tree calendar

the signs as celtic goddesses
  • aries: flidais –
  • goddess of the woodlands and wild things. she is a shapeshifter and is associated with protection and wild animals.
  • taurus: druantia –
  • queen of the druids and goddess/mother of the tree calendar. symbolises protection, knowledge, passion, fertility, growth and forests.
  • gemini: brighid –
  • goddess of fire and water. she is immortalised by many springs and wells. brighid was so loved that she was made a saint when christianity became onset.
  • cancer: cyhiraeth –
  • goddess of streams. her scream foretells death. she is the queen of banshees.
  • leo: arianrhod –
  • goddess of time, karma and retribution. keeper of the silver wheel of stars, a symbol of time and karma.
  • virgo: cerridwen –
  • goddess of moon, grain and nature. she is the patron of poets and greatest of all the bards. she represents luck, inspiration, the arts and astrology/zodiac.
  • libra: don –
  • queen of the heavens and goddess of air and sea. rules over the land of the dead. symbolises control of the elements and the moon.
  • scorpio: morrigan –
  • queen of phantoms and goddess of sensuality, prophecy, revenge and magic. often appears as a raven or crow.
  • sagittarius: cailleach –
  • goddess of disease and plague. she is also known as the "veiled one". she resides in the afterworld realm where she receives the dead.
  • capricorn: creiddylad –
  • goddess of flowers and love. connected with the festival of beltane (a celtic festival celebrated on may day) and called the may queen.
  • aquarius: airmid –
  • goddess of healing, medicinal plants and keeper of the springs. regenerates the dead and brings them to life again.
  • pisces: caer ibormeith –
  • goddess of sleep and dreams. often takes the form of a swan. singer of the sweetest, most restful music ever heard on earth.
Zodiac Advent Calendar Day 12

Where the Signs should spend Christmas Eve                         (or: weird christmas traditions around the world)

Aries - Great Britain; stirring a christmas pudding

Taurus - Estonia; relaxing in the sauna

Gemini - Sweden; searching an almond in a rice pudding

Cancer - Canada; writing letters to Santa and getting a reply

Leo - Catalonia; feeding a decorated log

Virgo - Czech Republik; tossing shoes and getting hitched

Libra - Ukraine; decorating the christmas tree with spider webs

Scorpio - Iceland; receiving new cloths (otherwise a giant cat will eat you)

Sagittarius - Japan; eating KFC meals

Capricorn - Norway; hiding brooms

Aquarius - Venezuela; rollerskating to the church

Pisces - Slovakia; flinging pudding at the ceiling

The Hawthorn mystery: why did Draco's wand work for Harry?

Hi, Anon! Hope you don’t mind me answering it in a text post! Just better formatting, I suppose. Looks better on my blog, anyways. Thanks! 💜

About the question: well, no one knows for sure, but we can talk about wandlore and maybe we can get some answers. Shall we?

(It’ll probably have a thousand typos, because it’s a shitload of text, so forgive me, my buddies. Love you.)


To be honest, this is a subject JKR failed to explore, even though the Elder Wand was so crucial to the story. We don’t really learn that much about how they work or why they are needed, besides the basic of the basic.

As we know, the wand chooses the wizard. That alone can explain a lot about why certain wands work for people and others don’t. But it’s way more complex than it sounds like.

For example: Harry was chosen by the Holly wand with Fawkes’s feather. And it makes sense, because he’s a horcrux, so he has a part of Voldemort within him. But I wouldn’t say that’s the reason, even though it seems obvious. Because the wand recognises the nature of the wizard, what they intend to do with it, who they are and will be.

No one knows how it does that, not even wand makers, but it’s more than identification, especially at such a young age. That’s why most wands stay with wizards for a long time, unless they are broken or stolen. Because even though they change as people, the core (quite literally) is almost always the same, to the wand. The signs were always there. It’s practically divination, to be honest.

