Pronunciation: Ull endth Moon Phase: Not Applicable Moon Name: Not Applicable Letter: Ui, Pe Title: Shrub Height: (mature) up to: 5 feet as a shrub but is also a climbing plant. Influence: Androgenous Age: 1 Generation but renews itself. Legend: Power to oneself, To walk in your own beauty. Fecundity. Self disclosure. Hidden Secret. Element: Spirit / Fire Deity: Lugh, Muhn Chakra:Solar Plexus / Crown Aura:Yellow / Blue Medicinal Qualities: Aromatic and settles the mind, pollen can be used for incense, both berries and flower leaves can be used for upset stomachs in moderation or included in a salad with care. Animal Entities: Bumble Bee, Bear, Faery folk, Dormouse.
The essence of the Honeysuckle flower provides everlasting quality power, "fecundity" for the duration of its bloom. The bright yellow flower brings light, happiness, faith in the future. The spiritual meaning of the Honeysuckle is one of walking in your own power and knowing your own worth.
The Honeysuckle or Woodbine is a home from home, its thick leafy branches giving haven to numerous birds, its low branches to numerous animals, its local soil is ideal for ground animals to burrow or to hide their food, its summer flowers providing pollen for the homely bee to start their busy polination also its sweet intoxicating scent attracts butterflies, moths and faery folk with the creation of new life.
A slumbering bear, or bee in hibernation will take time to gain focus and find their place. As sap takes time to rise up a tree and as the sun takes it's time to rise in the mornings. Without slumber we wouldn't know the heights of consciousness and we would not discover the values that can be gained from each.
Like the Vine or the Ivy with it's ever reaching strands growing up and yin complimenting yan, but unlike the Ivy and vine the Honeysuckle has found it's place. From the beginning of spring or even before spring starts the honeysuckle prepares the way ahead, its root system and dense lower branches prepare for the glories of spring. The flowers with their sweet nectar attracting the Bumble Bee, also attracting the birds that will help pollinate and populate areas that closed down for the winter. This shrub literally bursts into life if given half an excuse to do so, encouraging all that come close to enjoy and be happy. It's thick shrubbery is host to many birds that seek safety to make home, a natural magnet for butterflies, moths, also providing good wholesome food for the deer, badgers and voles. With bright flowers rich green leaves and berries this shrub can feed almost the world but be careful just as gluttony is never good, eating too many of these berries will prove to be potentially fatal.
With there currently being more than 180 species recorded across the globe it is little wonder that druids held this plant in such high esteem, with woodbine being another popular name for this plant, also it's rapid growth with beautifully scented flowers made it very popular with the romans and their subsequent invasions across the celtic regions meant that this plant did not wane in popularity, many a roman goddesses temple has had the honeysuckle or woodbines branches and sprigs trained across the exterior walls. The sap and twine when professionally worked can provide an efficient glue and has strong adhesive qualities used for book binding.