A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Three

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

ogham-nion
My Nion Ogham stave ~ photo by i.macy

We shall now come to the ruler of the third lunar month [18th February – 17th March] in the Celtic Tree Ogham, Nion [Nuin], which represents the Ash tree.  It is also the fifth letter of the Ogham alphabet.  As the Ash tree is known for the powers of protection, health, courage, and of matters concerning the sea, Nion also represents these matters. The primary function of this blog is to acquaint you with using the Ogham for divination purposes and not to get into the many differences of the Ogham letters themselves or where they came from.  I merely write about the most commonly used Ogham letters for divination and how you can interpret them, although it is not contained to the interpretation solely of which I give you here.  The beauty of the Ogham is that it can be interpreted by the seasoned veteran in many ways.  However, this is hopefully as good a place to begin as any and I hope it is a good aid to those first learning Ogham divination.

Representations:   Protection, Health, Courage, Sea Travel and all Matters of the Sea

Ogham Letter:  N

Number:  5

Colour:  Pale Blue

Tarot:  The Hanged Man

Animals:  Butterflies, Common Snipe [Celtic:  Seahorse]

Plant:  Wood Anemone

Divination Meaning:  Remember that for every action, there is a consequence, and these affect not only ourselves but others as well. What we do in our life will carry into the future and possibly even beyond. Every one of our words and deeds has some kind of impact.  Your actions echo in the cosmos as a stone thrown into a pond causes ripples. Know that you and the world are interconnected. Be aware of the effect of your actions.

How to Mend the Problem:  Is what we are doing now in line with what we should be doing? Is the resistance we face self-created? Take a moment to listen, to pay attention to what is happening around you. Don’t let the beat of your own drum drown out the music of the Universe.  Endeavour to become aware that all things are connected. Balance your need with the Earth’s and then act accordingly with love and respect.

The Ash is a great tree when employing the law of attraction in your life. If you have a life-dream or goal, focus upon it and see it flourishing under the Ash – this will increase the speed of the desire coming to you.  As many of you know, the Ash tree is the great Yggdrasil in Nordic mythology as well as the most sacred tree of Celtic mythology.  “As above, so below, as within so without”.

You can catch up the first two blogs, Part One and Part Two by clicking on these respectively.

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

Experience

A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part Two

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

Last week’s blog was more in depth than this one will be as there is no need to repeat basics every week.  If you wish to read those as you’re only coming in on the subject today, please visit A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination, Part 1 for the details you will miss in this blog.

The Rowan has always been a tree of great protection.  Every part of a Rowan tree can be used in creating charms and amulets from the bark to the wood to the berry.  Even the centre of the Rowan berry carries a five-pointed star or pentagram, which is in itself, a symbol of protection.  You can learn more about the Rowan tree by reading my blog, The Magickal Rowan Tree.

Luis Ogham
My Luis Ogham stave ~ photo by i.macy

This week we shall look at the Ogham letter, Luis, which is pertaining to the Rowan tree.  It is the second consonant of the Ogham alphabet and corresponds to the English letter, “L”.  It is the Celtic birth tree for those born between 21 January – 17 February.  The symbol represents protection, blessings, and insightfulness.  If you visit our shop online, you can usually find various charms/amulets made from Rowan wood as Rowan sticks have been fashioned into charms of protection throughout the ages not just by Pagans but Christians alike.  Below I have set forth some useful information about divination with the Ogham letter Luis and what it will mean when drawn, as well as how to deal with the outcome of the reading for the day [or for the person whom you are divining for].

Representations:   Protection, Intuition, Connection, Blessings.

Number:  2

Colour:  Grey, Red

Tarot:  High Priestess

Animals:  Duck, Quail

Plant:  Snowdrop

Divination Meaning:  Be aware in all things.  Your intuitions are keen, therefore, trust your judgements with people you encounter and do not allow yourself to be complacent.

