Celtic Meaning of the Ivy

Celtic Meaning of Ivy


Symbolic Celtic Ivy Meanings

The Celtic meaning of the ivy deals with connections and friendships because of its propensity to interweave in growth. Ever furrowing and intertwining, the ivy is an example of the twists and turns our friendships take - but also a testimony to the long-lasting connections and bonds we form with our friends that last over the years.

Another tribute to friendship as well as the test of time is the ivy's ability to grow in challenging environments. The ivy is incredibly durable and can withstand harsh conditions. This is symbolic of our ability to stick by our friends no matter what.

Symbolic Celtic Meaning of the Ivy

  • Growth
  • Renewal
  • Connection
  • Friendship
  • Opportunity

It is also a symbol of vibrancy as the druids admired its bright green hue. Often, sprigs of ivy would be woven into chain necklaces or head adornments to represent clarity of thought as well as celebrate the vitality of nature surrounding them.

The ivy is also a symbol of survival and determination for the same reasons. It seems to be virtually indestructible and will often return after it has suffered damage or has been severely cut back. This is an example of the human spirit and the strength we all have to carry on regardless of how harrowing our setbacks may have been.

Also pertaining to its growth (and similar to the vine) the ivy grows in the shape of a spiral. The spiral has long been considered a sacred symbol...

Symbolism of the Spiraling Ivy

  • Consciousness
  • Development
  • Expansion
  • Rebirth

Lasly, most ivy has five-pointed leaves which makes it a symbol of protection as it signifies the harmony of the elements unified by common bonding energy.

Click here to learn about the Ivy Sign of the Celtic Zodiac (on this site).

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