Daily Angel Oracle Card: Saille Willow, from the Celtic Tree Oracle, by Sharlyn Hidalgo, artwork by Jimmy Manton
“Northern Hemisphere Dates: January 24-Feb 20th
Southern Hemisphere Dates: July 24-Aug 20
Totems: Bee (shared with Gorse, Heather, and Honeysuckle), Dove
Deities/Guides: Brigit (the Maiden aspect of the Goddess)
Celebration: Imbolc, February1/2 (August 1/2)”
Keywords: “The Feminine Principle, Cooperation, Fertility, Intuition, The Moon and Her Cycles, Water, Emotions, Creativity, Community.”
“The Saille Willow initiates in the fourth lunation of the year. This tree represents the feminine principle and is associated with the celebration of Imbolc and Candlemas. This is a period of the quickening of the creative principle and the element of fire. We celebrate the magic that sparks the seed deep within the earth to begin to grow. The teaching of this is about enriching our community, cooperating with others, and learning to share power and resources with others. Willow teaches us to embrace our emotions and to express them. She encourages peace and harmony with others and with the natural world. She supports our dream life. Many wonderful plans and ideas come to us in this way. The ogham for this tree is Saille and the letter is S.”
Saille Willow In A Reading: “When you draw Willow, you can expect a meeting with the mysteries, the power of enchantment, magic and the moon. You can expect to have a psychic or intuitive encounter. Dreams and synchronicities are important. Pay attention to your own intuition. Meditation and contemplation time is important. Make some personal time for quiet reflection. As yourself where you are in the cycle of things. If you are wondering about a creative endeavour, you can expect a visitation from the muse.
You may also feel moodier than usual. If this is an emotional time, remember that it is ok to cry. Tears are healing; they release pent up feelings. Allow even negative feelings to arise. Express them and let them go, as they have no power over you unless you ignore them or stifle them.
Willow has everything to do with the feminine energy. This card may come up when you are going through issues that have to do with sexuality, fertility, reproduction, birthing, or mothering. You may need the physical support of friends, family, and your community as you move through these issues in your life. Be willing to ask for help. If you are going through grief or loss associated with these themes, Willow offers you healing.
Willow encourages you to do something creative. Draw, sing, dance, or write a poem. Leave the critical part of your thinking aside, and just allow the expression. Enjoy it. She asks you to partake in your community, too, to be receptive, to participate in a cooperative endeavor. Also, women are important to your process, now. Do not forget to support your own feminine side, as well.”
As Challenger: “You may not be aware of your underlying feelings and emotions, or you may be afraid of your feelings and be repressing them or cutting yourself off from them. If this is the case, it is time to allow yourself to feel.
On the other hand, perhaps you give your power over to your emotions, and now they are running your life. If so, it is time to get back int he driver’s seat. If you continue to experience difficult emotions over a long period of time, investigate your thinking and weed out thoughts and beliefs that are driving those feelings. It may also be time to seek help.
When Saille Willow appears as challenger, you may not be receiving the benefits of your relationships with others and your community. Perhaps you are feeling alone and isolated. It may be hard to find any sense of peace within your current experience. You may be dealing with anger, fear, or loss. Grief may have its hold on you. It is time to talk to a trusted friend or counselor. It is time to set your mind to creating honey in your life and attracting help and love.
You may also have a deep soul need for the quiet and contemplation in which you can find the reassurance, comfort, and nurturance that the Divine Feminine and the Great Goddess can provide. It is possible that you are out of spiritual balance. Turn to your feminine side, to your dreams, and visions.”
Message: “I am the majestic Saille Willow. I am a tree that supports you in honouring your feelings. When you are having an emotional moment, be kind to yourself. Treat all of your emotions with kindness. Once they have your attention, they will diminish. That is all that they want. Your unconditional love and attention is everything. In this way, you are acting like the perfect mother – to yourself. The feminine principle is about love, kindness, care, appreciation and calming attention.
I represent the Great Mother of all, and I send my healing love. I am here to hug and to hold you. You can seek comfort in my great arms. I am an umbrella of love and protection. You are a child of the vast universe, and you are precious. I am here to reassure you that all is well and that all is returning to balance. Forgive yourself and allow healing to take place. In time, you can lay down your grievances and forgive others. All acts of forgiveness are really for your own healing.”*
~ By Sharlyn Hidalgo
Emotions are coming to a crescendo and will only continue to rise as we get closer to the lunar events of tomorrow. Super! Blue! Full! Lunar Eclipse! Like seriously people, things are getting a little crazy!
Let your own emotions run through you without getting all caught up in them. Acknowledge them, see them, feel them, let them go. Bless and release. Don’t deny; don’t stuff them down, that never works, they will pop up when you least expect them and possibly manifest physically… nobody wants that. They must be honoured and understood, but not wallowed in. Let the tears flow. Laugh out loud. Breathe deeply and reconnect yourself often. Stay hydrated and grounded. Do your best and don’t beat yourself up.
We don’t like feeling emotional pain. We will usually do quite literally anything to avoid it at all costs. We distract ourselves. We ignore. We make up stories, justifications, illusions. Then we buy into them and pack them around with us for extended periods of time… lifetimes sometimes.
Take this chance to let it go. Be it. Feel it. Let it go.
The tides are highest highs and lowest lows. Our emotions follow suit. Don’t take things too personally. Allow those around you to experience their own emotional upheavals without attaching a story about you to them. Be there as support without taking it all on. Do not play the victim or the rescuer. Just be there. Honest, raw, authentic.
Things will level out a bit after this, but you have to climb that mountain to get the spectacular view.
Keep climbing you aren’t quite there.