The Wonderful Celtic Animal Zodiac

Druidic Symbols And Celtic Zodiac Animals

Let me introduce you to an interesting area of ancient Celtic lore. It’s a fantastic European Druidic astrology grouping with an ancient history going back many centuries.

celtic animal zodiac symbols - twelve animals

Celt animal collection

Every culture has the ancient idea of a different set of Celtic spirit animal signs or druid symbols for each cycle. This makes sense since the spirit animals around Native American culture, for example, will be different than Greek or Celtic. However, a strong focus on nature and their environment means not only are there plant and tree signs that act as a Zodiac match with your birth, but also animal symbols, as well. The Celts are well known for their mystical interpretation and the role of spirits in their culture. The Druids remain a symbol of mystery and mysticism to this day. If you are interested in learning more about the Celtic zodiac signs, then just read on to learn all about the meanings of each of the totem signs and discover how they were honoured and interpreted by the ancient Celt peoples.

let’s find out more about spirit animals and what the Celtic symbols represent.

Introducing the Celtic Animal Zodiac signs

The Stag (aka The Deer)
December 24th – January 20th

Western Zodiac Sign Equivalent: Capricorn

If your first thought, when you hear someone mention a stag, is royalty, then you’re not far off! A stag is a very powerful symbol in this society’s belief, and The Stag is no less prominent! Known for an air of nobility and an incredible honesty, stags are great supporters for new projects.

Common Celtic zodiac traits include being patient, thorough, and persistent. They can be proud, but that pride is earned from their natural hard work that allows stags to time and time again succeed where all others have failed. When they truly believe in a vision, they cannot be deterred!

The Cat
January 21st – February 17th

Western Zodiac Equal: Aquarius

Cats don’t mind being on the fringe so much, as it’s an excellent place for them to observe everything taking place. Cats are known for having almost a 6th sense when it comes to seeing the motivations or the emotional undercurrents of what is going on in any given situation.

Cats are known for having the ability to see things in a completely different light, and they have absolutely no fear of taking the road less travelled. This doesn’t mean that cats can’t figure out a situation as they are very rational by character, and their tendency to observe means they pick up on many details that others will miss.

Cats are very creative thanks in part to their unorthodox view of the world and tend to be kind and intelligent although sometimes they come across as a little aloof or out of touch due to being caught up in their own mental world.

The Adder (aka The Snake)
February 18th – March 17th

Western Equivalent: Pisces

The Celtic peoples would have understood the story of Adam and Eve quite well as snakes have a reputation for being natural communicators who can be extremely persuasive. Curious and always studying how interactions work in the immediate world around them, they can be amazing for rallying a group to a cause.

Snakes can also be very spontaneous and unpredictable, sometimes not even understanding their own motivations for a sudden urge or action. This can be exciting but also comes with a dark side: snakes don’t like it when things don’t go their way and can be extremely uncooperative if confronted harshly or pushed towards an action they disagree with.

The Fox
March 18th – April 14th

European Sign Equivalent: Aries

Some totem spirit animals just have the same reputation in every culture, and the fox seems to be one. Foxes are seen as cunning and sly, with the type of guile and intelligence that allows them to work a room. When you need someone to get you into (and out of) fantastic adventures, you’ll be hard-pressed to do
better than a fox.

Foxes can put some people off because of their sly reputation as well as an intense spirit that can’t be dominated. Foxes do display strong courage and although they don’t often show a sensitive and emotionally open side, foxes are extremely loyal and if they’ve chosen to honour you as a friend, you have a loyal friend for the rest of your life.

The Cow or The Bull
April 15th – May 12th

European Zodiac: Taurus

These spirit animals are known for broad shoulders and as a large and solid rock, and those zodiac traits carry over into the Celtic Zodiac signs they represent. The three most common characteristics to describe this sign are strong, stable, and caring. They can also be incredibly stubborn in defending those they love.

Cows/Bulls are known for being trustworthy individuals and having an incredible intuition. If someone is lying, they’ll know about it. Because of that intuition, they sometimes understand the bigger picture of what’s going on before others do and can come across as moody or be having a sudden swing in temperament for no reason. The truth is that often they’re just upset before everyone else is.

The Seahorse
May 13th – June 9th

Western Sign Equivalent: Gemini

Flexible, resourceful, and adaptable are three of the most common words used to describe a seahorse. Like the animal of their sign, they might not be the biggest or the strongest, but seahorses are clever and know how to adapt to almost any situation.

