YEW: Taxus baccata, Taxus spp.
Origin: Europe, north Africa, western Asia
Toxicity: Fruit and seeds are most toxic.
Part Used: Needles, tip of branches, bark, berry, wood.
Lore: It is said in Norse legends that Yew stands between two worlds and thus it can be used to trap souls within it. It was once used for arrow poison.
Magick: Banishing. Incense used to raise the dead. Transformation, astral travel, necromancy, contacting ancestors, skill with words. Clairvoyance, divination, peace, protection.
Used for runes, wands, bows, staves.
Other: Sacred tree of the Druids.
Represents Yule because it stands between life and death, representing both.
Symbol of stability due to its long life.