Learning Ogham

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.

standing stone, IrelandThis 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
Celtic symbol meaning for beithe B Beithe meaning of symbolic birch tree Birch Beginning, Renewal, Youth
Celtic symbol meaning for luis L Luis meaning of symbolic rowan tree Rowan Protection, Expression, Connection
Celtic symbol meaning for fern F Fern meaning of symbolic alder tree Alder Endurance, Strength, Passion
Celtic symbol meaning for sail S Sail meaning of symbolic willow tree Willow Imagination, Intuition, Vision
Celtic symbol meaning for noin N Nion meaning of symbolic ash tree Ash Connection, Wisdom, Surrender
Celtic symbol meaning for huath H Huath meaning of symbolic hawthorn tree Hawthorn Contradiction, Consequence, Relationships
Celtic symbol meaning for duir D Duir meaning of symbolic Oak tree Oak Strength, Stability, Nobility
Celtic symbol meaning for tinne T Tinne meaning of symbolic holly tree Holly Action, Assertion, Objectivity
Celtic symbol meaning for coll C Coll meaning of symbolic hazel tree Hazel Creativity, Purity, Honesty
Celtic symbol meaning for quert Q Quert meaning of symbolic apple tree Apple Beauty, Love, Generosity
Celtic symbol meaning for muin M Muin meaning of symbolic vine Vine Introspection, Relaxation, Depth
Celtic symbol meaning for gort G Gort meaning of symbolic ivy Ivy Determination, Change, Patience
Celtic symbol meaning for Ngetal NG Ngetal meaning of symbolic reed Reed Harmony, Health, Growth
Celtic symbol meaning for straif STR Straif meaning of symbolic blackthorn Blackthorn Discipline, Control, Perspective
Celtic symbol meaning for ruis R Ruis meaning of symbolic elder tree Elder Transition, Evolution, Continuation
Celtic symbol meaning for ailm A Ailm meaning of symbolic fir tree Fir Clarity, Achievement, Energy
Celtic symbol meaning for Onn O Onn meaning of symbolic gorse tree Gorse Transmutation, Resourcefulness, Exposure
Celtic symbol meaning for Ur U Ur meaning of symbolic heather Heather Dreams, Romance, Feelings
Celtic symbol meaning for Edad E Edad meaning of symbolic poplar tree Poplar/Aspen Victory, Transformation, Vision
Celtic symbol meaning for Idad I Idad meaning of symbolic yew tree Yew Transference, Passage, Illusion

So I think this means I may be quite busy for quite some time!

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