Juniper Tree (Magical Protection) Powers

Juniper trunk or carving found in a tomb dated to 4,540 BCE. Thia tomb found in the hills overlooking the Red Sea resort city of Eilat, Israel. The excavators of this tomb also found beads from afar, made of exotic materials including the earliest-ever examples of faience and of steatite found in the Levant.  Photo from:

Oldest Archaeological Evidence for Juniper Protection (c. 5450 – 4250 BCE)

(May 28, 2023) Juniper was used as wood supports and aromatic protection totems in tombs and elsewhere. The earliest tomb example was found in a 5,500 BCE tomb found in the hills overlooking the Red Sea resort city of Eilat, Israel.

First discovered in 1978, the site was only excavated in the late 1980s as a salvage dig ahead of Eilat’s westward expansion. The excavation was carried out by Israel Hershkovitz and Uzi Avner, who found 11 simple graves, 20 tumulus tombs, two areas identified as open-air sanctuaries, and a cultic installation. It would take three decades for analysis to be pursued and papers published, in 2018. 

The word juniper comes from Latin iuniperus  which is from Akkadian IN.PR or  Inu.Paru  meaning "Moon-Eye's sweat" where "moon-Eye" is an epithet for the dark new moon god Su (also corresponding to eye pupil) who was the source of astrological motion powers, that is, all motion powers not generated by emotions.

The cemetery overlooking the modern city had been in use for over a thousand years, in the sixth and the fifth millennia B.C.E. (c. 5450 – 4250 BCE), according to finds and radiocarbon dating of charcoal found at the site. 


Viktoria Greenboim Rich (May 16, 2022) 7,500-year-old Burial in Eilat Contains Earliest Asherah in Haaretz. Online at: 

Tombs at Eilat, Israel With Cooking Fires Between Them (5450–4250 BCE)

These tombs were also places of the community building ritual of eating together.

Tomb Complex Similar To That Found at Malta (in Eilat, Israel 5450–4250 BCE)

More evidence of a single Mediterranean/European wide culture at this time.

Skull at Base of Massaba (Standing Stone) in Tomb (in Eilat, Israel 5450–4250 BCE)

Druid tombs were centers of ancestral powers

Old Juniperus excelsa Tree from Turkey

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Young Green and Mature Purple Juniper Berries On Same Plant.

A juniper berry is a seed cone with unusually plump and merged scales. The cones from a handful of species, especially Juniperus communis, are used as a spice, particularly in European cuisine, and also give gin its distinctive flavour. Juniper berries are among the only spices derived from conifers,[1] along with spruce buds.
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Juniper For Protection and Cleansing

Junipers have a resinous sap that makes it  combustible.  If used with caution it can used as a replacement for white sage in cleansing rituals. It was apparently used as the source of such cleansing is Slavonic cultures in Europe and Navajo culture in America.
Juniper is usually a shrub, though it can grow into a small tree. It has flat, scaly needles. Rather than cones, it has a “berry” that is small and bluish in color. It has a pleasant evergreen smell.
"After harvesting, wrap it, trim the excess off the sides and top, and then hang it to dry for about two weeks. Be prepared for a decently large flame when lit. It’s easy to blow out though. It smokes very nicely, giving off a lot of smoke in a short amount of time and then dying out after roughly 30 seconds of smoldering. I find this is the perfect amount of time for a self-cleanse or for cleansing one or two tools. "