Ogam: The Celtic Oracle of the Trees: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Druidic Alphabet

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 2002 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 224 pages
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A comprehensive and practical guide to the ancient oracle based on the alphabet of the Druids.

• Describes the symbolism and mythology of the 20 "tree letters" and their magical correspondences.

• Includes instructions on how to make your own Ogam divination sticks, cast the oracle, and perceive omens.

• Provides historical background and bibliographic references to the Druidic mythology ruling this 1,500-year-old oracle.

The ancient Ogam alphabet is a magical and mysterious script, the Celtic equivalent of the runes that can teach us about our fate and future. Named after woodland trees, Ogam's 20 "tree letters" all have unique wisdom to impart that is linked to figures and themes from Celtic mythology.

The author addresses three major areas in this book: Ogamlore, the history of this 1500-year-old oracle of the Celtic Druids; Ogamfews, the meaning of the individual tree letters, their magic, characteristics, folklore, and related stories; and Ogamcasting, the practical art of Ogam divination, which includes spreads, castings, and how to create your own Ogam set. With these tools of ancient Celtic wisdom, readers will receive insights and guidance on how to maneuver through life's questions and challenges.
 

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Been heathen since 1979 * other paths before that since 1972 where i was told I acted 'pagan'. They were right. I've been asked to be a High Priest many times and served as such, Wiccan Celtic Asatru etc. For the past decade I have live solitary teaching my children. I am a strong bloodline Celt (famous bloodline) and that + Native American from the Maternal side has made me what I am * a (now) 21st century American Shaman.
I stated this all to make a simple point. Experience and thousands of books make me state this Ogham book ranks very high amongst the best. This gentleman knows what he is talking about. Essential, and IMO paramount to any student of the Ogam. I could add a few things to what he has written, but take nothing away.
Buy this book 1st if you are serious and looking at others. His scholarship and intutition is impeccable.
 

Contents

Ogmas Indention
11
The Tree Alphabet
15
The Word Ogams
22
The Druids
27
Illuminated Leaves
37
Merlin and Taliesin
43
The Green Man and May Queen
52
Ogamfews
55
The Four Treasures
148
Ogamcasting
163
Ogamcasting
165
Celtic Divination
166
Ogam Theory
172
Practical Work
173
Spreads and Castings
178
The Ogam Revival
199

Guide to the Ogams
57
Aicme Beth
60
Aicme Húath
81
Aicme Muin
104
Aicme Ailm
126
Pronunciation Guide
206
Bibliography
209
References
213
Index of the Tree Letters
217
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Ogam: The Celtic Oracle of the Trees
Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Druidic Alphabet

Acknowledgements

Introduction: How to Use this Book
Ogamlore
Ogamfews 
Ogamcasting

I: Ogamlore
Ogma's Invention
The Tree Alphabet
The Word Ogams
The Druids
Illuminated Leaves
Merlin and Taliesin
The Green Man and May Queen

II: Ogamfews
Guide to the Ogams 
Aicme Beth
Aicme Húath
Aicme Muin
Aicme Ailm
The Four Treasures

III: Ogamcasting
Ogamcasting
Celtic Divination
Ogam Theory
Practical Work
Spreads and Castings
The Ogam Revival

Pronunciation Guide
Bibliography
References
Index of the Tree Letters
 

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