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Tuesday, 28 July 2009

The Spiritual Meaning of 'Willow'

Also known as White Willow, Tree of Enchantment and Witches' Asprin. Willow was one of the seven sacred trees of the Irish and also a Druid sacred Tree. The willow is the tree of enchantment, sacred to the a Moon tree and also sacred to the White Lady.
Its groves were considered so magickal that priests, priestesses and all types of artisans sat among these trees to gain eloquence, inspiration, skills and prophecies. For a wish to be granted, ask permission of the willow, explaining your desire. Select a pliable shoot and tie a loose knot in it while expressing what you want. When the wish is fulfilled. return and untie the knot. Remember to thank the willow and leave a gift.

The words “willow (wicker)” and “Wicca” are thought to be derived from the same root meaning “to bend”, or “to be pliant.” The willow, as crone, is the third wood of the witch’s besom, being the flexible bark, which binds the maiden
birch rods to the mother ash handle. (The flexibility of the willow means it can be either crone or maiden). The Willow wand can be used to banish long-held grief, It is also a favourite wand of poets and those seeking inspiration and vivid inspirational dreams. Used in all moon or water magic. It has a powerful feminine 'yin' energy. Willow can help a person get in touch with their subconscious feelings and desires.