Connected to Lung/Large Intestine: Melancholy, pensive, grief, sadness, fatigue, and withdrawal.
Yew is the stuff that swords and shields are made of, so it should be of little surprise that the guarded, aloof, socially-correct person has a lot of “Yew” in them. If you’re a Yew person, you may have a lot of unacknowledged grief and sadness inside, so you may have shielded yourself to avoid experiencing more emotional pain.
The Celts associate the Yew element with the lungs and colon, but it might be more correct to say that Yew element is related to the mucus membranes which line both of these systems. These mucus membrane linings in the digestive tract, lungs, and sinuses are the body’s first line of immune defense. Most infections will enter through this route. So, Yew is also symbolic of our immune response – swords and shields, again.
Yew invokes ideas of substance, structure and strength. The Yew element is associated with autumn because this is the time of year when all things begin to consolidate within themselves. A Yew person would begin to pull all reserves and store up for the coming winter. Although life appears to fade on the surface, it is still present, deep within things.
Yew Types have a tendency toward acute respiratory congestion, bronchitis, asthma, wheezing, coughing, allergies, sinus headaches, etc… and often need help opening up congested respiratory passages.
Yew Types may also experience chronic weakness of the lungs, prolonged grieving, chronic deep coughs, tightness of the chest and other conditions which suggest chronic weakness of the Yew energy in the body, so supporting Yew strengthens this primary line of immune defense. This can also help deeply repressed grief and sadness and the inability to express this emotional pain for those tend to be aloof and emotionally distant.