During the journey back to Cornwall, Tristan and Isolde fell in love after drinking a love potion. In the last verse of this carol, Ivy appears to have won the debate about who "will have the mastery" as Holly goes down on one knee in front of her. I bought it from Home Depot where it was marked as English Ivy. Personal Development and transformation. The Ivy will cover the forest floor and grow as high as the tallest tree, the Ivy is the olympian and will outperform anything. She loves to study nature and write about living things. It is a beautiful creeper and with symbolism, tradition and mythology that you pointed out behind it, I am sure my family will start respecting it even more. The Celtic meaning of the ivy deals with connections and friendships because of its propensity to interweave in growth. The wreath and festoon together symbolise memory. Alternatively, a subliminal wish that the object portrayed (or its symbolic meaning) would either manifest or halt completely. Perhaps it is because of this that the Ancients developed Ornithomany, divination by Bird observation according to species, color and the Bird’s movement. The term "ivy" is commonly associated with English ivy (Hedera helix), and it identifies a climbing evergreen shrub that has dark green, five-pointed leaves. It can be used to banish the negative things from your life, and eliminate toxic relationships. Spiritual Meanings: At the spiritual level ivy as a dream symbol symbolizes immortality and eternal life. They are poisonous. "Good wine needs no bush", meaning that something of merit doesn't need to be advertised because the good news will travel by word of mouth. According to superstition, holly brings good luck to the man of the house and ivy to the lady. Some versions of the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde (or Iseult) refer to ivy's ability to bind. The ivy is also a symbol of survival and determination for the same reasons. Learn about the Element of Water so you can better … The ivy is an example of the twists and turns our friendships have over … This ability sometimes has a symbolic meaning. The Greeks and Romans held the plant in high esteem. Its characteristics include binding, restricting, attachment, freedom, uniting and linking with others. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 06, 2014: Hi, truthfornow. As flocks of birds are moving to change their current location to survive the cold temperatures of winter, their spiritual meaning is all about changing and finding new solutions and options in order to survive. It certainly thrives in our Houston climate outdoors! Question: Is an ivy plant thought to bring bad luck in British tradition? By extension, because of its purgative qualities, it may symbolize baptism. Alpha (A), the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and Omega (Ω), the last letter, are often found combined into a single symbol representing Christ.. Hope you have a lovely rest of the weekend. They even play a large role in William Shakespeare’s works. Some people value ivy as an ornamental plant or as a part of nature. Holly and Ivy Symbolism. Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 11, 2014: Incredible the way you presented this hub. Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on May 06, 2014: I liked reading about the symbolism because I had no idea. And … Temptation, A Spiritual Poison Ivy. Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on May 04, 2014: Very informative article Linda about all aspects of this very distinctive plant which offers a useful function in many gardens and as a decorative natural cover for walls. Only the roots attached to the ground penetrate their substrate to absorb nutrients. Leaves variable in … Why did grapes and ivy become associated with Dionysus/Bacchus? A Symbol of Friendship – Ivy is seen as a symbol of friendship because of the tenacity of its attachment. The very word ‘birch’ derives from a root meaning ‘bright’ or ‘shining’ in nearly all languages with Indo-European origins. They are also considered to be very spiritual, which is where the term “Holy Oak” comes from. I expect there are some people on the continent who believe that Ivy is associated with bad luck, at least under certain conditions. In Ancient Rome, Dionysus was known as Bacchus. Ivy carved into a tombstone is said to represent friendship, fidelity and immortality. Ivy has certainly had an interesting history. Another association of Ivy as an evergreen, is perennial life and immortality. It ties in though, with what you told us about the masculine associations with ivy. Even today, some people appreciate the symbolism of the ivy plant. Both plants were appreciated as winter greenery at a time when many other plants were bare of leaves, especially as holly and ivy had attractive