A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Seventeen

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @iseabail_witchwriter

Ogham Ohn
Ogham Ohn ~ photo by i.macy

Ohn is the Ogham mark for the needle-bearing, non-conifer tree, Gorse, or Furze, from old Celtic dialect.  Truthfully, Gorse is considered more of a hedge plant than a tree, although they can grow to about 15 feet in height if not pruned back.  Ohn is also the Ogham for the Spring Equinox sabbat of Beltane.  It is not a Celtic Birth Tree Ogham.  Folklore has it that Ohn/Gorse is effective against faerie mischief.

Representations:  Fertility, Hope, Prosperity, and Protection

Ogham Letter:  O

Number:  17

Colour:  Gold, Yellow

Tarot: The Chariot

Animals:  Bees, Cormorant, Hare, Harrier Hawk

Plant:  Heather

Divination Meaning:  When you pull the Ohn Ogham, the question you must ask yourself is, “Where is my journey taking me? How shall I follow my path?”  A hint:  First look at the part of your life you’re in.  Are you young? Middle-aged? Older? When Ohn appears in your reading, it can indicate that you need to examine the direction of your life… maybe you’re about to take a trip; it can indicate emotional journeys such as changes of mind or heart. And, Ohn can also indicate if you need to make a spiritual journey such as meeting with ancestors in the Otherworld or finally meeting your Spirit Guardian.  Use your intuition to know where your journey lies. If you are to embark on a physical journey, Ohn is a magick amulet for you as physical protection; it is also well to have on hand for spiritual and emotional journeys.

How to Mend the Problem:  If you find physical travel is ahead for you, tend to mending any faults with your personal vehicle if you plan to use it.  Plan your trip to the best of your ability to minimise delays at airports and reduce travel times by taking the most direct but safest routes.  If you are called to go on a spiritual journey, it is always wise to first meet and form a relationship with your Spirit Guardian and animal if you have not done already.  Again, you must prepare for the journey.  And, if your journey is an emotional one, prepare yourself by committing yourself to being courageous… use talismans to this effect, if you feel necessary, and know that you will be deeply affected, however, it is a necessary journey to lay to rest the thing[s] which trouble your heart most.

the Chariot
Shadowscapes The Chariot ~ photo by i.macy

The tarot card I find is most relatable is The Chariot.  Notice, no matter which deck you use, the Warrior is upright, brave, and victorious.  He/she holds no reins… he is in control through the strength of his will and mind.  Although her beasts are pulling in different directions [in my case, a pair of Unicorns lead the way in my Shadowscapes deck], the charioteer uses her willpower and sheer resolve to steer the chariot forward in the direction she wants.  This is exactly what you wish to do in your journey as well.

You can catch up the first sixteen blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen, Part Fourteen, Part Fifteen, and Part Sixteen by clicking on these respectively.

Many thanks for reading my blog.  Warmest blessings to those whom this way wander x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Sixteen

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @iseabail_witchwriter

Ogham Ailm
Ogham Ailm ~ photo by i.macy

The Silver Fir is the main tree for which the Ogham Ailm represents, however, in some other circles the Elm tree is also marked by Ailm.  To confuse the issue further, Silver Fir is not mentioned in my first blog [see Sources below the link] regarding the Celtic Birth Tree Calendar and the representation of each tree’s Ogham alphabet.  One chart uses Pine in the place of Fir. The Ailm Ogham, all the more confusingly, represents all three trees:  Elm, Fir, and Pine.  For our purposes, should we create an Ogham set for ourselves from the twenty woods needed, it seems the prevailing wood for Ailm by the Druids is Silver Fir.  Ailm is the Ogham for the 23rd of December, the beginning of Yule.

While Silver Fir is not, as stated, a Birth Tree, it is called “The Birth Tree”.  It is used in protection spells for mothers giving and having given birth.  One of the ways is by burning the needles in the birthing room.  An excellent way to bring this into the 21st century is to create a loose incense with the Fir [or Pine] needles to burn on a charcoal block. Fir is also one of the Nine Sacred Woods.

