In ancient times, our Celtic Druid Ancestors devised a system, part alphabet, part calendar/zodiac, to be carved using simple notches onto wood or stone. Each character was a number and a letter. The consonants were time periods – mostly lunar months and the vowels were the solstices or equinoxes. Each symbol represented a tree or shrub, around which grew an extensive mythology, recording historical and religious stories, the uses of each tree both for craftwork and medicinally, and a divinatory system similar to the tarot. To the Celts, the whole landscape was alive with meaning, and wisdom – the wisdom of the trees.

Hawthorn, Ogham name Huathe, rules 13th May to 9th June. Mayflowers, the blossom of the Hawthorn, are associated with purity and innocence, and are used to crown the Mayqueen, but the "Faerie thorn" is also the entrance to the Otherworld........... so beware!

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