I wrote this as one of my research projects. I hope that you will find it useful. may i just also note that it may be best if you create your own ogham sticks as they will be more effective and personal. They are often very easy to make depending upon the style that you are after.
Advanced Wicca Research 1: Ogham
Advanced Wicca Course
Research project 1: The Ogham
By Crystal Arianhod
According to Simon Ager about 500 Ogham inscriptions have been found in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England dating from between the 4th and 7th centuries AD. While all surviving traces of Ogham are inscriptions on stone, it was probably more commonly inscribed on sticks, stakes and trees. The word ogham includes:
• A Celtic alphabet of twenty-five characters often used in stone and wood
• A group of twenty sacred trees that give names to the letters of the ogham alphabet
• A calendar of thirteen months named for some of the trees
• A set of divination cards used much like the tarot except with the symbolism and depiction of the ogham and its associated trees and plants.
• A purported system of hand-signing used by Druids that relates to the alphabet.
• A system of divination used with the ogham symbols of pieces of wood used much like the runes
Within the alphabet each letter is named and associated after a tree or other plant and has a number of other associations. When written the letters are linked together by a solid line, which represents the trunk of a tree, while the letters themselves represent branches or twigs. The lines are frequently vertical. Following are the simplivised meanings of the letters:
Birch/Beth Purification, cleansing, new beginnings
Rowan/Luis Protection, instinctual knowledge
Alder/Fearn Decisions to be made; contact with the spiritual world
Willow/Saille Equalibrium, attaining balance
Ash/Nuin Restriction or limitations
Hawthorn/Huatha temporary limitations; obstacles
Oak/Duir Strength, endurance
Holly/Tinne unity; courage; guidance
Hazel/Colle Creativity, energy, "flow."
Apple/Quert Choices, a fork in the road
Vine/Muin (blackberry) Insight, spiritual growth
Ivy/Gort tread carefully; caution
Reed/Ngetal disturbance, disruption, surprises
Blackthorn/straif confusion, strife
Elder/Ruis endings, timelessness
Elm/Silver fir Foresight, perspective
Furze/Onn Discovery, abundance, goals met
Heather/Ura Rest, suspension, hibernation
White Poplar/Eadha endurance; speech or communication
Yew/Idho change, endings, maturation
References:http://www.omniglot.com/writing/ogham.htmhttp://www.somersetpagan.org/Ogham.htmlhttp://altreligion.about.com/library/we ... 22203a.htm
Liz & Colin Murray, The Celtic Tree Oracle, Rider Books, London, 1988.
Sean O'Boyle, Ogam: The Poet's Secret, Gilbert Dalton, Dublin, 1980