The period from January 24-February 20 is Willow according to the Celtic Tree calendar.
Willow trees almost always grow near riverbanks, ponds, and lakes, which helps fortify and protect the shore from erosion. Perhaps the most familiar is the weeping willow, but there are actually over three hundred types of willows native to China.
More than two thousand years ago, Chinese and Greek societies used the bark for pain and fever relief. In more recent history, salicylic acid, found in the bark, was the main ingredient of the first aspirin compound, and is still used today in many natural skin care products. The Ancient Romans used it for construction of baskets, fences, and shields.
Willow groves are believed to be enchanted and amplify spiritual messages for shamans, witches, artists, musicians, and writers. In The Accidental Witch, the family coven meets in a special grove of Blue Willows.
Willow symbolizes a period of healing, often with water magic. It may be a good time for a soothing bath, rejuvenating swim, or the release of something with tears.
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.
Author of The Recollection of Trees book series. Fifth generation intuitive. Kitchen witch. she/her.