A dead Irish tradition needs to be revived!
Celtic tree astrology is based on the ancient idea that the time of our births is pivotal to the formation of our personality and behaviour. But when the Druids devised their astrology charts, they didn’t use constellations like other cultures. Instead, their symbols were trees.
The druids had a profound connection with trees and believed they were vessels of infinite wisdom. They felt the entire universe existed in the form of a tree. The roots grew deep below, representing the past. The trunk sat in everyday life, representing the present. The branches reached up high into the heavens, representing the future and afterlife.
Celtic Tree Astrology was based on the lunar calendar, so it has 13 astrological signs, rather than the 12 we know today. The Druids designated a tree to each of the 13 moon phases in their calendar, in accordance with the tree’s magical properties.
Poet Robert Graves is said to have “rediscovered” Celtic Astrology in the 1970s, and published a book about it, prompting a revival of the old astrology system. Graves and some other people interested in resurrecting the “lost” astrological system claim that it has been around since about 1,000 BC.
Many historians refute this however, and say his interpretation of the Oghram symbols is largely based on his creative mind being at work. However hard-core scientists have never been fans of the paranormal or the spiritual, so no change there. Either way, have a look at your sign. Does it ring true for you?
Some florists now sell birthday gifts of young trees – your “birth tree.” It’s a lovely idea that highlights the beauty and variety of our native woodlands. Trees were highly respected in ancient Ireland, and we think such a great Irish tradition should be kept alive.