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Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:01 am

STAG

Date of Birth: December 24 – January 20
Celtic Birth Animal: STAG
Gaelic Name: DAMH (approximate pronunciation: DAV)
Ruling Planet: The Sun
Birthstone: Crystal
Key Words: Independence, Majesty, Integrity, Pride
Description: Stag people direct their energy and enterprise through ambitious strategy; they are also reliable and trustworthy; very successful financially
Gift, Quality or Ability: Sensitivity to the Otherworld, Shape Shifting, Initiation, Journeying

In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with December 24 - January 20 is the Stag whose Gaelic name is Damh (pronounced as Dav). (Riuros is the Celtic name for this season and means cold time.)

Stag people are very proud and independent; they have an air of splendour about them and take great pride in their honesty and appearance. Stags are very sensitive to the spiritual world, they have an inbred sixth sense and are able to camouflage their appearance when needed, and they are masters of disguise. Stags like to initiate new beginnings and like to go on adventures, travelling as far as they can to see the beauty of this land.

Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of Adder and Salmon. Will also relate well to the signs of Seal, Otter & Goose.

The Ruling God/Goddess is The Celtic Warrior God Lugh, creator of all arts and crafts.

The Ogham Word is Beithe.

In its form of the White Doe or White Stag, the deer was often a messenger and guide from the Otherworlds. Following such an animal led the unsuspecting human into contact with supernatural beings. The antlered headdress of Cernunnos may have been copied by Celtic shamans as apparel in their rituals. The deer represents keen scent, grace swiftness, and gentleness. There are ways of reaching your goals other than force.

In Celtic mythology, the deer is a magical creature, able to move between the worlds. As in Eire many tales have humans transformed into deer. For example, St. Patrick was said to have transformed himself and his companions into deer in order to escape a trap laid by a pagan king. In the Welsh tale of Culhwch and Olwen, the stag is one of the oldest animals in the world, along with the blackbird, the owl, the eagle and the salmon.

The antlers of the stag are compared to tree-branches and thus may represent fertility. Since they are shed and re-grown every year, they may also symbolise rejuvenation and rebirth. Cernunnos, the Celtic Horned God, was depicted with the antlers of a stag; he is said to be a god of fertility and plenty, and to be the Lord of the Beasts. According to some, his antlers symbolise a radiation of heavenly light. Images of stags were supposedly used to symbolise Cernunnos in non-human form.

In the Celtic tradition, there are two aspects of deer - female and male. The Hind (the red female deer), called Eilid in the Gaelic language, symbolises femininity, subtlety and gracefulness. The Hind is believed to call to us from the Faery realm, tempting us to release the material trappings of so-called 'civilization', to go deep into the forest of magic, to explore our own magical and spiritual nature. The topic gentleness is part of this tradition. Many stories tell of Hinds changing into women, often goddesses, to protect does from being hunted. The lesson to be gleaned here is that when we explore magic and spirituality, it must be with good intention, to harm no living being, but to enter the realm of the wild things in the spirit of love and communion. The Deer is associated with gentleness, caring love, sensitivity, graceful beauty, innocence and keen observation. Because of their well developed senses, it is said deer can see through illusions and guide through chaotic situations. People with deer medicine can also learn to detect subtle movements, hear things unspoken and to use their intuition to avoid dangers.

The Stag, Damh in the Gaelic tongue, is also linked to the sacredness of the magical forest. The Damh represents independence, purification, and pride. It is known as the King of the Forest, the protector of its creatures. For time immemorial people have sought to identify with the stag by ceremonially wearing antlered headdresses and imitating the deer's leaping grace. The Stag stands for solitary nobility, honour and a strong commitment to the protection of their herd. The Stag is a symbol of protection and sexuality. They are extremely devoted to the care, and creation, of children. Stags focus on the balance of law and are rigid in their thinking on the issues of justice.


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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:20 pm

CRANE

Date of Birth: January 21 – February 17
Celtic Birth Animal: CRANE
Gaelic Name: CORR (approximate pronunciation: Corr)
Key Words: Secret Knowledge, Eccentric, Patient
Description: Crane people are unusually clever folk with specialised skills and talents, and with a progressive outlook on life; sense of the evolving spirit; leadership
Gift, Quality or Ability: Sensitivity to the Otherworld, Shape Shifting, Journeying, Magic

In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with January 21 - February 17 is the Crane whose Gaelic name is Corr (Anagantios is the Celtic name for this season and translates as stay at home time.)

