Apple Tree Symbolism and Lore

The apple tree seems to have been regarded as holy or magickal from very early times, and in almost every country in which it grows.

In ancient Ireland, it was one of the three things that could only be paid for by living objects, the others being a hazel bush and a sacred grove.

For Celtic people, the apple tree symbolized the World Tree, the axis of the Universe. They considered the apple the most magickal of fruits, a fruit of immortality and prophecy.

It grew in the Celtic Paradise, where the hills were clothed with trees that bore fruit and blossom together. The mysterious land to which King Arthur was taken for the healing of his wounds was the Vale of Avalon, the Apple Vale. The mythical Isle of Avalon, meaning orchard (from afal, the old Welsh word for apple) is the resting place of Celtic kings and heroes, and one of the places where King Arthur is meant to wait until he is needed to rise once more to protect his people.

The apple tree is a tree of the Underworld, a tree of immortality, and sacred to Apollo.  At Samhain or Halloween, the time of the apple harvest, the fruit has a large part to play in the rituals and celebrations, including divinatory practices.

Old laborers in Herefordshire regarded the destruction of an apple orchard as an almost sacrilegious act. It was commonly said there that if an orchard was destroyed to plant a hop yard in its place, the latter would never pay the cost of cultivation.

At that time there was also a custom whereby, if a man wanted to enclose a piece of common land, he had to plant an apple tree on it. The lord of the manor preserved his rights over the enclosed land by extracting an annual tribute of the fruit.

Many omens and charms are, or were, associated with apple trees. Here are some of them:

  • If the sun shines through the trees on Christmas morning (or in some districts on Easter morning) is is a sign of a good crop to come and a prosperous year for the owner of the orchard.
  • The fruit must be blessed by rain on St. Peter’s or St. Swithin’s Day, and in some districts it is said to be unfit to eat until after this has happened.
  • Blossoms appearing in autumn is a death omen for someone in the owner’s family, and especially so if the flowers come while there is still fruit on the branches.
  • A well known couplet says:

A bloom on the tree when the apples are ripe
Is a sure termination of somebody’s life.

If, when the fruit is picked, an apple is left behind and hangs there until Spring comes round again, a death is foretold.

There was, however, a Yorkshire variant of this belief. In his Folk-Lore of East Yorkshire (1890) John Nicholson tells us that it was sometimes thought unlucky to strip the tree completely. An apple or two, even if only the deformed or inaccessible fruit, should be left for the birds. This was the explanation given in his time but, as he points out, the gift may originally have been intended for the fairies, and some even older spirits.

Collected from various sources.


Sign of the Elder Tree

If you were born between November 25th and December 23rd, then your sign in Celtic tree astrology is the Elder Tree. Elder archetypes among Celtic tree astrology tend to be freedom-loving, and sometimes appear to be a bit wild to the other signs of the zodiac. In younger years you may have lived life in the fast lane, often identified as a “thrill seeker.”

At the time of your birth the light of the sun was fast fleeting and so you take the same cue from nature. You are often misjudged as an outsider as you have a tendency to be withdrawn in spite of your extroverted nature. In actuality, you are deeply thoughtful with philosophical bent. You also tend to be very considerate of others and genuinely strive to be helpful. These acts of assistance are sometimes thwarted by your brutal honestly (which you openly share solicited or otherwise).

The Rest of the Story:

  • Deity: Cailleach Beara
  • Ogham letter: Ruis
  • Animal: Raven
  • Also known asThe Seeker
  • Compatible withAlder and Holly

Elder individuals are highly intelligent and energetic. They do best when there is a lot of variety in their life. They tend to waste a lot of time when they’re young and don’t begin to get their life together until they’re older. They have the frustrating habit of always thinking they’re right, and the annoying part is that they always are.

Elder Tree people are outgoing, confident, and impulsive. They grow the most when things change and are restless and full of energy. They need to be stimulated mentally on a constant basis and need regular physical challenges.

They are philosophical and very compassionate and always try to be helpful to others. They love their freedom and can sometimes be on the wild side often living their younger years in the fast lane. They often do things just to get a thrill out of life.

People born under the sign of the Elder tree are outgoing, confident, and impulsive. They grow the most when things change and are restless and full of energy. They need to be stimulated mentally on a constant basis and need regular physical challenges.

They are philosophical and very compassionate and always try to be helpful to others. They love their freedom and can sometimes be on the wild side often living their younger years in the fast lane. They often do things just to get a thrill out of life.

