February 18th - March 17th

Sign ~~  Nion (Gaelic) The Ash Tree

Nion (NEE-uhn), ash - the common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is a major tree of  lowland forests in much of Europe, along with oaks and beeches. It grows to 130 feet in open sites, with a broad crown reminiscent of American elm trees. Ash was and still is an important timber tree, and is a traditional material for the handle of a besom (broom). The common ash is occasionally cultivated in North America, and similar native ash species are widely grown as street trees. Ashes are members of the Olive family (Oleaceae).

Symbol ~~ The Trident or Sea~Horse

Character of the Ash Tree:  Ash Tree people have a dual aspect to their character which makes it difficult to decide their true nature and motives. While they have an artistic nature and temperament, and appear highly vulnerable or sensitive, they can suddenly switch tactics and become quite pragmatic. They understand the baser elements of mankind as well as the most spiritually profound.  Perhaps for that reason alone ~ people born under this sign have the guiding virtue of compassion.  New Moon people born during the first two weeks are more impulsive and demonstrative regarding emotional relationships, but are determined not to be exploited in any way. Their response to life generally is more apprehensive, but immensely spontaneous.  Full Moon people born during the last two weeks are natural exhibitionists who respond with great generosity of spirit, which indicates a certain gullibility or naivete.  This apparent weaknesses is, however, just the reverse as it denotes a humble spirit ~ a rare human quality.