Numerous books have been written on Celtic ogam, but there’s a lot more to the magic of ogam than memorizing trees. This book presents a much broader, deeper view, stemming from the authors Celtic Reconstructionist background and years of experience. Writing with impeccable scholarship and authority, Laurie explains the history of ogam, introduces each of the ogam and its origins, and offers ideas for divination layouts. But this is no dry, boring read. Laurie’s writing style invites the reader inside a lively, living tradition. 312 pp.
Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom is a breakthrough in ogam divination and magical studies. Rather than working from the commonly known tree alphabet paradigm, Laurie takes us back to the roots of each letter’s name, exploring its meanings in the context of Taelic languages and culture. Like Norse runes, each letter is associated with an object or a concept– “sulfur,” “a bar of metal,” “terror.” These letters are deeply enmeshed in a web of meaning both cultural and spiritual, lending power and weight to their symbolism.
Laurie explains each letter in context and shows how to expand the system in new and innovative ways, while acknowledging and maintaining respect for ogam’s traditional language and culture. Based on years of scholarship and visionary work, Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom clears away the underbrush, showing a pathway into a profound understanding of Pagan Celtic spirituality and magic.