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Gort Month

Moon phases, correspondences, dryads and more. Another lovely post complete with wonderful illustrations by AST member John Dalziel on the Celtic Tree Calendar. If you enjoy this article click on the heart to let us know & leave a comment too.

There's something unique about every season, but in my opinion, there's nothing more magical than seeing the leaves change colour during

“The Ivy Month” – Ivy Moon (Sept 30th to Oct 27th)….

The #Celts called this month #Gort pronounced go-ert.

The #Ivymoon rolls in at the end of the harvest season and the Full Moon - Blood Moon – is on October 13th

I’ve no doubt that you will have noticed that Ivy often lives on after its host plant has died — it’s a reminder to us all that life goes on, in the endless cycle of…

· life,

· death and

· rebirth.

This is a time to banish the negatives from our lives...

To do things that are related to…

· …improving ourselves

· …placing barricades between us and the things that are toxic to us

The Celts believed that Ivy could be used in magic performed for…

· healing,

· protection,

· cooperation, and

· binding lovers together.

Wisdom keepers…

It’s also important to mention that all trees, not just the 13 in the #OghamCalendar, were revered as Sacred wisdom Keepers.

In Celtic tradition it was believed there were originally two powerful source energies that came to Earth, and these two energies spread their knowledge and essence in the form of spirits called Dryads.

I mentioned these in my last post…

A dryad is a tree nymph or tree spirit in #Greekmythology. Drys signifies "oak" in Greek, and dryads are specifically the nymphs of oak trees, but the term has come to be used for tree nymphs in general.

They were normally considered to be very shy creatures except around the goddess Artemis, who was known to be a friend to most nymphs.

The Dryads made their homes in the trees and remained there.

Each tree served as a portal into the “unseen realm” through which Druids could “…reach totems, guides, and deities for instruction and healing.

In essence…

“…trees served as wisdom keepers for direction, assistance and answers to life’s mysteries”

The image above is an outline of the potential “#MagicalCorrespondence” including…

· weekday planets,

· symbols and

· colours.

P.S. As you can gather from my two posts, I enjoy nature and finding out about the beliefs our ancestors held. I’m worried however that continuing with the other Eleven Ogham Calendar Months may be a bit too much.

Let me know what you think, in the comments on this post.

Thank you!

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