berries. Because of its tendency to interweave in creation, the Celtic symbolism of ivy is connected with relationships and friendships. THank you fo sharing. I pulled a weed the other day. Upvoted and shared :-). Today ivy is often used at weddings, where it symbolizes fidelity. Meanings English Baby Names Meaning: In English Baby Names the meaning of the name Ivy is: Faithfulness. English ivy is an interesting and tenacious plant that can be a useful part of its environment or an annoying interloper. Ivy, being an evergreen plant, represents eternity, fidelity, and strong affectionate attachment, such as wedded love and friendship. In addition, these meanings are alluded to in older pictures, songs and writings. Blessings to you. Fill the flower pot with all-purpose potting soil. It is also associated with fertility because of its rapid growth. This is especially true where ivy is an introduced plant. In your situation, I think you should discover a biological reason for why the ivy is dying. The ivy (Hedera helix) is a perennial evergreen woody vine which can serve as both a groundcover and a climber. Linda Crampton is a writer and teacher with an honors degree in biology. As a spirit animal, the Frog encourages one to resort to spiritual cleansing to start fresh. It's easy to imagine how ivy first drew attention to itself. Over time and after repeated exposure, it is possible that your resistance to poison ivy can wear down, which can lead to a reaction. Petals: Just like holly, the fruits of the ivy make it the perfect symbol for Christmas. During long winters with little light, ivy in the home offe… The "holly" in the carol refers to Christ and the theme of the carol is his life. It can climb to great heights, using its aerial roots to create strong attachments to its support as it ascends. The newer version was published in 1868 in a book compiled by William Husk called Songs of the Nativity. Because ivy has the symbolism of constant affection, we can recognise that, psychologically; we are in need of love and affection. The ivy, which clings to its support, is also a symbol of attachment and undying affection. It’s supposed to be good for a hangover or to sober you up. The first three verses of one of these carols is shown below. Question: What does it mean if the ivy vine is dying around your house? Thank you so much, Bill! These factors aren't believed to be directly responsible for the term Ivy League, however. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 15, 2014: Thank you, sujaya venkatesh. An Ivy tonic is also used for a whooping cough and respiratory ailments. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 17, 2014: Hi, Dianna. The Celtic meaning of the ivy deals with connections and friendships because of its propensity to interweave in growth. It has different meanings in many cultures and religions, some of which have been inspired by the powerful nature of the vine. I have a horrible fence at the back of my yard, made up of old, dead bushes. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 22, 2014: Hi, Deb. Answer: Ivy symbolism is fun to consider, but in today's world, I think it's often more important to think about real life. In the Middle Ages, holly represented the masculine element, perhaps because of its prickles and harder leaves, while ivy represented the female element. This growth symbolizes connections you already have in your life, or ones you desire to make. Thanks for standing up for English ivy! Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 11, 2014: Thank you very much for the visit, the lovely comment and the vote, Devika! Ivy grows in such a way that it intertwines and connects with both itself and whatever it grows along. Very interesting article. Ivy was symbolic of the journey of the soul and the spiral toward to the self. I hope you find the berries. I visited the HubPages forum just now and read about the Internet trouble that you're having. It uses the host to climb and is a master of photosynthesis it takes no nutrients from the host, the … Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 26, 2014: Thank you for the visit and the comment, Cyndi10. It sounds like a lovely plant, Suhail, whatever it is! love beyond the grave. The plant is often admired for its beautiful appearance on the walls of buildings. Ivy is an interesting plant. It’s no mistake if more and more people notice this plant as the rising to the 5th dimension has begun. Ivy symbolises fidelity (it won’t easily let go of something it’s attached itself to) and eternal life (because the plant is evergreen). Marie-Lan Nguyen, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.5 License. Thank you so much for making the effort to read this hub! Thank you so much for the comment and the share, Carolyn! in conjunction with