The Celtic Tree Calendar:Alder (Dec27-Jan23)

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Month 3: Dec  27th – Jan 23rd

- Holiday: None

- Celtic Tree Oracle Card Properties: Oracle – Teacher

- Horticultural Note: Alder’s are often the first trees to grow in a forest after a fire and are most often found close to a water source.  They have wide and rounded leaves that come to a point, with feathered edges. The trunks are slender and they grow fairly tall. Alders have catkins and little cones they drop for reproduction. They are a member of the birch family so their bark can appear “mottled” as lichen covers nearly all of its bark.  Some species of Adler grow to trees and some exist as bush.

- Totems for this Month: Birds (e.g. wrens, ravens, crows and kingfishers), Dragons, Bran & Branwen

- Author, Sharlyn Hidalgo on Alder: The Adler month marks the beginning of the Celtic solar year. Nobility, strength, and great competency are seen in the alder; it is said to represent deep winter.  A time of year to come indoors and get all cozy and comfy. It is a time to go within to sleep and dream, to read, write and rest.  The alder possess a strong male energy that will offer backbone and strength when dealing with challenges. It also has female qualities as it nurtures the ground through its roots that provide exceptional nitrogen replacement in soil allowing other trees to grow above and beyond her – the mothering quality of self-sacrifice for the growth and goodness of others.

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Triad for the 25th of Rowan

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The three constituents of Awen:
Understanding,
Vigorous affection,
Devotion. 

~ Traditional

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Triad for the 24th of Rowan

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Three faces of the moon;
The waxing maiden,
The waning crone,
The full mother.

~ Myrddin Peregrine, 2012

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Triad for the 23rd of Rowan

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Three things hard to obtain;
A lazy farmer,
A clumsy sailor,
An impatient knitter.

~Myrddin Peregrine, 2012

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Triad for the 22nd of Rowan

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Three true brothers:
Important things are difficult and worth it in equal proportions,
A person’s actions will tell you everything you need to know,
Clever people work to change others, wise people work to change themselves.

~Myrddin Peregrine, 2012

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Triad for the 21st of Rowan

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Concerning three things that hide:
an open bag hides nothing,
an open door hides little,
an open person hides something.

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Triad for the 20th of Rowan

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Three things without which there can be nothing good:
truth,
peace,
generosity.

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Triad for the 19th of Rowan

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Three wisdoms of the Tao Tae Ching:
Let go of what you think so you may embrace what you feel,
Let go of what you are so you become what you may be,
Let go of what you want so you may have what you need.

~Myrddin Peregrine, 2013

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Triad for the 18th of Rowan

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Three manifestations of grace:
Seeking wisdom in lieu of intelligence,
Wanting to understand versus being understood,
Releasing control instead of orchestrating an outcome.

~Myrddin Peregrine, 2012

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Triad for the 17th of Rowan

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There are three reasons as to why nothing good ever comes easy:
So that we will intimately know each ingredient of the thing.
So we will fully appreciate the thing and treasure it appropriately.
So that those who don’t want the thing enough are kept from obtaining it.

~Myrddin Peregrine, 2012

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