Finger Ogham Fools Finger
Each of the ogam characters has a specific place on the left hand, the consonants are positioned on the fingers themselves whereas the vowels are at the base of the fingers.
The consonants are representative of the different lunar months whilst the vowels represent the solar cycles. Five has always been seen as a sacred number traditionally associated with the goddesses and the changing cycles. It is seen as the number which represents the variety and colour of our three dimensional space representing our senses and the five elements: earth, air, fire,water and the soul, these in turn correspond with the seasons. The five tree vowels are known as the “Sweet Cauldron of the Five Trees” which are represented in Robert Graves’ poem.
Ogham Finger Divination
Finger Ogam was used as a form of divination, the left hand was held over either an object or a person and meditated upon. Where ever a vibration or tingle is felt this signifies the answers and circumstances regarding the question.
To wear a ring upon this finger was seen as expressing hope of ressurection just as the fool is beheaded and reborn unharmed. In ancient religions initiates would receive a needle prick between the upper and middle sections because it was considered the balancing point between black/white magic.
|Alder||The Alder represents the need for protection in a personal conflict. One must free themselves from binding views or circumstances to fully grow and develop.|
|Holly||With Holly comes strength and power, thought of as male it speaks of being fair when judging situations.|
|Reed||The Reed signifying flexibility represents being flexible and having the ability to adapt without destroying or compromising ones integrity.|
|Heather||Used as a lucky charm, white heather is used to protect against danger, purple heather is seen as beauty in solitude and admiration. Heather is used to bring luck and freshness to ventures and situations.|