The Celtic Tree Ogham is one of the lesser known forms of divination. This ancient Celtic alphabet has some parity with the runes, ie an alphabet for which each letter also has magical significance and meaning. In this case the divinatory meaning is derived from observation of the ecological, practical as well as magical properties of twenty trees native to the British Isles, e.g. Birch, Rowan, Alder, Willow and Ash.
Interest in the Celtic Tree Ogham is beginning to grow and has expanded outwards from the British Isles, extending into countries such as the USA where many of the Celtic trees are not native to the land. Where the traditional Celtic trees are found, they frequently occupy different ecological, practical and magical niches.
In this workshop we will work on learning skills and tools to develop and build energetic connections to the trees of the Celtic Ogham, along with using other resources and research to learn about the ecology of the trees. We will learn how to translate these energies into understanding the trees that are part of our native ecosystems whether you live in mountains or the desert or even in the British Isles (!); and work towards building a personal tree ogham system that is relevant to your own land, and which may be more or less based on the traditional Celtic tree ogham system.
We will work with trees as our allies and as our teachers learning to listen to them and hearing what offerings we can make to them for their assistance in our work. We will learn some of the basic practical skills required to begin making your own ogham set if you desire.
Homework will be set by each Wednesday evening, I ask each participant to commit to checking in to the group (we will use a yahoo group to facilitate this) about the week’s work by the following Sunday evening so that I have time to read and respond before the next week’s work. Week 5 Will be a reading week - a chance for you to catch up on work, to revise what we have already worked with and to take a look at the reading list.
You will need to commit to spending time outside in nature where there are trees - whatever or wherever this means in your local area - for your workings each week. This is not an option for doing the course!
You will need a journal and writing materials – I would suggest purchasing a new journal for this work, so that your notes are not caught up in the midst of other writings - or it would be appropriate to use loose pages in a binder. You will need to be able to access research materials, whether online or offline, on trees, their ecology, practical and magical uses, as well as their use in art and literature. You may want or desire art supplies or a camera if this is one way that you like to work.
You will also need an ogham set to participate in this workshop! if you do not already own one please visit my online store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/greenwomancrafts or email me directly for information or to buy one.
Price sliding scale $90-$140 - please decide where on the sliding scale you are. For booking details, more information, or to discuss payment options please contact Raven at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration by 29th May.
I am a British Witch who has been working and teaching in the Reclaiming tradition for over fifteen years. I am also an initiate in the Anderson Feri tradition. I love to travel and has taught courses, classes and Witchcamps internationally, as well as many online classes. I have an on-going love affair with trees - the Celtic Tree Ogham is my favoured divination tool, and I have spent many years studying it, teaching it and offering readings using it. I am an ecologist by training and a lover of the natural world, and sees much of my work as building connections. I am a self-employed artist and crafts-person (I make ogham sets, runes and more!), jack-of-all-trades, a poet, writer and recovering academic.
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