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Celtic Tree Zodiac: Find Your Tree of Life

By Maggie 5 August 2022
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The Celtic Tree Horoscope uses the plant world to describe personalities. Curious about your type of Tree of Life? Find out more here!

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This Celtic horoscope system describes your character by comparing it to the tree species that represents your birth month. Discover here what wisdom awaits you in the magical tree horoscope inspired by Celtic culture!

The Spiritual Meaning Behind the Celtic Tree Horoscope

Trees play an important role in Celtic myths and in the Druid religion trees are even sacred! According to ancient Irish folklore, trees are an embodiment of spiritual wisdom, as they root deep in the earth and reach high to the heavens. Additionally, according to the Celts, it isn’t just birds and insects that call trees home. Nature spirits also lived among their branches, a different one in each tree. Moreover, Celtic peoples also revered each species for its medicinal or practical properties. Each tree is thus literally and figuratively a source of life and power in the traditional Celtic culture!

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Celtic Tree Horoscope with a Modern Twist

English poet Robert Graves, who immersed himself in Irish mythology, is of great importance when we talk about the modern interpretation of the Tree Horoscope. In his 1948 book The White Goddess, considered a masterpiece of Occult literature, he presented a Celtic annual calendar based on trees. According to Graves, the medieval Ogham alphabet corresponds to the 13 lunar cycles of the year and these runic-like signs relate to tree species. Although his claims are not scientific, many people still find inspiration in these Tree of Life types. There are also tree calendars in circulation with more types in them, such as the tree horoscope Elm or Chestnut. There is no one definitive system of celtic tree astrology, so you can choose which system of constellations best works for you!

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What Can You Do With a Tree Horoscope?

Your personal tree of life would symbolically provide insight into your natural strengths and potential, just like each tree species has its own flowering time and makes its own contribution to the ecosystem. In addition, needs and boundaries are clear when you consider the trees: one plant is simply not the other, so where one type comes to life in the spring, the other prefers the silence of the middle of winter.

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Tree Horoscope: Which Tree Am I?

To find out your Celtic zodiac sign, look at the exact date of your birthday. So you do not use your birth month, like when looking up your Birthstone, but rather you need to find a specific lunar cycle. That’s because the Celtic months are different from those of the Roman calendar on which the idea of ​​Birthstones is based. The Celtic zodiac is more similar to the better known astrological symbols, although those dates also differ a bit from the Celtic model.

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Tree Horoscope Celts by Species

The Celtic Tree Horoscope by Robert Graves has 13 characters:

  • Rowan (January 21 – February 17)
  • Ash (February 18 – March 17)
  • Alder (March 18 – April 14)
  • Willow (April 15 – May 12)
  • Hawthorn (May 13-June 9)
  • Oak (10 June- 7 July)
  • Holly (July 8 – August 4)
  • Hazel (August 5 – September 1)
  • Creeper (September 2 – September 29)
  • Hedera (September 30 – October 27)
  • Reed (October 28-November 24)
  • Elder (November 25 – December 23)
  • Birch (December 24 – January 20)

Rowan (Jan 21 – Feb 17)

The Rowan is also known as the Thinker. This tree horoscope character is creative, likes to think about the future, and strives for high ideals. Like the lacy blossoms of the Rowan, these people may first appear as delicate or fragile, but are actually deeply rooted and resilient, like this tree.

Ash (February 18 – March 17)

The Ash, the Enchanter, is a sign that combines analytical thinking with a high sensitivity and great capacity for compassion.  Ash trees represent purity and people born under this symbol tend to remain clear headed and youthful.

Alder (March 18 – April 14)

The Alder represents the Pioneer who heroically pursues his self-imposed goal and often achieve them through their balanced and kind demeanor. They are natural helpers who can count on much admiration for their discretion and respect in times of need.

Willow (April 15 – May 12)

The Willow is a real Observer who takes the time to look at things and people from different angles before taking action. Although they’re very perceptive and sensitive, this doesn’t mean that they’re meek. On the contrary they can be quite willful and moody!

Hawthorn (May 13-June 9)

The Hawthorn or Illusionist is a agile sign that works strategically, adapts well, and is sensitive to the differences around it. A member of the rose family, you shouldn’t be surprised that people born under the Hawthorn are romantically attractive and sensual.

Oak (10 June- 7 July)

There’s a reason we call the Protector “The Mighty Oak!” Oaks are naturally powerful and protective. This tree sign is optimistic and motivated, which can come across as stubborn. However “stubborn” isn’t quite right, because Oaks are just deeply committed, loyal, and steadfast.

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Holly (July 8 – August 4)

Holly is also called the Ruler, and people born under the Holly really are natural leaders. This tree sign is practical, does not give up easily, and can fall back on their strong convictions. In Celtic tradition, Holly is the Oak’s twin sign and they make a powerful pair. While the Oak protects, the ambitious Holly leads.

Hazel (August 5 – September 1)

The Hazel is also called the Knower, because this clever tree sign has a keen perception and good reasoning ability. They like simple pleasures and avoid drawing attention to themselves.  Because this sign likes to keep to themselves, there is usually more to a Hazel than first meets the eye.

Creeper (September 2 – September 29)

Climbing plants are nicknamed the Equalizer. Simply put, they were born during the fall equinox and have no trouble seeing both sides of a situation. They are friendly and don’t like to pick sides. They tend to make their own path instead.

Hedera Climbing Ivy (September 30 – October 27)

The Hedera or Survivor is an evergreen plant that withstands all seasons. Therefore, this tree horoscope would signify perseverance and exuberance. No challenge is too much for these hardy people.

Reed (October 28 – November 24)

Reed represents Curiosity. These people love to dig down into deeper layers of meaning and want to discover truth.  They also have a strong imagination, which can make them a bit vulnerable to gossiping. Their powerful presence and keen mind keep them moving forward in life.

Elderberry (November 25 – December 23)

The Elder is the Seeker of the tree horoscope. This intelligent sign is self-sufficient and has plenty of energy to accomplish its tasks. They can be a bit impulsive when young, but generally grow up to understand the consequences of their actions. Because of this, they have insight to how powerful their personal energy can be and they learn to Manifest their own luck!

Birch (December 24 – January 20)

The Birch is the Go-Getter who pursues his ambitions resolutely and who can count on their resilience. Born during the darkest days of the year, a Birch isn’t deterred by setbacks. They don’t see obstacles as problems, but rather as opportunities.

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More About Wicca & Nature Spiritualism

Want to learn more about ancient Celtic customs and their role in modern magic like Wicca? Discover spiritual Full Moon Rituals Here and How to Make Moon Water. You can also read more about the Tree of Life in cultures throughout the world, from Vikings to Native Americans. And If you’re interested in nature symbols, don’t forget to check out The Spiritual Meaning of Birds.

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