Traditional Charm of Protection

For millennia, earth-centered folks throughout the world have been adept at using the natural materials in their environment for various magical purposes. This ancient charm for protection has its roots in the Druid practices of the British Isles, but it makes use of a tree that grows in many other locations, as well.

Part of the reason charms work is that they provide a focus for our intention. If you want to feel more inwardly safe, find out how to make this simple charm of protection here:

Every part of the dogwood tree was believed to have protective qualities. The four-petaled flower was thought to have special significance because it echoes the four elements/four directions.

This is the perfect time of year to gather dogwood petals or flowers, but wind-downed twigs will work, if the blossoms have already come and gone where you live. Only use a twig that has fallen naturally.


1 perfect dogwood flower, or 4 petals, or 1 small twig broken into 4 equal pieces
Small square (about 4 inches) of natural cloth
8-inch piece of ribbon or raffia

1. Pick a time when you will not be disturbed, and bring the materials with you to a place where you can be alone.

2. Orient yourself with the four directions: know where you are in relation to north, south, east, and west. (Turn to face each direction for a moment, if you like.)

3. Hold the flower, petals, or twigs in your dominant hand and give some thought to the wisdom of the ancestors who revered the protective energies of the dogwood. Imagine the energy of the tree which is present in these small representatives of it. Thank the tree-energy for its help.

4. Place the flower, petals, or twig pieces on the square of cloth, focusing on your desire to feel more safe and protected. As you gather the corners of the square together, and tie the bundle with the ribbon or raffia, hold in your mind the feeling of protection and safety.

5. Place the bundle in your purse, or in a place in your house where you will see it and be reminded of your intention and the treeís help.

Inspired by A Druidís Herbal, by Ellen Evert Hopman (Inner Traditions, 1995).


Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T.3 years ago

Thank you for the interesting article...we just got one for our front yard.

Barb F.
Barb F.6 years ago

TY, bookmarked, will gladly add to other protective ways that are things I just do.