The letters or Oghams were carved into wooden staves. The staves were usually cut off a branch of a nut-bearing tree. The Ogham staves were cast onto a clean white cloth or onto sacred ground. The person doing the divination would than look at the Oghan letters on the staves and interpret the message of the Oghan. The way the staves fell would also provide insight as to what the future may hold.
Wisdom in the Trees
Each season has a corresponding Tree. The Celts believed that Trees have a very specific energy all their own. With their knowledge of the Earth's cycles and their profound connection with Trees, they would map out a person's life path. The Celts believed Trees were vessels of infinite wisdom. You can discover your personal Celtic Tree sign here.
Divination of Sight
Omens were sought for almost every activity, but were especially important when setting out on a journey. The Celts believed the first animal they saw on their way foretold the success of failure of their quest. Birds were also sacred to the Celts and beveled to foretell the future by observing their flight patterns, calls and other behaviors.
You can start looking for the signs in nature for your own journeys. Is there a certain animal or tree that may have a special meaning for you? It is amazing what we can learn if we just slow down and look around us.
Wishing you a happy Saint Paddy's Day!
Beannacht Leat…... Bright Blessings to you.