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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.
|Publisher:||Inner Traditions/Bear & Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Paul Rhys Mountfort is a writer, researcher, and workshop leader specializing in oracles and the Celtic and Norse traditions. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation, Oracle-texts: The Western Tradition. Active in the Wiccan and Celtic pagan community, he lives with his partner and son on Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf of Auckland, New Zealand.
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The fifteen-hundred-year-old Ogam alphabet is a magical and mysterious script, the Celtic equivalent of the Runes. Like the Runes, Tarot and I Ching, it is also used in divination, as an oracle which can teach us much about our fate and future. Unlike Tarot, whose cards depict a set of characters and situations, Ogam's twenty "tree Letters" are all named after woodland tress. You might well ask how trees can function as an oracle system, as a set of signs, omens and auguries. The fact is that each tree in the Tree Alphabet has a set of correspondences and meanings attached to it All the tree-letters are linked to figures or themes from Celtic mythology, and each has a unique wisdom to impart. Once they become familiar to you, you will find that the ancient tree-letters relate to your own particular circumstances, providing profound guidance and counsel.
Table of Contents
Ogam: The Celtic Oracle of the Trees
Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Druidic Alphabet
Introduction: How to Use this Book
The Tree Alphabet
The Word Ogams
Merlin and Taliesin
The Green Man and May Queen
Guide to the Ogams
The Four Treasures
Spreads and Castings
The Ogam Revival
Index of the Tree Letters
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