Ogham Pathways with the Druid Forest School
Worldwide Distance Learning Course in The Ogham
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Michael Conneely is a most dedicated, caring and supportive teacher. He is the author of six visionary books, and has an Oxford University MA. Michael has completed a five-year ethnographic Field Study: a university-based social-anthropological study of spiritual forms new to the modern west, the method of which was to live in the institutions under study in the areas of Hinduism, Buddhism, paganism, shamanism and Utopian Community - mainly based at Glastonbury.
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What is The Ogham?
This is a certificated worldwide distance learning course studying The Ogham: The Celtic Tree Alphabet of the ancient Irish Druids. The Ogham was a system of visionary connection and understanding. It was explored through a number of correspondences, but it is its links to the Trees that we focus on in this course, and a sense of the sacredness of trees was central to the ancient Irish.
The Ogham is a most powerful and beautiful tool for personal growth and spiritual understanding. I have learned so much about states of consciousness and life values from the Ogham. It has been so very beautiful to connect with the trees in their wild and natural settings. In fact each letter of the Celtic Ogham alphabet can also be used for healing and empowerment.
The Ogham also introduces you to a genuine and powerful cosmology of the Celtic Otherworlds that interpenetrate this realm: Middle Earth. Your mind explores and encompasses its vast range of consciousness-states.
In its essence, the Ogham is the alphabet of ancient Druid Ireland. There is evidence it may have grown out of ancient tally systems and secret ancient druid hand-signalling. Its deep layers of meaning have been amplified by a number of ancient correspondences systems and frameworks.
The Ogham is mystical and profound. It is beautiful and tantalising. The Ogham is very ancient. Its date of origin is unknown as nothing of the Druid wisdom system was written down. However the earliest inscriptions that have survived are nearly two thousand year old, and there is good evidence for the ogham possibly being several hundred years older than that, and undeniably Irish in its source and origin.
Central to our understanding is that each Ogham alphabet letter or ‘Few’ represents the soul and energy of a tree. But each Few is also a pathway that run across or between the Celtic Otherworlds which are different, sometimes overlapping states of consciousness which are inhabited by their own beings, for example these realms include the famous Tir na N’Og, the land of eternal Youth, or Magh Mell: the state of Abundance, The Plane of Delight.
Study the Ogham
As the tree alphabet of the ancient Irish druids, each letter of the Ogham alphabet epitomises a deep meditation on the energy and wisdom of a tree. Each letter can thus connect you to very, very special natural-based state of consciousness.
The Ogham's consciousness is very non-lateral, mystical and beautiful. It is very different from the energy of the Runes, which is far more a will-based system. Both, however, very much have their very different special power and place.
How does the Ogham Course work?
For each Ogham letter you receive an audio recording download with information about the letter and the relevant tree, any relevant spiritual weapon, pathway and beings, plus a second audiofile which is a guided meditation with opportunity for trance drumming and chanting and divination.
You can either use our drumming journey, or you can branch out from this and proceed to use your own drumming.
You then correspond with myself as guide, friend and counsellor as your personal spiritual and life-journey progresses, helped through the trees and mystical Celtic Otherworlds.
This correspondence is completely personal and individual to you. The Course is Certificated.
Importantly, each journey always starts (and ends) at your Divine Centre here on Middle Earth, which you learn to visualise.
You also receive maps showing the place of each Ogham pathway in the Celtic Cosmology: the pathway that each letter represents through the Celtic Otherworlds.
Thus the course is not at all taught with any time-frame in mind. The goal is achieving excellence of the experience, excellence of connection, excellence of utterance, rather than any time table.
People are not advised to study more that an Ogham letter per week, though, as it definitely takes time for the energy to assimilate with anyone – even in the most foundation way.
The first step is to establish your Divine Centre, your special place of being, where each journey will begin and end, so you start off with a sound file being sent to you to help you do this.
The order of study is that determined by pathways stretching out across the three worlds of ancient Irish cosmology.
In other words, you start with the Ogham tree letters for the four pathways that radiate out from your Divine Centre in the centre of this world, which was called Bith or ‘Middle Earth’.
But progressively you extend further and further outwards from your Divine Centre to the tree letters for the pathways leading to the realms of the Upper World (Magh Mor) and also the realms of the Lower World (Tir Andomain), and ultimately to the letters for journeying across the Upper World and the Lower World.
The first four tree journeys, are therefore the journeys across Bith, or ‘Middle Earth’.
The first of these is the third letter: 3. Fern or Alder which runs across Bith, Middle Earth, from the Centre to the NE, between Blath in the East and Cath in the North. This is Journey 1. Learn the spiritual dimensions of Alder Tree Wisdom.
Journey 2 is the very different energy of the 8th Ogham letter: Tinne or Holly, a principle of spiritual strength and self-defence. This runs through Bith or Middle Earth from the Centre to the SE between Seis in the South and Blath in the East.
The third journey is letter 13. This is Ngetal or Broom, whose pathway runs across Bith from the Centre to the SW between Fis and Seis.
The final tree journey to run solely across middle earth is that to encounter the divine energy of the 18th Ogham letter: Ur or Heather.
And jumping to the very end of the course, as you might expect, the very final journey is to encounter the death and rebirth energy of the 20th tree letter: Idad, the Yew, whose pathway runs across the Upperworld from the Centre to the NW between Sen Magh (The realm of the Old) and Magh Findargat (the Plain of White Silver, light). This is the final journey: Journey 20.
After each of your Ogham Journeys, you correspond with me telling me how you fared, and we discuss your experience and its authentic meaning in your life.