Representations:  Far-sightedness, Beginnings/Endings, Pregnancy/Birth, Understanding, Intuition, Psychics,  Manifestation, Epiphany

Ogham Letter:  A

Number:  16

Colour:  Piebald – spotted/black/white/speckled

Tarot:  The Tower

Animals:  Lapwing

Plant:  Fir,  Pine, Elm

Divination Meaning:  You must question yourself again… What work am I starting? How am I being initiated?  Ailm is the Ogham of beginnings and endings combined. As one comes into this life, so is one born into the next.  You must study the part[s] of your life going through transition and look ahead into your own future.  You will be able to see what is beyond and what is coming.   When Ailm appears in divination, a new thing is coming into being.  Someone you know may be about to give birth, or you are beginning a new project; you are full of excitement and creativity, an epiphany is about to happen. It could also indicate that your spirituality is about to experience a great growth spurt. But no matter what is coming, you must realise that it is going to happen.  How it happens is largely up to you as to whether you will drag your feet and make it painful or whether you will open yourself willingly to the change and go through it with grace.

How to Mend the Problem:  The chthonic current of Ailm is life and death… the oceanic current of Ailm is being on the threshold of something new and exciting; being on the brink of discovery – on the verge of the “aha moment”.  You are standing at the threshold of a very important passage in your life.  You may be about to give birth to a baby… or perhaps a brand-new idea… or you will learn that you have acquired the spirituality you have worked so dedicatedly for.  Perhaps you will make a discovery which can help all of mankind.  Here, you and you alone must see into your own future and decide what it will be. Your intuition is going to be necessary.  The Universe feels you are ready for the passage.  You would do well to trust the Universe and in yourself for you have learned all you need to know at this point to make this passage. But do understand, the passage itself cannot be rushed, nor can you stop it; this is not in your hands.  Take your time and savour it. It will be worth it.

One further note, if you are pulling three staves in a reading, and pull the Ur stave along with Ailm as one of your three,  it will have to do with Death… and do remember that to pull the Ur stave, just as with the Death card in tarot does not always, and rarely means, physical death. Always make note of where it falls…Past, Present, or Future.

The Tower
The Tower ~ photo by i.macy

The tarot card with goes so well with Ailm is The Tower.  Of that I’m aware, there are no “upright” or “reverse” meanings in the Ogham.  Your stave will represent both sides of the coin, as it were.  Your foresight into your situation will tell you whether the meaning is fabulous or not so much.  Still, as previously mentioned, the Universe feels you are ready for this.  The Tower card in the Upright position means to expect the unexpected – massive change, upheaval, destruction and chaos. It may be a divorce, death of a loved one, financial failure, health problems, natural disaster, job loss or any event that shakes you to your core, affecting you spiritually, mentally and physically. There’s no escaping it. Change is here, but trust me, it’s for your Highest Good. In the Reversed state, The Tower suggests that you are undergoing a significant personal transformation and upheaval. This differs from the experience of the upright Tower where the change is often because of external circumstances and may even feel forced upon you. After a Tower experience, you will grow stronger, wiser and more resilient as you develop a new perspective on life you did not even know existed. These moments are necessary for your spiritual growth and enlightenment, and truth and honesty will bring about a positive change, even if you experience pain and anxiety throughout the process.

The Ailm Ogham does the same for you.

You can catch up the first fifteen blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen, Part Fourteen, and Part Fifteen by clicking on these respectively.

Many thanks for reading my blog and warmest blessings to those whom this way wander x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Fifteen

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @iseabail_witchwriter

Ogham ruis
Ogham Ruis ~ photo by i.macy

We shall now delve into the mysteries of the Ogham, Ruis, which is of the Elder tree, a Celtic Birth Tree for those born between 25 November and 23 December.  The Elder tree represents the Dark Half of the year and is associated with the Crone aspect of the Triple Goddess. But the focus is on its Ogham, Ruis, which loosely means “red” from the Irish Gaelic word, “Rúad”.  And, as you will read, Ruis will make you “see red”! And, it will help you to learn not to. Those born in the Elder lunar month are very passionate.