‘The wand chooses the wizard. That much has always been clear to those of us who have studied wandlore… if you are any wizard at all you will be able to channel your magic through almost any instrument. The best results, however, must always come where there is the strongest affinity between wizard and wand. These connections are complex. An initial attraction, and then a mutual quest for experience, the wand learning from the wizard, the wizard from the wand.’ - Mr. Ollivander

Now, if you take a look at each of the properties of the wands, you’ll be able to understand Draco’s wand, why it was so friendly to Harry and why it was able to help him kill Voldemort.

1. The wood

It’s chosen according to your birth tree in the Celtic tree calendar. Yes. This is something most people don’t even know, and it’s so important because it makes wandlore a bit easier to understand.

Why? Well, it obviously relates to Astronomy, Astrology, divination… So it’s easier to understand how it’s shaped to suit people’s personalities, their magic cores as wizards, etc. The wand is not the source of the power, it’s a channel to concentrate the power from within the wizard. So you could say the wood represents the nature of the wizard, what he’s already born with.

To understand how the wood alone can say a lot about a wizard’s nature, let’s take a look at what Ollivander has to say about Hawthorn, Draco’s wandwood:

The wandmaker Gregorovitch wrote that hawthorn ‘makes a strange, contradictory wand, as full of paradoxes as the tree that gave it birth, whose leaves and blossoms heal, and yet whose cut branches smell of death.’ While I disagree with many of Gregorovitch’s conclusions, we concur about hawthorn wands, which are complex and intriguing in their natures, just like the owners who best suit them. Hawthorn wands may be particularly suited to healing magic, but they are also adept at curses, and I have generally observed that the hawthorn wand seems most at home with a conflicted nature, or with a witch or wizard passing through a period of turmoil. Hawthorn is not easy to master, however, and I would only ever consider placing a hawthorn wand in the hands of a witch or wizard of proven talent, or the consequences might be dangerous. Hawthorn wands have a notable peculiarity: their spells can, when badly handled, backfire.

I think Draco’s whole storyline is in there. His conflicted nature (he’s a Gemini, for fuck’s sake!), his turmoils, how actually talented and powerful he is. 

(It’s also a sign Draco should become a Healer. Sorry, that’s my headcanon and I can’t shut up about it!)

Also, the reason Harry’s spell backfires is right there (because Harry was not evil nor wanted to kill Voldemort, he tried to save him until the end). And the fact Hawthorn is not easy to master. Keep that in mind.

2. The length and flexibility

Both aspects of wands are so underrated. 

Ollivander wrote, about the length: “longer wands might suit taller wizards, but they tend to be drawn to bigger personalities, and those of a more spacious and dramatic style of magic”. 

So it’s no surprise Hagrid’s is 16" and Ron is 14", because they are both tall and quite dramatic in their demeanour. Meanwhile, Harry is 11" and Draco, although slightly taller than him, is 10", showing how his magic is more introspective and he is more guarded, closed off. 

(Lol wands are so phallic, impossible not to giggle while you discuss lengths)

He also wrote, about the flexibility: “denotes the degree of adaptability and willingness to change possessed by the wand-and-owner pair”.

It’s no surprise, then, that Bellatrix’s wand is rigid or that Harry’s is flexible. Her wand was always intended for evil and madness, because it’s in her nature; Harry’s, on the other hand, was flexible enough to adapt to his nature, even though he was part-horcrux and could end up being evil. The wand knew better.

Draco’s wand is reasonably flexible. Which could mean it’s consistent, but if forced, adaptable. So again, it’s not in its nature to just accept changing allegiances. It will fight until the end not to be mastered.

So both its wood and its flexibility are huge indicators of how hard it would be for his wand to be mastered and change loyalties. Again, keep that in mind.

3. The core

The core is an even more complex aspect of wands. While the wood represents the wizard’s nature as a person (their body and heart), the core represents the nature of their magic. It’s in the way they use it, the potency, what they’re good at, etc.

Now let’s take a look at Ollivander’s comments on Unicorn hair, Draco’s wand core:

Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard.

Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although the wand wood may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.

Wow. I mean, this is illuminating, isn’t it? First of all, even though Hawthorn is contradictory, it is balanced by the hair, making it a more consistent wand.

