Hedera Helix

11th month of Celtic Tree calendar, September 30 - October 27
11th consonant of the Ogham alphabet - Gort



Planet: Moon, Saturn


Element: Water


Symbolism: Fidelity and Fertility, Protection, Healing


Stone: Opal


Color: Indigo


Bird: Lark, mute Swan, Swallow


Deity: Ariadne, Artemis, Arianrhod, Pasiphae, Dionysus, Bacchus, Osiris


Medicinal properties

All parts of the ivy plant are poisonous if ingested...Ivy should never be used for self medication or given to others. Medicinally ivy was used for toothaches, as an astringent, and as an aid to bring on menstruation.


Magickal properties

Ivy is carried by women (and brides) for good luck. Wherever it is grown or strewn, it guards against negativity and disaster. Use ivy in fidelity and love charms.  Ivy is magickally paired with Holly.



"Oh roses for the flush of youth, 

And laurel for the perfect prime;

But pick an ivy branch for me

Grown old before my time."

~Christina Georgina Rossetti, 1862



LESSON OF THE IVY - from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford


Ivy reminds us of the movement of the heavens and the way this is reflected on earth. It has the ability to bind all things together. It can wander freely, linking tree to tree, or form dense thickets that block out the light and restrict passage. Ivy brings shelter or overwhelming darkness and reminds us that where there is life, there is also death. Ivy represents the wandering of the soul in its search for enlightenment and it carries a warning to be sure of the direction of your desires so that you avoid being ensnared by them. True progress is made, however, when all the lessons of the preceding trees have been linked together with ivy, in such a way that the light can still enter and no limb need break.


In England it was once believed that 

if ivy refused to grow on a grave 

it meant the soul was unhappy in its other world. 


If it flourished on a young girls grave, 

it meant she died of unrequited love. 


Pressing a leaf against her heart, 

a girl would hopefully repeat:


"Ivey, Ivey I love you

In my bosom I put you

The first young man who 

speaks to me,

My future husband he shall be."


The Great Goddess




Arianrhod is a Welsh triple Goddess and a moon Goddess. 

She is an overseer of life and death, of time and karma. 

She represents each of us, our own destiny and self power, authority, and protection. 


Celtic Moon sign - Ivy Moon  


Ivy travels everywhere - it spreads happily and thrives in many places where no other greenery could survive. Its determination to reach through obstacles toward light and nourishment is well known, too. If you were born under this tree sign, your networking abilities will further both your personal goals and the purposes of your "cause" - whatever that might be. It's important that you use this talent to reach out, like the ivy, in a productive way. Don't allow yourself to bind others to you, or to be bound by guilt, worry, or fear of the future.

Written by Kim Rogers-Gallagher, and Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook 2000



Ivy represents the embracing 

and confining female principles of life.


Ivy is a symbol of the Goddess because it grows in a spiral, one of the Goddess' symbols. 


Place some ivy on your altar to symbolize your spiritual journey through the Wheel of the Year: in winter we follow the spiral energy down and within, and in the spring we follow it up into the light for our own symbolic rebirth.


Dreaming of ivy can foretell of a broken engagement. 


If ivy grows on a tree in your dream, 

you may have grief. 


If it grows on a house you may have wealth. 


If it is growing on a friends house in your dream, 

then they may have good health. 


If you dream of a potted ivy plant 

you will have happiness.


Image from The Faces of WomanSpirit

A Celtic Oracle of Avalon


Pray Peace



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