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The Moon is humanity's oldest calendar. Evidence of ancient peoples keeping time by the phases of the moon have been found carved into rocks and cave walls the world over. The famous tree calendar of the Celts was such a time-keeping device, and, like other tribal cultures, the Celts found names and associations for their moon which were developed and codified over many years of ritual and experimentation. Each moon phase was assigned a corresponding tree, each tree being sacred to either feminine energy and to the Goddess, or to masculine energy and to the God. The lunar tree calendar of the Celts has long been a source of controversy amont Celtic scholars. Some even claim it was never a part of the old Celtic world, but was an invention of author/researcher Robert Graves. The Druids are generally given credit by other researchers for creating this system. There seems to be no scholarly evidence to prove otherwise, yet many Celtic Pagans feel that the system pre-dates the time of Druidic influence over Celtic religious matters. It is probably reasonable to believe that the truth lies somewhere in between these three extremes. It is most likely that the tree system was in place, with minor regional variations before the time of the Druids who experimented with it, discovered the magickal properties of each tree, and codified all the information into the system we have today. The trees the Druids selected for the thirteen months were already trees which were sources of magick and myth in Celtic folklore. Several of the trees are said to be attractive to faery folk, and others were sources of magick herbs or medicines. Today the counting of the Celtic tree calendar begins with the full moon nearest Yule. Perhaps it once began with the full moon nearest Samhain since, until the influence of the Norse, Samhain marked the beginning of the Celtic New Year. When you have pinpointed the full moon closest to Yule, count off the thirteen moons of the lunar year and mark them with their Tree Calendar names.*
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Feminine Vine Moon of http://www. Magick for Animals.Prosperity.Spirituality. Protection.com/Celtic/tree. Astral Travel Divination Moon Moon of Waters Prosperity. Guidance Romantic Love.Ogham Alphabet Page 2 MOON NAME Birch Moon POLARITY NICKNAMES Moon of Inception. Moon of Security.joellessacredgrove. Fertility. Spirit Contact. Moon of Spirituality. Efficacy. Fidelity Holly Moon Hazel Moon Feminine Moon of Protection. Moon.html 09/12/2007 05:35:00 AM . Summer Moon Moon of Strength. The Witches' Healing. Moon of Polarity Sex Magick Moon of the Wise. Prophecy. purification. Personal Spirit Moon. Crone Moon Manifestiation. Protection. Encirclement. Magick for Moon of Balance Women Moon of Restraint. Healing. creativity Feminine Rowan Moon Masculine Moon of Vision. Moonof Hindrance. Bear Moon Fertility. Duty. Moonof SelfMental Prowess. Magick for Men. Protection. Protection. Fertility (Property dependent on the type of vine) Blackberry . Binding Willow Moon Feminine Hawthorn Masculine Moon Oak Moon Masculine All positive purposes. Teaching. Moon of Beginning MAGICKAL PROPERTIES Protection of children. Weather magick. Prosperity. Sacred to Brid Blueberry . Healing Ash Moon Feminine Alder Moon Masculine Moon of Utility. Peace.Celtic Tree Calendar . Empowerment.
Banishing.Celtic Tree Calendar . Moon which Manifests Truth Moon of Completeness Reed Moon Feminine Fertility. Prosperity. Hearth Moon.Fertility. Winter Moon.Ogham Alphabet Page 3 Moon Celebration Dream Magick Grape . Protection. Prosperity. Protection. Protection. Love. Exorcism Ivy Moon Masculine Moon of Buoyancy.Courage. Healing http://www. Moon of Resilience Moon of the Home. Strength Healing. Binding Thistle .html 09/12/2007 05:35:00 AM . Inspiration. Family Concerns Elder Moon Masculine Exorcism.com/Celtic/tree. Cooperation.joellessacredgrove.
The Ogham signs may also be carved into candles or used in writing out requests to be presented to the gods during rituals. paint or engrave the symbols on one side of some flat sticks. Two symobls. Then gently toss them on the ground or floor in front of you. Further proof of their respect for trees is in the old Celtic word for oak (Duir). The last five letters are called the Crane Bag and were given by the sea god Manannan. followed by peasants and shrubs. The ancient Celts had a kinship with trees which is shown in this magical alphabet and in their tree calendar. Only the initiated could understand these occult meaning. and thorn were called the faery triad of trees. the Grove and the Sea. Oak. They merely represented their order of importance to the Druids.** Beth . their inclusion points out the Druidic acknowledgments of the power of both the sea itself and a group of trees. are not actually trees. Any sticks that touch or overlap have a direct and enhanced influence on each other.Ogham Alphabet Page 4 "The Ogham (pronounced owam). For divination. Chieftains came first. the farthest represent the future.it is still said that faeries live. contained hidden secrets for magic and divination. From this ancient respect for the power of trees came the expressions 'touch wood' and 'knock on wood'. They also believed that certain trees had a healing influence on humans. The Celts beleived that many trees where inhabited by spirits or had spirits of their own. This idea most notably applied to any tree with a strong aura around it. which had nothing to do with their physical form."** The trees of the Ogham alphabet were divided into three classifications. Concentrate on your question while holding them in both hands. Ice cream sticks or tongue depressors work well for this purpose. Where they grow together.Birch Month: November http://www. the word Derwydd or Duirwydd (oak-seer) was probably the origin of the word Druid.Celtic Tree Calendar . They also threw divination sticks engraved with the signs of the Ogham alphabet.com/Celtic/tree. Choose seven sticks without looking. The closest sticks represent the present. The ancient Celts used the Ogham alphabet in performing magick. ash. or sacred Druidic alphabet.html 09/12/2007 05:35:00 AM .joellessacredgrove. The symbols can also be drawn on cards and read as you do tarot.
