Ogham alphabet meanings. The ancient Ogham Alphabet a complete
guide to the 20 sacred trees and their magickal, spiritual, and medicinal uses.
About The Ogham Alphabet
Other correspondences include how it is used for medicinal and magical purposes. Click on runes below to read entire ogham meanings. The Word Ogham is pronounced OH-yam.
Several of the runes stones still remaining have running around their edge a different alphabet from the runic, but one which still uses short, straight lines. This is the Ogham alphabet. Just like Odin, Ogma is credited with having invented the Ogham script. This method of writing seems to have begun in Ireland, spreading to Wales, Scotland, and parts of southern England.
The Ogham forms a sacred system, as well as hidden coded messages which only people of the order understood. The Ogham glyphs were carved around the edge of a stone in order to immortalize a hero, or carved on trees as posters. It is certain that the Druids used the Ogham letters, and again it is interesting to note that Druid teachings of the time were passed on by word of mouth, like those of the Qabalah and of the runes.
I personally have used both oracles for many years, my heritage and passion for the Ogham has been thriving from a small child. I would play in the dirt with stick drawing lines and patterns, later as an adult, I came to realize I was drawing the old ancient Celtic alphabet.
Ogham Alphabet Meanings
The ogham written letters consist of four sets of five characters. The first five (B L F S & N) are represented by a singular upright stroke with 1 to 5 horizontal strokes from B to N, to the right of the line.
Ancient Celtic Fews: The next set (H D T C Q) Have vertical strokes left of the upright line. M G NG Z and R cross the line on the diagonal and the vowels Ea Ou Ia Ui and Ae are also diagonal but stop at the line. Related: Ogham Free Oracle Reading >
Deep within the centre of my being may I find peace
Silently within the centre of the grove may I share peace
Calmly within the greater circle of mankind may I radiate peace
May there be peace throughout the whole world.
Birch Tree Ogham Meaning
Astrology Birth: December 24th – January 20th
Beth: Letter B
Animal: Cow, Pheasant
Spiritual Meaning Birch Tree
Birch Tree is associated with the white goddess in her triplicity.
When we are lost in the forest the shining silver branches of the
Birch light the way and give us guidance on our path. The very
word birch has derived a root meaning bright or shining. Continue reading >
Rowan Tree Ogham Meaning
Spiritual Meaning Rowan Tree
Alder Tree Ogham Meaning
Spiritual Meaning Alder
Alder – sometimes known as the Goddess tree –
is another protective tree, only this time it is protection
of the heart and the watery excess of emotion.
It was used in battle in ancient times and
known as the very battle-witch of all woods. Continue reading >
Willow Tree Ogham Meaning
Spiritual Meaning Willow Tree
Willow this totally feminine plant is all those watery
things to do with emotions, feeling, sensitivity, vision,
intuition and divination. The unconscious, Lunar Tides
and the ebbs and flow of magic. Continue reading >
Ash Tree Ogham Meaning
Spiritual Meaning Ash
The Celtic association with Ash is with Maeve – the Irish goddess of sovereignty,
or land goddess. In Greek mythology, Zeus is said to have created
humans from the ash trees, Yggdrasil was the cosmic ash uon which Odin
hung for nine days until he discovered the rune stones. Continue reading >
Hawthorn Ogham Meaning
Spiritual Meaning Hawthorn
Oak Tree Ogham Meaning
Spiritual Meaning Oak Tree
Holly Ogham Meaning
Spiritual Meaning Holly
The Holly King. The word holly means holy It symbolises the tenacity of life.
As male energy, it is symbolic of the vigour to fight with balance and unity.
