Let’s Talk Witch – Geomancy



Geomancy is the more technical term for earth elemental magick. This form of magick relies on the ability of the practitioner to tap into the energy of the ground or of a given piece of stone. As we have discussed before, geomancy, in a sense, forms the basis for crystal magick.

In order to begin practicing geomancy, you will first have to develop a sense of the energy of the Earth itself. To do this, I recommend finding a secluded, natural setting in which to meditate. Anyplace will do, but it is best to find somewhere that seems energetically unique to you. For me, it’s an outcropping of limestone in a forested area local to me, but I realize that not everyone will be able to find something like this. The only important thing is that it be somewhere reasonable secluded where you can sit on the bare earth for a long period of time without being disturbed. Once you have found such a place, sit down and begin to meditate. You don’t need to get into a particularly deep state of meditation, because you still need to have a high degree of awareness for this exercise.

You will start by sensing the energy that surrounds and comes from your own body. Depending on the amount of energy work you have done up to this point, you may not even need to get into a meditative state in order to do this. However, if you are not yet advanced to that degree, sit down, relax your body and mind, and begin to meditate. Once you have a good sense of energy from these. However, if you look beyond that, you will begin to sense a much larger source of energy that seems to have no clearly defined point of origin. You will be able to feel it flowing all around you. This is the energy of the Earth itself. Once you have found a sense of it, begin allowing it to flow into and through your body. Earth elemental energy is a passive energy, so don’t expect it to surge into you. Instead, you will feel it simply flowing through your body at a slow, constant rate.

Once you have gotten this far, it is time to start practicing real geomancy. The key to all elemental magick lies in combining your own magickal energy with that of the element you are working with. In this case, you will begin to consciously allow your energy to mingle and mix with the earth energy that you have allowed to enter your body. As you work with it, you can start to unify your energy with the earth energy, thus creating a single energetic type. At this point, you can drw upon the energy of the Earth itself to lend power to your spells.

The next step you will want to take is to connect with the energy of a particular piece of stone or crystal. While drawing on the energy of the Earth can be a hugely useful magickal ability, many spells will still require you to make use of only one piece of it. Find a stone, pebble, or crystal that you feel drawn to, and again begin to meditate and try to feel out the energy of it. You may find this slightly more difficult than simply tapping into the energetic field of the Earth at large. The reason is that when dealing with one stone or crystal, you are sensing an individual energy field that is affected by many different things. The energies of individual stones are unique, so make sure you continue working with the energy within whatever you have chosen until you can completely comprehend it. Next, you will again combine your own energy with it. For beginners who have done limited energy work, this will be easier with a crystal or a piece of igneous rock.

You may need to practice these exercises several times. Because humans are all, to some degree, naturally in tune with the energies of the Earth, this is the easiest element to start with. Once you feel that you have gained a decent level of skill in sensing and manipulating earth elemental energy, you can either move on to working with other elements, or simply begin employing earth elemental energies in your magick. I would recommend, however, that you get at least some practice with all of the elements, as it will be a great boon to your own magickal ability to do so.



Elemental Magick: A Guide to Harnessing the Magickal Powers of the Elements (The Ultimate Guide to Magick Book 3)

Ralph Eicher


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Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Thirteen – Divination – Interpretations of the 1 letter Fews

Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Thirteen
Divination – Interpretations of the 1 letter Fews   

Ailm (White Fir) Rulership/Vigor/Discernment

White Fir
Gender – Female Element – Fire Planet – Sun                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Fir is burned for happiness; harmony; peace; inspiration; and wisdom.  The needles are burned at childbirth to bless and protect the mother and newborn child. The Fir is often used in shape shifting.
OW-N: Discretion in wisdom. Vigor in age. Secret wisdom.
OW-E: Discrete use of bounty. Vigorous abundance.
OW-S: Discretion ensures happiness. Happiness in rulership. Vigor in bliss.
OW-W: Secret inspiration. Discretion in peace.
MW-N: Challenge met with discreet rulership. Vigorous response. Secrecy breeds friction.
MW-E: Prosperous rulership. Gains from discretion/secrecy. Vitality in prosperity.
MW-S: Harmony from discretion. Contentment in rulership.
MW-W: Learning discretion. Secret knowledge. Aptitude for learning. Leader in education.
UW-N: Secrecy leads to transformation. New openness. Transformation of rulership.
UW-E: Growth of rulership. Growth of discretion/secrecy. Youthful vigor.
UW-S: Vigor emphasized. Energy for rulership.
UW-W: Secret love. Discretion in pleasure. Vigorous love. Dominance in love.

Muin (Vine) Introspection/Other Sight

Gender – Feminine Element – Water Planet – Moon
In ancient times the festival of Dionysus was held in the spring when the leaves begin to reappear on the vine. Ivy is known as a plant of protection. It is also used for good luck and fidelity.
OW-N: Introspection in age. Introspective wisdom
OW-E: Bounty from other sight. Introspection leads to abundance.
OW-S: Happiness from looking inward.
OW-W: Inspiration from introspection. Peace through reflection.
MW-N: Challenge in self-analysis. Friction leads to introspection.
MW-E: Rewards reaped from reflection/introspection.
MW-S: Contentment found by introspection. Harmony based upon reflection.
MW-W: Learning through introspection/reflection. Knowledge comes from within/from other sight.
UW-N: Transformed by introspection/other sight.
UW-E: Growth from looking inward.
UW-S: Energy turned to introspection. Reflective youth.
UW-W: Introspective approach to love.

Beithe (Birch) Beginnings/Energy

Gender – Feminine Element – Water Planet – Venus
According to the Celtic tree calendar, Birch is associated with inception and new beginnings. Originally a besom was made from the twigs of a Birch tree around a handle made of Ash and bound with strips of Willow.  Birch is used to protect one from lightning. And at one time baby cradles were made of birch twigs in order to protect them.
OW-N: Beginnings of wisdom. Energetic age.
OW-E: Abundant energy. Auspicious beginnings.
OW-S: Happiness from new beginning. Energy from bliss.
OW-W: Beginnings of inspiration. Unseen forces lead to inspiration and peace.
MW-N: Challenge pushes for new beginning. Energy from friction.
MW-E: Beginning of period of prosperity. Energy to bring matters to fruition.
MW-S: Contentment from new beginnings. Harmony with the unseen forces of growth.
MW-W: Beginning of learning/knowledge. Energy for learning. Subtle growth of knowledge.
UW-N: Ending leads to a new beginning. Transformative energy. Transformed by growth
UW-E: Growth emphasized. Youthful energy. Growth leads to new beginning.
UW-S: Energy emphasized. Vitality in new beginning. Vitality of quiet growth.
UW-W: Beginning of love/pleasure. Unseen forces of growth that work in love. Energy for love/pleasure.

