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Issue 30 - Beltaine/Summer 1996


Ogham Divination - Part III

By Searles O'Dubhain

The Four Hallows

These are the gifts of Uiscias, Esras, Semias and Morfesa to the People of Danu. Each has a unique Power and each is wisely used in the appropriate direction, at the proper time and by the hand and head that have studied and achieved the secret of each.

"I am Word of Skill" The Sword of Nuada, from which no one ever escaped once it was drawn from its deadly sheath. This hallow was the gift of Uiscias and was brought from the city of Findias. Some say that it is this Sword that separates the day from the night at morning. Its edge is the thin silver line in the East that separates Sky from Sea at the coming of the Dawn each day. As the king's champion, it is Ogma of the Sunface that wields his mighty sword. It is only fitting that the blade that cuts the horizon, can also plough the furrows or carve the Ogham. Words along an edge. Words of Power. Beginnings of Thought!

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The Four (Five) Directions, Masters and Qualities

"I am Bull of Seven Fights" "I am Vulture on Cliff" The East, where arises the Sun and the Dawn. It is this quarter that symbolizes the "clearing of the mists" and "the plowing of the fields". In this Magical direction is Findias (City of Light) wherein rules Uiscias, Master of Awakening Knowledge. It is within the new beginnings of the day and year that we begin to Prosper. We must harness the oxen of our team to the plough and begin our labors. We will receive that which we have planted. We will see only that which has been made clear by the Light. Always when we begin, there is the potential of failure. We must work hard and be diligent and then we can hope for success. The end of our journey can be no better than its beginning.

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The Division of the World

In the tale, the "Settling of the Manor of Tara", Fintan, the oldest living Seanchai, divided the Land of Ireland into five parts (East, West, North, South and Center). The navel of Ireland was placed at Uisneach as marked by the Stone of Divisions. This marked the center of the plane of the surface. Trefuilingidh Tre-eochair (the Magical being who came from out of the West, seeking the Sun's rising) further defined these divisions into a series of qualities associated with each province and direction. The Great Plane of the Sky, Magh Mor and the Islands of the Otherworldly Sea, Tir Andomain, can also have their surfaces defined in a corresponding manner. These divisions allow us to define their centers so that we can understand their interconnection with the Bile or World/Sacred Tree. The Celts and Neolithic peoples defined a circle (as well as a world) by using an equal armed cross. This symbol evolved into the "Celtic Cross". The Sunwheel is a symbol of Lugh as well as the cross (being a symbol of Brighid as well). This act of crossing is exactly what a Celt does to determine his "center" at sunrise of each day as he/she welcomes the first rays of the morning Sun.


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