It is such a joy to work with students learning the Ogham.
The Ogham is the alphabet of the ancient Irish Druids. Its main set of correspondences for each letter is the Trees: the deep physical, healing and mystical energy of trees. It also links to the Otherworlds of the Celtic Irish and to the ancient Gods and Goddesses of their culture.
Learn the Ogham: I have students all over the world and their work can be very different to reflect the different spiritual quest of each student. But each student’s report on their journey to connect with the energy of one tree after another is healing and inspiring to read.
The reports are all so different. But here are a couple of realisations received by a student in Spain (expressing herself in English language) who was journeying through the Celtic Otherwords from her Divine Center where every Ogham journey starts and ends: she was journeying to reach the energy of the beautiful and fay alder and rowan trees:
First Alder Tree: ‘The mist of the alder grove clung to my eyes as I walked past through the Northeast watchtower and I wondered if this reflects that I must not rely on my outer senses for the responsibility to be the sole vehicle for the analysis of the inner me. I felt I was not rightly using my unphysical senses to interpret the world, and thus deceiving myself in the process.’
Later on, Rowan Tree: ‘The lady I encountered was almost too bright to be looked at, even if veiled. I stood in awe before her. The mirrors of her deep eyes were deceptively shallow, and I found myself entrapped into her stare for what seemed like the longest of time, until I felt laid bare and lighter, somewhat dizzy and disoriented, almost carried out by a breeze, letting go of what unneeded anchors I had built for myself, those items that I first felt were essential in defining who I am when surrounded by others. I floated back to the swamp, whirling around, but steering into the right direction even if I let go, back