Huath (Hawthorn) Pleasure/Misfortune/Cleansing

Gender – Masculine Element – Fire Planet – Mars
Hawthorn is often referred to as the fairy bush. It is also sacred to the Druids as noted by the verse oak, ash, and thorn.  In ancient Greece, crowns of hawthorn blossoms were made for wedding couples, and the wedding party all carried burning torches of hawthorn. Hawthorn is used in protective sachets and amulets to ward against negative influences.
OW-N: Pleasure in wisdom. Comfortable old age. Positive changes in age.
OW-E: Enjoyment of abundance.
OW-S: Cleansing brings happiness.
OW-W: Inspirational cleansing. Stimulating peace. Positivity.
MW-N: Challenge/friction may lead to misfortune or positive change.
MW-E: Harvest what is sown as either pleasure or misfortune. Prosperity from positive changes/cleansing.
MW-S: Harmony emphasized. Contentment from cleansing.
MW-W: Knowledge leads to positive changes. Pleasure is learning.
UW-N: Endings bring a positive change. Transformation through cleansing.
UW-E: Growth of pleasure. Youthful pleasures. Growth brings cleansing.
UW-S: Energy for positive changes. Vitality for pleasure.
UW-W: Pleasure emphasized. Enjoyment of love. Care needed to avoid misfortune in love.

1. What letter is this?
2. UW – E under Muin states: ______________
3. UW – W stands for:  ______________
4. Huath represents which tree?
5. Which letter is this?
6. Beithe is which tree?
7. OW – E under Huath states:  _____________





Source: Researcher & Author: Crick

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Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Twelve – Divination – Interpretations of the 2 letter Fews

Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Twelve
Divination – Interpretations of the 2 letter Fews 

Onn (Gorse) Wisdom Collated/Life changes

Gender – Masculine Element – Fire Planet – Mars
Plant Gorse around your property to protect you from curses and/or hexes.
Use a broom made from Gorse to sweep negative influences from your home.
OW-N: Wisdom emphasized through opportunity. Life changes due to age. Wisdom gathered.
OW-E: Opportunity for abundance. Bountiful wisdom.
OW-S: Happiness from opportunity and wisdom applied to create life changes.
OW-W: Positive changes from gathered wisdom lead to peace. Inspiration generates life changes.
MW-N: Challenge causes positive changes. Friction in life changes through gathered wisdom.
MW-E: Wisdom harvested. Prosperity from knowledge. Opportunity for gains from education/learning.
MW-S: Contentment from gathered knowledge and positive changes. Harmony in life changes.
MW-W: Increased knowledge emphasized resulting in opportunities/positive changes/new life.
UW-N: Ending of harmony. Transformation through gathered knowledge and wisdom emphasized. Rapid changes for the better.
UW-E: Growth of opportunity. Increase in positive changes. Youthful approach to life.
UW-S: Energy to implement life changes. Vitality of knowledge and wisdom. Energetic changes.
UW-W: Knowledge increases capacity for love/pleasure. Wisdom is love. Opportunity in love. Positive changes in love/pleasure.

Luis (Rowan) Insight/Foreknowledge/Enlivening

Gender – Feminine Element – Fire Planet – Sun
Carry a piece of Rowan to increase psychic powers.
When traveling across the ocean, carry a piece of Rowan for protection.
Rowan is often connected with communication involving faeries.
The tea brewed from a single Rowan berry is drank to enhance ones psychic ability. The Rowan berry has a natural pentagram embossed on the berry.
OW-N: Insight in age. Ability in foreknowledge enhanced.
OW-E: Abundance of insight. Power of healing. Great activity.
OW-S: Happiness in creativity. Able to find own bliss. Relief. Using insight to bring happiness. Joyfully active.
OW-W: Healing. Inspiration enhances creativity.
MW-N: Challenge leads to increase in activity. Argument clears the air. Friction in creativity. Insight leads to friction.
MW-E: Prosperity from insight/healing. Foreknowledge used wisely. Successful creativity. Fruitful activity.
MW-S: Contentment in creativity. Insight brings contentment. Harmonious activity.
UW-N: Transformation from insight. Endings/new beginnings brought about through healing. New activities.
UW-E: Youthful activities. Growth of insight. Creativity enhanced.
UW-S: Energy for activities. Vitality of insight. Healing energy.
UW-W: Healing love. Insightfulness in love. Creativity brings pleasure.


Gort (Ivy) Developing skills/Learning

Gender – Feminine Element – Water Planet – Saturn
The Ivy represents Female fertility and Friendship and is the feminine equivalent of the Holly. The ogham letter is G (Gort). The word Gort means “green fields”.
The Ivy is considered a very powerful plant. The ivy was dedicated to the Roman god Bacchus. The Ivy is also considered a warning tree when seen in visions.  Ivy is an aid to fertility and brings good luck.
OW-N: Gains in due time. Increasing wisdom.
OW-E: Abundance by persistence. Developing skills lead to favorable results. Learning brings gains.
OW-S: Joy of learning. Happiness is obtained by tenacity.
OW-W: Peace comes through tenacity. Inspired to learning. New skills discovered.
MW-N: Challenge in persistence. Friction leads to new skills developed. Difficult studies.
MW-E: Prosperity from new skills. Gains from persistence.
MW-S: Contentment found in new skills/learning. Harmony comes with effort and persistence.
MW-W: Learning emphasized. Learning involves new skills. Gains in knowledge through hard work/tenacity.
UW-N: Hard work pays off. Persistence transforms into tangible gains. Transformation through learning.
UW-E: Growth from learning. Growth of skills. Gains in youth through persistence.
UW-S: Energy to gain goals through tenacity. Vitality of learning. Energy to develop skills.
UW-W: Pleasure in a new skill/learning. Persistence in love succeeds.

