This week, Kat Myrman, from Like Mercury Colliding, selected the words:
Imagine & Gratitude
So, I decided to write about my recent walk in the botanical gardens in Cambridge. It was a glorious autumn day which filled my spirit full of imagination and gratitude. There is a small area which is normally for school children only but this has been opened to the public.
I took various photos. I particularly loved this lovely writers throne which I shared on my Instagram…
A writers garden
Blessed with thanks
And this was so unusual, just a couple of broken branches but they looked like a crocodile’s head and tail!
I will be writing about the magic of trees on my blog as part of our group The Spiritual Sisters, originally known as The Sisters of The Fey.
I discovered this magnificent tree, (which you can see in my photographs above and below,) on my lunchtime walks in Cambridge Botanical Gardens. It inspired me so much that it is featured in the first short story (and photographs,) in my new release – Mr. Sagittarius – a magical collection of poetry, prose and photography.
This particular tree is a Golden Willow Tree and a very stunning one at that. You can see how it bends as if yearning to sink into the water below it.
The Willow tree is known for its wondrous connection to the moon, water, the Goddess and all that is feminine.
Its association with dreaming, intuition and the deepest held emotions makes it a wonderful tree to commune with.
It has an affinity with the season of Spring. When life begins to awaken after its slumbers, making it a truly remarkable tree full of energy and potential.
The Willow tree has a magical link with creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, love, protection and the healing arts.
Many say that it is the tree of immortality, growth and healing because of its powerful ability to grow from a fallen branch if it finds the right conditions: moist ground – water and soil to sustain it.
A wand made from the wood of a Willow tree has many uses:
Perhaps you might be inclined to sleep with it, to release vivid dreams, use it to draw the moon down from afar, or use its powers of protection to keep you safe.
Magical witch’s brooms are traditionally bound with a willow’s branch but before you take a piece of branch remember to respect the tree and ask for permission to cut!
The Willow’s weeping posture reflects its association with grief, allowing the person who connects with it to gain healing and inner strength.
The Weeping Willow is without a doubt a beautiful, soulful tree.
Her branches often bend toward’s the water’s edge whilst her roots journey below its surface. She has a great wisdom, so spend time with her (preferably with a source of water nearby) and let the sounds of flowing water and wind rustling leaves soothe your mind, body and soul.
This is the perfect way to reconnect with the intuitive part of you.
If you struggle to sleep at night take a piece of willow (preferably one that has already fallen) and place it under your pillow.
In the Bach Flower Remedies, Willow Flower Essence is a helpful remedy for bitterness and resentment.