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The Wish Tree

Updated on August 23, 2017

A Wish Tree is an individual tree that is used as an object of wishes and offerings. These trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit, saint, or goddess, the fulfillment of a wish.

I have created a virtual Wish Tree for my readers. Make your wish and I will add it to the tree. You can find it towards the end of the page.

The Wishing Tree in Portland, Oregon

Types of Wishing Trees

Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree

Photo is of one of the two Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees. Notice that one of the major tree branches has to be held up through artificial means.
Photo is of one of the two Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees. Notice that one of the major tree branches has to be held up through artificial means. | Source

The Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees

The Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees is one of the popular shrines in Hong Kong near the Tin Hau Temple in Lam Tsu. Two banyan trees are frequented by tourists and the locals during the Lunar New Year. Previously, they burnt joss sticks, wrote their wishes on joss paper tied to an orange, and then threw them up to hang in these trees, believing that if the paper successfully hung onto one of the tree branches, their wishes would come true.

This practice was discouraged by the authorities after 12 February 2005, when one of the branches gave way and injured two people. Instead, wooden racks are set up in place for the joss papers to be hung while a period of conservation is imposed to help these trees recover and flourish.

The Hong Kong Morris, a morris dancing team based in Hong Kong, dances at the Wishing Tree on 1 May each year to celebrate the arrival of summer.

Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree

Wish Tree in Hong Kong

Wishing Tree or Wart Remover?

One belief held regarding wish trees is in their power to heal. For example, this was a rhyme one had to sing whilst sticking a pin first into one's warts and then into the tree:

Ashen tree, ashen tree,

Pray buy these warts of me.

This photo of two Ash trees fused together in Eglinton, North Ayrshire, Scotland looks like they've taken on a lot of warts!

A Wish Tree for the Environment in Scotland

A Wish Tree for the Environment in Scotland
A Wish Tree for the Environment in Scotland
The Wishing Tree
The Wishing Tree

Grade 3-8–Ming and his grandmother have a tradition of visiting the Wishing Tree each Lunar New Year. Their wishes are written on special paper, tied to an orange, and tossed up into the branches of the tree. Ming's grandmother cautions him to wish thoughtfully, and following her advice, he realizes the fulfillment of all of his wishes except for one very important one: that his grandmother recover from a grave illness. Many years pass before Ming returns to the tree. He comes to forgive it when a friend points out that it has granted the wish his grandmother had made for him every year–that he be happy. Now the paper he offers to the tree is not a wish but rather a note of thanks. Thong's narrative voice has a gentle and musical quality that will lure readers into the book's pages, as well as into the landscape of this lovely little corner of China. Children will see in fastidious detail the beautiful wishing paper with its Chinese symbols and English translations. The rendering of the people is also superb. The exquisite art is done on watercolor paper with acrylics, which results in an unusual and vivid effect. A template for wishing paper is included in the back of the book. The lessons and observations in The Wishing Tree are ageless, and the book offers many opportunities for discussion.–Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

 

Yoko Ono: WIsh Trees for Pasadena (2008)

Wish Piece by Yoko Ono (1996)

Make a wish.

Write it down on a piece of paper.

Fold it and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree.

Ask your friends to do the same.

Keep wishing.

Until the branches are covered with wishes.

Yoko Ono: "As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin paper and tie it around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always filled with people's wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar."

The Wish Tree has been a part of many exhibitions by Yoko Ono since the 1990s. People are invited to write their wish on a piece of paper and hang it to a tree branch. It's like a collective prayer in a way. Some wishes are deeply personal, some global wishes for peace and better future for humankind.

Yoko Ono: "All my works are a form of wishing. Keep wishing while you participate."

Yoko Ono has used different kinds of trees at different exhibition venues, to fit the particular venue's nature.

From: http://www.a-i-u.net/wishtree2.html

The Wish Tree on Calton Hill, Edinburgh

The Wish Tree on Calton Hill, Edinburgh
The Wish Tree on Calton Hill, Edinburgh

In Hindu mythology

the Banyan Tree, called "kalpavriksha", meaning "wish- fulfilling tree", represents eternal life because of its seemingly ever-expanding branches.

