I’ve been feeling mega connected to Druid/Celtic things lately, and I am really feeling a draw to Willow month. That’s very surprising as I am not a watery person — maybe I need that connection/energy? I’ve also pulled the Oshun (water!) goddess oracle card, and had some dreams that are clearly my fears being expressed…so this month for me means:
1. express my emotions and let them flow
2. try a sauna to purify before beltane!
3. wear my moonstone
4. drink lots of water
5. bend, and come away strengthened
6. surrender to emotions, and thus understand them
Healing is in the air during the Celtic Month of Willow, inviting you to open your heart and express your emotions.
Willows which by water stand
Ease us to the Summerland.
Tree of Enchantment, Tree of Witcheries
Fifth month of the Celtic Tree calendar,
Fifth consonant of the Ogham alphabet – Saille
Symbolism: Resonance and Harmony
Birds: Hawk, Snowy Owl
Deity: Persephone, Hecate, Cerridwen, Artemis, Selene, Luna, Diana, Brigit
During this time of April showers, the watery month of the Willow Moon teaches you to release pent-up emotions and experience your grief. Tears are linked to healing, and as you express difficult and painful feelings, you are able to purge yourself of subconscious fears. The Willow Moon offered a healing month to the Celts, who literally spring-cleaned themselves in steamy saunas, known as sweat lodges, in readiness for the Beltane festival at the start of May.
This month is the perfect time to perform lunar magic and to let go of the past. Cast spells to restore and nurture during the waxing Moon and to release problems during the waning Moon. Drinking more water will help you attune to the Willow Moon and so enable you to connect to the tree’s water magic.
Magickal properties: New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing.
Also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re-grow from a fallen branch in moist ground.
HEALING AND BLESSING
The willow is imbued with the power of the Moon, and so it has always been particularly linked with witchcraft. The traditional witches’ broom is bound with a willow branch, and lunar wands used specifically for Moon magic are made of willow wood.
The willow’s close ties to the Moon and tides also connect it to affairs of the heart. An old English tradition involved jilted lovers wearing a sprig of willow in their hats, which originated from an ancient willow charm to heal a broken heart.
The Faces of WomanSpirit
A Celtic Oracle of Avalon
by Katherine Torres, Ph.D.
Trust All is here and now.
Connect with the Hand of Goddess.
Let Divine Mother Transform you.
Be an Example in the World.
Willow asks you to bend with her into the path of retrieval.
Follow the labyrinth trail, connect with the power of wisdom and the rhythm of your soul, and return to your ordinary world strengthened. You will find that your awareness of your purpose is stronger and your intent cannot be broken by the spell of someone else’s desire.
THE CELTIC TREE ORACLE by Liz and Colin Murray
The Willow in the tree alphabet stands for the female and lunar rhythms of life. She is water-seeking, thriving from preference on the damp margins of lakes and streams or across the low-lying water meadows. Water and the tidal movements of the sea are governed by the pull of the moon. The moon in its monthly rhythms is female, contrasting with the male sun’s daily and yearly turnings. In several ways, the Celts held women in higher regard than we do today. On the material level, women were property owners, and whoever controlled the property controlled the marriage. Women of all types and appeared in the Celtic pantheon, the spiritual strength and life-giving qualities given by both female and male recognized equally. There were many colleges of Druidesses – learned women and teachers – respected especially for their gifts of seer-ship, often expressed through dreams, or night visions.
by Gillian Kemp
“Your fertile inner strength, like that of the Willow, is your inexhaustible flexibility to bend around obstacles. Your desires can be woven into shape, as the Willow’s pliable shoots are used to make baskets. ”
LESSON OF THE WILLOW
from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford
The watery willow encourages the expression of deeply buried feelings, easing sadness through tears and grieving, and teaching the consequences of love and loss in matters of the heart.
The willow reminds us of the need to let go sometimes, to surrender completely
to the watery world of the emotions and the subconscious, so that we may be carried toward a deeper understanding of our inner-most feelings, toward a better appreciation of our hidden motives and secret fears and desires. Any suppressed and unacknowledged emotions can be a major cause of stress and illness. Through emotional expression, and through the sharing of feelings of ecstasy and pain, our ancestors believed they could help heal the human spirit. The willow enables us to realize that within every loss lies the potential for something new.