While there are many different types of astrology based on different cultures, most people following their sign base it off a commonly used set of constellations as imagined by the Greeks. However, the Celts have a rich tradition of associating animal signs with dates as well.
The Stag (Deer)
Dates: December 24 – January 20
This sign is all about dreaming for the greater good. Stags tend to have high ideals of how things should be, high aspirations, and dreams that involve breaking through boundaries to show people a better way. Although dreamers, in life they can be very methodical and practical to make that come true.
Dates: January 21 – February 17
When you need a new perspective on things, you call a cat. Whether you call it street smarts, women’s intuition, or creative problem solving, cats tend to be very intelligent albeit in a very unconventional sort of way.
Dates: February 18 – March 17
The adder is a snake, and snakes can be very persuasive. They are always studying how people work, how they interact, and thrive when studying hierarchies and social structures. Despite this calculating reputation they can also be very spontaneous and even a tad unpredictable at times depending on the circumstance.
Dates: March 18 – April 14
These story tellers and jokers have earned their reputation as sly, cunning, and very able to play two sides of a situation – sometimes just because they can. While these traits can lead to problems, foxes are also incredibly loyal. Once they view someone as a friend, they are a friend through thick and thin until the very end. Very few signs have this level of loyalty – although it might be a bit of a chore earning it.
Dates: April 15 – May 12
Strong, supportive, stubborn, bulls are much like their sign and are a force that won’t be moved when rough times hit hard. These are the ones who are there when you need a shoulder to cry on or someone to listen to you.
Dates: May 13 – June 9
Flexible, resourceful, clever. The seahorse is a sign that is hard to pin down as they are so malleable, but that is part of what makes them so interesting and unique!
Dates: June 10 – July 7
Self-motivated, the wren sweeps away spring and brings in the summer. These people know change isn’t to be feared and they have no problem with re-inventing themselves when it’s time to change once again. Always a fresh adventure with this sign!
Dates: July 8 – August 4
Many powerful people come from the sign, showing an exuberance, power, and natural presence that allows them to flourish in places of business and leadership. A project can always use a good horse as part of the team.
Dates: August 5 – September 1
Salmon tend to be artists, visionaries who know how to dive within to find inspiration when the world around them isn’t providing – but it can take time to learn how to help others see what’s so clear on the inside.
Dates: September 2 – September 29
The eloquence of the swans sets them apart but don’t mistake this for coldness. They can be very passionate lovers, they just do it with an uncommon elegance.
Dates: September 30 – October 27
People under this sign tend to be social butterflies and are gentle souls who love talking about dreams – both theirs and other people’s.
Dates: October 28 – November 24
These people are fearless, like the wolf, also showing a pack loyalty. This isn’t necessarily with family, as these individuals choose their own family and protect them with complete loyalty. They tend to be strong willed and often may even be lone wolves, but they are the best at having your back.
The Hawk (possibly The Falcon)
Dates: November 25 – December 23
Hawks care deeply about wisdom, and have a remarkable sight when it comes to looking at the big picture. Considered flightly by many and not willing to commit, the truth is when they see something they want they go after it with unstoppable tenacity. They just don’t have time to waste on uninteresting projects when there is so much out there.
These are the animals of the ancient Celtic zodiac mythology that became a staple in Celtic belief systems.