A Tree Alphabet

Abidil nan Craobh

Calanais  

So, what is it?

just a myth?

The short answer is that the Tree Alphabet is just myth... however, because the word 'myth' generally equates to 'lie' today, then a better definition may be needed!

..or mnemonic

So, put differently, why might a tree, an alphabet and an old stone circle be inter-connected? A useful clue is to imagine a computer, made 3,500 years ago!

What is there to see?

For thousands of years trees have had natural 'A B C' tutorial benefit. It is in such alphabetical context that these nineteen tree-letters provide a web of natural inter-connection in strands that are botanical, historical and practical... and allow a quick introduction to the vast world of their folklore and natural magic.

into the greenwood

 

dh'éirich craobh
is dh'abair i riùm
bha litir na bial -
a samhla

cha mhis an tùs
ars a chiad chraobh
cha mhis a chrìoch
ars an litir mu dheireadh

 

a tree arose
and spoke to me
a letter in her mouth
her likeness

i'm not the beginning
said the first tree
i'm not the end
said the last letter

poem by aonghas macneacail

The letters

In the Celtic Tree Alphabet each letter corresponds to a tree. Thirteen consonants follow a calendrical sequence of months that begin with B (beithe/ birch) in winter, following an anti-clockwise (or lunar) direction around the circle of a single year. Additionally, five vowels form key points of the year (soltices and equinoxes), beginning with A (Ailm/ fir) at Winter Solstice.



or follow the links below to their respective trees

The consonants

B L N F S HD T C M G PR

The vowels

A O U E I


or maybe see something of their calendrical origins in stone