Duir (Oak) Truth/Endurance/Strength

Gender – Male Element – Fire   Planet – Sun
The Oak is known as the King of trees. A wand made from this tree is known as a Priapic or Phallic wand. This is named for the Roman God of procreation, “Priapus”.
The end of the wand is generally tipped with an acorn or pinecone.
The Ogham (oy-yam) letter is D (Duir)
The Irish surname “MacDara” means son of oak. The Oak is associated with the Celtic God “Daghda”.
It is also associated with magick and male fertility.
To catch a falling oak leaf is said to bring you luck and prosperity. Oak is associated with weddings and fertility, as well as protection.
OW-N: Endurance of wisdom. Longevity.
OW-E: Abundance through strength/willpower.
OW-S: Happiness found in truth/inner strength.
OW-W: Inspiration of truth. Willpower brings peace.
MW-N: Able to endure challenges. Overcome obstacles.
MW-E: Endurance/willpower brings results. Prosperity in truth. Solid achievements.
MW-S: Contentment from overcoming obstacles. Harmony in truth. Creating own contentment through willpower.
MW-W: Learning truth. Overcome obstacles to learning. Strength in knowledge.
UW-N: Positive force applied to create transformation. Ending of obstacles. Truth revealed.
UW-E: Ability to overcome obstacles leads to growth. Growth through willpower. Youthful strength.
UW-S: Vitality of truth. Energy to overcome obstacles. Energy enhances strength. Vitality of willpower.
UW-W: Use of determination to secure love. Truth in love. Love conquers all.

1. What letter is this?
2. What does OW – E under Onn stand for?
3. OW – N under Duir is:  _________________________
4. The Ogham letter for Rowan is:
5. Which plant does this letter represent?
6. Duir is which tree?
7. Prosperity from new skills. Gains from persistence; is which realm and direction?





Source: Researcher & Author: Crick

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Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Eleven – Divination – Interpretations of the 3 letter Fews

Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Eleven 
Divination – Interpretations of the 3 letter Fews  

Ur (Heather) – Fervor, Gateway, Success, Gains

Heather Gender – Feminine
Element – Water Planet – Venus
Heather is carried to guard against rape and other sexual assaults. It is also carried for good luck. White is used to cool passions of unwanted suitors. Red Heather is used for passion, to start or end an affair. Purple is for spiritual development.
Heather is said to bring rain when it is burned outside along with Fern.
OW – N: Wisdom provides a gateway to strong self expression/gains.
OW- E: Success brings abundance.
OW – S: Happiness through strong self-expression. Gains bring bliss.
OW – W: Inspirational fervor. Peace from success.
MW_ N: Friction leads to strong self-expression. Challenge brings success.
MW – E: Highly successful, many gains. Fervor and self-expression reap successful harvest.
MW – S: Harmony from successes. Strong self-expression moderated for contentment and gains.
MW – W: Gains in knowledge/learning. Self-expression in knowledge. Philosopher. Education is a gateway to success.
UW – N: Self-expression is a gateway to transformation. Gains dwindle and new forms for success need to be found.
UW – E: Success is a gateway to growth. Youthful self-expression.
UW – S: Energy and fervor invigorate self-expression and gains.
UW – W: Enjoyment of self-expression. Pleasure from success. Ardent in pursuit of love and pleasure.

Ngetal (Reed) – Harmony, Inner development

Reed Gender – Masculine Element – Air Planet – Mars
The Reed symbolizes Purification, Protection, and Fertility.
The common reed in England is called Broom and is often called “Scotch Broom”.
The panpipes of the Greek god Pan are made from reeds. Pan was turned into half a man and half goat by the Greek God, Apollo.
This occurred when Pan beat Apollo at a musical instrument contest.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin played his magickal tune on a pipe which was made from reeds.
Wands made from reed/broom are used in purification and protection spells
OW – N: Age/Wisdom brings internal transformation/development.
OW – E: Abundance comes from inner development.
OW – S: Happiness lies in internal transformation.
OW – W: Harmony from inspiration. Peacefulness within.
MW – N: Harmony difficult to maintain. Inner development challenged. Friction leads to internal transformation.
MW – E: Balance is harvest of inner development.
MW – S: Harmony/Contentment emphasized through internal transformation.
MW – W: Knowledge/Learning has a profound, transformative effect.
UW – N: Transformation emphasized through internal development and harmony. End of harmony through internal transformation.
UW – E: Growth of harmony. Youthful inner transformation. Emphasis of inner development.
UW – S: Energy for internal transformation/Inner. Vitality for harmony.
UW – W: Internal transformation/Inner development through love. Harmony in pleasure.

Fearn (Alder) – Inner strength, Foundations

Gender – Masculine Element – Fire & Water Planet – Venus
A wand made of the Alder is used to attract and communicate with faeries.
It’s ogham letter is F (Fearn). The Alder is also known as the wood of spiritual protection.
Carry a small piece of Alder for protection, when going on a long sea voyage.
The Alder measuring wand was called a “Fe”. It was used by the Celts to measure the dead.
OW – N: Wisdom emphasized as awareness ends doubts. Inner strength through wisdom/age.
OW – E: Foundation of abundance. Awareness/appreciation of bounty. Generosity.
OW – S: Foundation of happiness. Bliss from awareness/end of doubts. Satisfaction.
OW – W: Inspiration to inner strength. Peace through end of doubt.
MW – N: Friction leads to ending of doubts. Challenge brings inner strength.
MW – E: Prosperity from determination.
MW – S: Contentment from awareness and end of doubts. Harmony from inner strength.
MW – W: Learning ends doubts. Foundation of knowledge brings inner strength.
UW – N: Awareness is transformative. Ending of doubts emphasized. Inner strength develops.
UW – E: Growth of awareness to overcome doubts. Youthful foundation of inner strength.
UW – S: Vitality of inner strength. Energy to open awareness.
UW – W: Love faced with full awareness. Inner strength brings pleasure. Doubt free love.

Tinne (Holly) – Balance, Retribution

Gender – Male Element – Fire Planet – Mars                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Holly Holly is a tree that is also sacred to the Druids. Holly is carried as a charm of protection.
It is placed within the home to dispel negative energy from others. The Holly tree is known as a symbol of goodwill, peace, health and happiness
During the Roman holiday of Saturnalia, it was common practice to adorn gifts with Holly.
Holly has the name of Christ-thorn because of the Christian legend that the Holly first sprang up under the footsteps of Christ as he trod the earth and its thorny leaves and scarlet berries are likened to drops of blood symbolic of his suffering.
Holly guards against lightening, poisoning and evil spirits, and when planted around the home it protects the inhabitants from dark witchcraft. Carry a piece of Holly for good luck or place a piece under your pillow for symbolic dreams.
OW – N: Age and wisdom bring new challenges for balance.
OW – E: Balance needed in decisions affecting bounty.
OW – S: Choices to be made for happiness.
OW – W: Peace through balance.
MW – N: Challenges to balance mounting. Retribution/justice. Care needed in making decisions in time of friction.
MW – E: Balance needed for prosperity. Choices determine the harvest.
MW – S: Contentment from balance. Harmony affected by decisions.
MW – W: Learning determined by conscious decisions. Balanced education. Tests of knowledge.
UW – N: Endings from retribution. Transformation to balance by decisions.
UW – E: Balanced growth. Tests in youth. Decisions/choices affect growth.
UW – S: Energy to maintain balance. Vitality to overcome tests. Choices approached with vigor.
UW – W: Balance in love and pleasure. Love a matter of decisions rather then emotion. Pleasure/love test balance. Retribution in love.
1. Which ogham letter is this?
2. Success brings abundance represents which world/realm?
3. Tinne, represents which tree?
4. This letter,        represents, Fervor, Gateway, ________ and  ______.
5. The interpretation for OW – S: under Fearn is:
6. What does these letters stand for, UW – N?
7. Holly is what Ogham letter?





