A complication about learning the Ogham has again surfaced. Due to there not being a lot of information about Druidic practices, there is even less information about their alphabet; The Ogham. No one (currently alive) know who or how the first Ogham were created. There are, like many other aspects of Druidic practices, myths and stories, but nothing known for sure.
It is said that the Celtic God Ogma was the one who created the symbols. But even that is not a straight forward story. Something I was able to find just today through my research was that the 5th Aicme is actually not considered an actual part of the Ogham. It was a much later addition and I’ve noticed that the few Ogham sets I’ve been able to find do not have that 5th Aicme. I’m in the process of getting the 5th Aicme made by the person I bought my original set from.
That said, here’s the 3rd and 4th Aicme.
3rd Aicme –
Vine – Muin – M
This stands for Vine or Muin and the letter M.
Divination Meaning – Harvest. Successful completion of a project. Celebrations.
Reverse Meaning – Indulging in excess. Intoxication.
Magickal Meaning – Prosperity magick. Bringing goal to fruition.
Ivy – Gert – G
This stands for the plant Ivy or Gert and the letter G.
Divination Meaning – Breaking down barriers, perseverance and persistence.
Reverse Meaning – Feeling constricted, restrictions, ruthlessness.
Magickal Meaning – Luck, overcoming obstacles.
Broom – Ngetal – NG
This stands for the tree Broom or Ngetal and the letters NG
Divination Meaning – Healing. Sweeping away negative energies.
Reverse Meaning – Illness or disease. The need for healing.
Magickal Meaning – Emotional balance. Cleansing rituals. Banishing negativity.
Blackthorn – Straif – ST, SS, Z
This stands for the tree Blackthorn or Straif and the letters ST, SS, and Z.
Divination Meaning – Division, conflict. The need to establish healthy boundaries between yourself and others.
Reverse Meaning – Allowing yourself to be open for an attack; emotionally or physically.
Magickal Meaning – Establishing boundaries.
Elder – Ruis – R
This stands for the tree Elder or Ruis and the letter R.
Divination Meaning – knowledge from experience. Moving forward, sheding old habit. Transformation, the end of one cycle, beginning of a new one.
Reverse Meaning – Regrets. Holding on to the past.
Magickal Meaning – Faery magick. Transformation.
Pine – Ailm – A
This stands for the tree Pine or Ailm and the letter A.
Divination Meaning – Initiations. Birth and death, beginning of a new phase in life. Foresight and farsightedness. Clear view of a situation.
Reverse Meaning – Not seeing situation clearly, blindness, inability to see truth.
Magickal Meaning – purification magick. Clear sight. Divination.
Gorse – Ohn – O
This stands for the tree Gorgse or Ohn and the letter O.
Divination Meaning – Sexuality, passion, love, relationships.
Reverse Meaning – Lack of passion in relationships, career, or projects.
Magickal Meaning – Love magick. Invoking Sun Gods/Goddesses. Gathering information, uncovering the truth.
Heather – Ur – U, W
This stands for the plant Heather or Ur and the letters U and W.
Divination Meaning – Healing. Creating sacred balance. Love and fertility.
Reverse Meaning – Being out of balance. Imbalance; physical or emotional or spiritual.
Magickal Meaning – Healing and love spells, fertility.
Aspen – Eadha – E
This stands for the tree Aspen or Eadha and the letter E.
Divination Meaning – Overcoming doubt and fear. Overcoming obstacles. Inner guidance.
Reverse Meaning – Being paralyzed by doubts and fears.
Magickal Meaning – Banishing negative emotions. Honoring the dead.
Yew – Ioho – I, J, Y
This stands for the tree Yew or Ioho and the letters I, J, and Y.
Divination Meaning – Death and rebirth. A time of transitions and change.
Reverse Meaning – Grief. Inability to accept change.
Magickal Meaning – Transformation magick. Honoring ancestors. Summoning spirits.
I have yet to firmly plant the 3rd and 4th Aicmes into my brain, but I am starting to realize just how much tree magick influences my thoughts and my life. I am noticing the kinds of trees as I’m driving around and remembering what the trees stand for and their magickal properties. Honestly, learning the Ogham has impacted me more than any tarot deck I’ve picked up and I kind of love it.