Sacred Plants of the Winter Solstice


Symbolizing: Continuity of Life, Protection, Prosperity
Types: Pine, Fir, Cedar, Juniper, other evergreens
Forms: Boughs, wreaths, garlands, trees
Divinities: Green Goddesses & Gods; Hertha; Cybele, Attis, Dionysus (Pine); Woodland Spirits
Traditions: Roman, Celtic, Teutonic, Christian


Symbolizing: Old Solar Year; Waning Sun; Protection; Good Luck
Forms: Boughs over portals, wreaths
Divinities: Holly King; Old Nick; Saturn; Bacchus; Wood Spirits; Holly Boys
Traditions: Roman, Celtic, English, Christian


Symbolizing: New Solar Year; Waxing Sun; Endurance, Strength, Triumph, Protection, Good Luck
Forms: Yule log, acorns, wood for sacred fires
Divinities: Oak King; Oak Spirit; Sky Gods including Thor, Jupiter, Zeus
Traditions: Teutonic, Celtic, Christian


Symbolizing: Peace, Prosperity, Healing, Wellness, Fertility, Rest, Protection
Forms: Boughs, amulet sprigs above doorways, kissing balls
Divinities: Oak Spirit; Frigga and Balder
Traditions: Celtic, Teutonic


Symbolizing: Fidelity, Protection, Healing, Marriage, Victory, Honor, Good Luck
Forms: Crowns, wreaths, garlands
Divinities: Dionysus; Bacchus; Great Goddess; Ivy Girls
Traditions: Greek, Roman, English, Christian


Symbolizing: Sun, Purification, Consecration, Protection, Spiritual Illumination
Forms: Incense, oils
Divinities: Sun Gods, Ra at Dawn, Bel
Traditions: Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Jewish, Greek, Roman, Christian


Symbolizing: Healing, Death and Afterlife, Purification, Inner Peace
Forms: Incense, oils
Divinities: Isis, Ra at Midday
Traditions: Egyptian, Jewish, Christian


Symbolizing: Sustenance, Abundance, Fertility, Good Luck
Forms: Grain, straw figures and symbols, cookies, cakes, breads
Divinities: Earth Goddesses; Saturn & Ops; Goat Spirit; Fairy Folk
Traditions: Roman, Celtic, Scots, Teutonic, Swedish, Christian

Celtic Tree Calendar's Sacred Trees of Winter Solstice

Yew: Last Day of Solar Year; Death.
Silver Fir: Winter Solstice Day; Birth.
Birch: Month following Winter Solstice; Beginnings.

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