Ogham Studies - Ohn (Gorse)

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Ogham Studies - Ohn (Gorse)

Postby Fitheach » 06 Mar 2007, 05:32

Onn
:ohn:
The golden yellow Gorse,
Eternal flower of the Sun.
A bright symbol of the source,
Of sustenance for everyone.

Plant sacred to the Sun God, Lugh
Known as Samildánach.
The many gifted one, who
For every trade, had the knack.

A favorite shrub of fairy folk,
A summer bed it made.
Hidden ‘neath their fairy cloak,
Among the gorse, they laid.

This one has alternates; Furze and Scotch Broom.  Your thoughts?
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Postby Explorer » 07 Mar 2007, 17:43

This picture shows two alternatives. The insets (taken in winter) are gorse or furze, and the big picture (taken in spring) is broom.
When I went out to look for them I didn't know the difference, but when I tried to get a sample it became apparent. The broom smells lovely, both the flowers and the small soft leafs. But gorse was a harder catch. She let me take a sample, but not without letting me know her prickly and energetic nature. It is still winter and broom sleeps. But everyday I pass the vital and fertile gorse. Showing her vibrant colours and reminding me of her prickly nature. She remind me to be vibrant, vital, energetic. But also to not give in too easily, to have a somewhat prickly nature if necisary...

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Postby Fitheach » 08 Mar 2007, 01:35

Outstanding pix, as usual, Explorer!  Thank you again!
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Re: Ogham Studies - Ohn (Gorse)

Postby Serpentia » 29 Dec 2010, 10:07

Talk about complications... in German, both Gorse and Broom are Ginster. And I was taught in my first Ogham lesson by somebody very well versed (she learned from Philipp...) that NGetal is Broom.

:boggle: :boggle: :boggle:

I will have to sort this in peace and quiet, I think..
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Re: Ogham Studies - Ohn (Gorse)

Postby DaRC » 01 Jan 2011, 19:43

Well both Gorse and Broom are from closely related families - for me the Gorse is the wild native plant found abundently nearby whilst the Broom tends to be an ornamental garden plant.
I know that there is a native Broom in the British Isles but it is a lot less common than the Gorse and those found in the wild are often an ornamental 'escapee'.

What I find interesting about both the Gorse and the Broom is their fertilising properties - particularly when burnt.
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most sweet the sight of the sun;
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Re: Ogham Studies - Ohn (Gorse)

Postby MiriamSPia » 08 Jan 2011, 21:59

A humble thank you as I am not familiar with this one. I may have experienced it without realizing it. Some of the ogham trees are well known to me, relatively speaking, but this one.
Some spiky shrub with yellow flowers? Leaves me feeling perplexed.

Thanks other Ovates, for making this a little more interactive.

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Re: Ogham Studies - Ohn (Gorse)

Postby DaRC » 10 Jan 2011, 14:28

Well the main folklore about the Gorse is the saying "when the Gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of fashion" this is because the various Gorse plants flower throughout the year.

It predominantly flowers in late Autumn through to Spring - for this reason I find it a very welcome plant as the bright yellow of the flowers brightens up many a glum, grey day. The long flowering period provides nectar for insects. The plant itself was used by farmers for winter feed and provides great cover for small birds and insects.

Of course the Gorse is terribly prickly but, like the Bramble, it's prickly outside hides it's beneficial aspects.
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