Ogam: The Celtic Oracle of the Trees: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Druidic Alphabet Paperback – 17 Feb 2003
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"Gardeners will revel in the rich folklore surrounding these plants. The author explains the origins of the Ogam tree alphabet and the letters associated with each of the plants known by the Druids."
About the Author
Paul Rhys Mountfort is a writer, researcher, and workshop leader specializing in oracles and the Celtic and Norse traditions. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation, "Oracle-texts: The Western Tradition." Active in the Wiccan and Celtic pagan community, he lives with his partner and son on Waiheke Island, in the Hauraki Gulf of Auckland, New Zealand.
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I find myself constantly returning to this excellant book to refresh my memory and as a learning aid.
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.
The only criticism I have is that it does not contain the Ogams known as the 'Crane Bag' Ogams.
I like to learn about my heritage and in a bid to recover knowledge that was stolen and lost to us over time I am pleased to own these.
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Best book on thee subject I have seen clear precise and easily understood leaves one with a lot to think about.Published 17 months ago by David R Mitchell
bnought it for my boyfriend he is also writing a book on ogam , it gave him some good information.Published on 16 Mar. 2014 by nadia
This gives another point of view on the Ogham tarot and the meanings that the Druids placed on the trees of their world, which are still with us today.Published on 25 Mar. 2013 by elizabeth harries
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