11th Moon of the Celtic Year - (Sept 30 - Oct 27)
Latin name: Osirian Ivy - hedera helix
Celtic name: Gort (pronounced: goert).
Folk or Common names: Ivy.
Parts Used: leaves, bark, berries. Caution: Some types of Ivy are poisonous.
usage: The leaves of Ivy can be used to make a douche for treating
female infections. Ivy leaves can also be used externally for poultices
to heal nerves, sinews, ulcers and infections. Tender ivy twigs can be
simmered in salves to heal sunburn.
History & Associations: Ivy is the symbol of resurrection. Ivy is
an herb of Jupiter and the sun, and is associated with positive ego
strength. The bird associated with this month is the mute swan, the
color is blue, and the gemstone is yellow serpentine. Ivy is sacred to
Osiris and Saturn. It is also connected with the god Dionysus. When
Zeus's wife Hera, discovered that Zeus had bedded Semele, the daughter
of Cadmus, King of Thebes, Hera suggested to Semele that she should ask
Zeus to unveil himself to her. When he did so, his divine flames
consumed her and almost killed her unborn child, Dionysus, but for a
sudden growth of ivy. In still another story of the deities, Kissos is
the name given to a nymph who dances so furiously at a Dionysian feast
that she collapses and dies of exhaustion. Dionysus, grieving her
untimely death, changes her into ivy. Most Ivies have five-pointed
leaves which are sacred to the Goddess.
usage: The month of Ivy is a good time to do magick for rebirth and
tenaciousness. Ivy has attributes of restraint of fear and dealing with
Emotions. Ivy grows in a sacred spiral, which symbolizes reincarnation,
from lifetime to lifetime, and from minute to minute, day to day. 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 food is well known, and therefore
Ivy symbolizes strength. Ivy has many uses in Magick done for healing,
protection, cooperation, and exorcism, and is very useful in fertility
magick. Ivy is also equated with fidelity and can be used in charms to
bind love, luck and fidelity to a person. A talisman made of Ivy would
be good to give a friend since it will help ensure eternal friendship.
Ivy provides protection against evil when growing on or near a house
but should it fall off and die, misfortune was said to be on the way.
Ivy was sometimes used in divination: an ivy leaf placed in water on
New Year' s Eve that was still be fresh on Twelfth Night foretold that
the year ahead would be favorable. Should ivy not grow upon a grave,
the soul of the person buried there is said to be restless - and should
it grown abundantly on the grave of a young woman, then this meant that
she died of a broken heart. Ivy is also connected with the Winter
Solstice and is often used for decorating at Yule-tide. Ivy,
intertwined with Holly, is traditionally made into crowns for the bride
and groom at weddings/handfastings. Ivy was also used in ancient times
for poet's crowns, since Ivy was believed to be a source of divine
inspiration. Ivy was also used by the Greeks to make victory crowns for
conquering heroes in the games held at Corinth. Holly and Ivy make
excellent decorations for altars. An early church council even
attempted to ban the use of Ivy in church decorations because of its