Druid Tree Lore – Celtic Lunar Astrology
30th September-27th October
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).
Norway plans to kill off its critically endangered wolf population. Are they crazy?
I love to eat shellfish and scallops are one of my particular favourites. I don’t like to eat them, though because the way they are fished – dredging – is hazardous to other sea life and their ecosystem. So, when I saw a documentary about a Norwegian initiative to catch scallops, diving and then work to restore and propagate the species in its natural environment, I thought, good for Norway, that’s the way forward.
Which is why it’s all that much more distressing to learn Norway is going to cull 70% of its wolf population, particularly since that population amounts to only 68 wolves in total and they are classified as ‘critically endangered.’ So I implore people to watch this video about the US’s decision to repopulate Yellowstone Park with wolves and the impact that had on…
1. A class you wish you would have taken. French. Everything sounds better in French. I do know some of the important food words. 😉
2. What’s your favorite comic figure and why. I didn’t really have one. I read comic books now and then but I was more into fairy tales and biographies.
3. Name something you wish you would like. Video games. I don’t have time for games.
4. Tell me about your first crush/first date/first kiss. I was extremely shy. I was 13 and had a mad crush on a boy a year older. He had no idea I existed even though we sat next to each other in class. First date and first kiss were disasters and better left in the past 😉
5. Who was your best friend when you were 10? A girl called Kim who lived a few houses away.
6. What sign are you? Do you believe in astrology? Pisces is my sun sign. The Sea Horse is my lunar sign. The attributes of both these signs describe me exactly. Yes, I do believe in astrology.
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!
Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Non-hugger. Especially awkward if it is someone I’ve never met before.After I get to know someone it’s OK (sometimes).
What is your least favorite Candy? Almost all non-chocolate. I’m a chocoholic! 😉
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”? Traveling! I love to experience new places; the sights, the sounds, and of course, the food.
List of Favorite Smells: What smells do you love? Whether it’s vanilla scented candles or the smell of coffee in the morning or the smell of a fresh spring rain…make a list of all the things you love for a little aromatherapy. I’m allergic to all synthetic fragrances and even some natural ones so this can be tricky.
Ocean Roses in a garden Pine trees Vanilla extract Fresh lemon
Something sweet baking in the oven or a bakery
Freshly brewed coffee
The best smells of three worlds: freshly baked chocolate chip scone with coffee 🙂
Garrulous gargoyles gather to gossip on top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. On every full moon, the gargoyles get together to do a little social networking. And once in a blue moon, they may let you in on a few secrets! 😉
Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewellery? Yes, I have several rocks I have picked up in my travels and some crystalsand stones that have healing properties. ‘No’ to pet rock.
What is your greatest strength or weakness? Greatest strength: I have survived some horrific experiences.
Greatest weakness: Procrastination. Why do something today that I can put off until tomorrow? 😉
What makes you feel grounded? Being the Queen of my own castle.
Would you rather never be able to eat warm food or never be able to eat cold food? This is a tough one. I love ice cream (wondering if I could exist eating it three times a day??)….For health reasons I guess I will have to give it up and stick to warm food.