spiritual guidance and protection.html 09/12/2007 05:35:00 AM .Ogham Alphabet Page 5 Color: White Class: Peasant Letter: B Meaning: New Beginnings.Ash Month: March Color: Glass Green Class: Cheiftain Letter: N Meaning: Locked into a chain of events.Rowan Month: December Color: Grey and Red Class: Peasant Letter: L Meaning: Controlling your life. Fearn . Purification.Hawthorne Month: April Color: Purple Class: Peasant http://www.WIllow Month: February Color: listed only as bright Class: Peasant Letter: S Meaning: Gaining balance in your life Nuin . Luis . V Meaning: Help in making choices. Huathe .com/Celtic/tree. Feeling bound. Saille .Celtic Tree Calendar .joellessacredgrove. Changes. Protection against control by others.Alder Month: January Color: Crimson Class: Cheiftain Letter: F.
Ogham Alphabet Page 6 Letter: H Meaning: Being held back for a period of time Duir .com/Celtic/tree.joellessacredgrove.Holly Month: June Color: Dark Grey Class: Peasant Letter: T Meaning: Energy and guidance fro problems to come Coll .Vine Month: August Color: Variegated Class: Chieftain Letter: M http://www.Oak Month: May Color: Black and Dark Brown Class: Chieftain Letter: D Meaning: Secrity. Quert . Strength Tinne . K Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.Apple Month: None Color: Green Class: Shrub Letter: Q Meaning: A choice must be made Muin .html 09/12/2007 05:35:00 AM .Hazel Month: July Color: Brown Class: Chieftain Letter: C.Celtic Tree Calendar .
ST Meaning: Resentment. Ngetal . but take time for relaxation Gort .joellessacredgrove. Refusing to see the truth Ruis .Reed Month: October Color: Grass Green Class: Shrub Letter: NG Meaning: Upsets or surprises Straif .Ivy Month: September Color: Sky Blue Class: Chieftain Letter: G Meaning: Take time to soul search or you will maake a wrong decision.Blackthorn Month: None Color: Purple Class: Chieftain Letter: SS.html 09/12/2007 05:35:00 AM . Take care in choices.ELder Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon Color: Red Class: Shrub Letter: R Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.com/Celtic/tree.Celtic Tree Calendar . Z.Ogham Alphabet Page 7 Meaning: Inner development occuring.Silver Fir Month: None Color: Light Blue Class: Shrub Letter: A Meaning: Learning from past mistakes. Ailim . http://www. Confusion.
com/Celtic/tree. Y Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude. J. Fears.Heather and Mistletoe Month: None Color: Purple Class: Heather is Peasant. Ioho .White Poplar or Aspen Month: None Color: Silver White Class: Shrub Letter: E Meaning: Problems. Mistletoe is Chieftain Letter: U Meaning: Healing and development on the spiritual level. KH.Grove Month: None Color: Many Shades of Green Class: None Letter: CH. Eadha . Doubts.html 09/12/2007 05:35:00 AM . EA Meaning: Wisdom gained by seeing past illusions.Celtic Tree Calendar .Furze Month: None Color: Yellow Gold Class: Chieftain Letter: O Meaning: Information that could change your life Ur .Ogham Alphabet Page 8 Ohn .joellessacredgrove. http://www. Koad .Yew Month: None Color: Dark Green Class: Chieftain Letter: I.
html 09/12/2007 05:35:00 AM .com/Celtic/tree. Uilleand .the Sea Month: None Color: Blue-green Class: none Letter: AE. X.Ogham Alphabet Page 9 Oir . Phagos . PE.Celtic Tree Calendar . UI Meaning: Proceed with caution. OI Meaning: Finish obligations and tasks or your life cannot move forward.Beech Month: None Color: Orange-brown Class: Chieftain Letter: PH. IO Meaning: New experiences and information coming Mor . XI Meaning: Travel [Celtic Art] [Celtic History] [Celtic Deities] [Celtic Traditions] [Wiccan Beliefs] [Wiccan Tools] [Wiccan Texts] [Wiccan Traditions] [Solitary/ Coven] [Sabbats] [Esbats] [Pagan Traditions] [Candle Magick] [Clip Art] [Desktop Themes] [Circle of Fairies] [Herb Garden] [WWotW] [Celtic Links] [Wiccan/Pagan Links] [Favorite Links] [Home] [Webrings] [Site Map] [Reading List] http://www.Spindle Month: None Color: White Class: Peasant Letter: TH.joellessacredgrove.Honeysuckle Month: None Color: Yellow-white Class: Peasant Letter: P.
joellessacredgrove.com/Celtic/tree.Ogham Alphabet Page 10 *From "Celtic Myth and Magick" by Edain McCoy ** From "Celtic Magic" by DJ Conway http://www.Celtic Tree Calendar .html 09/12/2007 05:35:00 AM .
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