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
The Birch Tree.. 24 December - 20 January
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.
Druic Animal - The white stag symbolises high ideals and aspirations -
Birch people need a goal in life or they become depressed and
Planetary Ruler - Sun
Ogham Word - Beithe
The Rowan Tree.. 21 January - 17 February
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.
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Druic Animal - The Hare symbolises adaptation and intuition. Willows
must trust their inner voice ot they can become moody and chronically
Planetary Ruler - Moon
Ogham Word - Sail
The Hawthorn Tree.. 13 May - 9 June
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
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.
Druic Animal - The Wren, the Celtic king of the birds, symbolises wit
and sublety - Oaks must temper pride with humor or they become pompus
Planetary Ruler - Jupiter
Ogham Word - Duir
The Holly Tree.. 8 July - 4 August
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
cautious, logical and efficient. They have good business sense but
prefer to assist rather than lead. In relationships they are suportive,
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 - Tinnepunishable
by death to fell one. It was thought magical skills and knowledge could
be gained from eating Hazel nuts. Hazel people are artistic. They have
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
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