And what you will meet on your Ogham journeys is not just the inspirational wisdom of the trees, for example you also encounter the four sacred weapons of the Tuatha de Danaan: deep lessons to be learned in finding and handing each: Four ancient objects of great power: the four spiritual weapons of the Tuatha de Danaan that you gather on the way:The Stone of Eriu, the Sword of Nuada, the Spear of Lugh and the Cauldron of The Dagda.
Furthermore, there are the otherworldly beings of the ancient Celts you encounter to empower yourself and extend your consciousness.
Here is an example of one man's Ogham Journey:
I have just done the Broom journey. It was so full of magic!.
The main door of the path was built by two broom trees in the shape of an arc.
It was a forest full of these trees some of them dressed in yellow leaves. I hugged one of them and i received a message that something when I was 11 years old has to be healed. Another message was being braver.
Then I started running and playing from tree to tree. I was like a kid running and playing around.
When I had to turn left I found the sword rounded by trees and being offered to me…it was just there like floating.
When I grabbed it I felt like blue or light-blue energy starting running through my whole body cleaning it and taking any kind of fear out of me. After feeling that I just touched my chest with the sword and then I put my forehead (3rdeye) against the sword…I felt again a wonderful sensation of strength and magic.
When coming back I did it on the broom…flying on it…sometimes really high and fast and some others slow and around the trees. The broom stopped by itself in front of the sword for a moment…I felt both of us (the broom and I) was saluting it with respect.
I came back to my divine center feeling the magic…it was really nice.
Thank you very much for all the learning and guidance,
Sebastian Cuenca, Argentina
What do you gain when you Enroll?
When you enroll on my worldwide distance learning Ogham courses, you methodically and thoroughly learn the energy of each tree. Each Ogham letter is a magical guide to life. Each letter opens the mind to the otherworlds and mystery. You learn how to do powerful and profound Ogham divination readings. You receive personal guidance and support for your spiritual growth: this is true and timeless Wisdom that is relevant and needed today. You gain clarity and insight into your life using this deep ancestral understanding. You meet the Celtic Gods and Goddesses.
You steadily transform your life and consciousness and you magically empower yourself by working through this wonderful Distance Correspondence Ogham Course with me.
It is totally personal and inspired sharing and learning.
To enroll on the worldwide Druid Forest School Ogham Course the price is £125 (GB pounds). For this price you receive sound-files to establish your divine Centre, and also to present and journey to connection with each letter of the Ogham Celtic tree Alphabet of the Ancient Irish Druids. You also receive information and maps about the four sacred weapons of the Tuatha Dé Danann and also the Celtic Otherworlds. Please use the PayPal BuyNow button below and email me your email address for correspondence as well as your astrological natal data: date time and place of birth:
I look forward to working with you,
Thank you so very much for the wonderful feedback. I have received so much guidance and support from you throughout this course that I am truly grateful. I honestly cannot put into words how much it has means to me. I feel fortunate to have crossed paths with both you and Maggie.
So thank you once again for being such an incredible teacher and for everything that you do and for all the wonderful stories and information that you share with me. I have thoroughly enjoyed my Ogham course thus far and I look forward to the remaining journeys and of course to continuing to work with you next year.
Michelle Mahabir, West Indies
TESTIMONIAL: I can't thank you enough for all your help/guidance, information and the encouragement you have given me whilst I have been on your Ogham course, not forgetting all the astrological info, and I certainly do now feel different and so much more in touch with who I really am and the world of nature, especially the Ogham trees, around me.
Jane Booth, Cornwall, England
We offer Ogham workshops and Retreats at our Healing Centre in Foxford in County Mayo in the West of Ireland, with linked airbnb.
Michael also offers Retreats to make visionary contact with the Goddesses and Gods of the Ancient Irish and runs Tours of the Sacred Sites of the ancient Irish all within an hour of our Healing Centre:
TESTIMONIAL:Student's Comment in the Face Book Group:
'These journeys are so enlightening and each one amazes me to the insight and advice they bring out for this current life. And I can feel your appreciation of Michael's understanding, I feel the same way too! Welcome to this fantastic journey with the Tree Ogham!
Leslie-Anne K, USA
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How does the Ogham Course work?
Wherever you are in the world, you get a sound file presenting each letter of the Ogham Alphabet, and also maps showing its place in the Celtic Cosmology: the pathways through the Celtic Otherworlds.
A second sound file offers the information plus a guided journey to drumming.
You use the journey sound file to journey from your divine centre along the pathway through the Celtic worlds that that tree particularly represents.
This gives you deep understanding of all the layers of reality and meaning in your life and it also acts as a magical key for transformation, so that you can bring positive change, beauty and power into that area of your life.
We are also introduced the magical implements of the Tuatha De Danann and the deities and entities of the Celtic Ogham paths and worlds.
After every journey you always return to your divine centre. The great thing is that you correspond with me after your journey discussing how you got on, and also how your spiritual life path is unfolding.
I then reply to you. This correspondence is completely personal and individual to you. The Course is Certificated.
I hope to hear from you, all blessings,
P.S. Read my chapters on Ogham consciousness and the Celtic Otherworlds and Beings in my book: The Backpacker’s Guide to the New Spirituality 2014
The Ogham Alphabet:
You start with the Ogham tree letters for the four pathways that radiate out from your Divine Centre in the centre of this world, which was called Bith or ‘Middle Earth’.
But progressively you extend further and further outwards from your Divine Centre to the tree letters for the pathways leading to the realms of the Upper World (Magh Mor) and also the realms of the Lower World (Tir Andomain).
Here is a depiction of the Celtic Three Worlds with their many inter-penetrating realms:
Well I can't believe this is my final Ogham Journey! It's been a wonderful course and adventure for me this past year. I am continually amazed at what I have experienced.
Lesley Ann Raven, artist