Crane People are very secretive; they have a thirst for knowledge and are affluent in many eccentric subjects. Cranes often appear to be gregarious but are actually quite shy on the inside. They are patient people with a sense of evolving spirituality. Cranes are unusually talented and intellectual people with many specialist skills they can be extremely tolerant and have a healthy outlook on life. Cranes love to travel into the realms of the unknown and like the thought of magic and spirituality as their spirit is forever evolving. The Dragon is also associated with this month and symbolises inspiration and imagination.

Compatible with the signs of Bee and Swan. Will also relate well to the signs of Bear, Owl and Cat.

The Cranes birthstone is Peridot, born from volcanic action and in Greek means “giving plenty”. The peridot symbolises expression and persuasiveness and in ancient times was used to ward off evil.

The ruling planet is Uranus named after an ancient Greek God.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Brigid, the Goddess of fertility and poetry.

Ogham Word is Luis

The crane is associated with the Cailleach and Manannan mac Lir, who made his crane bag from its skin. The crane, with its colours of black, white, and red, was a Moon bird, sacred to the Triple Goddess.

The crane was sacred to early Celts, who left behind many votive images of the bird. To see three cranes was commonly held as an omen of death. The crane was also an emblem of envy, and Irish legend has many stories of women transformed into cranes by rivals. The crane also features in Christian legends, where transformation into a crane is a common punishment for disrespecting a saint or as penance for a variety of sins.

The crane has a remarkable position in Celtic lore. The crane is believed to be the messenger of the Gods and to have a high degree of wisdom. The crane represents higher states of consciousness. In addition, both the male and female crane incubates their eggs and protects their young. For this reason, they are also symbolic of parenthood. Cranes avoid direct confrontation whenever possible, and exhibit a complex array of threatening behaviours when necessary to prevent battles. Thus, they are symbolic of peace-keeping.

The Crane symbolises creation through focus, justice, patience and longevity. "Crane Knowledge" was knowledge of the Ogham and arcane science to the Druids. The crane is the bird of the Moon, feminine energies, magic, shamanic travel, learning and keeping secrets and reaching deep mysteries. The crane also represents the logical mind as well as patience while healing occurs.
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Skywalker (Deceased) » Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:06 am

Wow, I'm a Crane and much of this seems to strike home (except maybe the "wisdom" part : )

But what really surprised me was the association with the Dragon. My Buddhist name, tho I never use it, is Shunryu, Spring Dragon. Go figure.

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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:03 pm

SEAL

Date of Birth: February 18 – March 17
Celtic Birth Animal: SEAL
Gaelic Name: RON (approximate pronunciation: RON)
Key Words: Spiritual, Loving, Super-sensitive, Empathic
Description: Seal people tend to have great compassion and are highly adaptable folk; they are also the romantics and dreamers of life; artistic; emotional
Gift, Quality or Ability: Sensitivity to the Otherworld, Shapechanging, Connection to Faerie

In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with February 18 – March 17 is the Seal whose Gaelic name is Ron. (Ogronios is the Celtic name for this season and means ice time.)

Seal people are incredibly sensitive, artistic, loving and Spiritual; they have a gift that provides them with great kindness and are generally flexible individuals. Their heads are always in the clouds as they are dreamers, romanticists and can be very affectionate. Seal people make excellent spiritualists as they are very connected to the higher realms and will have practiced the art of shape shifting.

Compatible with the signs of Otter and Goose. Will also relate well to the signs of Salmon, Stag and Adder.

The birthstone for this period is Coral, worn by many as a protective charm that will ward off evil, soothe you fears and encourage positivity.

Its ruling planet is Neptune named after the Roman God of the sea.

The Ruling God is Gwydion, a magician, storyteller and trickster.

Ogham Word is Nion

To the Celtic people, the sea that surrounded their lands was a place of wonder and mystery. The seal is regarded as a magical animal for its ability to vanish effortlessly beneath the water with barely a ripple. In general, they effortlessly combine playfulness with hard work. The seal allows us to connect with our inner child.

Seals are believed to possess the ability to stare into the Otherworld as well as your soul. Much myth and legend surround these playful characters. One story tells that they originated from the drowned offspring of Eithne.