(Oh, and it’s a great property for healers, because the Unicorn is known to be pure and its blood can keep you alive. So, again, Healer! Draco, please.)

It’s also the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts, and that is a clear sign that Draco was never a dark wizard by nature, he didn’t want to be dark. He wasn’t dark, otherwise this wand wouldn’t have chosen him in the first place.

And last, but definitely not least, they are the most faithful, and tend to remain attached to their first owner. 

Well, there’s that then. All the aspects in Draco’s wand are adamant to it being difficult to master and even harder to change allegiances. It would fight until the end to work only for its master, and the hair could even die from it. 

So why did it change masters that easily, then? That’s the question, innit?

Here’s what JKR has said about the whole Hawthorn wand business:

‘So one would expect a certain amount of loyalty from one’s wand. So even if you were disarmed while carrying it, even if you lost a fight while carrying it, it has developed an affinity with you that it will not give up easily. If, however, a wand is won, properly won in an adult duel, then a wand may switch allegiance, and it will certainly work better even if it hasn’t fully switched allegiance for the person who won it. So that of course is what happens when Harry takes Draco’s wand from him…’

Not trying to correct JKR because she’s the fucking author, but doing it anyway: Draco and Harry didn’t duel, dear Joanne. He only took the wands in a hurry. He never disarmed him. Proof?

As Ron ran to pull Hermione out of the wreckage, Harry took his chance; he leapt over an armchair and wrested the three wands from Draco’s grip…

Well, well, well. No duel. How… interesting.

JKR’s argument here is that, even though they didn’t properly duel, Draco was disarmed the muggle way, with a good old shove. Well, again, not trying to diss her own understanding of her world, but this pathetic wrestle doesn’t count. If that was all it took, then wands would be pretty useless, hm? Their allegiance should survive a shove. They’re expensive, God’s sake!

Let’s read JKR’s own canon a bit more, shall we?

Harry looked down at the hawthorn wand that had once belonged to Draco Malfoy. He had been surprised, but pleased, to discover that it worked for him at least as well as Hermione’s had done.

Pleased. Heheh. So gay. Anyway.

It’s funny that she included this in the book, because it contradicts her own laws of wands. According to them, if you steal/borrow someone else’s wand, it won’t change allegiances, obtaining only “fair results”. The allegiance only changes if it’s won.

Well, JKR, Hermione’s wand works perfectly for Harry even though he never disarmed her. Just like Draco’s, who he also never disarmed. So why do they change loyalties, or at least share loyalties? Harry sees both wands as friendly, and he naturally uses both with no problems.

So here’s my personal theory, from everything I’ve read and all the time I’ve spent overthinking the issue without being paid a single pound: 

Harry had their complete, absolute trust.

(Ok, it sounds stupid, but bear with me.)

People were part of the war for many reasons, right? For their families, their friends, themselves, for justice and all that. They keep their reasons until the end, hopefully. Right? Even those fighting for Harry, they had their own reasons.

Now, what was the main reason Hermione ended up in the middle of this war? It’s not in her nature to fight, she’s not a warrior. But she knew she had to help Harry. It was only Harry. She didn’t have family fighting alongside her. She didn’t have any other allegiance.

Why she never, not even once, mistrusted Harry? Ron did and they were so close. That’s because his primary reason for being there was his family, not Harry (that doesn’t mean he didn’t love or trust Harry, but he would choose his family, if he had to).

This absolute trust Hermione had for Harry has the same origin as everything good in Harry Potter: sacrifice. She gave up her own parents, her own story. She made a huge sacrifice for Harry. She gave up her doubts and any other loyalty she had to follow him.

What about Draco, you ask?

He had his family as his only loyalty throughout his whole life. But that went to shit, to be honest. His whole world stopped making sense. Everything he believe was a lie. He didn’t trust his parents anymore, even though he loved them immensely. He was so confused (“I love a good turmoil”, his wand said, happily).

And I think sacrifice is exactly what happened to Draco at Malfoy Manor. He made it by not identifying Harry, by betraying his own family and Voldemort and risking his own life (and he does that again in the Room of Requirement).

