Hardwood Trees (Swords)

Hardwood Trees (Swords)

In the traditional tarot, hardwood trees would be identified with the suit of swords and the element of air. In fact, several of these trees were used to make daggers, swords and even nails. Hardwoods are emblematic of decision making and taking action. Hardwoods are typically associated with deciduous trees that drop their leaves seasonally. Angiosperms are also commonly called hardwoods. In reality, hardwood comes from both evergreen and deciduous trees as well as gymnosperms and angiosperms. The hardest wood found in most trees is in its core, which is called heartwood.

Tropical hardwoods, which are often evergreens, are some of the hardest woods identified by the Janka hardness test. Hardwoods are popular in construction, shipbuilding, furniture and flooring. The hardest woods are treasured for making instruments and carvings. Because hardwoods typically take a long time to grow, it is a resource that needs careful management and protection. Most of the endangered trees on our planet are considered to be hardwood trees. It is up to us to take action to protect them.

Pioneer of Hard Woods – Black Locust – Potential

Two of Hard Woods – Ebony – Clarity

Three of Hard Woods – Teak – Depletion

Four of Hard Woods – Larch – Connection

Five of Hard Woods – Rosewood – Vulnerability

Six of Hard Woods – Rowan – Calling

Seven of Hard Woods – Dogwood – Stealth

Eight of Hard Woods – Elm – Isolation

Nine of Hard Woods – Maple – Dreams

Ten of Hard Woods – Acacia – Loss

Messenger of Hard Woods – Hawthorn – Healing

Guardian of Hard Woods – Hornbeam – Confidence

Earthkeeper of Hard Woods – Magnolia – Independence

Wisdomkeeper of Hard Woods – Plane – Counsel