In Scottish folklore the Selkies, or seal-fairys, are seals that turn into young maidens when they emerge from the sea. Selkies were often mistaken to be seals, as they are shape-shifters. The females can choose to take on a human form by leaving and hiding their seal skin. If a human finds their skin, they would ‘own’ them and could claim them as their wife. But should the Selkie ever find her skin again, she would leave her new family behind to return to the sea forever, without ever looking back.

Seal's qualities include protection during change, dreaming and lucid dreaming, imagination, creativity, protection from danger, movement through emotions, the inner voice

Seals spend much of their lives in the sea, but they give birth on land. This shows us that there are 2 necessary things that help fulfil our dreams and visions. These are formed deep within us, and are nurtured through the power of our ability to envision them using all our senses. They are most easily made ‘real’ by us when we implement practical and material acts. a lot of the time when us humans are ‘creating’ something, the feeling side of things is absent.

Seals are (obviously) sea mammals, and are highly symbolic of our feeling, sensual selves. The seal helps us to remember our connection to our deep inner rhythms, feelings, and knowing, as represented by the sea. As humans generally believe themselves to be apart from ‘animals’, when really we are a-part of them, we often fight giving in to these deep rhythms and are afraid of ‘losing’ what we consider to be ourselves. When we are afraid of drowning in these depths, Seal being a good swimmer and knowing how to flow with the ever changing current, reminds us how to swim with the current. When we do this the negative feelings we have created such as worry, fear and anxiety are released from our minds.

Water is a creative element and symbolises the feminine imagination and intuition. If the seal appears in your life, pay close attention to your imagination and insight - in the waking state and in dreamtime. A lot of what you imagine generally has a strong basis in reality, no matter how far-off it may seem. People with seal as a power animal are generally highly imaginative and very creative. They will need activities that channel and direct this. The Seal/Sea Lion can show you how to develop and focus your imagination.

Rather than having external ears, seals have small openings. This shows their deep affinity with their inner voice, and can show you how to listen to your inner self, balance your life to it. Your dreams will become more vivid and significant.

Seals swim both below and above water, giving them the ability to experience both the inner and outer worlds.

The seal which is so sleek and gorgeous in the water, teaches us how to feel at home in our bodies, and to uncover our inner beauty. The Seal is a symbol of pure beauty, always shrouded in mystery.
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Skywalker (Deceased) » Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:09 am

From Joan Baez (http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Silkie-lyrics-Joan-Baez/5746EF39F4ACBDBD48256C9C0020794B):

"An earthly nurse sits and sings,
And aye she sings a lily wean -
'Little ken I my bairn's father,
Far less the land that he dwells in.'

For he's come one night to her bed's foot
And a grumly guest I'm sure he'd be,
Saying, 'Here am I, thy bairn's father,
Although I be not comely.

'I am a man upon the land,
I am a silkie in the sea,
And when I'm far and far from land,
My home it is the sule skerrie.'

And he has ta'en a purse of gold,
And he had placed it upon her knee,
Saying, 'Give to me my little young son
And take thee up thy nurse's fee.

'And I will come one summer's day
When the sun shine's bright on every stane,
I'll come and fetch my little young son,
And teach him how to swim the faem.

'And ye shall marry a gunner bold,
And a right fine gunner I'm sure he'll be,
And the very first shot that ever he shoots
Will kill both my young son and me.'"

I seem to remember some interpret this as a lament for the passing of magic from the land and, with it, a place for beings like the selkies.

Blessed Be

Jim

Better yet, go direct to the source: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zZy2Q3QY0Q)
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: kelticwytch » Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:52 am

I remember a time when I was in my teens, we were holiday-ing (? spelling) down on the Lizard and my parents decided to take us to the seal sanctuary at Gweek. My parents were ahead of us and my mum came back looking very disturbed and said there was a really weird, scary looking seal in the next pool. She said it looked too human-like and looked "evil". Well that made my little brother run off for a closer look. I let them all go on ahead while I read an info board and then went to take a look at this "evil" human looking seal.

When I got there indeed the seal did have a very human look about him, the way he was sat in the pool. but as he turned towards me all I saw in his face was a deep longing and a look so sad it was disturbing, but not in the way my mum had said. he had no evil about him. All he wanted was to return to the sea. He looked me in the eye and I felt such sorrow, his eyes were deep and haunting. Then I felt guilt as I knew I could do nothing for him. He looked depressed.

