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ancient Celts believed that we all derive from
trees and that our date of birth is
interconnected with qualities found in nature.
They thought that the season we were born in is
privotal to the formation of our individual
traits and tendencies. And that's why they
linked each of the thirteen
lunar months, representing the cycles of the
moon to one of the sacred Celtic trees.
Even today, trees
are regarded to be powerful symbols of growth
and strength. They are planted to commemorate
significant events - Royal visits, opening of
new public buildings, anniversaries of important
historical events, births, and as memorials.
The planting of a tree during a wedding, naming
ceremony, or memorial ceremony is a powerful
ritual. Easy and simple if you are holding the
ceremony in your own home. If holding it
elsewhere the planting can be symbolic, in a
pot, with the tree to be transplanted into its
permanent location later.
Wedding Ceremony Unity Tree
One way to include a tree planting in your wedding
ceremony is as a unity ceremony, that is, an
expression of joining two lives. Adding soil from each
of your childhood homes is one way to express this,
but make sure that you don't transport fire-ants or
other nasties with the soil. But just the act of
planting a single tree and then watering it together
makes your intention to work and grow together visible
to your guests.
Make sure you have a photograph taken next to the tree
every anniversary to acknowledge and celebrate how
your relationship has grown and flourished in lockstep
with the tree.
You can also choose a suitable tree for your location,
and have your celebrant draw the comparison between
your intentions for your marriage and the qualities of
the particular tree species
Naming Ceremony Tree
Including a tree
planting in your child's naming ceremony can provide a meaningful symbol if you choose a tree based
on your hopes for your child - such as an olive tree
for peace or an oak tree for strength.
you wish, you could plant the symbolic Celtic tree
represents the month your child was born. If choosing
a flowering tree, choose one that flowers around the
time of your child's birth, or if a fruit tree, one
that you harvest around that time.
Trees as Memorials
Planting a tree as a memorial, or giving a bereaved
friend a sapling to plant in memory of their loved
one, is both a celebration of the person and an
acknowledgement of the wheel of life.
- The Achiever (Dec.
24 – Jan. 20)
the Thinker (Jan.
21 – Feb. 17)
the Enchanter (Feb.
18 – March 17)
- the Trailblazer
(March 18 – Apr. 14)
, the Observer (Apr.
15 – May 12)
, the Illusionist
(May 13 – June 9)
, the Stabilizer (June
10 – July 7)
, the Ruler (July 8 –
, the Knower (Aug. 5 –
, the Equalizer (Sept.
2 – Sept. 29)
, the Survivor (Sept. 30
– Oct. 27)
, the Inquisitor (Oct.
28 – Nov. 24)
, the Seeker (Nov. 25
– Dec. 23)