WILLOW

SALIX ALBA

FOLK NAMES: Osier, Saille, Salicyn Willow, Saugh Tree, Tree of Enchantment, White Willow, Witches’ Aspirin, Withe, Withy



POWERS ASSOCIATED: Love, Love Divination, Protection, Healing

-In Britain, burial mounds are lined with willows, most likely because of symbolic associations with death.

-Willow leaves are carried or used in mixtures to attract love.

-The wood is of the willow is often used in wands dedicated to Moon Magic.

-To predict marriage within in the year, one must on New Year’s Eve throw their shoe into a willow tree. This may be done nine times. If the shoe stays trapped in the tree, the wearer will be wed within twelve months.

-All parts of the willow guard against evil and can be carried or kept in the home.

-Knocking on wood, to avert evil, is said to have originated from knocking on willow wood, specifically.

-The leaves, bark, and wood of willows are used in many healing spells.

-To call spirits, willow bark is crushed and mixed with sandalwood, and burnt during the waning moon, outdoors.

-Magical Witches’ brooms are bound with a willow branch.

-Willow trees are said to bring the blessings of the moon upon those who have them on their property, or plant them.

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