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

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

by Paul Rhys Mountfort

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Overview

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892819195
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 647,890
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
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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"Gardeners will revel in the rich folklore surrounding these plants. The author explains the origins of the Ogam tree alphabet and the letters associated with each of the plants known by the Druids."

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