The Alder is the third month in the Celtic calendar. It is linked to Bran the blessed. The Alder protects in disputes helping you to see the real issues from the false. It is also considered to be a help in oracular strengths. Because the Alder was used for turnings and foundations, it is recognized to be linked with the raven as well.
The Alder can be recognized in the forest by it's long trunk and narrow crown and toothy leaves. It is a very thirsty tree and requires a lot of water but it is also an oily tree so it was used primarily for foundations and support beams as it is resistant to water damage. It's catkin-like fruit ripens in December.
Alder people can be like the Phoenix rebuilding themselves after each defeat or set back. They have tendencies to be oracles. They can be brutal in their frankness yet they are kind. They cannot only provide protection but may also be in need of protection spiritually because others may envy what they have and try to use it or take it for their own. They have to be careful not to abuse their gifts. Because Alders take 60 years to mature most Alder people can be very immature acting and make rash poorly thought-through decisions.
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