If you’re a Celtic Elder sign, you grow up slowly. You waste a lot of time while you’re young, but find the success you seek as you get older. You like the finer things in life and need to watch your finances so that you don’t over do it and encounter financial problems as a result. You’re curious about everything and love to learn. You’re bound to study abroad at some point in your life.


People born under the Celtic Elder tree sign love living their life with freedom and have a strong sense of adventure. They are not the type to settle into one place. They love to be on the move and life on the go suits them.

They have a sense of raw honesty about them that may offend others, but it is really their way of trying to help. They are ambitious and sincere with a rebellious streak.

Despite being and extrovert, they often feel out of place from the rest of the crowd and will often withdraw. They are very candid and impetuous and make wonderful motivational speakers. They will also be drawn to journalism and careers in the armed forces.

Elder signs are drawn to researching philosophical and deep subjects and are likely to travel a lot in order to satisfy their curiosity about life. They can make great teachers, clergyman or scientists. They are extremely energetic and constant change is stimulating to them both mentally and physically.

They make great friends because they are naturally optimistic and positive and will do anything to make sure their friends feel the same way. They have an excellent sense of humor and people love being around them.


Elder tree sign people are often judged for being the black sheep or the outsider. They can sometimes act cold blooded and insensitive and have a hard time choosing their friends wisely. They are so outspoken and blunt that at times they speak without thinking.

They can have outbursts of anger and are very impatient. In work settings they can be demanding coworkers especially to those who don’t work at the same quick pace as they do. They will openly criticize the shortcomings of others while expecting praise for their own in work.

In their romantic relationships they desire to be open, but they do not fall in love easily or deeply. They are very calculating and tend to remove their emotions from the relationship before it has a chance to blossom.

Their restlessness makes them shy away from parenthood, but they will probably make great god parents, aunts or uncles. Their lesson in life is to use the change they seek out in life as something positive so they avoid being being foolish and distracted.

New Moon Elder:

If you were born during the first two weeks of the Celtic Elder Sign, you are a New Moon Elder. You’re a very good speaker, using your skills to fight for what you believe in. You are very high energy and are quick to respond to life, often following your impulses rather than your mind. You do best focusing on one or two things at a time, rather than trying o accomplish everything at once. You love spending time outside, engaging in physical activities – hiking, gardening, sports – anything that lets you work off your energy. Of all the Celtic Zodiac Signs, you’re the most likely to climb Mt. Everest.

Full Moon Elder:

If you were born during the last two weeks of the Celtic Elder Sign, you are a Full Moon Elder. You prefer to work in the background where you aren’t the center of attention. You want to make the world a better place and are a champion against tyranny. You have a great sense of humor and easily entertain everyone around you. You can achieve whatever you set your mind to, it’s just that getting you to set your mind to something can be a challenge. There are just so many interesting things to see and do!

Sources: Sun Signs, Celtic Tree Astrology, and Astrology of the Ancients

Sign of the Reed

If you were born between October 28th and November 24, then your sign in Celtic tree astrology is the Reed Tree. The Celts considered the Reed a tree because the root system is similar, and because they often grew to be 10 ft tall. They believed that reed trees symbolized wisdom and education. Those born under the Druid sign Reed tree have hidden strength and secret motivation.

Reed people easily grasp the complex. They’re great friends and leaders, but need to curb their jealous streak. They tend to be quite proud and do well when faced with challenges. Their inner strength is so great that at times they need to remember to do the right thing.

Here’s the rest of the story:

  • Deity: Pwyll, God of the underworld.
  • Ogham letter: Ngetal
  • Also known asThe Inquisitor
  • Animal: White hound, or Dog
  • Compatible withOther Reeds, Ash or Oak signs

If you’re a Celtic Reed sign, you give off a lot of power – when you walk into a room, people sense your presence. You make things happen and you have a desire to change the world around you. This can cause you to make a lot of enemies and to have a lot of people resist the change you seek. It isn’t easy going, but you do survive the challenges you face.

Reed signs are the secret keepers. You dig deep inside to the real meaning of things and discover the truth hidden beneath layers of distraction. When there is a need to get to the heart of the matter, most certainly the Reed sign will find the core. You love a good story, and can be easily drawn in by gossip, scandals, legend and lore. These tendencies also make you an excellent historian, journalist, detective or archaeologist. You love people because they represent a diversity of meanings for you to interpret. You are adept at coaxing people to talking to you, and sometimes you can be a bit manipulative. However, you have a strong sense of truth and honor so most of your scheming is harmless.

