The Celitc Zodiac is based on the cycle of the moon with the year divided into 13 lunar months, each associated with a tree sacred to the Druids. The Druids believed the human race originally desended from the trees. Each tree had particular magical qualities. They encoded these mysteries in a secret shamanic alphabet, known as the Ogham, the origin of which is ascribed to Ogma, the Celtic God of Poetry. The 13 tree - months each correspond to a tree, a letter of the Ogham alphabet, a Guardian Animal and a Celtic God.
The Birch Tree.. 24 December - 20 January - To the druids, the Birch represented renewel and rebirth as it was the first tree in leaf after winter.Birch people are determined, resilient and ambitious. Good organisers, leaders and strategists, they are not deterred by setbacks, believing hard work, patience and persistance will triumph. They are loyal but reserved in showing affection. The Ruling Diety - The Celtic Warrior God Lugh, inventor of all arts and crafts, rules this sign. The Druic Animal - The white stag symbolises high ideals and aspirations - Birch people need a goal in life or they become depressed and pessimistic. Planetary Ruler - Sun Ogham Word - Beithe
The Rowan Tree.. 21 January - 17 February - Rowans were planted near doors and gates to ward off evil and were thought to guard the gateway to the spirit world. Rowan people are idealistic, progressive thinkers with strong humanitarian and spiritual principles. They thrive on change, becoming impatient with convention or restriction, artistic and original, they can appear detached and aloof. The Ruling Deity - Brigid, the Goddess of fertility and poetry, rules this sign. The Druic Animal - The Dragon symbolises inspiration and imagination - Rowans need an outlet for their powerful imagination or they can become restless and quarrelsome. Planetary Ruler - Uranus Ogham Word - Luis
The Ash Tree.. 18 February - 17 March - The Ash was a sacred chieftain tree, said to "court the flash" as it was prone to lightning strike. Its wood was thought to be enchanted and was used for Druidic wands and spears. Ash people are quick witted, spontaneous and gregarious. They have a lively curiosity and are intellgent, persuasive speakers, enthusiastic, inquisitve and communicative. They love discussing new ideas and projects. The Ruling Deity - The Magician, storyteller and trickster. Gwydion rules the sign. The Druic Animal - The Adder symbolises wisdom and spiritual energy - Ash people need to focus their mental abilities or they can become
nervous and irritable. Planetary Ruler - Neptune Ogham Word - Nion
The Alder Tree.. 18 March - 14 April Alder resist rot in water and was used to make bridges, boats, clogs and milk jugs. It was a crime to fell an alder, as the angry tree spirit would burn down houses. Alder people are courageous, energetic, impetuous and determinded to make their own way in the world. Self-reliant and adventurous, they love taking risks and are tenacious workers. Affectionate and charming, they inspire great loyalty in others. The Ruling Deity - The God of the spirit world, Bran the Blesses,
rules this sign. The Druic Animal - The Fox symbolises skill in diplomacy- Alders must learn the art of diplomacy or they waste energy in fruitless disputes. Planetary Ruler - Mars Ogham Word - Fern
The Wilow Tree.. 15 April - 12 May - The Willow was sacred to the Moon and in Celtic myth the universe was hatched from two eggs hidden among the boughs of the Willow. Willow people have good memories and are articulate, strong willed and resourceful, emotional and enigmatic. They have quick responses and are prone to sudden mood changes. The Ruling Deity - The Celtic Moon Goddess Ceridwen rules this sign. The Druic Animal - The Hare symbolises adaptation and intuition. Willows must trust their inner voice ot they can become moody and chronically indecisive. Planetary Ruler - Moon Ogham Word - Sail
The Hawthorn Tree.. 13 May - 9 June - Hawthorn, or May, was a symbol of psychic protection due to its sharp thorns. Faery spirits were thought to live in Hawthorn hedges, which were planted as protective shields around fields, houses and churchyards. Hawthorn people are mercurial, innovative, creative and confident. Easily bored, they crave mental stimulation and challenge. They are eloquent and gifted performers, exuding natural charm.
