In our tradition we divide the year not only by eight solar and agricultural holidays, but also by the Kalends. We celebrate twelve months of the year by the common calendar, plus a special thirteenth month for Samhain. These month cycles are associated with different totemic spirits. Each month is assigned an animal, a bird (or other flying creature), and a tree. April's totems are Serpent, Ash, and Moth.
The totemic associations are as follows:
Serpent (Nathair) – resurrection, rebirth, initiation, wisdom, transformation
Ash (Nuin) – connections of past to present, spirit to earth, high and low
Moth (Lèomann) – transformation, seeking illumination, initiation
Ash tree is the traditional Celtic and Norse World Tree. In Norse
mythology, Odin hung from the great Ash tree Yggdrasil and endured an
initiatory experience in which he discovered system of meaning in the
roots of the great tree. These were the Elder Futhark, or the runes.
Ygddrasil’s branches were in the heavens, roots were in Hell, and Earth
was around its center.
The Ash symbolizes connections –
past & present, spiritual & earthly, lowest & highest, self
& cosmos. It links you to all your pathways. It also represents
divination, healing, inner conflicts, and general magic.
wood is often used for healing and protection. Besom staffs, stang
shafts and certain wands are examples of the protective qualities of the
tree. In Greece, Nemesis, who represents the Fates, carried an Ash wand
(a scourge) and dispensed justice with it when needed.
Ash's roots, which are human in shape, are excellent for healing.
Ash attracts lightning and brings balance. It also brings light into
the hearth at the winter solstice when used as a Yule log. The
wassailing bowl used to toast trees at Yule is also made of Ash.
tree can help us to understand itself and the other tress. It also
helps us assimilate the knowledge gained into the Grove back into
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