This picture is a key for the ancient Ogham alphabet, which I am setting myself the challenge of learning. It is an ancient Celtic form of writing, often found carved on to standing stones and gravestones such as the one shown below.
This is a standing stone (galla’n) on Dingle Peninsula, Ireland.
These are found primarily in west Ireland, but they have also been found in Wales, Cornwall, western Scotland, the Isle of Man, and the Shetland Islands.
The table below gives a little more information and shows that each symbol is connected to a particular tree. This system can be used as a form of secret or magicl writing, but can also be used as a type of divination as each tree has been given a meaning, although this is probably a modern invention.
symbolic perspectives on trees.
|Ogham Symbol||Letter||Ogham Name||Tree Image||Tree Name||Tree Symbolic Meaning|
|B||Beithe||Birch||Beginning, Renewal, Youth|
|L||Luis||Rowan||Protection, Expression, Connection|
|F||Fern||Alder||Endurance, Strength, Passion|
|S||Sail||Willow||Imagination, Intuition, Vision|
|N||Nion||Ash||Connection, Wisdom, Surrender|
|H||Huath||Hawthorn||Contradiction, Consequence, Relationships|
|D||Duir||Oak||Strength, Stability, Nobility|
|T||Tinne||Holly||Action, Assertion, Objectivity|
|C||Coll||Hazel||Creativity, Purity, Honesty|
|Q||Quert||Apple||Beauty, Love, Generosity|
|M||Muin||Vine||Introspection, Relaxation, Depth|
|G||Gort||Ivy||Determination, Change, Patience|
|NG||Ngetal||Reed||Harmony, Health, Growth|
|STR||Straif||Blackthorn||Discipline, Control, Perspective|
|R||Ruis||Elder||Transition, Evolution, Continuation|
|A||Ailm||Fir||Clarity, Achievement, Energy|
|O||Onn||Gorse||Transmutation, Resourcefulness, Exposure|
|U||Ur||Heather||Dreams, Romance, Feelings|
|E||Edad||Poplar/Aspen||Victory, Transformation, Vision|
|I||Idad||Yew||Transference, Passage, Illusion|
So I think this means I may be quite busy for quite some time!