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.
Wheatstraw, Ogham name Ngetal, rules 28th October to 24th November. As our ancestors developed agriculture and became farmers, so the Wheatstraw became the symbol of kingship, and the fleeting power, and sacrifice demanded of rulers for the wellbeing of their people.