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Ogham: The Secret Language of the Druids Paperback – April 16, 2008
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The Druids' Alphabet stands almost alone in its field as a scholarly, yet readable work on the mysterious Druidic writing system known as "ogham." Readers who are tired of mystical sounding nonsense and are looking for a book that separates fact from fiction will find it here. Ellison is careful to distinguish between historically accepted opinion, his own cautious suggestions, and the wild speculation found in other works on the topic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Skip Ellison has been a member of Ár nDraíocht Féin since 1990 and has served on its Mother Grove since 1992. He has held several positions including Chair of the Clergy Council, past Chief of the Magician's Guild, and currently serves as ADF's Archdruid. Rev. Ellison can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and his web site can be viewed at http://www.dragonskeepfarm.com.
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I would discourage anyone from buying the Kindle edition unless it were corrected.
The book begins by presenting the alphabet letter-by-letter, with correspondences for each, and with the commentary and meanings provided from actual Irish sources. It then presents the many different variants of the ogham found in the book of ballymote. Finally, it provides some starting-point ideas about using the ogham for divination and magic, and some useful appendices, including a ready-to-copy set of ogham disks.
Anyone who wants to get a solid understanding of the facts about this mysterious Celtic alphabet should start with this book.
What I like most about this book is the sound scholarship. Ellison points out that most of the meanings of the fews were not trees; even so, fans of Robert Graves may be happy to learn he keeps the associations with trees intact in his system. Also of great value is his photocopies and descriptions of the many other Oghams ignored by other authors, which describes and/or shows other ways that Ogham was written or thought of, including an actual ancient divination system using them, which is nothing like the way we use Ogham fews today.
All in all, this is an excellent book, well worth the read for both the scholar and the Celtic Pagan.
My only concern is with the Kindle quality. Footnotes should be left to the end of the book, not at the foot part of the page, because if you change font size it look weird.