Strong and protective, clear wisdom and courage. Continue reading >
Hazel Ogham Meaning
Astrology Birth: August 5th – September 1st
Coll: Letter C
Animal: Salmon, Crane
Spiritual Meaning Hazel
Hazel All the knowledge of the arts and sciences were bound up
with the eating of these nuts, and of the salmon who ate them,
some say it may be associated with the lost initiations
once undertaken in the Bardic grade. Continue reading >
Apple Tree Ogham Meaning
Quert: Letter Q
Animal: Unicorn, Hen
Spiritual Meaning Apple
Apple Tree of eternal life, Wholeness, trust, abundance, integration,
regeneration, vitality, fertility, health. The Druids recognised
it’s powerful transformation qualities. Continue reading >
Vine Ogham Meaning
Spiritual Meaning Vine
Ivy Ogham Meaning
Astrology Birth: September 30th – October 27th
Gort: Letter G
Animal: Bore, Swan
Colour: Baby blue
Spiritual Meaning Ivy
Broom / Reed / Fern Ogham
Astrology Birth: October 28th – November 24th
Ngetal: Letter N, G
Animal: Dog, Rat, Goose
Colour: Emerald Green
Spiritual Meaning Broom
Blackthorn Ogham Meaning
Straif: Letter Z
Animal: Wolf, Black Cat
Spiritual Meaning Blackthorn
Blackthorn is one of the Eight Chieftain Trees in the Ogham.
Its name Straif means strife – and is said to be the ‘increaser of secrets.
Guard your secrets well. Blackthorn has cleansing qualities. Continue reading >
Elder Tree Ogham Meaning
Astrology Birth: November 25th – December 23rd
Ruis: Letter R
Spiritual Meaning Elder Tree
Elder is a fitting tree to follow Blackthorn as it’s meaning is transformation,
Death and regeneration. It has one of the strongest reputations for
fairy and witch superstitions and magical protection of all the Ogham trees. Continue reading >
Elm Tree Ogham Meaning
Ailim: Letter A
Animal: Piebald, Lapwing
Colour: Light Blue
Spiritual Meaning Elm Tree
Furze Ogham Symbols And Meanings
Ohn: Letter O
Animal: Cormorant, Rabbit
Spiritual Meaning Furze
Furze Industry, protection, vibrancy, independence intelligence, passion,
sexuality. Due to its prickly nature, it is also a tree of protection. Continue reading >
Heather / Mistletoe Ogham Meaning
Spiritual Meaning Heather
Aspen Tree Ogham Meaning
Edad: Letter E
Spiritual Meaning Aspen Tree
Aspen is associated with conquering fear. It’s the very name
‘Populs tremella’ (the trembling Poplar) hints at its nature,
as Aspen quivers with the slightest breeze,
always on the move, a way of shielding oneself. Continue reading >
Yew Tree Ogham Meaning
Idad: Letter I
Colour: Dark Green
Spiritual Meaning Yew
The meaning of Yew is rebirth, which is quite fitting for
the last traditional tree of the Ogham Alphabet. It means the completion of a cycle
marking the ending of one phase and the beginning of the next. Continue reading >
Ogham Divination Meanings
Forfeda Ogham Meaning
The Forfeda is the final supplementary aicme which
was a later addition – introduced around the 4th Century.
They represent Greek dipthongs; sounds felt to be missing
from the original alphabet. oe-oi / ui-ua / ia-io / ae / p. Continue reading>
Spindle Ogham Meaning
Ogham Letter: OI or OE
Latin: Euonymus europaeus
Spiritual Meaning Spindle
Spindle A sudden positive change in one’s life.
Thunder and lightning, Sudden revelations. Continue reading >
Honeysuckle Ogham Meaning
English: Honeysuckle – also known as Woodbine.
Latin: Lonicera periclymenum
Astrology: Mars in Cancer.
Spiritual Meaning Honeysuckle
Gooseberry Ogham Meaning
Ogham Letter: IA or OI
Latin: Ribes uva-crispa
Spiritual Meaning Gooseberry
Beech Tree Ogham Meaning
Ogham letter : ae
Latin: Fagus sylvatica
Element: Air, Earth.
Spiritual Meaning Beech Tree
Guelder Rose Ogham Meaning
Spiritual Meaning Guelder Rose
Guelder Rose Horizon? Day of Creation?
Birth – Death – Rebirth. Continue reading >