Representations:  Passion, Jealousy, Sexuality, Guilt, Envy, Love, Love of Life, Devotion to Deity, Healing

Ogham Letter:  E

Number:  15

Colour:  Bright Red, Light Red

Tarot:  Judgement

Animals:  Black Horse, Pheasant, Raven, Rook

Plant:  Dandelion

Divination Meaning:  What am I passionate about?  How do my passions help or harm me? These are the questions one must ask themselves if they draw the Ruis Ogham.  We are now delving into the emotions that may either help or harm, depending upon their use. What happens to arouse your emotions to guilt and frenzy?  These are the symptoms of a wider desire and you must suss out the source to begin “training” them to do good or to eliminate them from your life.  You are the judge and jury.

How to Mend the Problem:  Like Passion itself, Ruis can be steeped in joy or hatred. Jealousy and Rage are part and parcel to this Ogham’s energies; however, they can be turned to passionate love as well.  This pertains to any extreme emotion you may feel you’re having a problem with.  You can turn extreme hatred into love… whatever the emotion, you can control it with the power of Ruis and your own intuition and mindfulness. However, the chthonic current of Ruis is a difficult one as most of its meanings are emotions which people find hard to face. Still, there are also positive passions found with Ruis and because of this, as we can learn from Hinduism, we can turn our anger [insert emotion of choice] into cleansing through self-reflection and examination and thereby turning a societally harmful emotion into one of social activism and a deep desire for Justice, or expressing that emotion through healing work.  Ruis gives powerful focus and energy to overcome difficulties.

Judgement
Shadowscapes Judgement card ~ photo by i.macy

In examination of what Ruis means, I find the Judgement tarot card comes to mind strongly. This is because Judgement calls upon us to rise and embrace a higher level of consciousness for the service of our Highest Good.  Both Ruis and Judgement indicates that you need to make a life-changing decision, and they tend to show up when you are close to reaching a significant stage in your journey.  This is the time when you will review and re-evaluate your past experiences and have learned from them. All the pieces of the puzzle of your life are finally coming together to form one, unified picture of your life story. This integration has healed deep wounds, and you are now able to put the past behind you. You have found your absolution, having cleared any wrongdoings or regrets, and releasing any guilt or sadness about the past. This purging process will leave you refreshed and ready to take on any new challenges.

You can catch up the first fourteen blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, Part Thirteen, and Part Fourteen by clicking on these respectively.

Many thanks for reading my blog.  Warmest blessings to those whom this way wander x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Fourteen

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @iseabail_witchwriter

Ogham Straif
Ogham Straif ~ photo by i.macy

Blackthorn is a winter tree and it has black bark and vicious thorns, or “spines”. It has delicious berries called sloes which only ripen and sweeten after first frost.  It is a formidable tree and yet, it is a protective tree, a tree of authority and strength. It is wise not to go up against Blackthorn for it will always win. Blackthorn’s Ogham letter is called Straif, which sounds much like ‘strife’. It is not a Birth Tree Ogham, but it is the Ogham for the dark half of the year and its date is 31 October.  If you were born on this date, you could easily call it your birth tree.  Be forewarned though, the meanings of Blackthorn and Straif may not be ones you wish to be associated with. Or again, perhaps you do. Straif’s chthonic current speaks of secrets and the preservation of secret knowledge.  It can refer to magickal or occult mysteries and to a depth of magickal and spiritual practise. Straif reminds us to expect the unexpected.  Sudden reversals of fortune are possible. The spiritual direction is to use divination in whatever manner you get best results from to help lead you through the journey of change and your intuition will help guide your discernment.

Representations:  Authority, Control, Protection, Strength, and Truth

Ogham Letter:  St, SS

Number:  14

Colour:  Dark Purple, Grey, White or Yellow

Tarot:  Wheel of Fortune

Animals:  Bees, Butterfly, Thrush

Plant:  Houseleek

Divination Meaning:  Pulling the single stave, Straif, means unexpected change, plans altered, plans ruined.  Always be prepared for the unexpected with the appearance of Straif.  You must question yourself:  What part of my life needs a total change?  How am I being transformed?

How to Mend the Problem:  Change can be managed through spiritual work when Straif is an influence. Straif gives the ability to transform attitudes in healing. Despair can become hope. This Ogham is good for work with the emotions and for transforming deep-seated issues that have strong roots in the past, changing things without destroying the vessel.  Leave off any negative view you may have.  Clinging to old ways and facing challenges with anger, resentment, and stubbornness will only hurt you more. Accept the changes and move on with grace. Realise your life has changed dramatically and emerge reborn.

Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune ~ photo by i.macy

Many wrongly assume the Death card in tarot would be most likely the partner for Straif.  Not at all.  Yes, of course, you must “die” to some old ways so that you can rebirth to new and healthier ways. The Wheel of Fortune card is the best partner to Straif.  The upright Wheel of Fortune card asks you to be optimistic and have faith that the Universe will take care of your situation in the best way possible. Meditation and visualisation can reinforce your intention to bring increased abundance, good fortune and prosperity to you. Your life is about to turn in more positive directions if you are willing to grow and expand. Keep your mind open to all kinds of synchronicities and signs from the Universe. The magick of fate and destiny is behind you, and miracles are happening. However, when the Wheel of Fortune is reversed, your luck and fortune may take a turn for the worst. You may experience unexpected change or negative forces could be at play, leaving you feeling helpless. You have a choice: you can do nothing, and hope things will get better, or you can act to improve your situation. See this moment as your opportunity to take control of your destiny and get your life back on track.  So, like the wheel, what comes round goes round… and refer to the upright to fix the upside down.

You can catch up the first thirteen blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, Part Twelve, and Part Thirteen by clicking on these respectively.

Many thanks for reading my blog. Warmest blessings to those whom this way wander x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Thirteen

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @iseabail_witchwriter

OGHAM NGETEL
Ngetel Ogham ~ photo by i.macy

Ngetal is the Ogham for Reed.  I know… a Reed? It gives way to thought to skinny grasses growing up from marshes and estuaries, but the Reed can become quite woody and thick giving its strength and protection to thatched roofs for centuries.  Reed is also instrumental in the making of woodwind instruments [pun intended], and other by-gone era uses included arrow shafts and writing pens.

Ngetal /Reed is also the Celtic Birth Tree for those born between 28th October and 24th November. Reed signs among the Celtic tree “astrology” signs are the secret keepers. You dig deep inside to the real meaning of things and discover the truth hidden beneath layers of distraction. When there is a need to get to the heart of the matter, most certainly the Reed sign will find the core.  It’s a kind of magick. Reed is the 12th month of the Celtic Tree Calendar and the 13th letter of the Ogham alphabet.

Representations:  Healing, Growth, Harmony, Protection, Loyalty, Unity, and Will

Ogham Letter:  NG

Number:  13

Colour:  Pale Green

Tarot:  The Magician

Animals:  Kingfisher, Geese, Owl

Plant:  Watermint, Broom, Fern

Divination Meaning:  You will find order where others create chaos and disorder. Also means healing and you should be aware of your health, mentally and physically.  Ask yourself, “where am I wounded? What in my life requires healing?” Use your strengthening intuition to decide the whether it is yourself or someone else who needs healing.  Of course, as always in a three-stave draw, be sure to check what your other two staves tell you and remember the draw of the stave is important.  Is it past, present, or future?

How to Mend the Problem:  Ngetal requires direct action. Particularly if the “wound” is in urgent need of healing… keep your target in sight and do not be distracted; stay grounded.  By keeping to simple laws of order this will not be difficult.  Keep your wits about you when others are being chaotic. Insist upon harmony in stressful situations.

Ngetal is protective.  For physical healing, it is not untoward to draw this Ogham onto the body of the indisposed near or above or over where healing is called for. The same goes for spiritual or mental healing.  To wear Ngetal when ill makes it a talisman for healing.

The Tarot card I believe best represents Ngetel is The Magician. The Magician stays grounded with one foot on the ground; in some decks such as my Shadowscapes, he sits on the balls of his feet.  One hand points more upwards… to the Universe, and the other is downward, to Earth. He looks both forward to new ideas and is grounded to the ways that are proven. He alone knows best how to manifest what is either desired or needed. He is the epitome of harmony. And very often, healing requires harmony and grounding and a bit of the old ways along with new ways.

You can catch up the first twelve blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, Part Eleven, and Part Twelve by clicking on these respectively.