How to Mend the Problem:  You must keep your senses about you to distinguish between good and evil.  In doing so, you will not be beguiled or swayed from your beliefs and understanding.  Be not afraid!  Your sense of purpose and strength will turn away all which threatens your purpose and serenity. Believe in yourself.

Please note that if there is more you wish to find out, please refer to Part 1 which is about Beith, the Birch tree Ogham.  There will be some other bits you will want to know there as well.  Next week we shall explore the Ogham, Nion, for The Magickal Ash Tree.  And, if you would like further information on the trees themselves, I have written about both Birch, The Magick of Birch,  and Rowan.

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

Experience

A Beginner’s Understanding of Ogham Divination Part One

By Isabella @TheWandCarver

Instagram:  @thewandcarver

If you are already quite knowledgeable about divination with the Celtic ogham, you will already know everything I’m planning to write over the next few weeks.  You might even be helpful to me in future blogs by pointing out something I’ve missed; therefore, I heartily welcome any useful comments to that effect.  All I aim to do really is to explain the fundamental bits regarding the Ogham alphabet and what each one means, both in its tree name and what it can mean in divination.  There are books with which to learn all the nuances of this ancient Celtic divination method but many whom have read my blogs concerning the Celtic tree Ogham have asked that I be more specific about the how-to’s and whys of Ogham divination.  I hope this ten-week series exploring each Ogham alphabet to the best of my ability will shed a proper light on the basics people want to know.  Also, keep in mind that as I write, I am only speaking of the twenty Ogham letters used for divination, although in total, there are twenty-five Ogham letters in the Ogham alphabet.

Writer’s Note:  You can use the Ogham letters written on paper if you do not own a set, or you can make your own set from wood. Most traditional kinds of sets will have each of the twenty Ogham alphabet written or pyrographed onto the wood of the alphabet itself.  There are many sellers of Ogham sets as well, alas, not in my shop as I am not always able to find all the woods necessary at the same time.  Just know that it is that simple to start off so cost should not be a factor in keeping you from enjoying this form of divination.

Beith
Beith Ogham from my set ~ by i.macy

Beith corresponds to the letter B in the English language, and as you may have guessed, it is associated with the Birch tree.  It is the Birth Tree Ogham of those born between 24 December and 20 January.  It is pronounced “bey”.

You will often see an Ogham letter with an inverted “<” at the bottom.  This is called the “reversed feather”, or, Eite Thuathail.  The Eite, “feather”, is also used at the beginning of a full sentence written in Ogham letters, with Eite Thuathail at the end of the sentence, as we would use a full stop in an English alphabet sentence.  I use the Eite Thuathail, as does many Ogham makers, to denote the bottom of the letter, as you will notice on the Ogham Birth Tree pendants we create.

The Birch tree is often called ‘The White Lady of the Woods’ and ‘The Goddess Tree’.  From this we know the feminine aspect of this Ogham is strong.  It is a nurturing, protecting, and loving essence within the tree and the Beith meaning.  It has been long associated is the bringer of promise, light and new beginnings.

My Ogham Set
My Celtic Tree Oracle and handmade Ogham set ~ photo by i.macy

How to divine with the twenty Ogham staves, or “fews” as some call them is quite simple.  Fill a bag, hat, or box with your staves.  Draw out one at a time without looking for a total of three staves.  These will give you your reading.  You can use this method for your own purposes or to do readings for other people.

You do not need to pull three Ogham staves if you only wish to receive an answer for one question.  For instance, I like to pull one Ogham stave each morning for insight on how I should handle various problems or for what I need to do about one situation. However, for some readings you will want to pull three – past, present, and future.

Below I have for you a brief explanation of Beith.  I will tell you that there is much more you can learn about the Ogham but for purposes of simple divinations to get you started, I think what I can tell you here is enough.  However, I shall try to list links, videos, and  books as I find them at the end of each blog to put you in touch with a higher learning, if you will.