The Hindu God of Wisdom Sits Under a Wish Tree

Photo is of a sculpture of Deity of Lord Shiva at the Madurai Meenakshi Temple in India.
Photo is of a sculpture of Deity of Lord Shiva at the Madurai Meenakshi Temple in India.


Dakshinamurthy is an aspect of the Hindu God Shiva that is the personification of supreme or ultimate awareness, understanding and knowledge. Shiva in this aspect is a teacher of yoga, music, and wisdom and is therefore worshiped as the god of wisdom.

How to Make a Wish Tree

A Garland of Immortal Wish-Fulfilling Trees: The Palyul Tradition of Nyingmapa
A Garland of Immortal Wish-Fulfilling Trees: The Palyul Tradition of Nyingmapa

In Tibet, six great mother monasteries uphold the doctrine of the Great Secret Nyingmapa. This is a comprehensive explanation of the Palyul tradition where the non-dual Great Seal Mahamudra-Great Perfection Ati Yoga and the Kama and Terma lineages are joined together as one great river of practice. H.H. Penor Rinpoche is the present head of the Nyingma lineage and the Palyul tradition.

 

World Trees


The tree, with its branches reaching up into the sky, and roots deep into the earth, can be seen to dwell in three worlds - a link between heaven, the earth, and the underworld, uniting above and below. It is also both a feminine symbol, bearing sustenance; and a masculine, phallic symbol - another union.

For this reason, many mythologies around the world have the concept of the World tree, a great tree that acts as an Axis mundi, supporting or holding up the cosmos, and providing a link between the heavens, earth and underworld. In European mythology the best known example is the tree Yggdrasil in Nordic myth. In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil generally means "Ygg's (Odin's) horse".

More to Enjoy

A Wish Can Change Your Life: How to Use the Ancient Wisdom of Kabbalah to Make Your Dreams Come True
A Wish Can Change Your Life: How to Use the Ancient Wisdom of Kabbalah to Make Your Dreams Come True

Engaging, innovative, and fresh, Gahl Sasson's approach to Kabbalah -- the ancient teachings of Jewish mysticism -- integrates mythology, scholarship, and practical exercises for seekers of both material and spiritual gratification. Based on his popular Tree of Life workshops, which incorporate meditation, dreams, and real-life synchronicities with myths, rituals, and philosophies from around the world, A Wish Can Change Your Life provides a universal path to finding and embracing all of life's riches. It teaches readers of every faith and religious background how to use the energies of the Tree of Life -- the blueprint for the creation of the universe -- to fulfill any wish, whether it is for material gain (a new car, a higher salary), personal improvement and pleasure (weight loss, a better job, more intimacy with a partner), or a life-changing message from God.

 
Oriental Furniture 4" Chinese Coin Money Tree
Oriental Furniture 4" Chinese Coin Money Tree

This whimsical tabletop money tree is thought to impart wealth and prosperity. Antique reproduction lucky coins are attached to the copper wire trunk and branches that are rooted in polished rock "soil." Money trees are a perfect gift for birthdays, graduations, housewarmings, new businesses or holidays.

* Small sculpture meant to impart wealth and happiness

* Copper trunk and reproduction coins

* Perfect gift for a housewarming or business opening

 
Ava Tree and the Wishes Three
Ava Tree and the Wishes Three

The author of the Pony Pals series reaches out to a younger audience with this fantasy story. Ava discovers on the morning of her eighth birthday that she has the power to make her wishes come true when her pet rabbit, Tibbar, surprisingly knows how to use the toilet. Ava’s parents died in a car accident two years before, and since then she has lived with her adult brother, Jack, who is helping her prepare for her birthday party, where everything will be backwards. Ava’s best friend, Priscilla Purhfect, is not allowed to come because her mother thinks a backwards party is improper. But, thanks to Ava’s wishing power, Mother Purhfect changes her mind. Soon Ava realizes that she only has three wishes per day, and although her wishing power cannot bring her parents back, ultimately her new skill helps her cope with the loss. Dominguez’s appealing black-and-white drawings support the fairy-tale mood of the story. This light, sweet tale will attract newly independent girl readers in particular. Grades 2-4. --Monika Schroder

 

My Virtual Wish Tree

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Make your wish here and I will put it on the virtual Wish Tree.