Celtic astrology Reed tree people are known as the secret keepers of the tree zodiac. They have the ability to go deep inside their psyche to find the hidden meaning of things. When they need to get to the bottom of things, Reed people know how to get to the heart of the matter. They make excellent detectives, private investigators, historians, journalists and archaeologists.

People are very trusting of them and they will often find themselves convincing people to talk to them who might not otherwise. Reed people are natural storytellers and can easily be drawn in by tales, legends and even gossip.


People born under the Celtic zodiac Reed tree are very creative and use language as a part of their creativity. They have a dazzling talent that allows them to express what they see in life artistically. Their unyielding determination makes them move past defeat easily.

They are often surrounded by many friends throughout their life who will admire their accomplishments. They are usually very attractive and can be a savvy diplomat. They sometimes lack self confidence, but may act superior in spite of. They are very loyal to those closest to them.

They often have trouble finding a relationship. Sometimes their thoughts take priority over their emotions. The natural detective in them will often probe others for all their secrets, but will hold on to their personal secrets, often remaining a mystery to those closest to them.

Druid Reed tree people make influential friends and powerful enemies. They exude a lot of powerful energy when they walk into a room. They will probably receive a lot of public recognition throughout their life.

They have an independent uncompromising character and will try not to show any signs of weakness. They are the sign that will make things happen. They have an urge to change the world for the better.


In relationships the Celtic astrology Reed sign are very passionate, but they have a jealous and possessive streak that can get out of control if not monitored. Most people are attracted to them except those that very sensitive.

In their life they need to make sure they follow a tight line of moral actions. If they stray even a little they have the energy to become dangerous and self destructive people. They have a tendency to hold grudges and will have a hard time forgiving slights.

It can be hard to get them to change what they believe to be right. Even in the face of hard core evidence, they will go to extreme lengths to prove they are right.

Their challenge in life is to use their investigative abilities to become perceptive people whose knowledge can be used to educate others. If used in a negative way, it could be to manipulate others to find out their weakness.

New Moon Reed:

If you were born during the first two weeks of the Celtic Reed Sign, you are a New Moon Reed. You are impatient and act on your instincts, quickly deciding if someone is your friend or foe. Once you make up your mind, it can be as difficult to change as it is to move a mountain. Your life isn’t easy, b but you are in control of your actions. You are very analytical and curious about how life works. Keep at it because you have the ability to learn what no one has before.

Full Moon Reed:

If you were born during the last two weeks of the Celtic Reed Sign, you are a Full Moon Reed. You combine subtlety with assertiveness.This will allow you to accomplish much, but not without upsetting others along the way. You can smooth everything over if you allow your sense of fairness and compassion to guide you. When you do meet resistance, it will only help convince you that you are on the right path … and you will be even more determined to move forward.

Sources: Celtic Tree Astrology, and Sun Signs and Astrology of the Ancients

Sign of the Holly Tree

If you were born between July 8th and August 4th , then your sign in Celtic tree astrology sign is the Holly Tree. Among the Celtic tree astrology signs the Holly is one of regal status. Noble, and high-minded, those born during the Holly era easily take on positions of leadership and power.

When Celtic leaders chose the next in line, he was crowned with a wreath of Holly. Holly was believed to chase away enemies. Holly tree people are known as “the rulers” of the Celtic zodiac. People born under the Holly zodiac have a regal air and status about them. They are often found in positions of power and will usually excel in those positions.

Here’s the rest of the story:

  • DeityThe Smith God Govannon
  • Ogham letter: Tinne
  • Animal: Unicorn
  • Also known as: The Ruler
  • Compatible with: Ash and Elder

The Holly sign person takes on challenges easily, and overcomes obstacles with rare skill and tact. When you encounter setbacks, you simply redouble your efforts and remain ever vigilant to obtain your end goals. Very seldom are you defeated. This is why many people look up to you and follow you as their leader. You are competitive and ambitious even in the most casual settings.

Holly people are noble and take on an air of royalty. They can appear arrogant, but in reality they are just very confident in themselves and their abilities. When Holly tree people have obstacles in their lives they remain focused and determined to see it through and achieve their goals to the very end.

If the Holly Tree is your sign, you are cautious and think things through before acting. When you set your mind to something, you complete it despite the odds. You are very logical and practical. You are a natural leader and have a very strong sense of self.

