THE TREE OF HECATE
"Tree of Enchantment","Osier",and"Sough
Lore and Divinatory Aspects:
The Willow is associated with the
elements of water, the moon, and the
gods Artemis, Ceres, Hecate, Persephone,
Hera, Mercury, Belili, Circe,
Willow is associated with death,
femininity, love, and healing. It
posesses the powers of love, divination,
friendship, joy, love, peace,
protection, and healing.
For love magic, protection magic,
healing magic, and peaceful magic.
to create loyalty, make friendship
pacts, treaties, or alliances.
and will elucidate
of both men and women.
Its leaves are used in love attraction
sachets and moon magic wands
Used to dowse for water
earth energies, and
Used combined with sandalwood to invoke
spirits. Placed in homes, it protects
against evil and malign sorcery.
Carried, the wood will give bravery,
dexterity, and help one overcome the
fear of death. If one needs to get
something off their chest or to share a
secret, confess to a willow and your
secret will be trapped.
Willow wood is good for magical harps.
Good for planting and lining burial
graves for its symbolism of death and
protection. If one wants to know if they
will be married, on New Year's Eve,
throw your shoe or boot into a willow,
if it doesn't catch in the branches the
first time, the individuals has eight
more tries, if they succeed, they will
Dioscorides (1st c. A.D.) discovered its
use against pain and inflammation.
Hottentots discovered its
Willow bark is used to
treat rheumatic conditions,
heartburn, to stop internal bleeding,
gargle for sore throats, skin problems,
wounds, and burns.
The purple willow is most effective for
Black willow bark can be made into an
infusion as a sexual sedative and to
treat gonorrhoea, relieve ovarian pain,
and to curb nocturnal emissions or as a
tincture for hysteria, hysteria based on
genital organs, nymphomania,
and lascivious dreams.
Sallow or Goat willow eases indigestion,
whooping cough, catarrh, and to
disinfect bandages. It is a good
eyewash, and if taken orally will clear
the skin and face of blemishes, or
applied to hair for dandruff.
remedy bitterness and
Tender shoots are good for baskets.
Willow rods were used as thatching
European traditional homes.
protects riverbanks from erosion
(Peachleaf Willow), drys the soil in
soggy/flooded gardens, and its charcoal
(Crack Willow) is used in gunpowder.