Holly: Tiwaz

By S.F. Skyheart - May 16, 2024
Holly: Tiwaz

Each of the Celtic trees correlates with a Rune. Runes are a twenty-four letter alphabet, originating with Germanic tribes as early as the 2nd century. Runic glyphs were carved or etched into bone, wood, leather, jewelry, tools, weapons, and stone. Norse and Viking runic artifacts dating as far back as the 9th century have been found in several Northern European and Scandinavian countries, Russia, Turkey and North America. Notably, runes found in Canada and the United States pre-date Columbus by several hundred years, so he was definitely not the first visitor.

The Celtic month of Holly, May 16 - June 12, is associated with:

Rune: Tiwaz

This rune symbolizes the spiritual warrior who battles both self and injustice in the world, both which require discernment and compassion. In relationship questions, this rune indicates the connection is divinely brought together so that you can do work together. In matters that require action for justice or fairness, this rune urges you to persevere with patience.

Just as the ancient Celts believed Holly to be sacred for protection, this rune was commonly drawn on the shields of warriors before going into battle, as a symbol of courage dedication to the cause, and for protection.

If you've also read the entries about Holly and the ogham Tinne, you'll notice the common theme is protection and action that creates more unity and balance. Tiwaz also asks that you look deeply within for your most profound answers and to discover what action will bring the best outcome.

Do what lights you up,

Please note: Some people start the tree calendar with Birch in January, which follows the solar calendar. However, I learned them in an older tradition, which aligns with the 13-month lunar calendar. It's up to you to discern what feels right for you, of course.

See also: 

Taurus 2024
Gemini 2024
Holly May 16 - June 12
Holly: Tinne 
Holly: Carnelian 
Holly: Oyster
Holly: Green Man
Celtic Tree Months

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