Beth/Birch #1 Apr 18, 2006 2:27:10 GMT -5
Post by Senbecc on Apr 18, 2006 2:27:10 GMT -5
The tree-letter Beth, Beith, Beithe (pronounced BEH) it's sound is the same a "B". Birch. To Morainn mac Moín (a word ogham) Beth is of faded trunk and fair hair. Cú Chulainn's "word ogham" means Birch or Beth equals browed beauty which is worthy of pursuit. To Oengus Birch is most silver of skin.
So the what shall we visualize when we visualize Beth? We see the spirit, or Goddess of Birch as the "Birch goddess of Birth" who is enshrined within the trunk of Birch stretching her arms up as though she flies through the trunk. In ancient times the young goddess of Birch was known as the "Mother tree" because it was Birch who gave birth to new and fresh environments for all the trees, and plants to thrive who didn't have the same power of birth and the spirit of a pioneer that Birch has. After all long long ago, when the glaciers of the last ice age withdrew to the far North, Birch was the first tree to heal the empty plains and valleys of their barrenness.
Like those barren plains, Birch is the beginning, and our entrance into the Ogham grove of ever-hidden meaning. It is an Ogham letter of beginnings. It tells of what is to come, and embodies the changes and growth taken from these new experiences. It means that we should expect the unexpected, for older, or out-grown concepts or perhaps a phase is coming to a close and the newer, more useful concept or phase is ready to manifest.
Magically, it seems worthy to note the Birch has always been used to clear out the old, purify the space, and in "birthing" the new. Now while several of the Oghams signify the death of the old, Birch strongly signifies the circle of some bright new element from the death that came before. This tree letter embodies what is dawning in your life at this particular time, and unless the Ogham is reversed in a casting probably embodies a joyful element.
Beth is a gentle Ogham, yet is strong and firm, as well as it must be as "birth" seldom comes without some measure of pain. Beth doesn't necessarily relate to childbirth, but moreover embodies the birthing of some new project, phase, or relationship.
Birch teaches us the cycles of self propagation, and teaches the myriad cycles of continuous manifestations of the new from old barren soil. Beths lesson is how we can handle as harmoniously as possible the constant transformations that these processes bring. Change is the basic order of nature. What does Magic entail if not change? I've heard it said that a person who cannot accept change has no magic, and never will until they learn to accept change. The quicker we can accept these changes, the sooner we can be happy.
Finding the Ogham reversed, means that your are stuck in the soil of old concepts. If you cling to the dead wood of the past you will begin to wither becoming stale to life and it's sweet flavors and it's many flowing gifts.
Let the past be the past, as holding onto worn out, out grown, or outmoded thoughts, concepts, ideas, or relationships is standing in the way of your growth.
I hope to hear the thoughts of our young Celts on the subject of Birch. May we each research and study the blessings of Birch together, and unfold its many hidden meanings within it's lore and scientific facts.