Elements of the Celtic horoscope pre-dates Stonehenge by a thousand years and thereby suggests that however limited the people of the period may have been, some were sufficiently intelligent to identify and interpret patterns between events in their environment with those occurring in the Universe. Because the Celtic horoscope categorizes trees with the star signs of individuals it seems reasonable to suggest that the closeness between nature and the universe was recognised even than. Nature is not simply our environment it is a part of the bigger environment that is the universe and all the atoms that go to make it whole.
A very distinguishing aspect of the Celtic horoscope is that the Celtic Zodiac symbols are reflected by an association with trees. In fact twenty two trees consisting of the following:
Apple, Ash, Beech, Birch, Cedar, Chestnut, Cypress, Elm, Fig, Fir, Grove Beech, Hazelnut, Lime, Maple, Mountain Ash, Oak, Olive, Pine, Poplar, Walnut, Willow and Yew.
The periods associated with each of the trees does not follow the calendar that we follow today. This could be a reflection of the differences between our environment then and now. Obviously the first significant difference between Western and Eastern horoscopes and the Celtic horoscope is the appearance of twenty two Celtic Zodiac symbols instead of just twelve. However the differences do not end there, because the Celtic horoscope also identifies thirty nine time periods with which it associates the twenty star sign categories. In addition the majority of Celtic star signs are used more than once in the Celtic cycle, for example the star sign of the Cedar covers two separate periods between the 14 August until 18 August and then again the 9 February until the 18 February. Compare this with the Beech tree star sign which occurs only on the 22 December.
The Celtic horoscope is undoubtedly very different to any other which could be for any number of reasons apart from the fact that it is a very old astrological system. As a small island race the Celts possibly focused on their environment more than other Europeans who were able to venture further on land and meet other cultures. The notion of categorizing people with trees may have been more appropriate for the period as wood would have been an easily recognised theme. While the unusual periods identified are more difficult to understand, but likely deal with specific environmental moods that provided a pattern Celtic astrologers were able to identify.
Research into the Celtic horoscope is ongoing in an attempt to understand its interpretations and thereby improve its association with the strategic thinking of both Western and Eastern astrology.