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The Celtic Zodiac
Celtic Lunar Astrology is essentially a Druid Zodiac. The Druids were a sect of Celtic priests who inhabitedthe British Isles around 1000 B.C. The Druids used a lunar calendar consisting of 13 months, each being 28days long, plus one intercalary day. The Druid religion was based mainly upon an awareness of natural andsupernatural energies. These energies were identified with spirits or dryads who dwelt within the ancienttrees. Druids believed that trees were given spirits and attributes from the Sun, which was perceived as asymbol of the Supreme Being. Thus, trees were considered living entities, possessed with Infinite Knowledgeand Wisdom...symbolically representative of the Cyle of Life, Death and Renewal.The Celts envisioned the entire Universe in the form of a tree, whose roots grew deep into the ground andwhose branches reached high into the Heavens. In time, the Celtic people eventually designated a tree toeach Moon Phase in their calendar in accordance with its magical properties. Therefore, the Celtic Zodiac isbased upon the cycle of the Moon, with the year divided into the 13 lunar months established by the Druidreligion.The Druids believed that the human race originally descended from trees, each tree being endowed with itsown particular mystical qualities. They encoded these mysteries in a secret shamanic alphabet known as theOgham...the origin of which is ascribed to Ogma, the Celtic God of Poetry and Eloquence. It is said thatOgma (son of the Dagda) created the Ogham for the learned and wise to use for inscription. Originallyintended to be read from the bottom upwards (or occasionally carved from right to left), Ogham (also oftenwritten as "ogam") is pronounced as "AHG-m" or simply as "OH-em." It served as an alphabet for one of theancient Celtic languages and may have originally been adapted from a form of sign language. The currentunderstanding is that the names of the twenty major letters are also the names of twenty trees which weresacred to the Druids. The Ogham may still be seen carved into stone monuments of the Druid Era and isthought to have been a means for the Druids to leave secret messages for one another. The Ogham issometimes referred to as "Crane Knowledge," due to the fact that Cranes form letters with their legs as theyfly. On the whole, the Celtic society was based upon equality and balance between the male and female...thefemale Druidesses being symbolized by the Dryads who lived in the sacred trees.Each Celtic Tree/Zodiac Sign corresponds to a given tree, a letter of the Ogham alphabet, a Guardian Animal, a Celtic God and other items such as gemstones.
December 24 – January 20: The Birch
To the Druids, the Birch (often referred to as the "Lady of the Woods" due to its grace and beauty)represented renewal, rebirth and inception, since it was the first tree to come into leaf after the Winter Season. The Birch along with the Elder were said to stand on either side of the one "Nameless Day"(December 23). This slender but determined tree, which represented the seed potential of all growth, ishardier than even the mighty Oak and will thrive in places where the Oak will fail to flourish. It also signifiescleanliness and purity. The Birch once fulfilled many purposes...from providing handles for brooms and axesto the manufacture of cloth and childrens' cradles. It is particularly well-known for its use in making writingparchment and oil from the bark was often used to treat skin conditions and depression. People were once"birched" in order to drive out evil spirits, while twigs were given to newlyweds to ensure fertility. Witcheswould use Birch twigs bound with Ash for their broomsticks or "besoms." Birch has been known to curemuscular pains and the sap used in the manufacture of wine, beer and vinegar. It is the rod of a Birch thatRobin Red Breast used to slay the Wren in a furze or gorse bush on Saint Stephen's Day. In Wales, theBirch is a tree of love and wreaths of Birth are woven as love tokens. Its trunk was frequently use to form thetraditional maypole and boughs were hung over cradles and carriages to protect infants from the glamor of the Little People.The Silver Birch, often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils, is the most common tree Birch in most of Europe. This elegant tree with its slender trunk, light branches and smooth, thin bark can grow to 100 feet(the Common Birch, reaching up to 65 feet in height, prefers acid or peaty soils). The Birch is one of the firsttrees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut. It is a deciduous tree with white or grey bark and one of the earliest trees to gain its Spring leaves. The Birch lives to about age 50. It is cultivated in North America,often under the name of "Weeping Birch." A member of the Birch family and indigenous to Europe, the Birchmay be found from Sicily to Iceland and even in some parts of Northern Asia. Its name is derived from themeaning "Bright" or "Shining" in Indo-European and Sankskrit terminology. It is possible that it came from the Anglo-Saxon term "Beorgan," meaning "to protect or to shelter."
