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Celtic Animal Birth Signs

The day you were born can affect your personality according to the Celts, who likened us to a particular
animal according to our birthdays. The origins of this list are unknown.

  • December 24 - January 20
    • Animal:  Stag
      Gaelic Name:  Damh (Approximate pronunciation: Dav)
      Ruling Planet:  The Sun
      Key Words: Independence, Majesty, Integrity, Pride
      Gift Quality or Ability:  Sensitivity to other worlds, shape shifting, initiation,  journeying
      Birthstone: Crystal
      Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of adder and salmon. Will also relate well to the signs of seal, otter & goose. Difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs.
  • January 21 - February 17
    • Animal: Crane
      Gaelic Name: Corr (Approximate pronunciation: Corr)
      Ruling Planet: Uranus
      Key Words: Secret Knowledge, Eccentric, Patient
      Gift Quality or Ability: Crane people are unusually clever people with specialized skills and talents, with a progressive outlook on life.  Sense of the evolving spirit.  Sensitivity to the other world, journeying, magick.
      Birthstone: Peridot
      Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of bee and swan.  Will also relate well to the signs of bear, owl and cat.  Difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs.
  • February 18 - March 17
    • Animal: Seal
      Gaelic Name: Ron (Approximate pronunciation: Ron)
      Ruling Planet: Neptune
      Key Words: Spiritual, Loving, Super-sensitive.
      Gift Quality or Ability:  Seal people tend to have great compassion and are highly adaptable folk.  They are also the romantics and dreamers of life. Artistic and emotional.  Sensitivity to the other world.  Shape changing and connection with the faerie folk.
      Birthstone: Coral
      Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of otter and goose.  Will also relate well to the signs of salmon, stag, and adder.  Difficulties maybe expected in relation to all other signs.
  • March 18 - April 14
    • Animal: Bear
      Gaelic Name: Art (Approximate pronunciation: A as in cat, R as in English, T as in English Chin.  AiRCH)
      Ruling Planet: Mars
      Key Words: Achieving, Primal Power, Instinct.
      Gift Quality or Ability:  Bear people are very connected to their ancestral roots.  Filled with courage and a sense of adventure.  Extremely physical, extroverts.  Protection, journeying, and sensitivity to the other world.
      Birthstone: Ruby
      Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of cat and owl. Will also relate well to the signs of crane, bee and swan.  Difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs.
  • April 15 - May 12
    • Animal: Adder
      Gaelic Name: Nathair (Approximate pronunciation: na-CHair.  N, a in cat, T as in Chin, h – silent, air.)
      Ruling Planet: Moon
      Key Words: Transformation, Healing, Life Energy.
      Gift Quality or Ability: Adder people have a virtue of resourcefulness, that is one of their greatest strengths.  Strong interest in family.  Excellent memory.  Drawn to natural methods of healing.  Healing, magick, shape shifting and initiation.
      Birth Stone: Moonstone
      Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of stag and salmon.  Will also relate well to the signs of seal, otter and goose.  Difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs.
  • May 13 - June 9
    • Animal: Bee
      Gaelic Name: Beαch (Approximate pronunciation: beh-ach.  B, E as in get, A as in cat, CH as in German iCH.)
      Ruling Planet: Vulcan
      Key Words: Organization, Community, Analytical.
      Gift Quality or Ability:  Bee people are very charismatic and full of new ideas.  Lively spontaneity and the ability to communicate on every level. Influential and very social. Fertility and creativity.
      Birth Stone: Topaz
      Compatibility:  Harmonious relations with the signs of crane and swan.  Will also relate well to the signs of bear, cat and owl.  Difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs.
  • June 10 - July 7
    • Animal: Otter
      Gaelic Name: Dobhran (Approximate pronunciation: dav-rhan.)
      Ruling Planet: Jupiter
      Key Words: Family, Helpfulness, Intuitive.
      Gift Quality or Ability: Otter people are enterprising with a wide breadth of vision.  Very optimistic with a personal magnetism.  Protection, shape shifting, and journeying.
      Birth Stone: Diamond
      Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of goose and seal.  Will also relate well to the signs of salmon, adder, and stag.  Difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs.
  • July 8 - August 4
    • Animal: Cat
      Gaelic Name: Kati (Approximate pronunciation: ka-Chi.)
      Ruling Planet: Earth
      Key Words: Creative, Sensual, Nobility
      Gift Quality or Ability:  Cat people have a strong sense of personal integrity and a firm set of values.  Loyal and trustworthy.  Deep devotion to family.  Affectionate.  Protection, shape shifting and sensitivity to the
      other world.
      Birth Stone: Red Carnelian
      Compatibility:  Harmonious relations with the signs of owl and bear.  Will also  relate well to the signs of the crane, bee, and swan.  Difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs.
  • August 5 - September 1
    • Animal: Salmon
      Gaelic Name: Bradan (Approximate pronunciation: bra-TAN.)
      Ruling Planet: Mercury
      Key Words: Wisdom, Inspiration, Rejuvenation
      Gift Quality or Ability:  Salmon people have knowledge of the arts and science as well as good reasoning powers.  Perceptive and clever.  Keen observers.  Initiation, shape shifting, connection with faerie.
      Birth Stone: Amethyst
      Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of adder, and stag.  Will also relate well to the signs of seal, otter and goose.  Difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs.
  • September 2- September 29
    • Animal: Swan
      Gaelic Name: Eala (Approximate pronunciation: ellah.)
      Ruling Planet: Venus
      Key Words: Beauty, Love and Soul.
      Gift Quality or Ability:  Swan people are kind and gentle, adept in love and the social arts.  Calm and serene with a strong domestic sense.  Connection with faerie, shape shifting, and creativity.
      Birth Stone: Emerald
      Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of crane and bee.  Will also relate well to the owl, cat and bear.  Difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs.
  • September 30 - October 27
    • Animal: Goose
      Gaelic Name: Geadh (Approximate pronunciation: Gia-gh.)
      Ruling Planet: Moon
      Keywords: Veiling, Direction, Vigilance, Stamina
      Gift Quality or Ability: Goose people are generous providers but also thrifty savers and investors regarding their future security.  They have a sharp intellect as well as a wit.  Artistic.  Protection, fertility, and
      creativity.
      Birth Stone: Opal
      Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of seal and otter.  Will also relate well to the signs of salmon, adder, and stag.  Difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs.
  • October 28 - November 27
    • Animal: Owl
      Gaelic Name: Cailleach-oidhche (Approximate pronunciation: Kall-eeck
      Oheeche.)
      Ruling Planet: Pluto
      Keywords: Wisdom, Change, Detachment.
      Gift Quality or Ability: Owl people have a powerful presence and personal magnetism that can both attract and overpower sensitive people.  Highly imaginative and passionate.  Initiation, sensitivity to the other world, magick.
      Birth Stone: Jasper
      Compatibility: Harmonious relations with the signs of cat and bear.  Will also relate well to the signs of bee, swan and crane.  Difficulties may be expected in relation to all other signs.
  • November 25 - December 23
    • Animal: Raven
      Gaelic Name: Bran (Approximate pronunciation: Bran.)
      Ruling Planet: Saturn
      Gift Quality or Ability:  Raven people have a constructive approach to life. They will continue a struggle that would defeat most people.  They are very self-disciplined and patient.  Shape shifting, sensitivity to the other world, connection to the faerie.

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