Sign of the Hazel Tree
- Alternative dates and interpretation
can be found at the bottom of this post.
If you are born under the energy of the Hazel Moon in Celtic astrology, (August 5 – September 1), there is a good possibility that, you are highly intelligent, organized and efficient. Like the Holly, you are naturally gifted in academia, and excel in the classroom. You also have the ability to retain information and can recall, recite and expound on subjects you’ve memorized with amazing accuracy. You know your facts, and you are always well informed. This sometimes makes you appear like a know-it-all to others, but you can’t help that; you’re genuinely smart and usually know the right course of action because of your impressive knowledge base.
You have an eye for detail, and like things to be “just so.” Sometimes this need for order and control can lead to compulsive behaviors if left unchecked. You have a knack for numbers, science and things that utilize your analytical skills. You like rules, although you are typically making them rather than playing by them.
Here’s the rest of the story:
- Tree – Hazel
- Also known as – The Knower
- Gemstone – Amethyst
- Flower – Vervain
- Animal – The Stalking Crane
- Alternate Animal – Salmon
- Planet – Mercury
- Deity – Oghma
- Amergin Verse – I am a Salmon in a Pool
- Ogham Association – Coll
- Polarity – Feminine
- Color – Brown
- Compatible with – Hawthorn and Rowan
The hazel produces its nuts in fall, after having spent the year building the inner strength to protect them. The shell of this nut is so hard, in fact, and contains its treasure so well, that is was the inspiration for the phrase “in a nutshell.” Born under the sign of the hazel tree, you also have an inner treasure to offer – the fruits of your knowledge. Your wisdom and ability to communicate ideas make you capable of transforming the thoughts and opinions of others. Be careful how you wield your word-wizardry.
Hazel and the Moons:
There are two distinct types of Hazel individuals (a division which relates to all Celtic Tree Signs). The “new moon” character is associated with the first two weeks of a sign and the “full moon” character is associated with the last two weeks.
The “new moon” Hazel individual is more inclined to seek out knowledge than his or her “full moon” counterpart. These people possess an inquisitive nature which can, at times, become prying or underhand. The “full moon” Hazel individual is more outgoing in nature and temperament. These people are also more inclined to become public figures who seek to educate or instruct people in the arts. The “full moon” Hazel sets a high regard on honesty and has well-defined principles. Such people can, however, be very critical in attitude…usually stemming from an inbuilt hypersensitivity. Hazel individuals need to express their creativity or they could easily become morbid and introspective.
Hazel individuals are perceptive and clever people, endowed with good reasoning powers. This sharpness of intellect makes for excellent debaters and writers. They are also wonderful planners and organizers…even down to the smallest detail. The desire to acquire knowledge often leads to Hazel individuals becoming adept scholars and they are frequently experts in their chosen fields. They have lively and analytical minds, possess a great deal of imagination and are radical and idealistic thinkers. Their artistic abilities often lead them to create beautiful things which have very practical uses.
Sometimes known as the mediators of society, Hazels are keen observers of the truth around them and able to judge an entire situation in a very short period of time. There is, however, a tendency for Hazel people to sometimes become paranoid and lack self-worth. Their abundance of nervous energy (more mental and emotional rather than physical) needs to be constantly channeled or they may become prone to sudden headaches and migraines.
Hazel individuals dislike pretense, false values and waste of any kind. They are probably the most rational of all the Celtic signs and always appear to be cool and reserved, which enables them to remain outside of life’s emotional sphere. Such personal emotional surface control, however, may simply be a cover for a highly sensitive nature and they are prone to suffer from nervous tension.
Physicially, the Hazel is not necessarily robust, but is possessed with a strong mental stamina. Hazels individuals are blessed with agile minds able to cope with any extremes, but they have a tendency to be most critical of their own shortcomings and may suffer from low self-esteem. At times, Hazels have been known to become argumentative or even cynical and may resort to underhanded means (such as prying) in order to attain the knowledge they are always constantly seeking.
As mates, Hazel individuals are honest and caring, but may be inclined to overindulge their children and spouses. Though not particuarly demonstrative people, they are sincere and inspire great loyalty from others.
- Physical Goal: To inspire others to increase their capacity in the arts of poetry, divination and mediation…and to be aware that example is the best teacher.
- Mental Goal: To allow the prompting of intuition to bring ideas to the surface.
- Spiritual Goal: To follow intuition to the source, where the reward will be wisdom and the soul will ring with poetry.
Some Hazel Tree Lore:
The Hazel was considered to be the Tree of Wisdom and to fell one was once a crime punishable by death. It was believed that magickal skills and knowledge could be gained from eating Hazel nuts, which are the emblems of concentrated wisdom. In Irish folklore, the Hazel tree was the home of Bile Ratha, the poetic fairy.
The Hazel is also strongly associated with mediation and meditation. The Druids were the inheritors of the knowledge of measurement and calculation, skills of the earlier “dodmen” who were the prehistoric surveyors of the key lines and trackways portrayed in the ancient chalk-cut figure of the Long Man of Wilmington who is shown holding staves or rods. Also skilled in the law, the Druids were often called upon to mediate in disputes concerning property and land boundaries, in much the same way as the surveyors of modern times.
Twigs of Hazel are favored by water-diviners and for other methods of divination due to the sensitive nature of the tree and its close affinity with the element of water. It was once believed that the Mushrooms which grow on a Hazel could provide an individual with the ability to relocate what he or she may have lost.
Sources: What’s Your Sign, and Nova Reinna
Here is an alternative interpretation with different birth dates for the Hazel Tree from Wicca Chat:
- Mar 22 to Mar 31
- Sept 24 to Oct 03
Key word: Extraordinary
Wow, so it was no accident that my husband and I ended up next to a hazelnut grove in the path of the total eclipse in August 2017, which we both thought was the best spot we could have ever found! My birthday is March 23.
Thanks so much for this info!