Oracle of the Week : White Poplar

Green Man Wisdom: Animation is the pulse of life.

This is one of those trees that I have probably seen around, but never noticed. Having read the book, I probably have done exactly that: walked past and never noticed it. It is one of the three trees associated with the Maid (Aspen) Mother (White Poplar) Crone (Black Poplar) theory. It sways in the wind, it’s never still and is full of nervous energy and animation.

This tree is associated with resurrection and according to the ancient lore, Hercules wore a crown made of white poplar leaves as he descended into the Underworld. It is said that a white poplar stands at the threshold of the classical underworld, its roots sitting in the river of Lethe (or the river of forgetfulness).
(If that is the case, I must have been left under a white poplar at some point, I can forget anything and nothing at times!)

The bark, leaves and buds are often used to make incense for use in divination, especially around the time of Samhain (Saw-heen or Halloween) when old, outworn thoughts are allowed to drift away with the smoke of incense fires.

As I walk about in this world, from now, I will have to see if I can spot a white poplar. I love the education that this Oracle is bringing to me. I hope you’re enjoying it too.

White Poplar