Source: Researcher & Author: Crick

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Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Ten – Ogham Divination, interpretation of the 4 Fews

Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Ten
Ogham Divination, interpretation of the 4 Fews 

Eadha (Poplar) Intuition/Overcoming Obstacles
Poplar Gender: Feminine   Element: Water   Planet: Neptune
Heracles bound his head in triumph with poplar after killing the giant Cacus.
Black poplar is known as the death tree in old Celtic customs.
A wand of Aspen was used to measure the dead and the length of their grave plots. Silver Fir, a type of poplar, is used as an aid in divination.
OW-N: Sensitive to Elders. Wisdom gained through intuition.
OW-E: Obstacles to abundance overcome. Sharing of bounty.
OW-S: Kindliness leads to happiness. Follow instincts for bliss.
OW-W: Inspiration by intuition. Peace gained by perseverance.
MW-N: Challenges overcome. Intuition is accurate.
MW-E: Obstacles overcome to gain prosperity. Rewards from caring for others.
MW-S: Intuition/sensitivity leads to harmony/contentment. Obstacles to harmony overcome.
MW-W: Knowledge comes intuitively. Obstacles to learning overcome. Sensitive use of knowledge.
UW-N: Transformed by intuition. Obstacles end.
UW-E: Enjoyment of youth. Intuition leads to growth.
UW-S: Energy to overcome obstacles. Strong intuition.
UW-W: Sensitivity to others increases love and pleasure. Follow intuition in matters of the heart.

Saille (Willow) – Intuition/Flexibility. Path to Otherworld

Willow Gender – Feminine Element – Water Planet – Moon
A wand made from this tree is used for Esbat workings and Fertility workings.
The ogham letter for willow is S (Sail).
The Gaelic expression “Li Ambi ” means color of not living.
The Celts believe that though a person may be dead in this life, they are very alive in the otherworld. Thus we have the association of the color of the Willow tree and the color of a seemingly dead person.
Willow is one of the Seven Sacred Trees of the Irish and is sacred to the Druids.
Willow is known as a tree of protection.
OW – N: Wisdom enhanced by psychic power. Liberation in age.
OW – E: Abundance gives liberation. Bounty through intuition.
OW – S: Happiness comes from flexibility. Intuition/psychic power brings bliss.
OW – W: Flexibility for peace. Intuition leads to inspiration.
MW – N: Challenge to use psychic power wisely. Friction eased by flexibility.
MW – E: Prosperity from intuition and psychic power. What is sent comes back.
MW- S: Use of intuition to find contentment. In harmony with psychic power. Contentment from adaptability.
MW – W: Flexibility in learning and knowledge. Wide variety of interests. Intuitive learning. Liberation through knowledge.
UW – N: Psychic power is transforming. End of restrictions.
UW – E: Growth of intuition and psychic power.
UW – S: Psychic energy. Vitality of freedom. Keenly intuitive.
UW – W: Love is intuitive. Adaptability in finding love and enjoyment. Liberation in love. Psychic power enhances love.


Straif (Blackthorn) – Coercion/Control through force. Path to Otherworld

Blackthorn Gender – Feminine Element – Earth, Fire Planet – Mars, Saturn
Blackthorn is hung over doorways or carried on the person to ward off evil.
Blackthorn is sometimes called the Dark Crone of the Woods.
A long harsh winter is often referred to as a Blackthorn Winter.
The sharp thorns were said to have been used by English witches to pierce poppets in their curses, called the “pins of slumber”
OW – N: Wisdom controlled by others. Obstacles of age turned to benefits.
OW – E: Abundance lacking. Bounty dissipated.
OW – S: Happiness muted by others. Own joy lies in the hands of others.
OW – W: Inspiration muted. Peace enforced by others. Dissatisfaction.
MW – N: Challenged to seize control of own life. Use destructive power against obstacles.
MW – E: Prosperity controlled by others. Obstacles to goals need to be overcome for independence and success.
MW – S: Disharmony, discontent, need to break free of constraints to attain own contentment.
MW – W: Learning is a difficult process. Knowledge seems controlled and constricted. Need to explore new ideas.
UW – N: Destructive power turned against obstacles. Ending of coercion. Transformation of negative forces into positive ones.
UW – E: Growth inhibited. Control of youth.
UW – S: Energy controlled by others. Vitality dependent on others.
UW – W: Forbearance in love, false pleasure, pretense of love. Dominance in love can lead to its destruction. Resignation to will of others in love/pleasure.

Coll (Hazel) – Wisdom/Creativity/Perception. Path to Otherworld

Hazel Gender – Male Element – Air Planet – Mercury
Hazel is considered to be a Druid sacred tree.
Hazel nuts are often eaten to enhance divination, it is considered to be the nut related to wisdom. Hazel is the Celtic tree of wisdom, inspiration, and poetry.

Wands that are made from the wood of Hazel are used for Magick, Healing and Divination.
The ogham letter for the Hazel is C (Coll).
The surnames “MacColl ” and “MacCall” means “son of the hazel”. The Gaelic    name for the hazel is “Calltuinn” which translate as “the loss of something “. Thus the hazel is connected with death. The hazel is also associated with the Goddess Brighid, who is the goddess of wisdom and divine inspiration. The hazel is used during otherworld journeys to gain knowledge. When doing otherworld journeys, be on the lookout for a hazel wand, as this represents the symbol for a herald. The Druids often chewed hazelnuts as a means of attaining inspiration and knowledge of something hidden or lost. This also done by means of a dowsing rod made from hazel.
OW – N: Strong wisdom. Career in science/writing/creativity. Mental power. Understanding is accurate.
OW – E: Bounty and abundance from wisdom and creative expression.
OW – S: Understanding brings happiness. Joy in writing/science.
OW – W: Inspirational turn of mind. Spiritual writing. Perceptions for peacefulness.
MW – N: Wisdom/understanding challenged. Friction in creativity.
MW – E: Prosperity from creativity/understanding.
MW – S: Wisdom leads to harmony. Contentment from creativity.
MW – W: Educational writing. Perceptive ability increases knowledge. Participation in learning.
UW – N: Transformation of wisdom. Misunderstanding. Perceptions change.
UW – E: Wisdom grows. Youthful audience. Writing for young people. Science endeavors beginning to grow. Creativity and understanding increases.
UW – S: Energy to pursue interests.
UW – W: Love of learning. Pleasure in creative efforts.

