Celtic Astrology And The Druids
Irish Astrology, also
referred to as Celtic Astrology, is the astrological system practised by the ancient Irish or
the Druids. Described in old Irish manuscripts it is based on an Irish Celtic Symbol system and
not on any of the traditional systems such as Western, Chinese or Vedic astrologies.
The Celtic Zodiac is drawn
from the beliefs of the Druids and is based on the cycles of the moon. The year is divided into
13 lunar months, with a tree (sacred to the druids) assigned to each month. Each tree has
particular magical qualities whose secret mysteries come from the ancient shamanic alphabet, the
Ogram. The origin of this Tree Alphabet is ascribed to the God of Poetry and Eloquence of Celtic
Ireland, Ogam. He is also known as the Celtic Herkules.
The Druids were Celtic
priests who inhabited much of Western Europe, Britain and Ireland until they were supplanted by
the Roman government and, later, by the arrival of Christianity.
Some renowned Celtic scholars
noticed, thanks to their vast understanding, that their were parallels between Celtic astrology
and Vedic astrology. They discovered that the ancient Celtic astrologers used similar systems as
those of the Vedic astrologers. Or perhaps vice versa.
Greek and Latin writers spoke
of how the Celts were not only advanced in astronomy but that they were respected, especially by
the Greeks, for their 'speculations from the stars'. Even the Romans paid tribute to their
astronomy with some classical writers going as far as to say that the Celts were "masters of
astronomy". One of the first to note that the ancient Celts believed the world to be round (not
flat) was Martial (c. AD 40-103) who himself claimed Celtic ancestry.
The Irish (and the Celts
generally) have a long tradition of astrological learning stretching back to a time before
Christianity and the incoming of Greek and Latin learning. For too long now this rich tradition
of Celtic Astrology has been sadly neglected.
Irish Astrology is about
bringing awareness of the Celtic Symbolism that was used by the Druids in creating an
astrological system that was used as early as the Vedic, Greek, or Roman systems.