Tree Readings: 13 Ogham Tree Oracle
by Carmen Reyes
Review by Tony Taylor
Tree Readings is a lovely little book that walks the reader through thirteen of the ogham consonants. “Q” and “Z” are not included nor are the vowels, however, because they really are about kennings and the tree lore that is okay. She helps the reader discover their tree allies and inspires cultivation of relationship with the trees and the goddesses related to them.
The book is divided into two major sections, first the Tree Signs. In the Tree Signs, Carmen assigns an ogham to standard trees and then focuses on the benefit of the ogham. For example, Holly’s ogham is “Creativity and Mastery.” She includes a “Lady” she associates the ogham with, adds some key associations, words, poetry, and a Celtic astrology association.
In the Kennings, Charms & Treasures section, the author provides botanical highlights, associations for the Word Ogham, various other associations, and, most interestingly, to a particular Goddess. I was distracted by the inclusion of Roman & Greek deities; however, adhering to one pantheon os specific to Keltrian practice.
She finishes the book with a Tree Calendar, information on tree essences, references to further reading, supplies, and a nice bibliography.
Carmen is a member of the Henge of Keltria and I considered nominating her book as the “Best academic book” by a Keltrian, to the Druid Academy Nomination Award Committee (DANAC) for an “Oakie” award. However, there are no DANAC awards this year, but I am hoping I will still be able to submit her fine book next year.
I recommended Tree Readings for anyone wishing to develop their relationship with trees.
[amazon_link id="1453690719" target="_blank" ]Tree Readings: 13 Ogham Tree Oracle[/amazon_link] Tree Readings: 13 Ogham Tree Oracle
- Paperback: 76 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace (July 29, 2010)
- ISBN-10: 1453690719
- ISBN-13: 978-1453690710
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