Hazel Moon: Celtic Tree Calendar
The Celtic name for the hazel tree is ‘coll’ meaning ‘nine’, and the Hazel Moon is the ninth month of the Celtic Tree Calendar. A myth tells how nine nuts of wisdom fell from the hazel tree into a river where a magical salmon ate them. The salmon became the most prized catch of all the animals, gifted with shape-shifting powers and infinite wisdom.
A time for learning
The Hazel Moon offers you an opportunity to connect with your inner reserves of wisdom. Now is the time to listen to your intuition. Study of all kinds is blessed during the Hazel Moon, so energy that uses ancient knowledge is most effective now.
This is also an excellent time to learn to read Tarot Cards or Runes because lunar energy will enhance your memory and psychic powers. Maintain an optimistic approach and follow your enthusiasm.
Protection and renewal
Rods made from the wood of the hazel tree have traditionally been used for divining water and earth energies. The wood is pliant and supple and is immediately responsive to subtle energy vibrations and environmental changes.
As well as being an excellent source of protein, hazelnuts have long been used as a magical fertility charm. Carry one with you if you wish to conceive or collect a small bag of nuts as a traditional good luck gift for a bride.
Hazelnuts are also a symbol of good luck. If you find two hazelnuts in the same shell, eat one and throw the other over your left shoulder to make your wish come true.
Hazel Moon Energy
You can use the energetic powers of the hazel tree in your every day life. Use this time to inspire your inner creativity and wisdom or to ground yourself in nature.
You can use the qualities of hazel in a variety of ways in your energy working.
- Make an all-purpose wand from a straight twig of hazel wood the length of your forearm. Charge under the full Moon and use it to direct energy in your work.
- Draw a circle around your bed with a hazel stick to keep nightmares away.
- Eat a feast of salmon and hazelnuts before an exam to heighten your powers of concentration and boost your memory.
Hazel Energy in your life
Bring the creativity and inspiration of the Hazel Moon into your life both at work and at home.
- Enrol in an evening class. Now is an auspicious time to learn a new skill – try a painting class, learn a language or dance.
- Keep a journal. Just writing down your wishes and experiences will help you tune into your inner wisdom.
- Go outside at night and look at the Moon. Staying connected to nature will bring powerful insights and help you remain grounded.
- Feed your mind. Buy a book of inspiring quotes and read one each day to stimulate and sharpen your thinking.
Make a divining rod
You can use the energetic powers of the hazel tree to make your own diving rod.
- Cut a forked twig, less than a metre in length.
- Give thanks to the tree by pouring nourishing water onto its roots.
- Pass your rod through incense smoke and state your intention to learn about the mysteries of nature.
- Hold a fork in each hand and pull them apart so that the twig is under constant pressure. As you walk over a water source or energy line, the rod will twitch in your hand.
- Use your divining rod to explore the energies of sacred sites, old buildings and even your own home.
Practising this meditation will help you to move through creative blocks, open to inner guidance and develop your intuition.
- Approach a hazel tree from the north. When you are within the circumference of its branches, introduce yourself and ask permission to come closer.
- If it feels right to proceed, circle the trunk clockwise.
- Try to sense the spirit of the tree and open your heart.
- Sit with your back against the trunk and breathe deeply. Empty your mind and attune to the tree’s energy.