Ogham Divination

A set of ogham fews

In the blog posts over the past few weeks, each letter of the ogham is given a divinatory meaning. This meaning is derived from the nature of each tree or plant that the letter represents. The descriptions given are brief, and not necessarily all-inclusive for the meaning of each tree. Consider the divinatory descriptions as a place to get you started exploring the ogham. As you continue your study of the trees and plants of the ogham, you will come to know more and more about the nature of each. This enriched knowledge will aid you in determining the deeper meanings of each ogham few for divinatory purposes. To begin exploring these deeper meanings, consider first the Gods and Goddesses associated with each tree. What do they represent? What is their energy? How can their archetypal energy assist you in reading the ogham?
Next, explore the healing properties of each plant. If you read an ogham few associated with this plant, how would its healing properties influence the meaning of the reading? For example, Phagos, the Beech tree, has healing properties that help soothe irritations of the skin. In considering this quality for divinatory purposes, you might think about any sources of irritation in your life that might be represented by this few. Also, since beech is good for treating irritations of the skin, and the skin is on the outside of your body, you may explore the idea that this source of irritation is something that is external to you. Try exploring the various healing properties as metaphors for divinatory meanings, and your understanding of the ogham will increase.
Finally, look at the magical properties of each tree, and experiment with relating these to the divinatory meaning of each few. Heather’s magical properties involve shamanism, dream work, and meditation. If you were reading this few in a divination, how would those properties influence the outcome? Could there be hidden influences at work? Are the fews telling you to increase your meditation practices in order to find an answer?
Practice reading the ogham fews at least once a day and see what knowledge you can gain through this work.

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