I am so sorry this is so late in going up. My only reason is it got lost in the shuffle of me trying to post northern and southern hemispheres information for the day before. I am not trying to make an excuse for my tardiness just giving you, my explanation. I hope you can still find this useful, and I will make a note to post the correct Celtic Tree Calendar on time for its next month.
From LearnReligions.com – Celtic Tree Calendar by Patti Wigington
Willow Moon: April 15 – May 12
Click to finish reading the article Willow – beauty and spiritual presence from Ireland-calling.com
The Willow was a sacred tree to the Celts both for the wide range of materials it provided and for its unique beauty and spiritual presence.
It appears throughout the mythology of many cultures. In the Druid stories, the universe and all mankind was hatched from two scarlet eggs hidden within the willow tree. One egg formed the sun and the other the Earth.
In the seasonal festival of Beltane this story was re-enacted using painted eggs, a practice later adopted by the Christians and named Easter.
In Hebrew culture the willow is associated with the Feast of the Tabernacles, where shelters were built using the branches of the willow, a tradition still followed in Jerusalem today.
In Greek mythology Willow was sacred to the Goddesses of the underworld, Persephone, Hecate, Circe and Hera. This was also the case in Celtic mythology where the willow was connected to the death goddesses representing dark, aspects of the psyche that require great understanding and challenge wisdom and strength.
In relation to these myths, the willow flower remedy is said to alleviate bitterness and resentment and benefit those who often blame others for their misfortunes. Willow leaves were often worn as charms to protect against jealousy and the wood of the willow inside and outside of a dwelling was said to protect against evil.
The Willow Craft
Willow had many practical uses in old Ireland, Britain and throughout the World, as well as spiritual ones.
It was used in the walls of houses as part of wattle and …
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