At that moment, his only hope, his only trust in the world was Harry. Because if Voldemort won, he was fucked. Not only because he didn’t want to live in that world he once thought perfect, but because he was a shitty Death Eater, he didn’t want to kill or torture. He didn’t believe in Voldemort anymore. He didn’t have anything else to believe, at that exact moment.

When he “lost” his wand to Harry, his allegiance had already changed in such a visceral way that it was easy for them to share his wand (and the Elder Wand, by proxy). Because he trusted Harry with his heart and soul. 

If that isn’t love, I don’t want to know what is, because it’s not good enough. 

I don’t even care if you believe in Drarry or not, if you think this love I’m talking about is romantic or platonic. Regardless, it was there. You can’t deny it. I won’t let you. Because otherwise, everything we know about wands IS A LIE. And the Wizarding World doesn’t live like that. Magic makes at least a little bit of sense.

(Even though what we’re discussing is fictional. Sorry, I’m that insane.)

And remember how Narcissa’s wand didn’t “understand” Draco? 

Her wand is unknown, but it’s said to resemble Lucius’s, so it was probably Elmwood, a wand considered desirable for purebloods. Imagine that. The nature of her wand was not the same as his at all. She was selfish and didn’t have any allegiances but her own family. Even when she makes that final sacrifice, lying to Voldemort, it’s for Draco. She couldn’t care less about Harry’s life. 

So her wand not adapting to him is a huge indicator that his loyalty wasn’t with his family at all anymore. They were with Harry now (the whole “DON’T KILL HIM! DON’T KILL HIM!” shebang is like a neon sign, innit?).

And loyalty means much more than just wands in Harry Potter. The two Death Eaters who betrayed Voldemort, Snape and Regulus, sacrificed their lives, reputation, love (doesn’t matter which kind). They were something so foreign to Voldemort he never once thought they betrayed him. 

Because loyalty free of ulterior motives is love in its most visceral sense.

And the same fucking thing happened to Draco, right? Voldemort never, not even once, was able to see what happened with his wand. Because pure loyalty was involved and he never understood it.

Love is always the answer in this series. Lily’s, Narcissa’s, Snape’s, Harry’s. And Draco’s, I would say, is just as meaningful. It matters just as much in the final battle. It was the reason Harry won in the first place. 

So again, that’s LOVE LOVE LOVE and not even JKR will change my opinion (sorry, boss).

I will never accept the Hawthorn wand changed allegiances, because we have proof it didn’t have any reason to, and it’s not in its nature to just do it. Furthermore, in Cursed Child Draco even uses this old wand again. 

He never lost the wand’s loyalty completely, he just shared it with Harry.

Game, set and match again. Drarry is real™ as fuck.

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Witchy Inspiration of the Day: Druantia 

Druantia is the Celtic Goddess of trees and fertility. Her names derives from the Indo-European root “deru” meaning tree or wood. Also called the Queen of the Druids, Druantia is associated with the fertility of both plants and humans, ruling over sex and passion. She is a triple Goddess of fir trees. She is credited with the creation of the Celtic tree calendar, which divides the year into 13 months that correspond to the cycles of the moon. Druantia is often seen as the eternal, wise, and knowledgeable mother, the one who guides the seeker to their truth path as She instructs and teaches the sacred ways of the forest. She carries the ‘green magic’. She symbolizes protection, knowledge, creativity, and growth. Her feast day was Beltane.

Celtic Tree Calendar Cheat Sheet

Although I don’t practice any Celtic based craft, I use the Tree calendar because it’s a fantastic way to account for all the moons in a 13-moon cycle (and easy to drop out moons on a 12) via corresponding woods, which (and my Green Witch is showing, I know) I find more relateable and correspondent to the season. Here’s a quick overview of the Moons!

1st Moon (usually in mid to late January) – Birch Moon

The moon of starts, heralding the new Tree year. Good for beginnings and initiations.

2nd Moon – Rowan Moon

The moon of vision and astral travel. This moon includes the celebration of Imbolc, or the Winter Solstice.

