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.

Holly, Ogham name Tinne, rules 8th July to 4th August, its element is that of fire and it has the totem Robin. Tinne gives us the word tinder for kindling fire. Holly planted near the house will protect the inhabitants from lightening and fires. The Robin singed his breast red when bringing the gift of fire from the sun.

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