Saturday, May 19, 2007

tree of enchantment

Couldn't resist - this lovely creature showed up in my garret last night. From the gift tag:

The weeping pussy willow is among the most graceful of trees. It is connected with all that is feminine - dreaming, intuition, emotion, enchantment, healing, and revitalization. The willow has long since been recognized as a sacred tree by poets, philosophers, and religious leaders because of the flexibility of its twigs. The willow's flexibility symbolizes resilience and inspires us to move with life rather than resist what we are feeling.

Legend has it that willow is bestowed with magical power capable of fulfilling wishes. For a wish to be granted, ask permission of the willow, explaining your desire. Select a pliable shoot and tie a loose knot in it expressing your wish. When your wish is fulfilled , return and untie the knot. Remember to thank the willow for your gift.


What a wonderful thing to find. Will let you know if the wish comes true. :)


Matthew said...

What a beautiful picture and sentiment!

I was so thrilled when I saw it at TJs and knew instantly I was bringing it home.

billie said...

The catkins are already bursting open and leaves are starting to form.

It does have a magical air about it.

Thanks. :)

shara said...

If it's anything like the curly willow I had back in texas, just a piece of it, cut off and stuck in the ground in a nice marshy spot will start sprouting leaves and roots. I wish I'd brought a piece or two of it. I haven't seen pussy willows around here, though I used to love to stop along the side of the highway back in canada and cut branches from the bushes that grew in the ditches.

billie said...

Ooohhh, Shara, I'm thinking of a circle of weeping pussy willows in some nice wet spot outside... though it's so dry here right now there's nothing marshy anywhere.

shara said...

A willow circle, now that would be beautiful. In the spring, in the wind.