04 Saille – The Willow
Saille (pronounced ‘SAHL-yuh’)
Represents letter(s): S
Divinatory meaning: Intuition, hidden knowledge, introspection
Associated Tree/Plant: Willow
Healing Properties: Willow sap is effective in removing facial blemishes. The sap may also be used to treat dandruff. Willow bark is an effective pain killer, as it contains the active ingredient in aspirin. Chewing the bark or making an infusion of it releases this healing power. The bark is also an astringent, and may be rubbed on the joints to ease arthritis pain. The juice of the bark is also effective in treating heartburn, and as a diuretic.
Magical Uses: Willow is a tree of feminine energy, associated with the phases of the moon, and with any moon Goddess.
Willow is associated with the Death Goddesses, including the Morrigan, the Cailleach, and Macha. This association makes willow a great tree for delving into the deeper and darker mysteries of the unconscious mind. Willow aids in divining the powers of life and death, and for this reason willow wands are a favorite of not only Celtic shamans, but of many Native American shamans as well.
Willow is one of the nine firewoods to be added to the Belfire for the festival of Beltane (May 1). The Nine Sacred Woods of the Belfire are birch, oak, rowan, willow, hawthorn, hazel, apple, grapevine and fir. Willows are the sacred tree of the Moon Goddess. It is the tree of dreaming, intuition and deep emotions. Willows are linked with powerful moon magic, and with sexual energy of a feminine nature. The early spring festival of Imbolc is this tree’s time to shine.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: The Morrigan, the Cailleach