Withy: the energy of turning, caught within a shape and capable of being released by craft. The term especially applies to the way in which the energy of softness can be woven (the manifestation of withy energy in human hands and art) into linked chains which cross in such a way that they harden into form. In the image below, the water is reflecting the turning energy within the willow withes. The withes themselves have hardened … but not so much that they can’t be woven into wicker while still quick with sap. For an expand discussion, see willow.

willowPhoto: Anassa Rhenisch


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