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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Children and Divination - Runes and Ogham

Tuesday, November 2, 2010
As promised here is the second part on the series on teaching children divination. In this part I am going to talk about runes and ogham. First off I guess I should define what these things are.


Although there is very little historical evidence that runes were used in divinatory practice, they can be a very useful tool for doing just that. The most common set used are the futhark runes. Pictured here:


These runes each have a different meaning. And can be cast for divination in various ways. When I use them I typically draw out three runes. One for the question, one for the answer and one for advice. But there are nearly as many layouts as there are readers.


The ogham are very similar to the futhark runes but at the same time more complex and completely different. It is a Celtic alphabet dating from the fourth century and named after the Celtic god of knowledge and communication, Ogmos.

Typically carved into staves and then pulled or cast from a bag in different numbers and then read according to their meanings. Here is a link that tells their various meanings.

To make your own set of Ogham staves, start with sticks of even lengths. You'll need 25 of them. I have found that 4 - 6" is a good size for Ogham staves.

Inscribe each of the sticks with one of the Ogham symbols. You can do this either by carving them into the woods, painting them on, or using a woodburning tool.

When should Children start with these?

This answer will as always depend on the child. But they should have some ability to sense the unseen energy currents that run below and through things. Although these two divination methods can be easier to learn then tarot they still require some minor skill, most of which can be learned.

In fact they may be able to start these soon after they learn to read words on their own with no help. But I'm interested in what all of you have to say. Do your children practice divination? If so what kinds and what ages did they start?

Blessed Be!

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