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
- 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