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Making own Ogham set
« on: November 19, 2012, 05:31:26 am »
I've been reading about different divination methods and how they work. There are so many cool oracle decks and runes and things, but as far as money goes that kind of thing isn't a priority. I only had a Tarot deck I picked up 9-10 years ago (The Glastonbury Tarot) so I decided to find out if it was possible to try make anything myself.

I'm most drawn to Celtic paganism so decided to have a go at drawing the Ogham symbols. I've read about drawing them on a set of cards, and also making staves, so decided to do cards first as it is simpler. I got a pack of small plain white cards and after some practice runs on scrap paper I managed to draw the whole alphabet. It's pretty basic but it gets the job done and pretty good for a first try.

I used green markers to write the names of the symbols. I have a set of Mont Marte watercolour pencils which are a good quality which I used for the rest. I decided they needed some kind of background so I drew light green spirals on all the cards (had been thinking about spirals in nature), then after they dried I used pencil to lightly draw the symbols on, then went over them with dark green watercolour pencil. I chose to use those rather than paint as I can manage to draw fine lines with the pencils a LOT better than a brush. Plus they were small cards.

After they were dry I dedicated the deck to use for spiritual guidance and purified them in the incense smoke. I've drawn cards 3 times so far since I finished them in the weekend, it comes easier to me than reading tarot.

The guide also explained how to make the Ogham staves which will be my next project when I get either sticks or dowel rods as it mentioned. Can either use a wood burning tool, carve the symbols on or paint them on. Other thing to find out is what it meant by dowel rods. :p

Has anyone else made their own Ogham, Tarot cards, Oracle cards, Runes, etc?

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Re: Making own Ogham set
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2012, 07:53:54 am »
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Other thing to find out is what it meant by dowel rods. :p

Has anyone else made their own Ogham, Tarot cards, Oracle cards, Runes, etc?

 
Dowel rods are just wooden rods.  They sell them in hardware stores, in a variety of diameters and lengths, for use as curtain rods and similar things.  You can cut them to size for your ogham staves.

I have two sets of ogham stones that my husband made me.  Both are made from tumbled stones.  He used a rotary tool to engrave the symbol.  One set is all moonstone.  The other set is a triple set to take advantage of the idea of "currents".  (See Erynn Rowan Laurie's book, Ogam: Weaving Word Wisdom, for info on that idea.  It's kinda-sorta like the suits in tarot, but not...)  The stones for the chthonic current set are green labradorite, the stones for the oceanic current are clear quartz, and the stones for the celestial current are blue celestite.

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Re: Making own Ogham set
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2012, 07:55:53 am »
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Has anyone else made their own Ogham, Tarot cards, Oracle cards, Runes, etc?

 
Your cards sound lovely!  I have been thinking about making an oracle card deck sometime, I might make that a winter project....

I have made rune stones for practice and am in the middle of carving a set of rune staves.  My stones are just small (just under an inch or so) stones that I collected from our front entryway (where the landlords put down rocks for decoration).  I gathered up ones that I thought looked right, in all colors then sorted them by what I felt worked for each rune.  The runes themselves are painted on with red nailpolish.  It is my working or practice set.

The one I have been working on for years is being carved on small bone staves I salvaged from an old mahjong set.  The are about two inches long and maybe a quarter inch wide, and very thin.  I have been using a dental tool I had for working clay to carve the runes in them.  It is very slow going, but I am about 2/3 done now.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2012, 08:01:37 am »
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Oooooops.  Meant to say:  I'd love to see a picture of your cards, if you'd be willing to post one.  They sound beautiful!
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2012, 06:25:30 am »
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Oooooops.  Meant to say:  I'd love to see a picture of your cards, if you'd be willing to post one.  They sound beautiful!

 
I'll see if I can find a way to get a good quality picture of them. Your stones sound really awesome!

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The one I have been working on for years is being carved on small bone staves I salvaged from an old mahjong set. The are about two inches long and maybe a quarter inch wide, and very thin. I have been using a dental tool I had for working clay to carve the runes in them. It is very slow going, but I am about 2/3 done now.  


That sounds incredibly intricate but the end result will be well worth it I'm sure!

Making things by hand can be so satisfying. :)

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Making own Ogham set
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2012, 07:42:26 pm »
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Oooooops.  Meant to say:  I'd love to see a picture of your cards, if you'd be willing to post one.  They sound beautiful!

