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Celtic Tree Month (Birch) ~

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Tuesday December 24, 2019 All Day
Annually on December 24

posted by Azhdaya Ravenwolf

~ Birch Moon ~

Celtic Tree Months

The Birch is associated with magic done for creativity and fertility

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The Birch Moon is a time of rebirth and regeneration. As the Solstice passes, it is time to look towards the light once more. When a forested area burns, Birch is the first tree to grow back. The Celtic name for this month is Beth, pronounced beh. Workings done in this month add momentum and a bit of extra "oomph" to new endeavors. The Birch is also associated with magic done for creativity and fertility, as well as healing and protection. Tie a red ribbon around the trunk of a Birch tree to ward off negative energy. Hang Birch twigs over a cradle to protect a newborn from psychic harm. Use Birch bark as magical parchment to keep writings safe.

 

What is the Celtic Tree Calendar?

The Celts honored a variety of trees that grew in their lands . . .

The Celtic Tree Calendar is a calendar with thirteen lunar divisions . . . Most contemporary Pagans use fixed dates for each "month", rather than following the waxing and waning lunar cycle. If this was done, eventually the calendar would fall out of sync with the Gregorian year, because some calendar years have 12 full moons and others have 13.

The modern tree calendar is based on a concept that letters in the ancient Celtic Ogham alphabet corresponded to a tree . . . Although you don't have to follow a Celtic path to celebrate the Celtic tree calendar months, you'll find that each of the themes in the Celtic tree months ties strongly to Celtic culture and mythology.

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