Again this rune can be connected to two different trees, of which one is already described: Ivy. Ivy is connected to the protection of the female energy, which is connected to a magical female job weaving. In this page I connect the rune to the spindle tree.
The spindle tree owns it name to the use of its wood in the production of spindles in weaving. Weaving has always been connected to magic, goddesses and folk stories. Even in Socrates time there were myths on weaving:
The myth of Er
In the dialogue Socrates introduces the story by explaining to his questioner, Glaucon, that the soul must be immortal, and cannot be destroyed. The myth mentions “The Spindle of Necessity”, in that the cosmos is represented by the Spindle attended by sirens and the three daughters of the Goddess Necessity known collectively as The Fates, whose duty is to keep the rims of the spindle revolving.
Weaving begins with spinning. Until the spinning wheel was invented in the 14th century, all spinning was done with distaff and spindle. In English the “distaff side” indicates relatives through one’s mother, and thereby denotes a woman’s role in the household economy. In Scandinavia, the stars of Orion’s belt are known as Friggjar rockr, “Frigg’s distaff”.
In Greece the Moirai (the “Fates”) are the three crones who control destiny, and the matter of it is the art of spinning the thread of life on the distaff. Ariadne, the wife of the god Dionysus in Minoan Crete, possessed the spun thread that led Theseus to the center of the labyrinth and safely out again.
Among the Olympians, the weaver goddess is Athena, who, despite her role, was bested by her acolyte Arachne, who was turned later into a weaving spider. The daughters of Minyas, Alcithoe, Leuconoe and their sister, defied Dionysus and honored Athena in their weaving instead of joining his festival. A woven peplum, laid upon the knees of the goddess’s iconic image, was central to festivals honoring both Athena at Athens, and Hera.
In Homer’s legend of the Odyssey, Penelope the faithful wife of Odysseus was a weaver, weaving her design for a shroud by day, but unravelling it again at night, to keep her suitors from claiming her during the long years while Odysseus was away; Penelope’s weaving is sometimes compared to that of the two weaving enchantresses in the Odyssey, Circe and Calypso. Helen is at her loom in the Iliad
The concept of weaving actually relates to mythology much more than simply appearing in myths, the English word text is derived from the Latin word for weaving, texare, explaining the source of terms like “weaving a story”.
For the Norse peoples, Frigg is a goddess associated with weaving. The Scandinavian “Song of the Spear”, quoted in “Njals Saga”, gives a detailed description of Valkyries as women weaving on a loom, with severed heads for weights, arrows for shuttles, and human gut for the warp, singing an exultant song of carnage. Ritually deposited spindles and loom parts were deposited with the Pre-Roman Iron Age ritual wagon at Dejbjerg, Jutland, and are to be associated with the wagon-goddess.
In Germanic mythology, Holda (Frau Holle) and Perchta (Frau Perchta, Berchta, Bertha) were both known as goddesses who oversaw spinning and weaving. They had many names.
Holda, whose patronage extends outward to control of the weather, and source of women’s fertility, and the protector of unborn children, is the patron of spinners, rewarding the industrious and punishing the idle.
Also the Norns, female giantesses, weavers of fate, belong in this folklore of weaving.
The goddess Brigantia, due to her identification with the Roman Minerva, may have also been considered, along with her other traits, to be a weaving deity.
The spindle is connected to the weavers of fate and destiny, who oversaw life and death. It also tells to be faithful, industrious and to avoid the frivolous. It is also connected to the head goddesses who are connected to fertility.
Euonymus, often called spindle or spindle tree, is a genus of flowering plants in the staff vine family, Celastraceae. It comprises about 130 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and small trees.