November 25 – December 23
The 13th Lunar month of the Celtic calendar is Elder. This tree marks a time of endings and beginnings.
Transition, Evolution, Continuation, Regeneration
The Elder, linked to the 13th moon, represents the end of a year and is a symbol of endings/death.
The Ancient Celts believed the Elder warded off pesky insects with its odour of white flowers and the essence of its leaves and branches were hung over doors to keep out evil spirits.
Just as the Elder represents banishment and death, it is then associated with rebirth and renewal.
In Celtic symbolism, the Elder is linked to the fairies and it is said that if you stand next to an Elder treat Midsummer’s Eve, the land of the fairies will be revealed to you. Furthermore fairies love music and dancing, especially from flutes made of elder wood.