I'd love to see a pic too. I've made Ogham and Rune staves as well as stones. Overall I prefer the staves. I'll try and post a pic when I get home
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2012, 03:30:15 pm »
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Has anyone else made their own Ogham, Tarot cards, Oracle cards, Runes, etc?

 
Wow, Emerald, they sound beautiful!  I would definitely love to see them, if you feel comfortable posting an example.  I made my own set of Ogham out of popcicle sticks and a red marker.  They seem to work pretty well and I got to eat a lot of banana popcicles! :)

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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2012, 04:13:54 pm »
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I'll try and post a pic when I get home

 
Not the best pic, but these are my working set.



I like the way they fall when cast, it's quite easy to see which runes are interacting with each other.
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Re: Making own Ogham set
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2012, 07:18:50 am »
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Has anyone else made their own Ogham, Tarot cards, Oracle cards, Runes, etc?

Yea I've made my own Ogham staves. Had an original plan of a long project of collecting each from stave from it's own tree, but ended up cutting them all from the same branch. I just carved them in with a knife, and finely went over them with paint as well. Also painted the bottom ends to indicate correct positions if they came out upside down or not.

It's pretty much personal preference. A wood burning tool would be ideal, but just be careful you don't slip depending on the size of the staves. Mine are about the size of my finger which I did taking inspiration from díchetal do chenaibh and other charms that made use of the hands&bones.

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Re: Making own Ogham set
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2012, 11:08:01 am »
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Not the best pic, but these are my working set.


I like the way they fall when cast, it's quite easy to see which runes are interacting with each other.

 
That is kinda freaky, those look almost exactly like the set I'm working on!  Very awesome :)
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2012, 05:13:02 pm »
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Not the best pic, but these are my working set.

I like the way they fall when cast, it's quite easy to see which runes are interacting with each other.

 
Wow! Thank you for sharing the pic, those look great. :)

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« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2012, 06:43:04 pm »
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I'll see if I can find a way to get a good quality picture of them. Your stones sound really awesome!

 
OK got out the scanner and scanned in a sample of the cards. They look more faded in places in the scanned pic than they do on the cards. It always does that with my painted and watercolour pencil stuff, some of them come out really weird. :p


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« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2012, 07:56:45 am »
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OK got out the scanner and scanned in a sample of the cards. They look more faded in places in the scanned pic than they do on the cards. It always does that with my painted and watercolour pencil stuff, some of them come out really weird. :p

 
Those are lovely!
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Re: Making own Ogham set
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2012, 03:01:09 pm »
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Has anyone else made their own Ogham, Tarot cards, Oracle cards, Runes, etc?

 
I've been thinking about making my own ogham set, but I'm not sure what to use for materials. I've thought about using fallen ash branches, driftwood collected from the coast, bought river rocks, seashells, and I've even thought of purchasing some petrified wood. I'm very indecisive about it.

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OK got out the scanner and scanned in a sample of the cards. They look more faded in places in the scanned pic than they do on the cards. It always does that with my painted and watercolour pencil stuff, some of them come out really weird. :p


Those are simple, yet beautiful. :)


This question's a bit off topic, but I noticed some a lot of ogham sets only have 20 staves or pieces, when there's 25 ogham. I realize the last five were added at a later point, but why are these other five often missing from sets you'll find on Etsy and other businesses?

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Re: Making own Ogham set
« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2012, 08:04:00 pm »
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This question's a bit off topic, but I noticed some a lot of ogham sets only have 20 staves or pieces, when there's 25 ogham. I realize the last five were added at a later point, but why are these other five often missing from sets you'll find on Etsy and other businesses?

 
These last five letters are known as the forfeda, and since they were added at a later date and are based on characters not originally found in the Irish language, there is much less information on the use of these letters in making ogam lists or divination. The Auraicept na n-Eces doesn't always include them in the ogam lists. Additionally, some people feel that a lot of the associations, concepts and symbols found in relation to the forfeda are already present in the other four aicme: why be redundant?

However, it's clear the forfeda are an authentic part of the system, even if people can't figure out what exactly to do with them. So, it's a really matter of personal preference for makers to include or exclude them, depending on whether they tend to use them in their own work or not.
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