There are two distinct types of Birch individuals (a division which relates to all Celtic Tree Signs). The "newmoon" character is associated with the first two weeks of a sign and the "full moon" character is associatedwith the last two weeks.The "new moon" Birch individual has a more impulsive and emotional nature, but is inclined to be subjectiveand/or introverted. The positive traits of these people are displayed by their resolve or faith in themselves inovercoming all obstacles, thereby being more tenancious in pursuing their objectives in life. The "full moon"Birch individual possesses a clarity of purpose combined with a visionary nature. Such people are inclined tobe more objective and/or extroverted. The characteristic negative traits, however, hinge upon a lack of realitywhich can sometimes cloud the judgment.In general, Birch individuals are determined, resilient and ambitious. Being goal-oriented, they make for excellent leaders, good organizers and supreme strategists. Usually undeterred by setbacks and possessedof an intense need to succeed, Birch individuals believe that hard work, patience and persistance willeventually triumph. Birch people are loyal, reliable and trustworthy, but prone to be reserved in displays of affection...although they are sociable with those they choose to socialize with. Personal limitations are notreadily accepted by Birch individuals and due to their drive and ambition, there is sometimes a tendency togrow cynical. These people thrive best under a well-regimented lifestyle and are often known as the"workaholics" of society. Serious by nature with a somewhat droll sense of humor, Birch individualssometimes aim to become less serious, which can lead to identity problems. There is a tendency for Birchpeople to become obsessive about health, but they are unlikely to be affected physically or mentally, havingdeveloped a powerful resistance. They prefer to keep a low profile, even in high office, preferring not to flaunttheir successes, and have an acute sense of money...having worked hard to acquire their financial status.On the more negative side, Birch individuals can have a pessimistic attitude at times and may impose uponthemselves a large amount of self-discipline. There is a tendency for the Birch individual to experienceloneliness and successful marriages frequently occur later in life, since it is often difficult for such people toeasily find someone willing to fit into their strict routine. Divorce is rare for those governed by theBirch...separations being more likely or the premature death of spouses. Birch people need a goal in life inorder to avoid becoming depressed and pessimistic. They possess much individual potential but mustcultivate great persistence in order to overcome personal setbacks.Physical Goal: To be rid of negativity, unhelpful influences and bad thoughts in order to accomplish a fresh,new start.Mental Goal: To concentrate on personal desires...the image of the result wanted must be held firmly inmind.Spiritual Goal: To focus on new beginnings...the White Birch symbolizes the desired image, standing outclearly from distractions and obstructions. Amergin Verse: "I am a Stag of Seven Tines"Ogham Association: BeithPolarity: FeminineColor: WhiteClass: PeasantLetter Character: "B"Month: November... the New Year in the Celtic calendar and the first Ogham month, also being thetraditional first month of the Winter Quarter. November begins with the Festival of Samhain, first day of theCeltic Year. Since it was once a time for killing livestock which would be unable to survive the Winter, the Anglo-Saxon name for November was "Blotmonath" or "Blood Month." It is a month which foretells of newbeginnings and a cleansing period. Its name probably comes from the Latin
, which means "nine."
was the ninth month of the old Roman calendar. Alias: "Moon of Inception" and "Moon of Beginning"Magickal Properties: Protection of children, purification and creativitySome Famous Birch People: Jim Carrey, Minnie Driver, Mel Gibson, Marilyn Manson, Richard Nixon, LouisPasteur and Howard Stern
Gemstone: The Birch gemstone is Rock Crystal, a naturally-occuring substance with the ability torender invisible light visible through the means of refraction. It is formed from clear, lustrous quartz
and was first discovered in the Alps, at which time it was believed to be a kind of ice or "krystallos."Rock Crystal has been valued since ancient times as a magical stone of divination and was formedinto spheres for the art of crystal-gazing. Sometimes, shadows would materialize within the Crystalas it cooled...shadows which resembled mountains or pyramids, usually indistinct and barelydiscernable. These shadows were known as "phantoms" or "ghosts" and though consideredimperfect for divination, such ethereal inner shapes lent a certain unique enchantment to theparticular sphere. In Medieval Europe, alchemists believed that if Rock Crystal were cut in a certainmanner and then placed in sunlight, it would have the power to make any solid thing invisible. To theJapanese, it was the "perfect jewel," being a symbol of purity, patience and perseverance, and