I remember saying to him that I did not know how to help him and that I was sorry he was in there.

I don't know if he ever got to go home or if he spent the rest of his days in that little pool, but I prayed for many days that some how he would find his way home. I still to this day think of him sometimes.

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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Skywalker (Deceased) » Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:24 am

The Sanctuary says it tries to release the animals that can make it back to the wild (http://www.sealsanctuary.co.uk/visitorsg.html). Kelticwytch, I hope that your seal found his home again.

Brightest Blessings,

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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:45 am

Bear

Date of Birth: March 18 – April 14
Celtic Birth Animal: BEAR
Gaelic Name: ART (approximate pronunciation: A as in cAt, R as in English, T as in English CHin – “AiRCH”)
Key Words: Achieving, Instinct, Primal Power
Description: Bear people are very connected to their ancestral roots, filled with courage and a sense of adventure; extremely physical; extroverts
Gift, Quality or Ability: Protection, Journeying, Sensitivity to the Otherworld – especially to one’s Ancestors

In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with March 18 – April 14 is the Bear whose Gaelic name is Art (pronounced as AiRCH). (Cutios is the Celtic name for this season and means windy time.)

Bear people are primitively powerful, courageous, playful and extrovert with an inherited sixth sense, they are sensitive to the mystical side of life and very connected to their native roots. They are extremely protective of their loved ones, have a great sense of adventure and like to roam the land.

Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of Cat and Owl. Will also relate well to the signs of Crane, Bee and Swan.

The birthstone is Ruby which symbolises freedom from worry, brilliance and innocence.

The ruling planet is Mars, the red planet, named after the Roman god of war.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Bran the Blessed God of the spirit world.

Ogham Word is Fern

Although the bear was native to the Isles, it is now extinct there. Evidence of its being a totem animal is found in many Celtic designs; although it is not mentioned in the legends. The word "arth", which means "bear", is the root word for the name Arthur. The bear was noted for its strength and stamina. It can help you find balance and harmony in your life, and the strength to do what is necessary.

We still talk about a child needing to be "licked into shape." This curious phrase derives from a belief that a bear cub was born a formless mass of flesh which the mother then licked into shape. An equally fantastic notion was held with regard to a bear's paws. It was believed that they secreted a substance which, when licked, could nourish the bear through the long winter months. Even today in China, live bears have their paws severed for their supposed medicinal value.

The bear was considered a protective spirit in the Otherworld realms of dreams and death - the mythology that surrounds it being inextricably linked with its winter retreat into caves (or the Underworld) to hibernate. In spring, the female emerges from her winter hibernation in the womb of mother earth with bear cubs in tow. This led to the bear being associated with regeneration, rebirth and adopted as a solar symbol. Bears are known to protect their cubs with unrivalled ferocity, using all their strength and courage to protect their vulnerable offspring. The bear represents a symbol of the dreamtime, when we surrender to sleep and allow ourselves to be receptive and nurtured by the Great Mother. As the bear is a fierce and powerful fighter, its name was also adopted by kings and warriors.

Celtic tradition holds that the Primal Mother is the Bear goddess Artio, a fierce protector. Bear is also associated with the Goddess Artemis. Bear has been a figure in the forefront of many Native cultures. Beliefs state that the power of the Great Spirit lives through the bear, therefore making them highly sought after guides due to their fearless medicine. This belief led to a constellation to be named after it, Ursus Major, the Great Bear. Some traditions see Bear as the spirit keeper of the West, where harvests are abundant and maturity resides. Those who walk or live in areas where bears reside know -or may quickly learn- that the most dangerous animal in the woods is a bear mother protecting her cubs.

If you are a bear, you will most probably be quieter during the winter months, which is similar to the bear hibernating during the winter. But in the spring you must awaken to seek whatever opportunities arise. Be fearless in standing up for what you believe in. You are also encouraged to use your abilities as a natural healer. Bear is linked to trees, considered to be natural antennas, joining the heavens and the Earth. Bear also has ties to the seven colour rays of the Universal Light, as well as Lunar associations, linking the conscious and subconscious mind.

