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The Wish Tree

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A Wish Tree is an individual tree that is used as an object of wishes and offerings. These trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit, saint, or goddess, the fulfillment of a wish.

I have created a virtual Wish Tree for my readers. Make your wish and I will add it to the tree. You can find it towards the end of the page.

The Wishing Tree in Portland, Oregon

Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree

Photo is of one of the two Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees. Notice that one of the major tree branches has to be held up through artificial means.

Photo is of one of the two Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees. Notice that one of the major tree branches has to be held up through artificial means.

The Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees

The Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees is one of the popular shrines in Hong Kong near the Tin Hau Temple in Lam Tsu. Two banyan trees are frequented by tourists and the locals during the Lunar New Year. Previously, they burnt joss sticks, wrote their wishes on joss paper tied to an orange, and then threw them up to hang in these trees, believing that if the paper successfully hung onto one of the tree branches, their wishes would come true.

This practice was discouraged by the authorities after 12 February 2005, when one of the branches gave way and injured two people. Instead, wooden racks are set up in place for the joss papers to be hung while a period of conservation is imposed to help these trees recover and flourish.

The Hong Kong Morris, a morris dancing team based in Hong Kong, dances at the Wishing Tree on 1 May each year to celebrate the arrival of summer.

Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree

Wish Tree in Hong Kong

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Wishing Tree or Wart Remover?

One belief held regarding wish trees is in their power to heal. For example, this was a rhyme one had to sing whilst sticking a pin first into one's warts and then into the tree:

Ashen tree, ashen tree,

Pray buy these warts of me.

This photo of two Ash trees fused together in Eglinton, North Ayrshire, Scotland looks like they've taken on a lot of warts!

A Wish Tree for the Environment in Scotland

A Wish Tree for the Environment in Scotland

A Wish Tree for the Environment in Scotland

Yoko Ono: WIsh Trees for Pasadena (2008)

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Wish Piece by Yoko Ono (1996)

Make a wish.

Write it down on a piece of paper.

Fold it and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree.

Ask your friends to do the same.

Keep wishing.

Until the branches are covered with wishes.

Yoko Ono: "As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin paper and tie it around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always filled with people's wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar."

The Wish Tree has been a part of many exhibitions by Yoko Ono since the 1990s. People are invited to write their wish on a piece of paper and hang it to a tree branch. It's like a collective prayer in a way. Some wishes are deeply personal, some global wishes for peace and better future for humankind.

Yoko Ono: "All my works are a form of wishing. Keep wishing while you participate."

Yoko Ono has used different kinds of trees at different exhibition venues, to fit the particular venue's nature.

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The Wish Tree on Calton Hill, Edinburgh

The Wish Tree on Calton Hill, Edinburgh

The Wish Tree on Calton Hill, Edinburgh

The Hindu God of Wisdom Sits Under a Wish Tree

Photo is of a sculpture of Deity of Lord Shiva at the Madurai Meenakshi Temple in India.

Photo is of a sculpture of Deity of Lord Shiva at the Madurai Meenakshi Temple in India.


Dakshinamurthy is an aspect of the Hindu God Shiva that is the personification of supreme or ultimate awareness, understanding and knowledge. Shiva in this aspect is a teacher of yoga, music, and wisdom and is therefore worshiped as the god of wisdom.

How to Make a Wish Tree

World Trees

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The tree, with its branches reaching up into the sky, and roots deep into the earth, can be seen to dwell in three worlds - a link between heaven, the earth, and the underworld, uniting above and below. It is also both a feminine symbol, bearing sustenance; and a masculine, phallic symbol - another union.

For this reason, many mythologies around the world have the concept of the World tree, a great tree that acts as an Axis mundi, supporting or holding up the cosmos, and providing a link between the heavens, earth and underworld. In European mythology the best known example is the tree Yggdrasil in Nordic myth. In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil generally means "Ygg's (Odin's) horse".

Wish Tree Links

My Virtual Wish Tree

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Make your wish here and I will put it on the virtual Wish Tree.

© 2009 Denise M Alvarado

Make Your Wish!

anonymous on September 26, 2017:

I wish that I can become a successful #### and earn lots of $$$$.

linda on August 27, 2017:

That my cancer is cured in the next month.

Cathy on August 24, 2017:

I wish for financial stability

ellen on August 24, 2017:

unlimited financial abundance for me now!

Denise on August 23, 2017:

I wish for Michele to be gone so Jim could live happy

RMAF on August 23, 2017:

Peace for people who need it

LadyEve on August 23, 2017:

Wealth(winning millions in the lottery.) Success (With my and family endeavor.) Good Health(Living long & Healthy.), and marriage(lots of love and understanding.) for myself and family.

