The blackthorn has vicious thorns that can cause painful infections, and forms dense thickets when left to spread on its own. It has tough dark black bark, hence its name.
Blackthorn's Gaelic name "straif" has connections with the English word strife. Its thorns as sometimes used in witchcraft as "pins" to pierce wax poppets. Some legends attest that the witches mark was made upon the flesh of a witch with a blackthorn thorn.
|A blackthorn shillelagh|
Charm of the Thorn
As a storm of tangl'd Briars~Viridarium Umbris: The Pleasure Garden of Shadow by Daniel A. Schulke
I cast forth the spines of torment:
Byt weave of thorns I bar the Way!
Ye Strength of the Nail of the Cross,
All spirits foul be fix'd upon Thee.
Let Ghost and Flesh twain be punctur'd
And Darkness fall -- for thou Art bound!
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