As the month of April comes to a close, we look back at the symbolism for the sign Aries (21 March-19 April) and forward to the symbolism that represents Taurus (20 April-20 May). Both signs bring with them unique symbols and stories - from diamonds and daisies to the maple, willow, and walnut trees - all deeply rooted in history, culture, and mythology.
Those lucky enough to be born in April count the diamond as their birthstone. Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac, is said to be passionate, confident, and enthusiastic, while the Taurus is known for stability, reliability, and practicality. Together these attributes make up what makes the diamond so unique and beloved.
Diamond, translated from the Greek word ‘adamas’ or ‘invincible’ is one of the hardest substances on earth. Symbolising strength, courage, and eternal love, diamonds have been prized throughout history for their beauty and value.
Hindu mythology believed diamonds were born from lightning striking rocks, while the Ancient Greeks thought that diamonds were formed from the tears of gods. Even today or for 20th century goddesses like Audrey Hepburn - herself a Taurus - diamonds have become synonymous with love, and she herself was gifted a 40-carat diamond ring from her then husband Mel Ferrer.
Birth Flower: Daisy
Daisies have been symbols of innocence, purity, and beauty throughout history, evoking themes of love, fertility, and new beginnings.
In ancient Roman mythology, daisies were associated with the goddess Venus, while in Medieval Europe, they were a popular motif in literature and art, symbolising purity and the Virgin Mary. In Japan, daisies are known represent rejuvenation, and are often featured in traditional tea ceremonies. Even literature and poetry have referenced daisies, with William Wordsworth describing them as “the poet's darling”.
Birth Trees: Maple / Willow / Walnut
The maple tree is a beloved symbol of natural beauty and cultural significance around the world. In Canada, the maple leaf is a national symbol, featured prominently on the country's flag, and is seen as a symbol of unity and resilience. In Celtic folklore, the maple tree is associated with creativity and inspiration, and was often used in divination rituals. The sap of the maple tree is a cherished resource, used to make maple syrup and other products, so the tree is also seen as a symbol of abundance and nourishment.
The willow tree is closely linked with intuition and introspection. For many cultures, from Chinese mythology to Celtic lore, it is associated with immortality, as it is believed that a tree can regrow from just a single, fallen branch. Said to possess magical powers, it is seen as the living embodiment of healing and protection, and is more often regarded as a feminine symbol of empathy and nurturing.
The walnut tree is a revered symbol in many cultures, known for its resilience, strength, and protection. In Chinese mythology, it is considered a symbol of longevity, with walnuts believed to offer health benefits. Celtic folklore associates the walnut tree with wisdom and inspiration, as it was believed that Druids used the tree's leaves to create a potent potion for prophetic visions. With its sturdy trunk and deep roots, the walnut tree is viewed as stable and grounding, making it a favourite talisman for those seeking inner strength and balance.