You can appear to be arrogant but in actuality you’re just very confident in your abilities. Truth be known, you are quite generous, kind and affectionate (once people get to know you). Highly intelligent, you skate through academics where others may struggle. Because many things come to you so easily, you may have a tendency to rest on your laurels. In other words, if not kept active, you may slip into an unhealthy and lazy lifestyle.

Holly sign people rarely feel defeated and many people admire them as someone to look up to as a leader. They have a competitive nature even if it’s just a casual evening of playing games with family and friends. They are generous and loving to people once they get to know them.


Holly tree sign people are the most dominant in the Celtic zodiac. They are the creative extroverts who are strong willed and self confident. They love to live in luxury and because of their regal air will have a hard time settling for second best.

Holly tree people are born with good business sense. They are capable leaders, but surprisingly may prefer to be in the background rather than lead.

They are full of energy and often spread positive, optimistic energy all around them. They see the glass as half full instead of half empty and are not easily discouraged by setbacks.

The Holly sign person can be very straightforward and blunt with what they have to say. They demand loyalty from those that are closest to them as they also demand loyalty of themselves.


Celtic Holly tree sign people have a tendency to be too trusting making them gullible. They are generous to a fault to the people they care about. They often make errors in the judgement of people’s character and can often put those they love on a pedestal.

They are unable to see any flaws or wrongdoing. This often leaves them disappointed in their personal relationships. It’s in their nature to recover quickly from this disappointment, but may also lead them to have many romantic affairs.

They love beauty and seek out pleasure.Their attraction to perfection leads them to seek out one beautiful partner after another. They can be quick tempered and very blunt when angry, which may turn off many people.

Their intelligent minds need to be kept active or they have the tendency to become lazy, complacent, and unhealthy.

Ironically, they are very hurt when someone else acts hostile towards them. They are very sensitive to criticism especially that which threatens their sense of dominance. This can make them go into a sudden rage over their hurt feelings.

New Moon Holly:

If you were born durning the first two weeks of the Celtic Holly Zodiac Sign, you are a New Moon Holly. You enjoy helping people reach their goals, whether it’s by lending a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or financial assistance. It’s easy for you to tt in arguments with your family. You’re such a caring person that others don’t always see you only want to help. Whatever your profession, you might find yourself to be an overnight success.

Full Moon Holly:

If you were born during the last two weeks of the Celtic Holly Zodiac Sign, you are a Full Moon Holly. You enjoy history and tradition. You are very affectionate and popular with others, but you can have trouble handling criticism. You enjoy entertaining and have a lot of luck in your life. You have a great mind for business and can find yourself surrounded by a lot of material wealth.

Sources: Celtic Tree Astrology, Sun Signs, and Astrology of the Ancients

Sign of the Alder Tree

If you were born between March 18 and April 14 then your sign in Celtic tree astrology is the Alder Tree. If you are an Alder sign within the Celtic tree astrology system, you are a natural-born pathfinder. You’re a mover and a shaker, and will blaze a trail with fiery passion often gaining loyal followers to your cause. You are charming, gregarious and mingle easily with a broad mix of personalities. In other words, Alder signs get along with everybody and everybody loves to hang around with you. This might be because Alder’s are easily confident and have a strong self-faith. This self-assurances is infectious and other people recognize this quality in you instantly.

Alder tree people are charismatic, sociable and get along well with people from many backgrounds. People are instantly attracted to their charm. They are the people who will naturally carve their own path even if it seem impossible.

The Rest of the Story:

  • Ruling DeityBran the Blessed
  • Also known asThe Trailblazer
  •  Ogham letter: Fern
  • Animal: Fox, Hawk or Raven
  • Compatible with: Oak and Birch

Historically it was believed by the Celtics that the Alder tree gave you courage to tackle the things that you have been trying to avoid. The energy of the Alder tree is exhilarating and being near one can reduce anxiety and worry.

If the Alder Tree is your Celtic zodiac sign, you’re quite brave and have both the power and desire to make your own way in the world. It isn’t always an easy way that you make, but you have plenty of courage to overcome obstacles.

Your passionate nature makes it easy for you to gain followers. While you get along with everyone, you have little patience for people who are shallow or fake.

You enjoy taking action and don’t like it when your time is wasted. Your determination and self-confidence make you a great ally, but when it comes to fighting, you prefer to fight your own battles. It’s a rare adversary that can stand in your way.