hallucinogenic mushrooms create a frenzy and induce vision, Ivy, spiral of revelation The thyrsus is believed to have been a fertility symbol. Another carol involving a competition between a male and a female and published in William Husk's book is "Holly and Ivy Made a Great Party". Apparently, Adams complained about having to cover a game between either two "ivy covered" or two "ivy league" universities. Holly is the symbol of Christ's Birthday. Ivy can be found in ancient Irish, Norwegian and Germanic images, and played an important role in the past because it’s evergreen. Natural and Spiritual Aspects of Poison Ivy Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is "a shrub or climbing vine, older stems of vines fastened to trees by a dense growth of aerial rootlets and often climbing into treetops. The plant can look very attractive on a fence. The spiralling nature of the way Ivy grows is symbolic of the spiral of the self. If the holly used for Christmas decorations is prickly, the husband is the master. Thank you for your kind comment. Well done! Thank you so much, cairennrhys! In certain parts of Britain, some people think that ivy will bring bad luck if it’s brought indoors. During the 19th century, it would not be uncommon to give a gift of ivy in order to express fidelity, friendship and eternity. I appreciate it very much. 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. Ivy covered tombstone in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA. ©2005 Kimberly Powell. Bridal: may signify the grave of a young bride or groom. Thanks for the visit. The contest is a nice idea and may well have happened, but so far I haven't found additional evidence to support it. English ivy was said to grow abundantly over the mythical mountain of Nysa, the childhood home of Dionysus, which may explain the link between ivy and the god. Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on May 04, 2014: Lovely, lovely topic and article. Blooming flowers will just have small and delicate petals. Gardener Den. Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 03, 2014: Fascinating hub, Alicia! Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on May 22, 2014: I enjoyed the historical info on the holly and the ivy, and I am one that likes English ivy. I'm glad to know it's not a parasite as is often believed, because it is attached to a few of my trees. The one above came from the coastal city of Lampsacus in Ancient Greece. Very interesting and nicely researched! And many southwestern … Thank you very much, VioletteRose! In most versions of the ancient stories about Dionysus, his father is Zeus, the king of the gods, and his mother is the human Seleme. Prudent couples use both kinds of hollies … Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 03, 2014: You always share information I have never known. some ivy on your altar to symbolize your spiritual journey through the Wheel of the Year: in winter we follow the spiral energy down and within, and in the spring we follow it up into the light for our own It is not by coincidence that much of our plant life […] This gold stater from circa 360-340 BC depicts either Dionysus or Priapus (also known as Priapos). Very interesting article. The vegetative and climbing stage of English ivy is the most noticeable and the one that most people are familiar with. Bird Spirit is the perfect symbol for freedom and perspective. Water is symbolic of the subconscious. Used at weddings intertwined with holly, the ivy would symbolise fidelity and at Yule-tide, would bring peace to the household. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 27, 2019: Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 01, 2019: Thank you very much, Maren. The stories connected with this plant is very interesting. The ivy leaf is the symbol of the sorority of ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA. The hardy, evergreen leaf of the ivy denotes immortality and rebirth or regeneration. The ivy wreath is symbolic of conviviality (gaiety or joviality). Some other symbolic things or ideas that the cloud is often symbolic of mystery, dreams, secrets, emotions, and potential. It was regarded to be much more powerful than the Vine and … The Frog is an emblem of rebirth and power. It seems to be virtually indestructible and will often return after it has suffered damage or has been severely cut back. The festivals related to Dionysus sometimes included drunken frenzy and ecstasy as an important component of the revelry. The holly and the ivy, When they are both full grown, I always wondered if the berries were poinsonous and now I know. Even before she became a professor, she was an active investigator in the area of English literature and carols. Particularly for me it was interesting to learn of the possible origins of the 