Many thanks for reading my blog. Warmest blessings to those whom this way wander x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Twelve

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @iseabail_witchwriter

Ogham Gort
The Ivy Ogham, Gort ~ photo by i.macy

I call it the “seeker’s” Ogham, Gort.  Gort is the Ogham for the Ivy plant… again, the Celtic people did not always choose the wood of trees but sometimes vines and reeds, depending upon the meaning of certain woods to them which would indicate what would be used for each Ogham alphabet.  Whilst Gort is the twelfth letter of the Ogham alphabet, the Ivy it represents is the eleventh lunar month of the Celtic Tree Calendar and this brings us to Gort being the “sign” for those born between 30 September and 27 October.  People born during this time are notorious for sticking by their friends and creating long lasting connections. Ivy / Gort is always seeking and spreading, leaving everything stronger in its wake, much the way the people born during this lunar month do with others.  You will come to understand yourself better through Gort;  I would even go so far as to say you may find your full purpose in life through Gort. It will lead you down the right roads, but always take care to use your intuition to know whether it is right for you, or not.

Representations:  Friendship, Happiness, Healing, Prosperity, Protection, Steadfastness, and Tenacity

Ogham Letter:  G

Number:  12

Colour:  Blue, Light Brown

Tarot:  The Sun

Animals:  Mute Swan, Butterfly, Lark, Swallow

Plant:  Woody Nightshade

Divination Meaning:  This is not the time to be alone. But you are probably not one to be alone much, therefore, feel free to cleave unto your friends.  Whatever it is you may need help with, they will be there for you as you are always there for them.  Drawing the Gort Ogham can also mean prosperity is coming, for which you must be patient. If drawing three Ogham staves in a reading, pay particular care to the meanings of the other two and in what order each draw was made.

How to Mend the Problem:  Recognise that “group unconsciousness” has an effect upon you and go inward to learn more about the self. Enter “group mind” with joy and assist others with their spirituality as they assist you in yours.  We are all intertwined as is the Ivy; we can all be successful by supporting each other.  Gort symbolises many forms of abundance; the rewards of patience are many. There is a general air of gratitude and plenty, with an assurance of ease in the situation though it may have been long in coming.  Give thanks always.  Do keep in mind that you will find further meaning from each Ogham as your intuition develops.  These are but a guideline.

Gort resonates with The Sun card in tarot.  The Sun represents success, radiance and abundance. The Sun gives you strength and tells you that no matter where you go or what you do, your positive and radiant energy will follow you and bring you happiness and joy. People are drawn to you because you can always see the bright side and bring such warmth into other people’s lives. This beautiful, warm energy is what will get you through the tough times and help you succeed. You are also in a position where you can share your highest qualities and achievements with others. Radiate who you are and what you stand for; shine your love on those you care about.

You can catch up the eleven blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, Part Ten, and Part Eleven by clicking on these.

Many thanks for reading my blog.  Warmest blessings to those whom this way wander x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Eleven

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @iseabail_witchwriter

Ogham_Muin
Muin Ogham ~ photo by i.macy

This week we shall look at the Ogham, “Muin”, which is the Ogham for Vine.  Not all “birth trees” are exactly trees as you may have learned already. Vine has been around in Britain for a very long time, possibly brought by the wine growing Romans. Because of the effects of wine loosening the tongue, it is thought of as the inducer of truth and Vine is also related to prophetic powers.  Muin / Vine is the Ogham / tree for those born between 2 September and 29 September per the lunar calendar adopted by the early Celtic peoples.  It is the eleventh consonant of the Ogham; however, it is the tenth lunar month of the Celtic Tree Calendar.

Representations:  Protection, Peace, Intuition, Truth, Communication, Re-birth, Reincarnation, Prophecy, and Inspiration

Ogham Letter:  M

Number:  11

Colour:  Pink, White

Tarot:  Temperance

Animals:  White Swan

Plant:  Ivy

Divination Meaning:  When you draw the Vine Ogham stave [or card, or piece of paper], use your intuition to delve into yourself to find the deep level in which you must act to deal with an issue.  Only you can know what your issue is, but you do know what it is. You know that you already know the answer, but you must justify it within yourself and bring about a satisfying agreement between your head and heart.  You already have that peace within you. Your intuitiveness, which has been growing stronger, will help you mend this problem… it will be all about truth now.  Truth to yourself.

