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A goldmine of folklore,
This review is from: Ogam: The Celtic Oracle of the Trees: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Druidic Alphabet (Paperback)
I approached this book as someone interested in the symbolism behind the letters of the alphabet in Ogham, rather than someone wanting to do actual divination with them, and I really found a gem.
What is refreshing about this book is that while it is written from a Pagan / New Age perspective (as opposed to being a scholarly book on Ogham) it steers clear from the vague or fluffy. The author is quite up front about the fact that we do not really know how Oghams were used, and having said that, is careful to explain why he has given the meanings to each Ogham that he has done.
The separate sections on each Ogham are outstanding - he explains at some length and depth the associations of each rune, and gives "evidence" in the form of episodes from Irish myth and legend where the tree associated with a rune appears in this context. With about 3 pages of text for each rune, I do feel as if I am getting as near as we are reasonably going to get to an "authentic" interpretation for each Ogham. It is easy to read and digest without being superficial.
The only thing that holds me off giving it five stars is that Mountfort limits himself to the original 20 Oghams and doesn't mention the Forfeda at all, this is a shame and I hope he will look to this for future editions.
Ogam: The Celtic Oracle of the Trees: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Druidic Alphabet(8 customer reviews)