|CELTIC BIRTHDAY TREES
September 30 ~ October 27
Determination, strength, optimism, and spiritual
growth are markers for Ivy people. They are known
for having restraint of fears and dealing with
emotions with an even temper. Works well in
groups and able to hang on.
|Celtic name: Gort (pronounced: goert)
Common names: Ivy
Celtic Lunar Month Info
11th Moon of the Celtic Year
Gemstone: Yellow Serpentine
Bird: Mute Swan
The month of Ivy is a good time for rebirth
Herbal uses, history & folklore below!
|Ivy grows in a sacred spiral, which symbolizes reincarnation, from lifetime to lifetime, and from minute to minute,
day to day. Ivy travels everywhere – it spreads happily and thrives in many places where no other greenery could
survive – its determination to reach through obstacles toward light and food is well known, and therefore Ivy
symbolizes strength. Ivy has many uses in healing, protection, cooperation, and exorcism, and is very useful for
fertility. Ivy is also equated with fidelity and can be used in charms to bind love, luck and fidelity to a person. A
talisman made of Ivy would be good to give a friend since it will help ensure eternal friendship. Ivy provides
protection against evil when growing on or near a house but should it fall off and die, misfortune was said to be
on the way. Ivy was sometimes used in divination: an ivy leaf placed in water on New Year’ s Eve that was still
be fresh on Twelfth Night foretold that the year ahead would be favorable. Ivy is also connected with the
Winter Solstice and is often used for decorating at Yule-tide. Ivy, intertwined with Holly, is traditionally made
crowns, since Ivy was believed to be a source of divine inspiration. Ivy was also used by the Greeks to make
victory crowns for conquering heroes in the games held at Corinth. Holly and Ivy make excellent decorations for
altars. An early church council even attempted to ban the use of Ivy in church decorations because of its Pagan
ine. Parts Used: leaves, bark, berries. Caution: Some types of Ivy are poisonous.
The leaves of Ivy can be used to make a douche for treating female infections. Ivy leaves can also be used
externally for poultices to heal nerves, sinews, ulcers and infections. Tender ivy twigs can be simmered in salves
to heal sunburn.
History & Lore
Ivy is the symbol of resurrection. Ivy is sacred to Osiris. It is also connected with the god Dionysus. When
Zeus’s wife Hera, discovered that Zeus had bedded Semele, the daughter of Cadmus, King of Thebes,
Hera suggested to Semele that she should ask Zeus to unveil himself to her. When he did so, his divine flames
consumed her and almost killed her unborn child, Dionysus, but for a sudden growth of ivy. In still another story
of the deities, Kissos is the name given to a nymph who dances so furiously at a Dionysian feast that she
collapses and dies of exhaustion. Dionysus, grieving her untimely death, changes her into ivy. Most Ivies have
five-pointed leaves which are sacred to the Goddess. When Ivy is seen in visions, it is considered a warning.
Robert Graves, The White Goddess 1948