Your biggest challenge is learning when it is time to fight and when it is time to let things remain as they are.

Alder tree people are the upwardly mobile in the Celtic tree zodiac. They will find a passion for a cause in life and amass a circle of loyal supporters to carve out a new trail.

Alder tree signs are very focused and dislike waste. Consequently, they can see through superficiality and will not tolerate fluff. Alder people place high value on their time, and feel that wasting time is insufferable. They are motivated by action and results.

Alder people are self confident and are easily self assured and have strong self-faith. This self-assurance is contagious and other people recognize this quality in them right away.

Alder people are very focused and dislike waste. They are able see through superficiality and will not tolerate fake people. They place high value on their time, and feel that wasting time is unbearable. They are motivated by action and results.


Alder tree people have a very strong will that makes them bold, with a strong desire to experience new adventures and new places. They don’t like to waste their time and always need to stay busy or moving.

Their strong discipline will take them to new challenges which they will meet with self confidence and inner strength. These challenges will seem like a breeze because Alder tree zodiac people are very powerful and will always find a way to make it on their own in the world.

Alder people are genuine and courageous. Their sincerity and personal strength make them very focused with strong faith that is motivated by results. They could find financial success through strategic investments.


Alder people can be nervous and wishy-washy. Due to their selfish nature, they sometimes need to take a break to consider the outcome of their actions. They will sometimes go full out for the object of their desires and then suddenly lose interest.

If the object of their desires is a love interest, this may sometimes hurt them in the process. In relationships they can come across as self absorbed. Their desire to get everything done quickly makes them extremely impatient at times.

In their career if something does not pan out for them immediately, they tend to give up quickly and lose interest. The thrill of the hunt can be more attractive to them than actually getting what they desire.

Alders can come across as very domineering at times because they do not like to take orders from other people. They tend to say the first thing on their mind which gets them in trouble with many people.

New Moon Alder:

If you were born during the first two weeks of the Celtic Alder Zodiac Sign, you are a New Moon Alder. You can be restless and indecisive. You are quite sincere and brave in all that you do, but sometimes you need to remember to step back and look at the bigger picture, asking yourself what will happen if you go forward.

Full Moon Alder:

If you were born during the last two weeks of the Celtic Alder Zodiac Sign, you are a Full Moon Alder. You are persuasive and confident. You do well when there is a crisis. You are quite sensual, enjoying sex, rich food and luxury…but sometimes you need to remember to curb your jealousy. You do well financially, and might find your greatest financial success through investments.

Sources: Celtic Tree Astrology, and Sun Signs and Astrology of the Ancients

Sign of the Beech Tree

Key word: Creative

According to some astrological traditions, it is said that if you were born on Dec 22,  you were born under the sign of the Beech tree. Persons born under this sign tend to have good taste, and be concerned about their looks. Other qualities of Beech tree people may include the following: materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks,  reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.)

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Sign of the Willow Tree

If you were born between April 15 and May 12, you are a Willow sign. Because you are ruled by the moon, your personality holds hands with many of the mystical aspects of the lunar realm. This means you are highly creative, intuitive (highly psychic people are born under the sign of the Willow) and intelligent. You have a keen understanding of cycles, and you inherently know that every situation has a season. This gives you a realistic perspective of things, and also causes you to be more patient than most tree signs.

Here is the rest of the story:

  • Also known as – The Observer
  • Tree: Willow
  • Gemstone: Moonstone
  • Flower : Primrose
  • Animal: Serpent
  • Planet: Moon
  • Deity: Hekate
  • Sabbat/Holiday: Beltane
  • Color: Known only to be “bright”
  • Additional Symbol: Colored eggs
  • Amergin Verse: “I am a Hawk on a Cliff”
  • Ogham Association: Saille
  • Letter Character: “S”
  • Polarity: Feminine
  • Class: Peasant
  • Compatible with: Birch and Ivy

With your intelligence comes a natural ability to retain knowledge and you often impress your company with the ability to expound on subjects from memory. Willow Celtic tree astrology signs are bursting with potential, but have a tendency to hold themselves back for fear of appearing flamboyant or overindulgent. It is your powers of perception that ultimately allow your true nature to shine, and what leads you to success in life. Characteristics:

Willow people are full of the mysteries of life which makes them difficult to get to know. Their psychic antennae are always switched on. They have extraordinary memories. They are extremely eloquent in explaining the mysteries of life. They act intuitively in almost all situations and are very resourceful.