How to Mend the Problem:  Allow your senses to speed your inner developing intuition and place your trust into this knowledge when it is acting strongly.  Open yourself to harvest and gather all signs and omens that you’re capable of understanding.  Every problem can not be repaired by reasoning.  You are learning that when reasoning fails, it is time to rely on truth and intuition.  The more you use it, the stronger it becomes… like any talent or gift.

I choose the Tarot’s major arcana card, Temperance, as a companion reading to the Muin ogham. The Temperance card is the Tarot’s way of indicating that peace will not be arriving, because you already have it within you, just as the Muin ogham does.  Both signal to you that the only way to solving your dilemma is to find that peace and figure out what is the proper way to attaining it.  If you look to the signs around you, they will guide you… your intuition will know them and help you settle upon the right decision.

You can catch up the first ten blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, Part Nine, and Part Ten by clicking on these.

Many thanks for reading my blog.  Warmest blessings to those whom this way wander x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Ten

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @iseabail_witchwriter

Ogham Quert
Ogham Quert stave and oracle card ~ photo by i.macy

One of my personal favourites this week – Apple.  Apple, as in the Ogham, “Quert”, which is not a birth tree in the Celtic Tree Calendar [though some schools of thought vary] but is the 10th consonant of the Ogham and is the tree / ogham representing the light half of the year, from 2nd May until 31st October.

As was during the time of the first couple, Adam and Eve, the apple was about choice.  Choose to eat the apple and have boundless knowledge or choose not to eat the apple and live all their days in the bliss of a perfect garden. There have been many stories regarding the apple and choices since, however, the thing you must always remember when drawing the Quert stave, card, or paper, is that you will need to make a choice.  What you find and what you feel must be done is ultimately down to your own intuition.

Representations:  Choices, Protection, Generosity, Regeneration, Prosperity, Strength, Communication, Knowledge, Love, Beauty, Attraction

Ogham Letter:  Q

Number:  10

Colour:  Pink, Yellow Green

Tarot:  The Lovers

Animals:  Butterflies, Cedar Wax-Wing, Grosbeak

Plant:  Calla Lily

Divination Meaning:  Choice is to be made.  Delve into yourself and find that one very important choice you know you have been putting off… you have put it off because you are unsure of what to decide, although you do know what the choices are.

How to Mend the Problem:  You must finally bring this choice out and dust it off. Take a good, long look at it.  Think with your head, if you must, but at the end of the day, you must rely upon your intuition.  You already know what to decide, you only need now to commit.

Many paths of learning are open to you on your journey.  Choose one and commit. It is better to be Master of one than Master of none.  This may include your path in witchcraft or a career choice or even a choice of suitors. When you master a path, others will follow.

The Major Arcana card, The Lovers, correlates heavily with Quert in divination. The Lovers is very much about choice – determining values and struggling with choices.  Though it can be romantic in nature, it is not necessarily so. Your intuition will bring out the meaning for you.

You can catch up the first nine blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, Part Eight, and Part Nine by clicking on these.

Many thanks for reading my blog and warmest blessings to those whom this way wander x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Nine

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @iseabail_witchwriter

Ogham Coll
Hazel Coll Ogham ~ photo by i.macy

The ninth lunar month of the Celtic calendar is from  5th August to 1st September.  The tree for this lunar month is Hazel and Hazel’s Ogham alphabet is “Coll”, which is also the 9th consonant of the Ogham alphabet.  Nine is a very sacred number to the Coll Ogham and to the Hazel tree.  This number will come into your divination with the Ogham frequently.  There is a tale of the Secret Salmon [the salmon being one of the animals sacred to the Hazel].  This legend see the salmon swimming under the overhanging Hazel tree, and he ate the nine nuts of poetic wisdom. He had nine spots upon him which denoted the nine nuts. There are nine representations which Coll gives us.  Hazel/Coll indicates intuition to lead to the source, to divination, to meditation, and to poetry.

** I must mention here that when you draw a stave, you do not necessarily need to ask a question.  The staves you draw will be your guide for the day or week, depending on how often you like to draw them.

