Ogham Tree Lore
Ogham is often desribed as the secret languageof the druids, a language surrounded by myth and legend.
The Ogham tree lore is"A Language", "A Medicinal Log", "A Philosophy", "A Theosophy", it is a progressive life enhancing guide to "Bnwyfre"TM life force energy.
Divination, mystery, communication andthe expression of intent laid down for future generations from the wisdom keepers, the Elders andthe Druids. In the celtic regions it is known to be at least2500 years old, there is evidence of similar languages outside the celtic regions dating back from before 3000bc making its foundationsmore than 5000 years old. The Siberiantribes of more than 4000 years ago used charcoal and wood for runestones, the Nordic tribes used runestones in education and worship, the Tibetan monks of many millenia have used wooden prayer wheels all of these have asimilar backgrounds and will have contributed to the Oghamlanguage, the forgottenvoice of "The Druid."
With the Nordic tribes invading Prydain (Britain) comes fresh myth and legend, the vikings again brought new dialects and language to the celtic Prydainregions. It is recognised that druids of 600bc were familiar with the language ofSocrates (ancient Greek) but by the year 400ad Latin was prevelant amongst the hierarchy of the modern society. It is also to be said that language and dialectvaried from region to region. Prior to 600bc the celts were the dominating mass across what is now Scandinavia, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Italy & Greece. With the birth of Christ came the growing Roman empire and the gradual demise of the Celtic Druid. One of the main factors of the druidic culture was the use of a secretlanguage that enveloped all nations, societies and traditions, this language being Ogham/Ogam ("ow em" - "ohm" - "oh am")
A lot of what we understand today comes from the 14th century with a revival of the old ways, along with fresh interpretation of what could have been. To look back beyond the 14th century werely onactual and circumstantial evidence that takes us into the language of the Celtic Druid and thesurviving Prydain Druid. The invasion of the Romans reduced the Celtic Druid to the lands of Prydain, (Britain, Ireland and Iceland) and the islands surrounding Prydain, the scottish isles, Ireland and the isle of Anglessey were among the last places known for the PrydainDruid cultures & places of education.
Hippocrates is known today as the founder of western medicine,an ancient Greek living four hundred years before the birth of Christ influences our culture today. He was one of the first to state that dis-ease is not caused by the wrath of Gods and that it can be treated as a human condition. The father ofwestern medicine living on a remote island "Kos" taught students a revolutionary new way to treat dis-ease. It is unknown where his knowledge came from or where his students relayed their knowledge! So very much a situation of if he learned from the Celts? or if they learned from him? What is known is that through established trade routes both ships and overland and withthe coming of the iron age, knowledge was shared across the Celtic regions as was many goods from Greek, Roman, Etruscan and Persian civilisations.
One translation ofa part of theHippocratic oath is:
"I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepiusand Hgieiaand Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses."
The Ogham tree lore includes the findings of the ancients and includes their teachings with regard to cures for illnesses and dis-ease. IfI mention Hippokrate` from Kos then I must also mention Socrates from Athens who from the same timelines and the same areaas Hippocrates was a philosopher. It is known that the two led similar paths, Socrates student Plato wrote many of Socrates teachings but is known to have written it with his own interests at heart. The original lessons were spoken but written later, the romans were superior with their scriptures, the Romans revolutionised school as they believed in writing and recording everything, but up to that point, scholars and students would normally have been taught by word of mouth. Pliny the elder is famous for writing about the pagan rituals and influences from the 1st Century. In his writings we can discover the foundations of many future translations from the Greeks, Etruscans, Celts and Druids but we must always bare in mind that Pliny was a Roman who wrote from a Romans perspective.
In the same way that language and translations are adapted from region to region, trees and plantlife change from region to region as do the Gods and Goddesses along with their uniquevarious interpretations change their names from region to region.
After we have taken all of these considerations into account this is a time of the birth of Christianity, a time of great turmoil and confusion.
The Ogham tree lore is"A Language", "A Medicinal Log", "A Philosophy", "A Theosophy", it is a progressive life enhancing guide to "Bnwyfre"TM spiritual life force energy.
The disciplines of Ogham as taught and practisedby the druids is not about regional systems of Beth-Luis-Nion/Fearn it is about understanding the differences in nature, climate,time zones, regions and cultures.The long summersof Italy will not produce the same spiritual or physicalessenceas the cold winters of Iceland and yetthe teachingsof Ogham tree loretook place on both sides of the Celtic region. Ogham/Ogam/Ogm is about understanding the principles of"Bnwyfre"(TM) life force energy.
Druidic and Pagan belief is that first there was dark then there was light, this meaningthe culture would be from new moon tonew moon, commonly referred to as Beth-Luis-Nion with the year starting at winter solstice, my belief isthis is heavily influenced by the coligny calendar and the Roman influences. The Beth-Luis-Fearne calendar begins earlier with the full moon and is associated as starting !st November full moon to full moon this followingSamhain the time whenthe veil is at it's thinnest between the two worlds because of seasonal changes. The harvest has been gathered and it is a time for celebration and new beginnings. Anything not expected to survive winter would be allowed topass to spiritor slain in ritual with the bones being cast into the fires.
The Jalaali Persian calendar is possibly oneof themajor influences during the 14th century revival of druidic culture, as this calendar was based on the lunar cycle. julius Caesar (46 bce) along with the invading Romans is responsible forinstilling the Egyptian solar calendar of 365 days. The confusion in both region and translation is all but lost, my belief isone based with regionalseasonsand traditionallunar astrological knowledge. "First there was dark." My year starts at Samhain (sow in) after the harvest has been gathered and leads into the new moon and new beginnings. A waning moon is a time of casting out and conservation, A waxing moon is a time forharvesting and sharing.
Themain controversy iswhen this calendarstarts.Samhain? which is a time when the two worlds are closest together and the energies merge easier. (seasonal)OrWinter Solstice? a time of the longest night. (Astrological) My belief is the coming and going of the seasons might fluctuate with a late summer or early frostand soadopting a calender based onprecision and fitting 365.244 days into a four year cycle is not for me.
Copyright BruceSept. 2012