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Mysteries and Marvels of the Weeping Willow Tree

Updated on January 12, 2013

With their graceful hanging branches and their dramatic statue, Weeping Willow trees are both mysterious and fascinating for many tree lovers around the world. The weeping willow, my favorite tree of all times, is the subject and inspiration of many son lyrics, poems, and ancient tales. This tree is more than just a natural wonder, but a symbol of beauty, melancholy, and spiritual connection.The Weeping Willow tree (Salix Babylonica) is a tree native to China. It was introduced into the Western world in the 15th century. It carries myths and traditions from ancient cultures like the Celtic and Greek. To the Celts, the wood of the willow tree has the power to enhance psychic abilities, as well as boost the essence of love. According to their mythology, the willow is associated with all that is feminine. The tree symbolizes deep emotions, intuition and dreaming, and it is considered a powerful spirit.

In the Greek culture, the willow represents death and grief. It has been said that the death of Alexander the Great was predicted, when he passed under a willow and his crown was knocked off from his head. In the 1500s, people who had a romantic heartbreak would start wearing hats or crowns made of willow leaves and twigs.

Linnich, Germany
Linnich, Germany | Source

By the 1800s, Weeping Willows were featured in sympathy cards and gravestones. They were also introduced in cemeteries to honor the dead, and when it rains; their long dangling branches seem to be weeping tears for the deceased.

Jackson Creek, Ontario
Jackson Creek, Ontario | Source

Ancient legends also associate the willow with dreams, inspiration, and visions. It has been said that a piece of willow under your pillow will allow you to get in touch with your emotions and express them through vivid dreams which will grant you clarity and insight. The Weeping Willow was also planted in honor of a birth or a marriage, as it represents coping with life, because the willow’s branches are flexible and can bend, unlike any other tree. Metaphorically, this means that it has the ability to adjust and adapt to life. It will grow and thrive in less than perfect conditions, symbolizing our relentless pursuit to grow and survive against any obstacles.

Weeping Willow by Claude Monet
Weeping Willow by Claude Monet | Source

The Weeping Willow is one of the most striking trees in the world. Their grace and elegance are unsurpassed; they bring a certain emotion that no other tree does. It is a mysterious tree, muse to poets and artists, it is the tree of tears, the tree of enchantment and dreams, the tree of life.


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      li smith ion-eco 5 years ago from Hermanus, South Africa

      Thank you for a great hub!