Authority- Aries, Eagle & Cypress Tree

Aries- March 21- April 19
Animal- Eagle
Plant- Cypress Tree
Planet- Sun
Element- Fire
Number- 1

Astrology: Aries is considered assertive, confident, adventurous, courageous, and suited for leadership. Aries is the first house of the Western Zodiac, associated with personal identity, ambitions, and outward persona.
In Celtic tree astrology, the Eagle is associated with the Birch sign for those born December 24- January 20.

Zoology: “Eagle” is a term applied to many large, closely related birds of prey and is not a specific species. Eagles exist across all continents except for Antarctica. Eagles are considered “apex predators” since they are the largest type of bird and have no predators. Eagles have excellent eyesight, approximately four times sharper than that of humans, and their vision contributes to their formidable hunting skills.

Botany: The Cypress tree family contains Redwood, Sequoia, Juniper & Western Red Cedar, and includes some of the largest, tallest, and oldest trees in the world. These trees can prevent the growth of any smaller plants or trees beneath them by blocking their access to sunlight & water. Once a larger tree dies, the extra light from the gap in the canopy stimulates the smaller trees beneath it to competitively grow upward.

Folklore & Mythology: Due to their size and high dwelling places, in many of the regions they occupy Eagles appear in religion and folklore as a symbol of the sun, kings and leaders such as Zeus, Horus, the Garuda & Vishnu, Lugh, and Odin. Eagles are used as national symbols for many countries.

Cypress trees appear in folklore from Greece, Germany & North America. The Coast Salish people have a legend in which a generous man died and a Western Red Cedar grew where he was buried, continuing to provide for his people.

2020, 8x10", Acrylic paint, collaged fabric, ink, embroidery floss & nails.