Confidence- Aries, Ram & Alder

Aries - March 21- April 19
Intention- Confidence
Animal- Bighorn Sheep
Plant- Alder Tree
Planet- Moon
Element- Fire
Number- 1

Astrology: Aries is considered to be brave, assertive, and dynamic. The Moon in Aries can signify feeling secure in your own sense of self, and feeling emotionally fulfilled by adventurous situations.

Alder is part of the Celtic Tree calendar for those born between March 18- April 14. The eighth year of the Eastern Zodiac is the year of the Goat, which can also be interpreted as Sheep or Ram, for those born in 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 & 2015.

Zoology: The Ovis family of sheep live in the wild across the Northern hemisphere and have been domesticated throughout the world. Depicted is the Bighorn Sheep, the males of which are referred to as Rams. During mating season, the Rams will headbutt each other with their horns to display dominance and strength to potential mates.

Herbalism: Alders are known as a pioneer species and will be the first trees to grow in barren environments or areas disturbed by wildfires. They grow near sources of water and their wood becomes very strong when soaked in water, which usually weaken other woods. When an alder tree is cut, the wood inside appears red. Alder wood was used to make shields for Celtic warriors due to its strength and lightness. They believed that when the shield was struck, it took their injuries and bled on their behalf. Alder bark is used in medicinal herbalism to treat poison oak, insect bites, and decrease inflammation.*

Folklore: Alder is associated with the Celtic god Bran, and rams are associated with the West African god Shango, Egyptian Khnum and Amun, Germanic Goddess Ostara, and Celtic Cernunnos. The Aries constellation is named after the golden ram from Greek myth, which features Hermes & Ares.
*Herbalism information disclaimer- Never take medical advice from a painting.

2022, 8x10", Acrylic paint, collaged fabric, ink & embroidery floss.