Seahorses often work well as lawyers or accountants because they understand complex systems like law and finance, and they know how to pull odds in their favour by using technicalities or loopholes.

Personality-wise, seahorses love being loved and feel very comfortable giving back affection. This makes them well-liked in general and helps explain how their sharp minds don’t conflict at all with their overall popularity.

The Wren
June 10th – July 7th

Traditional Zodiac: Cancer

This summer sign brings an interesting set of traits with it. Although wrens have a strong sense of moral responsibility, honour, and integrity, they don’t let this get in the way of their normally sunny dispositions. They love to cheer up their friends and are invaluable friends and comrades during difficult times.

Despite being natural caregivers and devoted friends, wrens work best on their own and are often self-employed because they are exceptional self-starters who know how to motivate themselves without help.

Balance is hard for the Wren. They are natural leaders who feel the weight of moral responsibility to others, but they have a free bird heart that would rather be travelling aimlessly without a single care in the world.

The Horse
July 8th – August 4th

Western Symbol Equivalent: Leo

The Celtic horse is a strong sign, and those bearing this Celtic symbol generally do it proud. Horses are powerful, exuberant, and very competitive. They don’t stay to the outside like cats or use cunning like foxes, they like to charge right in. Horses have a lot of talent and can normally back up their bravado, especially in the business world! Their boisterous and gregarious nature helps!

When it comes to planning out a strategy, they know how to navigate a forward path and are equally comfortable leading the team or being a part of a team as long as they get the recognition they deserve.

Horses tend to be headstrong and they don’t shrink away from adverse times, making them a great and welcome addition to almost any group, especially when there are plenty of challenges afoot.

The Salmon (aka The Fish)
August 5th – September 1st

European Symbol: Partial Virgo

The salmon is an animal zodiac sign that represents two worlds. Many salmons are introverts who need quiet time to dive deep within themselves for the answer, and inspiration often comes in the form of dreams or waking visions. They are quietly very intuitive and embrace a unique view of the world.

Many salmon tend to be artistic in nature and although their inside world can seem so far away the rest of us can’t follow, it makes for brilliant observations, poetry, art, and overall inspirational reactions when they come out of their world back to join the rest of us.

The Swan
September 2nd – September 29th

Western Sign Equivalent: Partial Virgo

Swans are natural aristocrats who have reached their place through spiritual growth and transformation. Swans tend to be eloquent, refined and pride themselves on high taste, not to mention a sharp eye for the beauty around them.

Swans can sometimes come across as detached, but the truth is they are very composed and often adhere tightly to a public code of conduct. They are still very passionate, especially as lovers, and they care deeply about the details. They simply aren’t as openly passionate about their feelings as say the wolf, the horse, or the wren.

The Butterfly
September 30th – October 27th

European Equivalence: Libra

Butterflies are among the most social of all the totem signs, they are gentle and caring souls but you must understand they simply don’t like to be held down for too long. They are dreamers who know how to brighten up anyone’s day and their natural empathy makes them extremely easy to befriend.

Butterflies might not always be there with undying loyalty like the wolf of the fox, but they always care and they will always make your day a little better for having been there.

The Wolf (sometimes referred to as The Hound)
October 28th – November 24th

Same As Western Sign: Scorpio

The term “Lone Wolf” can easily apply to many wolves, but remember that wolves are pack animals and they will be extremely loyal to a group – but a wolf chooses his/her pack. If a wolf appears anti-social, it just might be they don’t see you as a good fit for them in particular.

A wolf who accepts you as part of their inner circle will appear extremely social and gregarious with you and others they consider close.

Often misunderstood, there is still little doubt among anyone that wolves are brave, utterly fearless, and honourable with a capital “H.”

When you need an unflappable hero, an uncompromising warrior guided by honour, or someone to push you through to the end, a wolf is your best bet. Wolves have strong beliefs and are devoted to you as long as you’re in line with them, but a wolf can also be stubborn to the point of absolutely refusing to compromise.

Maybe more than any other animal sign, the same traits that can make the wolf an amazing force can also be their downfall. The stubbornness can be strength or weakness, depending on how things play out during any face-off.

The Hawk or The Falcon
November 25th – December 23rd

Equal To Western Sign: Sagittarius

Hawks and falcons are renowned for their eyesight in nature, and the same trait can be said of those who claim this Celtic sign. They care about the lofty view that comes with wisdom and knowledge and seeks to share both with others.