Thank you!

Gab on August 23, 2017:

I wish for good luck in finding a job, going back and finishing school, and peace & happiness

Survivorkitty on August 23, 2017:

Wishing that I won't lose more of my foot plus that things will look up for me and my mom emotionally,financially and no more bad things happening for a good while. I mean bigger bad things lol not a broken nail or something silly....just a healthy but good change that will make us feel better like I described above. Thank you

Mel on August 23, 2017:

I wish to be financially stable, and find true love.

Sunny on August 23, 2017:

I wish to win the lottery so my family and I may live in peace, be able to help others, and start a successful business.

anonymous on March 03, 2016:

I wish the next chapter of the crossover fan fiction Sonic-ki will come out tomorrow.

Jason on August 19, 2015:

I wish the next chapter of the crossover fanfiction Justice League of Amazons: Dragonborn will come out tomorrow.

kathleen-cash2 on May 05, 2014:

I wish for prosperity and good luck for myself and my household after a long siege of hard times.

Barbara48 on April 15, 2014:

I wish to be a miracle healer and money magnet now I am thankful!!!

vodouvixin66 on February 26, 2014:

I wish for a child.

anonymous on July 21, 2013:

I wish for peace in my family between my children and parents and in the world between religions in Jesus name and also for my health and hair my sons new business and that my daughter and son will find new partners

anonymous on April 09, 2013:

I wish for all debt and illness be erased and peace, health, wealth, and prosperity in all it's forms to be bestowed upon me, my family, and you all.

anonymous on March 18, 2013:

i wish that my father gets his job back by tomorrow

anonymous on January 10, 2013:

Plead make me much taller, skinnier, and more beautiful. And for my dad to marry jay Tomlinson and for me t move over for a few weeks and not exactly get along with lottie but then go on your with one directions nd sleep on the same bus

anonymous on December 30, 2012:

I wish to be out of debt

anonymous on December 19, 2012:

I love sunidhi Nayak and want to marry her. That's the only wish I want to be fulfilled.

chappieman on December 16, 2012:

To be with some one i can love and find happiness

anonymous on December 06, 2012:

i want a companion for my lonely life in form of the person in my mind and my girl should be happy in her life.

anonymous on November 03, 2012:

my elder brother-s marriage problem should be solved and he should lead very very happy life with his wife and kids

anonymous on November 03, 2012:

i want my second brother's marriage to be fixed with a girl who has good nature and takes care of my brother throughout his life with love by the end of dec 2012.He should lead a happy marriage life with that girl.

anonymous on October 09, 2012:

I wish R will come again

anonymous on September 11, 2012:

i wish i should have a government job in lucknow as a teacher

anonymous on September 05, 2012:

I Wish I Was 19 And Looked Like 17 year old alexis marie and im danille peazers sister and im a hip hop dancer and im best friends with perrie edwards.and we live together

anonymous on August 30, 2012:

I wish Joe could really care and talk to me again. I miss my bro.

anonymous on August 22, 2012:

I also wish for our brothers and sisters and nephew to be safe and sound.

anonymous on August 22, 2012:

I wish for the hurricane isaac weather to cooperate and let me catch my plane on Monday, then cancel my work meeting on Tuesday so we can go to Shawn's show before driving home unscathed.

anonymous on August 14, 2012:

I wish to get a puppy

anonymous on May 29, 2012:

Que Waleed me hable por telefono

anonymous on May 16, 2012:

my wish is to become principal in a school in Delhi kendriya vidyalaya

anonymous on May 06, 2012:

I wish my son to get King's cpllege scholarship

anonymous on March 13, 2012:

I wish for healing from cancer.

anonymous on February 03, 2012:

I wish to get a scholarship in my desired college

anonymous on January 24, 2012:

I wish to become a famous actress and beautiful

anonymous on August 15, 2011:

i wish for world peace

anonymous on August 04, 2011:

I wish for my family to be whole

anonymous on August 04, 2011:

I wish for health and happiness and creativity

anonymous on August 04, 2011:

I wish to pay off all past bills.

anonymous on May 21, 2011:

I wish for the lawsuit regarding my sister's father be settled swiftly and to my sister's advantage.

anonymous on May 21, 2011:

Prosperity an economic wealth for myself, family and friends

anonymous on May 21, 2011:

I wish for D.R.D. to realize all the pain he has caused me and make amends by being the faithful, loving and caring partner he should be.

anonymous on May 21, 2011:

I wish to make friends and keep them!

anonymous on January 17, 2010:

I want to get abraham thomas as my life partner as soon as possible.please get him to attract me

Denise M Alvarado (author) from Southwest on September 11, 2009:

I wish for harmony among relationships.