1. Growth of intuition and psychic power is which realm?

2. Which tree does this Few represent?

3. What is the divination reading for this Realm; UW – S: under Coll?

4. What is the name of this Few?

5. What does this designation stand for; OW – E under Saille?

6. Straif represents which tree?

7. What is the interpretation for “Coll” in MW – N?



Source: Researcher & Author: Crick

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Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Nine – Interpretations of the Number Five Fews

Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Nine
Interpretations of the Number Five Fews  

Each week you will be given the interpretations for each numbered Few. It is suggested that you make a chart listing all of the interpretations in order to assist you in your reading. With this lesson we will cover the interpretations for the number 5 Fews.

Iodho (Yew) – Transformation. Ends, Immortality
Yew Gender: Male Element: Fire Planet: Mars
Magickal uses: Hecate, death, immortality, protection
The Yew is known as the tree of death. Its use in England is recalled in Macbeth where Hecate’s cauldron contained; Slips of Yew, slivered in the moon eclipse.” The oldest tree in Europe is said to be the Fortingall Yew of Fortingall, Scotland, near Loch Tay. It is 3,000 years old and presently lives surrounded by a cast iron fence in a churchyard. It is 56 1/2 feet in circumference. A judge’s staff was made of its wood and Yew was planted in graveyards as a form of protection from malevolent spirits. Its needles were also used in rituals to communicate with the dead.
OW – N: Age or Wisdom brings an ending, transformation, immortality.
OW – E: Ending of bounty or transformation into abundance.
OW – S: Ending of one kind of happiness, change in joy.
OW – W: Changed by light of inspiration or by gentleness.
MW – N: Challenge motivates a change, brings immortality.
MW – E: Reaping a small harvest, change in prosperity.
MW – S: Contentment/Harmony ends and interests change.
MW – W: Transformed by new knowledge.
UW – N: Period of significant endings and changes.
UW – E: Youthfulness transformed by growth.
UW – S: Life changes. End of one kind of life is transformed with new energy by another, new vitality.
UW – W: Transformation of love into immortality, ending of a love.

Ruis (Elder) – Change, Evolution
Gender: Female Element: Water Planet: Venus
Magickal uses: Protection, health, spirituality, faeries, witchcraft, banishment
This tree is for spiritual cleansing, workings, bravery and honesty. The ogham letter for this tree is R (Ruis). The Elder is known as the “redness of shame” this comes from the concept of examining our inner selves and being ashamed of what we see. An Elder tree growing on your land protects it from negative energy and lightning attacks.
The lesson here is to use these negative thoughts as building blocks for positive change within ourselves.
OW – N: Wisdom leads to a new path, old ways decay, evolution into new forms.
OW – E: Change in bounty, deterioration of delight pushes for a new path.
OW – S: Old forms of happiness replaced with new ones.
OW – W: Lack of contentment inspires search for a new path. Peace comes from releasing what is outmoded
MW – N: Challenge to old ways leads to new forms.
MW – E: Gains deteriorate, not as great as expected. New methods needed for success.
MW – S: Contentment/Harmony comes in due course. That which brings satisfaction is in a state of change. Seeking new goals.
MW – W: Learning brings changes. Knowledge results in evolution.
UW – N: Old patterns gives way to new idea, need to adjust to changes.
UW – E: Evolution and growth emphasized to maintain youthful outlook.
UW – S: Old ways revitalized to produce a new perspective, change through energy.
UW – W: New love coming, seeking new friends.


Nion (Ash) – Awakening, Rebirth, Peace
Gender: Male Element: Fire Planet: Sun

Magickal uses: Protection, healing, prosperity. This tree represents knowledge and health. The ogham letter is N (Nion).
An Irish tribe called the Fir Bolg (Men of the spears) used the Ash to make their spears. The spear equates with the lesser weapon of the wand. The Ash is considered the tree of the warrior. The Celtic God, Lugh is associated with the Ash.
The ash, to the ancient Teutons, represented Ygdrasill, or the world tree. The ash was often made into wands, which were used for healing.
OW – N: Awakening and communication of wisdom. New influence through age, longevity, tenure
OW – E: Abundance brings peace, fruitful communications and reward
OW – S: Happiness communicated new joy in life.
OW – W: Peace emphasized, inspiration, rebirth and hope.
MW – N: Challenges open awareness. Friction soothed by communication and influence. Renewal of efforts.
MW – E: Prosperity through communication. Peaceful, harvest
MW – S: New influence leads to harmony/contentment. Awakening to the things that matter
MW – W: New awareness through learning. Communication of knowledge. Old knowledge reborn.
UW – N: Awakening and rebirth changes endings to new beginnings and brings transformation into being.
UW – E: Rebirth of youth, awakening of growing process. Communication/new influence with youths.
UW – S: Revitalization, reenergized, vital communications, renewal of efforts.
UW – W: Love/pleasure rediscovered. Peace in relationships through communication. Love as a new influence.

Quert (Apple) – Regeneration, Eternity, life

Gender – Feminine Element – Water Planet – Venus
Wands made from this tree are for love and fertility workings. The ogham letter for the apple tree is Q (Quert). All modern apples originated from the crab apple. The apple tree is used by shamans when undergoing magickal transformations or otherworld journeys.
The word “Avalon” is a Celtic word for the otherworld and translates as “place of apple trees”. The soul of Cu Roi Mac Daire was imprisoned in an apple that resided in the stomach of a salmon which appeared once every seven years. Connla the son of Conn is fed an apple by a fairy lover which sustains him but also makes him fall hopelessly in love with her.
OW – N: Age or wisdom brings a regeneration, or a new life.
OW – E: Renewal of abundance.
OW – S: Happiness from a new life, enjoyment of beauty.
OW – W: New calmness in life, perfection in peacefulness.
MW – N: Challenge leads to a regeneration or a new life.
MW – E: Return of prosperity, upturn in fortune. Reap rewards.
MW – S: Contentment from beauty/perfection, harmony in life.
MW – W: Renewal/perfecting of knowledge.
UW – N: Ending brings regeneration. Perfection ideal changes.
UW – E: Growth brings new youthfulness. Eternally young.
UW – S: Energy and life revitalized.
UW – W: Love renewed. Love of life, beauty, the arts.

