the Yew I've
pictured above...? ImageImage
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