3rd Moon – Ash Moon

The moon of relationships, and love. Valentine’s often falls in this month.

4th Moon – Alder Moon

The moon of work. Good for utility and self-governace. Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, falls under this moon.

5th Moon – Willow Moon

The moon of enchantment. Beltane often falls under this moon.

6th Moon – Hawthorn Moon

The moon of disenchantment. Good for setting boundaries and cutting ties.

7th Moon – Oak Moon

The moon of security. Litha, or the Summer Solstice, falls under this moon.

8th Moon – Holly Moon

The moon of polarity. Good for reversing situations and encirclement. Lammas, or Lughnasadh, falls under this moon. This moon also denotes the first harvest.

9th Moon – Hazel Moon

The moon of wisdom. Good for studies, research, and learning and looking.

10th Moon – Vine Moon

The moon of celebration. Mabon, or the Autumn Equinox, falls under this moon. This moon denotes the second harvest.

11th Moon – Ivy Moon

The moon of resilience. Good for health and matters of the person. Samhain often falls under this moon.

12th Moon – Reed Moon

The moon of hearth and home. Good for protection and home magic. This moon denotes the third harvest (sometimes, this is the Ivy moon).

13th – Elder Moon

The moon of completion. Yule falls under this moon.


- Ash

Christmas Themed Questions o(◕ฺ∀ ◕✿ฺ)o
  • Mistletoe: Have you had your first kiss yet? If you haven't, who would you share your first kiss with?
  • Star: List two things that you are good at.
  • Ornament: When you're sad, what are some things that you do to cheer yourself up?
  • Lights: Describe your prettiest memory.
  • Tree: Favorite kind of flower?
  • Present: What do you want for Christmas?
  • Eggnog: What's your favorite drink?
  • Advent Calendar: What's your favorite time of the year other than Christmas?
  • Bells: Would you rather live in the city or in the countryside?
  • Candy Cane: Favorite kind of candy?
  • Carols: Favorite song?
  • Snow: Favorite weather?
  • Sweaters: Do you like wearing sweaters or sleeveless shirts?
  • Nutcracker: Name the 3 most important people in your life right now.
  • Reindeer: Cats or dogs? Or a different kind of animal?
  • Santa: Are you buying any gifts this year? For whom? (or is that a secret)
July

Associations
God: Heracles, Jupiter/Zeus 
Color: Red, Orange
Flower: Water Lily
Birthstone: Ruby
Zodiac: Cancer/Leo

Lunar Cycle
2nd: Full Moon
5th: Waning gibbous
8th: Last quarter
16th: New moon
20th: Waxing Cresent
24th: First quarter
28th: Waxing gibbous
31st: Second Full Moon (Blue Moon)

Important Dates
July 2nd - First full moon of July
July 5th - Poplifugia
July 8th - Start of Holly Celtic tree month
July 23rd - Neptunalia
July 31st - Lughnasadh Eve (NH) / Imbolc Eve (SH); Blue Moon

On that note, tell me your birthday (month and day) and whether you were born in the northern or southern hemisphere and I will tell you your tree based on this fake Celtic tree calendar nonsense.

Contrary to how I may sound with all my PSA’s and such, I don’t actually care about what people do in the privacy of their own practice as long as they aren’t hurting anyone.

I mean, I’m not giving up my “Celtic tree calendar” things even though I know Robert Graves invented that stuff.

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Ketubah from Padua, Italy, 1722.

The ketubah illustrations contain symbols of weddings, verses and a lovely wedding poem set with couples standing at the sides…The arch above the pair of pillars is made up of the zodiac, organized from right to left, according to the early Hebrew calendar: Aries, the symbol of the first Biblical month; Nissan, is in the right-hand corner; and Pisces, the symbol of the last month, Adar appears in the left-hand corner. Among the many verses and illustrations, set in in the bottom center, is a small picture of a structure. Below it appear the words “the Temple”. The Temple here is the image of an Italian structure with a dome, and a façade with three gates. It is surrounded by city walls on two sides and above it there are cypress trees, symbolizing Solomon’s Temple.