Tree Readings:13 Ogham Tree Oracle Book
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Tree Readings ~ Dec 22 to Jan 20
Birches get their names from the color of their bark although the young bark of the White birch is reddish brown and takes roughly ten years to turn white.
Birches have many uses and varying characteristics. The twigs of the Sweet and Black birches have a wintergreen flavor when chewed and can be used as toothbrushes. Papery bark that falls to the forest floor is rot resistant and water proof and can be gathered for starting fires or for making birch baskets. Grey birch has a triangular marking called a chevron which distinguishes it from other birches.
Birth, Boundaries and Purification
Birch ignites forest magic and brings new beginnings
Birch drives out the energies of the old year and offers protection in this moment of inception. Birch tells us to sweep away outworn attitudes and
to shape what is to come.
Birch asks, "Where do we see new possibilities?"
Tree Readings ~ Feb 18 to Mar 17
or Mountain Ash is a small tree that rarely grows beyond 30 feet. Rowan is unrelated to the ash tree Fraxinus. The rowan's specific name, aucuparia means a fowler, one who catches birds.
Healing with Plants and Spirit Guides
Rowan brings inner quickening.
Rowan is a bright flame that gives forewarnings of
Rowan reminds us to keep focus, avoid distraction,
and to look within to our spiritual strength.
Rowan is a sign of protection from enchantments.
Rowan indicates the power of insight.
Rowan tells us to follow our inner guidance.
‘How do we apply our insights?”
Tree Readings ~ Feb 18 to Mar 17
Ash is one of the last trees to put on leaves in the spring time. Only a few trees have opposite compound leaves, the ash the box elder (maple) and the buckeye. Ash “keys” are single-winged seeds that mature in the summer then fall to the forest floor.
Agreements and Obligations
Ash links the inner and outer worlds and
weaves our connection to our world
Ash points to the importance of our participation and our ability to support or
affect the world around us
Ash is the power of connections and of
Ash tells us to be the weaver of our fate
“How are we connected to the community?”
Tree Readings ~ Mar 18 to Apr 14
Both the Latin and the Germanic words for alder derive from the Proto-Indo European root el, meaning “red” or “brown.” Three dyes are made from the alder: red from the bark, brown from the twigs and green from the flowers. The leaves are so sticky they can catch flies on them when spread out upon a surface. This quality gives the alder its specific name glutinosa.
Guidance and Protection
Alder is a good council and a source of oracular powers
Alder reminds us to build bridges of lasting support, set firm foundations for our future, and hold steadfast to what we know to be true in our heart
Alder points to emotional vulnerabilities and indicates
insight from our inner depths.
Alder brings guidance from beyond the physical realm, and the courage to take charge of this life
“Where do we find shelter?”
Tree Readings ~ Apr 15 to May 12
The White willow can grow to a height of 70-80 feet although identifying willows is very difficult due to the way the tree forms. Willows are fairly large trees that are found beside water; they are some of the earliest to flower in the spring. Willow bark is so rich in salicin that it is used as a natural pain reliever.
This is the Willow moon of
Ancestral Messages and Cycles
Willow connects us with the deep unconscious parts of ourselves enabling prophetic dreams and premonitions.
Willow is a sign of intuition.
Willow tells us to let go of fixed ideas and flow with
a deeper understanding of the world around us.
Willow tells us to use our powers of
imagination to reach our goals.
‘What are our dreams telling us?”
Tree Readings ~ May 13 to Jun 9
are large shrubs that can grow to the size of small trees. Another name for the hawthorn is Thornapple; their spikey thorn branches make a shelter for birds and other animals. They bear small, reddish, apple-like fruits that offer support to the cardiovascular system. A member of the rose family, they are closely related to rowan, the mountain ash.
Glamours and Misfortune
Hawthorn is a guide and protector during times of
change and growth
Hawthorn overcomes obstacles with a cleansing energy that brings peace,
helping us to face fears
Hawthorn is an impassible briar, a sanctuary
from all that could disturb us
Hawthorn tells us to wait or retreat, and when it is time to
cleanse our temple
“What are the obstacles to our successes?”
Tree Readings ~ Jun 10 to Jul 7
The English word for tree comes from the Indo European word derwo (oak).
The oak is long lived with a life span well over 700 years; it is one of the largest trees. Oak leaves can stay on the tree throughout the winter. The bark yields a high amount of tannin, a powerful astringent.
