Taken by Geaugagrrl during a visit to the Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge, Washington, 2007.
Thus far, Saille, associated with the Willow, seems to be an appropriate symbol for the month. The new moon was on the 25th, and my divorce was finalized on the 28th. Willow is a tree of change and healing, and both have been abundant in the past few weeks.
Liz and Collin Murray make a strong connection between Saille and the high regard in which women were held amongst the Celts, noting in particular that they were able to own property. Two weeks ago, the offer I put on my neighbor’s house was accepted. Having the mortgage process well under way this month would be auspicious indeed!
I have been having some trouble in my relationship with Water, however, so I will seek Willow’s help to let my emotions flow freely so that they do not become stagnant or run the risk of breaking the dam, as it were. Willow bends where the Oak stands strong. This, too, is an important thing for me to remember, reinforcing the lessons of Ngetal (Reed) in April.
Fearn is the fourth ogham few, the few of Alder. This is an omen of challenge and defense, which couldn’t have been more true in the past week. I’ve been embroiled in a community conflict, which is never easy, but which is frightening in the extreme for someone like me who wants everyone to be happy. Sometimes, that just isn’t going to happen, and you need to stand up to assert your own belief in what is right. I was forced to make the choice between what was good for my family and what made my community comfortable. I chose the path that would make some of them uncomfortable, and I’ve found support beyond my wildest expectations.
The Morrigan now sits on my altar, in thanks for the strength and sovereignty she has shown me. Brigantia and Wayland have helped me craft my words, to show both my determination and my care. I draw upon the arts of the Bard, of the Seer, and of the Druid that this may be resolved. And with Alder’s strength, I now wait.
In the tree ogham, Huathe is associated with the Hawthorn, the tree of cleansing and challenge. That pretty much sums up what the month of May has been so far. The court date for my divorce, the selling of the condo, on one hand, and on the other, two new jobs and a renewed joy in life. I performed the Ovate Rite of Liberation at Beltaine, releasing all the resentment and pain I had carried from the past. I hope I have learned the lessons of these tree well.
In the Tree Ogham, Ngetal is associated with the reeds that grow at the water’s edge. I envy their flexibility, undaunted by rough winds or frozen ponds. Indeed, Aesop remarked on their strength in the fable of The Oak and the Reeds. Who is mightier, the yielding or the unbending?
Still, suppleness is a quality for which to strive this month. There is much change around me: family structure, house sale, job juggling…keeping all these balls in the air requires lightness of foot and mind.
Reed is also a healing plant in my mind, closely associated with Brigantia’s more watery aspects. If I can remain flexible, it will bring a different sort of mending to my life, letting the scabs slough off the wounds, and massaging the scars to make them pliable.
Back at the beginning of the year, I drew twelve cards from an ogham deck, one for each month. This is the second year in a row that I’ve done this, but I want to really look at what flavor each “tree” has given its month. March has been kind to me, with a second dark moon coming up on the 30th. So I’ll take advantage of that and do a little catching up on the ogham posts that I’ve been meaning to do.
Gort or ivy was what came up for this month. Traditionally, Gort is a few of the tilled fields as well as of the ivy plant. It represents tenacity and the ever upward search that humanity seems to be compelled to carry out. The past several weeks have definitely tested my grit, as it were: starting a new job, building a client base, commuting 300-plus miles each week—all these things have required an ivy-like stubbornness to see through to the end. Back in January, a fellow Ovate shared some of his spectacular ivy with me. It’s been an important touchstone (touchbranch?), and a reminder that growth isn’t always in a straight line.