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Onn (pronounced ‘UHN’)
Represents letter(s): O
Divinatory meaning: Adaptation, transmutation, modification
Associated Tree/Plant: Gorse – Since the Gorse of the original Irish Ogham is not native to the Appalachian region the Order of the Morrigan uses the native plant Carolina Jessamine, or Yellow Jasmine for this letter of the ogham.
Healing Properties: Most parts of the Carolina Jessamine are poisonous. In the past it was used to treat nervous disorders, but since the doses are so exacting it is not recommended that anyone use the Carolina Jessamine for this purpose. There are other more effective and less risky plants of the ogham that may be used for similar purposes. Carolina Jessamine or Yellow Jasmine as it is also known, contains two powerful alkaloids that can lead to total respiratory failure, causing the victim to suffocate and die.
Magical Uses: Carolina Jessamine magic is the magic of fertility and prosperity. A hedge of it around your home will protect from dark Faeries, who cannot pass through it. Its bright yellow flowers naturally repel dark forces, and its poisonous flowers do the same. Burning its wood protects you from curses and dark magic. The golden flowers are said to attract gold, so this is a plant that is good for money spells.
Yellow Jessamine is closely associated with the Sun God Lugh because of its bright yellow color. It tends to blossom fully by the vernal equinox. In the home of our Order in the Carolinas, we often celebrate Lughnasadh by decorating with flowers from the Carolina Jessamine.
In our sacred fires we substitute Carolina Jessamine for gorse. For solitary practitioners, a torch made of jessamine may be used to smudge sacred spaces in order to protect hearth and home. Such a smudging at Lughnasadh also insures fertility and a fruitful harvest.
Jasmine has long been used as a perfume, and the flowers of the Carolina Jessamine have a particularly pleasant aroma. Essential oil of the jasmine can be used to attract sexual love of a spiritual, rather than physical, nature. Burn dried and crushed jasmine flowers in your bedroom before bed time in order to have prophetic dreams. Due to its association with fertility and the sun it is also a popular decoration at celebrations of the vernal equinox.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: On-niona