According to Celtic belief, the date of your birth is connected to the lunar calendar, which can tell you a lot about a person’s personality. They also believed that trees were a fountain of wisdom and represented the universe in their make-up: the roots a symbol for the past, the ever-present trunk a symbol for the present and the branches reaching toward the sky a symbol for what’s to come.
Because of this, they developed the tree zodiac or birth month trees. Each tree corresponds to the lunar months, which means there’s 13 instead of 12. Much like birth month flowers, birth trees by month can tell you about yourself, loved ones and even the little ones yet to come. These small details are a great way to commemorate the birth of your little one, too. You might even find some unique baby name inspo! Read on to find out birth trees by month.
January birth month tree: Rowan
Rowan trees were once believed to ward off evil spirits and as such were planted near homes and doorways for protection. They might look delicate but they can thrive in the harshest conditions. This birth month tree is associated with philosophical thinking, creative energy and having a quiet influence. Rowan would make a beautiful nature-inspired baby name.
January 21 – Feb 17
February birth month tree: Ash
Imaginative, intuitive and free-thinkers are just a few of the ash tree birth month qualities. Ash signs inspire everyone around them just as much as they themselves are inspired by nature. They are usually immersed in their own world and are likely to be introverts.
February 18 – March 17
March birth month tree: Alder
Alders represent inner-confidence. Those born under this tree sign are outgoing and have a tendency to blaze forth on their written path. They are energetic, charming and have that certain something that allows them to get along with any crowd. Legend states that whistles made from the hollowed out branch of an alder tree can summon fairy folk.
March 18 – April 14
April birth month tree: Willow
Willow trees are one of the more patient birth month trees. The willow thrives closer to water and has a strong connection to the moon and lunar phases. Willow signs are thought to be grounded in reality but also contain an understanding of their psychic side. Their personality can be ruled by the moon. Those born under this tree sign are fiercely loyal friends.
April 15 – May 12
May birth month tree: Hawthorn
The hawthorn tree is steeped in duality. It is associated with male energy and yet it is a symbol of fertility. This combination has given it the nickname: marriage tree. The Greeks and Romans associated this tree with happy marriages. Children born under this sign can be a bit prickly but often grow up to be great listeners with an aptitude for looking at the bigger picture and an ability to adapt to any changes.
May 13 – June 9
June birth month tree: Oak
It’s not uncommon for an oak sign to become a teacher. Oaks love to be surrounded by loved ones and love to impart their knowledge onto others. The Celts had a deep respect for oak trees and thought they contained wisdom and nobility. Oak signs are nurturing, generous and champion the underdog.
June 10 – July 7
July birth month tree: Holly
Holly leaves were once thought to provide shelter for the Fairies during the winter. It is seen as a symbol of peace and beauty since it thrives in the cold. Holly signs are intelligent and need to be challenged or else they fall into lazy habits. They are generous and kind to a fault. They are also ambitious and seen as leaders.
July 8 – August 4
August birth month tree: Hazel
Hazel signs are naturally gifted when it come to numbers and science. They are organized and have a unique ability to remember the finer details. Hazelnuts are believed to be a source of wisdom and they are rich in Vitamin E.
August 5 – September 1
September birth month tree: Vine
Vine signs can typically be indecisive. They are able to see both sides of an issue and therefore it is hard for them to pick any one side. They enjoy the finer things in life such as: food, art and music.
September 2 – September 29
October birth month tree: Ivy
Ivy signs endure hard times with grace and silence, choosing to keep their issues to the themselvees versus seeking help. Despite this they are always willing to help those around them. Their most cherished quality is the ability to overcome against all of the odds. Those born under this sign are survivors.
September 30 – October 27
November birth month tree: Reed
Even though reeds are not technically trees, the Celts regarded them as belonging to the tree family. Reed signs are notorious secret keepers. They love a good story and often make great journalists or historians. They curiosity drives them to strip things down and get at the core of things.
October 28 – November 24
December birth month tree: Elder
The elder is associated with beginnings and endings. Children who are born under this tree sign are thought to be striving, seeking and achieving. Elders can be thrill seekers but are also empaths and genuinely considerate. Many parts of the elder tree, from the flowers to the berries, contain medicinal properties.
November 25 – December 23
New year birth month tree: Birch
Children born under this tree sign are typically very tolerant. Birch signs are highly motivated and driven. Born at the darkest time of the year, they are often seen as striving towards the light. They are tough and resilient.