Entwining Ivy ~ September 30th – October 27th
Although Ivy is usually regarded as a climber, it is as happy trailing across the woodland floor as it is climbing trees or masonry. Like the grape vine, ivy is not a parasite, it does not feed off its host, using it rather as a means of support but it must be controlled otherwise it can smother a tree or shrub.
It is a most useful cover and grows very fast, hiding all sorts of indiscretions.
Entwining Ivy represents the embracing and confining female principles of life. Through conception and birth, the male life force is given form by the female body. The white Ivy leaf is especially sacred to the ancient forms of the White Goddess which include Ariadne, wife of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, Diana, Goddess of hunting and the moon and the Celtic goddess Arianrhod, Goddess of the silver wheel. Ivy has long been known to have magical powers and is closely connected to the vine. Sacred to Osiris, Egyptian god of magic, Dionysus, Greek god of wine and to Bacchus, his Roman equivalent.
Ivy’s entwining habit also represents the movement and cycles of the heavenly bodies, the stars and the planets and is symbolic of the knowledge and understanding of the way in which these movements are reflected on earth and the affairs of mankind. In particular it represents the spiralling cycles of the moon, governing fertility and the continuation of life and death.
Evergreen Ivy, Hedera Helix is shade tolerant with glossy green leaves with pale veins and a most lovely shape. The flowers of the Ivy are quite insignificant but are the last main source of nectar and pollen for the bees, first appearing in autumn and continuing well into winter.
Planet Moon, Stone Opal, Polarity Feminine, Element Water
Deities Ariadne, Diana, Arianrhod, Dionysus, Bacchus, Osiris
The Spirit, Search for Enlightenment, A Warning,
Binding + Restricting, Freeing + Uniting