Endurance and Triumph
Oak is a door to success and a gateway to opportunity
Oak is a bold and enduring protector
The blazing power of the oak gives the strength to
overcome all challenges, and it ensures that we have everything
needed to accomplish our goals
Oak tells us to find our courage
“How do we use our strengths?”
Tree Readings ~ Jul 8 to Aug 4
Some hollies are deciduous although most are evergreen and shaped into decorative hedgerows. They can withstand the most severe winters and can grow in any kind of soil. The four- petal flowers can bloom randomly at any time of the year, although they most commonly bloom between May and August.
Creativity and Mastery
Holly battles adversity
It forges protection, prosperity, and defends us on our path
Holly shines with determined resourcefulness
It is evergreen through the dark of winter with
the power of the spiritual warrior
Holly fuels our technical skill with the strength to
meet all opposition and tells us that
decisive action can change our fortune
“What is worth fighting for?”
Tree Readings ~ Aug 5 to Sept 1
can blossom as early as January although they can leaf relatively late. They usually grow to the size of a large shrub or a small tree. Their leaves open early in the spring and they stay on the branches late into the early winter. The hazelnuts ripen in the fall and can be eaten right from the tree.
Divination and Inspiration
Hazel reveals truth, showing us how to
see ourselves honestly
Hazel is the source of poetic art, a sign of creative
energy expressed as beauty
Hazel invites us to drink from an ancient well and asks
“Where do we find wisdom?”
Tree Readings ~ Sept 2 to Sept 29
Brambles are shrubby briars with astringent roots and edible berries including blackberry, mulberry and raspberry. Blossoms as well as ripe and green fruit are seen on the bush at the same time, an unusual feature for a plant.
Early colonists considered wild North American grapes unsuitable for wine so purple grapes were domesticated in Turkey. The first Old World Vitis vinifera wine grapes were cultivated in California at Spanish monasteries.
Channeled Creativity and Ties
Vine weaves the messages of the conscious and the
Vine releases prophetic powers, dissolves the boundaries of consciousness
and frees expression
Vine is divine inspiration that leads to
Vine tells us to free our mind for inspired solutions
“Are we receiving divine messages, can we relay them?”
Tree Readings ~ Oct 1st to Oct 29th
is an evergreen climber with small yellow-green flowers that have little or no scent and bloom late in October. The berries ripen the following spring and provide food for birds during hard winters.
Spiritual Retreat and Restoration
Ivy leads us along the labyrinthine spiral of life to
discover hidden or mysterious things
Ivy is a source of strength and support
It is a sign of endurance, which transforms the self and leads it to
Ivy tells us to use self control and tap our inner strength as we set out upon the windy path of our spiritual journey
“Where does our secret garden grow?”
Tree Readings ~ November 1st to 25th
The genus name of the Common Reed Phragmites is derived from the Greek meaning "growing in hedges." As with most other grasses, the vertical stems of the Reed live only for a single year, and are replaced with new green shoots in the spring.
Broom is a shrub that is native to England and abundant on sandy pastures and heaths. The Spanish Broom is known as Genista. The medicinal use of the astringent branches of the broom known as Genista is mentioned in the earliest printed herbals. It had a place in the Pharmacopceia of 1618; there is a great amount of tannin in the bark.
Reed represents the delicate balance between this and the Otherworld
Reed emerges from the watery depths immersing
our wounds with healing waters
Reed is the healing charm that opens old wounds so that
health can be restored
Reed is the transformative power of healing, indicating
that we attend to our health
“Where are our wounds”?
Tree Readings ~ Nov 26 to Dec 23
A small tree rarely growing more than 30 feet, it produces stems from its base and replaces dead wood with new shoots. Elder roots easily from cut branches planted directly into the ground. Its hollow branches are filled with pith and covered with spots through which the elder breathes. Elder berries can be made into medicinal syrup that is beneficial for the entire family; birds love them too.
This is the Elder moon of
Battle Frenzy and Ecstatic Trances
Elder is a guardian tree that heals with
berries and leaves
Elder is the Wishing Tree
It is a symbol of good fortune and
a sign of continual change, from
birth to death and
beginnings and endings
Elder shifts from one state to another, it is in a transitional state of being and
it tells us to see beyond surface appearances
“What has ended and what is beginning?”