Types of Astrology

Celtic Astrology And The Druids

Irish Astrology, also referred to as Celtic Astrology, is the astrological system practised by the ancient Irish or the Druids. Described in old Irish manuscripts it is based on an Irish Celtic Symbol system and not on any of the traditional systems such as Western, Chinese or Vedic astrologies.

The Celtic Zodiac is drawn from the beliefs of the Druids and is based on the cycles of the moon. The year is divided into 13 lunar months, with a tree (sacred to the druids) assigned to each month. Each tree has particular magical qualities whose secret mysteries come from the ancient shamanic alphabet, the Ogram. The origin of this Tree Alphabet is ascribed to the God of Poetry and Eloquence of Celtic Ireland, Ogam. He is also known as the Celtic Herkules.

The Druids were Celtic priests who inhabited much of Western Europe, Britain and Ireland until they were supplanted by the Roman government and, later, by the arrival of Christianity.

Some renowned Celtic scholars noticed, thanks to their vast understanding, that their were parallels between Celtic astrology and Vedic astrology. They discovered that the ancient Celtic astrologers used similar systems as those of the Vedic astrologers. Or perhaps vice versa.

Greek and Latin writers spoke of how the Celts were not only advanced in astronomy but that they were respected, especially by the Greeks, for their 'speculations from the stars'. Even the Romans paid tribute to their astronomy with some classical writers going as far as to say that the Celts were "masters of astronomy". One of the first to note that the ancient Celts believed the world to be round (not flat) was Martial (c. AD 40-103) who himself claimed Celtic ancestry.

The Irish (and the Celts generally) have a long tradition of astrological learning stretching back to a time before Christianity and the incoming of Greek and Latin learning. For too long now this rich tradition of Celtic Astrology has been sadly neglected.

Irish Astrology is about bringing awareness of the Celtic Symbolism that was used by the Druids in creating an astrological system that was used as early as the Vedic, Greek, or Roman systems.