Common names: Willow, Pussy Willow, Salicyn
Willow, Saille, Sally, Withe, Withy, Witches’
Aspirin, Tree of Enchantment, Osier, Tarvos
Tree, and Sough Tree. The Anglo-Saxon ‘welig’
Celtic Lunar Month Info
5th Moon of the Celtic Year
Gemstone: blood red carbuncle
Planet (Luminary): Moon
The month of Willow is for enchantment,
wishing, romantic love,
Herbal uses, history & folklore below!
|Month of Willow
Healing, protection, fertility, death, femininity, love, divination, friendship, joy, love, and peace, are all themes of
this time. Willow branches placed in homes, 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 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
Feminine. Parts Used: Bark, sap, twigs, branches, wood.
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.
History & Lore
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.
Robert Graves, The White Goddess 1948
|Apr 15 - May 12
Beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very
empathic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful,
loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious,
honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live
with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but
finds sometimes an anchoring partner.