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

Quiz:

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?

 

 

Source: Researcher & Author: Crick

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