Ogham Alphabets And More: Hauthe Or Hawthorn

Here is some information for the Hawthorn tree or Hauthe the Ogham details for the alphabet, it’s full moon name, and the Hawthorns spirituality and mythology 

So, here’s more about it.

Ogham Details:

  • Name as the Hawthorn tree or Huathe 
  • Huathe pronounced Hoh-uh
  • The tree is energetic, strength, a decision-maker
  • Alphabet for one that ours calls: H
  • Ogham has one ‘stave’ to the left (see photo below)
  • Its month or moon month is: 13 May – 9 June

Poem: Siegfried Sassoon:

Not much to me is yonder lane 
Where I go every day; 
But when there’s been a shower of rain 
And hedge-birds whistle gay, 
I know my lad that’s out in France 
With fearsome things to see 
Would give his eyes for just one glance 
At our white hawthorn tree. 

Spirituality

The Hawthorn is associated with the realm of the Fae and it tandems the oak and ash trees  with them, too.

Some Christians believed that hawthorn branches formed that crown of thorns that adorned the bloodied heads of Jesus at the Crucifixion. It is also thought that Joseph of Arimathea planted the Holy Thorn Tree while traveling with the Holy Grail after Jesus’ death by going to Glastonbury in Britain

Ecology

Hawthorn has a matched capacity to support local wildlife. Hawthorn tree or hedgerows have been often seen teeming with life, and it is said the Celts definitely noticed this by birds and rodents nearby.

The Latin word for the Hawthorn is called crataegus, and it comes from the Greek ‘kratos’ for hardness of its wood, and for ‘akis’ to mean sharp. Its thorns are known by many who are might unaware of it. They are prolific.

Previous Oghams Used:

Ogham Alphabet: Saille

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Ogham Alphabet: Fearn Or Alder

Ogham Alphabets And More: Fearn/Alder

Ogham alphabets were found in ancient Ireland and Western Wales, and here is one alphabet. each letter is associated with a tree or plant.

Its twenty letters, called feda (ie ‘trees’), and it has a group into four aicme (ie ‘family, tribe’) of five letters each. Each letter is a cluster of one to five straight lines to each ‘staff’.

Ogham Details:

  • Name as the Fearn or Alder
  • Alphabet for our V or L
  • Ogham as three ‘staves’ to the right (see below)

The Fearn or Alder month or moon is: March 18 – April 14.

The detail about the month’s name and moon name is seen by some as ‘newish’, and less classically authentic. However, I love the use Celtic/Ogham trees eg with the Fearn or Alder – especially as we have months called with many Roman emperor’s names and use their names with no real reasons.

Spirituality & Mythologies

Druids associated the tree with courage, strength and the evolving spirit, and it is also linked with death and resurrection.

In Irish mythology it is said that the first human man was made from the alder tree, and the tree is considered of the fairies, and it is protected by the water fairy-folk. It said it represents both fire and earth.

The tree details:

The Fearn or Alder tree is rather special because of it has the ability to develop well and prevent rot when in water. When dipped in water it has a very long time, and so become extremely strong. With a only a few exceptions, alders are deciduous and the leaves are alternated, simple, and serrated. The flowers are catkins (see the top photo) with elongate male catkins and there are on the same plant as shorter female catkins. The tree is visited by bees, too.

Conclusion

At the next ogham, we’ll look at the Willow and the Willow Moon: April 15 – May 12, in the next few days.

Meanwhile, blessings to you, Tadhg.