Representations:   New beginnings, change and release, rebirth, purification. A guardian of new beginnings, bringer of hope and protection.

Number:  1

Colour:  White

Tarot:  The Star

Animals:  The Pheasant and white cow

Plant:  Fly Agaric Mushroom

Divination Meaning:  You must rid yourself of negative influences [and people], and bad thoughts to begin a fresh new start.

How to Mend the Problem:  Using your own mental powers, fix your mind on your desire and imagine the result of what you need to do. A strong desire to be successful in ridding yourself of your problem[s] is imperative to making your reading come true. For a new beginning, hold the Birch stave and focus on the white of the wood as it stands out and away from the distractions.

And that concludes today’s information.  I will post Part Two* on Thursday [* link will work on Thursday].  I hope this has been a helpful bit of information to those wishing to either know a bit more about learning Ogham divination or just to understand why certain things are done as they are.  What I tell you in these blogs about each Ogham alphabet only skims the surface.  You can learn ever so much more just by doing.  And, also, by spending time with each Ogham stave made of the woods they represent, you will find you gain many insights just from the woods themselves. I love the Ogham because it is an ever-evolving learning process.  I hope you will enjoy it as well.  Please be sure to give me a follow to keep up with my newest blogs [2 per week].  Many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all 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

Experience

The Magickal Hackberry Tree

By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Instagram: @thewandcarver

I would like to dedicate this blog to my best friend, Liss, who was born under the sign of the Hackberry tree… whether she realises it or not, she has the traits bang on 😊

Hackberry is a tree of the Druids horoscope / Gallic horoscope according to the Druidic calendar. The Hackberry is from 9th February – 18th February and 14th August – 23rd August. I don’t know why… yet. Trees and calendars are all still a work in progress for me. Many of both to learn about! However, do not confuse the Druidic Calendar/horoscope with the Celtic Tree Calendar / Birth tree horoscope I have previously written about.

Hackberry tree

Hackberry Tree ~ courtesy of Google

Hackberry [Celtis occidentalis] is a member of the Elm family. Hackberry is native to North America but is grown all over southern Europe and UK. It, unlike its other Elm cousins, is immune to Dutch Elm Disease and as the Elm population in the UK has dwindled so much due to this horrific tree disease, it is good to know the Hackberry goes unharmed by it. All related species are known to be associated with the Underworld.
Curiously enough, in the UK the Hackberry tree rarely grows beyond around 12 to 15 metres high, making it a fab little tree for gardens, however, in the Americas there are Hackberry trees which grow up to over 50 metres high! They are the same genus – it is just the soil difference, I suppose. But even more curiously, the everyday Elm tree grows to over 50 metres in the UK. Well, it’s a fact – not all brothers and sisters are the same height in a family…there is always one at least whom is shorter!

As mentioned above, the Hackberry tree is the Druidic birth tree for those born between both 9th February – 18th February and 14th August – 23rd August. Traits of those who were born under the sign of Hackberry: impulsiveness, optimism, intelligence, ability to deduction. These people were born under the sign of Hackberry: Galileo Galilei, Darwin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Brecht. It is a tree of nobility, pride, and dedication. A tree sign such as this one will not settle for less than what they obtain to achieve in their lifetime. Their strict dedication and vision is what inevitably makes them feel proud and great. – Druidry.org This, I believe, is a good segue into…

Magickal

Abigail, the Hackberry Tree, Written by Joe H. Slate PhD

“Soon after joining Athens State College (now University) as Professor of Psychology, I introduced into the curriculum an eight-week remediation program called “Summer Start” designed for college applicants whose entrance exams did not qualify them for admission to a regular college program. The specially designed program included instruction in certain core subjects, along with counselling and tutoring.

