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. March's totems are Hare, Birch, and Goose.
The totemic associations are as follows:
Hare (Gearr) – lunar magic, fertility, sensitivity, swiftness, intuition
Birch (Beithe) – new beginnings, healing, cleansing
Goose (Geadh) - feminine power, springtime, questing, vigilance
The Birch is the symbol of new
beginnings, the start of new plans and taking significant steps in a
forward direction. It is the wood most commonly used to kindle the
magical fire. The Maypole is frequently made of Birch, with pagans in
Wales preferring to use living, standing Birch Trees for their Maypoles.
Birch is the wood burned for the Beltaine fire. It is also the wood
used for correction or punishment. Until recently, canes and rods made
of Birch were the instrument of choice for schoolmasters and law
enforcement officials in the British Isles.
indicates fortune, change and good luck. The element associated with the
Birch is water. Its gender association is female.