1. “Reaping a small harvest, change in prosperity”, is associated with which Few?
2. The interpretation for UW – W under Quert, is:
3. “MW” stands for.  ________  _____.
4. Ruis represents which tree?
5. OW – S:, under Nion stands for: ______  _______  –  _______.
6. “Renewal of abundance” is which world/realm?





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Whispering Woods Ogham course – Lesson Eight – Word Oghams (Briatharogam)

Whispering Woods Ogham course – Lesson Eight 
Word Oghams (Briatharogam)  

In addition to the well known finger letters of the Ogham, there is another form of Ogham called “Word Ogham”.
This is done by taking the first letter of an associated group of words to represent the Ogham letter.
The Ogham (oh-yam) was a writing system, which is believed to have originated in Ireland around the late second century.

It is thought that the earlier writings in Ogham were written on wooden pieces as a method of keeping count and it was not until the late fourth century that writings were recorded on stone.
According to Celtic legend, it was Ogma, God of speech and Writing and Eloquence, and a member of the Tuatha De Danann who gave the Ogham to Lugh as a secret warning.
This secret warning was inscribed on birch and was the first letter of the Ogham “b” (beith, birch) repeated seven times.

The inscription was translated by Lugh to mean “your wife will be carried away seven times to the Otherworld unless the birch protects her.”
Following are examples of the Word Ogham:
The three phases of body, mind, and spirit are associated with the Word Ogham of Morainn (the physical), the Word Ogham of Cuchulainn (the mental), and the Word Ogham of Aonghus (the spiritual). They can also be considered as being representative of Past, Present, and Future.

Word Ogham of Morann Mac Main (the physical aspect)
Feocus foltchain, faded trunk and fair hair, that is for birch, b, in the Word Ogham, because names which Morann gave of himself to the Ogham letters, these are they which take the effect of letters in the Word Ogham.

Feocus foltchain for b, for these are two aspects of the birch, and it was hence put for the Ogham letter which has taken a name from it.
Li sula, delight of eye, that is luis, quicken tree, l, to wit, the flame.
Airinach Fian, i.e., shield of warrior-bands, i.e., shield for fern, f, with him owing to their redness in the same respect: or because the alder, the material of the shield was from fernae given to the Ogham letter which has taken a name from it.

Airenach Fian, i.e., shield, that is fern, f, with him.
Li’ n-aimbi’, hue of the lifeless, i.e., hue of one dead, to wit, am for denial, so that he is not living but is dead. Li’ n-aimbi’, again, to wit, that is sail, willow, s with him, and hence it was put for the Ogham letter.
Cosdad sida, checking of peace, that is nin, ash, n: it is the maw of a weaver’s beam as applied to wood: a sign of peace is that. A checking of peace with him is that from the ash of the weaver’s beam.
Conal cuan, pack of wolves that is uath, thorn h, for a terror to any one is a pack of wolves. Conal cuan said of the Ogham h, owing to the affinity of the name, for they are a thorn, in the same way.
Ardam dossaibh, highest of bushes, that is dur, oak, d, with respect to its wood in the forest. Trian, t, another thing the meaning of that today.
Cainin fedaib, fairest of trees, that is hazel, c, owing to its beauty in woods.
Clithar mbaiscaill, shelter of a hind, i.e., a fold: to wit, boscell, lunatic, that is bas-ceall, death sense, it is then his sense comes to him when he goes to his death.

Clithar boscell, again, that is an apple tree: or boscell, that is, hinds, to wit, they are light. Clithar boiscell, again, i.e., lunatics or hinds: quert, an apple tree, q, with reference to its letter.
Tresim fedma, strongest of effort, that is muin, vine, m, with him, i.e., owing to identity of name with muin, back of man or ox, for it is they that are the strongest in existence as regards effort.
Millsin feraib, sweeter than grasses, that is gort, ivy, g, with him owing to the identity of the name with the cornfield.

When it is in the blade, sweeter than any grass is that grass, to wit, the cornfield.

Hence for that letter in Ogham owing to the complete identity of the name between them Luth legha, a physician’s strength; that is broom, ng, because it is strength with the physicians, and there is an affinity between cath, battle, and getal, broom.

Tresim ruamna, strongest of red, that is str with him in Ogham. Straif, sloe, according to fact; for in the sloe red for dyeing the things is stronger, for it is it that makes the pale silver become azure, making it genuine (?) silver.

