As I mentioned in my last post, I'm starting to study the Ogham, and Yuri Leitch's book, "The Ogham Grove," is setting up a very nice system for me to spend approximately two weeks at a time getting to know one of the letters in this alphabet and the tree it's associated with, as well as other associations, during the time the sun is in that part of his Ogham Year Wheel. I find information online and in the Ogham books I'm starting to collect (like Erynn Rowan Laurie's "Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom"), as well as trying to find the tree in my local area so I can meet it in person. :)

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I'm also putting an image of the tree up as my computer wallpaper during those weeks, and putting its card from The Green Man Tree Oracle in a frame on my desk. I'm bathing in the essense of that tree and the energy of that Ogham few's associations, as it were.

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Eventually, I'll have a mental grove of friends I've gotten to know and be able to picture their positions in the grove/year wheel, and the relationships between them (i.e. wherever the sun is in the year wheel, the full moon will be in the position opposite that one).

I'm even ordering a custom Ogham wrist mala from Magical Malas as a study & meditation aid. I can't wait to have it in my hands, as I think it will help me focus and consolidate my learning, with a tangible circle of wooden beads to see and touch and chant over... combining nature and memory into a "preserving shrine"... a miniature grove I can carry with me. :)