They can be a powerful friend but are a horrible enemy! They have a passive kind of tenacity about them. They make wise parents and counselors. They tend to be very maternal and therefore are protective of loved ones. They are prone to sudden mood changes and they have a reluctance to forgive and forget which can cause permanent rifts with friends and family.

They are usually employed in very responsible jobs. They make excellent teachers. They seldom express a controversial opinion in public but they have very strong opinions in private. Willows tend to over worry about health matters and may be hypochondriacs. Their imagination has a tendency to work overtime. They have a deep interest in family loyalty and history and are often genealogists. Mother figures usually dominate and influence them throughout their lives. Once they are married, they become completely devoted to their spouse and children.

There are two distinct types of Willow 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” Willow individual tends to more inclined to sudden mood changes and displays more unreliable character traits. These people are however receptive to change and quick to take advantage of any opportunity which presents itself. The “full moon” Willow individual tends to disregard advice, even though his or her own reasoning power often lacks credibility. The “full moon” Willow is, however, the most resourceful of the two types and is blessed with an even more exceptional memory than his or her “new moon” counterpart.

In general, Willow individuals are basically articulate, strong-willed, resourceful and possessed with excellent memories. They touch upon all aspects of nature and its association with the Moon. Emotional and enigmatic, Willow people respond quickly to situations but are prone to sudden mood changes, which can make them difficult to get to know. Being shrewd and practical, they can be brilliant inventors but are also drawn to the unexplained mysteries of life. As a friend, the Willow individual can be a powerful ally…on the other hand, he or she can make for a formidable enemy. Willows have a type of passive tenacity and can be extraordinarily wise counselors and extremely nurturing parents who are protective of loved ones. The Willow person is often reluctant to forgive and forget, which can lead to permanent rifts with friends and family.

In the work force, Willows are usually employed in very responsible positions but find it hard to settle upon a definitive career. If the career choice should be in the field of education, however, they are counted among the best teachers. Willow individuals seldom express a controversial opinion in public (which makes them appear very amiable) but privately, their views are usually strong one way or the other. They are possessed with an overactive imagination and tend to fret needlessly about health matters. The Willow has a deep interest in family loyalty and history and usually becomes the family genealogist. The figure of the mother tends to dominate and influence the Willow throughout his or her life but once, married, there is no more devoted individual when it comes to the spouse and children.

The lunar energy of Willow people can be positively channeled into the arts, but it can also suddenly activate latent creative skills that may appear to change the personality. For the most part, Willows are incredibly difficult to get to know due to the type of “veil” over their personalities which hides a great deal. Their sense of humor is not always easy to define and tends to “come and go” depending upon the occasion. Blessed with a potential wisdom that makes them wise advisers, they are usually valued members of society.

Willow individuals usually marry at a young age and close personal relationships are of the utmost importance. With the correct partner, Willow individuals create a powerful bond that tends to strike an affinity between the sexes. Willows must learn how to trust their inner voice or they can become moody and chronically indecisive. Since the Moon has always been associated with those who can influence the public with the force of their personality…either good or bad…the Willow individual is usually one to be reckoned with.

There will be some Willow individuals who fail to fit the character pictures described above. These are, in every sense, the great magicians of the world. Appearing on the surface to be the most conventional of human beings, he or she will be experiencing an incredible inner life or imagination. However, there will be a time when this hidden potential suddenly bursts forth. It may take the form of writing to public figures or perhaps adopting a personal political role to address the rights and wrongs of a particular issue. Then again, there will be periods when such personal motivation ceases as suddenly as it began and the intuitive nature of such a Willow individual appears to crave a complete break from the routine rigors of daily life.

  • Physical Goal: To encourage a comfortable relationship with the material world, which is full of lessons and cycles of changing values. Change is paramount for growth…and values are no exception.
  • Mental Goal: To gain understanding of a particular concept…a steady accumulation of facts is the foundation of understanding. Not everything may be learned in one lesson…the key is repetition.
  • Spiritual Goal: To learn that there must be periods of rest rather than continual activity.

Found at: novareinna.com and Celtic Tree Astrology

Sign of the Vine

If you were born during the Vine Moon in Celtic astrology, (September 02 – September 29), you were born within the autumnal equinox, which makes your personality changeable and unpredictable. You can be full of contradictions, and are often indecisive. But this is because you can see both sides of the story, and empathize with each equally. It is hard for you to pick sides because you can see the good points on each end.

