The poem is an excerpt from the Full Wiccan Rede. The lines about the “nine woods” harkens back to the Celtic people of Ireland and Scotland's reverence for trees and the tradition of creating “need fires" in which the nine sacred trees were burned.
The need fires were built and burned at the four Celtic solar festivals, Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh. These were community bonfires, lit ceremonially by an oak bow and rod.
Whilst generally speaking the Wiccan faith is not Celtic in tradition, most Wiccans borrow a little from the ancient Celtic culture when they celebrate the great Cross-Quarter Sabbats listed above.
There is also a connection to a 13th century Irish poem called, “Song of the Forest Trees.” A poem which specifies which trees are to be burned, and which are not.
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