It is it which is boiled through the urine into the white gold so as to make it red. Tresim ruamna is the sloe according to fact. Hence it was put in the letter named str, owing to identity of name between them, i.e., straif is the name of each of them.
Tinnem ruccae, intensest of blushes, that is ruis, elderberry, r, from the reddenirig or shame according to fact, for by r it is written, and it is a reddening that grows in a man’s face ’through the juice of the herb being rubbed under it. Tindi ruccae, an ingot of a blush, again, said of the ruis, elder-berry, from shame or from reddening, for it is by r that it is itself written.
Ardam iachtadh, loudest of groanings, that is wondering, that is ailm, fir, a, with him; for it is ailm or ‘a’ a man says while groaning in disease, or wondering, that is, marvelling at whatever circumstance.
Congnamaid echraide, helper of horses, the onnaid of the chariot, i.e. the wheels, that is onn, furze, with him, for it is by onn, o, that the wheels of the chariot are written. Also, comguinidech, equally wounding, i.e. whin. Hence it was put for that letter which is named onn, o, owing to identity between them, for onn is a name for each of them; and it is from whin that the name onn was put for the Ogham letter o.
Etiud midach, robe of physicians, cath, panacea (?). Hence it was put for getal, broom, ng.
Uaraib adbaib, in cold dwellings, that is ur, fresh, with him, for from uir, the mould of the earth is the name uaraib adbaib. Hence it was put for the letter named ur, heath, in Ogham, owing to identity of name between them, each of them is ur, and it is written by u.
Ergnaid fid, distinguished wood, that is aspen with him, for ergnaid fid is a name for the trembling tree. Hence it was put for the Ogham letter named edad, aspen, for hence was edad, e, put for it.
Siniu fedaib, oldest of woods, that is idad, yew, with him; for siniu fedaib is a name for service-tree. Hence it was given to that letter in Ogham named idad, yew, i, for hence the name idad was put for it; for idad, yew, is a name for ibur, service-tree.
Snamchain feda, most buoyant of wood, that is ebad, aspen, with him, for fair swimming is wood; that is a name for the great raven. Hence it was put for the letter named the Ogham ebad, for e is a name for salmon, and it is written by ea like the alphabet of the fauna: i.e., by stag (deer), eo by eonasc (ousel).
Sruitem aicdi, most venerable of structures, i.e., oir, oi, spindle tree, according to fact. Hence it was put for the letter owing to the identity of the name that is between them, to wit, oir is the name of each of them.
Tutmur fid uilleann, juicy wood is woodbine, that is woodbine with him, for it is a name for honeysuckle. Hence it was put for the Ogham named woodbine, ui; for hence was woodbine put for it, for it is a name for honeysuckle.
Millsem feda, sweetest of wood, that is gooseberry with him, for a name for the tree called pin is millsem feda. Gooseberries are hence named. Hence it was put for the letter named pin, for hence pin, or ifin, io, was put for it.
Luad soethaig, expression of a weary one, i.e., ach, ah! uch, alas! that is emancoll, ae, with him, for emancoll is taken for ach, though it may be taken for something else. Finit WordOgham of Morann.
Word Ogham of Mac ind Oic (the spiritual aspect)
Glaisium cnis, most silvery of the skin, that is the birch of the Ogham from birch of the forest, for hence birch, b, was put for it.
Cara ceathra, friend of cattle, elm. Cara, dear to the cattle is the elm for its bloom and for down. Hence it was put for the Ogham luis, quicken tree, l, for hence was quicken tree, l, put for it.
Comet lachta, guarding of milk, that is the Ogham alder, f, from alder of the forests, for it is it that guards the milk, for of it are made the vessels containing the milk.
Luth bech, activity of bees, that is Willow s, for its bloom and for its catkin. Hence it is put for the cognate Ogham letter.
Bag ban, fight of women, ash, n, of weaver’s beam, i.e., maw of weaver’s beam. Hence for its cognate letter.
Banadh gnuisi, blanching of face, fear, huath, h, for blanched is a man’s face when he is encompassed with fear or terror. Hence for the Ogham letter owing to identity of name between the same two, uath stands for each of them.
Gres sair, carpenter’s work, oak, d. Hence it was put for its cognate Ogham letter.
Smir guaili, fires of coal, that is holly. Hence for its cognate, Ogham letter, i.e., tinne, t, for tindi is a name for holly.
Carg bloisc, friend of cracking, coll, hazel, c. Hence for its cognate Ogham letter.
Brigh an duine, force of the man, queirt, q, apple tree. Hence for its cognate letter.
Arusc n-airlig, condition of slaughter,muin a man’s back, m. Hence for its synonymous letter.
Med nerce, ivy, g. Hence for its synonymous letter,  Aforad run, increasing of secrets, sloe, str. Hence it was put for its synonymous letter.
Ruamna dreach, redness of faces, sap of the rose which causes the redness of the faces, so that blushing is in them. Ruamna dreach, again, said of the Ogham ruis, elder, r, from the blush or from the reddening, for it is by elder, r, it is itself written.
Tosach fregra, beginning of an answer, that is ailm, a; for the first expression of every human being after his birth is a.
Fethim saire, smoothest of work, or fedem, onn, stone, o.
Silad clann, growing of plants, that is ur, heath, u with him, for it is uir, the soil of the earth, that causes the growing of the plants that are put into it. Growing of plants, again, said of the soil of the earth, is said of the Ogham letter which has taken the same name with it, each of them is ur.
Comainm carat, synonym for a friend, aspen, e, in the forest. Hence for its synonymous Ogham letter.
Crinem feda, most withered of wood, or sword, service tree, i. Hence for the Ogham letter, which has taken a name other than it, idad, yew.
Cosc lobair, corrective of a sick man, woodbine for the Ogham letter, which has taken a name other than it, ebad, aspen, ea.
Li crotha, beauty of form, heath. Hence for its synonymous letter, the Ogham oi.
Cubat n-oll, great equal-length, woodbine, i.e., honeysuckle. Hence for the Ogham letter which it has taken from it, woodbine, ui.
Amram blais, most wonderful of taste, pin or ifin, gooseberry. Hence for the letter that has taken its name from it, pin or iphin, io.
 Sow Ogham 
Group B prius. White b, grey l, black f, amber s, blue n.
Group H. Accompanying litter of a white (i.e. milch-) sow h, grey d, black t, amber c, blue q.
Group M. Litter of a white sow m, grey g, black ng, amber str, blue r.
Group A. Pig-in-pen of a white sow a, grey o, black u, amber e, blue i. Diphthong group here: Hog-in-pen of a white sow ea, grey oi, black ui, amber io, blue ae.
River Pool Ogham 
Group B. Barrow b, Lower Shannon 1, Foyle f, Shannon s, Nith n.
Group H. h-Othain (Fahan) h, Dergderg d, Teith t, Catt c, Cusrat q.
Group M. Muinten m, Gaval g, Graney ng, Sruthair str, Rye r.
Group A. Aru a, Eobul, Uissen, Erbus, Indiurnn.

Fortress Ogham
Group B. Bruden, Liffey, Femen, Seolae, Nephin.
Group H. h-Ocha, Dinn Rig, Tara, Cera, Corann.
Group M. Meath, Gabur, nGarman, Streulae, Roigne.
Group A. Ae(Cualand), Odba, Usney, Navan, Islay.

Bird Ogham 
Group B. besan pheasant (?), lachu duck, faelinn gull, seg hawk, naescu snipe.
Group H. Aadaig night raven (?), droen wren, truith starling, querc hen.
Group M. mintan titmouse, geis swan, ngeigh goose, stmolach thrush, rocnat small rock (?).
Group A. aidhircleog lapwing, odoroscrach scrat (?), uiseog lark, ela swan, illait eaglet (?).

Colour Ogham
Group B. ban white, liath grey, flann red, sodath fine-coloured, necht clear.
Group H. huath terrible, dub black, temen dark grey, cron brown, quiar mouse-coloured.
Group M. mbracht variegated, gorm blue, nglas green, sorcha bright, ruadh red.
Group A. alad piebald, odhar dun, usgdha resinous, erc red, irfind very white.

Church Ogham

Group B. Bangor, Laith, Ferns Saigear, Noendruim.
Group H. h-Irard (Cluain), Durrow, Terryglass, Clonmacnois, Kildare.
Group M. Mugna, Shrule, Rahen, etc.
Group A. Armagh, etc.

Man Ogham 
Man or hero for group B, one man, two,’ three, four, five men.
Minna nobles (or women) or clerics for group H, i.e., a woman, two, three, four, five women.
Youth for group M, one youth, two, three, four, five youths.
Boy or lad for group A, one boy, two, three, four, five boys, one boy for a, two for o, three for u.

