Sacred Plants

Sacred Plants of Winter Solstice

solstice-plantsby Selena Fox


  • 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, Dionysius (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:Dionysius; 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: Babalyonian, 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, Sweedish, 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.