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PostSubject: The Ogham Alphabet   Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:16 pm

The Ogham Alphabet

"The Ogham (pronounced owam), or sacred Druidic alphabet, contained hidden secrets for magic and divination. Only the initiated could understand these occult meaning. The ancient Celts had a kinship with trees which is shown in this magical alphabet and in their tree calendar. Further proof of their respect for trees is in the old Celtic word for oak (Duir); the word Derwydd or Duirwydd (oak-seer) was probably the origin of the word Druid.

The Celts beleived that many trees where inhabited by spirits or had spirits of their own. This idea most notably applied to any tree with a strong aura around it. They also believed that certain trees had a healing influence on humans. From this ancient respect for the power of trees came the expressions 'touch wood' and 'knock on wood'.

Oak, ash, and thorn were called the faery triad of trees. Where they grow together,it is still said that faeries live.

The ancient Celts used the Ogham alphabet in performing magick. They also threw divination sticks engraved with the signs of the Ogham alphabet.

For divination, paint or engrave the symbols on one side of some flat sticks. Ice cream sticks or tongue depressors work well for this purpose. The symbols can also be drawn on cards and read as you do tarot. Choose seven sticks without looking. Concentrate on your question while holding them in both hands. Then gently toss them on the ground or floor in front of you. The closest sticks represent the present; the farthest represent the future. Any sticks that touch or overlap have a direct and enhanced influence on each other.

The Ogham signs may also be carved into candles or
used in writing out requests to be presented to the gods during rituals.

The trees of the Ogham alphabet were divided into three classifications, which had nothing to do with their physical form. They merely represented their order of importance to the Druids. Chieftains came first, followed by peasants and shrubs. Two symobls, the Grove and the Sea, are not actually trees; their inclusion points out the Druidic acknowledgments of the power of both the sea itself and a group of trees. The last five letters are called the Crane Bag and were given by the sea god Manannan.**

Beth - Birch

Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

Luis - Rowan

Month: December
Color: Grey and Red
Class: Peasant
Letter: L
Meaning: Controlling your life; Protection against control by others.

Fearn - Alder

Month: January
Color: Crimson
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: F, V
Meaning: Help in making choices; spiritual guidance and protection.

Saille - WIllow

Month: February
Color: listed only as bright
Class: Peasant
Letter: S
Meaning: Gaining balance in your life

Nuin - Ash

Month: March
Color: Glass Green
Class: Cheiftain
Letter: N
Meaning: Locked into a chain of events; Feeling bound.

Huathe - Hawthorne

Month: April
Color: Purple
Class: Peasant
Letter: H
Meaning: Being held back for a period of time

Duir - Oak

Month: May
Color: Black and Dark Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: D
Meaning: Secrity; Strength

Tinne - Holly

Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance fro problems to come

Coll - Hazel

Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.

Quert - Apple

Month: None
Color: Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: Q
Meaning: A choice must be made

Muin - Vine

Month: August
Color: Variegated
Class: Chieftain
Letter: M
Meaning: Inner development occuring, but take time for relaxation

Gort - Ivy

Month: September
Color: Sky Blue
Class: Chieftain
Letter: G
Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.

Ngetal - Reed

Month: October
Color: Grass Green
Class: Shrub
Letter: NG
Meaning: Upsets or surprises

Straif - Blackthorn

Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Chieftain
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth

Ruis - ELder

Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Color: Red
Class: Shrub
Letter: R
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.

Ailim - Silver Fir

Month: None
Color: Light Blue
Class: Shrub
Letter: A
Meaning: Learning from past mistakes; Take care in choices.

Ohn - Furze

Month: None
Color: Yellow Gold
Class: Chieftain
Letter: O
Meaning: Information that could change your life

Ur - Heather and Mistletoe

Month: None
Color: Purple
Class: Heather is Peasant; Mistletoe is Chieftain
Letter: U
Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level.

Eadha - White Poplar or Aspen

Month: None
Color: Silver White
Class: Shrub
Letter: E
Meaning: Problems; Doubts; Fears.

Ioho - Yew

Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

Koad - Grove

Month: None
Color: Many Shades of Green
Class: None
Letter: CH, KH, EA
Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.

Oir - Spindle

Month: None
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: TH, OI
Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.

Uilleand - Honeysuckle

Month: None
Color: Yellow-white
Class: Peasant
Letter: P, PE, UI
Meaning: Proceed with caution.

Phagos - Beech

Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming

Mor - the Sea

Month: None
Color: Blue-green
Class: none
Letter: AE, X, XI
Meaning: Travel
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