the wood of the ash tree is reputed to repel danger and protect you on journeys. Slip a piece of ash into each of your suitcases and another in your pocket before you set off. If you are travelling by sea and have a fear of water, string a piece of ash around your neck to guard against seasickness. Ash is a very positive and beneficial wood symbolising solidity. According to tales of Greek mythology, both Achilles’ spear and Cupid’s bow were fashioned from ash.