inAncient Rome, noblewomen carried Crystal balls in their hands during the heat of Summer, believingthey had been formed from ice and thus, possessed cooling properties. American Indians treasuredthe Crystal as a sacred stone, believing it to possess a life and energy which was treated as a sacredtrust. Some tribes would "feed" their Crystals with sacrificial blood whenever a Deer or Caribou wasslain, believing this would keep the spirits within the stones aware of their reverence. The Druids aresaid to have used Rock Crystal to make themselves invisible so that they might travel undetected. If held in both hands, it was believed to induce serenity and peace of mind, as well as sharpening themental processes. An aura of mysticism and magic continues to surround the Crystal and it may bemany centuries before all its secrets are truly revealed.Flower:
The flower of the Birch is the Common Daisy, which blooms from the earliest days of Spring untillate in the Autumn and covers the ground with its flat leaves so closely that nothing can grow beneath them.It is said that the Daisy awakens with the Sun and sleeps with the Moon. As a symbol of innocence andfidelity, some authorities claim that the lineage of the Daisy may be traced to "Belenos," a Celtic God of Lightand a Solar deity. Others maintain that the name is derived from the Latin
(meaning "pretty" or "charming") while yet others believe its name is taken from a dryad named "Belidis." The healing powers of the Daisy were often employed by the Druids, particularly on the battlefield. Under such circumstances,those who could counteract the debilitating shock of injuries accompanied by the immense loss of blood,were considered to be great wound-healers. Knights of old would wear a chain of Daisies on their persons toprotect them in battle. If such a knight wore a double band, then he was recognized as being betrothed.Worn as a charm, the Daisy was said to protect the wearer and afford a cure for ulcers and warts. The Daisygrows profusely over wide areas throughout the world and is an evergreen plant of hardiness whichcomplements the durability of the Birch. There is an old English proverb which states that Spring has notarrived until one's foot can be set upon twelve Daisies. To dream of Daises in the Spring or Summer isassociated with good luck, but the same dream in the Autumn or Winter is considered to be bad luck. Thetears of Mary Magdalene, as they fell upon the ground, are said to have created the first Daisies and,according to Celtic legend, the spirits of infants who had died in childbirth scattered Daisies on the Earth tocheer their sorrowing parents.
Celestial Body:
The celestial body associated with the Birch is the Sun ("Sul"). In terms of Celtic mythology,the Sun was a powerful deity whom the Welsh Bards called "Taliesin" and whose brilliance was referenced inmany romantic and intellectual deeds which are the subject of numerous poems. In similar fashion, the IrishCelts also have many tales recounting the great deeds of their greatest of all Warrior Gods...their Sun-Kingnamed "Lugh." Lugh had many titles, one of which was "Lugh of the Long Arm," since he was believed to beguardian of two Great Gifts of the Ancient Irish...the Magical Sword and Spear. This belief in Lugh wouldeventually evolve over time into the beliefs surrounding Christianity and Jesus Christ...the "sun" or "son" of God who, coincidentally, may have belonged to an ancient Jewish order known as the "Essenes" or "Brotherhood of Light." Lugh is also credited with being the inventor of all arts and crafts.
The Birch deity is Lugh, also known as the "Shining One." Lugh was a Hero God whose symbol inWales was a White Stag and whose sacred symbol was a spear. Always accompanied by two Ravens, Lughis sometimes depicted as having only one eye. He was a deity of many skills, a diverse God whose jurisdiction included the Sun, light, grain harvest, fire, metallurgy and weaving. He was also know to be aprotector of the weak. Lugh, whose destiny it was to kill his grandfather, was Chief Lord of the Tuatha DeDanaan and may have originally been a King of the Fomorians who was adopted by the Tuatha De Danaanand then by the Celts. Though divine, Lugh is thought to have possibly been sired by an earthly father and,because of this association, is perceived as a "bridge" between the mortal and immortal worlds. More statuesand holy sites were erected to Lugh than to any other Celtic deity and he is often equated with the GreekGod, Apollo. Lugh's final claim to fame is that his name became part of the term used to describe a certainfairy common in Irish folklore...over time, "Little Stooping Lugh" or "Luchorpain," evolved into the word"Leprechaun," the tiny expert cobbler and guardian of hidden treasure.
Animals:The Golden Eagle
- The Golden Eagle once symbolized the soul...signifying resurrection and rebirth...thepower of life over death. It also represented a metamorphosis or change of spirituality on all levels. Nowalmost extinct in Britain, this magnificent Bird is seldom seen except in the North of Scotland. Scottish

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