Celtic astrological signs were derived from Druidism, a religion that believes trees provide a sacred place for spirits to reside.
Irish Astrology and Modern Celtic Astrology
The existence of an ancient Celtic astrological system evokes a heated debate among scholars. Some claim there was none, while others turn to references made in ancient Irish texts. Others cite ancient Greek text acknowledging the Celts' accomplishments in astronomy as proof that an ancient astrological system once existed. It's documented that the astrology practiced by the Irish between the twelfth and seventeenth centuries was a form of Arabic astrology.
Celtic astrology, as known today, was created by the poet Robert Graves in his book The White Goddess (published in 1946). According to Graves, the Celtic lunar calendar comprised of thirteen months was the basis of Irish astrology. Graves's book gave birth to a new astrology commonly accepted by the general population as the ancient Celtic astrology. Scholars claim that his tree zodiac is a misrepresentation of the ancient Celts' belief systems. You must decide for yourself if Graves' astrology has value.
In Celtic (Druid) symbolism, the moon represents the subconscious mind and hidden matters while the sun represents the conscious mind. The moon is the repository of the subconscious mind where true knowledge of past lives resides. Using the lunar calendar, Celtic astrology unlocks your past life memories and other hidden mysteries.
Lunar Months Signs
Each lunar calendar month, thirteen in all, is assigned a tree symbol. The trees' energies are said to be revealed through the Tree Alphabet.
The Ogham (commonly pronounced Oh-m) glyphs are the only written form left by the Druids. Graves created an alphabet by assigning a different tree for each of the twenty letters (a series of markings).
Unlocking Celtic Symbolism
To unlock the mysteries of Celtic astrology, it's important for you to understand the two premises of Druid spirituality of reincarnation and cellular memory. By unlocking past life knowledge, you can then build upon knowledge you've accumulated from many lifetimes.
Druidism respects nature and your place within the world. Like other tribal cultures, the Celts lived in harmony with nature. They believed in energy and that all living matter had energy. This belief stretched beyond the physical world into the supernatural world. Druidism espoused the ideology of creating balance between opposites. This oneness is symbolized by the joining of male and female energies.
The Celtic Astrological Signs
According to scholar, Peter B. Ellis, the Celtic calendar was similar to the Vedic one. Another aspect of Celtic astrology is the animal symbols used to depict the conscious mind. When the animal symbols are used in conjunction with the tree signs, a bridge is formed between the conscious and subsconscious mind. In Western Astrology, the animal zodiac would be called the rising sign.
Below are two charts. The first depicts the Celtic tree, alphabet, dates and meanings. The second gives the Celtic animals for each sign:
|Tree Sign||Tree Alphabet||Dates||Meaning|
|Birch Tree||Beth||Dec. 24 - Jan. 20||Achiever|
|Rowan Tree||Luis||Jan. 21 - Feb. 17||Thinker|
|Ash Tree||Nion||Feb. 18 - Mar. 17||Enchanter|
|Alder Tree||Fearn||Mar. 18 - Apr. 14||Trailblazer|
|Willow Tree||Saille||Apr. 15 - May 12||Observer|
|Hawthorn Tree||Uath||May 13 - June 9||Illusionist|
|Oak Tree||Duir||June 10 - July 7||Stabilizer|
|Holly Tree||Tinne||July 8 - Aug. 4||Ruler|
|Hazel Tree||Coll||Aug. 5 - Sept. 1||Knower|
|Vine||Muin||Sept. 2 - Sept. 29||Equalizer|
|Ivy||Gort||Sept. 30 - Oct. 27||Survivor|
|Reed||Ngetal||Oct. 28 - Nov. 24||Inquisitor|
|Elder Tree||Ruis||Nov. 5 - Dec. 23||Seeker|
|Stag (Deer)||Dec. 24-Jan. 20|
|Cat||Jan. 21 - Feb. 17|
|Snake||Feb. 18 - Mar. 17|
|Fox||Mar. 18 - Apr. 14|
|Cow||Apr. 15 - May 12|
|Seahorse||May 13 - June 9|
|Wren||June 10 - July 7|
|Horse||July 8 - Aug. 4|
|Salmon||Aug. 5 - Sept. 1|
|Swan||Sept. 2 - Sept. 29|
|Butterfly||Sept. 30 - Oct. 27|
|Wolf||Oct. 28 - Nov. 24|
|Falcon||Nov. 5 - Dec. 23|
Celtic Signs and Meanings
The meaning of each sign is specific according to the energies it attracts and bestows to you.
- Birch: Achiever - Motivates you to achieve and become a leader
- Rowan: Thinker - Sharp-thinker, visionary, original, creative
- Ash: Enchanter - Free thinker, imaginative, psychic, artistic, loner
- Alder: Trailblazer - Born pathfinder, explorer, risk-taker, doesn't suffer fools
- Willow: Observer - Patient, intelligent, information collector, modest
- Hawthorn: Illusionist - Passionate, well-spring of creativity, sense of humor
- Oak: Stabilizer - Protective, nurturing, needs to feel in control, family-oriented
- Holly: Ruler - Noble, high ideals, academic, confident, leader
- Hazel: Knower - Organized, attention to detail, scientific
- Vine: Equalizer - Unpredictable, empathizer, charmer, artistic
- Ivy: Survivor - Giver by nature, spiritual, charismatic
- Reed: Inquisitor - Investigative, victim of gossip and mystery, seeks truth
- Elder: Seeker - Freedom-lover, thinker, bluntly honest
Using Celtic Astrology
If you choose to use Celtic astrological signs as oracles for your subconscious mind and to discover past lives, you may find it interesting and fun.