'Ivy League' Universities - a term I have often wondered about. In the Middle Ages, ivy was still associated with wine. Caswell Adams also worked at the New York Tribune. Thank you! You always do such a thorough and complete job, very well done. Ad Meskens, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License. I appreciate your visit. Who knew? My wife and I had bought it for $10 back in 2009 and have gifted many planters to our friends asking for it after buying from the same outlet. IVY. Mel Carriere from San Diego California on May 15, 2014: Fantastic hub. I appreciate it very much. The Ivy will cover the forest floor and grow as high as the tallest tree, the Ivy is the olympian and will outperform anything. Antranias, via pixabay.com, Public Domain CC0 License, Holly standeth in the hall fair to behold, Ivy stands without the door; she is full sore a cold. In ancient times Ivy was made into a highly potent ale which was used in conjunction with hallucinogenic mushrooms to whip up a state of frenzy and induce vision. Ivy is a symbol of lasting affection and the dreamer recognizes that he has to ensure the satisfaction of his needs. I appreciate your visit. Ivy has clusters of greenish yellow flowers and produces clumps of blue-black berries. In some versions of the legend, a rose bush grows out of Isolde's grave and a vine out of Tristan's. A Symbol of Affection –The tendrils, or the thread-like part of ivy, often in a spiral form, represent affection and desire. In ancient Egypt ivy was … I enjoyed reading the diverse traditions and stories connected with ivy, from the history of the Ivy League to ivy's connection with wine. Various folk cultures and traditions assign symbolic meanings to plants. He's wearing a crown or wreath of ivy leaves from the reproductive stage of the plant. Kimberly Powell. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 07, 2014: Thank you very much for the comment, the vote and the pin, Peggy! Alun. English ivy reproductive stems and flowers; the leaves are oval and pointed instead of lobed, H. Zell, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License. Ancient people believed that Dionysus discovered how to make wine from grapes and taught the skill to humans. Various folk cultures and traditions assign symbolic meanings to plants. Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on September 26, 2014: I enjoyed reading about English ivy, which seems to like my yard. I don't think it can be English ivy if it turns red in the fall, though, since English ivy stays green all year long. Informative and well researched. The word "lybe" in the third verse refers to chapped skin or a chilblain. Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on March 01, 2019: Wonderful research! Although it is sometimes regarded as invasive, ivy is appreciated for its ability to grow in the shade, and will quickly cover a wall or a slope. I like using it, and it is a pretty plant. The spiritual meaning of the Ivy comes from its independence, its determination to outperform itself. It's a lovely plant. I've never seen ivy berries, but now I will look for them. I must admit that I didn't know about half of that and it was such a pleasure to learn more of the ivy. Because it is forever green, it is a symbol of fidelity and eternal life. In many cases even grapes are portrayed heart-shaped. The rash has now spread all over my arms and face. This assignment reportedly prevented him from covering a game involving his alma mater—Fordham University—which was doing very well in football at that time. Keep up the great work and keep on writing great hubs that I will read. The Ivy is much misunderstood and is assumed that it strangles the host it climbs. Gemstone: Opal; Spirits: Faery people; Animal: Butterfly; Flower: The Woody Nightshade; Tree/Plant: Ivy; Planet: Moon veiling Persephone; Also known as: The Survivor; Compatible With: Oak and Ash ; Characteristics: Representing the mysterious and mythical, Ivy’s ability … It's a free magazine so it doesn't pay, but writers get a free ad and a plug for your website or hubpages profile or whatever you want. Voted up interesting and informative. I love to see it climb walls of brick homes. It is also associated with fertility because of its rapid growth. This name is derived from the plant name. In the southwestern tribes, cattails also have more symbolic meaning. Spiritually, ivy symbolises immortality and eternal life. It has been introduced to many other parts of the world as an ornamental plant. The Mexican Kickapoos associate cattails with water serpents and make offerings to the snake people before gathering cattails. I pulled a weed the other day. The leaves were also used to heal burns and alleviate eczema. A common story on carol websites is that good-natured singing contests were