It's a climbing, trailing, and creeping vine that forms dense coverings over trees and other supports. Kimberly Powell. (When love shall vanquish folly.) Isa. During the 19th century, it would not be uncommon to give a gift of ivy in order to express fidelity, friendship and eternity. It has different meanings in many cultures and religions, some of which have been inspired by the powerful nature of the vine. It can be interesting, too! Ivy spiritual meaning. Ivy actually refers to a number of different ornamental plants that climb or creep. It is not by coincidence that much of our plant life […] Welcome to HubPages! Thanks for the visit. Linda Crampton is a writer and teacher with an honors degree in biology. It is also associated with fertility because of its rapid growth. Ivy clings to any surface, making it a perfect representation of wedded love and fidelity. [The Ivy Leaf: The Origin of the ♥ Symbol] On Grecian stelae and later on Roman gravestones and early Christian graves in catacombs, the ivy leaf symbolises eternal love, i.e. The Mexican Kickapoos associate cattails with water serpents and make offerings to the snake people before gathering cattails. The giant fennel may reach a height of three feet. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 03, 2014: You always share information I have never known. In addition, these meanings are alluded to in older pictures, songs and writings. Excellent article. Its leaves turn red in the fall. Ivy covered tombstone in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA. ©2005 Kimberly Powell. 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. Fascinating hub, especially the connection to Dionysus and the Ivy League. In the early 1930s, a writer at the New York Tribune named Stanley Woodward referred to the northeastern universities as "ivy colleges". Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 11, 2014: Incredible the way you presented this hub. If the holly used for Christmas decorations is smooth, the wife will be master. A common story on carol websites is that good-natured singing contests were held during the time when the two carols were popular. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 04, 2014: Thank you, Alun. Ivy was a symbol of fidelity and marriage, and was often wound into a crown, wreath or garland. English ivy travels along the ground and also climbs up vertical supports such as tree trunks, fence posts, and walls. Ivy is the plant dedicated to Bacchus, God of wine or intoxication. Thank you very much, Flourish. It was often seen as protection against evil forces. Re 'The Holly and the Ivy', I learned about this for a hub about Christmas carols I once wrote, and I concur with the view expressed here. Just as in the past, English ivy can make its presence felt. VioletteRose from Atlanta on May 05, 2014: Great information about the English Ivy, thanks so much for sharing :) I love learning about these! Nearly all types of ivy are evergreen, meaning it does not die or lose it’s leaves in the winter. Learn about the Element of Water so you can better … I had never thought about the term Ivy League that much either - but it makes sense. Symbolism Ivy symbolises fidelity (it won’t easily let go of something it’s attached itself to) and eternal life (because the plant is evergreen). The Ivy League is a group of eight private and prestigious universities in the northeastern United States. It really caught my eye and educated me on the background of this beautiful plant. I love English ivy too, although I must admit it's often hard to keep under control where I live. I appreciate it! The wreath and festoon together symbolise memory. Indeed, Ivy signs have a tendency to be deeply spiritual and cling to a deep-rooted faith that typically sees them trough adversity. The word "lybe" in the third verse refers to chapped skin or a chilblain. Fill the flower pot with all-purpose potting soil. Thank you for the comment and the votes, Faith! It's certainly a successful plant. Because ivy has the symbolism of constant affection, we can recognise that, psychologically; we are in need of love and affection. Spiritually, ivy symbolises immortality and eternal life. Dreaming of ivy harks back to the old idea of celebration and fun. It's fine with me because I like the plant. The Ivy is much misunderstood and is assumed that it strangles the host it climbs. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 15, 2014: Thank you for the very informative comment, Colin323! Now the dead bushes are covered in beautiful green ivy. The hardy, evergreen leaf of the ivy denotes immortality and rebirth or regeneration. Ad Meskens, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License. If its growth is unchecked, it can travel from one plant to another and bind the plants together. Embrace your light, and let’s rise together! English ivy and ginkgo are both very interesting plants, but they actually belong to different biological families. 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. These factors aren't believed to be directly responsible for the term Ivy League, however. Don’t touch the berries! Pollyanna Jones from United Kingdom on October 15, 2014: Great article! Ivy has certainly had an interesting history. Ivy in the Celtic mythology. 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. It contains Hederin, which is highly poisonous. Please don’t try this at home! 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. Ivy is one of the plants used in the celebrations of Christmas. 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. Well done! In the rest of the carol ivy isn't needed. Ivy, being an evergreen plant, represents eternity, fidelity, and strong affectionate attachment, such as wedded love and friendship. Ivy was considered the feminine energy while Holly was considered a male. 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