Hibernating during the cold winter months, means bears know instinctively when the time is right and where to go. They also know when to wake back up. From this we can see it is good to know and realise that we sometimes need to be alone, to ponder and reflect, to examine our thoughts and emotions, where we are headed on our life journey. We need to trust and follow our instincts. Bear is active day and night, not like other animals, symbolising his connection with solar energy, strength and power, lunar energy and intuition. This enhances and teaches us how to develop these qualities within ourselves.

Bear medicine teaches us introspection, aiding us to digest our experiences and to discover that we have within ourselves the answers to all our questions. We all have bags of wisdom, if only we slow down and listen to what our intuition, our inner knowing voice is telling us. It is useful to be with yourself at times, so you can be yourself and are able to uncover your own answers to whatever challenge you are facing. On the other hand, just like Bear you need to know when to come out of 'hibernation' and to interact with others.

The female bear gives birth to the cubs while asleep. Due to this Bear is regarded as a symbol of the deepest inner wisdom, of the dreamtime and transformation. When giving ourselves over to sleep we become receptive to the Great Mother who nurtures us. As we delve deep into our identities and lose our egos, going back to our primal and elemental natures, we find we are part of Infinity and of All That Is/The Universe/One.

Winter symbolises darkness, death, and the inner world. Winter is a time of year which many humans fear. Much as they fear death. Yet an intrinsic part of the beauty of Bear, is its connection to the pattern of the stars during this season. The Druids associated the Pole Star of the constellation of the Great Bear, to King Arthur (whose name means Bear). During the Winter Solstice, the darkest night, the Pole Star guides us. Thus, when our world appears negative, dark and confused, when our physical senses and reason and logic seem to fail us, when it feels there is no path to follow, we go with-in to discover our deepest resources, and the light of inner knowing and intuition aids us in finding our way home.

You can find the way to come into your power by marrying your strength with your intuition. Integrating your primal power with your intuition means uniting your star-power with your animal-power - and both are symbolised by Art, the Bear.
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:56 am

ADDER

Date of Birth: April 15 – May 12
Celtic Birth Animal: ADDER
Gaelic Name: NATHAIR (approximate pronunciation: ‘n’, ‘a’ as in cAt, ‘T’ as in CHin, ‘h’ silent, ‘air’; “na-CHair”)
Key Words: Transformation, Healing, Life Energy
Description: Adder people have a virtue of resourcefulness that is one of their greatest strengths; strong interest in family; excellent memory; drawn to natural methods of healing
Gift, Quality or Ability: Healing, Magic, Shape Shifting, Initiation

In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with April 15 – May 12 is the Adder whose Gaelic name is Nathair (pronounced as: na-CHair.) (Giamonios is the Celtic name for this season and means shoots-show.)

As an Adder you have an excellent memory, are very family orientated and can alter your image and appearance very quickly. You are exceptionally resourceful which is one of your greatest assets. You are magical and mystical and are drawn to natural methods of healing and will a make a first-class spiritual healer as you are truly influenced by the magical properties of the moon.

Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of Stag and Salmon. Will also relate well to the signs of Seal, Otter and Goose.

The birthstone is the Moonstone and is considered a sacred and magical gemstone, a dream stone.

The ruling planet is the moon.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Ceridwen, The Celtic Moon Goddess.

Ogham Word is Sail

The snake has long been associated with wisdom, reincarnation, and cunning. The poisonous adder of the British Isles has the same reputation. The Druids were known in Wales as Nadredd; in the Fold of the Bards, Taliesin says "I am a wiseman, I am a serpent". The Druids carried an amulet called gloine nathair (serpent glass); although they said that this was formed by snakes, it was probably really an adder stone or blown glass. In the Scottish Highlands, the adder symbolised the Cailleach's power. The snake was also thought to embody masculine power. Celtic warriors wore a torque with a two-headed snake symbol to embody this power. Because snakes shed their skin, they are symbolically creating themselves anew. Their venom, which can kill in sufficient quantity, has also been used in healing and inducing trance like states. The Celts believed that when you see a snake while on a shamanic journey, prepare to shed something in favour of something greater and better. Daughter of Welsh King Brychan, Keyne brought the new Christianity to a land plagued with venomous snakes which her prayer turned to stone. The serpent is an important magical symbol in Celtic mythology, its image found in carvings and sacred jewellery. Those born near St. Keyne's Day, October 8th, are empowered with good fortune and wisdom.

