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For me the Willow Tree is symbolic of Healing!
It reminds one to bend with life, to surrender and to flow, and encourages a sense of hope and healing!
The Willow Tree prompts us to be flexible in life! It is one of the few trees that has the ability to bend, rather than break.
This is very symbolic, reminding us to sway in the winds of life that we may encounter and to soften during storms, rather than remain rigid and snap. It reminds us to adapt, rather than break.
The Willow tree reminds us that we can weather the storms, bear new growth and embrace hope and healing.
It is a tree associated with water, symbolic of ebb and flow, and with flow comes healing. With flow comes the natural expression of emotions, the natural balance of energy within the body; both of the Chakras and along energy lines.
Flow and balance helps to bring calm, harmony and peace to the mind, body and soul.
The Willow is also associated with the Moon and has strong connections and symbolism to our emotions and psychic ability.
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The Willow has long been used for many purposes ranging from basketry, to fish traps, weir fences, wattle and daub building, furniture, the framework for Welsh coracle boats and the hoop frame of dreamcatchers, symbolic of protection and comfort.
Willows prefer to put down roots close to water, such as along the bank of streams, rivers, dams, lakes and ponds. Flora, such as the willow tree, that have a close connection with water, are also considered to be connected to the psychic realm and were, and still are, used in ceremonies to enhance psychic abilities.
Because of the strong connection of the willow to water, the willow is also associated with the Moon. A full moon and new moon bring the highest tides because it is the time when the Moon, Sun, and Earth are aligned and the gravitational pull on the Earth by the Sun and Moon, is the greatest. As the human body is composed of an average of 65% water, it is no surprise that our emotions can be influenced by the Moon.
The willow is a survivor! It often thrives in challenging conditions and often takes root from a single branch that has fallen off the main tree into water, symbolic of resilience and reminding us to keep going, to keep growing and to continue to reach upwards no matter where one finds themselves.
The colours of the willow are significant:
The brown of the trunk and branches symbolise stability, grounding, support and responsibility and is related to the Root Chakra.
The green of the leaves is symbolic of growth and fertility and is related to the Heart Chakra. The autumn fall of leaves remind us of the importance of shedding and letting go.
The tree itself reminds us of strength and stability, and the branches are strong and flexible, as it weathers the storms that come.
The Willow Tree fosters a sense of hope within us and reminds us to let go of pain and past conditioning that is no longer useful for us. It reminds us that we can weather the storms, bear new growth and embrace hope and healing!