There are, however, areas in your life that you are quite sure about. These include the finer things of life like food, wine, music, and art. You have very distinctive taste, and are a connoisseur of refinement. Luxury agrees with you, and under good conditions you have a Midas touch for turning drab into dramatic beauty. You are charming, elegant, and maintain a level of class that wins you esteem from a large fan base. Indeed, you often find yourself in public places where others can admire your classic style and poise.

The rest of the story:

  • Also known asThe Equalizer
  • Tree/Plant: The Vine
  • Gemstone: Emerald
  • Flower: Valerian
  • Animal: White Swan
  • Planet: Venus
  • Alias: Moon of Celebration
  • Amergin Verse: “I am a Hill of Poetry”
  • Ogham Association: Muin
  • Polarity: Androgynous
  • Color: Variegated or Multi-Hued
  • Compatible with: Willow and Hazel

Unlike the other Ogham trees and shrubs, the Vine is a more cultivated species. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the Vine has been known and propagated in the British Isles for a very long time. The distinctive fruits and foliage of this hardy and long-living plant appear frequently on Bronze Age artifacts. Within the Ogham, the Vine is known as the “Weaver,” given its tendency to entwine around others, often linking two together. To the Celts, this was indicative of the need to understand the importance of respect toward the options and actions of others.

A determined shrub, the Vine is often found in hard-to-reach areas, leaving a delicate and beautiful path in its wake. The fruit of the Vine has long been known to release inhibitions and loosen tongues, thus allowing those who partake of its harvest to speak more freely. It is, however, easy to fall victim to the Vine’s intoxicating nature. Noah, the biblical patriarch, is said to have planted a vineyard on Mount Ararat after the flood, later becoming intoxicated when he partook of the fermented beverage. Evidence suggests that the Vine existed prior to the appearance of man and the first traces of the cultivation of Vines for wine making purposes would appear to be around 2000 B.C. in Sicily.


There are two distinct types of Vine 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” Vine individual is more inclined to openly express his or her emotions but often has trouble in coming to terms with certain aspects of life. Such a person is, however, enthusiastic by nature and very supportive of any partner. The “full moon” Vine individual is possessed with a wonderful ability to forgive with true compassion, but somewhat more difficult to comprehend than his or her “new moon” counterpart and is more prone to over-indulge the sensuous Vine nature.

In general:

Vine individuals are discriminating, authoritative and set high personal standards. They appear cool and detached but are secret romantics who can be sensitive, vulnerable and self-critical. Keenly perceptive, they have an eye for detail and possess a refined aesthetic taste. Vine people have an oddly dual personality. One minute they can be joyful and exuberant and the next minute be in tears. Their emotions run on high and yet they appear cool as a cucumber when in the face of danger or opposition. They are instinctive organizers and are drawn to public service careers.

Vine people are kind, gentle and creative and good socializers. They do however lean towards overindulgence at times. They require a great deal of mental and emotional security to feel content. They are simple people and usually not highly ambitious in their pursuits, but do have a strong sense for survival. It is important that Vine people learn to balance both sides of life…the sowing and the reaping.

Vine individuals have a tendency to procrastinate, which must be overcome in order to avoid becoming lost in worry and negativity. Although their emotions run at a high level and they are, by nature, very sensual, Vines tend to display a reserved exterior and are possessed of a serenity in spirit. While Vines generally help to create harmony and stability, they can become rather parasitical…or even totally dependent…on the good nature of others.

They are passionate lovers but their dual nature often makes marriage difficult to sustain. They have an earthy quality that some people find extremely attractive while others will find them aloof. They are refined people with a good sense of humor as long as it isn’t too coarse. They are easily hurt by lack of consideration from others.

Always ahead of the field when it comes to contingency plans and one of the Celtic Zodiac’s instinctive organizers of life, it is a great mistake to underestimate the character of a Vine individual.

  • Spiritual Goal: To open the inner self in order that all signs and omens may be harvested and gathered…or at least as many as is capable of understanding.
  • Mental Goal: To allow the senses to open in order to speed inner development…to learn how to place trust in the senses when they are acting strongly instead of constantly using reason.
  • Physical Goal: To sense at a deep level that it is necessary to act in a certain way at any given moment in order to deal with an issue…to allow intuition to be the guide.

