Apple Quert (Wholeness)
Quert corresponds to the letter Q in the Ogam alphabet and is associated with the apple tree. This symbol represents love, choice and rebirth.
Quert pronounced: kyert
Powers: Quert provides choice of beauties which are yours to make.
Keywords: Health, vitality, regeneration, recovery, wholeness, integration, choice of beauty, a choice that must be made.
Deities associated with Apple: Aphrodite, Venus, Helen, Hera, Astarte, Ashtoreth, Ishtar, Cerridwen, Athene, Nemesis, Eurystheus, Olwen, Gwen, Arwen, Shekinah, Heracles, Atlas, Dionysus, Zeus, Paris and Cupid.
Interesting Spiritual Information: The Apple is associated with choice. It might be between similar attractive things and extremely hard to choose, but as long as a choice is taken it will see you right. In Norse myth, Idunna was charged with keeping the ‘apples of immortality’ ripe and ready for the Gods. The fruit helped keep the Gods young. Useful for love and healing magic concerned with choice.
Ogam Healing: Anxiety and stress; Choice; Depression; Despondency; Fear; Fear-based issues; Fussiness; Integrating; Keeping good health; Integration; Negative impressions; Linking in with the Goddess; Obsession; Recovery; Open to self-love; Prosperity; Regeneration; Relaxing; Vitality; Self-dislike; Wholeness; Acne; Alzheimer’s; Eczema; Hangover; Hoarseness; Hypertension; Mental and physical fatigue; Nervous System; Anemia; Bronchitis; Blood production; Cholesterol Diabetes; Fevers; Cancer cells (lung cancer); Dysentery; Gout; Scurvy; Strengthen whole metabolism…
More Medical information and in-depth healing suggestions can be found in my book The Beginners Book of Ogam Tree Healing, or by attending one of my workshops.
Folklore: Apples have a long history of being used for divination, to foretell the future in matters of love and prosperity. These rituals as well as many others were performed at Samhain, as the apple is linked to the Celtic Otherworld, and the tree is seen to possess magical properties. Samhain is the time of the year when the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest. It presents itself as a portal between the physical world and that of spirit. It is also seen as an ideal time to undertake shamanic journeys, consult with the dead and spirit realms, to gain oracular knowledge and use healing energy. If you cut the apple sideways, you will find the shape of the pentagram from the formation of its pips. It is an ancient symbol of knowledge and sacred to the Celtic death Goddess, Cailleach, the Crone, the Veiled One, and Samhain is her time of year.