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Alder Moon

It is a much debated, debunked and reproven  calendar system that may or may not have preceded the Julian variety in Celtic lands. The year is broken down into 13 months/moons each named after an indigenous tree, the first being Birch, symbolising new beginnings.
The forth moon is Alder (Fearn), symbolising balance and rebirth.
Of course depending on which calendar you follow this month will be Alder or March, and this new moon will be the third new moon (of 2020), the firth new moon (of the Ogham calendar) or the fifth moon (if following the year from the old pagan ways which Samahin/Samhuinn being the new year marker.)

Ash Moon ~ 18th March – 14th April

In Celtic mythology, the Alder (Fearn)  is all about balance; the balance of duality, masculine and feminine energy and principles. It is ruled by and grows near water (feminine) yet has strong links to war, particularly in Welsh Mythology concerning the Battle of the Trees (masculine). It bridges the worlds above and below. The rebirth and return of Spring is symbolised by Alder as well and both healing and protection, resurrection and transformation.

The correspondances associated with Alder are:

  • The deities Freya and Branwen as well as the Fae
  • The number 4
  • The colours pale green and true red
  • Rubies
  • The letters F and V
  • The planets Mars and Venus
  • Energy represented is Challenging
  • Animals : Hawk
  • Balanced in both the Feminine & Masculine
  • The Elements Water and Fire

What to do in the month (moonth) of Alder :

  • Gather the bark and leaves this month to make healing decoctions.
  • Work on banishing spells.
  • Spend time in the garden, tending to any plants (edible or decorative) for growing this season.
  • Perfect time to work personal magic focussing on divination, intuition and making deeply spiritual decisions and choices.
  • Make a whistle from the shoots of an Adler to cal upon the Air Spirits, or if you are so inclined, make a flute!
  • Make charms for Feary magic with Alder flowers and twigs
  • Create a stave or Ogham stick from an Alder twig
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Ash

The third moon of the Ogham Celtic Calendar is Ash (Nuin), symbolising influence and light of the World Tree, which is where we now find ourselves.
Of course depending on which calendar you follow this month will be Ash or February, and this new moon will be the second new moon (of 2020), the third new moon (of the Ogham calendar) or the forth moon (if following the year from the old pagan ways which Samahin/Samhuinn being the new year marker.)

Ash Moon ~ 18th February – 17th March

In Celtic mythology, the Ash is also known as the tree of enchantment and transformation. It is also associated with healing, prophesy, divination and intuition.

The correspondances associated with Ash are:

The deities Minerva, Oestre, Frigg, Nemesis

The number 3

The colours pale blue and white

Turquoise and Lepidolite

The letter N

Healing energy

Animals : Unicorn

Balanced in both the Feminine & Masculine

The Elements of Fire and Water

What to do in the month (moonth) of Ash :

Make broom/besom – the handle is made from Ash wood

Use the tender tops of Ash leaves to make a detox tea to cleanse the liver and spleen and strengthen the immune system.

Deepen your Spring cleaning – get really thorough!

Consider your personal transformation of self or space, physically or spiritually

Spend time outside

Make a healing wand from an Ash branch/twig

Perfect time to work personal magic focussing on your inner self.

Place an Ash leaf under your pillow to induce prophetic dreams

Make a talisman or charm to keep about your person from a twig from an Ash tree to repel toxic people

Create a stave or Ogham stick from an Ash twig

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Rowan

Are you familiar with the Ogham Celtic Calendar? (Pronounced Oh-am) It is a much debated, debunked and reproven calendar system that may or may not have preceded the Julian variety in Celtic lands. The year is broken down into 13 months/moons each named after an indigenous tree, the first being Birch, symbolising new beginnings. The second moon is Rowan, symbolising the strengthening of your resolve and nurturing those dreams, which is where we now find ourselves.


Rowan Moon ~ 21st January – 17th February.

In Celtic mythology, the Rowan is also known as Mountain Ash or Witchwood and is the tree of wisdom and protection. It is also associated with personal power, dreams, vision, mystery, magic, tenacity, healing, astral travel, perseverance and transformation.The correspondances associated with Rowan are:

  • The Triple Goddess Brigid
  • The number 2
  • The colour white
  • Protection against unwanted spirits
  • Personal growth; tapping into your intuition to create your desired dreams
  • The pentacle – the bottom of each red berry takes the form of the pentacle
  • Peridot and smokey quartz
  • The letter L
  • Quickening energy
  • Flower : Snowdrop
  • Animals : Duck, Unicorn, Bear
  • Feminine
  • Dragons and Elves
  • The Elements of Earth and Fire
  • Unlucky to chop down a Rowan

What to do in the month (moonth) of Rowan :

  • Celebrate the cross quarter fire festival of Imbolc
  • Begin your Spring cleaning
  • Dedicate/ rededicate yourself or be initiated in to your chosen path, under a Rowan tree
  • Make a wish when you spot a snowdrop
  • Make your own butter and bake scones with the butter milk (and of course spread he butter on the warm scones with jam – rowan berry jam is delish!)
  • Enjoy the Rowan berry wine made from the berries in the previous Autumn
  • Make a talisman or charm to keep about your person from a twig from a Rowan Tree
  • Create a stave or Ogham stick from a Rowan twig
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New Moon in Aquarius

Wild Sister Rising (2)

Tonight the moon disappears from view completely in the sky. The Dark Moon phase. The Crone. The Dark Moon is the period where the moon is 100% invisible, moving into the New Moon phase only with that first tiny slither of crescent gently glowing through the inky depths of space. For the majority of people and all the printed or online calendars, the dark and new are one and the same phase. So, tonight, (21.04 GMT) the moon descends to her lowest ebb, hidden and hibernating in the winter of her cycle, greeting the death of the last cycle and awaiting the rebirth of the next.

Last Full Moon saw a Lunar Eclipse and this New Moon sees a Solar Eclipse which  concentrates the energy surrounding this new cycle. This is the perfect opportunity for letting go and making both changes and space, for new growth; a bit like pruning a tree.

The moon is moving through the sign of Aquarius currently, which is an air sign. This is a social sign and one of humanity. It is also the most detached of the zodiac. What does this mean? Well, use this energy to gather your friends and loved ones, get conversations rolling around topics such as politics and philosophy as this is ideal timing for sharing ideas and points of view rather than being right versus wrong. The times we are living in, since 2012, is the age of Aquarius – moving towards equality and harmony, having left behind blood-thirsty, war-loving masculine Mars, and the war on women. Use this Aquarian phase to walk your talk and be true to you; who you are and what you stand for. Be detached enough to let go of what is not serving you, make your changes and shake things up to the better.

This moon cycle is in the month of Ash, Nuin, and known as the Moon of Waters.  The waters refer to our feelings and specifically those around love.  Love of self, love for our partners, family and friends. That Valentine’s Day was yesterday, is a lovely segue into this period. Enjoy playful romance with your partner (this is definitely more a playful time rather than overly intimate one).

So go for it, feel the feels, enjoy the company of our loved ones, be open to discussions, make changes, release and let go and make your intentions to create the life you want.  The plans you make now, in the first new cycle since the season shifted towards Spring (Imbolc) will be realised in the months to come as they grow, fruit and come to harvest.

The best time to make New Moon plans and intentions is within the first 8 hours of the darkest point (from 21.04 GMT this evening) as the energy is strongest, decreasing as it gets further away towards the waxing crescent moon.

My own New Moon ritual involves meditation, setting intentions, tarot spreads and a mini vision board – what does yours look like?

Lx