It is believed by some that spirits dwell within these berries, and such is the reason why they bleed red when pierced. Scatter berries in each of the cardinal directions while shouting the name of whoever is in need of protection. Placed beneath one’s pillow it was said to grant peaceful sleep. To guard against the intrusion of the law, carry and bag of seven berries with you, or hang the same above doors and windows to avoid prying eyes. To make a wish come true, write in on a name paper and surround it with a circle of elder berries.