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      anonymous 8 weeks ago

      I wish that I can become a successful #### and earn lots of $$$$.

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      linda 2 months ago

      That my cancer is cured in the next month.

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      Cathy 3 months ago

      I wish for financial stability

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      ellen 3 months ago

      unlimited financial abundance for me now!

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      Denise 3 months ago

      I wish for Michele to be gone so Jim could live happy

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      RMAF 3 months ago

      Peace for people who need it

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      LadyEve 3 months ago

      Wealth(winning millions in the lottery.) Success (With my and family endeavor.) Good Health(Living long & Healthy.), and marriage(lots of love and understanding.) for myself and family.

      Thank you!

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      Gab 3 months ago

      I wish for good luck in finding a job, going back and finishing school, and peace & happiness

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      Survivorkitty 3 months ago

      Wishing that I won't lose more of my foot plus that things will look up for me and my mom emotionally,financially and no more bad things happening for a good while. I mean bigger bad things lol not a broken nail or something silly....just a healthy but good change that will make us feel better like I described above. Thank you

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      Mel 3 months ago

      I wish to be financially stable, and find true love.

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      Sunny 3 months ago

      I wish to win the lottery so my family and I may live in peace, be able to help others, and start a successful business.

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      anonymous 21 months ago

      I wish the next chapter of the crossover fan fiction Sonic-ki will come out tomorrow.

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      Jason 2 years ago

      I wish the next chapter of the crossover fanfiction Justice League of Amazons: Dragonborn will come out tomorrow.

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      kathleen-cash2 3 years ago

      I wish for prosperity and good luck for myself and my household after a long siege of hard times.

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      Barbara48 3 years ago

      I wish to be a miracle healer and money magnet now I am thankful!!!

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      vodouvixin66 3 years ago

      I wish for a child.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wish for peace in my family between my children and parents and in the world between religions in Jesus name and also for my health and hair my sons new business and that my daughter and son will find new partners

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wish for all debt and illness be erased and peace, health, wealth, and prosperity in all it's forms to be bestowed upon me, my family, and you all.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i wish that my father gets his job back by tomorrow

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Plead make me much taller, skinnier, and more beautiful. And for my dad to marry jay Tomlinson and for me t move over for a few weeks and not exactly get along with lottie but then go on your with one directions nd sleep on the same bus

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wish to be out of debt

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love sunidhi Nayak and want to marry her. That's the only wish I want to be fulfilled.

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      chappieman 4 years ago

      To be with some one i can love and find happiness

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i want a companion for my lonely life in form of the person in my mind and my girl should be happy in her life.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my elder brother-s marriage problem should be solved and he should lead very very happy life with his wife and kids

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i want my second brother's marriage to be fixed with a girl who has good nature and takes care of my brother throughout his life with love by the end of dec 2012.He should lead a happy marriage life with that girl.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish R will come again

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i wish i should have a government job in lucknow as a teacher

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I Wish I Was 19 And Looked Like 17 year old alexis marie and im danille peazers sister and im a hip hop dancer and im best friends with perrie edwards.and we live together

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish Joe could really care and talk to me again. I miss my bro.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I also wish for our brothers and sisters and nephew to be safe and sound.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish for the hurricane isaac weather to cooperate and let me catch my plane on Monday, then cancel my work meeting on Tuesday so we can go to Shawn's show before driving home unscathed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish to get a puppy

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      Que Waleed me hable por telefono

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my wish is to become principal in a school in Delhi kendriya vidyalaya

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish my son to get King's cpllege scholarship

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish for healing from cancer.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish to get a scholarship in my desired college

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish to become a famous actress and beautiful

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i wish for world peace

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish for my family to be whole

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish for health and happiness and creativity

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish to pay off all past bills.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish for the lawsuit regarding my sister's father be settled swiftly and to my sister's advantage.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Prosperity an economic wealth for myself, family and friends

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish for D.R.D. to realize all the pain he has caused me and make amends by being the faithful, loving and caring partner he should be.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish to make friends and keep them!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I want to get abraham thomas as my life partner as soon as possible.please get him to attract me

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      Denise M Alvarado 8 years ago from Southwest

      I wish for harmony among relationships.