Nion (Ash) #5 Jul 8, 2006 23:57:06 GMT -5
Post by Senbecc on Jul 8, 2006 23:57:06 GMT -5
Nion the fifth ogham in our grove of symbolism and meaning, would be pronounced "NEE-uhn" and would make the sound of "N". According to the Auraicept ne N-Éces the word oghams would go as follows:
"Ash, a check on peace is Ash. For from it are made the shafts of spears and arrows by which peace is broken." The word ogham of Morainn mac Moín, "Ash is a checking of peace, maw of the weaver's beam applied to wood." The word ogham of Cú Chulainn states, "Ash equals the flight or boast of beauty, a weaver's beam." The word ogham of Óengus, "Ash equals the boast or flight of women.".
So as for our visualization, lets try something a little different. I believe we have some Welsh studies in the audience, so lets try this. The Arch magician Gwyddyon stands using a huge Ash tree as his wand as the air spirals behind him in testament to their combined power.
The Ash is a massively tall tree, growing at times to a staggering height of 150 ft. The way it's branches are spaced and grow, it gives the Ash the illusion of a great pole, or wand (the Celts had several uses for this wood, magic wands would have definitly been one of these as well as spears and arrows.).
In Celtic as well as Norse thought (i.e. the Yggdrasil) the Ash tree is symbolic of the axis which holds up and supports the sky, and in myth usually represents a bridge between the worlds.
Now with this information under our belts, lets explore Nion's myriad of meanings. Life is a constant cycle of change and progress. This truth can be a challenge at times. Confrontation and conflict can become necessary for the transition into the next phase or stage of our individual development. This can often be brought on by some problem or crisis (or a heated debate) which serves to push us out of our comfort zones and confirms a need for change in one's personal evaluation. By the same token it is acceptance of this journey that often is what leads to a broader more defined reality.
It is this particular ogham the connects the Celtic and Druidic mind to fate, not to be taken as something which is written in stone and can never be changed, but more over a distinct and unique fate based path where-by one pursues needed change which of course has an infinite number of possibilities, however is always singular to the individual.
It is Nion which gives council on such journeys of continuous unfolding personal events of mental and psychic development.