March 18th - April 14th
Sign ~~ Fearn (Gaelic) The Alder Tree
Fearn (FAIR-n), alder - The common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertner) is common along lowland rivers, where it grows with aspens, poplars, and willows. Like willows, alders sprout from stumps. This allows them to regenerate after heavy flooding. In protect sites they may grow to 65 feet tall. Their leaves are more blunt-tipped than most North American alders, which look more like the grey alder (A. incana (L.) Moench). This species is more common in the mountains of Europe, and is not restricted to moist soils. Like ashes, European alders are not widely cultivated in North American (they are often sold as black alders), but several native species are. Alder wood is said to resist rotting when it is wet, and was the wood of choice for pilings in many regions. Alders are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae)
Symbol ~~ The Pentacle or Hawk
Character of the Alder Tree: Alder Tree characters are powerful individuals who are prepared to make their own way in the world. The path ahead is still full of pitfalls however, and the virtue of courage is attributed to this sign. Alder Tree people make staunch allies, but prefer to fight their own battles and set the pace for others to follow. Their destination is always uncertain and a restless spirit prevails. New Moon people, born during the first two weeks of this sign, are perhaps the most restless and indecisive Alder Tree characters. While their personal courage and sincerity may never be in doubt, they would do well to slow down every so often and reconsider the consequences of their actions. Full Moon people who are born during the last two weeks are the most persuasive Alder Tree characters. They exude a more confident approach to life generally, but lack the apparent vibrant energy associated with New Moon people. They can, however, become extremely successful people by being strategically placed in the right position to take full advantage of crisis situations.