Elder - Catharsis, insight, integration

Elder - Schwarzer Holunder - Sambucus nigra

small, up to 10 m tall tree, furrowed, gray brown, cracked bark; branches erect to curved, leaves opposite, imparipinnate; large clusters of small white or cream-colored flowers, up to 24 cm in diameter.
Distribution: Europe, western Asia
Flowering time: June, July


Keywords: knowledge, insight, spirituality, new vision and re-evaluation
Brief description: when one is plagued with problems and/or illness without any clue how to cope, what they mean and where they come from
Energy: Yin energy
Chakras: Basis and Crown Chakra


The essence

Elder is an ancient and spiritual plant. Originally it was dedicated to the goddess of the underworld Hel (the English word ‚hell‘ was derived from her name as well as the German ‚Hölle‘). This goddess is still well know from Brothers Grimm‘s fairy tale Frau Holle (English: Mother Hulda). This fairy tale describes the journey of two girl to the underworld. The entrance is marked by an elderberry tree. The way the girls behave in the underworld detemines their fate when they come back to the Earth‘s surface (reincarnate).


The essence of Elder pulls you out of your usual patterns of thinking. It can make you see things in new and unfamiliar ways. Unaffected by worldly and material matters surprising insights may arise.

Meditation with the Elder corresponds to the shamanic journey to the underworld. What you experience there, can bring substantial knowledge in dealing with your responsibilities in this earthly existence. You can understand things from a higher vantage point. Pettiness and selfishness have no business there. The implementation of lessons learned into practice and reality can be promote and strengthened when you combine Elder with Walnut.

©Dirk Albrodt

Saint John‘s Wort - Johanniskraut - Hypericum perforatum 30 - 60 cm high perennial herb with upright stems; bright yellow flowers,e up to 2.5 cm across,
Christmas Rose - Christrose - Helleborus niger evergreen perennial flowering plant in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae; it is poisonous;dark, leathery,
Almond - Mandel - Prunus dulcis 2-8 m tall deciduous tree or shrub in the rose family (Rosaceae); branches upright or horizontally, many short branches;
Red Deadnettle - Rote Taubnessel - Lamium purpureum annual, 15 - 45cm high, herbaceous, nettle-like plant without stinging hairs, member of the mint family;
Yellow Yarrow - Gelbe Schafgarbe - Achillea filipendulina up to 1m high perennial herbaceous plant; stalks high, simple, below densely hairy; leaves pinnately
Back to Top