Ogham of the Week: Blackthorn, Hazel, and Pine

Ogham of the Week: Blackthorn, Hazel, and Pine

A Threat to Order

Irish Ogham of the Week

Straif (Blackthorn)

This ogham gives us a somber warning this week; be ready for turbulent transition. Twisty and thorny, Blackthorn is often depicted in fairy tales as the barrier between the hero and the destination. Straif reversed mirrors this energy. The path is full of hidden thorns, obscuring the way forward. Watch your step. This week, be careful of the hot energies that burn within us. Pick up some celestine, which is a good aid in calming our inner fire.

Coll (Hazel)

Coll is enlightenment, and knowledge given. Events this week will result in opportunities for learning. Don’t discount negative interactions, because these too will grant enlightenment. Rejecting lessons might lead to destabilizing forces, so listen well. The Druids believe that hazelnuts represent wisdom, even those that fall to the ground. Look for wisdom even in the most unconventional places, you might just find it.

Pine (Ailm)

Ailm is full of elation and wonder, self-determination and steadfastness. Being an evergreen, the pine tree stays vibrant even in the pain of winter. This is a lesson that Ailm conveys; with endurance comes pain, but the reward is great. Truth this week may be obscured, leaving us frustrated and ready to disengage. Continue to carry on. A truth and justice candle might aid in our resolve to carry on towards the end.

Peace and Bright Blessings.

Ogham of the Week: Aspen, Birch, and Ash

Ogham of the Week: Aspen, Birch, and Ash

Choices, Choices: The Way Forward

Eadha (Aspen) 

We are given many choices this week and our decisions will lead either to growth or stagnation. At first it may seem that rocks and twisting vines are hiding the path forward. Listen well, and the road may become clearer.

Though the trembling poplar can seem courageous, reversed Eadha becomes immobile by fear. This ogham warns us that we cannot be paralyzed by our agitations. Step away from what is scary. Breathe. Take a second look at the situation and find new ways to look at it. Burning some sweetgrass will soothe and “sweeten” the mind, assisting in how to approach quagmires.

Beith (Birch)

As the ogham of birth and beginnings, Beith reversed becomes stagnant and stuck. A sliver of renewal resides just under the surface, however.  Make friends with patience and time until you find a hidden reserve of energy. Honey Calcite is a great stone to keep on the self for prolonged work, especially for relieving stresses that hinder the breaking of idleness.

Nuin (Ash)

Nuin burns bright and strong. Similar to the phoenix, this ogham symbolizes transformation, change, and growth. Nuin reminds us to let go of the past and release our hold on things that are dying. This week, let’s work towards breaking out of stagnant aspects of our lives to prepare for new growth and change.

Peace and Bright Blessings!

Everyday Witch Tarot – First Impressions

Everyday Witch Tarot – First Impressions

Everyday Witch Tarot Kit Box

The box has a sturdy magnetic closure flap

First let me confess that I tend to be serious about the Craft and my understanding of a Witch as a practitioner of sacred alignment with the natural world. I don’t have witch kitch decorations everywhere. My idea of Fairies are more along the lines of Brian Froud. My humor is dark or sarcastic. The Everyday Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake is an excellent example of a style and tone which appeals to the lighter side. Still, I liked Harry Potter, just like so many people, so I decided to take a closer look. The first thing I liked was the box. It wasn’t a flimsy affair, but a sturdy magnetic closure contraption you can slide into a bookshelf stuffed with tomes of history and lore and the box will still not fall apart. Then I looked at the cards. I never start with the book, because it’s all about the symbols and the art, for me. The cards in the Everyday Witch Tarot are borderless, and the name of the card is in a banner along the bottom.  The art itself is richly illustrative in a classic storybook style which is slightly evocative of a turn of the century (that is, the turn of the last century).  The artist, Elisabeth Alba, was a new name for me. I have included images of the cards later in this article for you to see for yourself. [Read more…]