The Celtic animal sign of the snake has a cool exterior but are infinitely lively. They are curious and are always full of questions about how the world works, and how the people around them work. Snakes are natural communicators, and they can be hugely persuasive. If they are passionate about a cause they can round up the whole neighbourhood with their zeal and enthusiasm for their purpose. Snakes can be spontaneous and unpredictable too. And although they’re pretty flexible, they like things to go their way and will prove to be uncooperative if pushed in a corner.

The Adder also represents healing, which may seem odd because it is a poisonous snake, but it warns us to use our powers wisely because of this. Rage into outrage. Poison into medicine. The Adder is also a symbol of sexuality, because of its phallic shape and because of its ability to bear many young at once. Ancient Druid altars in phallic shapes have been found in Cumbria and Gloucestershire depicting adders. In Wales there was a tradition that every farmhouse had two snakes, male and female, to ensure the productive well-being of the household. The image of the Caduceus of Mercury (the symbol used to represent the healing profession) is two snakes wound about each other.
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Re: Celtic Animal Zodiac

PostAuthor: Tylluan » Thu May 31, 2012 3:00 pm

Bee

• Date of Birth: May 13 – June 9
• Celtic Birth Animal: BEE
• Gaelic Name: BEACH (approximate pronunciation: ‘B’, ‘E’ as in gEt, A as in cAt, CH as in German iCH – “BehACH”)
• Key Words: Family, Helpfulness, Healing, Intuitive
• Description: Bee people are very charismatic and full of new ideas; lively spontaneity and the ability to communicate on every level; influential and very social
• Gift, Quality or Ability: Fertility and Creativity, Industrious, Modest, Analytical and Cooperative, “Oracle” Abilities

In Celtic Astrology the animal associated with May 13 – June 9 is the Bee whose Gaelic name is Beách (pronounced as beh-ach.) (Simivisonios is the Celtic name for this season and means bright time.)

As a Bee you are a very busy, social person who likes to take the lead and get involved with organising events. You can be quite methodical in your way of thinking and you often come up with new inventive ideas. You are a divine, fruitful, charismatic, creative being and can communicate on any level.

Compatibility: Amicable relationships with the signs of Crane and Swan. Will also relate well to the signs of Bear, Cat and Owl.

The birthstone is Topaz and is considered to be the gem of the setting sun; it is also linked to the Egyptian sun god “Ra” and the Roman god of the sun “Jupiter”.

The ruling planet is Vulcan, (the heavenly ghost) whose orbit is so close to the Sun that it can only be seen in the twilight of sunrise or sunset, and throughout an eclipse of the sun.

The Ruling God/Goddess is Olwen, The summer flower maiden.

Ogham Word is Uath

The ancient Druids saw the bee as symbolising the sun, the Goddess, celebration, and community. At festivals, mead was usually drunk - the main ingredient of which is fermented honey.

In later Christian times, monks lived in beehive-shaped huts, which represented the aim of a harmonious community - whether it included oneself and Spirit or others as well.

The bee is usually mentioned in connection with honey and mead, which was made from honey. The bee is industrious and single-minded when performing a task and works for the greater good of the community, carrying out its duties with selfless dedication. The bee is fearless when defending its home and possess a sting the proportion of which far exceeds its size.

Despite the fact that there are virtually no surviving stories in which bees feature strongly, they have been retained in Celtic folk-memory as carriers of wisdom. In both Wales and Ireland they are believed to fall from heaven and thus retain the wisdom of the upperworlds. The Irish Brehon Laws make it a capital offence to steal bees and set out detailed provision for their protection. It is also said that the Bee makes a sound like the buzzing of an ill-tuned harp – a detail which shows the respect with which the Bee was held by a people for whom the harp was an instrument of magic as much as music. The keeping of bees for honey – the only natural sweetness of the ancient world – was so important that books of bee love once existed.

We are being reminded by the bee to slow down, to smell the flowers and taste the sweet nectar of life. The bumblebee is a messenger bringing the secrets of life and service. If your energy is scattered, the bumblebee can show you how to become focused once more.

If you are stung, the message here is - WAKE UP and follow the rhythm of your own heartbeat. Listen to your true self, your higher self. Heed your inner voice and wisdom.
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