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 Willow, January 24- February 20, is associated with:
This rune symbolizes wholeness and regenerative growth at the deepest level. It is the inner calling that sends us on our individual path toward self-realization. It is the sun's energy, shedding its light on every dark corner, clearing the way for a heart-centered life.
Maybe it's time to add a few moments for yourself to your daily routine. Perhaps create a photo journal of sunrises or sunsets, and a few words of appreciation or insight for the day.
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.