Here is some information for the Saille or Willow, the Ogham details for the alphabet, it’s full moon name, and the willows spirituality and mythology – as there was about the Fearn/Alder in last week. So, here’s more about the Saille or Willow.
- Name as the Saille or Willow.
- Alphabet for our S
- Ogham as four ‘staves’ to the right (see below)
I sat beneath a willow tree,
Where water falls and calls;
While fancies upon fancies solaced me,
Some true, and some were false.
Who set their heart upon a hope
That never comes to pass,
Droop in the end like fading heliotrope
The sun’s wan looking-glass.
(Poem part: In The Willow Shade by Christina Rossetti)
The Saille or Willow month or moon is: 15 April – 12 May:
As well as the month or moon for ancient tribes eg it’s the Poeny moon by many Chinese people, the growing moon by many Celtics, or the next Saille moon or Willow moon (on 26 April in 2021).
In Willow Flower Essence, part of Bach Remedies is used as a remedy for floor people with bitterness and resentment; for people who are stuck in a position of blaming others etc.
Spirituality & Mythologies
Druids associated the tree with courage, strength and the evolving spirit, and it is also linked with death and resurrection.
A circlet can be woven of Willow to wear during any of the spring celebrations and Lunar rituals. Fresh flowers, or silk if you prefer, can be inserted in this crown, ribbons be woven throughout the circlet.
In some Druid stories, it is said, 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 Hebrew culture the willow tree is associated with the Feast of the Tabernacles. There shelters were built using the branches of the willow, a tradition which still followed in Jerusalem today, mainly.
The tree details:
The Willow is a aromatic tree and is often found most near lakes, pond and other waterways throughout temperate areas.
The bark is of the willow is grey, rough, and with furrowed into narrow ridges. Twigs are yellow to brown, and are flexible and droopy. It’s flowers are in the forms of catkins, and are about 1 to 2 inches in length, and with yellow, hairy scales at the end of short. Catkins appear in early spring. The fruit matures in late spring to early summer.
Here is for the previous Fearn or Aldrer, and it’s Ogham details for you: https://tadhgtalks.me/2021/04/14/ogham-alphabets-and-more-fearn-alder/
Many blessings, Tadhg.