Were you born under a tree whose blossoms were highly erotic to men? The tree whose wood was used to whip evil spirits from the body? Or, were you born under the tree that was used to find water or buried treasure?
The Celtics believed trees had sacred properties and the Celtic Tree Calendar is a calendar with thirteen lunar divisions. The Druids believed the trees had special powers and specific roles in their customs based on the tree’s perceived attributes.
Enjoy being Irish (even though St. Patrick wasn’t Irish or a Pisces!) for a day, drink green beer and check out which tree you were born under and which trees are compatible together!
From Irish Central:
Birch: December 24 – January 20. The bark of the Birch tree was used in making love spells. Compatible with Willow, Vine and Ivy.
Rowan: January 21 – February 17. Rowan was used to heal the wounded and was said to add a year to a man’s life. Rowan trees like Ivy and Hawthorn.
Ash: February 18 – March 17. Fresh ash leaves were put under heads or pillows during sleept to stimulate psychic dreams. It’s curious that Ash Wednesday tends to fall during this period. Compatible with Oak and Willow.
Alder: March 18 – April 14. The superstition of “whistling up the wind” began with the Druid custom of binding several Alder shoots together with a cord and trimming them to varying lengths to produce the musical note they wanted and entice Air elementals. Alder is compatible with Hazel and Elder.
Willow: April 15 – May 12. Willow was used to construct wands. Willow gets along well with Hazel, Vine, Birch, Oak and Ash.
Hawthorn: May 13 – June 9. Hawthorn was used to make protection, love and marriage spells. Compatible with Rowan and Ivy.
Oak: June 10 – July 7. Oak wood was used exclusively to stoke the midsummer fires. Willow, Ash, Hazel and Reed are all compatible with Oak.
Holly July 8 – August 4. Holly was used to make chariot wheel shafts and spear shafts. Holly is compatible with Ash and Elder.
Hazel: August 5 – September 1: Hazel twigs were used for divining because of their pliancy and affinity with water. Hazel blends well with Oak, Vine, Reed, Willow and Alder.
Vine: September 2 – September 29. Vines were used to make sacred blackberry wine. Vines get along with Willow and Birch.
Ivy: September 30 – October 27. Ivy was consumed by the Druids to stimulate dreaming which was highly valued. Hawthorn and Rowan are compatible with Ivy.
Reed: October 28 – November 24: Reed was holy to the Druids and used for making sacred darts and arrows. Oak and Ash get along with Reed.
Elder: November 25 – December 22 (December 23rd is not designated). Elder flowers and bark were used for medicine. Elder is compatible with Holly and Alder.
Oregon Master Naturalist program is coming to the Basin
From the Herald and News:
The Oregon Master Naturalist program is expanding its range into the Klamath Basin this summer. This is the first year the Oregon Master Naturalist East Cascades Ecoregion Course is being offered in Klamath Falls.
The program provides an opportunity for community members to become certified “masters” of local natural resource topics, including the natural history of plants, animals, habitats, geology and landscape change.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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