Autumn slowly settles in and the pretty flower gardens lose most of their charm. However, every cloud has a silver lining, which means it’s time to admire the pretty autumn foliage that trees offer. Did you know that the ancient Celtic druids used to worship trees?
- The Celtic and the Sacred Trees
- Birch, the Achiever (Dec. 24 – Jan. 20)
- Rowan, the Thinker (Jan. 21 – Feb. 17)
- Ash, the Enchanter (Feb. 18 – March 17)
- Alder, the Trailblazer (March 18 – Apr. 14)
- Willow, the Observer (Apr. 15 – May 12)
- Hawthorn, the Illusionist (May 13 – June 9)
- Oak, the Stabilizer (June 10 – July 7)
- Holly, the Ruler (July 8 – Aug. 4)
- Hazel, the Knower (Aug. 5 – Sept. 1)
- Vine, the Equalizer (Sept. 2 – Sept. 29)
- Ivy, the Survivor (Sept. 30 – Oct. 27)
- Reed, the Inquisitor (Oct. 28 – Nov. 24)
- Elder, the Seeker (Nov. 25 – Dec. 23)
The Celtic and the Sacred Trees
Back in the day, trees had a special place in Celtic culture. Almost all of the trees found in the Celtic countries were revered and people believed that these gentle giants had special powers. These sacred Celtic trees served as an abode of fairies and spirits.
Everything revolves around these sacred trees. The Celtic year consists of thirteen lunar months, representing the cycles of the moon. And each lunar month was linked to one of the sacred Celtic trees. From there, the druids derived a Shamanic alphabet, known as the Ogham. Celtic druids also noticed that, when a child is born in a certain month of their “tree calendar”, it would develop certain qualities. Thus, they established something like their own Celtic tree astrology. You already know your flower astrology sign, so how about you find out what’s your Celtic tree astrology sign.
Birch, the Achiever (Dec. 24 – Jan. 20)
If you were born in the month of the birch, you probably have a fresh and unusual outlook on life. People born under this Celtic tree astrology sign tend to be highly driven and are always full of zeal and ambition. They always want more and try to reach new horizons and expand their knowledge. Some of the characteristics attributed to the Birch sign are tolerance, toughness, and leadership. The Birch signs can brighten a room with their smile and quickly charm other people. This sign of the Celtic zodiac is compatible with the Vine and Willow signs.
Rowan, the Thinker (Jan. 21 – Feb. 17)
Rowan is the philosophical sign of the Celtic zodiac. People born under this Celtic tree astrology sign tend to be keen-minded visionaries, with creative thoughts and high ideals. They tend to be aloof and often feel like other people don’t understand them. However, the Rowan signs are full of energy and devotion and are passionate when it comes to persuasion. The Rowan from the Celtic tree horoscope is compatible with the Ivy and Hawthorn signs.
Ash, the Enchanter (Feb. 18 – March 17)
Free thinkers are born under the Ash Celtic tree astrology sign. They possess vivid imagination, intuition and their second nature is to be artists. They can see the world crystal clear, but have the tendency to be moody and withdrawn at times. Don’t think that they have some sort of a bipolar disorder. It’s all due to the fact that their inner world is constantly moving and changing. These enchanters from the Ash sign are drawn towards art, writing, spiritual matters, and even science. Good partners for this Celtic tree astrology sign are the Willow and Reed signs.
Alder, the Trailblazer (March 18 – Apr. 14)
Those born under the Alder sign are natural pathfinders. They have the ability to move people and quickly gain followers to their cause. The Alders have a way with words, mingle easily and people love to be around them. They possess a mystic charisma, confidence and strong self-faith. Other character traits are: a good focus on goals and ideas, can’t tolerate fluff and waste. Birches, Oaks and Hawthorns pair well with this self-assured Celtic tree astrology sign.
Willow, the Observer (Apr. 15 – May 12)
According to the Celtic horoscope, people born under the sign of the Willow hold many aspects of the lunar realm. They tend to be highly creative and intuitive and often possess higher IQ. Willow signs understand cycles and know very well that everything that happens in your life can teach you a lesson. This Celtic tree astrology sign is patient and down to earth. Ivy and Birch signs can be a good match for the Willow sign.