The Ruling Deity - The summer flower maiden Olwen rules this sign. The Druic Animal - The Owl symbolises wisdom and patience - Hawthorns must develop patience or hasty action can sabotage their best efforts. Planetary Ruler - Vulcan Ogham Word - Uath
The Oak Tree.. 10 June - 7 July - The Oak was the sacred tree of the Druids, symbolising truth and steadfast knowledge. Doors made of Oak were thought to keep out evil. Oak people are determined, self-motivated, enthusiastic and responsible. Natural leaders, they remain calm in a crisis and are not easily swayed by opposition. Although serious minded, they are cheerful and optimistic and do not give up easily. The Ruling Deity - The Father of all Gods, The Dagda rules this sign. The Druic Animal - The Wren, the Celtic king of the birds, symbolises wit and sublety - Oaks must temper pride with humor or they become pompus and overbearing. Planetary Ruler - Jupiter Ogham Word - Duir
The Holly Tree.. 8 July - 4 August - When Celtic Chieftains chose a successor, he was crowned with a Holly wreath. The ever-green Holly was thought to repel enemies, and warriors carried Holy wood cudgels. Holly people are practical, capable and steadfast in adversity, cautious, logical and efficient. They have good business sense but prefer to assist rather than lead. In relationships they are suportive, protective and possessive. The Ruling Deity - The Smith God Govannon rules this sign The Druic Animal - The Unicorn symbolises purity and strength - Holies must be less perfectionistic or they may suffer loss of confidence and direction. Planetary Ruler - Earth Ogham Word - Tinne, crime punishable by death to fell one.
The Hazel Tree ... 5 August - 1 September - It was thought magical skills and knowledge could be gained from eating Hazel nuts. Hazel people are artistic. They have lively, analytical minds and make inspiring teachers. Imaginative, they are radical and idealistic thinkers. The Ruling Deity - The Sea God Manannan Mac Lir, a master of disguise, rules this sign. The Druic Animal - To the Celts, the Salmon is the oldest and wisest animal, symbolising inspiration - Hazels need to express their creativity or they can become morbid and introspective Planetary Ruler - Mercury Ogham Word - Coll
The Vine Tree.. 2 September - 29 September - The Grapevine requires care to bear fruit in the cool Celtic climate and became a symbol of sacred knowledge and spiritual initiation. Vine people are discriminating, authoritative and set high personal standards. They appear cool and detached but are secret romantics and can be sensitive, vulnerable and self critical. Keenly perceptive, they have an eye for detail and refined aesthetic taste. The Ruling Deity - The Tuatha De Danaan Gods of Light rule this sign.
The Druic Animal - The Swan symbolises grace and beauty - Vines must overcome a tendency to procrastinate or they can become lost in worry and negativity. Planetary Ruler - Venus Ogham Word - Muin
The Ivy Tree.. 30 September - 27 October - The power of the Ivy to cling and bind made it a potent symbol of determination and strength. Ivy can strange trees and was a portent of death and spiritual growth. Ivy people are restless, socialble and good natured. Cheerful, expnasive and magnetic, they win friends easily and dislike offending others. Although often indecisive, they are not weak willed and tackle difficult tasks with infectious optimism. The Ruling Deity - The faery bride Guinevere rules this sigh The Druic Animal - The Butterfly symbolises faery faith - Ivy people must not get too caught up in others problems or they can suffer disappointment and betrayal. Planetary Ruler - Persephone Ogham Word - Gort
The Reed Tree.. 28 October - 24 November - The Druids believed the Reed was a tree because of its dense root system. Cut Reeds were used as pens and symbolised wisdon and scholarship. Reed people are complex, tenacious and fearless. Proud and independent, they have great strength of character and rarely compromise. They thirve on challenge and have an innate belief in their own destiny. The Ruling Deity - The Celtic God the Underworld, Pwyll rules this sign The Druic Animal - Hound or Dog was a title of honour for Celtic Chieftains as the Dog symbolised enduring loyalty - Reeds must unite a sense of purpose with their strong will or they can become self destructive. Planetary Ruler - Pluto Ogham Word - Ngetal
The Elder Tree.. 25 November - 23 December - The Elder tree was sacred to the faeries and branches were hung above stables to protect horses from evil spirits. It was unlucky to burn Elder and an omen of death to bring it indoors. Elder people are self sufficient, lively, impetuous and outspoken. They dislike routine and refuse to be pressured by others. Restless and highly energetic, they thrive on change and need constant mental and physical challenge The Ruling Deity - The crown Goddess and celtic tribal mother Cailleach Beara rules this sign The Druic Animal - The Raven symbolises healing and protection - Elders must learn to use change as a positive force in their lives or they can become reckless and confused Planetary Ruler - Saturn Ogham Word - Ruis