Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom is a breakthrough in ogam divination and magical studies. Rather than working from the commonly known tree alphabet paradigm, Erynn Rowan Laurie takes us back to the roots of each letter's name, exploring its meanings in the context of Gaelic language and culture. Like the Norse runes, each letter is associated with an object or a concept -- "sulfur", "a bar of metal", "terror". These letters are deeply enmeshed in a web of meaning both cultural and spiritual, lending power and weight to their symbolism. With two decades of experience with the ogam and over thirty years of working with divination, Erynn offers insights into the many profound meanings hidden in the ogam letters and their lore. She explains each letter in context and shows how to expand the system in new and innovative ways while acknowledging and maintaining respect for ogam's traditional language and culture. In this book, you will find ways to use the ogam for divination, ideas on incorporating ogam into ritual, discussions of how ogam relates to Celtic Reconstructionist Paganism, and instructions for creating your own set of ogam feda or letters for your personal use.
Erynn Rowan Laurie
Brand: Megalithica Books
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This is, quite simply, the best ogham book on the market.
Unlike many ogham systems, this one focuses on "word ogham" -- the meaning and lore behind the names of the feda. It's a popular misconception that ogham is simply a tree alphabet, and Erynn dispells this myth -- much to the benefit of folks who do not live in areas with Old World trees and shrubs.
The system itself is explained in detail -- the history of the system and of filidecht, the meanings of the phrases associated with each fid. But it goes beyond the presentation of a mere divination system; Erynn explains the principles of Celtic Reconstructionism and its practices, as well as the uses of ogham in magick and healing. She also includes detailed accounts of rituals, healing rites and divinations using ogham, which is invaluable to the practitioner seeking to use the system.
On a personal note, I've adopted Erynn's approach to ogham myself after reading the book and find it both workable...
If you are looking for a complete Ogam book, this is the book for you. When I first started researching Ogam, I thought it was silly that most authors limited the entire Ogam language solely on trees. After reading the reviews on amazon from other readers, I knew this is the book for me. Erynn Rowan Lauria does a fabulous job in bringing to life the ancient language and forming it into poetry. Her writing style is well structured, easy to follow, and makes even the beginner Ogam user feel comfortable in their ability to understand and divine using her method. I wouldn't recommend any other book on Ogam.
This is the best book I've read on the ogam. Unlike others, Laurie approaches the ogam meanings holistically (other authors have based their systems only on the tree interpretations, and often enough on erroneous ideas of Robert Graves). The book is full of exercises that can help lead one into the practice of filidecht, the sacred Gaelic bard craft. This includes meditative and breathwork techniques for working with the cauldrons or energy centers that have some analogy with charkas (but only three of them), which are written about in medieval Irish texts.
Like the runes, each ogam letter has a name and key meanings, and traditional poems that elliptically interpret them. The author is clear about what are traditional meanings and what are her own further interpretations, such as linking them to astrological concepts. The ogam are easy to adapt to our own circumstances, and places, yet it is crucial to understand what is native to the traditions. Making one's own set...
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