Gort

 Ivy

Modern Letter: G
 Ruler of the 11th Lunar Month
 30th September – 27th October

In divination Gort refers to spreading growth and wandering, the search for the self and inner soul. Just as the roots of the Ivy extend into the ground in search of nourishment and its vines extend to the light above so we seek nourishment and enlightenment. Look inward for self development and outward for spiritual companionship with like minded individuals as this is no time to tackle things on your own. The group mind can bring joy and assistance on your spiritual journey just as it can assist yours.

Gort – The Irish Ogham by Lunaria Gold

Ivy

Common name(s): ivy, common ivy, Atlantic ivy, English ivy
Scientific name: Hedera helix
Family: Araliaceae
Origin: native

Ivy is an evergreen climber which uses specialised hairs growing along the stem to help is support its progress, which can be up to 30 meters in height. Though mature Ivy can be self-supporting it most often grows along trees and walls.  With a separate root systems ivy causes little to no damage to the host tree, indeed as it prefers wet environments there is enough food and water to go around. Ivy generally grows out as a spiral/helix and generally is hard to get rid of.

The leaves of ivy are dark green and glossy with pale veins. Mature leaves are oval or heart shaped whilst juvenile leaves have 3-5 lobes. Mature plants will produce yellowish green domes of flowers which turn in the black, berry-like fruits in clusters.

Church Ivy – Christels

Magical Correspondences

Planet: Moon, Saturn
Element: Water
Gender: Feminine
Themes: Fidelity and Fertility, Protection, Healing
Stone: Opal
Birds: Lark, mute swan, swallow
Color: Indigo
Deity: Dionysus, Bacchus, Ariadne, Artemis, Arianrhod, Pasiphae, Osiris

Magical Uses

Gort Gort Gort
Gooo Ooort Gooo Ooort
Go Go Gooo Ooort
Gort Gort Gort

Suggested Galdur

Ivy allowed to grow along the walls and boundaries of your home will bring protection and positivity to the residents.

Place an ivy leaf in a saucer of water on New Years Eve and dent look at it until the evening of the Twelfth Night. If it remains green the year ahead will filled with good fortune but if it turns black then misfortune will visit you.

Bind together a twig of ivy (female) and a twig (male) with red thread to make a love talisman to bring fidelity and good luck to a newly married couple.

Place ten ivy leaves under your pillow on Samhain Eve to dream of your future spouse.

Mythology and Literature

The Druids considered Ivy to be the feminine companions to Holly, bringing balance and wisdom to the masculine aspects of protective Holly. Ivy can be found growing amongst the branches of established holly trees, using its strong branches as a frame along which to grow. Some considered ivy to be a symbol if rebirth given its ability to regrow after being cut back.

In Greek mythology Ivy was associated with Dionysus, and was shown as wound around his Thyrsus, a scepter made of a stout hollow fennpe stem topped with a pine cone. His worshipers considered to be an antidote to his revals if worn as a woven crown.

Oh, a dainty plant is the Ivy green,
That creepeth o’er ruins old!
Of right choice food are his meals, I ween,
In his cell so lone and cold.
The wall must be crumbled, the stone decayed,
To pleasure his dainty whim:
And the mouldering dust that years have made
Is a merry meal for him.
Creeping where no life is seen,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green.

The Ivy Green, Charles Dickens
Ivy Fairy – joannapasek

Sources and Further Reading

Learn Religion – Ogham
Ogham Lyberty
Living Library
The Goddess Tree
Eco Enchantments
Tree Symbolism
Owlcation – English Ivy Symbolism, Traditions and Mythology
Woodland Trust

Author: knotmagick

Weaving Magick and Crochet in the madhouse I call home. I am a devotee of Hekate and a follower of Pan.

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