Day of the week: Tuesday
Gods: Odin, Loki, Dionysus
Goddesses: Cerridwen, Danu, Gaia, Hel
Associations/Powers: attraction, birth, compassion, empathy, endurance, energy, grounding, healing, intuition, love, passages,rebirth, stability, wisdom
Magical uses: protects against lightening strikes, attracts love, use as amulets and wands for love spells, use for dark moon or initiation rituals, grounding after ritual, seeking comfort
My personal experience with the elm is that it is very tenacious. Although it does tend to lose branches frequently, it also reproduces easily. I can see how it's associated with birth, rebirth and healing. The main tree sends off runners (root suckers) that come up everywhere and quickly turn into new trees. If we don't catch them when they are tiny and pull them out, they grow quickly are are hard to get rid of-- we cut them down to the ground, but they sprout back up again.
The elm feels very feminine; maternal, even, with all her little babies coming up everywhere nearby. The graceful, drooping branches also seem very feminine.
I have the neighbor's elm to thank for free firewood for our patio fire bowl. While we've let some of the runners alone to grow, others we've had to cut down, and so I have the elm to thank for a collection of stangs I am saving to share with pagan friends. Overall, I would say that the elm is a very giving tree.
Sources for magical correspondences:
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
A Wiccan Formulary & Herbal by A.J. Drew
Whispers from the Woods: the Lore & Magic of Trees by Sandra Kynes Green Magic: The Sacred Connection to Nature by Ann Moura