held during the time when the two carols were popular. In ancient Egypt ivy was dedicated to Osiris, who represented immortality. Hi, Vellur. Thank you very much for the lovely comment, Gardener Den! It denotes cooperation, partnership and also the consideration of others. Most people chose this as the best definition of ivy: The definition of ivy is... See the dictionary meaning, pronunciation, and sentence examples. A flock of birds means it’s time for new adjustments and assessments. In its native habitat, it's more likely to form a peaceful but assertive part of its environment. Investigating the symbolic meanings of ivy - and other plants - is a very interesting activity! The thyrsus was a wand or staff made from a stalk of the giant fennel plant or the branch of a tree. Hail: This ice falls from the sky and barrages the dreamer’s landscape, symbolizing a torrent of personal, social, political, or religious dogma that seems to overshadow simple, straightforward faith. Welcome to HubPages! Ivy Name Meaning: Interesting Facts About the Name Ivy The name Ivy inspires honourability, distinction and perseverance. Rickert's book Ancient English Christmas Carols: 1400-1700 was published in 1910. Nay, Ivy, nay, it shall not be, I wis,Let Holly have the mastery as the manner is. English ivy belongs to the ginseng family, or the Araliaceae, and ginkgo belongs to the Ginkgoaceae family. Click the link above, for the Holly and the Ivy. Ivy represented peace to the Druids of old, perhaps because of its ability to bind different plants or even different kinds of plants together. I appreciate your kind comment, the vote and the share. Well written, and a good selection of images too. This song is known as "The Holly and the Ivy". The ivy vines meet and twine around each other, forming a connection. Ivy was often carried by young women for good luck and fertility. It seems the link between holly and ivy was just too strong for the ivy to be left out of this famous carol, even though the holly was to be the main subject of the carol. English ivy, or Hedera helix, is native to Europe, western Asia, and North Africa. memory, passed to eternal life. Dennis Hoyman from Southwestern, Pennsylvania on May 06, 2014: This is Gardener Den I love your hub on growing English Ivy and the history of English Ivy. Juvenile leaves of English ivy growing on a brick wall. For … "The Holly & the Ivy" is a very famous Christmas carol, which actually depicts a vast meaning in it. Etymological Meaning of the Geranium Flower. Spiritual Lessons With Poison Ivy Poison Ivy, ‘Tis The Season For those of you who think you are not allergic to poison ivy because you have not had it yet, please be cautious. In Scotland, young girls used to take a leaf from the Irish ivy and place it on their hearts saying: A bit risky, I would have thought! When an ivy plant is allowed to grow undisturbed, its older stems can become as thick as those of some trees. © by Druid Priestess Jyoti Eagles – Ogham Cards. In addition, these meanings are alluded to in older pictures, songs and writings. A hardy plant, it is disease resistant and can grow even in the harshest of climates. The plant had important symbolic meanings and was part of a rich mythology. The Binding Ability of Ivy and Its Symbolism English ivy travels along the ground and also climbs up vertical supports such as tree trunks, fence posts, and walls. Because they fly high into the sky, Lightworkers often tell us that they are messengers of the Gods who provide humans with a bridge between the mundane and spiritual life. Ivy is a symbol of lasting affection and the dreamer recognizes that he has to ensure the satisfaction of his needs. I'll visit the Facebook page that you mention. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 05, 2014: Hi, Rebecca. Sometimes, yellow birds as the doves, the ivy, the sunflower, and the dog, are presented as the symbols of the most intense bonds of fidelity – in general – and of stability of the conjugal bond. Fill the flower pot with all-purpose potting soil. English ivy travels along the ground and also climbs up vertical supports such as tree trunks, fence posts, and walls. Its characteristics include binding, restricting, attachment, freedom, uniting and linking with others. Alicia I loved this hub! Stretch those wings and get ready to soar! That sounds like a very good use for ivy! Thank you for the comment and the votes, Faith! The carol is thought to date from the late 1400s. Isa. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 15, 2014: Thank you very much, Mel! The trees are believed to be like spiritual guardians that can provide comfort and solace. Thanks for the comment, Cynthia. If its growth is unchecked, it can travel from one plant to another and bind the plants together. Celtic: Gort Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 07, 2014: Amazing in depth article about ivy and references to it from different sources including carols, wine, the ivy league schools, etc. While the reaction to spiritual Poison Ivy can be harder to detect, the reaction is still noticeable if others are paying close attention. IVY: Symbolically, the ivy has always been closely identified with death and immortality. Considered to be powerful indeed by the Celts because of its ability to kill even the mightiest Oak, the Ivy has a tendency to create dense, inpenetrable thickets in the forest. Thank you for sharing so much with us. Although these are no longer commonly understood by populations that are increasingly divorced from their old rural traditions, some survive. That being said, different individuals, groups, and cultures have different beliefs and traditions. Nearly all types of ivy are evergreen, meaning it does not die or lose it’s leaves in the winter. The leaf veins are conspicuous and are light yellow or white in color. Because it had the ability to form dense thickets in woodland, grow where other plants could not and block out the light from even the mighty oak, ivy was believed to be very powerful by the Druids, more powerful than its enemy, the vine and quite sinister. / I'd meet you where the spirit meets the bones / In a faith-forgotten land / In from the snow / Your touch brought forth an incandescent glow / Tarnished but so English ivy and ginkgo are both very interesting plants, but they actually belong to different biological families. The Ivy League is a group of eight private and prestigious universities in the northeastern United States. It's a beautiful plant. If a girl carries Ivy in her pocket she will soon meet her future husband. The oldest of the group is Harvard, which was founded in 1636. The pole was known as an alepole or an alestake. Its leaves are medium to dark green, shiny, and thick. This ability sometimes has a symbolic meaning. Contrary to popular belief, green is the symbol of love particularly in color magic. Ivy hath a lybe, she caught it with the cold,So may they all have, that with Ivy hold. Excellent article. It can also symbolise the clinging dependence which can develop within relationships. My sister had the brainwave to start training an ivy plant along it last year. The words of the carol describe why holly is superior to ivy, or why males are better than females. Ivy – symbol of strength and determination Ivy has many superstitions and beliefs attached to it. search for self-brings transformation, English: Ivy I really enjoyed the read; Ivy is one of my favourite plants. The spirals of life as opposed to the cycles. They can also symbolize health, luck, resistance, morale, and survival. Indeed, Ivy signs have a tendency to be deeply spiritual and cling to a deep-rooted faith that typically sees them trough adversity. A cap of ivy was used to try to cure diseases of the scalp in the young, and a poultice of ivy was often made up to apply to corns! Don’t touch the berries! Unlike Hedera helix, Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) is deciduous. In some versions, Tristan and Isolde die and are buried in separate graves by King Mark so that even in death they cannot be together. I think we have forgotten much of the power of this symbolism and that our forebears lived in a world where they saw meaning and symbols throughout the natural world and their lived. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 15, 2014: Thank you for the very informative comment, Colin323! Dionysus is often depicted wearing a crown of ivy and carrying a thyrsus. (When Christianity emerged, the early council tried to ban the use of Ivy in decoration because of its Pagan Association  – and yet we often see Jesus wearing a crown of Ivy and/or thorns?). Iris The iris is a rival of the lily as a symbol for the Virgin Mary. (Bit like the South American Awawoska.) Thanks for the information. Because they fly high into the sky, Lightworkers often tell us that they are messengers of the Gods who provide humans with a bridge between the mundane and spiritual life. I It also served as a symbol of prosperity and charity, and thus it was adopted by the early Christians, for whom it was a reminder to help the less fortunate. Beyond this basic plot there are many variations in the story. I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend and that your access to the Internet is restored soon. Ivy is filled with symbolism, spanning the globe. It's certainly a successful plant. Holly is given the starring role in the song and ivy is ignored, so it seems strange that ivy is even mentioned. Traditional Meanings: European (Judeo-Christian) Yes, symbolism can sometimes be very meaningful. 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