As a part of the program’s counselling component, I introduced what was then an innovative strategy called Tree Power Infusion designed specifically to improve student academic performance. The strategy is based on the premise that our interactions with trees can provide a direct link to totally new sources of untapped potential, both within ourselves and beyond. For use in the procedure, I selected a large hackberry tree situated on campus near the stage entrance of McCandless Auditorium. The tree seemed particularly appropriate for use in the program because of its magnificence as well as the legend associated with it. According to the legend, the tree was planted around the turn of the last century in honour of the talented actress, Abigail Burns, who had performed in McCandless Auditorium and then met with tragic death enroot to her next engagement. Soon after her death, the bright image of Abigail appeared at a third-floor window of the building, where she is still often seen, particularly around midnight on November 12, the anniversary of her death.”

“Here’s the Tree Power Infusion procedure as used by our Summer Start students who named the hackberry tree Abigail:

Formulate your goals, and with your hands resting upon the selected tree, invite it in your own words to be your partner in achieving your stated goals.

Gently stroke the tree as you experience your connection to it and the responsiveness of the tree as your energies interact with it. Sense the vibrations of that interaction as the tree’s powerful energies permeate your total being.

With your hands still resting upon the tree, envision it as a powerful antenna piercing the unlimited powers of the universe. Again, state your goals and express your gratitude to the tree as your partner in achieving them.

Conclude the exercise with the affirmation: The energies of my being are balanced and attuned. I am endowed with limitless growth potential. Mentally, physically, and spiritually, I am fully empowered to achieve my highest goals.

Incredibly, all thirty students enrolled in Summer Start qualified at the end of the term for entrance into the college’s regular four-year degree program. As further testament of Summer Start’s success, all participants successfully completed the baccalaureate degree, with eleven of the thirty students graduating with honours. That initial Summer Start program was so successful that the college continued it for several years, with Tree Power Infusion remaining an essential component.

Although Tree Power Infusion was originally designed to improve student academic performance, it can be used with various trees for a wide range of personal empowerment goals, including losing weight, smoking cessation, building self-esteem, and rejuvenation, to mention but a few.”

As with all Elm-related trees, many of the powers of help can be utilised from one tree to the next. The Hackberry tree is a powerful grounding tree and persuades one to not only be at their personal best but to have strength in doing so. For a tree many have heard little about, it is a tree to be learned much from.

Healing/Medicinal:
Medicinal use of Hackberry: An extract obtained from the wood has been used in the treatment of jaundice. A decoction of the bark has been used in the treatment of sore throats. When combined with powdered shells it has been used to treat VD [Venereal Disease].

hackberry with berries

Hackberry leaves and berries ~ Courtesy of Google

Edible parts of Hackberry: Fruit – raw. Very sweet and pleasant tasting, they can be eaten out of hand or can be used for making jellies, preserves etc. The fruit is often produced abundantly in Britain, it is about the size of a blackcurrant, but there is very little flesh surrounding a large seed and it is therefore a very fiddly crop. The flesh is dry and mealy but with a pleasant sweet taste. The fruit and seed can be ground up finely together and used as a flavouring. The Native Americans ate them with parched corn.
Other uses of the herb: A dye is obtained from the roots. Fairly wind-tolerant, it can be planted as part of a shelterbelt. Wood – rather soft, weak, coarse-grained, heavy. It is sometimes used commercially for cheap furniture, veneer, fencing, fuel etc. It is a valuable tree for both honey bees and butterflies.

Known hazards of Celtis occidentalis: None known

Correspondences:
Planetary: Moon
Zodiac: Saturn
Element: Water
Powers: Protection, Strength, Courage, Grounding, Personal Empowerment
Deity: Artemis, Saturn, Rhiannon
Other Names: Common Hackberry, Nettletree, Sugarberry, Beaverwood, Northern Hackberry, American Hackberry

Many thanks for reading our blog today! Warmest blessings to all whom this way wander x

Sources:
Druidry.org
Wikipedia.org
http://www.llewellyn.com/journal/article/748