Willow Tree Symbolism and Meaning
The beautiful willow tree rules the fifth month in the Celtic Tree Calendar. Willows are a resilient, flexible species that thrives in wet boggy areas and is often found or planted next to areas of water such as lake shores and rivers.
With a long history of symbolism, the willow has deep roots with spirituality and psychic ability with specific links to the lunar realm. The strong association with the moon comes from the trees love for water.
It’s a symbol of fertility and new life, a willow branch can be planted in the ground and from it, a new tree will grow in its place. Its ability to grow and survive is powerfully symbolic and show how we can thrive even in challenging conditions.
Willow trees are flexible, the branches can be contorted in ridiculous ways without any signs of snapping, this makes it a popular wood to use in weaving and wickerwork. Our Pair of Willow Wands are the perfect example, 9 willow whips have been woven together to create a living sculpture for the garden that can be planted to watch
When it comes to medicinal values, the willow has many healing properties. The bark could be used as a treatment for cold and flu and young twigs from the tree were once be chewed in aid of pain relief.
The drooping vines of the weeping willow tree saunter in the wind, but don’t be mistaken, this tree is both powerful and iconic. Beneath the soil, the roots grow with fervour and remarkable strength.
The graceful weeping growth habit of the willow tree may look dainty but, it’s power is not one to be underestimated. Its roots have been known to burst pipes and make a strong contender to bodies of water. Perfect for planting along river banks and lake shores to prevent flooding.
In ancient Celtic folklore, the grey willow tree is known as the the “Tree of Enchantment”. Those who practised pagan traditions in the past were branded as ‘wiccan’ meaning those who bend and manipulate. Naturally, the willow became a symbol of the old ways of enchantment and sorcery.
The flexible yet resilient willow tree encourages us all throughout life showing us the way to adjust to life’s pressures without ‘snapping’.
Willow Tree Zodiac
- Ruled by: the 5th Lunar Month
- Dates: 15th April - 12th May
- Ogham Letter: Saille (S)
- Ruling Planet: Moon
- Ruling Elements: Water
People born under the willow sign are said to be instinctual and in tune with the world around them. Taking initiative, they are the type to react from their gut but without impulse, staying patient throughout any situation. They should be attentive with their moods and dreams, their meaning will reveal the way. Ruled by the moon, willow signs are closely in touch with their psychic side and have deeps roots within the lunar realm. They have a realistic outlook on life making them the go-to friend for advice, showing their loyalty in every way. They are knowledgeable about a wide variety of topics and have a realistic outlook on life making them great friends and people to go to for advice.
Willow signs are most compatible with Birch signs and Ivy signs.