Sources: What’s Your Sign, and Nova Reinna

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:

  • TreeHazel
  • Also known as – The Knower
  • GemstoneAmethyst
  • FlowerVervain
  • AnimalThe Stalking Crane
  • Alternate AnimalSalmon
  • PlanetMercury
  • DeityOghma
  • Amergin VerseI am a Salmon in a Pool
  • Ogham AssociationColl
  • PolarityFeminine
  • ColorBrown
  • Compatible withHawthorn 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.

In general:

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:

Birth dates:

  • Mar 22 to Mar 31
  • Sept 24 to Oct 03

Key wordExtraordinary

 Persons born under the sign of the Hazelnut tree tend to be charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

Sign of the Oak Tree

  • Alternative dates and interpretation
    can be found at the bottom of this post

Those born under the Celtic tree astrology sign of the Oak (June 10 – July 7) have a special gift of strength. They are protective people and often become a champion for those who do not have a voice. In other words, the Oak is the crusader and the spokesperson for the underdog. Nurturing, generous and helpful, you are a gentle giant among the Celtic zodiac signs. You exude an easy confidence and naturally assume everything will work out to a positive outcome. You have a deep respect for history and ancestry, and many people with this sign become teachers. You love to impart your knowledge of the past to others.

Oak signs have a need for structure, and will often go to great lengths to gain the feeling of control in their lives. Healthy Oak signs live long, full, happy lives and enjoy large family settings and are likely to be involved with large social/community networks.

Here’s the rest of the story:

  • Also known asThe Stabilizer
  • Gemstone: Diamond
  • Flower: Coltsfoot
  • Animal: White Horse
  • Planet: Jupiter
  • Deity: Janus, Dagda
  • Amergin Verse: “I am a God who sets the Head afire with Smoke”
  • Ogham Association: Duir
  • Polarity: Masculine
  • Color: Black and Dark Brown
  • Compatible withAsh, Reed, and Ivy

The oak tree endures what others cannot. It remains strong through challenges, and is known for being almost immortal, as is often attested to by its long life and ability to survive fire, lightning strikes, and devastation. If you were born under this sign, you have the strength of character and purpose to endure, too – no matter what your challenges. Direct your energies wisely, make sure your your risks are well-calculated, and you’ll overcome whatever seemingly “impossible” quests are sent to you.

Oak Tree Moons:

There are two distinct types of Oak 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” Oak individual is more inclined to take financial risks than his or her “full moon” counterpart and makes personal commitments which cannot be easily consolidated. On a more positive note, these people possess strong natural powers of leadership and the ability to rise above the human vices of greed or avarice. There is an element of self-sacrifice inherent in both the “new moon” and the “full moon” Oak, but those who fall under the jurisdiction of the “full moon” are less inclined to make financial losses. These individuals are generally more flamboyant by nature and can be somewhat glory-seeking in character. Nonetheless, the “full moon” Oak is a creative individual who is generous of spirit with an instinctive sense of survival.

In general:

Oak individuals are enterprising people with a refreshing breadth of vision. They are determined, self-motivated, enthusiastic and responsible. Possessed with a high degree of personal magnetism, Oaks make for natural leaders with a great deal of integrity and find it easy to attract and inspire others. They remain calm during a crisis and are not easily swayed by opposition.

Although serious-minded, Oak people are cheerful and optimistic by nature, with a keen sense of humor that can make the best of a difficult situation. Being optimists (sometimes blindly so), they do not give up easily and are unafraid to speak the truth in any given situation, regardless of the consequences. However, Oaks do sometimes tend to lack discretion and often take financial risks. Deeply philosophical, they are generous friends but are prone to exaggerate and are inclined toward vanity.

It is important that Oak individuals learn to temper pride with humor or they may become pompous and overbearing. Oak individuals are drawn toward demanding professions. They frequently hold positions of power but have an innate sense of fair play. They enjoy life’s confrontations and make for formidable enemies, but can be naive in the manner in which they place trust in others, especially concerning affairs of the heart. Often, Oak people set standards in love that are too difficult for partners to attain and they place great importance in moral issues.

  • Physical Goal: To learn that a hands-on approach will nurture desired skills…that one learns by doing.
  • Mental Goal: To accumulate the acorns of wisdom and, having done so, to share that wisdom.
  • Spiritual Goal: To become tough and resilient, despite the unpredictable nature of life…to be strong and wise.

Sources: What’s Your Sign, and Nova Reinna


Here is an alternative interpretation and a different birthdate for the Oak Tree Sign from wicca chat:

Birth Date:

  • March 21

Key word: The Brave

A person born on March 21 is said to have a robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

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