Have you ever heard of Celtic Tree Astrology?
Developed by the Druids, who held great reverence for the apparent wisdom of trees, this form of astrology ties in perfectly with the cycles of the moon and is split into thirteen Lunar months, each of which is linked to a tree sacred to the Druids. Similarly to star signs and the zodiac, Celtic Tree Astrology is based on the ancient idea that the time of our births is pivotal to the formation of both our personality and behaviour.
Certified tree nerd that I am, I instantly fell in love with the imagery of Celtic Tree Astrology, and despite my usual cynicism, I couldn’t help but start comparing the profiles to each of my family and friends. I have to admit, I was surprised at some of the accuracy (particularly my own…!)
Have a look at your own tree. Is it an accurate representation of you?
A new year begins both dark and short. If you’re born during this early part of the year there’s a good chance you’re highly driven and motivated, and quick to inspire both traits in others. The lack of light during the time of your birth encourages you to reach out in order to find light in periods of darkness. You’ll often bring beauty to otherwise barren spaces.
Those born under the Birch sign are naturally tough and resilient, as well as excellent leaders. Your charm and determination lights up the room and others look to you to be the driving force behind projects. You are also particularly tolerant of others, despite your forward-thinking.
Those born under the Rowan tree tend to have philosophical minds. They’re called “thinkers” for a reason. If you’re born during this time of the year, you probably already know how original and creative your ideas can be, but tragically you’re probably also aware that others can think you’re a bit aloof, possibly even high and mighty. In truth, you just get frustrated that your unique thoughts and ideas are so frequently misunderstood by your peers.
That cool exterior of yours actually belies a lot of passion burning beneath the surface, which forever motivates you to continue achieving everything you desire. Rowans can be highly influential, and are often approached by others for their unusual perspectives and ability to transform situations without a great deal of fuss and bother.
Free-thinkers, big dreamers and naturally artistic, seeing the world in all its beauty comes easily to anyone born under the sign of the Ash. As a rule of thumb, these folk are enchanting, usually due to their big personalities and willingness to discuss almost anything that comes to the table: poetry, science, spirituality, with great dedication and passion.
Occasionally these imaginative people are often thought of as a little reclusive and even moody, but this is usually only because they are immersed in their own fantastical worlds. Luckily, being an Ash, you’re unlikely to be bothered by other people’s thoughts, as you’ll be constantly reinventing and reimagining yourself in order to improve.
Big, bold, bright and loud, the Alders are the movers and shakers, the passionate doers of the Celtic Tree Astrology world. If you were born under this sign you’ll be energetic, gregarious and charming. You’ll likely have lots of friends and plenty more hangers-on, as others are attracted to your remarkable self-confidence. Alders make friends with everyone in the room.
On the flip side, it’s unlikely that Alders will ever tolerate nonsense, and they particularly dislike wasting time and dawdling. They also see through superficialities in an instant. Alders will always want to see results, and can occasionally get accused of being impatient.
The soft, mystical sign of Willow is ruled by the moon, and as a result its people are highly creative, intuitive and intelligent. Anyone said to possess psychic ability is usually born under this sign. As a Willow you tend to view things as cyclical, like the seasons. You’ll realise when things are coming to an end, as this unique viewpoint rewards you with particularly high levels of patience and also a much more realistic understanding of things.
Willow signs often impress others with their knowledge, but can fall foul of locking things away inside their heads. They often have a tendency to hold themselves back for fear of appearing flamboyant or overindulgent, but would do good to remember to open up now and again.
Don’t judge a Hawthorn by his or her cover. Many can seem to live completely ordinary, run-of-the-mill lives but inside are bursting with passion and big ideas. Hawthorn people are surprising, but you need to sit them down and talk to them properly before they’ll open up. And you’ll have to fight even harder to get a Hawthorn to speak, because they’re probably one of the best listeners of all the signs.
As a Hawthorn you’ll be well adjusted to life and naturally pretty adept at dealing with new situations. You’re also quite a curious person and will amuse yourself for hours researching a topic or learning a new skill. Hawthorns are good at seeing the bigger picture and tend not to take themselves too seriously. They also usually have an excellent sense of humour.
Those born under the sign of the Oak have a special gift of strength. They excel at protecting and caring for others, standing up for the underdog and donating generously to those in need, whether it be in money or time. Gentle giants, these folks exude a genuine warmth and positive attitude, both of which are infectious to any of those taken under the Oak’s wing.
