INDORAMAL.COM/EN - Alder trees are best known for the purple sheen they have during the Spring. Its bark is usually covered in lichen in patterns that look like hieroglyphs. When cut, the sap of the tree turns red, reminding the Celts of blood. This “blood” was seen as a sign of the tree's generosity as it gave itself to be used for charcoal and building material.
Alder trees grow best in wet areas near marshes and rivers, making it's wood amazingly resistant to water. Alder wood has been used for everything from bridges to foundations for houses and medieval churches…even parts of Venice are built with it. In Ireland, alder branches were used to measure graves, causing the tree to be connected to death.
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Alder trees have been used medicinally for everything from diarrhea and nausea to muscle aches.
In some areas of Ireland, it is still a crime to cut down an alder tree. If you do so, you are liable for any accidents that occur in the village. The spirit of the alder tree you cut may burn your house down for revenge.
Irish legend has it that the first man came from the alder tree (the first woman came from the rowan tree).
Celtic Animal Symbol: Hawk or Raven
Characteristics of the Celtic Alder Tree Sign: If the Alder Tree is your Celtic zodiac sign, you're quite brave and have both the power and desire to make your way in the world. It isn't always an easy way that you make, but you have plenty of courage to overcome obstacles.
Your passionate nature makes it easy for you to gain followers. While you get along with everyone, you have little patience for people who are shallow or fake.
You enjoy taking action and don't like it when your time is wasted. Your determination and self-confidence make you a great ally, but when it comes to fighting, you prefer to fight your own battles. It's a rare adversary that can stand in your way.
Your biggest challenge is learning when it is time to fight and when it is time to let things remain as they are.
New Moon Alder: If you were born during the first two weeks of the Celtic Alder Zodiac Sign, you are a New Moon Alder. You can be restless and indecisive. You are quite sincere and brave in all that you do, but sometimes you need to remember to step back and look at the bigger picture, asking yourself what will happen if you go forward.
Full Moon Alder: If you were born during the last two weeks of the Celtic Alder Zodiac Sign, you are a Full Moon Alder. You are persuasive and confident. You do well when there is a crisis. You are quite sensual, enjoying sex, rich food, and luxury…but sometimes you need to remember to curb your jealousy. You do well financially and might find your greatest financial success through investments.
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