Representations:  Creativity, Divination, Inspiration, Introspection, Knowledge, Healing, Protection, Intuition, Wisdom

Ogham Letter:  C

Number:  9

Colour:  Dark Blue

Tarot:  The Empress

Animals:  Crane, Salmon

Plant:  Vervain

Divination Meaning:  When your query draws the Coll stave, meditate a few moments by holding the Hazel in your hand, if you are using wooden Ogham staves or if you are using the Celtic Tree Oracle cards, hold the Coll card in your hands and gaze upon it in meditation, with the question in your mind as to how does Coll answer? Allow your intuitiveness to lead you.  If you are drawing your Ogham for guidance, again, use intuition.  Allow promptings of your intuition to bring new ideas to the surface. Become a catalyst with those ideas.

How to Mend the Problem:  Your skill in poetry, divination, and mediation can be inspiring to others to help increase their capacity in these arts.  You must be the one to lead by example. Always follow your intuition to the Source.  You will be rewarded with Wisdom and your spirit will sing poetry.  The more you use your gifts, the stronger you will become in them. Never fail to give thanks for the gifts, blessings, lessons, and love received from the Source.

Introspection always seems to lead to new inspiration which in turn leads to creativity. It is when you look inside but do not expect something, the Source opens a window of opportunity to your mind’s eye. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to learn how to do this new thing.  It could be the difference you have needed in your life!

The Empress card in tarot is a wonderful representation of what Coll stands for – creativity, our strong connection to the feminine no matter if you’re male or female, giving of yourself to be of help to others, the urging of reflection upon your gifts and abundance and your gratitude for these things. And because both Coll and The Empress can suggest pregnancy and birth, the number nine is yet again important.

You can catch up the first eight blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven, and Part Eight by clicking on these.

Many thanks for reading my blog and warmest blessings to those whom this way wander x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella

A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Eight

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @iseabail_witchwriter

Ogham Tinne
Ogham Tinne ~ photo by i.macy

Our Ogham letter this week is Tinne, the Ogham for the beautiful Holly tree.  It is the ruler of the 8th lunar month and the birth tree Ogham for those born between 8th July and 4th August.  It is an Ogham which encourages your intuition more than most, although all the Ogham does encourage reliance on your intuition.  However, if you want to help your intuitiveness along, holding a piece of Holly whilst meditating would not do any harm, for the spirit of the wood will be most helpful. Tinne guides and gives you the courage to rely upon your innate intuition,

Representations:  Courage, Death, Divinity, Guidance, Healing, Intelligence, Luck, Rebirth, Unity, Intuition

Ogham Letter:  T

Number:  8

Colour:  Dark Red, Grey Green

Tarot:   The Moon

Animals:  Cardinal [North America], Starling

Plant:  Meadowsweet

Divination Meaning:  In answer to your query, the answer may be that challenges will be overcome by unity and concerted effort.  Be sure the cause is just… again, your intuition will answer. If you have learned to trust and rely on your intuition, you will know your answer.  If it is “no”, then move along, no action needed.  If it is “yes”, you will know what to do.  Develop the ability to respond quickly and wisely to your intuition. Learn to overcome and adapt to new situations, and to respond immediately to changes in your spiritual environment. Trust your instinct, but don’t let your heart rule over your head.

How to Mend the Problem:  As warriors train and retrain with spears this becomes instinctive. So too you must train and retrain daily.  Cultivate dynamic and instinctive intuition to respond to fast-moving situations and accept the reality of the here and now. Ensure the ability of being able to slip in and out of a great many behavioural styles to be able to respond to the environment at hand.

It is a kind of behavioural shape-shifting and when learned well it is the making of anyone in medical, law, and instructional [teaching] fields but is well for anyone, no matter what they do. Tinne also teaches unity… learning to trust others is crucial. Of course, there are those whom are not trustworthy, but your intuition will teach you who to avoid. There is strength to be found in standing together, and ultimately protection comes from honour and trust.  As always, first trust yourself, particularly your intuition, just as in tarot, the Moon card instructs us to do. Your intuitive body will support you unerringly if you do not interfere with or try to control what you perceive.

You can catch up the first seven blogs, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, and Part Seven by clicking on these.

Many thanks for reading my blog qnd warmest blessings to those whom this way wander x

Sources

The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

What’s Your Birth Tree is the New What’s Your Star Sign, by Isabella