Coinciding with the Spring Equinox, the month of the Alder Moon is a time to focus on balance and fertility.
“I move forward with ease and grace.
I honor the energy of alder, for the protection of my inner oracle.
I will listen to the voice of the Goddess Within.
So mote it be.”
The Celtic month of Alder runs from mid-March to mid-April. Significantly, this is a period that includes the Spring Equinox, the day on which the return of spring is celebrated and night and day are of equal length. Falling at the start of spring, this period symbolizes the reawakening of the Earth Mother’s fertility.
Growth and Fertility
The Alder month heralds a time of accelerated growth, and the spells you cast during this period can aid any business or creative ventures you undertake, bringing your ambitions closer to fruition. Your emphasis during the month of the Alder Moon should be on harnessing our hidden potential.
Focusing on the Moon’s influence during this month will also help you bring a sense of balance to your work. The power of the Alder Moon will be able to unite your intuitive side with a pragmatic approach to planning.
FERTILITY AND COURAGE
The alder tree is also known as the King of the Waters (with the willow tree as its Queen), because its natural habitat is near lakes, rivers and streams. It actually grows with its roots in the water and its branches in the air and for this reason is associated with the balancing of female and male energies.
Symbols of Fertility
When the wood of the alder tree is cut, it turns from white to red, both of which are colors long associated with the Goddess’s fertility. The buds of the alder tree also grow in spirals that are a symbol of regeneration and a reminder of the cycle to come.
Wood for Weapons
The Celts traditionally used charcoal made from the alder tree in the making of their weapons. This work was carried out in the spring – in preparation for the hunting season ahead.
In Welsh mythology, the alder fought in the front line of the “Battle of the Trees” against the Underworld. When cut, its wood turns from white to red as though it is bleeding. Growth near water, the tree has feminine associations, yet its links to war also indicate masculinity. The Alder, therefore, speaks of balancing masculine and feminine.
ALDER MOON MAGIC
The month of the Alder Moon is the ideal time to focus on balancing your life, setting new goals for yourself and working to achieve them with energy and enthusiasm.
During the month of the Alder Moon, try to bring more balance into your life with the following tips:
Balance Your Books
Check your bank balance. Always in the red? Find four ways you can economize this month. Small symbolic steps let the powers of the universe know that you are ready for some big changes.
Are you eating a balanced diet? Remember that your body is a temple. Valuing yourself is the first step to getting what you want.
Balance Your Emotions
Take up Yoga or Tai Chi during the Alder Moon. The balance of spirituality and physical exercise stimulates feelings of well-being. your improved posture will radiate poise and confidence to the outside world.
Drink Plenty of Water
Take your lead from the alder tree: drink plenty of water and breathe deeply. If you follow these simple rules, you will find you have more energy to make your dreams come true this spring.
ALDER: Tree of the God Bran
Fourth month of the Celtic Tree calendar, March 18 – April 14
Fourth consonant of the Ogham alphabet
Symbolism: Release, Shield and Foundation, Determination, Discrimination and Inner Confidence, Royalty
LESSON OF THE ALDER
from The Wisdom of Trees by Jane Gifford
The Alder is a tree that supports and protects physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Its associations with both weapons and shields reminded the ancient Celts that part of the skill of the warrior lies in knowing when to take up the sword and when to take up the shield. Although an alder shield will protect you and give you courage and an alder-forged weapon will help you defend yourself, ultimately the most important aspect of the warrior is his or her intent. This is the key to success or failure. The alder reminds us of the need to blend strength and courage with generosity of spirit and compassion. There is a time to challenge things and a time to hold our peace. The alder teaches us this discrimination and the need to see beneath the surface of things. It combines the desire for self-preservation with the desire to serve and emphasizes the need for a firm foundation to stand on.