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Oir (pronounced ‘OR’)
Represents letter(s): TH
Divinatory meaning: Talent, creativity, genius
Associated Tree: In Europe the tree used for this letter is the spindle tree. It was so named because its wood was used for making spindles for spinning wheels. In the United States many Orders use the arrowwood for this plant. Since the Order of the Morrigan’s home is in the mountains of the Carolinas, we use the pink dogwood for this letter of the ogham.
Healing Properties: An infusion of the bark of the pink dogwood stimulates digestion in small doses. In larger doses, it causes stomach irritation and vomiting. This infusion is also a mild diuretic, and aids in promoting regular bowel movements. It is especially good for treating ailments of the liver. During Civil War times an infusion of the bark was used to treat symptoms of malaria. A tea made from the blossoms of the pink dogwood has astringent properties when used topically. It is also a stimulant and a tonic. Native Americans of the Carolinas made toothbrushes out of twigs of dogwood by chewing on the end of such a twig until it developed a soft bristle on the end.
Magical Uses: Dogwood is an especially potent protector herb. It keeps writings and meetings secret. Because of this if you make an oil of the flowers and seal your letters with this oil its magic will keep your communications safe from prying eyes. Make a charm out of dogwood and carry it in your crane bag for added protection.
Dry the flowers and the bark then crush them together and use them as incense when crafting protective spells. The pink dogwood is the tree of balance. It helps you to understand your shadow side and to express it in positive rather than negative ways. Its magic helps you to communicate clearly with those around you and to avoid misunderstandings. It is a tree of endings. If you have difficulty completing tasks, a charm of pink dogwood will help you to see through to your objective. A wand of pink dogwood may be used in divination to help you to find a solution to a difficult problem. Dogwood’s magic helps you to put aside masks and pretentions and to find your true self.
Gods/Goddesses Associated with This Tree/Plant: Angus Mac Og, Ostara