When you’re out in the wilderness, and you look up at the night sky, it’s impossible to not be enchanted. To see the stars glimmering and the moon in any of its phases, knowing that even if you can’t see them clearly, the other planets in the solar system are turning and circling along with Earth… It can be overwhelming for some people, but for me, I find it to be one of the greatest comforts in life. To know that I’m a part of an unimaginably vast, expanding cosmos that operates on laws both physical and metaphysical that favor humanity more often than not gives me strength when the night seems terribly dark and cold.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the ancients recognized patterns and laws in the cosmos, too! They recognized that the movements of the Sun, the Moon, and the Planets all had a distinct effect on our lives. People born at certain times of the year possess certain traits and undergo certain challenges that can be forecasted by things like the occurrence of a full moon. The Druids, with their lifelong study of the natural world, recognized this better than most other masters of the occult traditions, and developed a threefold system of Zodiac signs to predict a person’s nature and what they’d need to overcome!
As an example, I was born under the Exploring Moon, with the signs of the Ivy and the Butterfly. The Exploring Moon signifies someone whose life has seen one transition after the other, and who takes refuge in their art and spiritual practice; something I strongly identify with. The Ivy sign denotes a person who survives despite great odds and who interweaves friendships that stand the test of time. Lastly, as a Butterfly, I strive to understand others and bring peace to them while trying to appreciate everything beautiful in life!
I’m going to go into more detail about the different signs in a future post, but if you’re impatient to learn more, the site What’s Your Sign gives a detailed look at the different signs, their time of year, and what strengths they can leverage as well as what challenges they have to overcome. I highly recommend giving the site a look even if you’re not that interested in Zodiac signs, as it’s an awesome repository of information on symbols that has given me a lot of guidance when I was unsure about things!
Look forward to more information on the Celtic signs soon!