Ogham is a Celtic alphabet that was used in Ireland and Britain between about the 4th and 7th centuries. While its inscriptions have been found on monuments dotted all around the Irish Sea, the exact origins of the alphabet are not known. It has been suggested that the Irish created it as a secret language used by scholars and druids to keep their thoughts, beliefs and religious rituals a secret from the ruling Christian authorities of Roman Britain.
The trees named in the Ogham alphabet were frequently used by druids in their magical practices. They believed the trees had a spirit of their own from which they could divine answers to help them in their daily lives. The druids created the Ogham alphabet out of their love and respect for the wisdom of the trees. They knew the trees had such longevity that they would have absorbed knowledge and spiritual appreciation far beyond the druids’ own understanding. Druids, witches and those who studied the trees knew of their healing powers, understanding their properties for curing physical ailments as well as emotional and spiritual ones.
Each Ogham symbol represents the essence of that particular tree’s wisdom and was used as a powerful talisman, sometimes carved into jewellery or etched into everyday objects. They were also used as a method of fortune telling.
Make your own Ogham
Your Ogham symbols should traditionally be made from wood, driftwood or twigs in order to remain true to their magical origins. Once you have a piece of wood for each for use in your oracle (a minimum of 10 is recommended), you should then carve the Ogham symbol into the wood. If this is too diffi cult, drawing on pebbles, glass beads or even cardboard will also do the trick.
Place your new Oghams in a small bag or pouch. Before you ask the Tree Oracle for guidance take a few minutes to quieten your thoughts. Then focus on the situation that you’d like the Ogham to help you with. Draw out a minimum of three Oghams from the bag, then toss them on the floor.
Those closest to you represent the present, those that fall in the middle are the past and the furthest ones represent your future. To decipher the meaning of each Ogham, follow our guide on the next few pages. But remember that trusting your own intuition is always the most successful way to glean any insight.
Tree – Birch • Month – November • Colour – White • Letter – B• Planet – The Sun • Gemstone – Rock Crystal • Flower – Daisy • Deity – Taliesin
The Birch symbolises new beginnings, change and transformation. A time to start from scratch and to leave the past behind you. A birth or much-awaited reunion is possible.
Tree – Rowan • Month – December • Colours – Grey, red • Letter – L • Planet- Uranus • Gemstone – Peridot • Flower – Snowdrop • Deity – Brigitania
Protection, healing and empowerment, you have luck and strength on your side in whatever path you choose to travel. You have an angel watching over everything that you do.
Tree – Alder • Month – January • Colour – Crimson • Letters – F, V • Planet – Mars • Gemstone – Ruby • Flower – Broom • Deity – Bran or Arthur
Regeneration. You have the strength to overcome any harsh circumstances and come out fighting. Celebrate how you have changed and adapted to the changes in your life.
Tree – Willow • Month – February • Colours – Bright colours • Letter – S • Planet – The Moon • Gemstone – Moonstone • Flower – Primrose • Deity – Morgan le Fay or the Morrigan
Your intuition is strong and women are on your side. Trust your emotions, even your powerful feelings have value right now as they remind you that you’re alive.
Tree – Ash • Month – March • Colour – Green • Letter – N • Planet – Neptune • Gemstone – Coral • Flower – Wood Anemone • Deity – Lir, the sea god and Gwydion The Magician
This is a powerful sign that you are in tune with the energies of Earth and that you are on the right track. Try not to get distracted from your goals.