By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Eadha or Edad is the Ogham of enlightenment. The Aspen or White Poplar tree is the wood it represents in the Ogham alphabet. It is also associated with divination, dreaming, and the altered states of consciousness in which communication with the spirits and ancestors occurs. It is very much a useful Ogham for the hedge witch to be used as a seal during a hedge ride. The Aspen tree is not a birth tree Ogham wood, nor is Eadha a birth tree Ogham. It is, however, the Ogham for the Autumn Equinox. Rather fitting, isn’t it?
Representations: Ancestry, Astral Projection, Communication, Courage, Discernment, Divination, Dreams, Enlightenment, Relationships [with Spirit], Vision Seeking
Ogham Letter: E
Colour: Red Speckled
Tarot: The Hermit
Plant: Yew tree
Divination Meaning: You must ask of yourself: How do I see the world? What gifts do my insights bring? I suppose if ever there was a time to question your intuitiveness it would be now. In divination, Eadha asks you to examine the tools you use to access Otherworldly wisdom. The Ancient Ones often used mind-altering herbs and plants for trips to the other side. They learnt through trial and error how much was enough and not too much. Not to say anyone uses mind-alteration via herbs and plants but I think the question is more to the point of “Am I using the correct tools in my practise to reach Divinity, ancestry, and any other Otherworldly Ones?” And, of course, those tools could include mind-altering herbs and plants.
How to Mend the Problem: Careful discrimination between illusion and reality is suggested. It can also refer to the tools of your divination work, or the “vehicles” used in your journeying work and whether they are physical, psychological, or spiritual… or all of the above and this is the meaning of the chthonic current… the oceanic current cautions about the dangers of visionary work: addiction, illusion, and intoxication. Celestial current suggests the possibility of enlightenment through the applied practise of vision seeking and dream incubation. In a nutshell, you must – through your intuitiveness and careful work with Divinity, find your answer to the questions above and judge whether you are risking too much and find a way to balance in all things.
The Hermit is the major arcana tarot card which best explains Eadha’s meaning. The Hermit is a card of soul-searching, introspection, being alone, and inner guidance. The Hermit carries a lantern or some type of light source in any type of deck. It shows that you are taking a break from everyday life to draw your energy and attention inward and find the answers you seek, deep within your soul. You realise that your most profound sense of truth and knowledge is within yourself and not in the distractions of the outside world. You leave behind the mundane to set off on a journey of self-discovery, led only by your inner wisdom and guiding light. If you have the time, it is a perfect time to go on a pilgrimage of sorts alone. When you allow yourself to tune in to your inner, guiding light, you will hear the answers you need and grow wise beyond your years. Find your light, shine it on your soul and create your unique path. You will see what lies ahead of you; from there, take one step at a time.
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The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray