Iogh (Yew) Gaelic I – Christmas Ornament


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2 inch high same on both sids.

Designed by Angus MacLeod
Handcrafted by Piper Pewtr.

9th in The Gaelic Tree Alphabet Series –

Iogh (Yew) The evergreen yew with dark green, needle-like leaves and red berries has commonly symbolized immortality as it is the longest-lived entity, often lasting more than 1,000 years. It is still commonly planted in Christian churchyards and cemeteries. The druids preferred yew for wand-making over their other favourite woods, apple and oak. This dark evergreen tree has needles but is not a conifer. The flesh of its red berries are the only part of the tree that are not toxic, including its seeds, and perhaps this, and its dense shade, are why it has such a strong association with death. Many churchyard yews date to well before Christianity. Yew trees are a symbol of immortality and resilience. Yew guards the door between this world and the next.