Learn the Ogham, the Mystical Energies of the Trees

Walk the Ogham Pathways with the Druid Forest School

Join my Worldwide Distance Learning Course in The Ogham:   http://www.druidforestschool.com/ogham.html

You are supported to find your own true path in these courses.

They are not imposed.

This is totally personal sacred exploration on your part – with all the support you need from me.

The Ogham is a most powerful and beautiful tool for personal growth and spiritual understanding. I have learned so much about states of consciousness and life values from the Ogham. It has been so very beautiful to connect with the trees in their wild and natural settings. In fact, each letter of the Celtic Ogham alphabet can also be used for healing and empowerment.

The Ogham also introduces you to a genuine and powerful cosmology of the Celtic Otherworlds that interpenetrate this realm: Middle Earth. Your mind explores and encompasses its vast range of consciousness-states.

In its essence, the Ogham is the alphabet of ancient Druid Ireland. There is evidence it may have grown out of ancient tally systems and secret ancient druid hand-signalling. Its deep layers of meaning have been amplified by a number of ancient correspondences systems and frameworks.

The Ogham is mystical and profound. It is beautiful and tantalising. The Ogham is very ancient. Its date of origin is unknown as nothing of the Druid wisdom system was written down. However, the earliest inscriptions that have survived are nearly two thousand year old, and there is good evidence for the ogham possibly being several hundred years older than that, and undeniably Irish in its source and origin.

Central to our understanding is that each Ogham alphabet letter or ‘Few’ represents the soul and energy of a tree. But each Few is also a pathway that run across or between the Celtic Otherworlds which are different, sometimes overlapping states of consciousness which are inhabited by their own beings, for example these realms include the famous Tir na N’Og, the land of eternal Youth, or Magh Mell: the state of Abundance, The Plane of Delight.

How does the Ogham Course work?

For each Ogham letter you receive an audio recording download with information about the letter and the relevant tree, any relevant spiritual weapon, pathway and beings, plus a second audiofile which is a guided meditation with opportunity for trance drumming and chanting and divination.

You can either use our drumming journey, or you can branch out from this and proceed to use your own drumming.

You then correspond with myself as guide, friend and counsellor as your personal spiritual and life-journey progresses, helped through the trees and mystical Celtic Otherworlds.
This correspondence is completely personal and individual to you. The Course is Certificated.

Importantly, each journey always starts (and ends) at your Divine Centre here on Middle Earth, which you learn to visualise.

You also receive maps showing the place of each Ogham pathway in the Celtic Cosmology: the pathway that each letter represents through the Celtic Otherworlds.

Thus, the course is not at all taught with any time-frame in mind. The goal is achieving excellence of the experience, excellence of connection, excellence of utterance, rather than any time table.

People are not advised to study more that an Ogham letter per week, though, as it definitely  takes time for the energy to assimilate with anyone – even in the most foundation way.

The first step is to establish your Divine Centre, your special place of being, where each journey will begin and end, so you start off with a sound file being sent to you to help you do this.

The order of study is that determined by pathways stretching out across the three worlds of ancient Irish cosmology.

In other words, you start with the Ogham tree letters for the four pathways that radiate out from your Divine Centre in the centre of this world, which was called Bith or ‘Middle Earth’.

But progressively you extend further and further outwards from your Divine Centre to the tree letters for the pathways leading to the realms of the Upper World (Magh Mor) and also the realms of the Lower World (Tir Andomain), and ultimately to the letters for journeying across the Upper World and the Lower World.

Please go to my website for more details and to Enroll:

http://www.druidforestschool.com/ogham.html

And you may like to visit or stay at our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland and do some Ogham work with us here. Just go to the website and see the utter loveliness of this ancient sacred landscape, its beaches, mountains and deeply sacred earth energies:
http://www.foxfordairbnb.com/

I look forward to hearing from you and to working with you,

Michael

Ogham, Trees, Language, Cosmic Concepts and the Universal Man

Learn the Ogham, the Mystical Energies of the Trees.

Walk the Ogham Pathways with the Druid Forest School

Join my Worldwide Distance Learning Course in The Ogham:   http://www.druidforestschool.com/ogham.html

On our weekly two days off, Maggie and I love going to the many ancient Woods near our Healing Centre and airbnb in the far West of Ireland. where we now live: http://www.foxfordairbnb.com/ 
I thought I might set out my understanding on a number of points that students write in about.

Firstly, the Ogham medieval manuscripts are our only written source of Ogham understanding. But they codify oral tradition that is very much older. The Ogham letters had a quite number of sets of different correspondences traditionally, but its correspondences to trees were the most important, and the trees are the ones I work with because I love the energy and wisdom of the trees.
The main source of Ogham lore is the Book of Ballymote.
By weird coincidence, Ballymote is a town very near where I live in Co Mayo, Ireland.

