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What’s Your Sign? Lunar Astrology and Druid Tree Lore January and February Birthdays

Druid Tree Lore – Celtic Lunar Astrology
21st January to 17th February

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This is my new design for the 11 inch x 14 inch Zodiac signs!  They can be personalised with your name or the recipient’s name. All of the new designs can be seen on my website www.magickmermaid.com

About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar.  The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.

Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted.  The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.

See the entire collection of zodiac signs at MagickMermaid (Studio tab at the top of the page).

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What’s Your Sign? Lunar Astrology and Druid Tree Lore November and December Birthdays

Druid Tree Lore-Celtic Lunar Astrology
25th November to 23rd December13-elder-black-horse-druid-tree-celtic-zodiac-print

This is my new design for the 11 inch x 14 inch Zodiac signs!  All of the new designs can be seen on my website www.magickmermaid.com

About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar.  The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.

Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted.  The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.

See the entire collection of zodiac signs here or on my website, MagickMermaid (Studio tab at the top of the page).

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What’s Your Sign? Lunar Astrology and Druid Tree Lore October and November Birthdays

Druid Tree Lore – Celtic Lunar Astrology
28th October – 24th November

12_reed_white_hound_celtic_zodiac_printReed-White Hound  28th October-24th November
The Reed has thick roots like a tree though submerged in water and is associated with Pwyll, God of the Underworld. It is also a symbol of royalty. The fire festival of Samhain, which honours the dead, is celebrated during this month.  The White Hound is a guardian of many mysteries. I chose the faithful Irish Wolfhound to represent this sign. Those born under this sign are said to be imaginative, fearless, good leaders, make powerful friends and possess strong will.

About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar.  The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.

Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted.  The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.

See the entire collection of zodiac signs here or on my website, MagickMermaid (Studio tab at the top of the page).

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Samhain Crone Goddesses

Samhain Crone Goddesses

In the Northern hemisphere the days are getting shorter and there is a chill in the air. The fiery hues of Autumn decorate the trees. We have processed the fruits, vegetables and herbs of the last harvest of the year to sustain us through the Winter.

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Samhain is the beginning of the old Celtic new year. The Crone Goddess watches over this night as the spirits of departed loved ones visit the earthly plane. With a bright candle to light their way, food is served for the spirit visitors. Halloween is the modern adaptation of this ancient celebration.

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The origin of the witch stirring her cauldron of brew is most likely the image of Cerridwen, an important Celtic Goddess.

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Samhain

Samhain

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The modern celebration of Halloween is derived the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain, which marked the end of Summer harvests and honoured the ancestors. It is believed that the veil between ThisWorld and the OtherWorld is the thinnest on Samhain.

Witches, broomsticks, cauldrons, black cats, ghosts, pumpkins, full moons and dressing up in costumes are associated with modern Halloween lore.

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What’s Your Sign? Lunar Astrology and Druid Tree Lore September and October Birthdays

Druid Tree Lore – Celtic Lunar Astrology
30th September-27th October
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Ivy is another evergreen symbolising mystery, immortality, the portal to the Otherworld and the dark time of year. The Butterfly represents the Sidhe or Faerie Folk, who rule the Otherworld, a land not marked by human time. The elusive Faerie hold hidden secrets and wisdom which have yet to be discovered by humans and are ruled by the mythical hidden planet of Persephone. Those born under this sign are said to be unique, intelligent, sociable, artistic and good friends. I chose the beautiful Irish Peacock butterfly to represent this sign.

About Druid Tree Lore and Celtic Lunar Astrology
People have been marking the passage of time by the phases of the moon for millennia. Although it is impossible to say for certain because the lore and traditions were not written, many historians believe that both the Celts and Druids used a 13 month lunar calendar.  The months and symbols differ from the solar calendar with which most of us are familiar. Druidic horoscopes are often mentioned in legends.

Trees have long been a source of sacred folklore with each chosen to represent the months and having its own magickal properties. The Ogham symbols may have been devised by ancient Druids. As several of the symbols refer to trees, the ogham alphabet is often called the Tree Alphabet. These symbols are included next to the tree names which are shown in both English and Old Irish. The animal symbols are my interpretation based on various sources. The ruling planets of each sign are also noted.  The information provided here is an introduction to the wealth of knowledge concerning Druid teachings and Celtic lore.

See the entire collection of zodiac signs here or on my website, MagickMermaid (Studio tab at the top of the page).

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A Happy Mabon to All!

Mabon, the Second Harvest
Autumnal Equinox

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                                                  Autumn GreenMan

The days are noticeably  shorter and there is a chill in the night air in the Northern hemisphere.  Some of the trees are beginning to don their Autumn colours.  The GreenMan, a symbol of green and growing plants, is all dressed up for Fall as we approach the dark season of the year.

Mabon is the second harvest festival of the year, occurring on the 21st or 22nd of September.  The apple and grape harvests are celebrated.  Vegetables, fruits and herbs are ready to be picked and preserved for the coming Winter.  A time for giving thanks!  And also a time to evaluate the progress made on goals set earlier in the year.  Did everything work out as planned?

Wishing everyone a fruitful harvest!

We can also breathe a sigh of relief; Mercury Retrograde is over!