Beginner's Guide to Ogham Divination, A
Bring the magic, mystery and meaning of the Ogham and its trees into your life.
Discover the magic, mythology and meaning of the 25 trees of the Celtic Ogham, once the alphabet of the ancient Celts and now a system of divination that is perfect for tree lovers everywhere.
This book invites and guides you to forge a meaningful and deep connection with the trees by listening to and learning from them. Each of the trees acts as a wise and insightful guide. By tuning into the energies, magic and personality of each of the trees, we can come to better understand them and to better understand ourselves.
Featuring traditional correspondences, ancient kennings, folklore, divinatory spreads and so much more this book gives you a step-by-step to working with the Ogham as a practical as well as spiritual means of divination.
Bring the magic, mystery and meaning of the trees into your life.
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Folklorist Norman (Faerie Stones) delivers a detailed manual on how to use the druidic Ogham alphabet to gain insight into the future. She discusses the alphabet’s first appearance on stones in Ireland around the fourth and sixth centuries CE, noting that some scholars speculate that pagans developed the alphabet to communicate in a language a Roman army wouldn’t understand. Each of the 25 letters of the Ogham consists of a vertical line intersected by branch-like horizontal lines, and each came to be associated with a kind of tree. Norman explains that Ogham letters carved into twigs or stones can act like tarot cards, in that an individual seeks answers by interpreting the meaning of randomly selected letters. For example, selecting the letter associated with birch trees—which denote fertility in Highland folklore—indicates a new beginning, while aspen’s historical use as a painkiller means that selecting its corresponding letter indicates the need for resolve in the face of fear. Norman packs in a bounty of arboreal folklore but assumes that readers will be familiar with basic divination methods, meaning that seasoned practitioners will appreciate the generosity while novices might struggle to keep up. This comprehensive volume on a less-discussed method of divination will fascinate fans of the occult. ~ Publishers Weekly
Ceri Norman provides a fascinating insight into Ogham through a combination of historical study and modern practice. Well-written and engaging, this book strikes a balance between information and experience, and learning and hands-on practice, with exercises and meditations designed to help the reader progress in their own Ogham journey. A Beginners Guide to Ogham is a fantastic starting point for anybody interested in delving into this ancient system, not just those who wish to use it as a form of divination. ~ Jessica Howard, Author, The Art of Lithomancy
Having recently created my own set of Ogham I read ‘A Beginners Guide to Ogham Divination’ wishing wholeheartedly that I'd had this comprehensive a resource before doing so. Norman makes what is truly a complicated subject seem accessible. By providing background and myth alongside advice on creating, reading and divination the author has created a resource to be worked with and treasured. ~ Yvonne Ryves, Author, Shaman Pathways Web of Life
Ceri Norman’s excellent guide to Ogham divination is both comprehensive and authoritative. She considers the historical origins of Ogham before moving on to consider our modern correspondence. Of particular interest is the section where Norman contrasts our modern perception of trees with the Celtic view, concluding with a fascinating section on trees and communication. As someone who uses Ogham directly in relation to trees, rather than as a divinatory technique, I found the detailed consideration of divination, including advice on making your own set, particularly enlightening. Each few is explored comprehensively, including the lesser used Forfeda. Finally, a handy pronunciation guide rounds off this wonderful text. Norman’s book is both an excellent introduction and a must-have for the long-term enthusiast. ~ Andrew Anderson, Author, The Ritual of Writing & Artio and Artaois