The Ogham pathways are envisioned as running across and between the three planes of existence for the ancient Irish: This world (Bith, the upper world and the lower world.
Each of these three planes are envisioned as having four Otherworlds, and the pathways run acrosss and between those otherworlds.
The Ogham tree names have come down to us in Old Irish and Middle Irish, so they are indeed the words of another language. They are pretty different from modern Irish which is sometimes called Gaelic. Languages change a lot over time. Irish is part of the Indo-European group of languages that spread across Eurpope, Asia Minor and North India, The languages all developed out of the one common source called proto-IndoEuropean, and as the indoEuropean peoples invaded outwards away from their original homeland in South Russia, the languages split off from one another and then evolved, so there’s a family tree of IndoEuropean languages. But this means there are quite close similarities between Sanskrit of the Vedic Indians and Gaelic, and also to Old Norse.


Another concept from the ancient Irish Druids that I teach is The Duile: our flesh, the Nine Elements of our Body. We work with a system where the human body, which is inhabited by a spiritual being or soul, is considered to be composed of nine dúile or elements. We study the useful layers of correspondences of these elements to the elements of the cosmos and cosmic order, for example: Bones Stone, Body Earth, Mind The Well of Segais. We identify the balance of the elements of fire, stone, water and air in our life and work using Druid magic or Draíocht and cauldrons to heal and empower using methods including shamanic journeying and embodiment/shape-shifting.
See: http://www.druidforestschool.com/courses.html
And the key point is that the Ogham and the Duile are interrelated in that in the ancient Irish Celtic spirituality, everything is interrelated.
There’s a north American Indian concept of the Web of Life: whatever we do to part of the web we do to the whole of the web.
Both the Irish Druids and the Sanskrit speaking Vedic Indians in North India had a concept of the Cosmic Man or purusha, so in this way our bodies are a mirror of the Cosmos. The Ancient Norse had the same concept. It was from the body of Mimir that Middle earth was formed.
So, All Blessings to you and I look forward to working with you on one of my courses,

Michael

Learn the Ogham – The Tree Alphabet of the Ancient Irish Druids Worldwide Course

Learn the Ogham

Michael Conneely is a most dedicated, caring and supportive teacher. He is the author of six visionary books, and has an Oxford University MA.

Michael has completed a five-year ethnographic Field Study: a university-based social-anthropological study of spiritual forms new to the modern west, the method of which was to live in the institutions under study in the areas of Hinduism, Buddhism, paganism, shamanism and Utopian Community – mainly based at Glastonbury.

And nowadays, Michael runs a Healing Centre in the west of Ireland with his partner Maggie Pashley, see:
http://maggiepashley.com/
http://www.foxfordairbnb.com/

Enroll on Michael’s Worldwide Ogham Course. This is a certificated worldwide distance learning course studying The Ogham: The Celtic Tree Alphabet of the ancient Irish Druids.

The Ogham was a system of visionary connection and understanding to the energy of the trees and the Celtic Otherworlds which interpenetrate this world.

The Ogham alphabet of the ancient Irish Druids was explored through a number of correspondences, but it is its links to the Trees that we focus on in this course, and the sense of the sacredness of trees was central to the ancient Irish.

The Ogham is a most powerful and beautiful tool for personal growth and spiritual understanding.

I have learned so much about states of consciousness and life values from the Ogham. It has been so very beautiful to connect with the trees in their wild and natural settings. In fact each letter of the Celtic Ogham alphabet can also be used for healing and empowerment.

The Ogham also introduces you to a genuine and powerful cosmology of the Celtic Otherworlds that interpenetrate this realm: Middle Earth. Your mind explores and encompasses its vast range of consciousness-states.

The Ogham is mystical and profound. It is beautiful and tantalising. The Ogham is very ancient.

Central to our understanding is that each Ogham alphabet letter or ‘Few’ represents the soul and energy of a tree.

But each Few, or Ogham letter, is also a pathway that runs across or between the Celtic Otherworlds which are different, sometimes overlapping states of consciousness which are inhabited by their own beings, and for example these realms include the famous Tir na N’Og, the land of eternal Youth, or Magh Mell: the state of Abundance, The Plane of Delight.

For more information and to enroll, see my Druid Forest School Ogham Course.

I look forward to working with you on this beautiful task,
Michael

 

Visionary Ogham Course of Michael Conneely

Enrol on my Visionary Ogham Course and enter the worlds of the Celtic Tree Alphabet of the ancient Irish Druids.

The Course is available worldwide, and I am blessed with such able students in many countries, and I also do ‘face to face’ work at our Healing Centre in County Mayo the utterly beautiful West of Ireland.

Encountering the Tree Energies through the Ogham greatly widens your visionary consciousness.

The trees have such different energies that we can learn and utilize in our lives.

Compare, for example the durability of the ancient oak, with the defensiveness of the spiky holly, and the faerie beauty of the Rowan.

For each tree letter, you receive two audios: the first is a presentation of how the energies of the tree you are working with were anciently understood, and the second audio is a journey to drumming so that you can make your own authentic, unique and special connection with that tree’s energy and perceive how that energy is running in your life, and if necessary heal and empower that area of your life or consciousness.