Hawthorn, the Illusionist (May 13 – June 9)
Just like Gemini in western astrology, the Hawthorn from the Celtic tree astrology isn’t all that it appears to be. Their exterior world can be completely different from the inner landscape and they can show a new side to you each day. If you hang out with Hawthorn signs too often, you’ll see that they put the term “never judge a book by its cover” to the test. They have this never-dyingcreative flame, always full of energy and curiosity. This sign from the Celtic horoscope can adapt to any situation and can be both a good listener and give inspiring speeches. A good match for this shapeshifter can be the Ash or Rowan sign.
Oak, the Stabilizer (June 10 – July 7)
The Celtic druids knew that, when a child was born under the Oak sign, it’d possess a special gift of strength. People from this Celtic tree astrology sign become protectors of the weak and speak for those who don’t have a voice. They are generous, helpful, and gentle. The Oaks have a deep understanding of history and ancestry and maybe that’s the reason why many of them become teachers. Suitable partners for this crusader of the Celtic tree zodiac are Ash and Reed, but can reach harmony with Ivy signs too.
Holly, the Ruler (July 8 – Aug. 4)
The noble one among the Celtic tree astrology signs is the Holly. Those born under this sign are natural leaders and easily acquire power and higher status. They can effortlessly tackle the hardest tasks and often possess rare skills and tact. The Holly is always set to reach its goal and can be too competitive and ambitious at times. This tree sign brims with confidence, kindness and passion. However, if it doesn’t lead and active lifestyle, the Holly can become too lazy. Ash and Elder signs can form a good partnership with the noble Holly sign.
Hazel, the Knower (Aug. 5 – Sept. 1)
When a person is born under the energy of the Hazel, he or she becomes highly intelligent, organized and excels in the classroom. Just like the Holly, this Celtic tree sign is naturally gifted when it comes to knowledge. They possess the ability to recite and recall information, which makes them appear as know-it-all to others. However, you can’t blame the Hazel for being naturally smart. This clever sign from the Celtic tree horoscope pairs well with the Hawthorn and Rowan signs.
Vine, the Equalizer (Sept. 2 – Sept. 29)
The Vine is another shapeshifter of the Celtic astrology. This is due to the fact that people born under this sign are born within the autumnal equinox. This makes them unpredictable, contradictive, and often indecisive. They can see the good and bad in each story, which makes it hard for them to pick a side. However, they are always sure when it comes to their taste in food, wine, music and art – they have a soft spot for guilty pleasures. Vines have a thing for luxury and refinement. Willow and Hazel can suit their classic style.
Ivy, the Survivor (Sept. 30 – Oct. 27)
The Ivy Celtic tree sign is blessed with the ability to overcome all odds and can survive in any situation. People born under the energy of the Ivy are loyal, compassionate and have a sharp intellect. Life may be unfair to them at times, but they endure the troubles with soulful grace. They can be drawn to the spiritual world and their faith is deeply rooted. Ivy signs are charming, soft-spoken and have a good compatibility with the Oak and Ash signs.
Reed, the Inquisitor (Oct. 28 – Nov. 24)
The one that keeps secrets between the tree signs of the Celtic horoscope is the Reed. This sign can dig deep to find the real meaning of things and discover the truth. People born under this Celtic tree sign love a good story, gossip and scandals. This makes them perfect historians, journalists, detectives, and archaeologists. They have the ability to find the core of things and strip every layer of the story. However, they tend to be a bit manipulative at times, but still have a strong sense of truth and honor. Suited companions for this curious sign are other Reeds, Ash or Oak signs.
Elder, the Seeker (Nov. 25 – Dec. 23)
The last in the Celtic tree astrology pantheon is the Elder tree sign. People from this sign love freedom and others may see them as wild and untamed. The slogan of their life is “Live fast”, always seeking thrills and adventures. They are often misunderstood and treated as outsiders, even though they are extroverts by nature. However, the Elder signs can be deeply thoughtful, often very considerate of others and love to lend a helping hand. This misjudged sign fits well with the Alder and Holly signs.
All of this talk about trees might inspire you to go out in your garden and admire the autumn foliage. Don’t forget that the gentle green giants need seasonal trimming and pruning. You can call the professional tree surgeons at Fantastic Gardeners and let them do this tedious and dangerous job for you.