Ogam Library

We have collected this library of resources for the Ogam, including the associations we’ve come to have for California native trees and animals.  There is no “right” way to form associations for the Ogam that relate it to your personal spiritual life and your local landscape.  It’s a journey of the heart.


Beith (birch)

American White or Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera): ranges from Northern California to Southern Canada.  https://radicalbotany.com/tag/northern-california-native-plants-2/

California bees: California has 1,000 native bees.  A couple dozen are bumble bees.  One bears our state name: the California Bumble Bee (Bombus californicus).  https://www.inaturalist.org/check_lists/217590-Bumble-Bees-of-California

Lus (rowan)

California Mountain Ash (Sorbus californica): in the mountains of Central California and Northern California Redwoods region.  https://calscape.org/Sorbus-californica-().  There is also an American Mountain Ash (Sorbus americana), and it differs from the California variety by the color of its stems and berries.  Lore about the American Mountain Ash: http://www.eattheweeds.com/mountain-ash-rowan/.

California Black Bear (Ursus americana californiensis) is one of two subspecies of black bear in California.  The other is Ursus americanus altifrontalis.  https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Mammals/Black-Bear.

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