The course also takes you down the mystical Ogham paths across the Celtic Otherworlds, and you meet the Gods and Goddesses of the ancient Irish and encounter the spiritual weapons of the Tuatha de Danaan.

See the website: http://www.druidforestschool.com/ogham.html

This worldwide Ogham course is actually part of The Druid Forest School which grew out of my Novel ‘Druid’ and it is now growing further as I write its sequel: ‘The Morrigan and The Dagda’.

This is a certificated worldwide distance learning course. The Ogham was a system of visionary connection and understanding. It was explored through a number of correspondences, but it is its links to the Trees that we focus on in this course, and a sense of the utter sacredness of trees was central to the ancient Irish.

The Ogham is a most powerful and beautiful tool for personal growth and spiritual understanding. I have learned so much about states of consciousness and life values from the Ogham. It has been so very beautiful to connect with the trees in their wild and natural settings. In fact, each letter of the Celtic Ogham alphabet can also be used for healing and empowerment.

The Ogham also introduces you to a genuine and powerful cosmology of the Celtic Otherworlds that interpenetrate this realm: Middle Earth. Your mind explores and encompasses its vast range of consciousness-states.

The Ogham is mystical and profound. It is beautiful and tantalising. The Ogham is very ancient. Its date of origin is unknown as nothing of the Druid wisdom system was written down. However, the earliest inscriptions that have survived are nearly two thousand years old, and there is good evidence for the ogham possibly being several hundred years older than that, and undeniably Irish in its source and origin.

Central to our understanding is that each Ogham alphabet letter or ‘Few’ represents the soul and energy of a tree. But each Few is also a pathway that run across or between the Celtic Otherworlds which are different, sometimes overlapping states of consciousness which are inhabited by their own beings, for example these realms include the famous Tir na N’Og, the land of eternal Youth, or Magh Mell: the state of Abundance, The Plane of Delight.

For each Ogham letter, you receive an audio recording download with information about the letter and the relevant tree, any relevant spiritual weapon, pathway and beings, plus a second audiofile which is a guided meditation with opportunity for trance drumming and chanting and divination. You can either use our drumming journey, or you can branch out from this and proceed to use your own drumming.

After your work with each tree, you then correspond with myself as guide, friend and counsellor as your personal spiritual and life-journey progresses, helped through the trees and mystical Celtic Otherworlds. This correspondence is completely personal and individual to you. I delight in supporting the individual genius and vision of each student.

Importantly, each journey always starts (and ends) at your Divine Centre here on Middle Earth, which you learn to visualise.

You also receive maps showing the place of each Ogham pathway in the Celtic Cosmology: the pathway that each letter represents through the Celtic Otherworlds.

The course is not at all taught with any time-frame in mind. The goal is achieving excellence of the experience, excellence of connection, excellence of utterance, rather than any time table.

The course is a delight to have experienced and I look forward to your getting in touch,

Michael

What is the language of The Ogham?

Michael Conneely

Michael Conneely

What was the language of The Ogham? Course on the Celtic Tree Alphabet of the Ancient Irish Druids

Someone wrote to me: what is the language of the Ogham?
There isn’t a known Ogham language. The earliest date for the start of the Ogham alphabet is uncertain. there are a number of different theories: some suggest the later centuries BC, others the very earlier centuries AD. But there is no record of the form of Irish spoken at that time. Inscriptions pre 6th Century are termed ‘primitive Irish’, older than ‘Old Irish’
The earliest recorded lists of the name of the letters and their meanings are in 12th Century manuscripts that may have 5th Century cores or memories of earlier verbal tradition.
A key manuscript is the book of Ballymote written around 1390 in the town of that name, just under an hour from where I live in Foxford in beautiful Co Mayo.
There are many systems of correspondences recorded as keys to the Ogham’s meanings. The system I teach is that related to the energies of trees. i do this by sharing ancient recorded perceptions, traditions and wisdom, then by supporting the student in visionary journeying where they can arrive at the meaning of each tree energy and its significance in their life. Please see: www.druidforestschool.com/ogham.html It is a wonderful course. Great if you wanted to work with it.

Please take a look at the Video Michael Conneely has created for more information on the Ogham Alphabet

Ogham course ~ Retreats West of Ireland

Ogham worldwide course and Retreats the West of Ireland

Ogham Alder nutsCome to an Ogham Retreat in our Healing Centre in the far west of Ireland. Or you can study our Ogham course as a worldwide online course.

You can come to our holiday retreat centre facing the western sea of Ireland surrounded by the most beautiful mountains, beaches, lakes, woods and the oldest sacred sites of the ancient Irish.

You book your stay through airbnb.
You spend your days in beautiful County Mayo landscape, towns and sacred sites, sampling the local music art and culture – and you book a number of Ogham vision, healing and empowerment sessions that you can have as a part of your day.

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