Those under this animal zodiac sign also can spot a clear target from a long way away, and pursue it with a direct single-minded force that even gets the attention of a wolf. However if there isn’t anything that grabs their interest they fill simply float from one project to another, one thought to another, until that major idea demands their full focus.

Although very open to new ideas, thoughts, and philosophies, you can count on hawks/falcons to always have an inherent moral and directional compass that always sees them returning back to a certain direction.

While falcons/hawks love to debate and hear ideas, they can be hard to convince as any idea strongly opposed to that internal compass will have a hard time gaining traction.

Closing Comments

These are the 13 signs of the Celtic Zodiac calendar. In some of these signs, it’s obvious to see what the traits are while others can be quite surprising. Some traits are clearly more inner focused than outer focused (Salmon, Falcon/Hawk, Wolf, Swan) while there are signs that go the other direction and absolutely excel in the social setting (Adder/Snake, Butterfly, Fox, Horse) and others are some combination of the two.

Druidic symbols tend to reflect the fact of how heavily tied to nature their philosophies and beliefs were. These aren’t two separate things but nature is intertwined in everything from religion and astrology to everyday life and interaction.

For those who are also interested in how the zodiac animals line up to the Celtic plant or tree signs, they partner up thus:

Stag or Deer – Birch
Cat – Rowan
Adder – Ash
Fox – Alder
Cow or Bull – Willow
Seahorse – Hawthorn
Wren – Oak
Horse – Holly
Salmon or Fish – Hazel
Swan – Vine
Butterfly – Ivy
Wolf or Hound – Reed
Falcon or Hawk – Elder

This is all the information you need to get a good feel for every one of the animal signs in the Celtic animal Zodiac and to follow up on the tree signs and more. This is a fascinating calendar, and one worth even more study!

animal image with thanks to Wicca Teachings

Some Often Asked Questions About the Celtic Zodiac And Animals

Questions often asked about this fascinating subject.

What Are The Celtic Zodiac Signs?

The Stag (December 24th – January 20th)
The Cat (January 21st – February 17th)
The Adder (February 18th – March 17th)
The Fox (March 18th – April 14th)
The Bull (April 15th – May 12th)
The Seahorse (May 13th – June 9th)
The Wren (June 10th – July 7th)
The Horse (July 8th – August 4th)
The Fish (August 5th – September 1st)
The Swan (September 2nd – September 29th)
The Butterfly (September 30th – October 27th)
The Wolf (October 28th – November 24th)
The Hawk (November 25th – December 23rd)

What Do Celtic Symbols Mean?

There are many Celtic symbols but the most commonly known involve the 3-pointed Triskele or Triskelion as it is also known. This symbol from the Greek for ‘3 legs’ can represent many cultural elements. For example, the Triskele can be said to represent motion energy (things that change) such as seasons, cycles and competition. The 3-arms of the Triskele are a matter for debate among symbologists with variations of meaning depending on the era involved. Taken as a group they can represent triads of importance. For example, Birth / Life /Death and Spirit / Mind / Body.

What Is A Celtic Sign?

There are different groupings of nature-based signs associated with the Celtic druid culture. The most common are sign groups of trees and animals. Trees were sacred to Celtic druids and their system of astrology (for one) was based around them. they were considered sacred, living entities possessing energy, knowledge and wisdom. These symbolised life death and renewal. According to the Celt’s Ogham (symbolic language base), animals were also close to the Celtic heart. Each animal was said to have a special bond with a tree in the Ogham. Again, we see a closeness to nature that dominated Celtic culture.

Are Celtic Symbols Irish Or Scottish?

Celtic symbols are associated with the Celtic peoples of the UK and Europe. In the UK, these encompass Irish, Scottish and Welsh elements. While there are common symbols to all it is also the case that different geographical groups have symbol variation. There are many symbols associated with the Celtic culture and there are differences in some symbol cases.

Are Druids Evil?

Druids are no more inherently evil than any other human grouping but have a bad reputation rooted in their relationship with Roman society. The Romans found they could not remove Druid beliefs in conventional ways such as battle and exile. The Druids, therefore, became demonised by Roman culture and later the Catholic church seeking to convert other spiritual or religious groups.




The Wonderful Celtic Animal Zodiac was last modified: October 1st, 2020 by Angharad