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19 July 2007 @ 09:16 am
The ogham white book in progress  
"No man could be admitted into the Fiann until he had become a bard, and had mastered the twelve books of Poetry." Graves quoting Keatings

It is also assumed by Charles Graves that a proper bard, warrior or druid must know ogham for passing codes to other druids, warriors and bards and for divination regarding things otherworld.

Below are definitions I compiled from the Ogham Tract trans. by George Calder and my sparing additions from mythology.



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B Beith,
Tree: Birch
About: The first Ogham, drawn seven times on birch, by seven times warn Lug son of Ethliu to protect his wife by birch seven times to keep her from being carried off to fairy land seven times.
Meanings: Faded Trunk and Fair Hair
Most Silvery of the Skin
Browed Beauty, Worthy of Pursuit
Skill:
Animals:
Gods:
Magical Uses: Warning to another. Protection from unfaithfulness.

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L Luis
Tree: Rowan aka Quicken
About:
Meanings: The flame
Friend of Cattle
Delight of the Eye
Skill:
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F Fearne,
Tree: Alder
About:
Meanings: Shield of Warrior Bands
Guarding of Milk
Protection of the heart
Skill:
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S Sail,
Tree: Willow
About:
Meanings: Hue of Lifeless, denial, not living but dead
Activity of Bees
Skill:
Animals: Bee
Gods:
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N Nuin,
Tree: Ash
About:
Meanings: Checking of the peace, it is the maw of a weavers beam as applied to wood, a sign of peace is that. A checking of the peace with him is that from the ash of the weaver's beam.
Fight of Women
Skill:
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H Huathe,
Tree:Hawthorne
About:
Meanings: Pack of wolves. A terror to anyone is a pack of wolves. Blanched face, for blanched is a mans face when he is encompassed in fear or terror.
Skill:
Animals: Night Raven
Gods:
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D Duir,
Tree: Oak
About:
Meanings: Highest of the bushes
Carpenters Work
Skill:
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T Tinne,
Tree: Holly
About:
Meanings: Fires of coal
Skill:
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C Coll,
Tree: Hazel
About:
Meanings: Fairest of the trees owing to its beauty
Friend of crackling
Skill:
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Q Quert,
Tree: Apple
About: Bran was handed a silver apple branch and entered the otherworld.
Meanings: Shelter of a hind. Or Lunatics with Death Sense, it is then that sense comes to the lunatic, when he is dead.
Force of the man
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M Muin,
Tree: Vine/Blackberry
About:
Meanings: Strongest of Effort. The back of man or ox.
Condition of slaughter, a man's back.
Skill:
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G Gort,
Tree: Ivy
About:
Meanings: Sweeter than grasses. When the corn field is in the blade, sweeter than any grass is that grass.
Skill:
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NG Ngetal,
Tree: Broom
About:
Meanings: A physician's strength. A physicians Robe.
Skill:
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STR Straif,
Tree: Blackthorn aka Sloe
About:
Meanings: Strongest of Red
Increasing of secrets
Skill:
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R Ruis,
Tree: Elder
About:
Meanings: Most intense of Blushes, reddening of shame.
Skill:
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A Ailm,
Tree: Fir
About:
Meanings: Loudest of groanings, that is wondering, marvelling at whatever circumstance.
Beginning of an answer for the first expression of every human being after his birth is a
Skill:
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O Onn,
Tree: Gorse
About:
Meanings: Helper of horses, the wheels of the chariot.
Smoothest of work.
Stone
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U Ur,
Tree: Heather
About:
Meanings: In cold dwellings.
The mould/soil of the earth.
Growing of plants.
Skill:
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E Edhadh,
Tree: Aspen
About:
Meanings:Distinguished wood
A friend
Skill:
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I Ido,
Tree:Yew
About:
Meanings: The oldest of woods.
Most weathered of wood or sword
Skill:
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Dipthongs

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EA Ebhadh,
Tree: Aspen
About:
Meanings: Most bouyant of wood.
Corrective of a sickman.
Skill:
Animals: great raven, salmon, stag.
Gods:
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OI Oti,
Tree: Spindle
About:
Meanings: Most venerable of structures.
Beauty of Form
Skill:
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UI Uileand,
Tree: Honeysuckle
About:
Meanings: Juicy wood.
Great Equal Length
Skill:
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IO Iphin,
Tree:Gooseberry
About:
Meanings: Sweetest of wood
Most wonderful taste
Skill:
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AE, Phagos,
Tree:Beech
About:
Meanings: Expression of a weary one
Skill:
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Magical Uses: