Beneath the Willow Tree

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Beneath the Willow Tree

Feel like a misfit witch? Don't quite fit into any box, label or description of path? Then this is the place for you! The path, the nature of a witch comes from within. Do what feels right and natural. Look within know thyself! Embrace the Willow

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~be respectful, even if you totally disagree wtih someone
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~be yourself, you don't have to perform here, just relax & "be"


 

WILLOW LORE

5th Moon of the Celtic Year - (April 15 - May 12)

Latin name: Weeping Willow: salix babylonica; black Willow: salix nigra

Celtic name: Saille (Sahl' yeh)

Folk or Common names: Willow, Witch's Tree, Pussy Willow, Salicyn Willow, Saille, Sally, Withe, Withy, Witches' Aspirin, Tree of Enchantment, Osier, Tarvos Tree, and Sough Tree. The Anglo-Saxon 'welig' from where the name 'willow' is derived, means 'pliancy'.

Parts Used: Bark, sap, twigs, branches, wood.

Herbal usage:The bark of the Willow has been used as a pain killer... the bark contains a glusoside called salicin that forms salicylylous acid which is the 'active ingredient' in aspirin. The bark has astringic qualities and can be used for rheumatic conditions, heartburn and as a diuretic. The sap gathered from the tree when it is flowering can be used to treat facial blemishes and dandruff.


Magical History & Associations:



The Willow, a Feminine herb, is associated with water, and is an herb of the moon.
The bird associated with this month is the hawk, the color is haze, and the gemstone is blood-red carbuncle.
Willow wood is one of the nine traditional firewoods to be added to the Belfire that is burned at Beltane - as the tree of death that is Sacred to Hecate, Willow is added to the fire as a celebration of death.
The Willow is sacred to Minerva who invented numbers and also to Artemis, Ceres, Persephone, Brigid, Hera, Helice, Mercury, Belili, and Circe. The Sumerian goddess Belili was a goddess of trees, and Willows in particular.
The Willow is also associated with Orpheus, regarded by the Creeks as the most celebrated of poets. It is said that Orpheus received his gifts of eloquence and communication by carrying Willow branches on his journey through the Underworld.
A bas-relief in a temple at Delphi portrays Orpheus leaning against a Willow tree, touching its branches.

Pagan associations with the Willow have always been strong, for they are often revered as trees of the MoonGoddess, she who reflects her moon magic upon the waters of Earth. Willow was often the tree most sought by the village wise-woman, since it has so many medicinal properties, and eventually the Willow's healing and religious qualities became one and the tree became called 'witch's tree'.

The Willow is also associated with the fey. The wind in the Willows is the whisperings of a fairy in the ear of a poet. It is also said that Willow trees can uproot themselves and stalk travelers at night, muttering at them.


Magickal usage:

The Willow has applications in magick done for enchantment, wishing, romantic love, healing, protection, fertility, magick for women, death, femininity, love, divination, friendship, joy, love, and peace.
Placed in homes, Willow branches protect against evil and malign sorcery. Carried, Willow wood will give bravery, dexterity, and help one overcome the fear of death. If you knock on a Willow tree (knock on wood) this will avert evil.
A Willow tree growing near a home will protect it from danger. Willows are also a good tree to plant around cemeteries and also for lining burial graves for its symbolism of death and protection.
Willows can be used in rituals for intuition, knowledge, gentle nurturing, and will elucidate the feminine qualities of both men and women. If a person needs to get something off their chest or to share a secret, if they confess to a Willow, their secret will be trapped. Also, wishes are granted by a Willow tree if they are asked for in the correct manner.
Willow leaves, bark and wood add energy to healing magick, and burning a mix of Willow bark and sandalwood during the waning moon can help to conjure spirits. Uses of Willow in love talismans include using the leaves to attract love.
Willow leaves or twigs can also be used in spells to create loyalty, make friendship pacts, treaties, or alliances. A rejected lover can wear Willow as a charm to win back the love.

To determine if you will be married in the new year:
"Throw your shoe high up
into the branches of a Willow tree;
If the branches catch and hold the shoe,
you soon will married be."


Willows have many uses to Witches, the most common is that the wood is used to make wands for moon magick. Willow wands can also be used to dowse for water (underground), earth energies, and buried objects. (The Witch should be careful to ask for the tree's blessings before taking a branch to make a wand.) The supple long ending branches of the Willow make good weaving materials to use to weave circlets and wreaths. Willow wood is good for making magical harps.
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Comment by Richard's world on September 5, 2012 at 12:32pm

Welcome Rowan, Bless you and your family.....

Comment by Rowan~àillidh greim-bàis on September 5, 2012 at 12:25pm

Just found this on a friends page.... I have always called myself a "mutt" because no one practice fits... heres a link to a blog i wrote and prob. need to update..but gives ya an idea... hugglesssss!

http://www.paganspace.net/profiles/blogs/how-does-one-define-ones-self

Comment by Raine on July 31, 2010 at 3:11pm
Welcome Ponytail, nice to see some activity on this group! How neat -the way you found us! Feel free to join in on a discussion, or start one of your own :)
Blessings, ~Raine
Comment by Ponytail on May 22, 2010 at 1:57pm
I have no idea how I joined this group! It seems like it just spontaneously appeared as one of my groups. And it fits -- the lack of fitting, that is. I don't fit in anywhere, never have, so I guess it's meant to be. Lovely to meet you all. Blessed be.
Comment by Raine on December 9, 2009 at 9:18pm
I have been absent for a while, deleted my old profile, etc. Upon rejoining PaganSpace, it held this group as 'mine' for me. I didn't know they'd do that. Now I am back and it is good to be "home".
Just thought I'd say "Hello" :)
Welcome to all new members!! I'm so excited seeing that it has grown so much!
Comment by crazyfrogg on June 30, 2009 at 3:54pm
Hi there! Just stopped in to see if I belong here... I think I like the idea of this group. It's cool! I've been a run of the mill pagan for a while, but am new to this group. I want to wish everyone a happy summer or winter! Many blessings !
Comment by Siym WillowTree on May 16, 2009 at 12:45pm
Merry Meet and Bright Blessings to all! :) The name of this site drew me :) for more reasons than one. I am happy to be part of this group. :) I hope to learn and grow along with everyone else here. :)
Comment by Triskelekat on January 10, 2009 at 4:50pm
I love Willows! I really wanted to name my first child after this Tree, but hubby and family wouldn't let me...anyway, my wand is willow. I love how it feels and how energy moves threw us together. I am a misfit witch, a hedge witch that loves the sea, nocturnal living, the Goddess Bast, Danu, Celtic Cosmology and Oracles. Anyway, look forward to sharing with you all.
Peaceful Midwinter
Comment by Eamane' on December 22, 2008 at 5:57pm
Greetings everyone just wanted to call in and wish everyone a wonderful time during the holidays. I am DEFINATELY a square peg who does NOT want to be squeezed into a round hole LOL Eamane'
Comment by SilverLuna on November 24, 2008 at 4:31pm
LOL, I know I do not fit into any catagories...as I m what I call a Christian/Wiccan, I will not take up the space need here to explain my "label", I have started to try in a blog & will elaborate on blogs later...However I am very much Wiccan with a stron belief in God...

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