New Dawn's Birthing: tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree    
 tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree6 comments
13 May 2003 @ 05:46, by Lydia Teo

Not too long ago I remember reading on someone's blog about "tying a yellow ribbon around a tree" in welcome for the returning service men from Iraq and querying what this was about.

Tonight while watching the idiot box there was a documentary about the festival of Beltane celebrated on the first of May or the beginning of the spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It turns out that this strange ritual has to do with wishes and Druid traditions.

It is a Druid ritual from a place in Cornwall where those who want a wish to come true tie a piece of material around a branch of a tree. I'ts not "tying a yellow ribbon 'round an old oak tree" but its making a wish and tying the piece of fabric around a branch in a special part of the forrest, where you certaily could imagine fairies or beings from the Druid otherworld to pass the time of day.

Looking into this even further it most probably is a link to Ogham which is the tree-language of Druidry and was the only way those who were not skilled in this secret knowledge of Ogham, but saught to commune with the "otherworld" to petition for their wish to come true.


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24 Mar 2006 @ 22:28 by Lillith Anne Wolfe @63.227.250.29 : Wishing Ribbons
I have been trying to find something along these lines for my Beltane Ritual and have been trying to find the history of the act. Thank you for the tip.  


27 May 2006 @ 10:46 by newdawn : ribbons
glad to have been of service :-)  


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