Woman Ogham 
Heroines for group B after the same procedure (or method), one for b, two for 1, thus all down.
Nuns for group H.
Maidens for group M.
Girls for group A, one for a, two for u.

Agricultural Ogham

Group B. biail axe, loman rope, fidba hedge-bill, srathar pack-saddle, nasc ring.
Group H. huartan; dabach cask, tal adze, carr waggon, cual faggot.
Group M. machad, gat withe, ngend wedge, sust flail, rusc basket.
Group A. i.e., Arathar plough, ord hammer, usca heather-brush, epit billhook, indeoin anvil.

Water Ogham 
Rivulet for group B, one rivulet for b, five for n.
Weir for group H, one weir, two, three, four, five weirs.
River for group M, one river, two, three, four; ’five rivers.
Well for group A, one well, two, three, four, five wells.

Dog Ogham 
Watch-dog for group B, one watch-dog, two, three, four, five watch-dogs.
Greyhound for group H, one greyhound, two, three, four, five greyhounds.
Herd’s dog for group M, one herd’s dog, two, three, four, five herds’ dogs.
Lapdog for group A, one lapdog, two, three, four, five lapdogs.


Ox Ogham 
Bull for group B, one bull, two, three, four, five bulls.
Ox for group H, one ox, two, three, four, five oxen.
Bullock for group M, one bullock, two, three, four, five bullocks.
Steer for group A, one steer, two, three, four, five steers.


Cow Ogham 
Milch cow for group B, one milch cow, two, three, four, five milch cows.
Stripper for group H, one stripper, two, three, four, five strippers.
Three-year-old heifer for group M, one three-year-old, two, three, four, five three-year-old heifers.
Yearling heifer for group A, etc.

Finger Ogham 
The fingers of the hand about the shinbone for the letters and to put them on the right of the shinbone for group B.

To the left for group H.

Athwart the shinbone for group M.

Straight across for group A, viz., one finger for the first letter of the groups, two for the second letter, till it would reach five for the fifth letter of whichever group it be.

Nose Ogham 
The fingers of the hands about the nose, viz., similar to right and left, athwart, across.
Saint Ogham
The name of the Saint with which it will commence is taken for the letter, viz., Brenainn, Laisren, Finnen, Sincheall, Neasan. .H-Adamnan, Donnan, Tighearnach, Cronan, Ciaran. Manchan, George, nGeminus, Strannan, Ruadhan. Aed, Oena, Ultan, Ernen, Ita.

Art Ogham 
Livelihood, pilotage, poetry, handicraft, notary work.
Trisyllabic poetry, wizardry, turning, harping, fluting.
Soldiering, smithwork, modelling, deer-stalking, dispensing.
Sovereignty, harvesting, brasswork, fowling, fishing, or yew wood work.

1. Which three of the Ogham, represent the three phases of body, mind, and spirit?
2. “Gres sair, carpenter’s work, oak, d. Hence it was put for its cognate Ogham letter”, is found in which ogham?
3. “mbracht variegated, gorm blue, nglas green, sorcha bright, ruadh red” belongs to which ogham?
4. This describes which ogham; “The fingers of the hands about the nose, viz., similar to right and left, athwart, across”?
5. Another name for word ogham is _________.
6. This represents which group of the Pool Ogham; Aru a, Eobul, Uissen, Erbus, Indiurnn?
7. Which ogham does this come from; “Millsem feda, sweetest of wood that is gooseberry with him, for a name for the tree called pin is millsem feda. Gooseberries are hence named. Hence it was put for the letter named pin, for hence pin, or ifin, io, was put for it”?


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Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Seven – Ogham Hand Signing

Whispering Woods Ogham Course – Lesson Seven 
Ogham Hand Signing 

Ogham is such a unique alphabet, that it can be communicated without writing it down to read. One example of this is hand signing. Following are examples of how this is done by using any straight part of the body as the “Druim” (ridgeline or spine) of the letter.

For example, a finger held rigid, along the bridge of the nose, the arm, leg and so forth can be used to communicate with ogham.
Finger spelling (dactylology) is the representation of the letters of a writing system, and in some cases numeral systems. It is a school of thought by some that finger spelling originated or was patterned off of Ogham Finger spelling.

This is a type of communication used to communicate with folks who are deaf and/or dumb.
This is also a common type of communication for monks and others who are following a vow of silence.

The earliest known printed pictures of consonants, which form the modern two-handed alphabet appeared in 1698 CE. They were listed in a pamphlet, “Digiti Lingua”, which was written by an anonymous, deaf author.

Aicme Beithe (B group)
B – Place 1 finger of the right hand below the ridgeline
L – Place two fingers of the right hand below the ridgeline
F – Place three fingers of the right hand below the ridgeline
S – Place four fingers of the right hand below the ridgeline
N – Place five fingers of the right hand below the ridgeline

Aicme Huath (H Group)
H – Place one finger of the left hand above the ridgeline
D – Place two fingers of the left hand above the ridgeline
T – Place three fingers of the left hand above the ridgeline
C – Place four fingers of the left hand above the ridgeline
Q – Place five fingers of the left hand above the ridgeline

Aicme Muine (M Group)
M – Place one finger of either hand slantwise across the ridgeline
G – Place two fingers of either hand slantwise across the ridgeline
Ng – Place three fingers of either hand slantwise across the ridgeline
Z – Place four fingers of either hand slantwise across the ridgeline
R – Place five fingers of either hand slantwise across the ridgeline

Aicme Ailme (A Group)
A – Place one finger of either hand perpendicular across the ridgeline
O – Place two fingers of either hand perpendicular across the ridgeline
U – Place three fingers of either hand perpendicular across the ridgeline
E – Place four fingers of either hand perpendicular across the ridgeline
I – Place five fingers of either hand perpendicular across the ridgeline

Forfeda – (Extra Letters)
Ch – Cross the index fingers of both hands at the ridgeline
Th – Touch the Index and Middle finger of the left and right hand together at the ridgeline
P – Interlace the Index and Middle finger of the left and right hand below the ridgeline
Ph – Spiral the Thumb or Index finger below the ridgeline
X – Interlace the four fingers of both hands above the ridgeline


1. Placing two fingers of the left hand above the ridgeline is what letter?

2. Druim is the _________.

3. Touch the Index and Middle finger of the left and right hand together at the ridgeline to form ____.

4. Placing two fingers of either hand slantwise across the ridgeline is which letter?

5. Communication with the hands is called  ______________.

6. Placing four fingers of either hand perpendicular across the ridgeline forms which letter?

7. Placing 1 finger of the right hand below the ridgeline forms which letter?



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