Oaks often become teachers, as they hold great respect for history and ancestry, and love to impart knowledge to others. If you’re born under this sign, you’ll recognise the characteristic need for structure in your life, and you’ll find that you’re always happier when you feel in control. The good news is, all your generosity and kindness usually brings you good karma. Healthy Oaks live long, fulfilled lives surrounded by big families and loving groups of friends.
Regal, noble and high-minded, anyone born under the sign of Holly will usually assume a position of power. Outstandingly smart, with the dedication and focus to rise to the top of everything they attempt, Hollies excel at challenges of any kind. If ever they are faced with a situation they cannot succeed at instantly, they will put their noses to the grindstone and work hard until they can achieve the task in hand. This goal-orientated attitude means that Hollies are natural leaders and looked up to by most other signs.
If you were born during this part of the year, you’ll know what I mean when I say “resting on your laurels”. Just because you’re smart and exceptionally able, it doesn’t mean you should attempt to get by on just a hope and a prayer. You must continue to push yourself to continue achieving, otherwise your brain will fall into a quagmire of laziness. Don’t settle.
Unsurprising, the knowers are a smart bunch. Excelling at academia, Hazels have a knack for numbers and science, and exhibit particular expertise whenever analytical skill is involved. If you’re born during late summer, it’s easy to sum you up in three words: intelligent, organised and efficient. You’ll find it easy to retain, recall and recite information and can memorise subjects with incredible accuracy.
On the flip-side, Hazels can sometimes suffer a bit with the rigidity of their own personalities. They tend to like rules, and for things to be “just so”. These super-smart folks can incur the disapproval of other signs, due to the Hazel’s “know-it-all” tendencies. If you’re born under this sign, remember that not all are blessed with your remarkable ability to retain and reuse information. Be sure to help others rather than just bombard them with your knowledge.
Often accused of sitting on the fence and being a touch indecisive, if you’re born under the Vine sign you’ll be blessed and cursed with the ability to see both sides of the story. You started your life during the autumnal equinox, and this makes your personality both changeable and unpredictable. It also means you’ll find it incredibly difficult to take sides, and will naturally be drawn to trying to encourage people to consider both opinions or ideas on offer.
There are areas, however, where you’ll be sure of what you want. Being a Vine, you’ll probably prefer the finer things in life: fine wine, good food and even an interest in music and art. Your style and attitude would best be described as classic, and you enjoy turning your hand to making things equally beautiful and appealing.
Those born at this time of the year must deal with the fact that the waning sun will always bring great unfairness to their lives. Ivy folks often feel as if obstacles are thrown in their path at every opportunity, but thankfully they are well equipped to deal with these misfortunes with both grace and silent perseverance.
If you’re born under the Ivy sign, you’ll be as tough as they come, with an ability to overcome all the odds and achieve great things. Perhaps you’ll have a deep sense of inner faith in yourself that ensures you’ll always find a way through. You’re also a kind-hearted and generous soul, always willing to help others and share your widespread knowledge and sharp intellect. People will be attracted to your charismatic and charming character.
The secret keepers and the truth seekers, those both under the sign of the Reed will inevitably cut through the layers of distraction to reach the heart of the issue. These folks can’t resist a good story, and often get in trouble for being a bit of a gossip, but underneath their sometimes scheming exterior, their desire for truth is what drives them. Reeds can’t stand liars.
If the Reed is your sign, you’ll be a natural people person. Talking to others and coaxing a story out of them will come easily, and if you forge a career in journalism, archeology or even detective work your aptitude for finding the truth will serve you well. Any role that requires you to interpret the complexities of human behaviour will suit your curious and determined personality. Just remember that not everyone is happy to let go of their secrets like you are. Go gently with those of a naturally secretive nature.
And last, but by no means least, if you share the sign of the Elder like me, you’ll likely be a real freedom seeker. Unhappy at being boxed in by people or situations, your wild and thrill-seeking nature will set you apart from the rest of the signs. Being born at the time of the dying sun means you can’t help but busy yourself; there isn’t a moment to waste.
Interestingly, despite being a wild and free character, your extroversion is often a mask for your quiet, naturally withdrawn tendencies. Often you might feel like a bit of an outsider but the truth is, you’re just a big thinker. You’ll entertain philosophical conversations and enjoy trying to think bigger than yourself. Elders are naturally helpful folks and try to do their best to assist others, though can sometimes come over a bit brutally honest.
This post was inspired by Avia’s Celtic Tree Astrology explanation at whats-your-sign.com