A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Thirteen

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @iseabail_witchwriter

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


The Celtic Tree Oracle, by Liz and Colin Murray

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