As many of you will know from other books reviews we have written, we are big fans of Glennie’s work. Her books are always beautifully presented and really accessible, making them easy to dip in and out of to find the sought after information.
The Sacred Tree is one of a set of five books Glennie has written about the Celtic wheel of the year, celebrations and tree medicine. This book looks at each of the trees which represent different points around the wheel of the year. It covers the particular qualities of each tree, and gives ideas on how to work with its energies to bring about inner healing and transformation, and how to work with the wood and its uses.
Looking at willow, which is the tree of Imbolc, we find that willow is really comfortable with its roots in the water, and is often found on river banks. This is a tree of emotion which teaches us the importance of allowing our emotions to flow, releasing any emotional blockages we have. It is also a tree which can help us connect with our intuition and dreams.
Willow has remarkable healing qualities and can be used as a remedy for muscle aches and stiffness. The leaves can be used to help relieve colds and flu and can be chewed to help bleeding gums.
Glennie writes so concisely sharing many more insights into how willow can help us, and covers thirteen trees in total: yew, elder, birch, rowan, willow, alder, ash, hawthorn, oak, holly, hazel, apple and blackthorn.
Another book which compliments this one is The Tree Ogham, which explores these and other trees, walking us through the Ogham alphabet. We can thoroughly recommend this too, the two books work really well together.
You can buy all of Glennie’s books from her website here.
Working with Willow
If you would like to work with tree spirit medicine then do consider coming along to our Imbolc celebration next Saturday, 6th February near Chorley in Lancashire.
The Celtic festival of Imbolc is a time to work with your unconscious, because from here true change begins. As the suns energy becomes more potent once more it’s a time for re-awakening within ourselves after the inner stillness of winter. It’s a time to bring through our visions and understandings.
After all we are bringing forth a new age, and need to delve deep within to bring the ideas forward, whilst at the same time working to break through old belief systems and patterns which no longer serve us. This workshop is designed to help you do just that at this special time of year.
Written by Nicola