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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